Loving Oneness Now

LARRY HAGMAN'S SOAP-OPERA INCIDENT

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I, Alexander, have vague memories of hearing this story a long time ago, but because I can find no trace of it on the internet, I will tell it in my own words.

Larry Hagman, the star of the "Dallas" soap-opera, who was called "J.R.," related this tale about himself to illustrate how some viewers totally believe in the reality of the families and events portrayed on these fictional television sagas.

Larry said that he was innocently walking through the concourse of Dallas Airport to catch his plane home after shooting some episodes of the soap-opera "Dallas" when he was startled by a middle-aged woman who ran up to him and began to hit him repeatedly with her handbag. Her face flushed with anger as she yelled at him, "J.R., you are a mean, nasty man, and you must stop treating your wife and family so badly..."

She continued to swing her bag at him and berate him for his unkindness, while Larry attempted to evade her blows and calm her down.

"But ma'am, it is only a television show; it is all fiction and I am just an actor playing a part and I assure you none of it is real."

I, Alexander, do not remember the final outcome of this story about Larry Hagman's tussle with an irate fan in the airport, but it has always reminded me that, like that disturbed woman, every last one of us humans firmly believes in the authenticity of the soap-operas we each live out day by day. Everyone is convinced that everything going on in his or her daily life is Real, that it is actually happening, and that the roles we play in our personal "movies" are as genuine as the weather and the earth we live on.

Many spiritual people are fond of the expression: "We each create our own reality." However, a much better way of saying this would be: "We each create our own unreality." The ego's "reality" is always fictional, and as Shakespeare also said, we play many roles, even in one lifetime. However, our Real Higher Self never plays roles because it is our one and only True Consciousness Being.

A wise person is fully aware that the Truth of the matter is summed up in this passage from A Course in Miracles:

I AM responsible for what I see.  I chose the feelings I experience, and I decided on the goal I would achieve. And everything that seems to happen to me asked for [by me], and received as I had asked.

Deceive yourself no longer that you are helpless in the face of what is done to you. Acknowledge but that you have been mistaken, and all effects of your mistakes will disappear.

It is impossible the Son of God [each of us] be merely driven by events outside of him. It is impossible that the happenings that come to him were not his choice. His power of decision is the determiner of every situation in which he seems to find himself by chance or accident. No accident nor chance is possible within the universe as God created it, outside of which is nothing.  (H-#578)

 

Loving Oneness Now -- Copyright 2007 Alexander Bannatyne, PhD

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