|And Then God Spoke by Lovell D'souza|
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.