I believe it was my mother who first introduced me to Richard Bach, via Jonathan Livingston Seagull. Unfortunately, that paperback, and my beautiful hard cover copy of, “There’s No Such Place As Far Away” went to the great bookshelf in the sky two decades ago (victim of a slow roof leak in a former rental house). If I remember correctly, I didn’t lose Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah because I was rereading it for the bajillionth time.
There is something about that little 192 page book that resonates with me, in a way I can’t explain. What I can do, however, is take a few of my pictures (being National Photography Month and all) and pair them with some cool Bach quotes. *grin*
“Amazing. You were so attached to it, and it still disappeared for you. Attached! I was whocking that cloud with everything I had! Fireballs, laser beams, vacuum cleaner a block high… Negative attachments, Richard. If you really want to remove a cloud from your life, you do not make a big production out of it, you just relax and remove it from your thinking. That’s all there is to it.” ~Richard Bach, Illusions “You are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it true. You may have to work for it, however.” ~ Richard Bach, Illusions They listened, trying to understand Jonathan Livingston Seagull. He spoke of very simple things – that it is right for a gull to fly, that freedom is the very nature of his being, that whatever stands again that freedom must be set aside, be it ritual, or superstition, or limitation in any form. “Set aside” came a voice form the multitude, “even if it be the law of the Flock?” “They only true law is that which leads to freedom.” Jonathan said. “There is no other.” ~ Richard Back, Jonathan Livingston Seagull