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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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