Bird Box: Psychological Warfare, or Dose of Truth?

Photo by: Johannes Winger-Lang

I watched the movie “Bird Box” last night, and I have to say that it was a really interesting concept for a movie. I really enjoyed it, but after sitting with it for a while, I’ve come to see that there is much more to this movie than what meets the eye (pun not intended).

If you’ve already watched the movie, you can skip to the “My thoughts” section. *Spoiler alert below!* in the movie recap section.

Movie Recap

In the movie, there is an unseen force that, when people look at it, it causes them to commit suicide. The movie never explicitly shows what this force is, whether it has some sort of demonic appearance, or whether it actually has any physical form at all. So the characters must wear blindfolds when travelling outside, in order to avoid seeing the force.

There are also a type of people in the movie that can look at this force, but rather than committing suicide, they find it beautiful, so they try to get others to look at it as well. These people are termed as crazy, and some of them described as insane patients from mental institutions.

These “crazy” individuals are portrayed as malicious, and intentionally trying to harm others by getting them to look at the force that will cause them to commit suicide.

At the end of the movie, the only survivors who are seemingly thriving and living a prosperous life are found in a school for blind people. Here, everyone is safe from the force, especially the blind, who are completely unable to see it. It is the one true safe haven in the movie where everyone is at peace and protected.

My Thoughts

After seeing the story unfold, and thinking about what the director was trying to convey with the “force”, the crazy people, and the school of the blind, I initially thought that this movie was trying to instill fears and fearful beliefs in the audience.

It seemed like the movie was giving out the message that, if you hide from your problems hard enough, and remain blind to the things that you wish to avoid, and avoid those who are trying to get you to face your fears, you’ll eventually find somewhere comfortable and peaceful where you will never have to suffer. And you’ll live happily forever.

But if you dare face your fears, or take a real look at yourself and your life, you’ll see something so horrible and terrifying that it’ll literally make you want to kill yourself. And if others try to help you face your fears, they’re really just insane people who wish to harm you, and trusting them will lead you to your own destruction.

That’s what I thought the director was trying to tell the audience. But then I stopped and thought about it for a minute.

Maybe the movie was intentionally trying to communicate this dark message. Or maybe this was just the director’s way of shedding light on our own fearful belief systems. Why do we believe that others are trying to harm us? Why are we afraid to look at the force? What could be so scary that it would cause us to commit suicide? Perhaps these are the kinds of questions that Bird Box encourages us to ask ourselves.

I think this movie has a powerful message. Do you want to live in a reality where you’re afraid of seeing the truth, and afraid that others are trying to harm you? Do you want to live in a reality where you’re so afraid that you have to blind yourself from your own fears?

Because that type of reality is possible. If you choose to hold onto certain belief systems, that’s the type of world you’ll eventually create for yourself. The point of horror movies is to give you a depiction of how life would look if your deepest fears were manifested into reality.

Bird Box is what happens when we believe that trusting others and facing our fears is dangerous. This is the reality you’ll ultimately choose for yourself if you continue to hold onto fear.

So what will you choose to believe? 😉

How to Be a Real Life Dragon Slayer

Just for a bit of context, I wrote an article about slaying dragons here. Read this for a bit of an intro into this topic.

Without further ado, here is how to slay dragons:

  1. Find out what things trigger your negative emotions. Search for the dragon
  2. Try to expose yourself to these triggers slowly, so you can get a sense of how the negative emotions feel (you are inching towards the dragon to get an idea of what you’re up against)
  3. When you see the dragon, don’t panic and regret that you took a look. Just accept that the dragon is there and that you are a dragon slayer whose purpose is to slay the dragon. That means don’t freak out about feeling negative emotions and freak out about why these emotions are coming up, just feel them
  4. When you accept that the dragon is there, you can examine it and see what it’s all about. This is the first step to figuring out how you can slay it. You might remember times in your childhood that created these feelings in the first place
  5. When you trigger yourself enough, you are gradually seeing more and more of the dragon. And thus you are finding it’s weaknesses. This means that you are learning more and more about where the negative emotions came from(childhood, ect).
  6. Once you’ve studied the dragon enough (i.e been triggered enough and allowed yourself sufficient time to feel the negative emotion), you can start thinking about how you’re gonna slay it. You realize that these emotions originated from childhood, and that they are not the real you. They are only a result of the limited perception you had when you were younger.
  7. Slay the motherfucker. This means doing the thing that scares you, despite your fear, because now you have the courage and the ability to transcend the thing you fear. Once you understand the dragon and where it came from, you can slay it. Once you know why certain things trigger you, you can accept that being triggered scares you and you can face that fear until you transcend it.

Other People as Mirrors of Yourself

Have you ever met someone, and felt put off by something about them? Maybe something about them just pissed you off, whether or not you were able to put a finger on it.

At the surface level, the reason why this happens is simply because you are seeing a quality in that person which pisses you off. And you get angry because the quality that they posses annoys you. But on a deeper level, you need to ask yourself why this person’s quality is triggering you in the first place.

