Favourite movies…

Well, I had to resort to it one day, didn’t I? The ever faithful favourite movies of all time post!

Thinking back, I have probably seen thousands of movies. Some I wished I had never seen, and can’t even remember them now anyway. Others, I thoroughly enjoyed… And can’t remember them either! And others have stuck with me throughout the years. The movies I am posting about here are the ones that I could watch again and again and again, back to back, and never get tired of watching them.

The first two, The Secret and What the Bleep, I’ve mentioned before in my ramblings in this blog. I just love these! I always feel good and motivated after watching them, and I find what they discuss absolutely fascinating… which I probably wouldn’t if I didn’t like them… More documentary than movie, but I find them entertaining and enlightening never the less.

The third in my list, of goodness knows how many movies, is The Celestine Prophecy. All to do with coincidences and the right path, things happening for a reason. This movie, and the two before fit nicely into my way of thinking. We all sometimes need some external help with our feel good thoughts (even though these always come from within) and these movies help with that. If you are feeling a little down, put one of these on and your spirits will be raised again in no time!

Moving on. These following films seem ancient, but they aren’t really that old. I don’t think. Mannequin starring Andrew McCarthy and Kim Cattrall tops this little list. It starts off with a girl hurled through time who can only move when nobody is looking. There’s more to it than that, but I don’t want to spoil any plot if it hasn’t been watched. Girls Just Want To Have Fun stars Sarah Jessica Parker and Helen Hunt. A fabulous feel good dance movie if ever there was one. Another feel good dance movie, Dirty Dancing, with Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey makes you feel like getting up and joining in when the dancing comes on! Another favourite dance film of mine is Strictly Ballroom. Good fun whilst drinking a glass of wine (but the wine is optional!)

Miracle on 34th Street with Mara Wilson is my next movie. OK, it’s a Christmas movie. So what. It’s still good! Rat Race stars a whole host of famous people trying to get from one place to the other to be the first to arrive. As it says in the title it’s a race. I like how the characters have their own little stories going on throughout the movie, only crossing paths every now and then. I find it very entertaining. Pirates of the Caribbean and any of the ones that follow. Johnny Depp as a pirate. Shiver Me Timbers! Comedy, action, excitement and a bit of horror all thrown into the mix. No complaints from me here! The Lost Boys. How could anyone not like this? It’s got vampires in it to start off with. And comics. The printed kind – not comedians. Starship Troopers is another goodie with Casper van Dien.

Oh, just a minute… I’ve forgotten another vampire movie. Interview With A Vampire, starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt. And a brilliant theme sung by Annie Lennox. It’s about a vampire being interviewed – that won’t spoil the movie if you haven’t seen it!

Mamma Mia starring Meryl Streep. Worth watching just for the scenery, if you aren’t into actors singing. Julie Walters is good in it, I must add.

Coyote Ugly is another feel good movie. One way or another I always try to ensure I get to see this one every now and then. And finally, on this, my first favourite movie list, is The Birdcage, starring Robin Williams. Not a lot, yet a lot, seems to happen in this one. Christine Baranski appears in this, and she is also in Mamma Mia. Coincidentally, as I didn’t know until the other week.

And there we have it. My movie review is now over, well, this one anyway.

If you want a fuller review of any of the movies, you’ll have to search for them somewhere… or you could watch them yourself! They really are good experiences to go through!

Inventions

I’m finding it really hard to think of what will be next that could ever be invented. I mean, we have everything we need now, don’t we? We’ve got the wheel, the internet, ways to fly, ways to go under water, ways to watch movies or listen to music, ways to print things, ways to travel over land for great distances, ways to watch movies while travelling over land – and in the air for that matter. We have ways to look inside our bodies when we need a check up. We have consoles where we can slot into the game that is being played on games consoles that need to use a large screen TV to play them on. We have mobile phones that can take a photo and send it to an email address straight away. We have automatic doors. We have buildings hundreds of stories high. We have remarkable bridges and other feats of engineering that weren’t even imagined a century ago.

The thing is, things are always being invented. Some are improved variations on what was previously there, such as the DVD to the video and the mobile phone to the fixed line telephone. OK, mobile phones are more radios than phones, but they do use phone technology – and camera technology – and now computer technology to work.

Microwaves are everywhere now, but it wasn’t that long ago when they were hardly ever seen. Automatic doors are becoming more common, and we now have automatic revolving doors! Self-flushing loos – already there.

With everything that we now use, and take for granted, if someone from the eighteenth century – even the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries – were to somehow turn up into our time, they would think that we live in a magical world where everything is easy and convenient for us.

