The Calling……Have You Heard It?
Well, it has been a spell since week 26. How are you finding life?
I have been saying to myself; “Self! Look at what you need to do, why are you not doing?” My answer as always is; “I’m too busy” “I have this to do, that to prep for” yada yada yada! Sound familar?
So as I am doing my best to balance out my new MasterKey Experience with my old life’s commitments (somethings you just have to finish before the plate can be cleaned) along with my current DMP goals, a thought came into my head. Actually it was more of a past book I read in grade school. Remember that? You know that reluctant task we all had to do. Read a book of our choice and present a report on it. Now if you are anything like me, you probably found that “Of your choice” really meant “from these selections”.
Be honest now! How many books from those school days did you actually find enjoyable? In most cases they all sucked right? But there was that one or two that resonated so much you found yourself not returning them. Yes I admit I did keep a book or two. One in particular has been ponding at the underside of my mind for a spell now. Jonathon Livingston Seagull!
Who remembers this classic by Richard Bach? How many of you at that time of first reading thought it was actually true that a seagull could think about perfecting it’s flight ability? Funny isn’t it? What’s even funnier is that since it has been calling me lately the true meaning of Richard’s message is finally coming into the light. I must re-read again. I did however just the other night listen to part1 of the book via youtube. Let us take a small glimpse into the life of Jonathon for those who haven’t been blessed by it’s words shell we?
As we all know and perhaps not love as much, seagulls are those pesky birds that hang around fishing boats in search for a free meal. It would seem their existence is to fight for fish heads and crap on the world. Nothing great but just being what they are.
Now here is one bird who thinks,”There’s got to be more to life than fighting for fish heads.” So what does he do? Perfects his flight! Up,Up he goes then dives to speeds of over two hundred miles an hour. Over and over he goes till he perfects it to an art. While watching birds of prey and observing their techniques he continues.
Now of coarse I don’t want to spoil the read for you but as we all know when one starts doing something other than the society norm we can be shunned. Even to the point of becoming outcast. And so Jonathon was. Did it bother him? Not one bit, like me he enjoyed his own company more than having to follow what others say or do.
I managed to track down a new copy of JLS the Complete Edition which includes the rediscovered Part Four. Apparently at the time the book was not ready for it.Bach’s own words, “it was written when nobody knew the future. Now we do.” A statement that is hard to swallow for some, but well known for those students who learned to fly through the Master Key Experience.
So why am I fixed on this book? In so many ways it has been teaching the lessons which Mark J and the MKE staff have been talking about since last September. I just didn’t get it in the first read. I just knew there was something about it that stuck.
This book is a song for spirits who have lived so long and so quietly by themselves. Jonathan Livingston Seagull is a story for readers who know that somewhere there’s a higher way of living than scuffing the tracks of others; a story for someone who yearns to fly.
It’s a reminder, this little fable, that the path for us to follow is already written within. Others may watch, they may admire our resolution or despise it, but our one freedom is to love and to choose to live every day of our lives as we wish.
I am certain, although not written in the book, that Jonathan said to himself many times over, #ThereIsNothingLikeIt. Just think about it! Being able to fly! Not so much in the literal sense but in the Freedom of Choice. To do what your heart desires regardless of what others say or think. Live the life you were meant to live, not the one you choose.
There are many parts of this book I am tempted to share but then why would you read it if I do? Like Jonathan, as we learn to fly we will reach many levels, each bringing new instructors, new challenges caring us higher and faster than the one before. The secret to it all? “Jonathan” he said, and these were the last words that he spoke, “Keep Working On Love.” Recall that old tune! “Love Will Find A Way”
Now that I have enlighten you somewhat. What will you do next? Read the book? Let me know what you think. If you want to take it a step further and actually spread your wings and get some air, then I suggest you consider the Master Key Experience. Answer that calling that has been knocking. You will be so glad you did.