I’m A Super Hero On A Hero’s Journey
As a kid I could be a Super Hero on demand. Mandino exhorts me with “I am nature’s greatest miracle” and Haanel says “The greatness of an actor lies in the fact that he forgets himself in the portrayal of his character, becoming so identified with it, that the audience is swayed by the realism of the performance.”
These words vividly call to mind that as a youngster I could instantly and effortlessly transport myself into an imaginary world where I was the super hero modeled after The Lone Ranger or Gene Autry (my namesake). So engrossed was I in this inner world that I would arrive home for lunch without remembering a single step of the way from school.
This I liken to the concentration of thought that Haanel talks about in The Master Keys Part Seventeen. I can only imagine now where this sort of dreaming could have taken me had it been nurtured and directed toward some clear objective. Instead, as with all kids I suppose, this “day dreaming” was discouraged and my attention directed toward the “Three R’s“.
So engrossed could I be in my thoughts, even in the classroom, I could be oblivious to the instructions of my teacher. Something good came of this though. She thought I was deaf and recommended that my hearing be tested. Turned out that my hearing was just fine, but in the process of the examination it was discovered I was extremely near sighted.
And so from about Grade 3 onward I was subjected to the bane of wearing spectacles; often taped and glued and wired together because I was always getting them smashed up in some scrap or rough house game of some kind.
I Could Be A Super Hero On Demand
It is the focused concentration of thought that has produced great advancements in science, industry and art (Part Seventeen -7). We start life as incredible, unlimited beings (The Greatest Salesman In The World- The Scroll marked IV). As a kid I intuitively knew that, and my imagination could instantly transport me to realms beyond my mundane existence.
Aimee, the Bionic Woman (see this Ted Talk Video) knew that. Her special characteristics to her were just that; unique attributes that she turned into wonderful advantages, despite their being considered by most to be disabilities.
As Haanel says, “Every obstacle conquered, every victory gained, will give you more faith in your power, and you will have greater ability to win. Your strength is determined by your mental attitude.” It is clear that Aimee’s mental attitude gave her strength and as she challenged life again and again, her power and accomplishments grew.
What’s this got to do with my amazing imagination as a kid? Well, consider what amazing things mankind could accomplish if only:
- The incredible power of the open, imaginative minds of young kids were encouraged to persistently concentrate that thought and let it go where it will, and
- These same kids were persistently made aware of their unlimited potential and encouraged to focus that imagination, unfettered by useless experience, on solving real world problems.
As Haanel points out Intuition often solves problems that are beyond the grasp of reasoning and without the aid of experience or memory. It usually comes in the Silence. It takes me time and patience to enter the Silence now, but I could enter that world in an instant as a child.
This is a faculty worth nurturing. In a cut and paste, one size fits all educational system, it is difficult to see how this could be accommodated. Therein lies the challenge for the future.