Read Elements For A Healthier Life Magazine Issue 09 | January 2017 - Page 21

In Life, Be the Director

of Your Own Movie

...an interview with Debra Oakland

Written with Love

by C.K. Kochis

“I've been writing my whole life,” Debra said, “and putting it under the bed and hiding it. I didn't think of myself as a “writer”. I didn't think I had it in me. After I went through all of the loss that I went through, and after I came through the other side of it, I said, 'You know, I've always wanted to be a writer. I have nothing to lose. The worst I could ever imagine has happened. I'm going to do this.’” Debra added, “My book had to come out. I could not not write it,”

When the title Change Your Movie, Change Your Life surfaced from Debra’s intuition, she sat with the information, and thought, this book isn't about the movies. Her internal wisdom replied, “It is now.”

Debra rewrote the manuscript to explore the movie theme enhancing the 7 Reel Concepts that have shaped her life. “We write and direct our own ‘life’ film and how things turn out. How our life turns out is according to what we think, say, do, and manifest on the screen of our life.”

"When the Universe asks you to dance, say YES!"

Writing provided Debra the outlet she sought to delve inward and explore what got her through the loss of her 21 year old son, her baby girl in the 8th month of pregnancy and both her brothers within four years. “If I didn't have these concepts to live by and belief in what I believe, I don't know how I would have handled it all in such quick succession. We have to make sure we don't get so caught up in the loss that we don't see the silver lining, the gift, that can come from it - if we're open to it. I like to think that I am consciously holding the space for love and my life is bigger than the challenge set before me.”

“I believe if you have a belief system that stands up for you when you have one of life's big challenges come at you, it's perfect. Stick with it. If you fall apart and it doesn't work for you, find a new belief system.”

Debra Oakland