The Magic of Daydreaming

neverending-storyDid you ever really consider the value of the messages within a children’s movie?

Have you ever rewatched children’s movies as an adult and consciously looked for the positive philosophies in them?

Yesterday I went to a Mind Body Spirit Fayre. I had a wonderful day meeting so many heart-centred people, including a lady called Marie Cunningham, who organised the event.

As I arrived, Marie was giving her own talk about Healing with Crystals.

I discovered that Marie is the author of a book called ‘The Energy Within: The Gift of Knowing Yourself’, and she runs a wellbeing and meditation group in my hometown of Middlesbrough, England, which I will be excitedly be joining next week.

I bought a copy of Marie’s book, which describes Marie’s journey through some of the biggest challenges in her life. If you liked Rhonda Byrne’s ‘The Secret’ you will love this. Many people read The Secret, but then have difficulty achieving the abundance it promises; I know I have, although I have achieved much more since reading it than I ever did before. Marie takes us through her experience of applying more practical exercises and modalities.

Buy The Energy Within from Amazon.co.uk

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I have read over half of The Energy Within in less than 24 hours and was drawn to watch a film Marie mentions “The NeverEnding Story“.

I picked up on so many philosophical messages, all of which I have found to be true in my exploration of my true self, in the film that I was drawn to jot them down and write this post, to demonstrate how a simple children’s film can be so useful in reminding us of the simple way of discovering our strengths, and why it carries a beautiful message for children and parents alike.

I believe I have described some moments in the film without too many spoilers, and certainly without removing any of the magic of the movie.

Bastian is a young boy who lives a dreary life being tormented by school bullies. On one such occasion he escapes into a book shop where the old proprieter reveals an ancient story-book to him, which he is warned can be dangerous. Shortly after, he “borrows” the book and begins to read it in the school attic where he is drawn into the mythical land of Fantasia, which desperately needs a hero to save it from destruction.
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Fantasia is in danger of being obliterated by ‘The Nothing’ sweeping across the land and turning it into, well, nothing! Fantasia can only be saved if their Empress can be healed. They realise that only the finest warrior can save them. This warrior is called Atreyu, and they are shocked to discover that Atreyu is a child. They tell him that he has to go without his weapons. Why would they make a fine warrior go without his weapons? My interpretation is that courage and faith are stronger tools than weapons.

Bastian:
Atreyu and Artax had searched the Silver Mountains, the Desert of Shattered Hopes, and the Crystal Towers without success. And so, there was only one chance left. To find Morla, the ancient one, the wisest being in Fantasia whos home was the Shell Mountain somewhere in the deadly Swamps of Sadness.

Atreyu jumps off Artax and pulls him along through the swamp.

Bastian:
Everyone knew that whoever let the sadness overtake him would sink into the swamp.

Atreyu pulls his horse along saying reassuring things the whole time.

Atreyu:
That’s it. You’re doing fine Artax.

Suddenly Artax stops and Atreyu pulls on the reigns. Artax doesn’t budge

Atreyu:
Come on Artax, what’s the matter? What’s wrong? Come on boy! I understand, it’s too difficult for you.

(He tries pulling him in a different direction and steps into a puddle up to his waist. Suddenly he notices that Artax is sinking)

Atreyu:
Artax you’re sinking! Come on turn around, you have to! Now ! Come on! Artax !

He goes closer to him and hugs him.

Atreyu:
Fight against the sadness Artax. Artax, please. You’re letting the sadness of the swamps get to you. You have to try, you have to care. For me, I’m your friend, I love you.

(Artax doesn’t move and Atreyu slaps the puddle sending water flying toward the horse. He yells at him again.)

Artax, you’re sinking! Come on, turn around, you have to, now! Come on! Artax! Fight against the sadness, Artax. Artax, please, you’re letting the sadness of the swamps get to you. You have to try. You have to care, for me, you’re my friend, and I love you. Artax! Stupid horse! You’ve gotta move or you’ll die! Move, please! I won’t give up! Don’t quit! Artax! Please!

(then he pleads with him.)

Move please. I won’t give up! Jump quick! Artax please!

How many people in real-life sink in the swamps of sadness, simply because of fear, they are afraid not to be afraid?

