Mind Power Issue #52
Superpowers: Yours, Mine & Nelson Mandela’s
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Issue #52 – Monday, Mar. 13th, 2017
Did you know you have super powers? Yes, you were born with six unique abilities that will empower your life.
And I know someone who can tell you exactly what they are (for free).
I want to introduce you to a very close friend of mine (we met in high school over fifty years ago):
Best selling author, consultant, coach, and expert on transformational principles and the invisible side of success, Mary Morrissey.
I’ve seen Mary become the author of two bestselling books, No Less Than Greatness and Building Your Field of Dreams (which became a popular PBS special).
I’ve also seen her become one of a select few people the Dalai Lama himself consults…
...when he needs advice and counsel.
She was also a friend of Nelson Mandela before his death.
That’s how well-respected Mary is.
In fact, Mary has empowered millions of people worldwide to achieve new heights of spiritual aliveness, wealth and authentic success.
I’ve invited Mary to write the feature story in this week’s “Mind Power” inbox magazine. Read about her life-changing experience with Nelson Mandela…
...and how what she learned can change your life, too, forever.
And for fun – serious fun (meaning these are seriously important insights) – find your own personal Super Powers.
The 60-Second Superpower Assessment will reveal your six powerful abilities that, if recognized, developed, and used…
...give you the power to shape your reality and create the exact life you want.
Please, take Mary’s free quiz, answer a few multiple choice questions, and receive a free customized video report from her that reveals…
...the 6 invisible superpowers we’re all born with – including the one YOU express most fully!
This is more than just interesting. It sets the foundation for your ability to create much more of what you want in life.
I highly recommend this.
Bill Harris, Founder/CEO
The Single Question
I Asked Nelson Mandela…
His Answer Changed My Life Forever
by Mary Morrissey
Many times, I’ve been asked, “Mary, why do bad things happen to good people?”
What purpose does pain and suffering serve… and does it come into our lives because we deserve it in some way?
Whatever form the question takes, the answer is nearly always the same:
No one deserves to suffer, but suffering CAN be a doorway that allows us to step into a fuller, freer, more expansive version of ourselves.
One of my teachers in this way of thinking was
the remarkable President Nelson Mandela
After investing decades studying the invisible side of success, and coaching and mentoring tens of thousands of people all around the world in how to create lives they truly love living, I’ve been fortunate to meet some pretty extraordinary people.
I’ve had the opportunity to speak to heads of state at the United Nations on several occasions with the Gandhi Foundation and MLK Jr. Foundation on the subject of non-violence.
I’ve also been invited to co-convene three different week-long meetings with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and different world leaders in Dharamsala, India.
But when I was offered the opportunity to meet with President Nelson Mandela in Cape Town, South Africa to discuss some of the most pressing issues that our world was facing…
This was truly a dream come true!
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was born in South Africa in 1918, and was instrumental in the fight to dismantle the country’s discriminatory apartheid policies.
Because of his vocal protests for justice and equality in the face of an apartheid-led government, he was imprisoned for 27 years, from 1962 until 1990, for what his government deemed to be crimes against his country — a country he would later lead, as president, from 1994 to 1999.
After his term as president, Nelson Mandela continued to work as an activist and philanthropist until his death in December of 2013.
He’s widely recognized as one of the greatest change agents of our time.
Out of all the people in the world that I wanted to sit down and talk with, he was the one with whom I MOST wanted to have a conversation, and I was overjoyed to have the chance to finally meet him face-to-face.
In 2001, I was invited to travel to South Africa as part of a small
group to meet with President Mandela.
It was a fascinating experience!
We were asked not to use any kind of flash photography to capture the moment, because President Mandela’s eyes were so damaged from his years of working in the blinding sun, that he couldn’t tolerate even the brief flare of the camera’s bulb.
We were, however, allowed to ask him questions.
I had just one thing I wanted to know:
“How is it that you were imprisoned for almost three decades, and sentenced to hard labor, and there’s not a shred of anger or resentment in you for all of that time you lost, all of those years that you could have been with your family, that were stolen from you?
"And then, you went on to, not just forgive your captors, but to lead your country in the fight against apartheid. How did you do it? How did you find it in your heart to forgive?"
President Mandela gave me a simple response: “The man who went to prison never could have become president.”
At first, I was a bit confused by his answer…
But he went on to explain that, in his younger years, he was violent, angry, and unable to make sense of his circumstances and conditions.
He protested and fought against apartheid, and was arrested for it, and sentenced to life in prison.
He told me that, at first, sitting in prison, he thought over and over again, "All is lost.”
But then one day, a new thought began to seep into his consciousness, like a drop of water on parched earth, “Maybe all is NOT lost.”
He had no reason to hope that life would get better. He was in prison with no hope of release in his lifetime…
And yet, a tiny bit of hope remained, and he told me that he hung onto it, “like a desperate person hanging onto a branch before he plummets off a cliff to his death.”
For many years, nothing happened to justify this hope.
But one day, President Mandela had a new thought…
“Maybe my being here is part of the beginning of the end of apartheid.”
President Mandela slowly began to realize that there might be a larger purpose to his imprisonment.
As he started to think about this, he began to wonder: “If my imprisonment was part of the end of apartheid, how will I ‘be’ while I am in this prison?”
He chose to start becoming the person who could fulfill his vision to end apartheid — a strong and compassionate leader — and this is what led him to begin writing letters that would go on to change the world.
He was allowed to send one letter per week from prison, and he used this method of communication to garner support from the media and from various influential people for the end of apartheid.
Each and every week, Mandela wrote faithfully, forgetting his own pain in the light of his growing role as a symbol of hope and freedom for his people.
The rest is history.
My meeting with President Mandela changed my life
I’d received far more than the joy and happiness of realizing a lifelong dream to meet President Nelson Mandela…
I’d also discovered the power of the question that he’d asked himself:
“If the suffering that I am enduring is part of a larger plan, how would I behave? How would I speak, act and think if this place is part of a greater good?”
I believe that every single one of us is called to greatness, and every experience that we have is a part of the process of bringing us into the full expression of that greatness.
In every circumstance, we can choose to either shrink down in despair, or to use what resources and opportunities we have — no matter how small they seem — to hold true to our values, move toward our dreams, and to act and think like the kind of person we choose and desire to be.
This is President Mandela's legacy in my life and in the work I do in the world. I will always remember our meeting and cherish the short time we spent together.
About Mary Morrissey:
Mary Morrissey has invested the last 40 years in studying transformational principles and the invisible side of success.
She’s the author of two best-selling books, No Less Than Greatness and Building Your Field of Dreams, which became a PBS special. She’s also been featured in the popular films, The Moses Code and Beyond The Secret.
Over the last 30 years, Mary has taught millions of people, from all walks of life and from all around the world, how to take their dreams from imagination into reality through her books, courses and live events.
Mary Morrissey is widely considered the world’s foremost expert on dream building.
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