Sometime back in August I watched the film: “After Earth“.
It starred Will Smith as legendary “Ghost Walker” Cypher and his son Jaden Smith as Kitai.
Boy, did some people hate this film and you know ‘Haters gotta hate’, but personally I really enjoyed it.
I also thought it gave some very useful insights as to how to deal with fear.
Allow me to explain.
Oh, but first let me give you a very brief overview of what the film’s about, don’t worry, no spoilers here.
In a nutshell.
- We had to leave earth cos we messed it up bad.
- We ended up on a planet called Nova 5
- But aliens wanted to destroy us.
- So they created monsters to kill us.
- The monsters are blind but they can smell our fear.
- A ‘Ghost Walker’ is free from fear and as such is invisible to the monsters. They are humanities final hope against being wiped out.
- Kitai’s dad is one of Nova 5’s most legendary Ghost Walkers.
- Kitai and Cypher crashland on a planet where everything has evolved to kill humans (sounds like Dawlish on a Friday night LOL!)
- Cypher is injured and it’s up to his scaredy cat son Kitai to travel 60 miles to get the item that will allow them to be rescued.
Now Kitai wants so much to be like his dad, but he’s full of fear.
And at one point in the film Kitai asks his dad how he first ‘Ghost Walked’.
Now what caught my attention, was when he said:
“Fear is not real, the only place fear can exist is in our thoughts of the future. It is a product of our imagination, causing us to fear things that do not at present and may not ever exist. That is near insanity. Do not misunderstand me. Danger is very real but fear is a choice.”
How awesome is that?
If it didn’t rate highly on your awesome meter, I recommend you read it again.
Several times during the film Cypher has to force his son to ‘Take a Knee’.
Which basically means rooting yourself in the present moment.
- What can you see?
- What can you hear?
- What can you feel?
Being present in this moment is a powerful tool for turning down your fear.
But how does it work?
At one point the film explained it, but if you weren’t paying attention, you’d easily miss it.
I caught it with both hands.
So let me share it with you Grasshopper.
And ‘Being Here Now’ is one way to do it.
Having spent most of my life living in constant fear of pretty much everything and everyone, a few years back I set out on my own adventure to find solutions to fear.
Being Present is one such solution.
But I found 3 more and I go over them in great detail in my book: Smiling From The Heart.
Here they are:
- Faith as an antidote to fear
- Preparation as an antidote to fear
- Knowledge as an antidote to fear
It all starts on page 121.
I’ll also show you specific Qigong and non-Qigong tools for overcoming:
- Mild to moderate depression
And for developing healthy:
- Self Esteem
- Self Compassion
Hey, and that’s just Part 5 of Smiling From The Heart (SFTH)
Which means there’s another 140 pages jam-packed full of Qigong goodness too.
The whole purpose behind this book is to share Qigong and Non-Qigong tools to help you live a happier, healthier and longer life… IN SPITE of what life may throw at you.
In SFTH you’ll discover 29 tools to help you do just that.
You’ll also find Videos, Mp3’s, Pdf’s and Transition Shot Technology photographs – to make it as easy as possible for you to use these tools.
No – Okay.
Bye for now
P.S. Like I said, I enjoyed the film. But can anyone tell me why the eagle thing saves Kitai instead of eating him? Cos I’d love to know =)
Hey: Smiling From The Heart is available for immediate download here: