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Wednesday, January 10, 2007


Happy 2007 All!

As the new year has gotten well under way I hope you all find yourselves enjoying a refreshed perspective on your lives. I love celebrating the New Year as it implies change and looking forward in a hopeful anticipation. There are so many things we have learned not to hope for as they are impossible or too extravagant or selfish. Well I'd like to address these concerns below:

What a load of crap.

We have been told so many stories of what we can't do and why, that we have started to repeat these stories to ourselves now, and worse, we start to believe them! The fact is, you can do ANYTHING and many of you are doing just that right now. Personally, I just embarked on a new experience in producing my project "Between The Sand And The Sky". I can't tell you how many people told me it was impossible to do for the money I had to do it with. Well guess what? Luckily I chose rather to believe the old phrase you have probably heard "Be Bold and Mighty Forces Will Come to Your Aid". From everywhere miraculous events have transpired to not only make my project possible, but better than I had ever imagined. The point is, none of these miracles would have happened unless I had forged ahead fully knowing I had no clue of how I was going to make this happen. It's a long way to go yet and we'll need many more miracles to complete the project, but having had a taste of how this universal law works, I am totally confident in it's success. That certianty is what "The Secret" is talking about. I implore you to apply this to your own dreams and move boldly toward your destiny.

Happy New Year!



  • At 8:47 PM, January 10, 2007 , Anonymous DaveW said...

    You are so right about this - I can't think of a single thing that I have ever accomplished by starting out thinking "I can't do that - it's impossible!" One of the hardest things I find though is convincing other people of the power of positive thinking (as Norman Peale would have said). So many times I hear about why something won't work instead of why it will.

    I'm sure I speak for everyone hear when I say that we are all anxiously waiting to find out how "Between the Sand and the Sky" turns out - it's fun being here at the beginning and see how it is all coming together (albeit vicariously - and no, I didn't get a dictionary for Christmas...)



  • At 2:22 AM, January 11, 2007 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I saw you in 'George of the Junglle 2' last night. You were great. Are you making 'Beneath the sand and sky' with the same people who did that? same producers? we'd love to know more.

  • At 10:13 AM, January 11, 2007 , Blogger Lara Ufuk said...

    Chris, i am so glad to hearthat the miracles are working for you in your "Between the Sand and the Sky" project.. as Dave said, waiting for more to happen while more of the miracles to come with our energy sent your way :)

    the secret has totaly changed my way of looking things and the way i feel about them.. and i am deeply grateful for this.. if you check out by seraching "the secret" in the following address there are two videos of larry king show about the secret and both of them are very good..

    i think we are living in ana excellent time where such supportive info is wondering around and more peopel who are aware are gathering over the cyber world..


    Have a beautiful weekend

    Much Love

    Ufuk :)

  • At 6:48 PM, January 12, 2007 , Anonymous Sue said...

    Hello forum family,

    What a fantastic new year topic. Chris is definitely leading the charge here, with the unfolding of his film project. Our ATP thoughts and prayers are with you Chris, as we eagerly anticipate the day we can enjoy it on screen. Keep us posted!

    I agree with you, Dave, the challenge to maintaining a positive vision bumps up against other people in our lives. Maybe Chris has some thoughts on that. The beautiful thing about the forum, to me, is the opportunity to share ideas with other kindred spirits, who also aspire to maintain the ATP outlook. I'm so thankful for everyone who posts here. Hope we will all stop by here often this year...and as Chris puts it, "take care of each other."

    Lara, I saw the Larry King show that night, and thought that was great. After Christmas I was able to view "The Secret" and recognized the speakers and authors from the that was very helpful. I agree with you about living in these times...we are so fortunate to find the inspiration and support we need, as you say, and so I appreciate all the wonderful forum fans and friends.

    Wishing everyone a joyful and beautiful year ahead...where all things are possible and all your dreams come true! Sue

  • At 11:17 PM, January 13, 2007 , Anonymous Christopher Showerman said...

    Thanks for posting that link, Lara! I'm looking forward to hearing what you manifest with your power of creation!!

