Earlier today I received a question about using Theatre of the Mind for “others.”
Here it is:
Hi, Matt! LOVE the Theatre of the Mind DVD- it is reinforcing what you taught us at the seminar in Clearwater Beach. One question- is it OK to use the technique on behalf of someone else? Specifically, there is a lady that I know who is in direct need of dental work, and today I saw an article that a local dentist is giving a free smile makeover to a deserving individual. Is it OK for me to make and watch a movie in theatre of the mind of a group of us coming together to help this lady and make this a reality?
M.F.: Hi Dorothy. Glad you LOVE Theatre of the Mind and thank you for the question. I have a “yes” and “no” answer to your question. First, many people who learn Theatre of the Mind, are so enamored with its power to change their life and work “miracles” – that instead of using it on oneself, which is the primary purpose, they opt to help someone else instead. Instead of mentally picturing your own life, you picture someone else’s.
Oftentimes this may represent a sort of “interference” or resistance to change yourself. It’s always easier to see the problem someone else is having, and focus on him or her, instead of taking yourself to a higher level. Instead of focusing on your own health, you concern yourself with others. Instead of getting your own business going, you advise someone else with hers. Instead of cleaning your own home, you go mow someone else’s lawn.
This is not ALWAYS the case – but most of the time it is.
Usually, the best thing you can do for others is be a model of right thinking and right action. And if they choose to follow your lead, wonderful. If not, no worries.
On the other hand, praying for others success, good health, good grades and good “showing” in some event is a common practice. There’s nothing wrong with it. In fact, I think it’s wonderful. Theatre of the Mind can be used as a prayer. You see a loved one doing well, you picture her at her best and you see her succeeding. This is fine, so long as you’re not trying to influence or control the other person. We’re supposed to have a free will, eh?
Picturing another person winning a free makeover is, in my opinion, NOT a good use of Theatre of the Mind, unless that person WANTS one, is interested in one and is willing to participate in the process of getting one.
Even so, I wouldn’t make a habit of “picturing for others.” Concentrate on your own life and be a radiant example of the power this practice gives to anyone who uses it.
P.S. Remember the idea is to create a life with Zero Resistance, and the course by the same name is now available for 80% of the normal amount. Grab it while you can, along with 7 heavenly gifts that come gratis.