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Sunday, August 31, 2014

The Dual Nature of Your Subconscious Mind

First, let's start with the truth about existence: your outer world is a perfect reflection of your inner world, i.e., your subconscious mind. Do you want to know how you honestly feel about yourself? Just take an objective look at your life; your external circumstances, the real-world conditions under which you live. Whether you choose to admit it or not, you're the creator of your circumstances of life, not the victim.

The subconscious is where your true attitudes and beliefs about yourself are held. Your subjective mind differs from your reasoning, conscious mind in that it doesn't form opinions. It doesn't judge. It doesn't question. It just accepts.

The good news about your subconscious mind is its dual nature. It is both responsive and compulsive. Yes, it accepts, but it also compels. And thank God for that, because that's the key to our redemption.

If you believe and practice the Laws of Mind, then you know a change in your subconscious thinking will result in a change in your reality. It has to be that way, for thought always precedes form; never the other way around. That's good news for those of us seeking a change in our external existence... once you alter the long-held opinions and attitudes you have about yourself, you automatically bring about a change in your physical world; the latter must adapt and mirror the former.

The comedian Louis CK has a great bit to illustrate this point. He explains how he came across a homeless man on a park bench who had a full head of beautiful, lustrous hair. Louis CK, who is balding, falls in love with the bum's hair and says, "I would trade lives with him. I get the hair, he can have everything I have." Then he explains that in short order, Louis CK would be back to enjoying his current success, because, "I am who I am." And, he'd have a great head of hair. The bum, on the other hand, being who he is, would soon squander the fame, wealth and success, and find himself back on the park bench alongside his old notions of himself, only now he'd be bald to boot.

And what about the popular movie Overboard with Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell? Hawn plays a rich heiress who tumbles off her yacht and gets amnesia. Russell, in an effort to get back the money owed him, convinces Hawn that she's his wife, and then manipulates her into being his housekeeper and the mother of his four unruly children. It's a movie plot, sure, but it illustrates a great truth.

And the truth is this: If the concept you hold of yourself was different, everything in your outer world would be different.

Once Hawn's memory returns, once her subconscious reawakens, everything in her world changes.

The question is, if we believe in this truth, how do we use it? How do we affect a positive change in our subconscious, which is so critical to manifesting a corresponding change in our physical world?

The answer lies in the fact that the subconscious is responsive as well as compulsive. It responds to our conscious mind's habitual thinking. Which, simply put, means: Think Good and Good Follows. It's really that simple, because the subconscious mind is also compulsive and it will spur you to act in accordance with your new and higher thought patterns, the improved attitude and opinions you have of yourself.

Free yourself from the tyranny of second causes, from the belief there are causes outside your own mind that can affect your life. - Neville Goddard.

For as a man thinketh, so is he.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Consciousness Creates Reality

When I was a junior in high school, I sat on the bus early in the morning next to Melinda, who I always thought of as the intellectual-type. She wore wire-rimmed glasses, had fine strawberry hair, freckles on her cheeks. She was a senior and always spoke to me of lofty ideas, and this particular morning she said something that has stuck with me all these many years. She was talking about exercise and how the mind could get you into better shape than by exercising or lifting weights. At the time, I didn't believe her. It just seemed ridiculous. But now I know, she was speaking a truth. The mind is the only place to start when you want to lose weight, or for that fact, achieve any goal.

Melinda had it right, even if she didn't come right out and say it: your reality is based on the conditioned consciousness of your mind - not the other way around. I say conditioned because it is the way we think that creates the reality around us.

Imagine this scenario: A middle-aged woman wants to lose weight, get in shape. The passage of time, lack of exercise, and poor-eating habits have wrecked havoc on her body. She has high cholesterol, high blood-pressure, is prediabetic. Just by chance, she happens to bump into a mysterious man who claims to be a doctor and he tells her in secret that he is working on a new, cutting-edge technology. He talks her into allowing him to take a sample of her DNA. "I'll be in touch," he tells her before showing her the door.