    Yes Dave and Sue - there always seems to be a legion of folks who are ready to douse a bucket of doubt on your excitement. I believe these folks intend only to help us avoid pain and dissapointment. Of course, without risking pain and dissapointment, there can be no change. So if you can, try to enroll these folks into your vision - they could become your greatest ally. But, if you feel they only bring you down, avoid the topic altogether with them as the fire in your passion and conviction is prescious and should be gaurded and nurtured by other possibility thinkers! Of course, the other side of this is our responsibility to support those who still hold dreams around us.

    Take Care of Each Other...

    All Things Possible!

  • At 5:31 AM, January 14, 2007 , Anonymous Ute said...

    Hi dear forum family,

    hope you are all well. As a perfect fit to this week's topic I came across the following quote yesterday in the novel that I am currently reading: "We have a proverb in Hungarian: If a thing is impossible, it can be done". I quite like that way of thinking.
    The novel is called The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. It is basically about a group of people getting together through clues that Dracula actually was a vampire and still walks the Earth today! It is very well written and the horror is only sublte - though I must admit reading it I sometimes feel the impulse to get out the necklace with the cross pendant and the garlick! ;)

    I think, when you really want something you are prepared to work harder and longer for it than anything else. I guess you need a certain degree of obsession to come
    up with the energy and stamina that you need and that many people tell you it is impossible because they cannot invision all that hard work over a long period of time.
    Though when it is something you love doing and while you are at, you yourself might not see it that way. And like Chris said, either you can make them see your point, share your vision and support you or you have to let them go.

    There is a great example for All Things Possible here in Germany. We have the oldest still performing actor/singer in the world living here, although he was born in the Netherlands. His name is Johannes 'Jopie' Heesters and he recently celebrated his 103 birthday on stage in Vienna. Truly amazing! His second wife (his first died many years ago) is also an actress and fourty some years younger than him. When she was a girl she was already fascinatet by him and said she would like to take care of him when he is old. And this really came to be.
    The official website is in German only, but you can look at pictures of him, he was quite dashing in his day: A true gentleman of the old school.

    Watchting the movie "The Queen" yesterday I was reminded of the fairy tale love story between Prince Charles and Camilla. I know, everyone thought the marriage of Charles and Diana was the fairy tale one, but he and Camilla have kept their love strong for over 30 years in the face of all the adversity that the court protocol, their families and the public opinion caused. Just because they are not young and glamorous their love is not perceived as fairy tale like. But I think they are an amazing couple and am very happy for them that they eventually were allowed to marry. All things possible! "The Queen" is an great movie, by the way, very insightful with excellent acting. I don't know how great the interest in the British Monarchy is with you, but I can really recommend it.

    Chris, all the best with your movie project. We are all keeping our fingers crossed, not only for your success but also, somewhat selfishly, for a wonderful film premiere that we can use to all get together for a forum family reunion! :) If it were a play I'd say break a leg - is that valid for films also or do you have a different way to wish luck for the moving pictures?

    The best of luck to you all for all of your projects. Remember, you can only get there if you try!
    Or as a German proverb says: Where there's a will, there's a way!

    Big hugs to all of you,


  • At 9:08 AM, January 14, 2007 , Blogger Lara Ufuk said...

    Ute,i saw a picture of Prince Charles and Camilla in the paper a few days ago and thought exactly the same thing, admired their love and determination to be together..thanks for the movie recomendation..

    Sue glad you enjoyed the videos..i watch them once in a while if i need to..

    Dear Chris..we would love to hear latest news, tour, Christmas break.. :)

    Have a great week everyone :)

  • At 9:11 AM, January 14, 2007 , Anonymous Angi said...

    Happy New Year dear forum Family

    Chris all the best for the film project and as has already been said we all look forward to sharing this experience with you and giving you our positieve thoughts and energies along the way.

    Ute if all things are possible the whole Forum Family might well be at that film premiere - all wearing Jashenka originals!

    btw I agree with you aobut Charles and Camilla, theirs is the true fairytale romance, not the Charles/Diana one, which somehow didn't seem real. (Even in the early photographs of them as a couple there was little eye contact between them) I'm just delighted that two people have finally found happpiness in each other after so many years and wish them a long and happy life together.

    keeping on the ATP theme and positive thinking, whilst tidying away the books and notes from my last two course modules ready to start the new one earlier this week i came across a page of ideals from a Reiki course I did, which I'd like to share with the Family.


