I have something very exciting to share with you today.
Over the years, I have developed several techniques, exercises, and practices that have helped me to become the person I want to be. I’ve used them to:
- Start and build a home-based business that has employed me for nearly 15 years
- Create wealth
- Create abundance in my daily living (not the same as wealth)
- Buy a home as a single self-employed woman
- Improve my health after a major illness
- Improve the quality of my daily life
- Attract interesting and like-minded people, and integrate them into a close circle of friends
- Visit a wide range of places where I have enjoyed natural beauty, history, and the company of amazing new people
- Bring a steady stream of desired items into my life
In the process of creating my personal development toolbox, I have tried many programs and techniques, read a lot of great books, and studied with several amazing teachers. I’ve been a student of life. Through these opportunities, I’ve distilled down some basic ideas into a series of techniques that help me quickly and efficiently reach my goals.
My Big Announcement
Today, I’m pleased to announce that I’m starting to publish a series of ebooks designed to help you reach your personal goals in life. In these ebooks, I’m going to share with you the techniques and tools from my personal development toolbox.
Cinema Therapy, the first ebook in this series, presents a technique for improving your life through movies. It contains the slide presentation I gave at Ignite Phoenix last October. If you don’t know about Ignite Phoenix or the Ignite program, you must check them out because they are amazing events in Phoenix and communities around the world.
Cinema therapy is a technique I put together to use movies to help solve life’s problems. I’m a movie buff. I discovered that I would want to watch the same movie repeatedly over a period of time. As I began to explore that, I realized that the movie I couldn’t stop watching had something in common with my current life challenges. This discovery, along with my great interest in Jungian psychology, archetypes, metaphor, symbolism, and depth psychology, helped me to formulate cinema therapy into a working tool for personal growth. Now, I actively use this technique to help me resolve my life challenges.
Cinema Therapy is a simple process:
- You identify a life challenge. (You have a couple of those, right?)
- You take a few minutes to define an antidote for your life challenge. (What would your life look like without this challenge?)
- You identify a movie that contains the antidote.
- You watch the movie. (Repeat as desired.)
In the presentation, I go through several life challenges and offer one or more possible movie antidotes for each challenge. Through these examples, you will see how the movie fits the challenge. This will help you to select movies that antidote your life challenges.
What’s The Benefit of Cinema Therapy?
Cinema therapy is based on what I have learned about depth psychology and human motivation. You don’t really need to understand how all of this works to experience it. In fact, sometimes you can get so distracted by how something is supposed to work that you lose all of its benefits.
There are many benefits from cinema therapy that you can put to work in your life:
- There are so many movies, you will have no problem finding several movies that contain the antidote to your challenge.
- Movies are relatively cheap.
- Movies are easily available in many formats. These days, you can even download them to your cellphone.
- Movies take just an hour or two to watch, so they fit into your schedule.
- For a time, you live through the character and live a life without your challenge. (You take a vacation from your problem, to quote a favorite movie of mine.)
Western Medicine vs. Homeopathic Medicine
In this ebook, I mention briefly using two great medical traditions when selecting your movie. Western medicine doesn’t address movie selection, and neither does homeopathic medicine. I borrowed these terms and use them loosely.
- Western (allopathic) medicine attacks illness by suppressing the symptoms. In other words, it provide an antidote.
- Homeopathic medicine attacks illness by supporting the symptoms. In other words, it reinforces the symptoms.
Don’t read any more into my use of these terms than this. Just remember that allopathic medicine uses antidotes and homeopathic medicine matchs the disease symptoms.
When using cinema therapy, sometimes, you are not ready to jump straight to the movie antidote (allopathic solution). For those situations, you can find a movie that matches your life challenge (homeopathic solution). You identify with the pain or philosophy of the character who shares your challenge. This helps you to vent your anger, frustration, or other emotions until you are ready to take the journey with the movie antidote.
How Can I Help You (And You Help Me)?
Over the years, I’ve done many things to share personal growth information with others. I’ve published newsletters and blogs, I’ve conducted workshops, and I’ve produced a line of products, all to help other people along their own personal journey.
Now with this ebook, I’m breaking into new territory. I’m sharing tools and techniques from my personal development toolbox with you in an electronic format. These are things that have worked for me and my friends over the years.
Some people are not so keen about taking a healing journey, or about exploring solutions to their challenges with movies. I know that up front. But if you are a person who is always thinking about how to improve yourself and your life, and you like watching the same movie a few times, cinema therapy might be just what you need to work through a challenge in your life today.
If you are a cinema therapy kind of person, I want to hear from you. Have I explained cinema therapy well enough for you to being using it? Do you have additional questions? When you put cinema therapy to work in your life, how did it turn out for you? Did you easily find a movie antidote? Did you feel relief as you watched the movie a few times?
I am eager to hear your feedback so I can continue to improve my cinema therapy ebook. I want to share what I have learned so I can help as many people as possible. Your feedback can help me. Please do take a few minutes to share with me your reactions, your journey, and your successes along this road.