As a follow-up to my entry on Dr John Demartini for Jenny Mannions Heroes of Healing group writing project, I would like to give you an insight into Dr John Demartini’s journey and how he came to be what I believe to be a Hero of Healing. I’m writing this as a request from the lovely Oza Meilleur who commented on the first article.
The Journey Begins
Having attended the Breakthrough Experience with Dr John Demartini as well as some of his other events, he does like to recount his story and it is quite an amazing journey. You will remember that I talked a little on his background and that when he was in first grade, his teacher knew little about disabilities so she asked his parents to come to class and in front of him, she told them that their son had a learning disability, that he was dyslexic. He could not read and comprehend what she was teaching and would probably do better in sports. Although John couldn’t fully understand the significance of her words, he sensed his parents’ uncertainty and concern.
At the age of 14, he told his father that he was going to go surfing in California so seeing how sincere John was about this, his dad gave him his blessing, drove him to the freeway and told him to “Go follow your dreams.”
John’s First Mentor
Hitchhiking from his home town of Richmond, Texas, he arrived in El Paso. While walking through the town, he spotted three cowboys just up ahead and they looked just like rednecks to him. As he got closer to them, with his headband and surfboard, he knew he was going to be confronted so as he approached, they lined up across the sidewalk and stood with their thumbs in their belts.
What to do… what to do he thought when all of a sudden, for the very first time, his inner voice spoke to him and it told him to bark! We all broke out in giggles with anticipation at what was about to happen next! So he told us that he went along with it and started to bark, ruff! ruff! ruff! (repeated a few times).
As he did this, we were in fits of laughter. He said that he growled his way through those cowboys and for the first time in his life, he learned that if he trusted his intuition, amazing things would happen. I have to tell you it was hilarious sitting and listening to John recount this story. Actually, I’m having a bit of a giggle remembering… LOL!
Having growled his way through, he walked on a little further and as he came up to the corner, leaning on a lamppost, roaring with laughter, was a bald headed bum in his 60’s. He was laughing so hard that he had to hang on to the lamppost for support!
This “bum” told John that it was the funniest thing he had ever seen as he put his hand on his shoulder and walked him down the street to buy him a drink of coke.
Once they had finished their drinks and John had told him why he dropped out of school to go surfing, the “bum” told John to follow him and he lead him through the doors of the downtown El Paso library.
He sat John down at a table and went sifting through the bookshelves. He came back with a couple of books and sat down. “There are two things I want to teach you” he said, “two things I don’t want you ever to forget. You promise?” and John replied “yes, I do sir.”
The first thing was to never judge a book by it’s cover because it will fool you. You see, this “bum” was one of the wealthiest men in America. He had planes, houses, cars, everything that money could buy. Someone dear to him passed away the year before and as he reflected on his life, he thought he has experienced everything except the experience of having nothing and living on the streets, so he made a commitment to travel around America with nothing so he could have this experience before he died.
The second thing was for John to learn how to read, because there’s only two things that the world can’t take away from you and that is your love and your wisdom. The two books he had placed on the table for John were the works of Aristotle and Plato. Imagine! And with that, the “bum” led him down the street a couple of blocks and sent him on his way to California.
The core of The Breakthrough Experience has become: Love and Wisdom are the essence of Life.
Dr John Demartini says:
Wisdom is the instantaneous recognition that a crisis is a blessing, and even greater wisdom recognizes that blessings can also trigger a crisis. When we truly understand that, we’re less likely to be upset about our difficulties or elated about our opportunities; we remain centered no matter what happens around us. That is one of the secrets of self-mastery.
The Journey Continues
Surfing and bumming his way around California, John finds accommodation opposite a health-food store. He walks in to buy a carrot juice one day to find a man talking about philosophy and of course, he couldn’t help himself so he sat with this man and had a full on discussion with him.
They went on back to John’s house to exchange some more philosophy for martial arts lessons and the martial arts lessons weren’t the only thing John learned that day.
As this man was bating John to attack him, with every move John made he was beaten. He threw punches, kicked him and more and still, with very attempt, John still couldn’t touch him. So he stood back, out of breath and sweating and asked, okay, what’s the lesson here? The man replied, to a master, there is no such thing as attacks, only invitations to dance. But if you’re unsure, you always perceive yourself to be a victim of attacks.
Hmmm… now there’s something to think about. Another lesson in self-mastery.
Some time after this, John went on to study physics, metaphysics, theology, biology… I think he has studied every “ology” there is to study, along with every religion there is – that’s about 3000 odd – and even more. The last 35 years of his life, John has devoted to learning and teaching the knowledge he has gained through his studies which he has then applied throughout his products. I do know he has a goal of reaching one billion people through his books and events, radio shows, courses he has written and so on. Now I don’t know about you but that is some extraordinary goal! Imagine having the ability and resources to reach one billion people! Pure awesomeness in my book.
Face Challenges Head On
The moral of the story is not to let what other people think of you hold you back. For every challenge you face there is an opportunity to grab hold of. That’s life. Everything is balanced. If Dr John Demartini had taken notice of his first grade teacher and believed he was dyslexic, it could have turned out differently and we would not know this wonderful teacher who has devoted his life to helping others. If those mentors had not crossed his path, he may have never learned how to read and taken an interest in philosophy. I really am a strong believer that everything happens for a reason and we must take the challenges given us and turn them into an opportunity.
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Success is ours for the taking!