IIllusions – The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah – by Andreas N. Bjørndal

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Some books make deep impressions. This one is a surrealistic impression of wisdom combined with everything goes that has stayed with me and many others for decades.
The back cover gives an example of the wisdom which is spread like pearls throughout the pages of this little gem; Here is a test to find whether your mission on earth is finished; If you’re alive, it isn´t.

Illusions – Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah” is about a master Donald Shimoda a former mechanic that is able to do whatever you can imagine, like making wrenches levitate from distance into his hand. The book leaves you with images, options and concepts of reality that challenges your attachments to the materialistic earth life. It touches upon the truths of the book of life with its ageless wisdom.

“What if somebody came along who could teach me how my world works and how to control it? … What if a Siddhartha came to our time, with power over the illusions of the world because he knew the reality behind them? And what if I could meet him in person, if he was flying a biplane, for instance, and landed in the same meadow with me?”

Richard takes the role of the student and Shimoda becomes his teacher.  The student gets his teacher’s book Messiah’s Handbook, a book without page numbers. Shimoda explains that it opens where what you need to read is written, but that you can do this with any book or text he explains.

The author Richard Bach is an aviator so he knows what he is talking about. Richard Bach became world famous with his book Jonathan Livingston Seagull about the curious seagull that thought there must be something more to life than being an ordinary noisy, messy, egoistic seagull. After mastering all flying skills, he flies high above where seagulls never goes and suddenly the master is there next to him. This reminds us of the old Indian saying; when the disciple is ready the guru is there.

In Illusions, the simple story of the seagull reaches a new level of complexity. Illusion starts off where the Seagull book left us with the feeling what now? We were waiting for it!

In the foreword you find a handwritten part telling a story about a colony of clams living safe at the bottom of the river. One clam, that finally lets go floats down the river to be hailed by the clams living downstream; Messiah, messiah come and save us.

This is a nice little bridge from the Seagull to the reluctant Messiah.

The story is strange but nice, wise and funny. If you think walking on the water is strange, then what about diving and taking a swim in the lawn?

Perspective – Use It or Lose It. If you turned to this page, you’re forgetting that what is going on around you is not reality. Think about that.

Nice, slightly confronting, or rather questioning quotes reminds and awakens you.

Learning is finding out what you already know. Doing is demonstrating that you know it. Teaching is reminding others that they know just as well as you. You are all learners, doers, and teachers.

There is no such thing as a problem without a gift for you in its hands. You see problems because you need their gifts.


Imagine the universe beautiful and just and perfect.
Then be sure of one thing:
The Is has imagined it quite a bit better than you have,
The original sin is to limit the Is.      Don´t.

The clams in the beginning of the book has left it with lots of pearls, enjoy!

Many personal development teachers like Dr. Joe Vitale, Bob Doyle, Brad Yates and Mike Dooley have cited Illusions as one of the most important inspiration for their life path.

My inspiration is shared in my blog holonity.com

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About author

This article was written by Andreas Bjørndal

Even if my work is in different fields and expressions there is a common core theme to most of my activities. I love to be an active part of growing awareness, insight, inspiration and spreading a unifying knowledge. I care for stimulating health and development, creating improved harmony and unity within the individual as in their relation with the group. Lecturing, writing articles, debating, teaching around the world has been a big part of my life. To day I also communicate through my blog holonity.com The way we humans communicate “meaning” is so different and still so similar. The study of the old cultures, their medicine and understanding of life compared with the modern scientific approach has lead me to a unified understanding across seemingly unconnected areas of knowledge. Since 2008 I have explored new ways of knowledge; holonistic knowledge, which I share in my blog: holonity.com I have lectured about a unified approach to complementary medicine, principles of healing, typology, the cosmology of the old cultures, Egyptology, kabbalah and much more. I love to work with people, in group-dynamics to be part of an evolving dynamic process and surrender to a higher intention. I counsel and supervise individuals, partners, couples and families to find the core theme in their lives and how they can resolve and master that. We all have a core theme in our lives and all challenges we encounter is trying to tell us what it is, help is master it and become a better version of ourselves. Feel free to contact me for questions or a consultation at my mail: andreas@nan.no Blog: https://holonity.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/holonity https://www.facebook.com/kabbalahnorge


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