It's All In The Playing
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The fifth volume in one of the most extraordinary personal odysseys of the twentieth century. Don't Fall Off the Mountain, You Can Get There From Here, Out on a Limb, Dancing in the Light and now the most intimate and compelling book of all, It's All in the Playing. Oscar-winning actress, social activist, singular entertainer, best-selling author Shirley MacLaine has the courage to be both candid and controversial. In this book, she casts herself in her most challenging role yet--as seeker of personal and metaphysical truth. It began in Peru ten years ago and ended in Peru ten years later. But the steps along the way were the real story. In filming the miniseries Out on a Limb, Shirley MacLaine was forced to recreate herself ten years earlier. to journey back from Malibu to London, from Sweden to the mysterious landscape of Peru... to the places, the perceptions and profound emotions she experienced then. And to journey beyond, exploring new personal and cosmic dimensions, the choices of her lifetimes, who she was and who she would become. As the heart of Shirley MacLaine's testament is a compelling challenge: we choose our own destinies, create our own illusions. We have the power to design the world in which we live, and the strength to remake ourselves in the image of our dreams.
said, “but she wants to try.” “Okay. Call me when it’s over.” I hung up and Colin and Bella and I went to work. We picked up the script. I played myself. Bella played herself. And all the while each of us retained the emotional memory of the exact events as they had actually occurred. It was an exercise in recognized illusion. I have never had an experience that so thoroughly brought home to me the truth that we each act our lives, we each project the image we really wish to convey—the
of the sleep pattern. Do you understand?” The past-life conflicts with my parents flashed in front of my mind just as they had done under the influence of the needles. Yes, I could see what Ambres was talking about. There had been violence involved. Violence that was difficult for me to admit had been perpetrated by my mother, who had not been my mother in that lifetime. “You must resolve the reactions to what you saw,” said Ambres, “with your feelings today. In that resolution the
that struggle and strife were not necessary to the creative process. In fact, the notion of needing to overcome adversity in life itself was rapidly becoming passé to us. Adversity is not a requirement anymore. It never comes from outside of us, anyway. It is self-generated, because we believe we need it. So why continue to generate obstacles and impediments in our lives when by now we should know better? All of this brings me to what happened after Colin and I finished our first three hours and
each are responsible for our own reality. That’s what the viewers will want to respond to.” An important issue in the show was the exploration of karma. The concept that states: “What we cause, good or bad, will have an effect—on us” is karma. Karmic justice is the extension of cause and effect, so that the seeds we sow in one lifetime may not be reaped until a much later lifetime. Hence, Karmic Cosmic Justice. Brandon, ever vigilant regarding the American consciousness, wanted to contribute
cigarettes. The package was the size of a human being. I climbed up the side of the package and looked over the top of the interior. It was empty. There were no cigarettes in the package. As I peered down into the empty package a voice rang in my ears: “See to it that it stays empty.” I laughed at the vision. It woke me. It was as though my higher self had painted a picture so graphic I couldn’t ignore its message. I am now one of the legions of people who have given up the filthy habit. I