Yet, even with all of these things that we have, more and more ideas keep on springing up. Some things are alterations to what we currently know, and others are brand new things that we have never seen before.

What makes someone think of something that we have never seen before? How is it possible to fill a gap with something where nobody even realised there was a gap before? And with all this in mind, how then, can two or more people in completely different locations come up with similar ideas at the same time?

Everything is borne out of inspiration. The great inventors of the past were inspired to make their dreams and ideas a reality. They created something in their lifetime that has developed over time and become something today that is both necessary and accepted as the norm. Something made these inventors go with their ideas, and this would have been their imagination of the finished product.

We don’t need to invent gizmos and gadgets – although we can do if we receive the inspiration to do so – but we do have the ability to ‘invent’ our own future. We can imagine doing things in different ways to ‘try out’ which way we would prefer, and then find ways to bring those imagined scenarios into reality.

We may not leave our name as being the second person to invent the wheel, but who would really want to do that? It’s already been done! We’ve all got a future that can be exactly as we intend it to be – or we can just go on as before. It is entirely up to us.

How can your tomorrow be better than today?

What changes can you ‘invent’ in your life that will make your future more magical?

Can you see a space in your life right now where it would be more improved if ‘this’ was there?

Maybe you are happy as you are right now, but is there anything you could ‘tweak’ slightly to make it better?

Sometimes, we see things that make us think “I want that”, or “I can do that”, or “I can do better”. What’s stopping us?

How to send a Cosmic Order

The first thing I’d like to say regarding sending a Cosmic Order is to do it in a way that you feel comfortable with. It is best to be done in a relaxed state, so there is no point trying to place an order if you aren’t feeling very comfortable about doing it. There is no right or wrong time to do it, and there is no need to perform a ritual (unless you really want to).

The way I see it, is that we are responsible for what we bring into our lives. We may be conscious of doing this, or we may not be, but if we take the control, and look at whatever comes into our lives as it has been brought to us by ourselves, then we have some control already over what is happening to us. It may be something we do not like or want, but with control we can change it, or accept it.

By the way, if something ‘bad’ happens, don’t blame yourself for bringing it to yourself, just accept that you are experiencing this for a reason. It may be to make you stronger for something, or to make you see something in a different light, or maybe to show you something you have been subconsciously hiding from yourself. Some people question the fact that nobody would deliberately bring some negative aspect into their own lives. This is true, but I feel that for us to be a part of what is happening, we have brought that situation to ourselves, and it is how we react and respond to what is happening that influences the next stage of events.

Sometimes, we are just witness to something that is ‘outside’ of our control. Because it is now in our awareness, we are part of it. And because we are part of it, we have brought it into our life. Whatever it is that we are witness to may be something that we never in a million years thought we would ever see, and that is the way how I see the universe working.

Not bringing negative things to us, or bringing positive things to us for that matter, but just bringing things, events, people, situations and anything else it thinks that we need in our lives. The universe is not judgmental, so it will bring what we need – or what it thinks we need – to ensure that we are happy. If we are always moaning and complaining about this, that and the other, then we will see more of this, that and the other to complain about! The universe ‘sees’ that we are happy by always complaining. If we constantly talk about the good things that are around us, our good health, the amazing situations we end up in, the good people we meet then, guess what… we’ll have more of these events to give us more to talk about.

Like I said earlier, I believe that we are responsible for everything that comes into our lives. That responsibility is to react in the most appropriate way to what is happening to ensure that whatever is happening continues to happen, or not, depending on how we feel about it.

And how we are feeling is a key area to Cosmic Ordering. I began this post with the line “The first thing I’d like to say regarding sending a Cosmic Order is to do it in a way that you feel comfortable with”. I wasn’t meaning lying on a comfortable bed, or sitting in a nice armchair (although you can do this if you like), I was actually meaning feeling comfortable within. You can send a Cosmic Order anywhere, at any time, in any situation, but I believe you will have more success if you order in a relaxed state.

OK, on to how to do it.

We know that we bring everything into our lives, yes? We are responsible for everything that happens to us, and how we react to it. We know that the universe brings to us the things it thinks we want in order to be happy. And more often than not we are sending these signals to the universe without even thinking, or being aware of them. Cosmic Ordering is simply telling the universe what it is that we want. Just letting it know, consciously. Clearly. Without doubt that it will be delivered to us. And with gratitude.

Have a look at the things that you really think that you want in your life. Be specific. As a tip, start off small – you can order anything of any size, but it must be realistic to you… something that you know you will be able to have / be/ do. Write down, say out loud, think, or ask the cosmos in any way you feel comfortable with for your order. And that is it. If you wanted to, you could light a candle, chant a rhyme, dance in a moonlit field… but you don’t need to. The essence of your order comes from within you; whatever you do externally may make you feel good – or feel better – about ordering, but however you feel about anything always comes from within.

