In 1961, voiceover superstar Mel Blanc, who voiced characters such as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and Elmer Fudd, as well as thousands of others, was severely injured in a car accident while on is way home. Blanc almost died and fell into a coma.
His son and wife were at the hospital for weeks speaking to him, hoping for any sign Blanc would come out of his coma but he remained unresponsive. Doctors tried everything, but the situation seemed hopeless.
One day, about two weeks after his accident, one of his neurologists decided to try a bit of an unconventional method. Upon entering Mel’s room in the morning, he loudly asked, “How are you feeling today Bugs Bunny?” The other nurses and doctors were shocked by his behavior until a timid voice spoke from the bed and said,
“Myeeeeh. What’s up doc?”
Although unable to speak or respond as himself, Mel was able to hear and answer as the characters he played. The doctor proceeded to address Mel in his character names including Tweety Bird, to which Mel responded as that character every time until he awoke from his coma and was once again, Mel Blanc.
Our subconscious is a powerful fragment of our mind. Even the things you do not believe are causing you harm may be keeping you stuck, blocked, or hindering your connection with Source. God is infinite, abundant, loving, and giving. Therefore, if you are struggling in any area of your life, there is something, somewhere in your conscious or subconscious, keeping you from excelling. Without realizing it, you may be letting one of your “characters,” triggers, or fears, answer for you, instead of your true self.Click To Tweet
If anyone has ever had an abusive relationship that may create characters that act from survival mode and act from the characters of fight, flight, or flee.
If someone grew up in poverty their character might come out regardless of how much money they make in their life currently.
If someone has played the role of victim, that might be a character that comes out continuously.
Mel’s characters were distinct, they had names and personalities and were easily definable. It’s not so evident with our characters. When we react to a situation out of fear it feels real and the character takes center stage. It’s not usually until we see contrast of a healthy response that we can compare ours and realize the depth that character has been playing. This is part of why spiritual education is so important, because if we don’t realize our behaviors and how unhealthy they are, we can continue to allow them to play out.
The difficult part is, if these characters are subconscious how do we stop playing them?
Here are a few fundamentals to help us identify these characters:
Oftentimes we get carried away with our lives, work, children, relationships, and we don’t stop to reflect on who we are, our own behaviors, our fears, our shortcomings, our successes or anything in between. We may be going to church and listening to our favorite spiritual teachers, but a lot of times we don’t practice the self-reflection that it takes to grow. Anytime something bothers us, triggers us, or hurts us in any way, we should be looking at where that comes from or at the very least, doing some healing work around it.
When we have a negative experience we tend to project our characters onto one another, instead of taking a step back, practicing self-reflection, and using that as an opportunity to grow. If we are not doing this, which most of us don’t, we are wasting opportunities to grow.
One of the main questions I hear from clients after a session or a series of sessions is, “Okay, now what do I do?”
The answer is “You practice it.”
Spirituality isn’t about the moments we are sitting in church, although that can be part of it. It’s about the moments we are connecting with our spiritual consciousness. If we are spending our life acting and reacting from the characters of our ego then we are always feeling disconnected. Self-reflection is part of the practice. We cannot grow if we are not willing to look at ourselves.
There cannot be personal or spiritual growth if we are not honest with ourselves about what we do and why we do the things we do. If we justify the characters and refuse to be honest about the characters we play, then we will never heal them.
Light has to be brought to a situation to heal or change it. It’s not enough to say, “I want more money in my life,” if we are playing the characters of poverty in our minds. We have to bring light to the hurts and wounds that cause us to play these characters out again and again in our minds.
The characters within are playing roles in a film that is no longer running. They were born out of the past and are irrelevant to our present. By not being honest and seeing where they come from or even just admitting they are there, we are acting out of context to our current situations.
There are times where we may act from a place of fear but not know its origin. We don’t necessarily need to know where it came from, that actually can be an addiction in and of itself. Sometimes people get carried away with needing to know where every little behavior comes from which isn’t really serving them. Sometimes it is good to know so what we can reprogram that behavior but many times we won’t know.
Charles Fillmore, creator of the Unity movement, once said the fastest way to see a difference in your health, finances or other affairs is to practice forgiveness. Fillmore suggested that prior to going to bed each night to practice forgiving every person we feel has ever wronged, judged, harmed, or slighted us in anyway, to practice forgiving anyone we have ever wronged, judged, harmed, or slighted in any way, and to forgive ourselves.
Sometimes that list can get a little lengthy or seem overwhelming. In which case we can pray something more encompassing like this prayer from Catherine Ponder which is,
“All that has offended me, I forgive. Whatever has made me bitter, resentful, unhappy, I forgive. Within and without, I forgive. Things past, things present, things future, I forgive.”
Forgiveness takes the charge out of the past and releases our bond to it. So if we are practicing forgiveness and eliminating the power it has over us, the characters that were birthed from those situations simultaneously disappear.
Your Inner Reel Becomes Your Reality
Everything that is playing in your life now is a manifestation of the past. If you look at your thoughts, mindset, and inner characters as a movie reel, they are playing in your subconscious and projecting onto the screen of your life which then manifests as everything you see in your outer world. The only way to change that is to change the reel that’s playing. This means we have to do the healing work. We can’t just say, “I don’t like this movie, I want a new one,” because the projection is based on us.
We all have characters within that run the show at times. When we silence the characters of our mind, we allow our higher self to do the speaking. Our characters can only live when we give them a voice. Darkness cannot live when the light illuminates it. Fill your consciousness with light, and it will cast out the dark characters your mind.
When we silence the characters of our mind, we allow our higher self to do the speaking. Our characters can only live when we give them a voice. Darkness cannot live when the light illuminates it. Fill your consciousness with light, and it will cast out the dark characters your mind.
Over the next week I would like you to consider anytime fear, judgement, or a negative reaction comes up, ask yourself, who is this character? Where does this character come from? And most importantly, does this character serve me?
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