The idea for this post occurred to me the other day as I happened to see part of the 2009 version of the movie “Star Trek” on one of the monitors at the gym where I am a member. For all you hard core Trekkies out there I’m sure you will forgive a little explanation for everyone else.
Here is the Wikipedia description of the Kobayashi Maru:
The Kobayashi Maru is a training exercise in the fictional Star Trek universe designed to test the character of Starfleet Academy cadets in a no-win scenario. The Kobayashi Maru test was first depicted in the opening scene of the film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and also appears in the 2009 film Star Trek. Screenwriter Jack B. Sowards is credited with inventing the test. The test’s name is occasionally used among Star Trek fans or those familiar with the series to describe a no-win scenario, a test of one’s character or a solution that involves redefining the problem.
The notional primary goal of the exercise is to rescue the civilian vessel Kobayashi Maru in a simulated battle with the Klingons. The disabled ship is located in the Klingon Neutral Zone, and any Starfleet ship entering the zone would cause an interstellar incident. The approaching cadet crew must decide whether to attempt rescue of the Kobayashi Maru crew – endangering their own ship and lives – or leave the Kobayashi Maru to certain destruction. If the cadet chooses to attempt rescue, the simulation is designed to guarantee that the ship is destroyed with the loss of all crew members.
Wikipedia Kobayashi Maru
I’ve been feeling a bit like one of those cadets facing my own personal Kobayashi Maru. None of the options currently in front of me seem particularly attractive and several of them are sure to bring me extreme pain in nearly every aspect of my life – financial, emotional, relational, health. I have created these situations through years of inattentive thought and the habit of focusing on what I don’t want. Now that I’ve been exerting my will to think with a definite purpose it has created changes in my approach to these situations.
Now I find myself in a very unnatural state of constantly battling thoughts on a minute-by-minute and sometimes second-by-second basis that would have in the past caused me to surrender to my old blueprint and crawl back into the comfort of the known misery of my previous existence. It is a terrifying place for me right now.
Back to the Kobayashi Maru.
In the Star Trek story there was only one cadet who has ever successfully completed the no-win test.
That’s right – Captain James Tiberius Kirk. In the story Capt. Kirk took the test twice before finally beating the simulation on his third attempt. But how did he do it? Had he accepted the initial conditions set forth in the previous two tries during his third attempt he certainly would have failed again. So he reprogrammed the simulation to cause the opposing Klingon ships defenses to be disabled allowing the destruction of the enemy ships and the rescue of the stranded crew of the Kobayashi Maru.
I’m so thankful for the MKE and everyone involved – Mark and Davene, guides, participants, graduates! Through the webinars, readings, and exercises I’m learning to gain control of my thoughts. I get to decide what I think and more importantly how I choose to feel about what I think. Like Capt. Kirk I’m actively reprogramming my mind and overcoming decades of lazy thought.
I’ve never experienced this kind emotional upheaval. Repeating the Blueprint Builder, as well as the other affirmations have been crucial to my getting through the past week or so. In addition, I have several friends I have reached out to who have stepped up to help me think right through this difficult time.
One last thing. I was able to watch “The Good Lie” last night. What a great movie. As I watched the Lost Boys acclimate to their new surroundings and experience the many things we take for granted I was reminded of what is truly important to me.
Until next time – I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious, and happy!