The drama of life is a psychological one. Where we unknowingly play the role of both the Director and the leading Actor. We are a Director, in the sense that as we form a thought, which is ultimately a picture within the mind, we are calling forth a new scene and directing its eventuality into our existence. And yet we also play the role of the actor, who plays the literal role within the scenes of our imagination. We are both the dreamer and the dream. The captain of the ship and the ship itself.
Shakespeare once said, “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages.” If we accept the premise that our consciousness is the primary reality and that our thoughts bring form and definition to the human experience. Then we can begin to understand that the world of space and time is but a stage. A three-dimensional (3D) canvas in which we have the opportunity to paint whatever portrait we seek to experience. Just as a great painter is able to bring to physical form the ideas within their imagination, so we can all bring to life the movie of a lifetime when we learn to master our capacity to consciously direct the forces that shape our human experience.
“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages.”
A Director’s Role
As a Director in your life’s story, your role is all encompassing. You not only pick the kind of characters (and their personalities) that appear on your stage, you also decide the background settings, environment, sounds and everything in-between. You are a center of power. A divine creator who creates the qualities of the lead actor and their surrounding world. Whether you realize it or not, you are constantly utilizing this divine gift. In fact, it is impossible for you not to. Every mental image, passing thought, emotion, and action, no matter how subtle, is creative in nature.
Every mental image, passing thought, emotion, and action, no matter how subtle, is creative in nature.
For the awakened spirit, this will mean much. For they will find themselves no longer living in a world of separate powers. Rather, they will find themselves living within a creative stage which, by definition, must playout whatever events their minds are consciously or unconsciously believing will take shape. When one achieves realization of this truth a new level of personal power comes into view. One realizes they have dominion over all events and the individual can then move from a place of fear and worry towards a place of purpose and unshakable faith.
Cast, Characters & Environment
Just as a writer and director decide on the various identities of the cast, plot and surrounding environment. You also possess the power to consciously project what you desire into life by focusing your mind to imagine people and circumstances as you desire to see them. As human beings, we do this so automatically and subconsciously that we fail to see it.
Those moments when we fear our bosses would be upset, only to get an angry call later that day or week. The morning we wake up imagining something good happening and we then receive an unexpected phone call with fantastic news. We are all constantly directing each scene in our life. The question is not whether or not it is happening but whether or not we choose to create consciously or unconsciously.
We are all constantly directing each scene in our life. The question is not whether or not it is happening but whether or not we choose to create consciously or unconsciously.
The question you should be asking yourself as a director is what are you imagining when you are thinking. In my piece the Power of Imagination, I went in depth explaining just how powerful our imaginations truly are when it comes to conscious creation. If you are thinking about one of your good friends for example, and as you think thoughts about them you are imaging them to be good natured, supportive, authentic and helpful, then guess what identity and storyline you are casting? The creative principle is so simple and natural it can easily go unnoticed or seem non-existent to the thinking mind.
This creative principle not only applies to individuals but also to background sets and environments. When you imagine your day tomorrow, what are you imagining your background environment to look like? Feel like? What kinds of people will you meet or not meet? What new opportunities or circumstances will be uncovered? The underlying assumptions within the mind as you think are all creative in nature and will be demonstrated.
The question you should ask yourself is how far you can expand your thinking?
Storyline and Plot Development
You possess the abilities to not only cast the characters and their stories in your world but also the primary storyline and plot of your character’s timeline. Most people who experience repetitive patterns of drama in their lives often have turbulent minds. They experience the feelings of drama emotionally first and unknowingly program their emotional habits and physical actions to bring into physical forms representations of that mental noise.
Drama is, in fact, the result of losing control over your mental images. Spontaneously imagining your life as one day being good and one day being bad. Uncontrolled mental images of hellish future life scenarios are what keeps the evil alive inside our lives. Yet when we hold true to one positive mental image and one only, then we move from chance to certainty. We select the storyline that feels best and exclude all opposing ideas from the mind.
The story of our lives are the stories we tell ourselves about it, within our minds. What role do you want your character to play? What kind of beliefs do you want your character to have? What qualities of mind and personal habits feel most empowering to you?
We can only grow in power to the degree to which we believe we possess such inner wealth and creative potential. The same power that can free us to create infinite possibilities is the same power which when forgotten or misunderstood, can imprison us. Freedom is an inner state of mind and mastery is our ability to observe our thinking and turn down the volume on any mental noise that does not contribute to our personal happiness.