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Why Movies are Great Tool for Self-Growth


By Lisa Elin,

Movies are great fun, but did you know that they can actually be used to further to your own growth? To make you better at the qualities needed for success, and to grow past the hurts and limiting beliefs that hold you back?

It’s absolutely true – and absolutely fun!

Using a tool called Cinema Therapy, you can actually use movies to build a strong, secure, successful life.


Cinema Therapy is a healing modality that uses movies as a tool for moving toward wholeness, in which the actual effects of watching generate insight, inspiration, and natural change.


There are 3 types:

  • “Popcorn” – For kicking back and relaxing. Similar to the way we affectionately refer to “retail therapy,” it’s that breezy, casual movie watching that offers diversion, recreation, and perhaps socializing.
  • Psychotherapeutic – For healing deep wounds or trauma. Here a film is used to access and heal emotions related to some deep form of damage. The film’s content may, for example, reflect a painful circumstance in our own life, and allow that pain to be processed in the safety of the counselor’s presence.
  • Self-Help – For putting the finishing touches on healing the past, and for building the various strengths that equip us to create a future of our choosing. May be undertaken on one’s own, or as part of working with a coach.


Not only is it enjoyable, but Cinema Therapy is also remarkably effective (how cool is that?). Because our unconscious speaks in symbol and metaphor, the myth and story of a movie speaks to it directly, bypassing our ordinary defensive censors.

Think of our sense of smell: a scent hits the olfactory bulb in the center of our head and goes directly into our brain, unevaluated and uncensored – boom, we’re transported to another time. This direct delivery is what gives the sense of smell such profound power.

Similarly, movies speak directly to our psyche in its own language, and when we use Cinema Therapy to steer that conversation, we can start seeing real strides in our progress.


You see, when we seek to change or improve something in our life, we draw motivation from our conscious desires and abilities. These get us started and give us vision. But so often these aren’t sufficient, because limiting beliefs, old family patterns, and other dynamics are also on the bus – and many times are even driving it! When this happens we get stuck, start self-sabotaging, and find it hard to take action (or even know what the right action should be).

Because Cinema Therapy addresses the emotions, beliefs, and patterns that underlie our efforts, it helps us get our conscious and unconscious working together, and the bus really start to move!


This is why Cinema Therapy can help us succeed more quickly and with more lasting results in any area of endeavor. Whether we’re healing the past, pursuing a career, building a business, striving to be a strong parent or partner, embarking on a weight loss journey, working the 12 Steps, or seeking any other kind of change, Cinema Therapy speeds and supports our progress.

Time to break out that watchlist and fire up the queue!

To learn more about how get started, tune in for the next episode of the Power Up Living show. Host Kelly Galea & Lisa Elin will be talking more about how to use movies to accelerate your progress. Imagine turning a favorite activity into a tool for personal transformation!    

About the author, Kelly

Kelly Galea is a creative, multi-passionate entrepreneur and luminary blessed with a unique combination of wit, grit, intellect and intuition. She helps you navigate the work-life maze of ever-shifting priorities and transform your life through holistic self-discovery techniques and immersive, fun and magical mini-quests. Working with Kelly will inspire you to unveil, express and celebrate your vital personality and lifestyle preferences to create a more harmonious life.

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