☆ Doctor Who & Transforming Bad Situations into Something Better Than They Were Before

¸   . • * •. Sorry ~ this page disappeared into emptiness for awhile, but it’s back now 🙂 * .¸ 

 and, I found a geeky chic picture of the 10th Doctor via Maybe Genius, (worth posting ‘coz he’s my fave Doctor :~) There’s an interesting article there on the Doctor’s character development too.

Crisis = Opportunity? It’s happening for us all the time ~
My “OMG! What happened?! the new article’s not there, and I’ve posted links everywhere for it!” train of thought quickly became
“OMG that picture’s lush  and the article isn’t bad either…”

Why transform crisis into opportunity

The post that so effectively distracted me, doctor who: a character study, was I think written for writers? But what struck me is that the author’s final suggestion (quoted below) for character development isn’t so far away from the Buddhist practice of Lojong, or training the mind, which is a lot of what this blog’s about:

“Take away something your character loves dearly. Cut away their family. Steal their significant other. Annihilate their best friend. Destroy their freakin’ world. Then let them change. Let them grow. Let them become someone with a different outlook on the same past. Let them be stronger for it. And let the story continue.
“Despite everything, despite all he’s lost, the Doctor is still a person who loves humanity. He’s still a person who wants to save the world. Whatever shape he comes in, he’s still the Doctor. But he’s a stronger, more powerful, more beloved character because of what he had to do to stay true to his core.”

I love that!  It’s so true. It’s a big part of the spiritual path is all about, or just making something better out of the crap life throws at us.
From a spiritual point of view, we won’t develop and grow without moving beyond our comfort zone. Sometimes we need to be booted out. (And just as I’m typing this, as if to prove a point, my neighbour upstairs is making some really loud disgusting noises for me to transform.)

On an everyday mundane level, transforming situations with Buddha’s incredibly practical advice makes life more do-able. It improves situations, because our mind-set is different, and that is what shapes the situation.
Think about this.
Play with it.
It’s true.
And it works.

Scene from Asylum of the Daleks, click here for article on equalising the Doctor and the Daleks with Buddha’s wisdom.

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. saymber
    Oct 02, 2012 @ 14:27:26

    “because our mind-set is different, and that is what shapes the situation.” this sentence here is something I’ve really been noticing this past year. How my attitude or mind set can totally “paint” how a day appears. If I’m angry then the world I experience seems to be “angry” too.

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    • Jas Baku
      Oct 03, 2012 @ 04:00:57

      It’s an amazing thing to discover, isn’t it. The day doesn’t exist from its own side, so how it unfolds is, in essence, up to us. We have so much more power to paint our world a better colour that we give ourselves credit for.

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  2. Jinxy
    Oct 02, 2012 @ 15:09:16

    Didn’t the hard core practitioners used to request for more adverse conditions, so they could use them to improve their practice?

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    • Jas Baku
      Oct 03, 2012 @ 04:05:30

      Yeah, and still do! A bit beyond my scope, but we need things to go wrong in order to improve our practice of lojong! Takes a lot of faith in Buddha-dharma, but given that, Buddhas can defo weave their magic 😉

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    • Aysllan
      Nov 18, 2012 @ 16:55:14

      Thank you Bhikkhu for your perspective. I must point out that I have not and do not rely on one perosn’s perspective about other faiths, thus I have taken your opinions in context.

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