Watching the Perils of Life's Lessons Through the Lens of Documentaries
Most of the documentaries I watch are accounts about everyday people and how they deal with life's complexities. While watching these reports, I observed that we seem to wake-up only when life throws us a curve ball. As the saying goes "Good judgement comes from experience, and experience, well, that comes from bad judgement." It's not necessary to go through bad experiences in order to evolve on this earthly journey, but for most, it's the only road that leads to redemption.
When viewing real-life documentaries, you can place yourself in their shoes and on a subconscious level, learn from their mistakes. Regrettably, we seldom learn from people's successes. We might admire their success, but few will improve themselves because of it. Life is full of disappointments and it seems that it's only then we begin to progress.
Success takes more conscious effort. Trials and tribulations take no effort at all. Subconsciously we all get what's coming to us whether good or bad. The real problem is that people think that "things just happen out of the blue." Nothing can be farther from the truth!
Biopics gives you the advantage to view other people's pitfalls and their consequences from afar. With wisdom, you can avoid those very same (or similar) pitfalls. For example, in one documentary a young beautiful woman, who used to be a model, found it hard settling into married life. She had a young child and husband who gave her everything she wanted. But she was itching for excitement.
In order to satisfy his wife's need for adventure, her husband took the family on a cruise. This is where fate stepped in. During the cruise, a handsome charismatic male employee who was part of the cruise staff, flattered the married former model with lots of attention. She was smitten, and easily taken in by the attention this man gave her.
After the cruise was over they stayed in touch, and the handsome cruise staff member continued to flatter the married model and she continued to be taken in by his charm. To make a long story short, she left her very young child (I think around 3 years old) and husband for the cruise employee and went to live with him in Greece. He then killed her.
So, what can you learn from this factual film? Plenty I would think. Let's start with:
Nothing and no one can save you in this world but wisdom and a close relationship with The Creator (God) or whatever title you might use.
We should always pay attention to the signals God sends us. This is where intuition steps in. God can see much further ahead than we can. If you have a close relationship with The Creator, you won't be afraid to follow your intuition. Many people get a "hunch" and look back and wish they had followed that intuitive lead.
When we receive a warning (or hunch), it's The Creator sending you a wake-up call. However, God is not going to force you to heed the call. If this woman in the story was spiritually evolved, she would have been aware of the signs that this man was simply flattering her. She would have mastered her "emotions" and internally listened to the "still small voice within" that's always there to protect; if we have the heart and mind to listen and obey.
Honesty is the best policy. It would have been better if she had faced the "truth" that she no longer had interest in her husband and dealt with it, instead of looking for a diversion that led to her death. The universe is orderly. "Right can never be wrong, and wrong can never be right."
Our ego puts a veil over the world hiding it's true essence. We become hypnotized by the lure of the world and make decisions based on appearances, which are always deceiving. In truth, the world has very little to do with "what you see." It's more about "who you are." And "who you really are" has little to do with the ego-personality. The ego always leads us to a dead-end alley because the world is not our home and any promises the ego makes will end in disappointment and unhappiness...just like it did for the woman in the documentary.
Just because you "feel" something doesn't mean you have to do it. There's nothing wrong with being tempted. We all are tempted regardless of how highly-evolved you are. But, we must have foresight, discipline, and the wisdom to weigh the consequences of our actions. As this great saying notes: "Don't save your reason for difficult situations; use it to anticipate them. Difficult points require mature rethinking." Quote taken from the book "The Art of Worldly Wisdom" by Baltasar Gracián.
Don't be misled. I'm not trying to depict any individual in the documentary as evil. It's the story and the ending that touched and moved my heart. The roles could have very well be reversed with the husband who strayed from a wife who was devoted ending up murdered due to poor judgement. It's the overall story and it's message that's vital. Sadly, the female in this story was simply a lost Soul searching in the wrong place for happiness. By the way, her husband ended up going to Greece to identify and pick up her body.
Life itself is a documentary with each of us playing a part on the world's stage. We can act through wisdom or live a life of chance, blind to the Divine Guidance that is there whenever we need it, if we call in earnest.
What path have you chosen? Are you living in the world believing that the way to happiness is through following the ego personality? Or have you chosen to live a life of wisdom, joy, and peace by becoming closer to The Creator. You always have a choice. My advice? Choose wisely and become closer to God. It's the only means of safety, joy, and peace in a world that can never provide them!