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Sunday, April 1, 2001

                 THE MESSENGER IS THE MESSAGE
         
"What does "forever" mean to you?".
 - Dr. Marlo Morgan, author "mutant message down under"

              

                   
         One of the greatest blessings I can imagine is to have a conversation with a mystic.  I was blessed by this experience this past week when I met Dr. Marlo Morgan, author of "mutant message from down under."  This incredible woman inspired me greatly with her simplicity and natural manner of conversation.  She did not have to "talk" about mysticism, she embodied it.  Her confidence in the Universe is second nature to her and has become part of her mannerisms and language.   Without using "words" she gave me a great lesson in "trust" and "confidence" in the Universe.

                      From the time I first talked with her on the telephone until the time that I dropped her off at the Los Angeles airport, I truly felt like I was visiting with one of my sisters.  Marlo and I are both from the great "Show-Me" state, Missouri.  Even though she has traveled extensively and has been on numerous speaking tours, she is totally unaffected and without pretentiousness.  She is a beautiful soul, a warm and open vessel giving of the truth that she has gained from her experiences during her four month 1400 mile adventure with a tribe of aborigines trekking barefoot in 120 degree weather across the Outback of Australia.  According to Marlo, "They simply wanted me to be given an opportunity to understand what our relationship is to the earth, and to our fellow man. And that's really what the book is all about."

                      The understanding that Marlo's message presents is the same truth taught by some of the greatest mystics.  The aborigines are nomadic people traveling constantly.  They do not grow anything or store anything.  They depend totally on the Universe providing for them daily all that they require.  This is the same message that Jesus gave us and that the great teacher/healer, Joel Goldsmith stated over and over in his many books; depend on God today for what you require today and let tomorrow take care of itself.  Like the modern mystics before her, she embodies this message, this understanding.  The manner in which she lives is "in the realization" of the truth.  She embodies it so greatly that she doesn't have to explain it.  "Who you are speaks so loudly, I can't hear a word you are saying," stated Emerson.  This mystical statement certainly applies to Dr. Marlo Morgan.

                       From the book:   "We had finished our meal for the day. The fire was a soft glow of embers, and occasional sparks rose into the surrounding limitless sky. Several of us sat in a circle around the flickering patterns. These people, like many Native American tribes, believe when you are sitting in a circle it is very important that you observe the other members of the group, most especially the person sitting directly opposite you. That person is a spirit reflection of yourself. The things you see in that individual that you admire are qualities within yourself that you wish to make more dominant. The actions, appearances, and behavior that you do not like are things about yourself that need working on. You cannot recognize what you deem to be good or bad in others unless you yourself have the same strengths and weaknesses at some level of your being. Only the degree of self-discipline and self-expression differ. They believe the only way a person ever truly changes anything about himself is by his own decision, and that everyone has the ability to change anything he wants to about his personality. There is no limit to what you can release and what you can acquire. They also believe the only true influence you have on anyone else is by your own life, how you act, what you do. Believing this way makes the tribal members committed every day to being better persons."

                   No one of us can truly teach a "truth" we have not experienced.  If we attempt to do so, our hypocrisy and our deceit will manifest some how or some way in our lives.  I am aware that there is a controversy as to whether Dr. Morgan's book is actually a "true story" or a "fictionalized" account of her experiences.  The controversy ended with me the moment I met her.  The Messenger Is the Message.  This woman is the genuine article!

            

 And So It Is!           

Letting Love use me in Its own Good Way,
Henry Lee Bates