We’re still not going to discuss the individual types, and at this point, I’m fairly sure we won’t in this series. If you really want to know more in-depth information about how all the nine strategies play out, there’s ample information out there that I don’t feel like repeating.
What we are moving on to is a little idea I like to call postmodern parables. Unlike in Biblical times, we don’t have itinerant rabbis wandering the streets, telling stories to shatter our worldview and open us up to reality. Unlike medieval times, we don’t have itinerant storytellers and bards wandering the roads, telling stories that shatter our worldview and open us up to reality. Today, we have filmmakers and novelists to fill that role.
In our last post, we briefly touched on the importance of imagination and the unconscious in enabling behavioral change. Symbolism, metaphor, and imagery are apparently not just the native tongue of our unconscious imaginations, they are also the makings of some darn fine cinema and literature.
How ironic is it to find that after five years of intensive study of self-help manuals, a person might have been better served by popping a bag of Cousin Willie’s popcorn and sitting down and watching The Matrix? Think I’m kidding?
Okay, think a moment about what we’ve been talking about.
Reality as you know it is a false construct.
The false reality keeps you trapped.
Introduction of a small, yet powerful “virus” into your mental system is capable of rewriting your mental hard drive from within, and propelling you out of your comfortable but dysfunctional existence and into a new reality.
The new reality is not glamorous; its main benefit is that it’s real and you’re free within it.
Gonna throw another one at you. There’s a television show about characters who are LOST.Â All of the people on a plane are stuck in negative repeating patterns.Â They land on an island, where their eyes are opened (many episodes begin with an extreme close up of an awakening eye) and they are able to shed their previous identities (some of which are assumed identities) and are now free to be someone entirely different.
“Everyone here gets a new start.”
I could name four or five more books, television shows, movies or other contemporary mass media that echo these same themes. Â Is it a conspiracy?
Maybe, maybe not.
Maybe, these are things that many of us instinctively know, deep down.Â Maybe all the modern-day mystics are in the media and publishing.