Alice claimed that she sometimes believed six impossible things before breakfast. By doing so, she had great adventures, far beyond the limitations and possibilities set out for her by other people’s beliefs.
In Tim Burton’s fantastic new film, Alice in Wonderland, Alice is portrayed as a ingénue who is caught between two worlds: the staid expectations and beliefs of her Victorian era social structure (as lived and endorsed by her family), and the world of the possible, as taught and demonstrated by her late father, a man with visions of grandeur and adventure in far-off lands.
Like Alice, we have the same tug-of-war inside of us. Our biology drives us in two directions at once: toward the secure, same, and known on the one hand, and toward the new, the novel, and the unknown on the other. We live inside this tension, and we make our lives work – or not – by dealing with these opposite urges within us.
Why is it important to believe in six impossible things before breakfast? Because belief in the impossible creates the possible. Every great invention was once an impossible dream. Every great adventurer was once a crazy dreamer. Martin Luther King believed that there could be peace between the races. Impossible. John F. Kennedy believed that we could land a man on the moon within ten years. Impossible. Some Germans believed the Berlin Wall could be brought down. Impossible.
In Burton’s portrayal of Alice, she has lost her “muchness” by the time she falls down the rabbit hole. In the midst of social expectations, she has lost the qualities of self-possession, independence, and belief in the impossible. Through her adventure in Wonderland, she regains the ability to believe in the impossible. As she remembers her True Self, she re-gains the ability to do the impossible, and become the Hero of heart.
Have you lost your ability to believe the impossible? To dream impossible dreams? Don’t give up hope. You can restore your own ability by removing the overlay of other people’s dreams for you, and their indoctrinated beliefs, which make you small and limited. There are many people who do not want you to be your full and glorious self. You might leave them behind, or remind them of their own limitations.
Politicians do not want you to remember your infinite capacity. You would become difficult to control with fear and lack. There is little support in our culture for human beings to believe or do the impossible. Exceptions are made for the few who have dedicated their lives to achieve such glory, such as Sean White with his Double McTwist, Barak Obama in the last election, or James Cameron’s breakthrough movie Avatar, with its own impossible beauty.
You can achieve your own brand of glory if you will but believe. I have believed myself into many impossible successes, including a recent money miracle that brought in tens of thousands of dollars.
There is work involved in creating the impossible. Magic isn’t created by saying affirmations or believing in the Law of Attraction. It does starts with a belief, but then the real work begins. You must remove all the limiting beliefs that emerge automatically when you create something new. You have to muscle the energies down through the chakras from crown (thought) to ground (actions). The art of manifestation begins with an idea, a vision, a belief in the impossible, but it doesn’t end there. Alice has to do battle with the nasty Jabberwocky. Martin Luther King did battle with both police and the public. Presidents do battle with politicians on the other side of the aisle.
There is no free ride to manifest the impossible. But it doesn’t cost anything to begin.
What six impossible things can you believe before breakfast?