Who makes the movie of our life? Do we have control of our movie or is someone else writing the scenes, casting the actors, and determining the plot? Today we look at how to write our own movie.
Butch Cassidy and Sundance
Today’s post was inspired by a scene in Richard Bach’s book Illusions which you will find on our recommended resources page. There is a scene in Chapter 8 of that book where Richard and Don go to a theater to watch the movie “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.”
In this scene Don interrupts Richard with a series of questions while Richard is engrossed in the movie. These questions all illustrate the metaphor of a lifetime as a movie. If you have not read this book I highly recommend it. If you have not read it in a few years please reread it. You will be surprised at how much more you understand it since the last time you read it.
Today we will look at one of the questions that Don asks Richard towards the end of the chapter. “Who writes these movies Richard?” Don is asking Richard who writes the movies of our lives.
Who writes your movie?
So much of our training as children is that our life is out of our hands. At home we are told that our parents make our decisions for us and we have little choice.
At school we are told that the school, the government, the politicians make the choices that shape our world and we do not have much control over them. At our place of worship we are told that there is a divine plan and that even though we do not know what that plan is we must accept and follow it.
Is it any wonder that people grow up thinking that they have no control over what happens to them? Is it surprising that we think that we are in a movie and we have no control of how that movie is being made?
We produce our own movie
Let’s take a quick look at what a movie producer is. There are many different types of movie producers. At the highest levels the movie producer is the one who finds the money, selects the script, selects the director, approves the cast and crew, approves the final editing of the movie and then goes out and sells the movie. The producer is the one who gets the movie made.
Let’s take a look at how we can take control of the movie that is our life.
First, we are the one who decides the script. In our post of October 10 we talked about our life being a result of our decisions. In that post we stated that our true self decided to be on this planet at this time. From that decision everything else that has happened in our life has been the result of subsequent decisions.
We have produced our own movie through the decisions we have made about how to live this lifetime. There have been times when we did not like the cast in our movie. We made decisions where we wrote people out of our movie. We have also decided that we needed other people in the movie so we wrote the scenes that brought them into our movie.
We can write anyone we want either into or out of our movie.
It may be difficult for many people to accept or understand that they have the power to cast their movie. However, think back to a time when there was someone in your movie that you did not want to be there. You found a way to get them out of your movie. It may have taken a bit of time and a lot of effort, but you found a way to write them out of your movie.
In the previous section we talked about casting decisions. Some casting decisions are similar to writing decisions. Let’s take a look at some other types of writing decisions.
Let’s say that you went to college. There could have been several reasons that you did this. Some people go to college because their family has enough money and it is the expected behavior. However, you could have written a different scene at that point. You could have written a scene where you decide to travel for a few years before you go to college.
Let’s say you went to college because you wanted to become a doctor. Your family did not have much money and none of them had ever been to college before. They did not share your vision and wanted you to become a carpenter and work in the family construction business. You decided to write the scene that put you through college and medical school. You chose to write your movie the way you wanted to see it.
Comedy or tragedy
As the producer of your movie you can choose to write a comedy or tragedy. Many of us choose to write tragedies. I think a lifetime that is as joyful as a comedy is a much more pleasant experience.
Movies that are tragedies are mostly false self based. False self does not have any true happiness. True happiness can only come from true self. That is why we have spent so much time on this site writing about true self and true happiness. When we are truly happy the tragedy that so many people choose cannot affect us. We see the tragedy for what it is and choose for true happiness instead.
The divine plan
Our false self is taught that everything is part of a divine plan. We “cannot know” what that plan is but we must let it control us. Many religions and spiritual disciplines view that there is a greater force such as God or the Holy Spirit that tells us what to do with our life.
To me, that would interfere with our free will and our choice to learn as we choose. The divine plan is that we choose our life, make our movies, and learn from those choices.
The divine plan is for us to produce, write, cast, direct, edit, and distribute our movies they way that we want. If the divine plan tells us how to make our movie then it is taking away our free will.
We make our movies and learn from the mistakes how to make a better movie the next lifetime. Overtime we learn that making movies is a happy experience, not a tragedy based on false self.
Go make your movie! Have fun! If you are not having fun then you are not following the divine plan.
That is all for today.
Until tomorrow –
Es kava turen hai
We work towards an identical goal.
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