I finally got to see Green Lantern on DVD over Thanksgiving weekend.
The first thing I noticed about the movie was the description of the ring's power. It works through the force of will. Whatever you can imagine, you can create.
Granted, it seemed as if everything that was created disappeared in a wisp of green smoke when it wasn't needed any longer, but Hal did create a necklace for his girlfriend that appeared to become permanent.
What impressed me the most, though, was near the end of the movie when Hal is fighting the monster Paralax.
Parallax is fear. He destroys people who are afraid and lives off their fear energy. He is taunting Hal, telling him that he will lose, telling him that he will destroy Earth and everything on it. Hal is holding him back with a green shield, his eyes shut tight, and as Parallax continues to taunt him he begins to recite the Green Lantern oath:
"In brightest day, in blackest night,
No evil shall escape my sight.
Let those who worship evil's might,
Beware my power, Green Lantern's light!"
This oath was like a mantra or affirmation to Hal. He recited it when fear was right on top of him, telling him that everything was lost, nothing was going to survive, and there was nothing he could do about it.
Repeating this oath reminded Hal of his powers as Green Lantern. Even though he was new to the Corps, he knew what he was capable of -- both as himself, a daredevil test pilot, and as Green Lantern. And it was in reciting that oath and remembering his own power that he was able to rise up and find a way to defeat Parallax.
This is also true of us as we remember our own power in our lives. When fear is right on top of you, telling you that the life you want is never going to happen, that is when you can gain strength to carry on. That is when you recite your affirmations. That is when you notice your talismans. That is when you re-read a book that helped you in the past.
When I am feeling fear or doubt or worry, this is my affirmation:
I am a worthwhile, loveable, successful person because God created me in his perfect image.
Find your oath. Find your affirmation. Know it by heart. Let it help you defeat the fear in your life.