I would advise against setting any timescales, only because they can lead to doubt if it is drawing near, and doubt will not bring the order to you. Just be open to receiving your order at the time that the universe thinks is right for you.

Just one word of warning… be careful how you word your order. The universe is literal. It will bring exactly what you ask for.

Have fun with it. Try it! I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again. You may doubt that your order will be delivered, and it may not be. You may send an order just as a joke to see what happens. You may say “This’ll never happen” and you may be right. But what if your order is delivered? Can you imagine having, being or doing just what you really want to?

Once your order is delivered, just show gratitude to the universe. Say thank you. Do a good deed. Smile.

Relaxing with lightning?

Heavy rain. Loud thunder. The occasional bolt of lightning. Bright sunshine. Cloudy with sunny intervals. Cloudy. Heavy rain. Loud thunder. The occasional — yes, this is how the weather has been here this afternoon. And the heavy rain was heavy. Absolutely fabulous!

I don’t think that there is anything as refreshing as a heavy downpour of rain during summer. Being a hay fever sufferer, I find it easier to breathe during the rain, and just after. I can smell the fabulous earthy smells that are churned up as the raindrops lash down the ground with ferocious intent. The air seems more chilled, and especially during a thunder storm, more charged.

I didn’t see too much lightning today. In fact, I didn’t see enough! I could hear the distant rumbles of thunder, and the claps that were overhead, but I seemed to have missed the lightning for some reason. Even when I was swimming  this evening, I could hear the rain outside the pool over the splashing of the water in the pool. I could hear the thunder too, but again didn’t notice any lightning. I saw one quick flash when I got home, but that was it.

My favourite type of lightning is fork lightning. The way how it streaks across the sky, or from earth to sky or the other way around is breathtaking. The crackles of electricity that can be heard can be shocking (should really apologise for the ‘pun’ here, but I won’t). I remember one night, we were having a very heavy snow storm, and outside the window there was one fork of lightning. It looked pink against the white of the snow and the grey of the sky. I only saw it once that day too…

I saw some photos the other month of when the volcano in Iceland, Eyjafjallajökull,  was erupting, and it was surrounded by lightning, which just goes to show the amount of energy that is created when these eruptions occur. This photo is one I have just found on the web, although it isn’t the one I saw a while back. Still, it’s very impressive:

Speaking of the volcano, it’s hard to imagine how much of an impact the eruption had on everyone, especially the chaos that was caused when the planes were grounded. Hard to imagine, but easy to remember, I hasten to add. It just goes to show the power that the natural world has, and when she really wants to, Mother Nature will give us just a glimpse of that power.

And why not? It’s her environment too and if she wants to make a few changes or stir things up a bit she is entitled to go ahead and do it. The only thing is there is nobody who can stop her when she really lets loose, but she does bring things back to normal in her own time. There’s no rush for nature, whatever it is doing.

Looking at nature, watching anything natural, is very relaxing, and a very easy way to clear your mind of any negative thoughts you may be carrying with you. A word of advice, however, don’t go to an erupting volcano if you want to relax… sit back and watch it on the TV in the safety of your own home.

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Just because…

Here are some feel good quotes! Even if you aren’t feeling the best, reading some of these quotes will make you at least think a little differently. And you can’t go wrong with a little positivity every day…

“The positive thinker sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.” by Author Unknown.

“When you realize how perfect everything is, you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky.” Buddha

“You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.” Albert Einstein

“A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.” Herm Albright

“Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.” Willie Nelson

“Instead of thinking about what you’re missing, try thinking about what you have that everyone else is missing.” Unknown

“There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative.” W Clement Stone

“Positive anything is better than negative nothing.” Elbert Hubbard

“I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. And because I cannot do everything I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.”
Hellen Keller

“To a brave man, good and bad luck are like his left and right hand. He uses both.” St Catherine of Siena

“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery. And today? Today is a gift. That’s why we call it the present.” B. Olatunji

“If you’re going through hell, keep going.” Winston Churchill

“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” Dale Carnegie

“Efficiency is doing things right. Effectiveness is doing the right things.” Peter Drucker

“Formal education will make you a living. Self education will make you a fortune.” Jim Rohn

“You must be the change you want to see in the world.”
– Mahatma Gandhi

“The tragedy of life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goals to reach.” Benjamin Mays

“To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure.” Napoleon Hill

“Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow” Swedish proverb