The power of reading a good book is that you start thinking like the author. For those magical moments while you are immersed in the forests of Arden, you are William Shakespeare; while you are shipwrecked on Treasure Island, you are Robert Louis Stevenson; while you are communing with nature at Walden, you are Henry David Thoreau. You start to think like they think, feel like they feel, and use imagination as they would. Their references become your own, and you carry these with you long after you’ve turned the last page. That is the power of literature, of a good play, of music; that is why we constantly want to expand our references.–from Awaken the Giant Within by Anthony Robbins
I recently came across this statement in the king of self-help books: Anthony Robbins’ Awaken the Giant Within. Is it slumming to read self-help literature once in awhile? After all, when you have the cockroach, you need something to propel you out of your dark, deep pit.
“How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Destiny!” the cover screams. Why not add: “And Save the Planet, Too!” Or tack on, “Let’s Eradicate Hunger and Establish World Peace!”
Have you noticed how embarrassed people get when they are observed in the Self-Help Books section? Shine a spotlight on the creepy singles in the Relationships section on a Friday night and they scatter like roaches. (I can say this because I am single.)
But what if each one of us took control of his or her destiny? What if there was a mass change in consciousness–one person at a time? We just need a few committed individuals. We need a world of individuals who finally realize that separateness is an illusion. One by one, we will use imagination ahead of knowledge and dream a common dream–something sexy and shocking that will bring us together and lift us out of this mass stagnation. And then it will be the number-one news item…it will even trump the latest celebrity gossip and news of political infighting and the billion senseless wars fought from one pocket of the globe to another. Yes, IMAGINE John Lennon told us. That is the most revolutionary thing we can do.