The life we live is the life we each create for ourselves. So, if we want that life to be the one that we crave, then we had better pay attention to what we bring into being!

As a practitioner of conscious creation (sometimes called the law of attraction), I’ve come to understand that the reality we experience arises from within each of us, based on the beliefs, thoughts and intents that we hold.

So, to materialize the reality we want, we must pay attention to what we’re thinking and feeling in the first place. And, to achieve the results we want, we must develop beliefs that ultimately make such outcomes possible.

This may not be easy, however; translating such abstract ideas into tangible results may be challenging. We may have difficulty framing the particular beliefs we need. Or we may discover that we’re holding onto outmoded beliefs that no longer serve us or that are blocked by fear or doubt, conditions that prevent the outcomes we want. Or we may hold conflicting beliefs that confuse our conscious creation collaborator (God, Goddess, All That Is, the Universe or whatever term best suits you) in bringing about the materializations we want to generate. So getting clear with ourselves is essential.

What are we to do? I believe that drawing from the power of story – what poet Muriel Rukeyser says is the true essence of the Universe – may be just the inspiration we need to transform the intangible into the tangible. Be it from books, or television, or (my favorite) movies, we have many sources of inspiration from which to draw.

Whether we learn from the heartfelt wisdom of Judy Garland’s Dorothy Gale in The Wizard of Oz, the revelations of Jodie Foster’s Ellie Arroway in Contact or the shifts in perspective of Owen Wilson’s Gil Pender in Midnight in Paris, countless avenues for wisdom and enlightenment are at our disposal. And all it takes is popping in a DVD or a visit to Netflix.

Learn from the examples, both good and bad, set by the characters who make up the stories of our stories – and of our lives. They have much to teach us about how we can lead fulfilling existences on an everyday basis. Draw from their wisdom to create the life you wish to lead. If you do, you’ll have quite a story of your own to tell!

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A lifelong movie fan and longtime student of metaphysics, Brent Marchant is the author of  Get the Picture: Conscious Creation Goes to the Movies and Consciously Created Cinema: The Movie Lover's Guide to the Law of Attraction, both of which provide a reader-friendly look at how the practice of conscious creation (also known as the law of attraction) is illustrated through film. Facebook pages dedicated to these titles are available by clicking here and here. Brent is also working on the development of several additional new writing projects.

Brent maintains an ongoing blog about metaphysical cinema and other self-empowerment topics. He is also a Featured Contributor, Arts & Entertainment, for VividLife magazine. His additional writing credits include contributions to Smart Women's Empowerment, Library Journal, New Age News, BeliefNet and Master Heart Magazine. He’s a frequent guest on various internet and broadcast radio shows, as well as a regular presenter at conscious creation conferences. To see a YouTube video preview of his book Consciously Created Cinemaclick here.

Brent holds a B.A. in magazine journalism and history from Syracuse University and resides in Chicago. You can email Brent at

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