What is the Relationship Between Your Main Character’s Cause and the Effects She Experiences?

This relationship considers the Effects provided by the Cause. The Cause’s feedback and guidance can influence the MC’s interpretation of Effects, either confirming or challenging her understanding of her progress and alignment with her Desire.

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However, it’s important to note that there may be multiple Causes in the story, each with their own agenda or perspective. These Causes can influence your MC and provide conflicting feedback, making it challenging for her to discern the true pathway towards her Desire. Some Causes may offer feedback that aligns with her chosen path, while others may present conflicting viewpoints.

Discerning between these Causes and interpreting the Effects she experiences becomes a priority for your MC. She needs to carefully consider the various feedback she receives and evaluate its alignment with her desired path.

 

If the MC has chosen a Cause who has already obtained a Desire similar to the one she is trying to obtain and this Cause has proven that he can be trusted and that his motives are pure in his relationship with other characters in the story or the backstory, then she can rely on his Effects. They are guaranteed. Relying on his Effects like this before the Results are actually obtained is faith. Relying on his Effects while other characters in the story are warning her, neglecting her, or abusing her because of her choice to follow his guidance is faith. Faith is a crucial Process. It is engaging in a difficult Process without seeing Success Results for a time.

To summarize, we experience Effects because there are Causes. In the Servant Story Therapy, we identify Causes as people – people with Resources, people who have already obtained a Desire similar to our MC’s Desire.

In the physical world we live in, we experience Effects. For example, we experience the Effects of Gravity. If the MCs of our story were the Wright Brothers, we would explore how the Effects of Gravity were felt. We would talk about how the Wright Brothers learned to work with Gravity as well as other forces in nature to eventually get their plane to fly.

We usually don’t identify a person as the Cause behind the Effects of Gravity, but we may speak of Mother Nature, the Weather, or a Higher Power that we must work with or sometimes even against.

While the MC may not have a choice in regards to experiencing the Effects of Nature or of other Conflicting Causes, she does have a choice of which Cause she will listen to. Sometimes an MC may give up on her Desire Obtainment Journey or turn in a direction that is not optimal when she experiences the Effects of Conflicting Causes. But it is crucial for her to choose a Cause who can assist her through the adversity of these Conflicting Effects.

Sometimes, a wise Cause may instruct her to power through a storm, holding steadfast in her journey despite the Conflicting Effects of Nature or other characters in the story.

Other times, a wise Cause may instruct her to slow down her journey or change her Process because of a storm or the Conflicting Effects of Nature or other characters in the story.

Choosing her Cause will help her navigate the Effects she experiences. When the going gets tough, she won’t let that be her guiding Effect. This is because the journey is always a sacrifice. It isn’t going to be easy. So she can’t always interpret the rise of adversity (a Cause in and of itself) as accurate Warning Effects.

We experience Effects because there are Causes. In your story theory, Causes are typically represented by individuals who possess Resources or have already obtained a Desire similar to the MC’s Desire.

In the physical world, we also experience Effects. For example, the Effects of Gravity are felt by all individuals. While we may not identify a specific person as the Cause behind the Effects of Gravity, we may attribute them to natural forces, Mother Nature, the Weather, or even a Higher Power.

While the MC may not have control over experiencing the Effects of Nature or the conflicting Effects of other Causes, she does have a choice in terms of which Cause she will listen to and follow. It is crucial for the MC to select a Cause who can guide her through the adversity of Conflicting Effects.

In some instances, a wise Cause may advise the MC to power through the challenges and remain steadfast in her journey despite the adverse Effects. This guidance encourages resilience and determination, urging the MC to persevere even when faced with obstacles.

In other cases, a wise Cause may instruct the MC to slow down her journey or adjust her Process in response to storms or conflicting Effects. This advice acknowledges the need for adaptability and recognizes that there are times when a change in approach is necessary to navigate through difficulties.

Choosing the right Cause enables the MC to navigate and interpret the Effects she experiences along her journey. When faced with adversity, she must not let the rise of challenges be the sole guiding Effect. The understanding that the journey is a sacrifice and will not always be easy helps the MC interpret the Effects accurately and make informed decisions.

By exploring the relationship between Cause and Effect, you highlight the importance of discernment and choosing the right guidance in the face of conflicting Effects. This adds depth and complexity to your MC’s decision-making process, character development, and the overall narrative arc.

As we move forward, we can continue to delve into the intricacies of the Cause/Effect relationship and its impact on your MC’s journey towards her Desire.