Illusions - Discuss book as an education for Rich or Don,...

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Discuss book as an education for Rich or Don, that is, what does either learn and how? Be specific, and focus carefully. “You are led through your life time by the inner learning creature, the playful spiritual being that is your real self.” Richard Bach thought that the only learning that’s mattered is what I got on my own.” (32) During the course of the book, he was forced to think about the learning that came to him through Don Shimoda. Quite a few of his preconceptions were changed as he learned about “messiahs; friendships; freedom to choose; reality; illusions; values; miracles; and choices,” all from Shimoda’s perspective. Like most of us, Richard attached some mystical qualities to messiahs. He was surprised when Don told him that being a messiah is only a job, one that anyone can do, a job that one should be allowed to quit because it can become “dull and frustrating since people already possessed in them the ability to freedom and joy, and they just went to messiahs like they were going to see miracles, instead of going to hear what messiahs really had to say.” (52) Richard was even more surprised when Don told him that everything there is in becoming a messiah could be found in the Messiah’s Handbook: Reminders for the Advanced Soul. (55) After his experience with Don, Richard finally realized that a messiah is someone who dared to break out of his/her comfort zone: in a parable in his notes, he wrote, “Once there lived a village of creatures along the bottom of a great crystal river. Each creature clung tightly to the twigs and rocks of the river bottom, for clinging were their way of life, resisting the current. But one creature said at last, I am tired of clinging, I shall let go, and let the river take me where it will, clinging, I shall die of boredom…. And the creatures, downstream, to whom he was a stranger, cried, ‘See a miracle! A creature like ourselves; yet he flies! See the messiah, come to save us all!’ And the one carried in the current said, ‘I am no more messiah than you. The river delights to lift us free, if only we dare let go.’” (points13,14,18,19) Richard enjoyed the novelties in what Don had to say, but unable to explain a series of unusual events that he witnessed, like how Don was able to keep his aircraft cleaned; land on impossible spots; levitate a heavy wrench; make an invalid climb all by 1
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himself onto the Travel Air, Richard was overcame by a sense of doom and fled. He needed the personal space to reflect on that had happened. Unfortunately, he couldn’t, even with help from the Messiah handbook. He was agonized over what are “illusions,” and “what is it that is real… and if this life is an illusion, why do we live it at all?” (82) Having met with insurmountable failure to make sense of the floating wrench, Richard decided to simply “quite” thinking about all those things anymore. He was suddenly glad: “I was suddenly glad, all at once happy that I was where I was and I knew what I knew
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This note was uploaded on 03/20/2008 for the course WRA 110 taught by Professor Don'tremember during the Spring '05 term at Michigan State University.

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