“ D1 – Okay, campers, rise and shine, and don’t forget your booties ’cause it’s cooooold out there today.
D2- It’s coooold out there every day. What is this, Miami Beach?
D1 – Not hardly. And you know, you can expect hazardous travel later today with that, you know, that, uh, that blizzard thing.
D2 -That blizzard – thing. That blizzard – thing. Oh, well, here’s the report! The National Weather Service is calling for a “big blizzard thing!”
D1 -Yessss, they are. But you know, there’s another reason why today is especially exciting.
D2 – Especially cold!
D1 -Especially cold, okay, but the big question on everybody’s lips…
D2 – On their chapped lips…
D1 – Do ya think Phil is gonna come out and see his shadow?”
D2- Punxsutawney Phil!
D1 – That’s right, woodchuck-chuckers – it’s…
D1 & D2 – GROUNDHOG DAY!”
The above is from the movie Groundhog Day. It’s a classic movie that applies to everyone.
It’s about a reporter in Pittsburg, PA that travels to Punxsutawney, PA for Groundhog Day. It is a big festival in this little town where a groundhog is supposed to predict whether winter is going to last 6 more weeks if he does see his shadow or if spring is going to come early if he does not see his shadow.
Today, he saw his shadow…at least that is what we are told. I was there and it was raining, so unsure about that translatation.
The reporter Phil is dreading the trip which will become the 4th year doing this report, and when he gets to the town he is miserable. He is also a bit arrogant since he calls himself, “the talent.” He doesn’t want to spend any more time than necessary. When trying to leave town they discover that a blizzard has shut down the highway and they have to return to town.
He is even more miserable when he returns to town. He goes to bed and wakes up to the same music and announcement as the day before on the radio. He thinks they made a mistake – playing the same loop tape, then he looks outside and there is no snow – no blizzard has come. He goes through the day thinking he is living with déjà vu — the feeling that he has done this before.
On the 3rd morning, it is the same thing again. He is MISERABLE.
He tells his producer. “What if there is no tomorrow, there was none today.” She tells him to go get checked out. He sees a doctor who can find nothing physically wrong with him and tells him to see a psychologist — who doesn’t know how to handle him.
On the 4th day, He states. “What would you do if you were stuck in one place and every day was exactly the same, and nothing that you did mattered?”
“What if there is no tomorrow.”
“We could do whatever we wanted. There are no consequences.”
“It’s the same thing your whole life.” Then he goes on a rant; “Clean up your room. Stand up straight. Be nice to your sister. “
This is a good example of people of being stuck in their story — that everything is the same. The mind creates subconscious programs about everything it sees. All the comments “clean up your room”, ”stand up straight”, ”be nice to your sister” – are programs. The mind creates programs to save time and energy. Life becomes routine and boring – there is nothing new to the subconscious mind.
The way to break free from the programming is to make conscious choices and not allow the default subconscious program to run. When you make conscious choices you are fully in this moment, when the subconscious is running the show your body is here but your mind is elsewhere.
Then for the next several days he does whatever he wants – he gets arrested, robs an armed car.
He then gets bored of the same misery and tries to take his own life to no avail — he still wakes up the next day with the same radio announcement. It’s still the same day over and over again.
He talks to his producer Rita that he is living the same day over and over again.
“I’m an immortal. “
“You’re not God. “
“How do you know that I’m not a God? I know everything.”
He starts telling her information about everyone he sees and she is amazed.
She has some doubts and wants to spend the entire day with him. As the night continues she falls asleep very early in the morning. He starts to talk to her about how generous, kind and sweet she is, he has an “a-ha” moment – a realization. Then next morning he is still stuck in the same day. Now, he wakes with a profound shift of consciousness.
The next day he gives an old homeless man that he has been ignoring some money, brings coffee and pastries to his cameraman and Rita. He is operating from a place of love. He has a new focus of kindness and getting to know everyone – making a connection. He now knows that it’s not about him but being of service to others. He saves a boy from a tree then later a man choking, he connects with people, he is very kind, and caring. He has redeemed himself.
The next morning he states, “Today is tomorrow.” He finds Rita next to him.
Everyday is Groundhog Day for most of us. Different day still the same old stuff. This is because of the story that we have about everything we see. We cling to the story that keeps us trapped. We have allowed our subconscious free reign, we stopped making conscious choices. We have become a robot on autopilot. We dwell in thoughts.
By making conscious choices we are free of the mental stories that keep us trapped — we are free from the demands of the mind. We no longer suffer – thoughts cause suffering. We are free to be a service to others, help them to suffer less and become free themselves. We no longer dwell in thoughts.