Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah
“I do not exist to impress the world. I exist to live my life in a way that will make me happy. ”
Short, simple, easy to read and one of the most profoundly moving books I’ve read. Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah by Richard Bach is infused with bits of wisdom throughout.
The Premise: two prop plane pilots, cross paths in the Midwest, and travel together for a time offering plane rides to the locals. Shimoda, is a messiah who becomes disillusioned by his job and quits and Richard, becomes his pupil and a reluctant messiah. Shimoda gives Richard the Messiah’s Handbook, when which you open reveals wisdom that is exactly what the person needs in that time and place.
The result is that we learn along with Richard that we are all masters of our own destinies. The only limitations in our lives are those we put upon ourselves. What we call reality is merely an illusion we create for learning and enjoyment
“The world is your exercise book, the pages on which you do your sums. It is not reality, though you may express reality there if you wish. You are also free to write lies, or nonsense, or to tear the pages.”
Read it. Read it again. You will gain new insight with every read.