“Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery that mediocrity can pay to greatness.” -Oscar Wilde
The original version of this quote, “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.”, is credited to Charles Caleb Colton, an English cleric who coined the phrase three decades before Oscar Wilde was even born. It’s a bit ironic that a quote often linked to Wilde was in itself an imitation.
We are living in a time with seemingly little originality. Movies are remakes based on previous economic blockbusters. Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan stole hearts in the movie “You’ve Got Mail” and generated over 115 million dollars. Fifty years prior, Jimmy Stuart had starred in “The Shop Around the Corner” which is basically the same story line with letters rather than emails. This movie in turn was based on the hit musical, “In the Good Old Summertime” starring Judy Garland.
In the mid 1930’s, James A. Cain wrote the pulp novel “The Postman Always Rings Twice”. It was made into a movie in the forties starring Lana Turner and John Garfield; remade again as “Roadhouse Girl” in 1953; reinvented for the third time in 1981 with Jessica Lang and Jack NIcholson, to the tune of a 12.2 million dollar revenue again proporting the cultural importance of economic gain being the ultimate goal.
When J.K. Rowling wrote the Harry Potter series, people were not only mesmerized by her writing style but also for the fresh content. Authors covet that level of success yet so many books are similar to the movie industry in that they are a rehash of whatever else is presently saturating the market or has already been done.
Fashion, make-up trends, and hairstyles all follow cyclical patterns though one has to wonder if the original users of coal tar hair dye in the 1860’s were viewed as skeptically as those donning my little pony pastels in today’s day and age.
Many live vicariously behind a screen rather than being brave enough to venture out and follow their own heart and direction. Social media provides a constant comparison and benchmark for happiness, success, and beauty. As we espouse civility and acceptance for gender diversity, Facebook gives us 58 different choices albeit some only offer a variance of an asterisk to differentiate one from another. If we are freer than we’ve ever been to describe and define ourselves, why are so many living lives misguided and unfulfilled?
Equally, people are waking up and sensing there is something more. These past several months many have been experiencing increased psychic awareness and mediumship. It is exciting yet a bit unsettling as it has been happening so fast as to be overwhelming. With this has been an intensity to want to make the most of the time left on the planet and move forward in a way we can best be of service.
Sensing energy enhances our connection to Divine as well as to one another. As you become more in tune and sensitive, the walls you’ve hidden behind and personas developed out of fear or resistance, slowly begin to deteriorate leaving space to connect to your own inner truth and knowing.
As frequency and accuracy of energetic perceptions improve, there is a renewed level of faith in yourself and less of a need to segregate your public and private personas. Social constructs encourage us to give 100% when we are being watched or evaluated. But what you do when no one else is watching more closely aligns with your original self.
One of the most personal things left behind when we pass away is something that is handwritten. Our handwriting holds an essence of our personality that is as unique as our fingerprints. As we move into this new world of increased perception and interconnectedness, may we all embrace our own signature and shine our truest light.
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