Without trying to sound too ‘New Age,’ I believe that books have a way of finding you. As the saying goes; ‘the teacher arrives when the student is ready,’ or something to that effect.
Having, changed careers (to real estate sales – what was I thinking?) and attitudes, and met the love of my life, I was nearly ready to write for a living. But, I still lacked the confidence. Think, conjoined twin sitting on shoulder whispering, ‘Notorious exaggerator – Bad girl, bad girl!’
I was also still purchasing self improvement books by the wheelbarrow full. Actually, truth be known, I was further attracted to the love of my life (now husband) when I discovered his books shelves crammed with books such as, ‘The Dance of Anger’, ‘Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus’, etc., although, he has since admitted that his father bought them from an Op shop for him, and I doubt that one of them has been opened. But I was impressed with his ‘emotional maturity’ at the time, and have since discovered that he is quite comfortable in his own skin without the need for such props, unlike Moi.
Still, I needed them! One day I stumbled upon a book, ‘Harmonic Wealth,’ by James Arthur Ray, a contributor to, ‘The Secret.’ Actually, ‘stumbled’ is not an apt word. After I, like millions of people all thirsty for instant access to living the life of their dreams, logged onto ‘The Secret’ website, I was inundated with emails offering further abundance. One wonders how one would need further abundance after reading a book claiming to offer complete abundance in the first place. But I guess I was not alone in my naiveté, as is clearly shown with the vast amount of sales ‘The Secret’ pulled!
Anyway, I digress! I rushed out and bought ‘Harmonic Wealth,’ after all, it did promise to show me how to attract the life I wanted, whereas ‘The Secret’ just offered the possibility. So, once more, with great hopes, I decided to stay in bed for the whole weekend and read the book, and rise on Monday morning with a renewed life-force, abundant energy, my 20-year-old self’s body back, a spirituality close to Buddha’s, the mind of Einstein, and an enormous bank account (of course!)
Now, whilst I thought the book was very well written, interesting, promising, and in greater depth than ‘The Secret,’ I was absolutely not prepared for all the effort the author expected of his readers! I mean, give me a break! He wanted me to work for it? He wanted me to work through all of my five ‘pillars’ and bring all my financial, relational, mental, physical and spiritual pillars into harmony at the same time – in perfect freaking balance? And: all in one weekend – in bed?
I could have just popped over to my neighbours house (the neighbour who was having a breakdown after his wife had just left him, which involved the SWAT team and an unlicensed firearm, but that is another story) and borrowed his ‘The Secret’ DVD, which he assured me, would help him to get his wife back after only three viewings.
No, I would not do that. I would commit to reading James Ray and I would get to the bottom of this. I would find my passion, once and for all!
Until my next post – In Passion – Jaci Byrne