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Many of you likely found your way here researching phobias, most likely because you or a loved one are coping with them. Some of you are working toward understanding and overcoming your phobias, and that is a big thing to be proud of. It can be challenging to face our fears or whatever mental health issues are up in our lives. These things can be deeply ingrained, and sometimes it may require patient work to get at the roots, so we can make lasting change and find our way through to the other side. It can feel like two steps forward and one step back but the most important thing to do is to just keep going and doing your best to stay positive and focus on what is going right.
So in light of what we just stated. We wanted to share a little story/video about Charlie Chaplin, the legendary silent film actor, as we want to help jump start you on your day, or maybe even help shift something blocking you in your life.
In the early 1900’s, Charlie Chaplin was the biggest silent movie star in the world; however, when movies began incorporating sound, Charlie Chaplin had to decide about his future film choices. Would he continue to make silent pictures or would he join the rest of the technical evolution and begin to make movies with sound/dialogue too?
Chaplin was quoted “The silent picture, first of all, is a universal means of expression. Talking pictures necessarily have a limited field, they are held down to the particular tongues of particular races.” He approved of the talking picture as “a valuable addition to the dramatic art regardless of its limitations, but I regard it only as an addition, not as a substitute,” because, he said, “Pantomime lies at the base of any form of drama.”
For a while, Chaplin resisted change, but eventually, he came around and accepted that he must move forward, instead of being stuck in the past. In many cases, many would not have made the change at all and would have been stuck. But Chaplin knew that staying on his old path was not the thing to do, and by changing, he and his work would evolve too. He would, in essence, grow from the new experiences instead of dwelling and re-living his old ones.
“To continue with a feeling that the art of pantomime was gradually becoming obsolete was a discouraging thought.” he said.
So he began working on his first talking film called ‘The Great Dictator’, and in 1940 it was released to rave reviews including a nomination for best picture at the Academy Awards. It’s a film that was possible because Chaplin was willing to realize that he needed to change and then he did the work to institute that change.
The film he created has stood the test in time. In fact, the speech he gives at the end is arguably one of the greatest film speeches of all time, and we felt that if you haven’t heard it yet, then you should. The themes of this speech are just as relevant today as they were during World War 2 and the rise of Hitler. We’ll let you take a listen and then we’ll discuss this speech below and how it pertains to our own internal lives/battles that many of us fight daily.
Now that you’ve taken a listen, we want you to hear this speech and not think of it in government terms, but in how it relates to you internally and the dictator that’s in charge of your internal life. How is this dictator or little voice in your head treating you? What is this dictator telling you that you’re good or bad at? Is the dictator telling you things you should or shouldn’t do? Is it telling you to be scared? Is it telling you that you’ll fail? Everyone’s dictator is different, but the one thing similar is that you can overthrow that dictator inside of you if you want to do the work and soldier your way to a new life.
To quote the speech, “In the 17th Chapter of St Luke it is written: “the Kingdom of God is within man” – not one man nor a group of men, but in all men! In you! You, the people have the power – the power to create machines. The power to create happiness! You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure.”
And this is the message we wanted you to hear from a man that could have easily found a hole to crawl into and to never be heard from again. But Charlie Chaplin didn’t dwell on the past, and he worked on creating a new future, and we’re very thankful he did. Can you imagine turning to face one of your fears with even a fraction of that much courage and gusto?!
To everyone reading this, you can foster the same type of change and inspiration within in your life too. We want to be here to help you leap to your new beginnings and help you find your way. That’s why we built this site in the first place. We want to be a stepping stone to your new beginnings no matter how that looks or feels. We’re all in this together.
With All Our Love,
Team Massive Phobia