Inheritance, “Great Expectations”

Inheritance, “Great Expectations”

Life Through Film “Stories reminding ourselves of Universal Truths,  that awaken us to our possibilities” There was a time that the only inheritance given any attention to, was financial, something physical that carried with it some worth that would supposedly make your life better. You were either in the will or you weren’t. But there is an inheritance that can land into your reality where it has nothing to do with the passing of another or the announcement you receive sitting across from a desk in a lawyers office. When not conscious, unaware, we can inherit the programming of the ones who have come before us. Beliefs, attitudes, pain, wounds. Wrongs done, abuse , fears real and imagined can find their way into our being and in time whether we experienced what brought them into being or not, they can feel as if we have lived them and attract a reality that confirms it. Those who come before us, who meet us on our path, present us not with a fate that is preordained but with the choice to learn and benefit from. To heal, to grow, to be inspired, motivated, to go forward with our own evolution.  This is a choice you can make. Or you can choose to take any misfortune, ills, wounds and nurture them, allowing them to take hold and become your identity. What is there for us to inherit is up to us. Be awake to what has come before you and decide how you will use the legacy of another. In the film adaptation of Charles Dickens, “Great Expectations” Miss Dinsmoor has been...
Choose to Be and It Will Find You, “The Pursuit of Happyness”

Choose to Be and It Will Find You, “The Pursuit of Happyness”

Life Through Film “Stories reminding ourselves of Universal Truths,  that awaken us to our possibilities” To pursue happiness. Means to seek it out, chase it, go after it.  You may actually catch up with it, you may grab hold of it.  But when you run after something in hopes of capturing it, it must run from you.  You are running, happiness is running. The chase can go on forever. But let’s just say you decide to entertain a Universal Law…Like Attracts Like. You choose to be happy, where you are right now. You declare, “I am happy.” You state what you are happy about.  Regardless of  where you are in life. Regardless of your present circumstance. You can stop and look about you and affirm happiness.  Maybe it’s because you have hot water, food in your fridge, the sun came out, someone said something that made you laugh.  You choose happy. That energy goes out and happy returns to you. No chasing after, no pursuing. Just choose to stand and be in the energy of happiness and happiness will come knocking and all you need to do is open the door and welcome it in. In the biographical film depiction of Chris Gardner, as a man who is in the midst of struggle and one challenge and obstacle after another, he reflects on the Declaration of Independence. Especially on the part of the unalienable right, the right to pursue happiness. Chris’ life is in a place that no one wants. On the verge of loosing his home. His wife Linda is not happy. Left with his young son, they...
To Pursue A Dream, “Rudy”

To Pursue A Dream, “Rudy”

Life Through Film “Stories reminding ourselves of Universal Truths,  that awaken us to our possibilities” We all have dreams. It is said that if your dream doesn’t scare you, it’s not big enough. It is suggested, to dream big. “You know what my Dad always said,  Having dreams is what makes life tolerable.” Pete We need our dreams. Fantasies are fun, but they are not dreams. With fantasies, you never put any real effort into attaining them. They can be fun, take you out of reality and serve as a great escape. They remain in place, in your mind, never manifesting into the physical. Dreams can and do come true. They start in your heart that goes on to direct your mind and they move from thought and idea into the physical world  where you put all into motion and begin to see the results. Intention is key. Why do you dream what you dream? Why do you want it to manifest, come true? Who is it for? Why is it important to you? Questions you need to ask and answer. Once you have, you need to keep reminding yourself why you want your dream to come true. Who will benefit? What will you contribute to?  The “Why?” is all important. The “How,” Life will take care of. Rudy Ruettiger from the time he was a boy wanted to play for the “Irish” the Notre Dame Football Team, in Indiana. He wore a gold helmet just like the real players. He announced to his family that when he finished high school he would go to Notre Dame and play...
At Peace with Our Potential; “Phenomenon, Powder, Finding Forrester, Gifted, Good Will Hunting, The Green Mile”

At Peace with Our Potential; “Phenomenon, Powder, Finding Forrester, Gifted, Good Will Hunting, The Green Mile”

Life Through Film “Stories reminding ourselves of Universal Truths,  that awaken us to our possibilities” “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love   Often we pretend to be less to protect ourselves, thinking if we don’t stand out too much, if we are more like “the others” we’ll be safer. We desire to be loved, accepted, approved of, included. We squash ourselves and we allow others to shut us down, attack us, tell us to be quieter, to not embarrass, to not stand out and face ridicule. But when we do this, we hurt ourselves, we go against our truth, we send a message to ourselves from our self that we do not love us and if we do not love our self, we attract a reality that...
The Good Child, “Pinocchio”

The Good Child, “Pinocchio”

Life Through Film “Stories reminding ourselves of Universal Truths,  that awaken us to our possibilities”   What makes a good child? One who obeys Follows all the rules Doesn’t get in the way Is never a burden Pleases, by being what the parent wants and feels they need Allows the adult to live vicariously through their dreams, having missed out on fulfilling their own. I was told repeatedly, “You could do what they do.”  The next thing I knew, whatever “they” were doing I was signed up for. I never lived up to the expectation. I suppose I was not “them” because I was “me.” Surprise! I was told, “No talking during dinner.” “No hugging.” “No and no and more no’s.” I was told, “Never, walk in front, only off to the side or behind. Stay out of the way.” What makes a good child? Is a child here to fulfill a parent, to fill their voids, to make them happy? In Guillermo del Toro’s version of Pinocchio; Pinocchio cannot live up to what his father needs. Geppetto misses the loss of his son Carlo. Creating Pinocchio is like a second chance to have Carlo back. Nearing the end of the story, Geppetto realizes to expect Pinocchio to be Carlo is not love and an impossible task for Pinocchio to live up to. They agree that Geppetto will be Geppetto and Pinocchio with be Pinocchio. They will love each other for who they are. Death is another subject in this story to ponder. That we do not know how long we have, that life is precious, for it is...