I’m A Super Hero On A Hero’s Journey

Lone Ranger Tonto Super HeroAs 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.

Super Hero Terrence Neraasen


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Terrence Neraasen

Just consider me a Boomer with no need or desire to retire. I'm constantly learning and striving for excellence. My passions are Family and the natural world to which I dedicate myself and all my efforts.

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Stephen Serna - 2016-01-31

Brilliant points Terry…The possibilities are limitless if children could be exposed to these great truths and principles at a young age. 🙂

    Terrence Neraasen - 2016-02-01

    Stephen I believe you are right. The challenge is how to get that done. The home is the most likely place for this sort of exposure but the parents need to be exposed first. That’s what the MKMMA is all about… one person at a time but on an exponential growth curve.

Dennis - 2016-02-02

Terry, I agree with your comment to Stephen regarding parents. Visiting my kids and grandkids on the weekend observed many instances where further knowledge similar to our current studies would benefit them immensely. MKMMA is certainly a worthy ideal whose time has come.

    Terrence Neraasen - 2016-02-02

    I had my Grandkids write a chore card the other day. They seemed quite enthusiastic about it. Will see where that goes. Next will be a mini DMP.

Nicki - 2016-02-02

I love this post, Terry. We all have so many dreams as children – so many things seem possible. Luckily, there is a core of teachers who foster the individuality of children, and encourage them to believe their big dreams can become their reality.Speaking as a former teacher, I agree this is foremost the job of the parents, but teachers have so much influence on how and what beliefs children come to hold once those children enter the ‘system’.

    Terrence Neraasen - 2016-02-02

    You are so kind Nicki. I very much appreciate your comments. Yes I think the schools and teachers are the key if they are able to pass the Gatekeepers as Dennis says. From what I have seen at the school the younger Grandkids attend, they could be receptive to a program which nurtured development of individuality and creativity.

Marj Bernstrom - 2016-02-07

I am so glad to be able to read your post! i have been to your site week after week only to be confronted with some error message- that thankfully wasn’t there today! Lovely site, awesome Press Release, and great insights to the super hero lying dormant in us!Thank you!

    Terrence Neraasen - 2016-02-07

    Marj I am so pleased you persisted. Apparently WordPress 4.4.1 had a vulnerability that allowed some phishing script to get injected into my main domain so I have been working at getting that fixed for nearly 2 months but thankfully all is well now. I changed hosting service after 6 weeks of this stuff and the new service got right on it and cleaned things up.Thank you for visiting and for your kind comments.


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