Make your own reality…

We just watched a move called “The Quantum Activist” starring Amit Gotswami, a theoretical nuclear physicist and member of The University of Oregon Institute for Theoretical Physics since 1968. It was supposed to build off of the movie “What the Bleep”, but instead it left us confused and frustrated.

Supposedly, Amit was trying to use quantum physics to prove that a god exists. But he took so long to get where he was going, what with side trips, walks along the beach, and an occasional crash over the side of the cliffs, that if he made his point it was lost in the wreckage.

What I did note, was that amidst his ramblings he was basically reiterating the same material as in the Message from Michael books – only those books said it much more clearly and succinctly.

During the ramblings of the movie, Amit tried to point out that the phrase “…create your own reality…” didn’t mean that we, as humans, had the ability to change or control our lives, but that the possibilities were subject to a god, followed by our soul’s desires, then by ego. His “proof” of this was the fact that just because you wanted a new car, sitting and meditating on that want wouldn’t make it so. Yet, if the universe (god) and your soul wanted it to happen, then it just would.

I say that that is only part of it. There’s also choice. After all, sitting and meditating on getting a new car is one choice, and he’s right, most times that’s not enough to make it happen. But, you could buy a new car, trade for a new car, borrow money to get one, get a job so you could afford one, try to win one in a contest, steal one, or marry someone who has a new car.

So, you have choices, which means you have many ways to achieve what you want from life, you merely have to grab different opportunities until you find the one or ones that work for you. It’s not just up to the “universe” (or god) to provide us with what we want or what is “best” for us, but it’s up to each of us, too, to mold and create our own realities to be the way we want them to.

We have the power to choose what we will be, where we will go, and how we will get there. So, grab an opportunity and start making some choices, it’s up to you to make your reality what you want it to be.

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The reason is hope…

A friend and I were wandering down memory lane and she started talking about how she had looooved the show McGyver (starring Richard Dean Anderson). I had only seen the show once or twice, so although I knew the concept I wasn’t all that sure why it had been such a big hit with her or all the other viewers.

She told me it was the cleverness of the character, how he always found a way to overcome a bad situation.  That no matter what, he could use his roll of duct tape, his Swiss Army knife, and a few other odds and ends that he would find (such as a ball point pen, a tube of toothpaste, or the excrement from a bug) and create some fantastic yet believable method of escape. On top of that, she said, he was cute.

Over the past few weeks, I found my thoughts wandering back to what she had said and I realized I was rather intrigued. There had to be more to it then just the tricks and the fact that he was cute. Millions of people around the world had loved the show enough to keep it on the air for seven years. In fact, it had been so popular that it had even sparked a new dictionary term: the McGyverism — a novel solution to a difficult problem usually involving common household items used in unique ways. (How many TV shows can claim that?)

I spent the next few months working McGyver into conversations, trying to see what other people remembered about the show and about their reasons for watching it. In talking to some folks, I found that even their kids loved watching the show, which is now shown on the Sleuth channel on cable. They, like their parents, found the “never say never” spirit of the character endearing and inspiring.

That was it, I realized…that spirit. It was that unflagging spirit, that consistent message of hope that the main character always projected that people loved. This was a guy that no matter how dire the circumstances, no matter how badly injured (physically, mentally, or emotionally), he never gave up his hope. And this wasn’t the wishy-washy type of hope that “Gee, maybe someone will come along and rescue us.” This was the true meaning of hope, which is the confident expectation of completing or fulfilling a wish or desire.

In other words, self-confidence. McGyver was filled with self-confidence and he expressed it in each episode as an overarching feeling of hope. When others around him were feeling defeated, he’d always have that hope. But while that’s a big part of it, there was more. He also had the ability to look outside the usual boundaries. We all place boundaries on ourselves, but was able to look beyond those boundaries and see opportunities. He was able to see other uses for common things. Granted, in his reality he was a walking encyclopedia of knowledge (mechanic, engineer, chemist), which few of us are, but how often are we going to be caught in a life and death situation (certainly not once a week like him;-).

Yet, we could all take a page from McGyver’s book and learn to cultivate that hope, that well of self-confidence, which could help us view our own lives from a different and unique perspective. Take a look at your life: is it really a problem with the boss or is it an opportunity to change the way you relate to each other? Are there medical issues that you just don’t know how to cope with? Maybe it’s a chance to learn more about your own condition so that you can focus the direction of your own treatment instead of relying on others.

Most of us look at the pitfalls of our lives and we stop. We feel as if we’re facing a canyon or a wall as huge as the Great Wall of China. But we need to be more like McGyver. We need to learn to have hope. We then need to use that hope, that self-confidence, to find other options. Remind yourself daily, that you can do this–after all, you have more than just a roll of duct tape and a Swiss Army knife, you have hope.

Dreaming again…

Sleep—ahhh that wonderfully blissful state of unawareness and ephemeral dreams.

People are so fascinated by dreams that even many of our literary works are filled with references to them. The Romantic poets such as Wordsworth and Coleridge seemed especially susceptible to translating their dreams and nightmares into prose and poems. Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (better known as Lewis Carroll) also translated his dream imagery into literature. Lewis Carroll created a whole world from several dreams he had, and he wrote these worlds into his well-known books, Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass. When Alice entered her dream world created by Mr. Carroll, she entered a world that many of us are familiar with. It’s a world where reality changes from moment to moment, and the rules never seem to apply. You see things and people as they are, and others as you wish they would be. Also, like Alice, dreamers are confronted by their fears. Alice faced the ultimate in fear when she confronted the Red Knight. Even though she felt the unreality of the situation, it seemed real to her. It seemed so real that when the Red Knight told her she would cease to exist when he awoke from his dream, that she not only believed him, but was terrified that she truly would cease to exist.

Sometimes, it is only with this kind of dream imagery that an author can bring across the intense emotion and fear that he needs to for his reader to understand a situation or character. It’s a type of powerlessness that comes across, a feeling we’ve all experienced at one time or another. A feeling that our life is out of control, and there’s nothing we can do to stop it. Most of the time we wake up from a dream of this sort, panting, in a cold sweat. These types of dreams also seem to stay with us all throughout the day. I think Cathy (Emily Bronte’s heroine in Wuthering Heights) probably said it best, “…these dreams that stayed with me; they have gone through and through me, like wine through water, and altered the color of my mind.”

Shakespeare was exceedingly fond of using dream allegory, and even wrote a play about dreams and dreamers called A Midsummer’s Night Dream. Shakespeare was quite aware of the impact of dreams on people, and he used this to help the audience relate to his characters. Prospero, the magician from the Tempest, suggests that life is merely a dream, “…We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep.” Edgar Allen Poe expressed much the same sentiment in his poem, A Dream Within a Dream, when he said, “…All that we see or seem, Is but a dream within a dream.” This may lead one to wonder then, which is the dream and which is the reality? Maybe asking that is the ultimate confrontation with ourselves. Because if we can’t face ourselves in waking life, perhaps we have to do so in our dreams.

Try Michael’s Dream Symbols for more information about dreams and dream symbols.