The reason, is that this person is mirroring to you a quality which you possess yourself, believe it or not. You see, that quality, is a quality which you’ve repressed/rejected and failed to accept within yourself, perhaps so well that you aren’t even consciously aware of that aspect of yourself anymore.

This person was attracted into your life in order to trigger that emotional part of your subconscious, with the ultimate aim of learning more about yourself/ healing repressed emotions. But in order to take full advantage of that opportunity to learn about yourself, you need to be brutally honest with yourself.

You need to see yourself for who you are, no judgement, and no self-deception. Many people are actually subconsciously afraid to take an honest look at themselves, for the fear that they’ll be overwhelmed by their own powerful emotions. After all, repressed emotions in the subconscious mind can cause emotional pain when released from your body.

Why did this person show up in your life to teach you a lesson, and why do they have that same trait as you?

They showed up in your life because your subconscious mind, or higher Self has an innate desire to express itself, so that it can grow, heal and evolve. Therefore, your subconscious mind will create situations in your reality, and because energy attracts similar energy (i.e., universal law of attraction), you will attract people who have the traits which your subconscious mind feels ready to address and heal.

Another way to look at this is that this person has the same trait as you because this person is just another version of you, or a mirror to show you something about yourself. In fact, everyone, in one way or another, is just another version of you.

If you’ve ever hated something about someone, it’s because you’ve rejected this trait within yourself. If you’ve ever appreciated a trait in someone, it’s because you appreciate this trait about yourself too. And if you’ve ever admired or felt inspired by another person’s trait, it’s because you contain this trait within yourself, and you have the desire (whether consciously or not) to fulfill this same trait within yourself.

We are all connected because we are all a part of this same universe, so we all have the same traits to different degrees. So because others are just a different version of you, they have all the same energy and traits that you do, just in different polarities (Check out this post if I’ve lost you at this point). It’s up to you if you want to open your eyes to this universal truth, because if you do, the rewards are priceless.

Analogy Time: The Universe as God’s Video Game

Imagine a video game, in which you can create a character, and you can choose between 3 different races. You can choose between a human warrior, lizard warrior, or a feline warrior (think Skyrim).

In addition to the classic attributes that you can give your characters, such as strength, intelligence, and dexterity, this complex video game also contains more attributes, like aggressiveness, charisma, humour, sensitivity, ect. Let’s say you have 500 points to allot to the 100 different attributes in this video game.

Now, let’s say you choose the feline warrior, and then you give him more points in intelligence, less in dexterity, and so forth, until you’ve spent all of your points on the different attributes. Mathematically, there are an infinite number of combinations (or a very very high number) of how you can distribute your 500 points to the many different attributes.

And let’s say that this video game also has the function to generate new characters by randomly choosing one of 3 races, and randomly distributing the points among the attributes.

These characters are all fundamentally the same because they all have the same attributes, just with different distribution of points. Sure, some of them look different because some are humans and some are lizards, some are physically stronger than others, some are more artistic, but they all have the same attributes, just at different polarities.

Let’s take a step back from this video analogy for a second to think about how this video game was created in the first place. Any video game is just the mental creation of a team of game developers, is it not? Does the video game use any physical resources in order to be created?

It doesn’t, because video games are just code, a bunch of 1’s and 0’s inputted on a computer and run by software in order to be playable. Even though there are rocks, buildings, trees, ect., which are perceived as “real” by the characters in the video game, these things don’t actually exist because it’s all a mental creation.

The only thing that is required to create a video game is mental energy, which gets transferred into code on a computer. 1’s and 0’s are just information, it is the result of transferring mental energy onto a physical medium.

For simplicity’s sake, let’s say that this video game was created by just one person. You can say that this video game is this person’s mental creation, and thus the characters are all his mental creation. You can even say that his video game is his own mentally created “universe”.

Is this universe that we live in unlike a video game? All of us here on Earth share the same source coding (DNA), and we also have all of the same traits to different degrees (Read about this further here). Remember that the video game characters also share the same source coding (1’s and 0’s), and the same attributes at different polarities.

So to go back to the video game analogy, you can interpret the lizard, human and feline races, as Hispanic, Black, White, ect. And instead of strength, dexterity, charisma, for example, those traits can be selfishness, pride, kindness, friendliness, introversion/extroversion, and so forth.

Of course, life in our universe is infinitely more complicated than a video game, but the analogy holds true. Is it not theoretically possible to create a video game like the one I described above, only by adding more races, attributes (all human traits), and other customizable physical dimensions, and by distributing points randomly across those different attributes?

We could theoretically create a video game that simulates our entire universe, and we could see how these AI characters with their varying attributes interact with each other. We would basically be like Gods, creating our own universes. Of course, creating that kind of video game to be the same as the universe would be infinitely complex, but hopefully my analogy still makes sense to you.

So let’s say our universe was created mentally by something, which I’ll call Source. A video game is thus a mental creation in the same way that the universe is. Furthermore, maybe a video game creator has the theoretical capacity to put their entire consciousness into an infinitely complex video game. So maybe our universe is Source’s entire consciousness playing out mentally.