Thursday, October 27, 2011

"What the Bleep..." and how to handle the curve ball

"Tell me on last thing," said Harry, 
"Is this real or has this been happening in my head?"
"Of course it has been happening in your head, Harry -
but why on earth should that mean it is not real?" 
~ J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

~ Author and independent film producer Betsy Chasse talks about her new book Metanoia: A Transformational Change of Heart. (A book of essays.)

The book deals with the changes in her life that took place in the ten years that have passed since "What the Bleep Do We Know?!", the hugely successful documentary and book that brought her world-wide attention... Known for having it all together... she comes clean and says - for the first time - she is admitting she doesn't know the answers... and is okay with that.

What is so odd about Betsy saying she is finally okay with the unknown? Given the subject matter of "What the Bleep", it might seem that Betsy would have a good sense of how the unknown fits into what we call "reality".

What the Bleep Do We Know!?What the Bleep Do We Know!? (Image via her bio: [Chasse was the co-creator and is credited with co-writing, co-directing and producing, What The Bleep Do We Know?! which is the 5th highest grossing documentary in U.S history and still enjoys a strong presence on DVD. In 2005 Chasse co-authored the book What The Bleep Do We Know?! Discovering the Endless Possibilities for Altering Your Everyday Reality, now in its fifth printing.]

She has answers - just not those encompassed by the film. Insightful and well earned, they come as a result of living life in the roller-coaster world that carried her through the incredible experience and welcome reception for her work ...

... work that came about as a result of connecting to something larger than life... a link that suggests we are all part of something greater...something that guides us.. even when we think we know better...

What that something is? Not sure a movie or a name could condense it into recognizable form. And it is unique to the individual....some don't have a term for it or allow that it exists...

After talking to Betsy about Metanoia and re-reading the premise of the movie (WTB) -- it might seem the Universe has a quirky sense of humor...and, once again, life imitates art: "As Betsy herself puts it, it's "a book about getting real...  reveal[ing] a woman in the aftermath of public and domestic success; a woman in the process of being humbled by life; a woman who yearns for vulnerability and authenticity even as she rails against the need for facing the limiting self-concepts she holds inside that keep her from embracing—and loving—her true self."...

Betsy's essays are a personal examination of emotions, a sharing of life lessons and works in progress, a relating of what happens in the day to day. Trials, tribulations, success and uncertainty. Trepidation and hope. In short, she shares her vulnerability in dealing with the uncertainty of life. We might find pieces of ourselves in the telling.

For me, in this life quiz, the answers were given prior to the test. We choose whether or not we want to claim them. "What the Bleep" is one film that offers more in the re-examination.

Betsy is on to the next project. Can't wait to see what the Universe drops on her doorstep next.

Listen to the interview on Empower Radio: Betsy Chasse
Betsy's Blog
Betsy's Book

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