How Comic Strips Influence Our Character … by Alice B. Clagett

Transcribed on 23 July 2018; originally published on 25 August 2013 

  • VIDEO BY ALICE
  • OUTLINE OF THE VIDEO
  • SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO

Dear Ones,

This video is about how how our favorite childhood comic strips can influence our adult character. And what to do about it. Or whether we should … ? A Outline follows the video, and a lightly edited Summary follows that …

VIDEO BY ALICE

OUTLINE OF THE VIDEO

  • My favorite comic strip: The Phantom. Some of the qualities that I really admired and followed in my life had to do with that comic strip. For instance, he spent a lot of time alone, in a cave, in a beautiful country setting, with trees, and mountains, and jungles. He had some superpowers, which he used to fight evil.
  • If were were to analyze the comic strips that we really like, and then compare them to what we really want in life … For instance, what are the good things that they provide? What are the things in life that they have, and that we might like to have? What things to we have that we want to avoid? Then maybe we could find a comic strip that better suits our intentions, and reading that would leave an impression on our subconscious minds and our vital bodies.
  • For instance, I have an acquaintance who really liked the comic strip “Calvin and Hobbes.” Remember how Calvin had an incredible imagination, and used to come up with stories about dinosaurs and other scenarios that weren’t really happening, but seemed really real to him? Also, he had an imaginary tiger friend named Hobbes that was protecting his back all the time.
  • So Calvin was very creative, very imaginative, very sensitive.
  • And he was always looking for somebody in his life who would protect him. Which is fine. But the thing is, if you’re missing your Hobbes, and you’re expecting your Hobbes, then that causes trouble.
  • So if that’s the case, why not always imagine we have an imaginary Hobbes, always standing by us and protecting our back in the world, as was the case with Calvin? This is a juvenile thing, but that’s what the vital body is … It’s very juvenile.
  • These are my thoughts on comic book searches, and comic book characters, and figuring them out, and maybe changing the list a little.

SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO

So this is about comic strips and character. I have a theory about comic strips that we look at in our childhood, and how they influence our character. 

Now personally, my favorite comic strip was “The Phantom” …

Image: “The Phantom,” by Lee Falk and Ray Moore: This is the first of the Sunday comic strips, in which the Phantom swears to destroy cruelty, piracy, and greed, working alone to achieve these ends: http://www.dialbforblog.com/archives/361/first_phantom.gif .. As a child I really loved this. Quite possibly, though, it’s a little too dramatic for me today. 

You would have a hard time finding “The Phantom” today. But he was a pretty cool superhero in my day. And so, the Phantom ruled my imaginative life during my formative years … amongst other comic strip characters, you know? 

I have to say that some of the qualities that I have really admired and followed in my life, have to do with that. Let us see, what did the phantom do? …. He used to hang out by himself a lot; he had a sidekick or two, but he spent a lot of time alone … in a cave in the country, amidst beautiful scenery, such as trees and mountains and jungles. So he really liked nature. 

And another thing is, he had some superpowers. So he could do things that other people could not do. And one of the things he used to do, was to help people in trouble. 

And so, I have to say that those were the things that I admired, and those were the things that I pursued in my life. And I got to thinking that, if we were to analyze the comic book characters that we really liked … their qualities … and then compare them to what we really want to get …

What do they provide? What are the good things that they provide, and what are the bad things? What are the things that we might like to have, that they did not have? And just make a ‘left-brain’ list: What are the good things that they did not have, that we want to have?

Maybe we could find another comic strip that has those things. And that would really impress our subconscious minds and our vital bodies; because they really love that stuff. [laughs]

I have an acquaintance who really liked “Calvin and Hobbes,” right? You know how Calvin had a wonderful imagination, and was always coming up with all these long stories about dinosaurs, and things that were not really happening, but seemed really real to him? And in addition he had a friend … a tiger … that protected him; his name was ‘Hobbes’. So Hobbes was protecting his back all the time; right? 

Image: Calvin walking on a log over a stream, with Hobbes just behind him: http://images.fanpop.com/images/image_uploads/Calvin—Hobbes-calvin–26-hobbes-254155_500_375.jpg .. Sometimes I imagine Hobbes is right behind me, protecting my back too. Feels great!

So this friend of mine found out that he had been doing the “Calvin and Hobbes” thing for a long time … So he was very creative, very imaginative, and a very sensitive person; and he was always looking for somebody, in his life, who would protect him. [laughs]

Which is fine, you know? But the thing is, if you are missing your Hobbes, and you are expecting your Hobbes, then that causes trouble. So I think, if we like “Calvin and Hobbes” … as I did too, you know? … It is a good idea to always imagine that Hobbes is always ‘holding your back’ … standing behind you, protecting you.

And that will help, I think; that helps me to always feel secure and happy in the world. I know it is a juvenile thing, but that is what the vital body is: It is very juvenile. 

Good luck on your comic book researches, and your comic book characters, and figuring them out, and maybe changing the list a little. Hope you like that! [laughs]

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars
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Calvin and Hobbes, comic strips, subconscious mind, The Phantom, vital body, programming the subconscious mind, building character, security, protection, sanctuary, psychology, psychiatry, inner child, personality, personality traits, cruelty,

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