    Just for today, I will let go of anger.
    Just for today, I will let go of worry.
    Just for today, I will give thanks for my many blessings.
    Just for today, I will do my work honestly.
    Just for today, I will be kind to my neighbour and every living thing.

    If we can incorporate these ideals every day we should have the right positve attitudes and outlook on life to make All Things Possible, both for ourselves and, as Chris says, take on the responsibility of supporting each other.

    Love hugs and bright blessings to everyone


  • At 2:49 PM, January 15, 2007 , Blogger Tim said...

    Hi all

    Wonderful comments as usual.

    I have to challenge Chris on something and that is the use of the word "miracle". To me, saying that it is a miracle to come as far as you have with your project and the need of "many more miracles" to see it through, sells yourself short on your abilities. If a skilled man (or woman) starts at the bottom of a mountain and begin to climb purposefully towards the top, selecting his (or her) path with knowledge and education, is it then a miracle when they reach the summit?

    Just a thought


  • At 1:57 PM, January 16, 2007 , Anonymous Sue said...

    Hello everyone...I'll plan to write more later, but wonder if anyone watched the Golden Globe Awards and what you thought...Take care...ATP, Sue

  • At 4:51 AM, January 18, 2007 , Anonymous Patrick said...

    Hello dear Forum Family; it has been a while! Happy 2007 to all of you!

    Adrian and I just returned from a stay in Salt Lake City. I was being trained on a new addition to the software system I manage for my workplace, and Adrian relaxed, read books, watched movies and enjoyed his time away from Pittsburgh! What a glorious part of the world! It snowed about 10" while we were there, and we had the opportunity to meet Hoot - the owl who played Draco Malfoy's owl in Harry Potter! He was in Park City getting ready for the Sundance Film Festival.

    Seeing the mountains helped me remember how truly powerful the universe is, and how much space they occupied "between the sand and the sky". Chris, Adrian and I are sending you as much energy as possible and asking the universe to provide you what you need to accomplish your project. What can we, the Forum Family, provide to help?

    Everyone has posted such beautiful thoughts this round. I so much appreciate hearing such positive words every time I read the latest news from the Family.

    Sue, we did watch the GG awards. I thought the movies that were in the running for best picture certainly did represent a spectrum of entertainment. I have not yet seen "Babel" but have heard many good things about the movie. Adrian and I are meeting a friend this weekend to see "Dreamgirls." I was so happy for Jennifer Hudson winning her GG award!

    We had the opportunity to see Chris's Lifetime TV appearance in "Gay, Straight, or Taken" - a new gameshow where a female contestant has the challenge of deciding which category the three male contestants fall into! Chris was the "taken" one and his beautiful girlfriend Natasha made an appearance on the show as well. Chris was really great attempting to confuse the contestant. And our boy didn't look bad sitting at the pool! You were a true sport, Chris. Thanks!

    Well, off to another day in paradise! I want everyone to enjoy today and be aware of your world. Today will never be here again!

    Take care everyone. I look forward to your posts!

    Much love,
    Patrick in Pittsburgh

  • At 11:03 AM, January 18, 2007 , Blogger Lara Ufuk said...

    Sue, i watched the GG.. didn't see most of the movies yet so i couldn't say much if they deserve the rewards or not but i sure loved the speeches.. i thought they were fun and inspiring.. and it is always great to see people so happy and embracing the rewards of their hard work.. it is an uplifting experience to watch..

    i am sure that saying this for everyone here that we love to see you CHRIS there with a reward in your hands... :))

    Patrick good to see back..

    Have a great weekend

  • At 11:10 AM, January 18, 2007 , Blogger Lara Ufuk said...

    i forgot to say what i think of Tim's post..

    Tim, i loved the way you look at fact, i am challenging my own thoughts in the same sense.. thank you making me look in a new perspective..

  • At 12:24 PM, January 18, 2007 , Anonymous Ute said...

    Hi dear forum family,

    first off, I wanted to let you know that we are okay down here. The hurricane is pretty wild out there, all over Germany. It was recommended that people should stay indoors after noon, schools closed early and a lot of people left work early too. Luckily I was one of those, as all trains were stopped a quarter past five today because of the storm and one minor accident of a train running into a tree that had fallen over the tracks. Fortunately, no one got hurt there. Without the storm warnings I would have been caught in the standstill, so I am very glad that I was home in time. A lot of people called when they heard of the train standstill which was very nice. I am not sure if I can get to work tomorrow, we shall see.

