The Messiah's Handbook
Reminders for the Advanced Soul
From Richard Bach's Illusions
Perspective - Use It or Lose It. If you turned to this page, you're
forgetting that what is going on around you is not reality.
Think about that.
Remember where you came from, where you're going, and why you created the
mess you got yourself into in the first place.
You're going to die a horrible death, remember. It's all good training, and
you'll enjoy it more if you keep the facts in mind.
Take your dying with some seriousness, however. Laughing on the way to your
execution it not generally understood by less advanced lifeforms, and
they'll call you crazy.
Learning is finding out what you already know.
Doing is demonstrating that you know it.
Teaching is reminding others that they know just as well as you.
You are all learners, doers, teachers.
Your only obligation in any lifetime is to be true to yourself.
Being true to anyone else or anything else is not only impossible, but the
mark of a false messiah.
The simplest questions are the most profound.
Where were you born? Where is your home? Where are you going? What are you
Think about these once in a while, and watch your answers change.
You teach best what you most need to learn.
Live never to be ashamed if anything you do or say is published around the
world -- even if what is published is not true.
Your friends will know you better in the first minute you meet than your
acquaintances will know you in a thousand years.
The best way to avoid responsibility is to say, "I've got responsibilities."
You are led through your lifetime by the inner learning creature, the playful
spiritual being that is your real self.
Don't turn away from possible futures before you're certain you don't have
anything to learn from them.
You're always free to change your mind and chose a different future, or a
There is no such thing as a problem without a gift for you in its hands.
You seek problems because you need their gifts.
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.
Argue for your limitations, and sure enough, they're yours.
Imagine the universe beautiful and just and perfect, Then be sure of one
thing: the Is has imagined it quite a bit better than you have.
A cloud does not know why it moves in just such a direction and at such a
It feels an impulsion...this is the place to go now. But the sky knows the
reasons and the patterns behind all clouds, and you will know, too, when you
lift yourself high enough to see beyond horizons.
You are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it
You may have to work for it, however.
The world is your excercise-book, the pages on which you do your sums. It is
not reality, although you can express reality there if you wish.
You are also free to write nonsense, or lies, or to tear the pages.
The original sin is to limit the Is. Don't.
If you will practise being fictional for a while, you will understand that
fictional characters are sometimes more real than people with bodies and
Your conscience is the measure of the honesty of your selfishness. Listen
to it carefully.
Every person, all the events of your life are there because you have drawn
What you chose to do with them is up to you.
The truth you speak has no past and no future. It is, and that's all it needs
Here is a test to find whether your mission on Earth is finished: If you're
alive, it isn't.
In order to live free and happily, you must sacrifice boredom. It is not
always an easy sacrifice.
Don't be dismayed at good-byes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet
And meeting again, after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those who are
The mark of your ignorance is the depth of your belief in injustice and
What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a
Everything in this book may be wrong.