The Understudy = Under Study

In acting, an understudy is someone who learns another’s role so they can act as a replacement on short notice. Should the regular actor or actress be unable to appear on stage because of illness, injury, emergencies or death, the understudy takes over the part. The theater manager usually announces the cast change prior to the start of the performance.

Life is all a stage….

When I think about this definition and subsequent action for an understudy, I also think about life. What is the analogy?

Life is the Master Teacher and to truly get a sense of what life is all about, are we not always under study?

Every action has a reaction; therefore, we have ongoing experiences from which me must make choices and that creates the next experience. Understanding each event in our lives, helps us to unravel the mysteries of why we are even here.

There are many days I will marvel at the weaving of the past, present, and potential future within the mind of creation itself. Do you ever wonder about the way things unfold in your life journey? Why it is so different, yet the same as others?

I started a talk show recently and have been doing a lot of interviews. The fascinating thing I am noticing is how similar people’s hardest struggles are and the ability to use their will to overcome what could have been devastating.

When I had a moment in my life of hitting a point of no return, where the world had crushed my soul and I knew something had to change, it became the catalyst for a deep dive into declaring my liberation. A recent interviewee had the same reaction to when he hit rock bottom, lost everything and he pleaded with God to answer his prayers for help. I had to catch my breath when I realized both of us aligned with a higher power, something bigger than us, to bring us back to balance, better and stronger.

I surrendered….

Just as an understudy is a replacement, while I was under study of my sense of self, where I was in my life and where I wanted to go, an unseen force coursed through me. I was unable to continue playing my part and something took over, an understudy in the form of universal laws. The fight was over, and a new beginning was about to start.

Isn’t the greater community the same?

There is a battle, within the souls of the whole, seeking to define, to connect, and to emerge from the dark night of the soul. But it is not just the individuals, it is galactic in scope. The nature of things is predictable with patterns and cycles. Human evolution is the same.

There is pain, fear, and the unknown walking alongside love, magic, and what we know to be true. The emotions of the heart are fragile, but I know it can always be mended. The universe is mental, folding upon itself, bringing a higher awareness of what we learn and the transformations as a result.

If you hold my hand and I reach my other one out, someone will take it and so on. There is an underlying pull to expand and contract, the heartbeat of the core of who we are.

I know through my own steppingstones taken along the winding path of tomorrow’s new dawn, whatever I do plays a part in the grand scheme of things.

Just a small change, like the butterfly effect, can be the shift needed. With enough people doing something to help; whether it be as simple as a smile, a new thought, a new perspective, anything to get out of the insanity, perhaps we will create the world meant for us to nurture.

It is not an easy task, takes practice. I have spent many years refining the techniques and skills to be in the world but not affected by the fluctuations in the flow from year to year. I recently had to take a break from social media, just to get my bearings again. Under study….

What I gained from this pause is that I must be prepared to accept change, for I may not always be able to be in the role asked of me. Allowing and taking a back seat gives me a different viewpoint, so when I am ready to get back on stage, I have more knowledge and wisdom to ensure that when the final curtain comes down, I have lived my life to the best of my ability.

Self-revelation is letting go of who you think you are and allowing who you are meant to be express through your creativity and passions.

Eileen Bild


Eileen Bild
Eileen Bild
EILEEN is Founder of The Core Thinking Blueprint Method, CEO of Ordinary to Extraordinary Life, Executive Producer of OTELproductions, and talk show host for OTEL TALK. She holds a Masters in Transpersonal Psychology and is a published author, Internationally Syndicated Columnist, contributing author to the inspiring book Chaos to Clarity: Sacred Stories of Transformational Change and Breakthrough S.P.A.R.K. Coach. Eileen and her husband Trevor are a power couple whose foundation is a 360 view of the world through inspiring, uplifting, and empowering others. Maximizing performance, communication, and drive for growth for your highest achievement is what you will experience working with Eileen and Trevor. They are owners and producers for ROKU channels KNOB TV, OTEL TALK, and OTEL MUSIC VIDEOS; and develop channels for professionals and businesses. They collaborate with companies, such as 360° Nation/Dennis Pitocco, musicians, entrepreneurs, and many more. Go from Ordinary to Extraordinary!

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    • Carol, wonderful! I find that when I can calmly look at the past and be in the present, with an intention of a possible future that feels good, then it makes the journey that much more interesting an enjoyable. (Sometimes I think I am testing myself and go through a challenge just to see how well I can get through it. I know I like the “chase” and have had to learn to follow through and reap the rewards of the seeds planted. I’m getting better at it as I get older). Glad you have found a way to be excited about your probable future! Wishing you all the best and may whatever you are wanting to manifest become the reality you desire! Cheers!

  1. Eileen, I found myself nodding in recognition throughout your article. What you call stepping stones, I call Divine Breadcrumbs–those pivotal moments or clues from the Universe, sending you on a new path. Sometimes they come in the form of traumatic events and sometimes they can be as simple as reading a book that makes you see everything through a different lens. But these moments also help you to see a connection to something bigger than yourself. When you look back and connect the dots (or Divine Breadcrumbs) you can see how perfectly it’s all unfolded.

    • Carol, that is great you connected with what I have written! Cool….I use breadcrumbs, nuggets and such as well! When I am aware of those clues, it makes me chuckle from time to time. Like, palm on the forehead, why did I not notice before. Kind of that “duh” moment….maybe could have avoided the harder life lessons!! Exactly! I’ve had both occur….a less than favorable event and books that speak to my soul. Yes, connecting the dots or putting the puzzle pieces together brings that bigger picture into view/clarity. Then, for me, I have to be sure not to do the what if/could have/should have thinking. More of, ahh…ok, so that what this is all about and then go forward feeling empowered and energized! Sometimes easier said than done, lol! Thank you for sharing! Cheers!

    • Kimberly, Thank you! Glad you loved my musing….

      It seems we all have a connection to this pull that asks us to surrender. Not easy, but when accomplished, there is beauty in the path laid out before us. Curious if you have experienced a time in your life where time stood still and there was a knowing that all was going to be okay.