Friday, May 27, 2011

One Can Find Wisdom in Illusions

And then God spoke
And Then God Spoke by Lovell D'souza

And a voice spoke to him on the hilltop, a voice neither male or female, loud or soft, a voice infinately kind.  And the voice said unto him, "Not my will, but thine be done.  For what is thy will is mine for thee.  Go thy way as other men and be happy on the Earth."

Below I have sited a number of quotations from the book entitled, Illusions by Richard Bach which was published in 1977.  It is a fictional story of a reluctant Messiah who was from the holy land of Indiana.  He was given a Handbook for Messiahs from which come these wise sayings.

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, teachers.

Your only obligation in any lifetime is to be true to yourself.  Being true to anyone else or anything else is not only impossible, but the mark of a false Messiah.

The simplest questions are the most profound.  Where were you born?  Where is your home?  Where are you going?  What are you doing?  Think about these once in a while and watch the answers change.

You teach best what you most need to learn.

Live never to be ashamed if anything you do or say is published around the world--even if what is published is not true.

Your friends will know you better in the first minute you meet than your acquaintances will know you in a lifetime.

The bond that links your true family is not blood, but of respect and joy in each others life.  Rarely do members of one family grow up under the same roof.

The best way to avoid responsibility is to say, "I've got responsibilities."

You are led through your lifetime by the inner creature, the playful spiritual being that is your real self.  Don't turn away from possible futures before you're certain you don't have anything to learn from them.  You're always free to change your mind and choose a different future or a different past.

Argue for your limitations and sure enough you're yours.

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.

If you will practice being fictional for a while, you will understand that fictional characters are sometimes more real than people with bodies and heartbeats.

You are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it true.  You may have to work for it, however.

The orginal sin is to limit the Is.  Don't.

Your conscience is the measure of the honesty of your selfishness.  Listen to it carefully.

There is no such thing as a problem without a gift for you in it's hand.  You seek problems because you need their gifts.

Every person, all the events in your life are there because you have drawn them to there.  What you choose to do with them is up to you.

The truth you speak has no past and no future.  It is and that's all it needs to be.

Here is the test to find out whether your mission on Earth is finished.  If you're alive, it isn't.

In order to live free and happily, you must sacrifice boredom.  It is not always an easy sacrifice.

Don't be dismayed at good-byes.  A farewell is necessary before you can meet again.  And meeting again after moments or lifetimes is curtain for those who are friends.

The mark of your ignorance is the depth of your belief in injustice and tragedy.  What the caterpiller calls the end of the world, the Master calls a butterfly.

The world is your exercise book.  The pages on which you do your sums.  It is not reality, although you can express reality there if you wish.  You are also free to write nonsense or lies or to tear the pages.

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.

Everything in this book may be wrong.


the BCth said...

=D I really like these lighthearted, subversive sayings. They reveal so much more than dry paragraphs of explication.

wv ovelos - ("ovela" means clever in Finnish) clever sayings

Stranger in a Strange Land said...

Hello Wiiliam:

Yes, you are right. These are clever sayings and start a person to thinking.

Be well my fine Finnish friend,

Christopher Dos Santos said...

Excellent post my brother, thanks for sharing. I especially enjoyed the last line.

In Lak' ech, brother Mike, ponder this...

Stranger in a Strange Land said...

Hello Chris:

Welcome and thanks for youjr kind words.

Yes, I liked that line also. So true it was.

Kindest regards,

Magnus said...

Hi! I liked this too - and even if I didnät comment I loved your last guest post about dreams.

However, I had an experience yesterday as was a good experienced to me. Sometimes things happens that make one frustrated and feelings of such origins coming up inside. One can try to blame someone else, but deep inside there is usually (or always) one's own responsibility in one or another day. I had such a moment, and fortunately I managed to go and sit on a bench in a beautiful park. I was most of all disappointed that my state of mind was that why - long from love and happiness. So I sincerely and deeply ask God, please, talk to me... In a sudden, a "glimster" appeared around in the trees and grass, everything went "more beautiful" and feeling of bliss and joy appeared within me in exchange for feelings of frustration and disappointment. Some tears come up, not for yesterday's sorrows but for how deeply touched and grateful I felt for God's love and his grace and how close his kingdom really are.

Well, it made my day a joyous day for at least a couple of hours and at least my so called problems seemed to be nothing anymore. But - and I don't really know how and why, the feelings slightly started to go away, and slightly "everything is going back to normal"... So I don't know if anyone of you have any experiences or advices on how to stay in the realm of love, joy and absence of worries for longer periods... But the experience I learned and really want to share is - that all of us ALWAYS have the ability to feel God and to feel how "God speak to us" if we ask for it... God's love and grace is infinite to all of us...

Take care and have a good time

Stranger in a Strange Land said...

Hello Nimmy:

I published your comment but for some reason it disappeard so I cut & paste it myself for others to see.


Lovely, Mike! :-) Nature therapy! Thanks for sharing!

By Nimmy on Boaimmás by Sámi Joik Singer Wimme. on 5/30/11

Stranger in a Strange Land said...

Hello Magnus:

Thanks for sharing your success at being responsible for your own feelings and changing them by will if you so chose.

Yes, God speaks to us but we mostly close our ears to wisdom from Above.

Take care,

Mathew Naismith said...

Very good Mike. I love this line,"You teach best what you most need to learn."

This could not be more right, it is often thought we teach best what we know the best. What we most need to learn takes passion, this in turn is taught through passion, what you teach best......

Stranger in a Strange Land said...

Yes, indeed, Mat.

Kind regards,