    Thank you Ufuk und Angie for agreeing about Charles and Camilla. I am glad that more people feel this way. Angie, also thank you for the Reiki Ideals - very inspiring.

    Sue, I haven't watched the GG, but I heard that Forest Whitaker was awarded which pleased me greatly as I admire him a lot. Anyone see Ghost Dog with him? Brilliant!
    We went to see "Prestige" this week. I am a bit undecided about whether I like it or not. The behaviour of the characters was so unlike me that I reminded emotionally quite detached, but still it was great acting and interesting; though I thought they gave away a few moments of surprise that could have been set up better. But maybe that's just me.

    Tim, as to your miracle challenge, I agree with you that one should not sell one's own achievements short but I also think that depending on who says it and how it can also be a compliment; say if someone has no clue at all how whatever got achieved could possible be done and expresses his/her admiration/amazement by calling it a miracle. I read a fascinating book last year that I came upon on the book fair which was called "Woerter machen Leute - Magie und Macht der Sprache" (Words make people - magic and power of language). It was basically about the German language but also applied in general to the fascinating fact that most of our words are so vague that they can apply to many things and even change their meaning over time so that we are today still are using a lot of words that have been used for centuries. It really is fascinating once you start thinking about it. And like in Chinese were a word can have so many different meanings just by pronouncing it differently, in our language a single word can have different meanings by the way we say/mean it.

    Patrick, glad to hear you and Adrian had such a good time in Salt Lake City. It sounds like a wonderful place.

    Hmm, seems like 2007 is the year of long posts for me. :)

    Big hugs & stay safe!


  • At 2:25 PM, January 18, 2007 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Wow! I always love seeing what is going on in here - you guys inspire me! I haven't had much time to check in but I promise I'll change the topic by the weekend.

    Welcome Back Patrick! Hope Utah was great. I'm sure they loved having you there! Thanks for the kudos on Gay Straight or Taken. Lifetime seems to be getting good numbers on their new show so I'm pleased for them.

    Thank you Angi for such a lovely Reiki Ideals. Words to live by for sure. Day by day.

    Hey Sue! I didn't get to see the golden globes. Did you like them? Did you agree with them? Thanks Lara for your golden globe vote!!

    Hey Dave W - How is Macbeth going?

    Ute! I LOVE your phrase "If a thing is impossible, it can be done". PERFECT! Thank you!

    And thanks Tim for your thought provoking post about miracles. Like Ute, I think it's partially a question of symantics. As all of you posting in here are writers of sorts, you all know the challanges inherent in communicating through writing. Only 7% of actual communication is verbal in a conversation. The rest of the meanings can be found in context, body language, vocal inflection and a myriad of nuances that we pick up on subconsciously. That's 7%!!! Yet wars have been fought over symantics! And I also agree with you Tim that the harder I work, the luckier I get! And still, having that abstract idea that an external thing (miracle in this case) has blessed you in your efforts allows one a focal point for gratitude and validation. Thanks for making me think about this!

    Legends is now in Los Angeles and I'll be getting out a newsletter before it leaves here (again, I promise!) This will be my last stop on the tour as I have asked to leave the tour in order to continue work on "Sand and Sky."

    All Things Possible!

  • At 5:43 PM, January 18, 2007 , Blogger Tom said...

    HI all good to see everyone here again. Another great topic and one I needed . I've decieded its time for me to move on and live a dream I had. I've deciede to seell my house and liquidate everything i have and move to Mexico to open a bed and breakfast. Here in the USA work had gotten bad in the trade unions im an electrician and i have not done very well financially for the last three years. So I'm moving on and going to be with the one I love and to try to make a dream work. Or should I say make the dream work. I have always been told and have learned from much reading that if you can see your self doing it the it will happen. So now im getting my duckies in a row and working on my the plan. So we will see if things work as they say all you need is faith and the rest will fall in place. To be honest im scared to death but I have good support so i will be fine I know. So good topic my friends our mentor has done it again, Love you Chris. and love to you all Tommy

  • At 9:43 PM, January 18, 2007 , Anonymous Sue said...

