In my work I meet many interesting and compelling people. Working in the way I do with my clients I witness their extraordinary characters and feel truly blessed that I was given the opportunity to help them. On Friday night, one of my clients (who has subsequently become a friend) invited me to the opening of the new Justin Kurzel’s thrilling movie interpretation of Macbeth. Hannah makes movie trailers (think Cameron Diaz in Holiday) and she invited me to watch it at BAFTA.
It felt strangely delicious to climb the stairs under the auspicious gaze of the famous golden mask. The bar was crammed with genuine movie buffs from scriptwriters to directors of photography, gaffers to sound recordists. Hannah has a radiant energy about her that causes her to light up any room and her passion for film was evident. I studied Macbeth at school in the days when O-Levels existed. Shakespeare’s ability to blend political intrigue, the corruption of power with raw sexual chemistry and madness always compelled my interest.
In 2008 when I started piloting my charisma seminars I wanted a charismatic venue and chose Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. It’s stunning, historic and oozes dramatic intensity from every rounded corner. So here I was with Hannah, at BAFTA about to watch Michael Fassbender (he is truly hot, especially in the water re-birthing scene) in my favourite Shakespearian play.
From the gorgeous cinematography to the powerful and haunting soundtrack this movie stunned, shocked and caused an emotional tsunami from the first few moments. The story of how the dynamics of evil exhibit themselves in Macbeth and Lady Macbeth was deeply chilling. The weird witches give Macbeth a vision that he can be King and so they plant the seed of a corruptive thought that insidiously grows as it poisons his heart until murder is simply a path to full and glorious power.
As the movie ended, the respectful audience paid close attention to the end credits. Movies are made because of the collaboration of a whole team of talented people behind the scenes so this was their special moment. I found myself reflecting on the corruptive nature of power, realising that corruption starts with a thought that weaves itself seamlessly into the fabric of life itself.
A simple thought starts a chain reaction of emotion and energy that manifests in our body and is projected onto the world around us. We watch our lives unfold as if we are witnessing a movie that has no correlation to us – it’s just unfortunate circumstance that has created these dramas. We may see ourselves as helpless victims in the overwhelming scripting of our lives. Yet unknowingly we are directing everything at a metaphysical level.
Nobel prize winning physicists have proved that the world is one large sea of energy that flashes into and out of being every millisecond. Nothing is solid. Our thoughts pull together and hold the energy into the physical objects that we see. Why do we see objects and not flashes of energy? Well a movie is created from individual frames that are separated by a gap. Each frame is overlaid at a typical speed of 24 frames a second so that our eyes are tricked into seeing one continuous moving picture.
Your thoughts are literally changing the universe on a particle by particle basis. Your physical world is a mirror of the thoughts you have been thinking. Your life is projected as a reflection of your beliefs, the truth you hold In your heart. You and I are pure energy light in its most beautiful and intelligent configuration. Under the surface is this invisible field of energy. This is your playground. This in a stage where you can direct and produce any movie that you desire. You control it all with your powerful mind.
As we learned from Ben Parker, grandfather of Spider-man, “with great power comes great responsibility”. Unless we accept a hundred percent responsibility for what happens to us in our life then we literally give away all power. We become like flotsam, tossed onto the stream of life being carried downstream by a current that only flows in one direction. You can change that right now. You have the power to manifest miraculous effects when you direct your thoughts into what you want.
Today our lives are so busy that unless we see ‘action in an instant’ we switch off and search for action in different places. We want instant wealth, instant gratification (Hail Great Credit Cards), instant fame (think of the young people hooked on reality shows), and instant ‘loved up’ relationships. In fact we are so focused on what we want, but haven’t got that we unwittingly create a feeling of ‘lack’ within us and this ‘lack’ shows up in our world. Yes we have the power to create and manifest all that we desire yet many of us are clueless about how to optimise this power.
As seeming random happenings show up in the movie of our life we instinctively start to question whether we had any power in the first place. We climb onto the Hamster Wheel and start trundling along. One foot in front of another as we create a robotic response mechanism that keeps us on the treadmill of impotence and powerlessness.
Here are three ways to reclaim your own personal power:
- Stop judging situations as good or bad. It is your judgement that fixes and solidifies things. When you begin to embrace the idea that judgement is a human construct born from the ego mind then you begin to transcend the chains of your own constraints. Whatever you perceive is always inaccurate and incomplete because your physical senses are on a spectrum. Judging will instantly fix something (like setting unset jelly) and make it real. A behaviour from someone else that causes you to feel angry may lead you to judge their behaviour as wrong, bad or not good. This doesn’t help you and will only fuel your anger. If you adopt the view that this person’s behaviour has triggered anger within you then you have received feedback that it’s time to resolve your own anger. When you resolve your inner stuff your external world changes because of your projections.
- Delight in simple things. Your point of power is right here, right now, in this moment. Time is a human construct that ceases to exist in the rebellious world of Quantum Physics. Often our mind will be caught up reliving memories that run like movies in our mind allowing our past to infiltrate our present. Sometimes we create movies of future memories that feel as real as the touch of a person’s hand on your face. The past and the future do not enable us to reclaim our power. It is when we begin to notice the simple pleasures that life offers us, we can begin to stir gratitude and this causes us to vibrate at a different energetic frequency. When we allow ourselves to enjoy life in the moment irrespective of what we are doing, when we can wash the dishes or walk the dog with mindful appreciation then we activate our senses. The movie of your life is determined by what you are thinking and feeling right now. So the happy joyful ending is guaranteed when you access joy and happiness in this present moment.
- Visualise your universal power. You and I are pure light energy that continually interacts with the invisible field of energy. You can tap into this energetic field and boost your own energy simply by your directed intention. Take a moment to imagine an infinite source of pure white healing energy circling above the top of your head. Then imagine this energy flowing into your head and filling up your body now. Imagine expanding this white energy light so it overflows out from your heart and into the hearts of everyone you meet. Some of you may think this technique is strange. That’s ok, just try it and see how differently you feel after doing this visualisation. You are what you think. If you think about your infinite energy flow then you feel energised and powerful.
In the original Shakespearean Macbeth there is a conversation amongst the three witches: “Fair is foul and foul is fair”. This illustrates the metaphorical power of our thoughts. What we think we become. What we judge enslaves us. What we believe we conceive. When we allow the truth of what we feel in our hearts to guide the choices we make in our lives then we send a message to our thoughts that we are in control of our lives. That’s true empowerment.
Have a great week, right now!