Are you interested in learning how the power of thought affects your experience of life and in discovering ways to use it positively? In the pursuit of happiness and peak performance, you’ll need to understand your mind and train it to work for you, instead of against you. Many performance experts believe that we experience life from the inside out, creating our ‘reality’ through thoughts that we attach feelings too. This approach explains that rather than our life being shaped by external forces, we are in complete control of it and therefore can cultivate the one we want. This may sound relatively complicated, but there’s an easy and enjoyable way to see this thinking in action – by watching the Pixar film Inside Out.
Pete Docter’s acclaimed animation tells the story of a young girl called Riley and what goes on inside her head. We meet a cast of characters who embody her emotions, with Joy as our protagonist. Joy is seen constantly grappling with the impact of her fellow emotions Anger, Disgust, Fear and, most particularly, Sadness. After ten years of relatively smooth sailing in Riley’s head during childhood, a family move to San Francisco, away from her friends, her home and her hockey team, sends the youngster into turmoil. We then get a front row seat as Joy tries desperately to maintain her position as the dominant emotion in Riley’s head, as Anger, Sadness, Fear and Disgust become more prevalent.
Quite apart from being one of animated cinema’s most staggering achievements, Inside Out is the perfect film for any human being at any age. Although Riley is on the cusp of puberty, the struggles she encounters are applicable at all stages of human life. As we are led through her interior landscape, we begin to understand that the external factors that have changed her life are not at the heart of her problems – her emotional reaction is driving everything. Even more powerful is the message that instead of being an emotion to be banished, Sadness is in fact as vital as Joy in order for Riley to have a good life, full of love, empathy and happiness. During the credits, we get a hilariously accurate glimpse at the interior lives of her parents, the cool kid at school, a stroppy pizza shop employee and most brilliantly, cats and dogs. So, what can we learn from Inside Out to apply to our own lives.
The message of the film aligns beautifully with the teachings of The Three Principles, the brainchild of Scottish welder Sydney Banks. According to Banks, we are given a trio of gifts as human being: a MIND – which forms the universal intelligence behind life, CONSCIOUSNESS – the awareness of our reality, and THOUGHT – the power to create our moment-to-moment experience. Once we understand that all our thoughts and the emotions we ascribe to them are simply creations of our mind, we can learn how to manage them positively. By taking responsibility for our experience of the world because we accept that we create it, we can start to dismantle negative or limiting beliefs. Now we are aware of our control over our thoughts – and therefore our experience of life – we can limit the impact of external factors and choose to create a new reality full of joy and positivity.
In his life, Banks described the moment that he grasped the concept of inside out thinking as “a profound spiritual experience” and it changed him forever. He arrived at this moment as a normal man who worked as a welder and was going through problems in his marriage. He emerged forever changed and went on to become a respected philosopher and author, who helped people across the world to change their lives for the better.
So, take a look at Inside Out and then start investigating your thought process and how it impacts your daily life. Are there ways for you to improve your experience? If so, the good news is that you can get started right away – there’s nothing and nobody who can stop you.
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