Illusions

August 17th, 2007 by John Wolfe

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 quotes I’ve included, throughout this post, are from a very inspiring book called Illusions, which I just finished reading. The author, Richard Bach, uses a fictional backdrop to bring forth some amazing metaphysical teachings. Richard appears as himself in the story during a Midwestern summer, in which he’s selling joy rides in an old biplane. He flies from town to town, providing his service, until he runs across a most unusual stranger, named Don, who’s engaging in the same form of employment.

Richard befriends the man, albeit cautiously, and is exposed to Don’s wisdom and insights about life and its meaning. Together they embark on a journey of flight, soaring through both sky and mind as Richard masters his “fate” and Don comes to terms with the idea that there may be no escaping his own. Illusions teaches: equality, freedom of choice to do what we want to do, the fact we are the masters of our own lives, seeing beyond the illusory quality of mass consciousness’ accepted version of reality, the power of imagination, and making peace with the death transition.

The mark of your ignorance is the depth of your belief in injustice and tragedy.

What the caterpillar calls the end of the world the master calls a butterfly.”

The majority of Richard Bach’s body of work (including Illusions) has been around for nearly three decades, but I’ve only found my way to these great works very recently. There have been three separate occasions, in the last four months, pointing me toward Illusions, either directly or indirectly- once I start receiving that many hints, I act on them.

And while I’m not big on aviation, I resonated with the beautiful messages this book provides and was very pleased I pursued it. I’m already looking forward to reading Jonathon Livingston Seagull (Bach’s first book) next.

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 clouds, and you will know, too, when you lift yourself high enough
to see beyond horizons
.”

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