Posts Tagged ‘Movies’

I know why a raven is like a writing desk!  Or is it, a writing desk is like a raven?  Doesn’t matter, does  not  matter,  except I just checked my notes because apparently it does matter!  It’s – why is a raven like a writing desk?  I know, I know, pick me, pick me!

It’s the riddle Lewis Carroll meant to be unanswered.  Hence the Mad Hatter said he did not know.  But I know!  Why do I know?  A) I know a tad more than bupkiss.  Take that spell checker! and B) I need answers!  You can’t leave a question hanging, not even a riddle without an answer.

And the answer, drum roll please ….

because language can take you anywhere.  It can fly you to whole ‘nuther worlds, real and imagined.  Where do you want to go?  Take flight into any realm, any where, any time as any artful writer worth his weight in feather quills will tell you.

There you have it, the answer we’ve all been seeking or at least one of us has been.  But wait, there’s more to learn from Alice in Wonderland.  So much more.

Take the theme of champion, for instance.  The White Queen needed a champion.  Don’t we all need a champion?  How about being a champion of ourselves?  Being in our own corner.   Seeing the best of ourselves and pushing ourselves to the limits of that best-ness or much-ness as Mad Hatter called it.

To be anything else, to stagnate, to repeatedly fall back on our comfort zone is to shrivel and shrink back from who we are.  We’re not shrivelers (spell checker doesn’t know what the hell to do with that) we are revelers!  Revelers of ourselves.  We thrive on the fullness of our life well lived.

Never lose your much-ness, whatever that is, you are the one who can choose to dim your own light or not.  And isn’t that the message of Alice, the freedom to choose.  You make the path, too, just like Alice did when she diverted from what the compendium said must be.  And just like Alice this is YOUR dream, you get to choose.

What will subtract from your power to choose for yourself, is listening to what others want and finding ways to please them more than pleasing yourself.  Remember what Alice was told: You cannot live your life to please others because when you step out to face that creature, you will step out alone.  Though the Universe has our back, it has our back even more when we have our own.  There comes a time when regardless of who we love or who we are attached to, we step out alone.  We step out alone in our own truth, alone in our own power to choose, and alone in our own power to believe.

Believe in you most of all.  Let your light shine.  Let it shine and you will be your own champion.  And you’ll never look back with regret only forward with the new day to burst into all that this new day has to offer you.  And that my friends, is to drink from the eternal fountain of youth.

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“We wind up on the shores of our own subconscious and we are not sure what is real.”  ~ from the movie Inception

I viewed Inception for the first time this weekend.  What a fabulously brilliant, complex, multi-layered movie.  I could watch it again and again and come up with a new insight every time.  Here, I’m only going to speak to what seemed to me the most glaring, the most obvious point it was making.

“…building a dream based on memory is the easiest way to lose your grip on reality…”  That’s a direct quote from the movie.  Let’s change the wording slightly: building a life based on memory is the easiest way to lose your grip on reality.  How did you color that memory?  Was it a pleasant memory or a not so pleasant one?

Let’s take the movie for instance.  One character believes: I am a disappointment to my father.  Or is he?  Perhaps he is a source of pride to his father.  How will he know which is true?  He will know by the seeds he plants and waters, nurtures and visits often what will be true for him.

It’s the same for all of us.  The seeds of thought we plant in our minds, the ones we visit often, the ones we take to be real are the ones that will take root and appear to be very real.  They may become the seeds that ultimately define us.  Yet none of us ever wants to, in our heart of hearts, define ourselves by limitation.  Kahlil Gibran once said – “we are the sons and daughters of life’s longing itself”.   And I believe we are also the sons and daughters of a Love that can never fail us.

The main character in the movie is plagued by guilt.  In the end, he has circled the globe and now faces the man who holds his final and ultimate freedom.  Yet, ironically, the man who holds his true freedom is really … himself.  The redemption he has been seeking has always been within.

As St. Francis once said – “we are what we are seeking”.  The truth that’s been locked up, that some chose to forget, until now … is that we are always Love seeking to know and experience more of itself, more Love.  We are the flower always leaning into and naturally drawn toward the light.

In the end, what remains, what eternally remains is — Love.  Love is the pure oxygen sustaining us.  We only know love, we only know joyful pride, we only know beaming appreciation.  Perhaps everything else is the dream we are dreaming.

We are already that which we are seeking and when we wash up on those shores, the world is “too full to talk about.”

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I saw that movie the other day.  You know, that movie.  The one whose title is three words, each a single syllable in length, having to do with food, God and um, lust.  The one based on the book that’s been on the top 100 on Amazon for 900 plus days.  Yes, the one that stars Julia Roberts.

Why do I speak in riddles, you ask?  Ok, maybe you didn’t ask, but I’ll tell anyway.  I speak in riddles because I would like to see what it’s like to hit this blog archive in the year, say 2528.  I imagine how they would puzzle over what exactly is she talking about.  I wonder would they still have acronyms for wth and lol or omg.  Surely we’ll still have acronyms by then.  I figure this blog piece will definitely merit a wth, probably less so an omg.  Maybe omg will be replaced by omrrr, short for oh my red roving robot.  Such stereotypical humor, I know.

I digress, my point and I do have one, is this movie.  I want to share with you some highlights in the form of one liners from it and then comment on a few.

“Americans know entertainment.  But they don’t know pleasure.”  (no comment on this one :)

“Select your thoughts, the way you select your clothes.”  Good one especially if you are a fashionista, if not, you’re s.o.l.  — just kidding!

“God dwells within you as you.”  Love this.  It reminds me of Thomas Mellon-Benedict, who, coming back from death and a “near death experience”, was told: Stop trying to become God, God is becoming you.

“The only way to heal is to trust.”  Ain’t that the truth!

“Run away from me and you run away from the possibilities of your own life.”  “Sometimes losing your balance for love is finding your balance for life.”

“Ruin is a gift.  Ruin is the road to transformation.”  I agree with this one, can’t say I love the word “ruined” though.  Abraham says they wish for us that we all go home and find our houses blown down.  They were referring to friends of Jerry and Esther’s whose house did blow down in a hurricane and how, in the ensuing months, it changed their lives for the better.

“I thank God for fear.”  Me, too!  For one, do you feel fear?  Check your pulse, you’re alive and able to feel it.  Wonderful!  Why are we so afraid of fear?  Was it Churchill who said the only thing we have to fear is fear itself?  I submit the only thing we have to fear is fear of fear.  Resistance to fear is fruitless.  Books are written every other day to teach us how to move beyond fear.  How about we move with it instead?

I learned something very valuable out of a book entitled “The Magician’s Way”.  It postulated the novel idea of allowing for failure and for worst case scenarios.   I’ve used this many times now and it’s always helped me make peace with my fears.  And I learned a lesson, too, from using it.  The author didn’t say imagine failure or worst case scenarios.  He didn’t say wallow in them either.  He also didn’t say take your worst case scenario and make it bigger, catastrophize it.  He also did not say take your worst case scenario and get in bed with it.   He merely suggested, allow for that worst case scenario possibility.  Acknowledge the possibility of failure or that worst case scenario.

Try it the next time you are afraid and see what you think.  I think it feels like having my fear without my fear having me.  And that literally feels like a breath of fresh air.

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