In the classic movie, The Wizard of Oz the protagonists spend the majority of the film on a journey to meet the mighty Oz who will handle all of their problems. Why? Because he is all powerful! Only he can fix it! Of course, in the end the wizard turns out to be a fraud when a pulled back curtain reveals who he really is. Hold that thought.
In this age of non disclosure agreements (NDAs), why are we protecting the wizard? Why is it so important to keep mystique alive? Maybe a dose of reality is more healthy than the alternative fantasy we find ourselves in when we allow the “all powerful” to control the narrative.
I worked for many years in the entertainment business in front of the audience and behind the scenes. As president of the ACPA (Association of Celebrity Personal Assistants) I’ve certainly heard my share of stories about famous people, and the NDAs of many of my colleagues. Never was I asked to sign one. My employer of 16 years, self help guru Louise Hay felt that NDAs intrinsically set up an ‘us and them’ dynamic, and she was all about bringing people together, not setting them up for failure.
So what does the Wizard of Oz have to do with all of this, you ask? Reading about the latest kerfluffle in the news about NDAs, one can’t help but notice that the story is basically about keeping something a secret. And people love secrets! Even if they are benign, the mind begins to contour up the possibilities of more there “there”. In the age of reality tv, cliffhangers are commonplace, keeping us on edge until next week! Will she or won’t she leave him? Who is the real killer?
Bottom line: NDAs are supposed to keep you from becoming a myth buster. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a hopeless romantic. I’m a cockeyed optimist. Myths, legends, Camelot, angels, leprechauns, etc. I’m all in!
However in this age of Pluto and Saturn breaking down foundations, it’s reality for reals. Non disclosure agreements are in the news bigly. The myth busting has begun. It seems to me that as much as we love to escape the world through food, exercise, sex, music, books, movies, or tv binge watching, eventually the real world wins. It would be cool to teleport ala Star Trek to work and visit a near by planet in the blink of an eye for dinner, returning safely to a home in the clouds. But we are living in a moment in time where the curtain has been drawn back, and the Wizard has been revealed. It’s time to disclose the truth. It’s time to break the NDAs and let the chips fall where they may.
Life is messy. That’s what makes it so fantastic. We can dream about the perfect house, job, relationship, body, etc. but the reality is it’s a lot more fun to see what happens next when we don’t have all our ducks in a row.. The Wizard of Oz would be a short animated film if all Dorothy and her gang did was meet and in the next frame they arrive at the gates of the emerald city. The journey is the story!
That’s why reality tv has been such a big hit. I’m a fan of scripted works myself, but I get the appeal. So without NDAs, the wizard is exposed and now what? In the actual movie, the great and powerful man himself actually turns out to be a kindly old gentleman who is relieved to no longer have to be someone he is not. He imparts wisdom to each of the characters, reveals to all his secrets as he comes out of hiding and helps Dorothy find her way home.
The eternal optimist in me likes to think that is how our current story will end. Truth wins out.
For most of us, ABRACADABRA evokes a vision of a magician in a black cape mysteriously waving his magic wand over a black top hat immediately before pulling out a rabbit.
For some, this is how we view affirmations or the Law of Attraction: Either that a successful affirmation was about as likely as being able to pull a rabbit out of a hat, or if an affirmation or the Law of Attraction worked, it was just luck or a magician's "trick."
Did you know Abracadabra is an Aramaic term meaning: "I will create as I speak”? Not what we all thought it was, is it?
Using this definition as a base, that is EXACTLY how affirmations or the Law of Attraction works. We create what we speak or think about the most. Our thoughts and beliefs create our reality. The average person thinks about 70,000 to 80,000 thoughts a day and of those, 95% are negative. This means that an average person, on an average day, thinks up to 76,000 negative thoughts! No wonder most of us stumble through life wondering why negative things happen to us, or why the Law of Attraction doesn't work for us! In reality, it is working perfectly, focusing on the preponderance of daily negative thoughts.
How can we start to turn our negative thoughts to positive ones? We can start by loving ourselves. The feeling of not being good enough is so pervasive it is Universal. By believing we aren't good enough, we are actually saying, "You don't deserve that raise." "You will be stuck in this dead-end job forever because you don't deserve anything better." You will never find that perfect mate because you don't deserve it."
These thoughts originate because at some point in our lives, we accepted someone else's truth as our truth. We accepted the belief and statement of our teacher, parent, boss, spouse, friend, etc. as true for us, and it became one of those 76,000 negative thoughts that are so automatic, we may not even be aware of them as they flit through our subconscious.
But wait, you can stop that stinking thinking as simply as … ABRACADABRA! Whenever you become aware of a negative thought, ABRACADABRA, reverse it into a positive thought. How much better and more empowered do you feel saying: "I deserve that raise." "I deserve a job that fulfills me and provides more than enough money for my wants and needs." "I deserve a mate who loves, nurtures and supports me."
What if 76,000 of your daily thoughts were positive rather than negative? Although it may seem simplistic, it's as simple as "I will create as I speak." You CAN pull that rabbit out of the hat. Try it: ABRACADABRA!