Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella" With Brandy Is the Story of a Spiritual Awakening

Updated on March 20, 2019
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Ash has a bachelor's in English Lit, loves analyzing fiction, and is dorkily obsessed with books, film, and television.

I know it's probably odd to say that Cinderella of all things could be a remotely spiritual story, but it very much is. When you really think about it, it shouldn't be surprising that there are spiritual elements in a story that is over a thousand years old and may have originated in China.

I am currently going through my own spiritual awakening, and as I become more knowledgeable about the process, I can't help but recognize how it's been "coded," if you will, into a lot of our fiction.

What Cinderella goes through in this story is very akin to the spiritual journey of the shepherd boy in the much acclaimed book The Alchemist. In fact, Cinderella goes through every step from beginning to end. She even has a soulmate/TwinFlame/whatever label you want to give the connection she shares with Prince Christopher (Paolo Montalbán).

Please keep in mind that I am speaking about this version of Cinderella in particular.

Let me show you what I'm talking about.

When the film first opens, Cinderella is going through a Dark Night of the Soul.

Within the spiritual community, a Dark Night is when a person goes through a series of negative experiences. This could last a few months to several years. The point of these trials, however, is to help them become the person they were always meant to be, so that they in turn gain the knowledge and wisdom to help other people.

Before she is worthy of the prince and of becoming queen of the kingdom, Cinderella must go through a series of trials, where her suffering teaches her empathy, kindness, and compassion.

The people harming her -- her stepmother and stepsisters -- are a part of her soul group. Meaning, before she was born, they made a contract with her soul to meet her in this life and to harm her in ways that would teach her wisdom and empathy. This is why Cinderella never gets revenge on them -- they were just doing their job by hurting her and fulfilling the soul contract.

And to fully embody love, one must also learn to forgive. Vengeance is an attribute of hate. In other words, the step family is there to teach Cinderella self love and how to love others unconditionally.

She must also live among the "common folk" and see how they are treated every day -- the most tyrannical rulers in history were people who were completely disconnected from the people they ruled, to the point that they lacked empathy for them entirely.

Cinderella's Dark Night is pretty awful. Her mother dies, then her father marries a new woman and dies soon after, leaving her to be abused by her step family in a situation she feels is inescapable. Like most people on the spiritual path, she is isolated and alone, with no family, friends, or money.

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And yet, even though things are looking pretty bad, Cinderella never gives up hope that one day things will be better and that one day she will meet the love of her life. The film opens with her singing "The Sweetest Sounds," a song about meeting the perfect love and living a happy existence with them.

Not giving up and remaining positive is one of the biggest challenges when a person is going through a Dark Night. It is important to keep a positive outlook because -- as Cinderella learns on her journey -- we shape our own reality based on how we feel inside.

Most people don't find the person they're supposed to be with because they give up. They fall into a negative mindset where they stop believing in love. The law of the universe, however, is that like attracts like. If you don't believe in love, then love is not going to find you. And if you hate yourself, you are going to attract partners that hate and abuse you.

Believe me. I've been there.

Because Cinderella didn't stop believing and didn't let the world change her, she was able to attract Prince Christopher into her life. Cinderella was able to attract a prince because she maintained princess energy. To marry him and become queen, however, she would have to eventually embody empress energy -- and that's what we see happen during the course of the film as she slowly learns to stand up for herself and stop being a doormat for her stepmother.

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People on a spiritual journey usually have spirit guides -- aka angels -- who are waiting to assist them. Because humans have freewill, however, these guides can not step in until they are called upon.

When Cinderella prays to go to the ball, her "fairy godmother" shows up to help her. This is exactly what happens during a spiritual journey. No, I don't mean mice turning to drivers and pumpkin coaches.

When the Dark Night becomes unbearable, the person going through the journey starts to pray in desperation -- never realizing or perhaps having forgotten that all they had to do was ask for help all along.

Fairy Godmother isn't just there to turn pumpkins into coaches, either. She provides Cinderella with wisdom, guidance, and insight, telling her that if she wants to get out of her stepmother's house, she's going to have to do it herself.

Cinderella's problem is that she doesn't realize or understand that she is not a helpless victim. She is powerful. In fact, she has the power to change her reality to her liking. She does not have to live the way she is living.

This is something everyone on a spiritual journey comes to realize sooner or later: the music is in us. Fairy Godmother says it best,

"The music's in you, Cinderella. Deep down in your soul. And once you find it? Nothing can stop you from walking out that door."

That's the entire point of a spiritual journey: to make us remember who we are. We are not human beings. We are eternal souls having a human experience. We chose to come here and we have the power to shape our experience.

One way of awakening us to this fact is to have us meet our Soulmate/Twin Flame/Whatever (lol).

When Brandy met the prince at the ball, he awoke her with his unconditional love. That's what it means to be a Twin Flame -- they love you just the way you are. They hold up a mirror that makes you realize your own self-worth.

At the ball, Cinderella struggles to embrace who she is. When the prince's family begins asking her questions, she becomes afraid that they will reject her and runs from the ball in despair. Outside, she tells Fairy Godmother that she wants to quit and go home because she's not who they think she is.

This is typical on a spiritual journey. Part of the process is learning self love and how to love others unconditionally. This is paramount for a person whose life purpose is to help and serve others through the practice of love.

Before she can become queen and rule the land, Cinderella has to learn that she is powerful, beautiful, and worthy of love just the way she is.

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As is so typical with Twin Flames, one becomes the runner and the other becomes the chaser. Cinderella runs from the ball, leaving behind a shoe.

The glass shoe represents the connection between her and the prince. It is the method with which he eventually finds Cinderella again, no matter how far she runs. Even though Twin Flames don't always wind up staying together (and even though coming together in physical union is not the point of the journey nor the end goal), they have an energetic connection to each other that can not be severed.

Once she is separate from Prince Christopher and the swarm of emotions he and his family stirred in her, Cinderella is able to clear her head. She comes to the realization that she is worthy of love and that she doesn't have to stay with her abusive step family.

Fairy Godmother then appears to confirm Cinderella's lessons,

"Do you really think he fell in love with your fancy gown and pretty braids? Believe in yourself, Cinderella, and trust him to love you as you are."

Now armed with courage, strength, and wisdom, Cinderella stands up to her mean and abusive stepmother, packs her bags, and leaves. When the prince arrives to rescue her, she isn't there, having finally decided to rescue herself.

She has now embodied the empress energy, and in flow with divine timing, her Twin Flame returns to marry her and they come into union.

Now Cinderella is not just a queen in name -- she is a queen in her heart. She now possesses the tools to rule the kingdom with wisdom and kindness, helping to make the world a better place, with the love and support of her Twin Flame, Prince Christopher -- who is an equal partner in their service to the world.

That was the entire point of the spiritual journey: to become the kind of person who has the strength, character, and resources to help the world.

And now that Cinderella has recognized her own power, nothing can stop her doing what she was sent to Earth to do. Fairy Godmother's last song expresses the final stage of the spiritual journey perfectly,

"Now you can go wherever you want to go!

And now you can do whatever you want to do!

And now you can be whatever you want to be!

And love is a song you'll sing your whole life through!"

Because that's the point: to learn to love ourselves, to learn to love others, and to teach others to love. That's what lightworkers are here for.

Love is the only thing that can heal this world.

Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella
Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella

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      Hello, Ash, I think this is one best of your stories. Thanks for sharing, and have a nice time here.

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