King’s Speech – Ode to Coaches and the Power of our Mind!

As I received so many great comments about my last video post, I thought I would take the opportunity to follow up with a blog entry and dig a little deeper into the matter.

The movie per se was incredible but specifically from a counselor's perspective I think it was simply mind-blowing: Geoffry Rush was my hero, period. Why?! Because he had so much strength and patience. He was a gentle but determined coach and practiced tough, classy love and never lost sight of his ability to be an inspiring counselor even when his client was the future King of England and he only an immigrant from Australia.

In today's blog entry I would like to show you how a seemingly incurable physical challenge – in this case a stutter – can be overcome by shattering our belief system buried deep in our mind and through the loving and caring guidance of a gifted healer. The whole movie boils down to one scene, pretty early on when Lionel Logue, played by Geoffrey Rush tells the Prince of Wales, played by Colin Firth, that he indeed can speak without stutter. First he makes him sing a text where the future king realizes he can do so without stuttering. As the Prince remains a doubting Thomas, Logue plays out his trump card, a new recording device that has just arrived from America. He puts a headset over Firth's ears and while he has him listen to very loud music he makes him read a text which he records. This is the quintessential part of the movie for me: with this new recording device he was able to prove beyond the shadow of a doubt to the Prince and us, the audience, that indeed a stutter free speech is possible as long as the unknown and gigantic beast called mind can be reigned in. In this case the connection between ears, i.e. hearing oneself speak, and the brain. By cutting that connection, the Prince's belief system was cut. Since he couldn't hear himself anymore, his ears could not verify his belief system – that he had a stutter – that he had been carrying with him his entire life. All of a sudden his mind was free to simply "live" and breathe again without being hammered down by the Prince's paradigm. The future King would have never believed Logue that he spoke without any stutter in his voice had there not been his recorded voice as an unshakable evidence of his capability of free and normal speech.

What a revelation this scene was – not only to the Prince, but also to me. This scene again showed me the incredible and apparently limitless power of our mind to either hold us down or to propel us into glory. If we only learned how to dance with our mind and tell it where to go, the sky would be the limit. The first step toward that journey would be though to take utter and full responsibility for everything that "happens to us" because ultimately the source is deep within our mind. If I take responsibility and acknowledge that I am 100% interwoven with whatever situation I find myself in, because it was created in my mind and through my own thoughts first, then I have the power to undo things and recreate any situation I would rather want to experience. Sometimes we might be able to do so on our own and sometimes we might need the guidance of healers to get there, be it through the help of allopathic medicine, therapists, counselors, coaches or healers.

Either way. take charge of your fate and you will be enjoying a fulfilling because proactively self-created life. I wish you good luck with your endeavors and am cheering you on from the sidelines.

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