Is Pleasantville the Best Film Illustration of Deliberate Creation?

pleasantville  Is Pleasantville, a 1998 film, one of the greatest movies illustrating our power to create our own reality? (Click that link to Tweet it)  I’ll make the case here.  But a word of warning: if you haven’t yet watched Pleasantville, this post is full of spoilers.

In Pleasantville Toby Maguire plays David, an intelligent adolescent introvert who is devoted to an old television comedy called Pleasantville, portraying a wholesome and idyllic 1950’s life of yesteryear ala Leave it to Beaver.  Reese Witherspoon portrays David’s sister, Jennifer, who is an extroverted and rather shallow teenager, consumed with boys, sex, and social popularity.

David and Jennifer Are Given an Unprecedented Opportunity to Change Their Reality

A mysterious television repairman (played by Don Knotts in a funny ode to the similarly wholesome Andy Griffith show) gives David a bizarre television remote that transports David and Jennifer into the old, black and white Pleasantville television show.  The characters of Pleasantville, however, don’t know they are in a television show and David and Jennifer realize they must pretend to be Bud and Mary, the television children of Pleasantville’s lead family who they have now replaced.

The plot is propelled forward by David and Jennifer’s grossly differing views regarding how to proceed.  David is enthralled to be Bud and insists that the two must stay in character and not disrupt the lives of the people of Pleasantville.  Jennifer, on the other hand, believes that the people of Pleasantville are staid and square and proceeds to educate the town’s teenagers about the pleasures of sex (which is an unknown concept to anyone in Pleasantville, even the adults).

Each time a Pleasantville teenager has sex, he or she changes to full color (while the rest of the town remains black and white).   Eventually, anyone who experiences a burst of emotion or passion becomes colorized and the town is thrown into full turmoil amid the uproar of these new “colored” people and the frightening fun and zest for life they are displaying.

Citizens of Pleasantville: Your Neural Pathways of Habitual Thought Are Not Carved in Stone

What moves Pleasantville to the upper echelon of films with messages about creating our own reality is the consistent message of how powerful our beliefs are (and how completely our reality changes when we  intentionally reform them).  Both David and Jennifer have very divergent beliefs about life and the film does a good job of showing that neither set of beliefs is the “correct” one, as they both prove valuable in the long run.

We know that our reality is derived from our expectations, which stem from our beliefs.  And our beliefs are nothing more than our neural pathways of habitual thought.  While our beliefs almost always feel correct and true for us, they are not universally, nor independently, correct and true.  They are true for us alone. (Click that link to Tweet it)

Because our beliefs are merely habitual thought, we are able to change them when we are either inspired or willing to do so.  (Click that link to Tweet it) Whether that inspiration or willingness is born of a desire to escape our current pain or a desire to finally achieve a long held goal, all we need do is adhere to a process of telling ourselves new, better stories about our desires to enter into the process of creating new neural pathways of thought.  And once in that process, we will begin to see a new universe created from the quantum field.

Both David and Jennifer Illustrate The Unlimited Creative Possibilities Each Moment Holds for Us to Create Anew

During their adventures in Pleasantville, David comes to value being open to life and the passion of emotional expression.  Alternatively, Jennifer comes to value introspection and intellectual curiosity.   Both of these characters see a different universe by telling themselves new stories about these new values which they had previous eschewed.  The beautiful and touching awakening they experience is mirrored by the citizens of Pleasantville, who also awaken to a wonderful new reality.

The process of awakening, of Pleasantville becoming “colored”, is an inspiring metaphor for all former sleepwalkers who now know that they have the God-given, inherent power to create their own reality.  Like David, Jennifer, and, eventually, the entire town of Pleasantville, you are also striving today to color your life by having experiences more closely aligned with your greatest desires.

Pleasantville Can Inspire Your Awakening Which Is, After All, a Daily Decision

At the end of the film, David has learned to feel and accept his passions and emotions and heads back to the real world ready to fully embrace the wonders of life.  Jennifer, on the other hand, has learned to be more introspective and appreciative of intelligence and subtlety, choosing to remain in Pleasantville for a while longer to finish her personal growth.

Pleasantville reminds us that we never need sleepwalk through life, accepting the collective reality of conventional wisdom.  Our life experiences are ours to create.   Like the citizens of Pleasantville, we understand that this awareness is often frightening and unsettling at first, but eventually provides us with the immense freedom and power we were born to wield.

And stay tuned to this blog for more techniques and tips to use new paradigms from quantum physics to create a life more aligned with your dreams…

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.

Listen For Free This Sunday as Greg Discusses Reality and Your Power to Create It

Litopia After Dark  This Sunday, October 7th at 3 PM EST, authors Greg Kuhn will appear on the well-known radio Program, Litopia After Dark.

Kuhn will discuss the very nature of reality and how it is created.  Tune in to learn more about your power to deliberately create your life experiences so that they are more closely aligned with your desires.

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Four years ago, we thought it would be fun to assemble an eclectic crowd of writers from all over the world to create a virtual literary salon.

Today, Litopia After Dark provides essential creative sustenance for tens of thousands of listeners across the globe.

No topic is off limits.

We can leap from the bookish to the bawdy in a single bound.  We frequently raise issues months before “old media” discovers them.   And our aim is to keep you informed, in the know… and in stitches.

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