In late November 2006 Rhonda Byrne's book "The Secret" took the world by storm. Many New Age believers and self-improvement enthusiasts embraced its "Law of Attraction" message as the answer to life's problems. "Awakening," a movie by Patrick Combs, aims to take "The Secret's" teachings a step further by showing viewers practical ways to apply them to their lives. That's quite an ambitious goal for a 47-minute film.
Circumstances Don't Dictate One's Life
One of the more interesting insights of "Awakening" is that no one has to be a victim of his circumstances. Many abused children lead lives of crime, poverty and desperation while others, like Oprah Winfrey, reach the pinnacle of success. "Awakening" asks why, and its narrator, Patrick Combs, shares from personal experience how circumstances can be the catalyst for positive change. Patrick was raised in a trailer park by a mother who battled depression, yet he went on to become a leading self-development expert.
Choices Do Dictate One's Life
Your subconscious mind is a powerful thing, and it's programmed from an early age by your environment. According to the film, 90 percent of the events in your life are determined by subconscious thought. "Awakening" communicates that thoughts are choices, whether conscious or unconscious, that produce actions with tangible results. The good news is that your conscious and unconscious thoughts can be changed. Combs encourages his viewers to see their lives, both present and future, as a product of their choices.
No One Likes to Change
Almost everyone can relate to the fear of the unknown. It's a strong motivator to avoid change. Another motivator is that it takes more effort to change than to stay where you are. Combs asserts that, like the myth about the frog that dies in a gradually-heated pot of water while another has an immediate "awakening" and jumps out of a pot of already-boiling water, people tend to resist change until the consequences of staying the same are worse than their fear of the unknown.
Pain Can Motivate Change
Just as the frog's pain motivates it to get out of the pot, it often takes suffering to persuade people to change their life. "Awakening" drives this home with examples ranging from ignoring the feedback of others until you lose friends to indulging in bad habits until your health declines. When the pain of being in a rut exceeds the limit of your endurance, you've reached a turning point. This is where an "awakening" can happen, which Combs describes as "a moment of crystal clarity where you suddenly gain a new insight about yourself and the world around you." When you act on an "awakening," you begin moving towards a future of unlimited possibilities.
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