    Hello Chris and forum family

    Wow, I said I would write later, and now look at all of you to answer!

    Well, Chris, it must be pleasant to be able to go home at night during your LA tour! Right where you car is, too! What a neat thing to have your car on the Lifetime show....and to echo my daughter's sentiments (they saw the show I just learned): "It was cool that his girlfriend got to go on at the end." They enjoyed the show very much, thought you did a great job, and (in tune with my post) "He does sing very well." Of course she knew who you were, but didn't quite figure out the other two contestants. So I was glad to know they got to see the show!

    Ute, I had not heard the news of the weather in Germany until I read your post and then finally heard news accounts. How glad we all are that you are safe and sound. Yes, I love your quote too. About a thing being impossible it can be done. Everyone in the forum family is passionate about their dreams. And having the support of other like-minded spirits who are cheering for you deepens the passion and makes you seem invincible. Without that support, it can get a little bit lonely. Just knowing everyone here sends energy thoughts out to all, means so much when thinking about your personal vision.

    I have been so impressed by your inspiring centenarian actor Johannes Heesters... He would make a great member of the forum example that all things are possible, at any age! I love it! You always tell us such fascinating stories, which we'd never learn of otherwise.

    Yes, Chris I did get to see the Golden Globes. In recent years I had grown bored with all those events and was not in the movie mode. However, due to the influence of a certain favorite actor's interest in the power of films in our lives, and now-to-be filmmaker, I have totally flipped, and so has my husband. I made a point to watch, to get in tune with who's who and what's what in filmland. Now to remember it all, so I can discuss intelligently here. Ha!

    I haven't seen most of the films yet, but I have a list now..and keep adding to it as you all point out what you like. I did see Broken Trail which received a couple of nominations (Thomas Haden Church who co-starred with Chris in GOTJ2 and played a very different role) and Robert DuVall. The movie was fascinating to me because it has a faint hint of what to expect in Chris' film. And I am looking forward to seeing his film on the big screen...because I think it will surpass Broken Trail...but then, we are all a bit prejudiced. In fact, seeing that film crystallized my anticipation of Between the Sand and the Sky so much. I kept visualizing it and thinking about the wonderful scenes that will be played out, and the beautiful story Chris has written. I wish you Godspeed, Chris, as you wend your way into this strange new land of Hollywood filmmaking. You will be Supernova. We all can hardly wait to hear about your miracles and follow your adventures. And yes, I did picture you striding up on stage to claim your award!

    Plus, I love the idea Ute has of us all being there when it opens and Angi's picturing us in Jaschenka originals! Angi, I've heard a lot about Reiki, can you tell us the benefits of that? Sounds like you'd recommend it for everyone.

    Tim, I know what you mean about - what is a miracle exactly anyway. To me I think the miracle is allowing ourselves to keep our hearts open and allow the energy of beautiful possibilities to flow into our lives. But I also believe that's the most challenging thing, for me at least, to keep myself tuned in and tuned up to recognize these miracles...perhaps Chris means the synchronicities that happen along the way. Those are miracles to me. And I'm learning to pay attention to them, because sometimes it's the tiniest little ones that make all the difference. But I also believe that having a beautiful support system, such as this forum family, serves a purpose for reminding us that there is a lot of love and support in the universe for our dreams, if we listen.

    Patrick and Adrian...Utah sounds beautiful. After watching GG awards I realized I knew more than I thought after reading everyone's posts. It's a lot more fun watching them knowing what people have posted. Next, the Oscars!

    Lara, I enjoyed the speeches as well. And now I'm interested in Ugly Betty after watching America Farrera. She is adorable. And I am looking forward to Helen Mirren's portrayal of The Queen. I loved her speech.

    Tom, glad to hear of your experience That is really making a commitment to your dream! Hope you will keep us posted...

    Chris, looking forward to another newsletter. I was about to suggest it. Perhaps you can do one along with your filming experience for all the inquiring minds out here who feel a personal connection to your work.

    Sending much love, hugs and wishes for ATP miracles for everyone's dreams...Sue

    PS I just now heard that the Sundance Film Festival has opened...any thoughts on that?


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