“Lucid dreaming has considerable potential for promoting personal growth and self-development, enhancing self-confidence, improving mental and physical health, facilitating creative problem solving and helping you to progress on the path to self-mastery.” ~Stephen LaBerge
Yes, it was a school night, but we’ve been putting off watching Alice through the looking class for quite some time, so after dinner, just like that Monday night turned into movie night. Both “Alice in Wonderland” and “Alice Through The Looking Glass” are family favourites or have you figured that out already? They could easily be mistaken as just a fairy tales about a girl and strange magical creature on an adventure down the rabbit hole, doing their best to escape the antagonistic Red Queen.
But Alice is more than just a little girl lost in a land of wonder. Amidst the chaos of her delightful journey, there are many lessons to learn from her adventure. Here are four of them.
1. Personal Growth
This one is a given, we see Alice shrinking and growing. Growing can be a painful part of life because it’s not just about morphing from small to supersize, it’s also about dealing with all the ups and downs, self-confidence and insecurity. Managing your growth is an integral part of Personal Growth as Alice displays when she learned to manage her resource she was offered to shrink or grow herself to suit the situations presented to her.
2. Developing your Identity
Alice begins to question her own identity after repeatedly being asked, “Who are you?”
When you begin to doubt yourself it affects your life. You feel a loss of identity which makes you open to accepting that of someone else. Consider your roles in life, “who are you?” A boss, colleague, parent, spouse, friend? Each of these roles brings out a different personality, the more you learn about yourself, the better you will become in each of those roles as your capabilities are enhanced at each level making you a better boss, parent, friend, colleague etc.
3. Say What You Really Mean and Mean What You Say!
The thing I like about the many characters of wonderland is that the continue to push Alice into personal growth as she is continually told to say what she means. Do you always say what you mean? Do you have meaningful conversations? I’m not talking about the Mad Hatter, The White Rabbit or The Cheshire Cat. I mean people you can connect with who share similar values.
4. Following The Advice You Give Yourself
Guilty! Like Alice, we seldom follow our own advice. We spend all of our entire lives “growing up” whether we suffer from “Peter Pan” syndrome or not. The underlying messages we learn from both movies are personal growth and development. Growing up is about learning who we are, what we stand for, what we want to have, be and accomplish. It’s about dealing with everything and anything life tosses at us, It is about challenging our fears, embracing new challenges and nurturing relationships. It is about using our talents and learning to be the best we can be.
©Etta D. Richards