A few months later, the doctor invites her to his ultra-modern, well-concealed laboratory under the city. There she encounters the Glass Cylinder, dominating the center of the lab. There's something hidden in the cylinder, concealed by a swirling mist. The doctor explains to the woman that over the past several months, he's used her DNA to construct the perfect body. He hits a switch that lights up the cylinder and evaporates the mist and the woman stands there, jaw open, gaping at... her. It's not her but the ideal her. The reconstructed her. The body her eyes are fixated on is Aphrodite and Venus de Milo all rolled into one, but with her face, her bone structure, her skin color. It's her, but her in magnificent, perfect form. The woman can't tear her eyes from herself. Yes, this is just who she wishes to be! It's like a dream come true!

She reaches out instinctively to the cylinder and gasps, "How do I...?" The doctor explains. He's created a process where he can transfer her consciousness into this new body, and then she'd go on living her life, looking awesome, feeling wonderful, from that point forward. She looks at the figure in the glass tube. "Yes!" she proclaims. "I want that body! How soon can we begin?"

And here's where the catch comes in...

The Doctor tells her that if he were to transfer her now, today, it would would be a wasted effort. In only a short time, a matter of months, she would have this new body looking exactly like the body she has today. Why? Because her conditioned consciousness still thinks of herself as being overweight and out of shape. Her thoughts would alter her reality to conform to its truest, deepest beliefs about herself. In no time, the fat would return, the muscles sag and disappear, and all the Doctor's hard work would be for nothing.

"So why tell me all this? Why show me this perfect physical mold and then tell me I can't have it?"

The doctor replies, "I promise you, you can obtain it, if you first condition your mind to receive it." He then gives her these instructions: "Come here, morning, noon, and night and gaze upon yourself. Luxuriate in the wonderful sensation of feeling yourself in this form. Throughout your day, fill your conscious mind with loving images of this perfect body, the perfect you. Condition your mind to accept yourself as this new and wonderful person, and only then will you be able to receive."

You may, by now, know where this story is headed...

The woman did as she was instructed. For several months that is all she focused on, seeing herself having the perfect body. When the time finally came, and the doctor deemed her ready to take possession of her new body, the glass case opened, and like the evaporating mists of early morn, the body disappeared before her very eyes.

"What happened?" she exclaimed.

"Look in the mirror," the doctor replied. "I have fulfilled my promise to you, and now you have the very body you desired, as well as the assurance it will not be wasted."

Monday, February 3, 2014

Here Is The Answer for Getting Your Script Optioned

[Note: This is reprinted without permission. I found this on the AbsoluteWrite forum, written by scriptwriter74. Unfortunately, there is no way for me to give proper credit to the author; contacting members though the forum isn't allowed. But I think this is so important, I'm willing to reprint it anyway.]

I want to share with all of you the secret to getting your script optioned. This is fairly simple and amazingly almost no one out there is doing this. I have had specific conversations with actors who were amazed that they have had little to no one approach them in this format. I didn't want to share this info until my first script was optioned and I assume that IMDB will want to hunt me down, but here it goes.

First let start off by saying I'm going to assume you have a script that is ready to go. Please don't use this avenue for a treatment or a partially finished script. Make sure it is polished and is ready to be ripped apart.
Okay here we go:

The biggest problem for most is not having the connections or network to put their script into the hands of people who can make a difference. The usual routes like inktip are too passive and using the HCD or IMDB to blindly equery or snail mail query major productions companies or major producers who have no idea who you are is rediculous.

What you want to do is to establish relationships with people already in the business, kind of along the lines of the 7 degrees of kevin bacon line. I found that the best way to accomplish this was to use IMDBpro.com and scan their list of individual actors who are also listed as producers. Ideally you want an actor who has his/her own production company. This is going to usually be an actor in the 7,000-60,000 imdb list of actor or producer rankings. Then you want to approach one by equery with an email in 2-3 sentences giving your logline and quick pitch and state that you think they would be great for X role. If they end up liking it, maybe they bring it on to their slate. At the very least if they like but don't have the $ to produce at this time, let them know you appreciate the feedback and if there is someone they think would be in a position to produce that you would be willing to attach them to the project if their introduction leads to an option. It's amazing how friendly people become when there is a financial gain for them. Ideally you want to approach the actor/producer with a good supporting role but not the lead because unless that individual actor/producer is going to produce, no larger production company will want to have one of the leads alread promised to a "b" or "c" level actor. I have established relationships with close to 20 actors and 5 producers this way and now I have connections in place for future scripts.

I hope this helps you, now get out there and make it happen.