Okay, let’s review what you just did:
1. You willingly went beyond the terminus page of the rabbit hole
where Indy gave you the BeagleSword.
2. You’re on dangerous ground whenever you pass beyond the terminus page.
Things in questionable taste – such as colorful language, sales presentations, political opinions and religious discussions – happen only on the far side of the terminus page. You went beyond the safe zone of the rabbit hole.
3. Wonder of wonders! You then clicked a hyperlink in the UNSAFE portion of the rabbit hole.
What were you thinking? The only thing more dangerous than the lands that lie beyond the terminus page are the HYPERLINKS that launch you from those dangerous shores into the deep waters where the behemoths dwell.
That, my friend, is exactly what you have done. You have flung yourself into the depths. Did you never hear the story of Jonah?
Oh, well. Take a deep breath. Maybe it will be okay.
I wrote the following words as a Monday Morning Memo in 1998 and published them as Chapter 1 in
Magical Worlds of the Wizard of Ads, the third book in the Wizard of Ads trilogy:
Speaking Worlds into Existence
In the book of Genesis (Beginnings,) God speaks the universe into existence with, “Let there be light.” Badda-bing, badda-boom, the Big Bang. As soon as the lights are on, the Creator continues by saying “Let there be this” and “Let there be that” until everything has been spoken into existence except you and me. Finally, near the end of chapter one He says, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.”
Wait a minute… If, in fact, God said, “I’m going to make some little miniatures of myself and put them in charge of the earth,” and if, in fact, two of these little miniatures are you and I, then why can’t WE speak worlds into existence?
Oh, but we can. You speak worlds into existence every day. Each time you describe an experience or tell a story or name a possibility, you speak that world into existence in the minds of all who are listening.
And one of those who is listening is you.
Are you beginning to understand the awesome force that hides behind your lips and flows mingled with ink from your pen? Would you like to learn to harness this amazing energy and put it to work in your life? New worlds are only a few words away… Do you know the right words?
Roy H. Williams (1998)
When Noah St. John told me about his book, Afformations: Discovering the Missing Piece to Abundant Health, Wealth, Love, and Happiness, I suggested a new subtitle: The Miracle of Positive Self-Talk.
Noah liked it, so the newest edition bears that subtitle.
I suggested that subtitle because the concepts Noah discovered were not new to me.
Humans can do only that which they have seen in their minds.
We must imagine a thing before we can do it.
Abraham is regarded by hundreds of millions as the father of faith.
We find an interesting comment about Abraham in the book of Romans, chapter 4, verses 16 and 17.
I have condensed it here but you can read the whole chapter in any version of the New Testament you choose:
“For this reason it is by faith… so that the promise will be guaranteed to all the descendants… to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all, (as it is written, “A FATHER OF MANY NATIONS HAVE I MADE YOU”)… God, who gives life to the dead and calls into being that which does not exist.”
The King James version – translated during the lifetime of Shakespeare – musically says: “calleth those things which be not as though they were.”
The challenge, of course, is to phrase the thing that does not yet exist so that it is not immediately recognized as an untruth by your own legalistic, conscious mind.
Noah discovered how to do this by moving his mind into the future and then asking himself a question about the past.
I’ve been doing this since I was a very young boy. When faced with a difficult decision, I simply move my mind several years into the future and look back at the current moment and say with a smile, “I’m really glad that I chose to…” And I usually know in that moment exactly what I should do.
Maybe Noah St. John is a nut.
But if so, he’s not the only one.
Roy H. Williams