What Can The Croods Teach You About the Value of Doing Things Differently?

croods  Do you know the motto of the Croods?  The animated cave-dwelling family from the recent movie with the same name?

“Don’t ever not be afraid”

The Croods is an inspiring fish-out-of-water story about a cave-dwelling family forced out of their familiar environment.  They live by three simple rules:

  1. Don’t ever do anything new
  2. New is bad
  3. Always do what you’ve always done and you’ll stay alive

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Is Vanilla Sky the Best Movie About Deliberately Creating Your Own Reality?

vanilla sky  Is Vanilla Sky the best film illustrating the power you have to create your own reality?  Here’s a case for that claim.  A word of warning though: if you haven’t yet watched Vanilla Sky, this blog post is full of spoilers.

Vanilla Sky is a 2001 film starring Tom Cruise as an ultra-wealthy playboy named David Aames.  Aames is the head of a large publishing firm in New York City and the film chronicles, through a series of bizarre twists and unexplainable events, the unsettling destruction of his life of wealth and privilege.  Aames is disfigured in a gruesome automobile accident, has his publishing company taken from his control, loses the love of his life, and eventually commits a murder.

David Aames Heads a Multi-Million Dollar Publishing Company, But He Discovers His True Calling is “Architecture”

What puts Vanilla Sky near the top of movies about deliberate creation, however, is the appearance of a mysterious stranger (played by Noah Taylor) two-thirds into the film.  In the midst of Aames’ descent into complete ruin, this man tries to help Aames by talking to him in a bar one night, attempting to reveal the truth of deliberate creation – but only succeeds in frightening him.  Eventually, however, when he finally hits rock bottom near the end of Vanilla Sky (fueled by his state of complete and utter desperation), Aames consents to listen to this stranger.

The mysterious stranger explains that Aames is actually in the middle of a lucid dream and he has, in fact, had complete control over his life all along.  Aames discovers that he had actually chosen to be put into a cryonic sleep 150 years ago, until a cure could be discovered to keep him from dying from a drug overdose.  In his cryonic sleep, Aames has been the sole architect of his entire “dream” life – not only his experiences of incredible wealth, but also his horrific downfall.

Like Aames, All of Us Who Are Awake to Our Power of Creation Became So By Finally Listening to Our “Mysterious Stranger”

The stranger’s revelations to Aames are a picture perfect portrayal of what it was like for many of us when we finally became willing to learn and accept that we create our own reality.  The mysterious stranger who becomes Aames’ guide is an apt metaphor for any number of teachers who help awaken people from their sleepwalking life and realize their ultimate creative power and dominion over their personal experiences.

Whether Esther Hicks, Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra, Doreen Banaszak, Marleen Keys, or Matthew O’Grady (some people who helped me awaken and continue to help me stay awake), like Aames, we usually only become open to such teachers when we have hit a “bottom”.  When there was nothing left to lose, except the pain of living our lives the way we always had.  And as you have undoubtedly done, once awakened, Aames embraces the freedom his new awareness about deliberate creation gives him to create better experiences from that point forward.

Perhaps, like Aames, you once ran away from the truth – clinging to your painful, yet familiar, paradigms and beliefs.  But when the pain of doing things the same old way outweighed your fear of doing things a new way, you opened your mind, listened, learned, and took flight.

Vanilla Sky Can Fill a Deliberate Creator with Immense Gratitude

It is interesting to watch Vanilla Sky a second time and empathize with Aames’ complete dismay as his life crumbles around him, and his feelings of being victimized, because it can remind us of what our life was like before we became awakened and began to create our reality intentionally.  I’ve watched the film numerous times and it not only motivates me to remain awakened, but even fills me with gratitude for the painful experiences I endured that finally made me willing to learn the secrets of deliberate creation I now practice and teach.

Being grateful for the pain I suffered, because it made me willing to change, is an amazingly positive perspective which further reinforces my positive neural pathways of habitual thought.

On an uplifting note, Vanilla Sky ends with Aames embracing freedom and choosing life in all its uncertainly and unpredictability rather than remaining a sleeper.  Although Vanilla Sky doesn’t portray the rest of his life, I like to think that the remainder of Aames days are spent like yours – as a deliberate creator of his life experiences who lives a life much more closely aligned with his desires.

Please let me know what you think.

How You Can “Get Out of Jail” Today by Creating New, Better Feeling Stories About Unwanted Weight

Get-out-of-jail-card  I’ve posted that nothing in life comes to us in a pre-existing state of “good” or “bad”.  It is the story we tell, or value we assign to it, which makes anything “good” or “bad” for us.

Even extra weight?  Am I claiming that even unwanted weight is neither “good” nor “bad”, except for the story we tell ourselves about it?

Yep.  I am.

Unwanted Weight Can Actually Be Thought of as Neither “Good” Nor “Bad”?  Isn’t That Heresy to Dieters?

Think of it this way: no pleasure is possible without first knowing pain.  Said another way, how would we know what we want, with a burning desire, without first knowing what we don’t want.

I know you may be scoffing at what you’ve just read.  It’s a radical notion to suggest that unwanted weight could possibly be “good”.  Or even to suggest merely that it might not be “bad”.  But hear me out.

You’re Already Telling Yourself Stories About (Giving Meaning To) Your Unwanted Weight…Why Insist Those Stories Must Be Painful?

You have unwanted weight.  That is the current state of your body.  And I’m not aware of any amount of wishing that will change that for you in this moment, nor am I aware of the location of any magic lamps containing genies to grant you three wishes to change it right now.

So, given that fact, which sounds like it will be more helpful in leading you toward finally losing your unwanted weight:

  1. Beating yourself up for having unwanted weight and calling it (and, perhaps, yourself) “bad” and “wrong”
  2. Finding ways to tell better feeling stories about your current state so that you are no longer berating yourself for your unwanted weight.

I suggest that the later is infinitely more positive and will lead to freedom, just for today, from the prison you sometimes feel your unwanted weight keeps you in.  I suggest that if you make feeling good about something you can’t change, in this instant, one of your top priorities, you will quickly feel the power of quantum physics and how it can help you change yourself for the better.

Wait a Minute?  You Mean I Can Change My Weight with Just My Mind?  How?

But I am not suggesting that you can say, right now, “I’m glad I have unwanted weight; I’m very happy to be carrying more weight than I want.”  That is silly, primarily because it is not realistic and you would never really believe it (even if you said it to yourself 100 times).

But can you tell yourself this story?  “I am not really happy about my unwanted weight, but I also know that this weight is not ‘who I am’ and it is only a temporary state.  I can also accept that the pain this unwanted weight has caused me might be exactly what I’ve needed to become willing to make changes, just for today.”

That is a realistic, believable story; you’re not sugar-coating the “truth” and you’re not lying to yourself.  You’re being honest about what you don’t want and you’re telling yourself a better-feeling story about it.  And I promise you that if you make it your business to tell better feeling stories, like the one you just read, about your unwanted weight (and yourself), you will be well underway to seeing your weight-loss efforts finally begin to have the positive effects you’ve been desiring!

Stay tuned to this blog for more tips about telling better stories and other ways to use quantum physics to find lasting weight loss.  And, if you’re serious about wanting to really delve into the amazing science of quantum physics, to experience weight loss in a way you’ve never imagined possible, make sure you read Why Quantum Physicists Don’t Get Fat right now!