HANDBOOK AND REMINDERS FOR THE ADVANCED SOUL
Life is meant to be one big thought adventure.
On What to Do: Once there lived a village of creatures along
the bottom of a great crystal river. The current of the
river swept silently over them all- young and old, rich and
poor, good and evil, the current going its own way, knowing
only its own crystal self. Each creature in its own manner
clung tightly to the twigs and rocks of the river bottom, for
clinging was their way of life, and resisting the current was
what each had learned from birth. But one creature said at
last,"I am tired of clinging. Though I cannot see it with my
eyes, I trust that the current knows where it is going. I
shall let go, and let it take me where it will. CLINGING I
SHALL DIE OF BOREDOM." ... The river delights to lift us
free, if only we dare let go. Our true work is this voyage,
(from Illusions, The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah,
Richard Bach, loaned to me by Ms. Stephanie Purlington)
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. Remember where you came from,
where you're going, and why you created the mess you got
yourself into in the first place. You're going to die a
horrible death, remember. It's all good training, and you'll
enjoy it more if you keep the facts in mind.
Take your dying with some seriousness, however. Laughing on
the way to your execution is not generally understood by less
advanced life-forms, and they'll call you crazy.
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,
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 fake.
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
your 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
Your friends will know you better in the first minute you
meet than your acquaintances will know you in a thousand
The best way to avoid responsibility is to say, "I've got
You are led through your lifetime by the inner learning
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
There is no such thing as a problem without a gift for you in
its hands. You seek problems because you need their gifts.
The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but
of respect and joy in each other's life. Rarely do members
of one family grow up onder the same roof.
Argue for your limitations, and sure enough, they'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.
A cloud does not know why it moves in just such a direction
and at such a speed, It feels an impulsion... this is the
place to go now. But the sky knows the reasons and the
patterns behind all the clouds, and you will know, too, when
you lift yourself high enough to see beyond horizons.
Is life for honors reaped or for fun ?
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 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.
The original sin is to limit the Is. Don't.
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.
Your conscience is the measure of the honesty of your
selfishness. Listen to it carefully.
Suffering is possible because suffering is irresponsible.
Every person, all the events of your life are there because
you have drawn them 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
thats all it needs to be.
Here is a test to find 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 certain for those who are friends.
Do unto others as you truly feel like doing unto others.
The mark of one's ignorance is the depth of one's belief in
injustice and tragedy. What the caterpillar calls the end of
the world, the master calls a butterfly.
Everything in this book may be wrong.
e Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah,