The Miami International Book Fair has come and gone. Mind Adventure Inc. hosted a tent at the fair, and invited Jk Allen (Hustlers Notebook) to come as our guest. Nick (Mind Adventure’s resident artist), and I had great plans for what we would achieve with Jk in Miami. (See all images here.)
Everything was in order; hotel rooms reserved right across from the ocean, flights coordinated so everyone would merge and mingle at the airport at the same time, Books sent ahead of time to the hotel. And then … life has so many surprises that it is never boring, is it?
I scratched my eye, a few days before the weekend. I needed to have my eyeball stitched (I didn’t know they could do such a thing), and had to wear a contact lens as a bandage, to protect the scratch from infection. I had to put drops in my eye several times a day. Thank God for modern science! I also had to visit the ophthalmologists daily to cleanse my eye and change the contact lens. AH, the trauma … I never wore a contact lens before; I don’t wear glasses!
The beauty of facing unexpected events, unprepared … is profound. Intelligence is limber; it is flexible when relating to reality. Unexpected events give life a whole new hue; they open the world to brand new interpretations, new meanings. One never quite knows, ahead of time, what lessons life intends to teach.
I went from a state of knowing what was going to happen at the Miami Book Fair, to a state of no-knowledge. This is why children learn so beautifully; they remain in a state of no-knowledge during the incredible years of learning to walk, talk, read and write. The child’s mind is as fresh as dewdrops every morning.
I felt like a child once again. I was eager to hear how Nick and Jk were doing at the book fair without me. I would call and get an accounting of what was happening, and I made it a point to enjoy the conversations like a fresh breeze. It certainly was very different from what I’d fantasized would happen (with me there!).
The fact that the ‘book fair weekend’ wasn’t happening as I planned, gave me a wonderful sense of humor about my organized plans and positive affirmations. My sense of humor allowed me to become aware of the beauties and treasure found in circumstances that were far from what I’d anticipated. I owed it to myself to have a deep penetrating look at what I was experiencing.
There is divine poetry in life, always. The sun rises and shines on every circumstance equally. Trees blossom and flamingos dance in Florida, while I have my scratched eye cleansed and sit in pouring rain up North – the marvel, the mystery of all of it.
I realized that I need not go anywhere but INSIDE MYSELF to find how this scratched eye serves me. It became apparent to me that organized planning is just the surface of our being; it occurs at the conscious level of the mind. Insights come from intuition, they occur at deep level thinking, from the center of our being.
From this ‘missing the book fair’, I realized that problems arise only from misunderstandings, and there was something greater coming out of this loss (if I allowed it). The true purpose of missing the book fair is that that there are going to be some marvelous changes occurring in the Mind Adventure mission, and it will reflect in the website; changes that will take Mind Adventure’s intent to the next level. This dawning would not have occurred if I’d not been sitting at home nursing my eye.
A STORY: A frustrated person heard of a place called celestial heaven. Everyone there was self-fulfilled; they experienced abundance of every nature … and that is because they gave themselves over entirely to ideas that came from their center. This person gathered all of his treasured belongings, and ventured to the gates of celestial heaven. The entrance was narrow. He heard a voice from deep within. This voice said that he must leave all of his treasured belongings behind if he was to enter: “To enter the new, you must first abandon those treasured beliefs and opinions, and false ideas that hamper you.”
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(3) Would you like to participate in the joy and happiness that comes with eliminating your personality of self-limiting beliefs, opinions and ideas?
Are you interested in entering the new? Are you ready to let the higher part of you call the lower part back from its life of wandering? What say thee to this? Would you like to join our elite inner-circle club?
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Illustrations by Nick