Trust in dreams, for in them is hidden the gate to eternity.

Kahlil Gibran

 I recently attended an amazing weekend of Dances of Universal Peace at the Tauhara Retreat Centre overlooking Lake Taupo. Across the lake stand Ruapehu, Tongariro and Ngauruhoe, three snow-covered peaks of volcanic origin (and some present activity). Mount Ruapehu is the highest mountain on the North Island. One of the weekend’s attendees pointed out that Lake Taupo itself is a giant caldera, the result of the last great volcanic

Mount Ruapehu

event in recorded history. In 186 AD a series of nine volcanic eruptions occurred. In a few short minutes 30 square km of poisonous ash, rocks, lava and pumice were emitted. Such was the extent of the volcanic fallout, even the ancient Romans and Chinese are reported to have experienced darkened skies.

Midway through this weekend of dance, song and laughter (what more could a person want?) I was reminded of a story I read many years ago, a true story. I no longer remember the source. This is how I recall it:

A group of friends gathered weekly for a shared silent meditation. They were people sharing a common awareness of the immense capacity of the mind to create. It was decided that they would attempt to manifest a ‘being’ through their collective focused intention. Together they agreed on the form the being was to take, down to the type and colour of its hair and clothing and even its name.

Each week they sat in a circle in silence, each person focused on their goal. They were unwavering in their resolve. Months went by and nothing happened. Some frustration crept into their thoughts; but they were an experienced group of meditators. They persevered.

More months passed and still there were no results to show for their clear and focused intention. Approaching the end of one session they grew tired. Giddiness set in. One of them giggled, and that giggle, like a yawn, spread through the group. Soon they were all laughing uproariously. In that moment of levity, the being, exactly as they had imagined for all those months, appeared in the centre of the circle. There efforts had succeeded.


Are you taking life too seriously? Is it worth it? When you are joyful and relaxed and able to laugh at your foibles and the sometimes unexplainable, painful and bizarre nature of the human condition, all things are possible.

 I am relaxed, confident and fulfilling my purpose. I am happy and at peace.


Radio host, inspirational speaker and health educator John Haines is the author of In Search of Simplicity: A True Story that Changes Lives, a startlingly poignant and inspiring real-life endorsement of the power of thought, belief and synchronicity in one’s life.

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