There is a story they tell of two dogs. Both at separate times walk into the same room. One comes out wagging his tail while the other comes out growling. A woman watching this goes into the room to see what could possibly make one dog so happy and the other so mad. To her surprise she finds a room filled with mirrors. The happy dog found a thousand happy dogs looking back at him while the angry dog saw only angry dogs growling back at him. What you see in the world around you is a reflection of who you are.
This is a great story to illustrate the point that the world around us mirrors our state of consciousness. If we are fearful, we will very soon find many things to fear. If we are angry, we find people to argue with and be angry at. If we are worried, we find things to worry about. If we are grateful, we will find lots of things that we are grateful for.
When we watch 24-hour media coverage of tragic events, we tend to feel angry, upset, and sad for the victims and their relatives. Many of people don’t even connect their feelings from day to day with what they watch on TV. Many people watch hours of TV each day, and even if they are not actually watching it, the TV is left on, often with the volume turned up. On an energetic level, the vibrations from the TV programming get pumped right into our homes, where they can affect us negatively. I’m not talking about electromagnetic frequencies (EMFs), although those are an issue, as well. I’m talking about emotional vibrations.
The commercials project a mindset of lack and need. You see a commercial for something and you think, “Oh, I don’t have this. I have to get some.” You lack something, therefore you need it. Many people don’t even bother to think why they might need the product. If they did, and if they were brutally honest with themselves, they would probably conclude that they are OK without it. A lot of us have a deeply-held view that there is not enough abundance to go around in the world. Commercials mirror this and reinforce it. A vast majority of people also believe on a deep level that they are not OK for one reason or another, and this, also, is mirrored in commercials that reinforce this feeling of not being good enough, because they know that if you feel a lack somewhere within you, you will want to try their product in hopes that it will make you happy.
Dramas and soap operas project vibrations of anger and fear. Next time you watch your favorite soap opera, try to identify who is angry with whom and who is fearful of what. There is always one or the other, and often both. Be mindful of your own feelings when you watch soap operas. When you get caught up in a particular drama, try to figure out what it is mirroring in your own life.
Contest shows project a win – lose mentality, where only one person can win, and the rest necessarily lose. We forget that life doesn’t necessarily have to be this way. We can create situations in our lives that are win – win, if we bother to try. The winners are joyful, and the losers are sad or sometimes angry. Why is it that we love to watch someone else’s disappointment or bitterness? A lot of times, I think we actually identify more with the losers than with the winner, because secretly we believe that if we were on the show, we would be one of the losers.
Game shows generally just reinforce cultural norms and what might be called “pop culture.” They also reinforce greed, since many of them are about winning fabulous prizes and lots of money, as well as the win – lose mentality. Think about your own mindset when you watch a person win a large sum of money. How do you feel? Do you dream that if you could just win on one of thee shows, your financial worries would be over?
Sports shows also project the win – lose mindset and reinforce the perception that a perfect physical body is an ideal that everybody should strive for. If humans didn’t resonate with win – lose scenarios and if they didn’t have an ideal of a perfect physical body, sports shows wouldn’t be very popular.
The news projects all sorts of fears, and the way it gets slanted on the various networks plays into people’s preconceived notions and prejudices. The other day, it was reported that the suspect in the Boston bombings had written “Praise Allah” and various anti-American slogans on the interior of the boat he was hiding in. Whoever leaked this information, if, in fact it is true, knew that as soon as the information was on the news, the young man would be tried in the press and found guilty. This particular news also reinforces a lot of stereotypes and prejudices against Muslims. Whoever did the bombing committed a reprehensible crime and should be punished to the full extent of the law, but not because he is Muslim. He should be punished because he killed and maimed people. News items like this tend to reinforce in some people’s minds a truism that “all Muslims hate America,” which simply is not true. It was also reported in the news that many Muslims, including members of the young man’s own family, do not approve of or condone violent acts. Still, many people will blame “all Muslims” for attacks by isolated extremists. Those who fear Muslims are seeing their fears mirrored by news stories of this type.
Besides mirroring our beliefs and fears, TV programming has another effect.
We all dream at night, whether we remember our dreams or not. Scientists have established this fact by monitoring REM sleep. They know that when we have Rapid Eye Movements (REM), we are dreaming. Scientists also know that REM sleep is essential for human beings, and that those deprived of it begin to hallucinate or become unbalanced. One of the purposes for dreaming, especially early in the sleep pattern, is to process things that went on during our waking hours. What we watch has to be processed, too. The more TV we watch, the more processing we have to do. Those of us who also recognize the spiritual nature of dreams should realize that the more processing that has to be accomplished, the less time we have for spiritual dreaming.
There’s actually very little TV programming that is truly educational or uplifting. The vast majority of it is pretty depressing, in fact. I am actively working to eliminate negative emotions such as anger and fear from my life. This has to be done gradually, of course, and I may never reach 100% eliminations, but I’m at least consciously working on it. This is why I no longer watch TV in my home. Since I am consciously working to rid my life of anger and fear, I no longer need to have those things mirrored back to me. 🙂