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Take Control of Your Own Narrative, Part 2

Take Control of Your Own Narrative, Part 2

Last week I discussed changing our narratives—simply the negative stories we most often tell about ourselves that no longer serve us.

When we make an investment in something, we are hoping to receive a benefit at some point in the future. What if we made an investment in telling a new story? Because it will pay off in the long run.

The stories we want to invest in are often the stories we tell about others—“He’s so talented,” “She’s so beautiful,” “They have something I don’t have.”

But we never use these stories to describe ourselves. It’s true. When was the last time you woke up in the morning and said to yourself, “I’m wonderful?”

The more we tell our habituated stories, the more we disconnect from the energetic potential of who we are.

We don’t really tap into the resources of energy that are available to us, because that potential is distorted by the way we view ourselves. It’s like looking into a clear body of water but what is reflected back to us is murky and clouded because of the left brain narratives we tell.

Paramahansa Yogananda, a guru and spiritual teacher who came to America from India in the 1920s said, “Incredible amounts of energy are hidden in your brain; enough in a gram of flesh to run the city of Chicago for two days. And you say you are tired?”

That’s a lot of energy.

Now mind you he was discussing Chicago some 80 years ago, but even if we adjusted for the energy demands and outputs of what a city of that size is generating today—if my numbers are correct—we’d still have enough energy to light up the Windy City for 7.3 hours!

Holy Toledo. (Yes, and probably Toledo too!)

We’ve all felt that energetic connection to self. When we fall in love, or get accepted into our first-choice college, or book a job, or solve a really hard problem, or nail an audition. We may never equate it in the form of how much energetic life force we possess, but in these glimpses into our true nature we feel alive and energized and hopeful that anything is possible. It is electric.

So basically, those narratives we tell ourselves are incompatible with the science of who we are.

I guess it’s a question of what do you choose to believe. Are you the narrative you’ve been telling yourself for years? Or are you this inexhaustible, energetic, powerful being that is capable of creating anything?

I’d choose the latter each time. Not only because it’s true, but it’s also a new narrative.

Anthony Meindl is an award-winning writer, director, producer, and artistic director of Anthony Meindl's Actor Workshop (AMAW) with studios in Los Angeles, New York, London, and Vancouver. It was honored by Backstage three years in a row and named the Best Acting Studio in Los Angeles (Best Scene Study and Best Cold Read).

Meindl's first feature film, “Birds of a Feather,” won the Spirit of the Festival Award at the 2012 Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival, and he won Best Director at the Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles. It releases on iTunes and DVD in March of 2014. He is a regular contributor to The Daily Love, Backstage, and various spirituality podcasts. He has been featured in ABC News, Daily Variety, LA Weekly, The Hollywood Reporter, and CW KTLA. He has been a guest speaker at the GATE 2013 Story Conference, founded by Jim Carrey and Eckhart Tolle, and David Lynch's Masters in Film Program (Maharishi University of Management).

He is also the author of the best-selling creativity book, At Left Brain Turn Right, which helps artists of all kinds unleash their creative genius within. Check out Meindl's free smartphone app on iTunes. Follow Meindl on Twitter @AnthonyMeindl

Meindl's 2nd book, Alphabet Soup For Grown-Ups, is available now on

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