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Is Your Inner Movie On or Off?By Dr. Margaret Paul
October 07, 2014
Are you ready to switch off your programmed inner movie and let Spirit guide you instead?
What's playing on your inner movie? Your inner movie is the screen in your mind upon which you create various scenarios. Perhaps the movie is "Reliving the Past." Maybe it's "Controlling the Future." Is your movie stuck on "Obsessive Thinking," where you are ruminating over and over about a situation or about how you want to handle something?
Our programmed wounded self tends to go on and on making up stuff, as if what it is thinking is always the truth. It has been deeply programmed since childhood to think and believe in ways that generally have nothing to do with truth.
Truth is that which comes from the source of truth, which is Spirit. We are able to access truth when we are present in this very moment with a deep desire to learn about truth and love. When we are present in this moment - with our inner experience, with our surroundings, and with our higher self, Spirit is able to communicate with us. When our deepest desire is to be present with the truth, love and reality of this moment, we stop our obsessive, programmed thinking - which is always a way to control. When we are present in this moment, we have surrendered to Spirit. We have let go of control and are in faith and trust that we are being guided and supported in our highest good. We don't need to put our limited wounded self in charge because we know that we will receive whatever messages we need from our Guidance. Our programmed inner movie is OFF!
So, is your programmed inner movie on or off? How often is your inner movie called "Intent to Control?"
For example, let's say that you know you need to speak with your boss about a problem you are having with another employee. You probably spend some time thinking about what you're going to say. If your 'Control' movie is on, then your wounded self is thinking about how to make your point, how to be heard and understood, how to win, how to be right, how to convince, and so on. You might be preparing your defense should your boss disagree. Perhaps you rehearse this over and over, rerunning the 'Control' movie. You want to make sure you get it right.
If your loving adult is in charge, then your inner movie is off. Your mind is not coming up with a pre-recorded video. Instead, you are open to learning about what is in your highest good in this particular situation and you are asking Spirit for guidance. Is it best to just present the situation and ask for help or feedback with an intent to learn? Is it best to state the situation and state what you plan on doing to take care of yourself? Is it best to try to work it out with the other employee and not go to your boss at all? When your adult is in charge, you are relying on Spirit rather than on your programmed mind to determine the action that is in your highest good.
If you do speak with your boss or with the other employee, who is in charge? Does your wounded self take over out of fear, or are you loving yourself enough to show up as a loving adult connected with your Guidance?
Some of us find ourselves connecting with our Guidance just fine when we are meditating, dialoguing, creating, or working with others in a supportive capacity. It's very easy for me to stay connected with Guidance when I'm working with clients or conducting an Inner Bonding Intensive. I couldn't work any other way because my mind doesn't know the answers regarding how to help others. Spirit comes through the moment my intent is to be helpful.
It's more challenging when I am faced with taking care of myself within my personal relationships. That's when my wounded self has wanted to run a programmed movie. She used to think she could figure things out regarding how to control the outcome with people and events. She thought she was smart, and she wanted to create scenarios in order to control. Since I've learned to be vigilant in terms of who is in charge, my wounded self hardly ever gets a chance to take over and run her programmed movies. I've learned that the minute my wounded self takes over, my joy is gone. Conversely, the moment I surrender and allow Spirit to guide me, my inner movie is off and my joy is back. To me, that's a great motivator, since I love being in joy!
So, is your inner movie on? If so, what video is on? You might want to start intentionally noticing this. The rewards of switching off your inner movie are really great!
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