Life Mastery Consulting Day Out - Topanga Canyon and Self-Realization Fellowship Center Lake Shrine, Los Angeles
The people who chase their dreams are the people whom the marvellous raconteur Les Brown would describe as 'hungry'. These are the people who put down the book or turn off a computer when the page or screen turns blank. The hungry don't try to read empty pages, nor do they stare at blank screens. The dream chasers write their own book, fiddle on-line with computer magic, until they realize they have gone far enough. All that they have written or developed has served its purpose on the journey that is a dream. When the actual pages they wrote appear blank they look elsewhere for answers. They know it is the container, not the content, that is important. For the chaser of the dream searches elsewhere for answers, until they realize that the answer lies within themselves.
In the movie 'Beyond the Secret' Paul Martinelli describes a pivotal conversation between the then wealthiest man in the world, Andrew Carnegie, and Napoleon Hill, author of 'Think and Grow Rich'. It is a consideration of the requirements to accumulate a fortune, not only in matters of wealth but also in terms of spiritual wisdom and understanding.
Carnegie considers and responds:
'The accumulation of a fortune calls for power and power is acquired through highly organized, intelligently directed specialized knowledge.'
Hill's careful analysis, gained from a study of 500 of the wealthiest people on earth at that time, forms the basis of a whole new science of the way we look at ourselves. It is the attitude of flexibility. And Paul highlights at the end of the quote that the person who accumulates the power can go to specialists for the knowledge ie shake several containers. The dream chasers mould their dreams using the tools other knowledgeable people can provide.
The dream chaser must be flexible - never should those in pursuit of their dreams, all the best of which are ultimately spiritual, exhibit traits of inflexibility. Examine the alternatives, and when their pages or screens become blank to you, pursue your never-ending dreams in another direction. Be flexible!
You are the container and in yourself you prepare the content. When you look for the answers sought in your dreams take all the best options to the table of the court of all religions. The journey of the dream chaser is, I repeat, a path of flexibility. The perfection of the Holy Koran, the wisdom of the Pentateuch, the magnificence of the Bhagavad Gita, the Noble Eightfold part of all Buddhi, the Beatitudes, Psalm 119 and the mythographical mastery of the ancients are all pages of books that add to the container and embellish the content of the dream chaser.
The Life Mastery Consultants each pondered their container as they wandered through Lake Shrine and imbibed the gardens of a Christian/Buddhist/Hindu/And whoever you wish to Be Shrine. In the courts of religion suggested by Sri Paramahansa Yogananda they pondered these words, suggestive of flexibility:
'We must recognize the unity of mankind, remembering that we are all made in the image of God. There must be world brotherhood [and sisterhood] if we are to be able to practice the true art of living.This shrine is dedicated to all religions that all may feel the unity of a common faith in the Fatherhood [or Motherhood] of God.'
The 'Lake Shrine Visitors' Guide' continues:
'...while dogmas may differ, the goal of every religion is the same - direct experience of God. And in that universal experience one beholds the underlying harmony of all religious faiths and understands the divine kinship that unites all people as God's children.'
To Mary Manin Morrissey and her team - thanks for letting this container absorb this content at Lake Shrine. i now understand Les Brown's 'be hungry!' - in my case for flexibility.
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