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Inception The Movie

A couple of weeks ago I watched the movie Inception in the cinema with my wife and some friends. The movie was fascinating, and the superb acting was enough to make it the blockbuster that it was.

I got carried away by the many layers in the intricate plot and amazing action sequences woven into a special effects heaven of an environment.
Some critics say that the plot is what sold the movie, attributing it's success to the originality and depth of the story.

But I had a different idea -- A Christmas Carol.

The main concept behind the "inception" in the movie reminded me of Charles Dickens' ghosts of Christmases past, present and future hard at work in his subconscious with the goal of altering his conscious decisions. They helped to give a new meaning to the events in his life, affecting his thought patterns and ultimately his decisions.

I believe that to a certain extent our dreams can have real meanings, and can be the effect of spiritual energies influencing our thoughts and actions.

This, I believe, is why the Bible speaks of "young men seeing visions and old men dreaming dreams" as a medium of communication in the time of the end.

I believe our minds are literally a battlefield for spiritual energies fighting for territory and control, much like the movie portrays, only much more real.

2 Corinthians 10:3-5
3For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:
4(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
5Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;


A Pot O’ Gold

My daughter asked me the other day: "How do you find the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow?" My first impulse was to tell her that it didn't exist, but she insisted that because she saw it in a story book that it must be real.

Then I got to thinking that as adults many of us have abandoned our dreams for our own version of "reality", and given up on constantly seeking out the pot of gold in our own lives.

When we were little, we didn't dream of growing up to become corporate CEOs or bank clerks. No, we dreamed of becoming jet fighter pilots, ballerinas, and sports celebrities but we eventually "learned" that it's just not possible for us normal people to achieve that kind of success.

An acquaintance of mine told me that he had always wanted to get into CG animation, but he's too busy and doesn't have enough money to learn. I had a look at some of his work, and it was rough, but he had potential, so I told him he should put more time into learning it and doing it full-time, but he just couldn't bring himself to make the commitment--there were too many reasons why he just couldn't. Most importantly he couldn't make a break with his old, comfortable, yet unsatisfying life. Trying to convince him that he could was starting to agitate him so I left it at that.

Like Tony Robbins put it - "The only thing that's keeping you from getting what you want is the story you keep telling yourself about why you can't have it"

As long as you're breathing and your heart is beating you have the power to follow your dreams and to make them a reality.

I told my daughter while holding her hand and looking at the rainbow arching across the sky that when she finds her pot of gold to let me know and meanwhile I'll be finding my own pot of gold.