The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah
The Title of the book itself signifies what the book is based on. The term “ILLUSION” describes an instance of a wrong or misinterpreted perception of a sensory experience, which is quite related to the topic. The book is authored by the pilot and writer, Richard Bach, which was first published in 1977. The story questions once views on reality which were portrayed by the premise that what we call reality. Was it really a reality or our belief, was it made of illusions that we create for our learning and enjoyment?
This mystical adventurous story revolves around two barnstormer pilots who meet each other in a field of Midwest America. The two main characters, Richard Bach who was a student and Donald Shimoda, who was the teacher, also flies a vintage plane same as the writer. Donald had serious aviation skill who can land his plane in a very small space, which was just 30 meters in length. Here, Donald who taught about being a teacher and leader for other people and that one can do anything that they set their mind to do. Or in other words, how to control one’s reality, all we need to do is want it badly enough and concentrate on it to make it happen.
Richard notices from the beginning that there is something different about Donald. Donald has been flying around for five weeks, but, still, there was no hay on the windshield, no flying-hay stains on the leading edges of wings and tail, no bugs smashed on the propeller which was not possible for an airplane flying through an Illinois summer. Donald was a “messiah” who leaves his job of being a messiah after deciding that people value just the showbiz-like performance of miracles and wanted to get entertained by those miracles more than to understand the message which was hidden behind them. Richard gained a lot from his friendship with Donald. He learned that what we regard as life is not real. He learned how one can walk on water and swim through the earth. The two become good friends and begin to fly together to the same towns. The strange incident started to occur. According to the book, one little girl, who was terrified of heights and flying, suddenly loses her fears, and in fact, decided to become a pilot herself. A man who arrived in a wheelchair was suddenly able to climb into Donald´s plane unaided and was apparently permanently healed. The two, Richard and Donald, had deep conversations which were followed by various question and answers. Donald recounts how people used to flock to him to get healed, but he grew tired from this way of life and flew from here. He gave Richard a Messiah´s Handbook, which provided him advice and wisdom.
The book Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah by Richard Bach was advised by my professor to read. Initially, I wasn’t interested at all but when I grab this book and started reading it. This book opened my eyes and taught me to look at the world in a way I never saw it before. It taught me to be smooth on what stage of life I am in. I got to the point where I didn’t want to finish the book because I enjoyed reading it so much. The book helped me to relax and to calm down. It even teaches me to look at the problem from other aspect and try to learn from it. The most beautiful line that I can relate here with is “The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life. Rarely do members of one family grow up under the same roof”. I would like to recommend this book to other so that they could be able to see other aspects of life.
Last but not least, I would like to share this with you all that
“Everything is an illusion, and…
“nothing is miraculous. Learn what the magician knows
and nothing is magic anymore.”