Happy Halloween! From the movie World War Z to the TV series The Walking Dead, it seems that now more than ever “fearing the reaper” has never been more popular or mainstream. It’s a remarkable thing to observe how many different ways human beings can manifest this fear of the great unknown. A true culture of fear.
People are scary. Jobs are scary. Weather is scary. Animals are scary. Guns are scary. We’re even afraid of ourselves! Is there anything that can’t be seen as something scary?? 🙂
This Halloween why not face your fear and see the illusion for what it is? An illusion. 🙂 Have yourself a truly “Happy” Halloween.
Some things just get sweeter with time. I loved Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure as a kid. In fact, I loved it so much I think I saw it multiple times in the theater the summer it came out.
A few weeks ago I watched it again for the first time in God only knows how many years. My girlfriend and I thought the kids just might get a kick out of watching this 80’s classic with us. Sometimes they aren’t too thrilled with our old favorites. We often get that look that says “This is what you used to call entertainment? That explains so much.” 🙂
Happily this wasn’t the case with Bill and Ted’s as they both really loved it! I haven’t heard them laugh so loud at a movie in a long time. There was even a “That’s the 2nd best movie I’ve ever seen!” put on the table. I believe Mary Poppins currently holds the number 1 slot. Strong competition!
If you’ve never seen the movie or haven’t in a long time it was surprising, at least to me, to find so much truth in such a seemingly silly little film. Holding this fragile weave of a story together are universal messages of love and understanding along with a pre-Neo Keanu Reeves and the always awesome George Carlin. I understand now what the Universe was trying to show me back then even if I didn’t comprehend the big picture. Much like our favorite dudes from the film. 😉
Check it out if you feel open to it. I mean, how can you not enjoy a film that takes Plato, Lincoln, Billy The Kid, Beethoven, and Joan of Arc on a time travelling adventure? Party on dudes.
Consciously or unconsciously, we are all influenced by stereotypes. Most of these prejudices have been cultivated in us since we were kids, usually through jokes. But “NOT ME” you say? “I see everyone as a blank slate.” You might be surprised at the number of stereotypes you carry in your subconscious.
How many jokes have you heard since you were a kid that included race, religion. sexual orientation or ethnicity as the punchline? Did you laugh? Did you tell it to a friend?
So what? We can’t make fun of each other anymore? Isn’t it okay to poke good natured fun at race, religion, sexual orientation or ethnicity even if it’s at our own expense?
Words have power.
Watch this 50 states stereotypes video and see which ones strike a chord with you. Television commercials are another good place to look for the perpetuation of stereotypes. I can’t count how many commercials I’ve seen where the husband is portrayed as the bumbling idiot or the wife portrayed as a manipulating know it all. We laugh at these little skits but step back and ask yourself why? You are laughing at the realization that you hold a prejudice. Take a look at how deep some of these seemingly harmless stereotypes play and effect our perception of the world.
I’m not making a call against humor here. I love to laugh. I’m just making a call for awareness in the spirit of self improvement. Born and raised in Texas, I have been both the punchline and the perpetrator. Everything really is bigger in Texas and that includes the EGO. It’s our state motto for God’s sake. 😉
Life can be pretty funny. It doesn’t have to be ugly. With awareness comes understanding and with understanding comes acceptance. Take a look at the stereotypes that were cultivated in your life. Words really do have power. Will you use that power to empower or to deflate?
The signs are always there trying to guide us. Whether we are paying attention to them is another matter. Have a listen to this funny and moving Abraham Hicks video and find your point of attraction.
Sometimes the Universe speaks to us in a dramatic fashion, while other times it’s simply whispering in our ear. It’s all the same. If we just slow down and pay attention to those road signs, the path becomes much easier to navigate. Listen without expectation and let love be the guide.
“I will step back and let God lead the way.” A Course In Miracles
“I will practice the art of allowing today.”
Let’s spend today practicing the art of allowing, instead of trying to fight, manipulate and change things on our own. Instead of trying to make the world the way we think it should be, let’s just let it go and see how God would have it be for us. If we need to do or say anything, let’s allow Him to give us the words and actions that He would choose for us.
We would be amazed at how lovely and peace-filled and open our life would be, so filled with light that not one dark thought could ever hide there. How great would be our relief if we allowed Him to remove from us all the burdens that we carry. If something disturbs our peace, let’s not try to fix it, but simply pray, “God, I give this to you.” And then think no other thoughts, but simply grow quiet and watch a whole new world unfold for us.
See how we are gently guided here and there. See how loving opportunities open up before us. Hear the perfect words flow through our minds so we can speak them. As we allow Him to be in charge, we will watch in joyous wonder at how all we thought was impossible has been quietly corrected with everyone content and loving smiles all around.
—– Reblogged from Sending Joy. Thank you for this perfect post.
Do you know the story of Muhammad’s Night Journey and The Ascension? How familiar are you with Islam? How familiar are you with any religion other than your own? I am sorry to say that my education concerning religions other than Christianity is very minimal as my exposure to them growing up was limited.
It seems that I am not alone in this ignorance as most folks tend to only have a general knowledge of their own religion and really just about any subject. Had any political discussions lately? LOL. It’s shocking how much most of us just regurgitate what we hear with little true understanding of a subject and then march boldly into the night. I’m guilty of it.
We all know that education is the key to understanding so in an age where our news and education comes in bite size nuggets giving us half the story if we’re lucky, it’s no wonder that the world is at war with itself.
I do find it interesting that as a society we have taken religion out of the education system. I’m not advocating religious doctrine be implemented into school curriculum but wouldn’t it be in our best interest to give our kids a good basic understanding of the people around them? Isn’t that the point of an education? Am I the only one who finds it counter-intuitive to send our kids to school and then tell them to pretend religion doesn’t exist and treat it like a taboo? That’s like learning about cars but leaving out any information on the brakes or what fuels them. Good luck! Happy motoring! 😉
It wasn’t until I was in college that I was able to take a course on World Religion. Even at 8 am I found it fascinating and eye opening. And all of this isn’t even just about religion. It’s about having all the information. Imagine if our children were actually given the chance to see the world as it is before their minds were filled up with so much fluff. Imagine the future we might live in.
At the end of the day I suppose we are all responsible for our own education. All of these bits of news and information are just useful tools of manipulation if we don’t take it upon ourselves to dig deeper.
I honestly didn’t mean to go off on what might be considered a rant in this post and hopefully any message in here might still shine through.
Life is a journey of education and we’re all in this together. Let’s agree and disagree and have a discussion and present information and find a way to get along because otherwise what’s the point? What are you seeking? I don’t know about you but I’m seeking peace.