Atreyu is almost at the point of sinking in the swamps of sadness himself. But he is a brave warrior. He finds himself rescued by Falkor, the Luck Dragon, who says

Falkor:
Having a luck dragon with you is the only way to go on a Quest. Things will work out fine Atreyu. Never give up hope and Good luck will find you.

How many of us can believe we have a Luck Dragon always there to help us, even if we don’t always realise it until we are almost at the depths of despair?

Atreyu needs to get to the Southern Oracle to find out how to heal the Empress.

Atreyu:
Is that the Southern Oracle ?

Engywook:
Well, no. It’s the first of the 2 gates you must pass through before you reach the Southern Oracle and get me the final information for my book. Of course, most people never get that far.

Atreyu:
Why?

Engywook:
The sphinx’s eyes stay closed until someone who does not feel his own worth tries to pass by. Ah ! Here comes one that looks fancy.

VIEW of a man in fancy armor approaching the gate.

Engywook:
Let’s see what he really thinks of himself

(Atreyu watches through the telescope. The man starts to hesitate.)

Go on scaredy cat. Oh, go on!

Engywook:
Oh, it’s my turn, let me see.

(Atreyu ignores him.)

I’m the scientist.

Atreyu:
He’s going on. I think he’s gonna make it.

Engywook:
The sphinx’s eyes, are they open or shut? Let me see !

Atreyu:
They’re shut.
No wait ! The eyes are open !

Engywook:
Oh no! Did he make it ? Did he?

Atreyu decides to make his attempt before hearing what Engywook has to say about the 2nd gate.

Engywook:
Nonsense ! You don’t understand anything! The worst one is coming up. Next is the Magic Mirror gate. Atreyu has to face his true self.

Falkor:
So what ? That won’t be too hard for him.

Engywook:
Oh ! That’s what everyone thinks. But kind people find that they are cruel, brave men discover that they are really cowards. Confronted with their true selves most men run away screaming !

It is often when we face our biggest tests that our deepest, darkest insecurities rise to the surface. Those who cannot face them cannot move forward.

There was another talk yesterday by a scientist, Marie Johnson, who spoke about ‘The Endorphin Effect’, and about her scientific background and how scientists are looking more into energy. How emotions we feel, attached to memories, carry and emit an electrical charge. How the energy of the Universe cannot be increased or dissipated, but it can be transformed.

We cannot see the stars without the darkness. We do not know compassion without guilt or shame. We understand appreciation better when we have felt hopeless. We appreciate our wellbeing so much more when we have faced illness. If we are able to look at those parts of ourselves that we don’t like, accept that they are a part of us, and even embrace them for being a part of the better person we have become because of them, we can transform that negative energy into a much more powerful, positive energy.

Atreyu is told he can only save The Empress by finding a human child, beyond the boundaries of Fantasia.

As Atreyu turns a corner he sees a painting of a wolf, then he turns another corner and sees the wolf hiding in a smaller opening. It growls wildly at Atreyu as he approaches

G’mork:
If you come any closer I will rip you to shreds.

Atreyu squats down where he’s at and looks at the wolf.

Atreyu:
Who are you?

G’mork:
I am G’mork. And you, whoever you are, can have the honor of being my last victim.

Atreyu:
I will not die easily. I am a warrior.

G’mork:
(G’mork laughs.) Brave warrior, then fight the nothing.

Atreyu:
But I can’t ! I can’t get beyond the boundaries of Fantasia.

G’mork laughs and Atreyu grows angry.

Atreyu:
What’s so funny about that ?

G’mork:
Fantasia has no boundaries.

Atreyu:
That’s not true. You’re lying.

G’mork:
Foolish boy. Don’t you know anything about Fantasia? It’s the world of human fantasy. Every part, every creature of it, is a piece of the dreams and hopes of mankind. Therefore, it has no boundaries.

Atreyu:
But why is Fantasia dying then ?

G’mork:
Because people have begun to lose their hopes and forget their dreams. So the nothing grows stronger.

Atreyu:
What is the nothing ?!

G’mork:
It’s the emptiness that’s left. It’s like a despair, destroying this world. And I have been trying to help it.

Atreyu:
But why ?

G’mork:
Because people who have no hopes are easy to control. And whoever has control has the power.

