Thanks to all of you Boston Mind Adventurers’ and Mastermind Alliance Folks who stopped by the Boston Book Festival and picked up a limited edition, pre-publication version of our newest title: Marvelous Denials & Wonderful Obsessions. See some images of the ‘Marvelous’ weekend here.
Rejoicing at the Boston Book Festival
You’ve heard the statement, ‘rejoice in life’? The Boston Book Festival offers this opportunity; the opportunity to rejoice in the beauties of the fall season in New England, rejoice in the joyful music being played on stage at the fair, and most of all, rejoice in wonderful conversations with folks gathering to support the world of books.
I find when human beings gather to celebrate a worthwhile purpose, like the world of books, mundane conversation transforms into the sacred communication. I met several folks at the fair who were willing to share life-stories at a transformational level. The voice of transformation is far reaching; it’s found at every level of living.
Kerrie, a mother of three children, attended the book fair with her youngest son, Derek. Derek is a gifted poet, actor, and musician at the ripe age of fourteen. He carries a sense of humble certainty that is very apparent when you meet him. Imagine, and at such a young age.
I loved Derek’s attitude and I loved his mom’s enthusiasm. Kerrie said that Derek’s blossoming was his Wonderful Obsession, and she was dedicating her life to helping his unfoldment to be a ‘natural happening’. She held this in her heart as a unwavering point of understanding about her and Derek. All smallness and discord drops away when one looks at her (his) self-created mission with this kind of conviction.
It’s not a coincidence that she found the Mind Adventure Tent at the book fair. Right there, sitting on the table was a pre-publication edition of my new book, Marvelous Denials and Wonderful Obsessions. Kerrie purchased a couple of books so she and Derek could study it together, and better understand the incredible journey they were on.
We go beyond ourselves (our limited selves), through courageous self-facing; Kerrie understood this; she’d quit a secure job of twenty years in the Massachusetts State Court System, and moved to New York. She took this quantum leap for one reason: to allow her son to attend a school for gifted children. The breath of life renews whenever we act with this kind of conviction.
I met several people at the fair who are at a point where they are renouncing the foolishness in their lives. They’d recently realized that it was time to renounce all useless ideas that prove unfulfilling to their being. At the start, you need only start asking right questions.
I met a man who I will call ‘Steve’, a very successful entrepreneur, who had sold his startup company for over four hundred and fifty million dollars, and had recently returned from a year traveling around the world with his wife and three children. He was supposed to be blissfully happy, right? After all, he had arrived! At least, that is what the world-voice taught him.
After returning home from his trip, Steve realized that if he was to live his life according to his own sense, he wasn’t finished; he hadn’t arrived; there are many more mountains to climb. In fact, he realized that at the age of forty, he’d only begun … but he was feeling anxious. He lost the feeling of being wonderfully obsessed, and he was concerned – could he bring that feeling of aliveness back to his attitude? It was time for a new venture.
Everyone can carry fool’s gold in his mind, thinking it is pure gold. Steve was renouncing the golden axiom: ‘once you’re successful and rich, you’ve got it made’. He could see that this was fool’s gold; there are higher callings that are more fulfilling and much richer feeling than selling a successful company for hundreds of millions of dollars.
Steve was feeling a dull ache deep inside. He knew it was time to listen to his inner-voice. This voice was saying, “connect with life at a deeper level with your next venture … it’s time to begin right now.” On this Saturday in October, as Steve stood at the entrance of the beautiful Boston Public Library, pondering what to do next with his life, he noticed the Mind Adventure tent, and felt compelled to come over and have a look.
Steve explained all of the above to me, and went on to say that he’d been flirting with an ‘educational services’ idea. He said that he wanted to bring great will and great effort to this new idea, as he did when he developed his prior idea that became a phenomenal success. BUT … Steve feared he might fail this time.
Those 60,000 NO’s that we hear from age two to six are always ready to pounce, no matter where we are in life. Steve had graduated from one of the finest colleges in the world, and had proven he can be a whopping success in business; yet he was feeling insecure. This was a wonderful wakeup moment for Steve.
Steve loved the title, Marvelous Denials and Wonderful Obsessions; he caught onto what it meant immediately, and he realized it was time for him to deny the lies that made him feel insecure about starting over again. He also realized that no one but ‘HE’ could generate a wonderful obsession about his incredible potential to develop his new idea.
Steve is ready to ‘create something useful’ and ‘give back’ in a way that can make an incredible difference in the educational world … and yet, echoing NO’s from childhood years were beginning to interfere (in spite of the fact that he’d accomplished so much already). He was awakening to the fact that he was standing in his own way.
Wakefulness is a marvelous way of life. Wakefulness is an ongoing experience, not a one-time event. The Boston Book Fair was a wonderful opportunity for self-awakening for anyone who wanted it to be … including me, Nick (the artist and illustrator of Mind Adventure), Kerrie, Steve, and for many other folks who attended the fair. Every time we awaken a bit more, we see things from a higher perspective.
The mechanical thinker sleeps through life. He’s a robot-like machine who is compelled to hesitate and procrastinate. What compels him? The echoes of a thousand howling NO’s from the graveyard of his past. These folks don’t tend to go to book fairs.
The curious soul gets out there; he goes to events like book fairs; he watches, she listens, he reads, she is clear about wanting to awaken to more of her potential.
Student: How happy is he who is awake to his unrealized potential, and feels Wonderfully Obsessed about realizing more of it?
Teacher: He is very happy!
You are meant to be far more than a highly sophisticated machine. My book, Marvelous Denials and Wonderful Obsessions, helps you gain the knowledge you need to reject the lies that stop you from experiencing your unlimited side. It will be available soon. Right now, we are selling a pre-publication version at book fairs only.
I love mingling my mind with other’s minds that enjoy truth-discussions. Truth-discussions offer opportunities for self-transcendence because they help us get off a fixed position. When freed from a fixed position, we drop the false comfort of conforming to our beliefs … now we can see things from a new perspective. Book fairs offer this opportunity … I’m glad I decided to become an author.
Please leave a comment, sharing when you have enjoyed a truth-discussion with someone who was ready to renounce the foolishness in his or her life.
Perhaps you can share a personal story when you entered a truth-discussion and renounced the foolishness in your life?
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Illustrations by nick