RE: A response to the musical play "Assassins"
Thank you for your lengthy explanation. I do appreciate all your work at the Fifth Ave. I love to attend your quality productions. I believe you have a mission and diligently bring superior productions to the stage. I know how qualified and talented you are.
However, we are on earth to raise our souls into unconditional love and thereby create peace on earth. When our focus is distracted to dark issues that are guideposts to what needs to be changed, our lessons become more volatile until we wake up to the solution. Albert Einstein said we cannot solve a problem on the same level of which it was created; we need a higher power.
It is possible to raise our consciousness into loving solutions. Without learning this, people lose hope. In Man of La Mancha, South Pacific, Sound of Music, and others, they show the encouragement of achieving a new motivation from moving into loving resolutions that gives the audience hope and encouragement.
In the play South Pacific, the song says, "You have to be carefully taught." The leading lady overcomes her prejudices from her southern growing up. The girl, Aldonza, becomes Dolcina, because she has found a new life inside her of "worth", through the love from a distance continuing to her. This lesson is when love is sent, people are free to change. In Sound of Music, the words say in one song, you have to give love away for it to become real. In addition, that they leave their country because they will not allow themselves to be oppressed by government is an outstanding lesson, of not allowing themselves to be victims and accept tyranny. People are hungry for a better life, to replace their inner pains. Entertainment that brings that message is a blessing and raises the consciousness of the earth not just the audience.
In "Starlight Express," the song near the end tells us, that the power is within, "You have the power". How much this helped me overcome a childhood and 30 year marriage of domestic violence with physical, mental, emotional, and sexual abuse is my story. I have been close to death nearly a dozen times. This short message made a huge shift in my ability to overcome a lifetime of violence and abuse.
Life is about finding the love and empowerment within and becoming a new person. Ground Hog Day, the movie, is a great example that each time, he sees finally, what he can do to improve and outgrow his selfishness. Sadly, society has been taught to enjoy violence, not forgive, to judge others, and do harm to those who harm you even when it is imagined. This attitude keeps people a victim instead of empowering them. This will never bring the inner peace on earth that everyone wants.
What we focus on becomes our reality. It is always a choice to outgrow the past hurts and harms. This is called maturity. Yes, some of them are most difficult. I tried suicide several times, my ex-husband tried to kill me several times. I have endured incest, molestation, rape. I have healed nine addictions, and been declared sane from mental illness. Today I have a relationship of unconditional love with a fellow who treats me with respect. The wonderful lyrics of Hammerstein and similar shows became a lifeline to move above the insanity of my life.
I have found if our minds are on the darkness, the light within cannot dissolve it. However, releasing this negative focus, for a positive one, we find the light within. Choosing to focus on positive messages, thoughts, and behaviors creates love and peace, which is often called heaven on earth.
We create our own reality by what we choose to see and be. I have chosen life, love, and happiness no longer letting my ego run the show. If we keep darkness as our focus, that is what we become. We can outgrow fear, unworthiness, lack, and insecurity. It is possible to outgrow these fears from the ego. It is called growing up. I became fearless and have found that unconditional love. As the song says, "Let it begin with me".
There is an old Indian story that I love to remember that helps me return to the right path. One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, "My son, the battle is between two "wolves" inside us all. One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. The other is God. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith." The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, "Which wolf wins?" The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed."
My latest book has this story and is at the publishers, "Paradigm Busters, Reveal the Real You" is the ultimate self-help book to show systematically how to move our consciousness into that love and peace that surpasses all understanding. Love is within when we give up all that does not love. The nightmare can leave. The real life is seeing everyone through the "eyes of love" which is reality.
I have refrained about several of your productions about which you mentioned. I saw spiritual bankruptcy in the play "Grey Gardens". I did not leave the theater feeling exhilarated. However, I know the play well and was singing the songs from "How to Succeed…" for days after that play and I felt so good and happy.
You influence thousands of people. And yes, "The sun will come out tomorrow," or the lyrics of "When you walk through a storm", bring hope and encouragement when we focus on that. This can be a mission of spreading a message that supports a culture that is healthy, happy and peace of mind. Thank you for your concern and addressing this. I do realize you have decisions. I would hope they will promote wellbeing for us all.
Rev. Marilyn L. Redmond, BA, CHT, IBRT
International Speaker, International award winning writer, International Author, International Consultant, International Columnist, Artist, and ordained minister for spiritual counseling.
I share my experience, strength and hope to find inner strength and consciousness for health, healing, and empowerment in a higher consciousness.