The fictional, romantic movie Hans Christian Andersen, loosely based on the real life of the famous Danish storyteller, is a great movie classic, made in 1952. Despite its age, I personally think it stands re-watching, by small children and adults alike. This movie story line gives me a great lead in with the Law of Exchange. I’ve explained the three ‘Divine Laws’, which underpin everything:
I’ve also shared five of the ‘Daily Laws’:
Those five Daily Laws can be seen as a ‘crucible’. This is where the alchemy begins, where you can create the intensity of focus that will eventually lead you towards a satisfactory outcome. All five Laws need your consideration and activation for your desired result to manifest. When that energy is solid you can proceed, using the Daily Law of Exchange. If you move on too early, unprepared, or are a bit wobbly in any area (especially in Leadership) then your endeavour may run aground. The Law of Exchange says you will get a result, whether or not you attend properly to the earlier Laws, but the rseult may not be what you wanted if you didn’t pay attention to them.
In order to fulfil your destiny, whether it’s a quiet, behind-the-scenes kind of purpose, or one that will put you centre stage in the spotlight, you need to be communicating with people in one way or another. Even if you are not full of show business style chutzpah, somehow you need to make your purpose fit into place, in the world.
Many stories about people who get public recognition for their genius describe their early life as an adventure, based on faith in their own potential. I often quote the story of Bob Dylan, who said he had been “born in the wrong place, to the wrong parents”. He certainly wouldn’t have been recognised easily had he stayed in his home town of Hibbing. The same goes for Andersen, who, the film tells us, was a cobbler before he set off for Copenhagen, where his stories were picked up by a local newspaper. Dylan did not come from a poor background, but when he set off for New York he had no contacts and very few dollars in his pocket. As he himself described it, he trusted in the ‘benevolence of the Universe’.
In the movie, Hans sets off with a wheelbarrow. He takes his shoe cobbling kit with him so he can find paid work, even while his true goal is to get his stories published. Early in his adventure, Hans sings a song declaring his presence in the world — in no uncertain terms!
I’m Hans Christian Andersen,
I’ve many a tale to tell
And though I’m a cobbler,
I’d say I tell them rather well…
(Click here to hear the song)
He describes his own storytelling capacity and keeps reminding the people of Copenhagen who he is: Andersen’s in town! Hans Christian Andersen. That’s me!
In one of the verses, Hans says he wrote a note to himself and put it in his hat. When the wind blows the hat away, the note comes back to him and reminds him that he is Hans Christian Andersen!
So, whatever, your destiny, or Soul’s Purpose, somehow you need to share your Divine gifts with other people. You may not have to leave your home town, but you do need to find your ‘tribe’, the people who will encourage you, accept your offerings, even pay you! Without this exchange you are whistling in the wind and no one benefits from the gifts you bring with you.
As I say, you don’t have to be in the spotlight, or someone who is recognised by the general public. Introverts can fulfil their Soul’s Purpose just as well as extroverts. You may want to spend time mostly with plants or animals, but you do have to share, give, communicate and exchange in order to manifest whatever your unique destiny is.
Take a leaf out of the Hans Christian Andersen’s book and keep reminding yourself…
This has been Law number nine, so the next movie will describe the final Law, where everything falls into place.