Atreyu:
Who are you really ?

G’mork:
I am the servant of the power behind the nothing. I was sent to kill the only one who could have stopped the nothing. I lost him in the Swamps of Sadness. His name was Atreyu.

The ground shakes and Atreyu falls over backward. He grabs a long, sharp piece of broken stone and stands up. He then yells at G’mork.

Atreyu:
If we’re about to die anyway, I’d rather die fighting. Come for me G’mork ! I am Atreyu!

It is only when people have lost their own power, through their energies vibrating at the lower frequencies of negative emotions, that they give control away to others. It is only through transforming those lower vibrational energies into positive frequencies that they can remain strong, or regain their own strength and power.

Atreyu was the final target of The Nothing as everybody else in Fantasia had given up their power.

Bastian has been watching what has been happening and now has to take up his place within the story:

Childlike Empress:
Bastian, why don’t you do what you dream, Bastian ?

Bastian:
But I can’t ! I have to keep my feet on the ground!

Childlike Empress:
Call my name ! Bastian, please ! Save us !

Bastian:
All right, I’ll do it. I’ll save you. I will do what I dream!

He climbs up to the window and opens it. He leans out into the storm and calls out the name he had chosen for her.

Bastian:
MOONCHILD!

NEXT SCENE- Darkness, pure and black as night. We hear Bastian speak.

Bastian:
Why is it so dark?

Empress Moonchild:
In the beginning it is always dark.

A small light appears and starts growing until the two childrens faces are illuminated. It is coming from an object in Moonchild’s hand. Bastian looks at it.
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Bastian:
What is that ?

Empress Moonchild:
One grain of sand. It is all that remains of my vast empire.

Bastian:
Fantasia has totally disappeared ?

Empress Moonchild:
Yes.

Bastian:
Then everything has been in vain.

Empress Moonchild:
No, it hasn’t. Fantasia can arise in you . In your dreams and wishes Bastian.

Bastian:
How ?

Empress Moonchild:
Open your hand.

She puts the grain into his hand and he looks at it.

Empress Moonchild:
What are you going to wish for ?

Bastian:
I don’t know.

Empress Moonchild:
Then there will be no Fantasia any more.

Bastian:
How many wishes do I get?

Empress Moonchild:
As many as you want. And the more wishes you make, the more magnificent Fantasia will become.

Bastian:
Really ?

Empress Moonchild:
Try it.

Bastian:
Then my first wish is…

Bastian had been told by his father it was time for him to stop daydreaming and ‘keep his feet on the ground’.

How often were we all told this as children? When did you stop daydreaming because an adult told you to? Why do we need to? Why do adults need to stop us? Is it a coincidence that along with our dreams, our innocence disappeared too, and also that childhood courage and belief we had that we could do anything we wanted, and our world was perfect?

Do you know that one person who has confidence in their dreams is more powerful than many who given their power away?

In my opinion, and my experience, parents make their children ‘grow up’ only because they themselves were told to, not because they know it to be right or wrong, but because they don’t know any different or better. There was a point where my colouring books and crayons were taken away and replaced with maths books, and I had to knuckle down to academia in order to get a ‘proper job’. I was still battling away with this myself, and career-building was tough, so when I had my children of course I had to encourage them to knuckle down faster and harder than I did, in order to achieve a career quicker. As parents, we pass this ‘conditioning’ or ‘programming’ on to our children. We believe we know better. We love them, so we want to encourage and protect them, and this is the way to do it. Or so I thought …

Have you ever noticed how many more grandparents are much more likely to encourage their grandchildren to just have fun? How grandparents are much more appreciative of the pictures drawn for them by their grandchildren? How grandparents encourage their creativity? I think we reach an age where we discover how special that magic creativity is. I know I have. And I will definitely encourage it in my grandchildren (when they arrive! No rush yet though, I have much more to learn 😉 ). With a bit of luck, I’ve learned it in time to encourage my own sons to encourage their children’s creativity too. I am willing to admit my mistakes in dampening my own sons’ creativity, and I am learning to embrace the guilt I feel at not discovering this sooner, accepting it and transforming the negative energy of guilt into something far more positive 😀

Buy The NeverEnding Story from Amazon.co.uk

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