Just like when we were 12, today we are compelled to be courageous. We have no choice. There’s only one direction: toward an unknown future. We can neither run away to the past, nor hold on to the present. You don’t believe you’ll stay home like this from now on, do you?
Quarantine will end. You’ll go out and you will find you are not the same person you were in March.
Will you still like what you used to like five weeks ago? Will you be content with the way you used to live? A quarantine is quite a lot of time. Psychologists maintain that in 27 days we can develop long lasting habits, and in 27 days we can lose habits forever. Do you remember when the toys you loved at 11 suddenly seemed boring, or even ridiculous? Maybe (it’s very likely) something of this kind will happen to you after the quarantine, and this time it won’t concern toys.
I think that the best way to prepare ourselves for such a change is by asking ourselves the simplest and the most courageous of all questions: WHAT DO I LIKE? And wait. We have no reason to hurry. Last time I asked myself that question, long before the quarantine, it took me two weeks before I could give a precise answer. I used to answer as if the question was: "What did I like before?", or "What do I remember I have liked?" or even "What should I like?" or "What could I say I like, in order to be original?" The answers that came ultimately sounded dull.
And each time I tried to answer just that question, WHAT DO I LIKE NOW?, all I used to feel inside me was silence.
Then the right answer came to me in a flash, and it was: "A glass of icy sparkling water", because in that moment I was thirsty. It was true: that was what I felt a liking for in that moment. After dozens of false answers, it was a revelation. So simple! From that day I started to find simple answers, bigger and bigger ones, and to take unprecedented decisions in my life for a while – until I decided I was satisfied with my results. Satisfaction made me forget the courage and the importance of that question for some years. And then came the quarantine.
Are you good at making wishes?
Making wishes is an art. And a very fruitful one. As in every artform, one can’t make masterpieces right away. There are some instructions to learn, some preparatory exercises to do. And we’ll go through them step by step.
LEARN TO BE SURPRISED
HOW ANSWERS WILL COME
HOW TO RECOGNIZE WRONG ANSWERS
AVOID THE QUESTION “WHO AM I?”
DISCOVER WHO YOU ARE NOT
Having and Being
STOP BEING YOUR NAME
STOP BEING YOUR FAMILY NAME
STOP BEING YOUR PROFESSION
STOP BEING YOUR FAMILY ROLE – PART ONE
STOP BEING YOUR FAMILY ROLE. PART TWO
STOP BEING YOUR FAMILY ROLE. PART THREE
STOP BEING YOUR PERSONAL HISTORY
YOU WILL BE
WIDENING YOUR LIFE
WHY DOES A LIFE SHRINK?
WHAT YOU LOSE WHEN YOU FORGET
HOW TO REMEMBER TRAUMAS
Have you ever looked at yourself from ABOVE?
Some say everyone has an Angel. Perhaps. I learned that everyone IS an Angel and that we do our best when we realize what kind of Angel we are. In this Section you’ll find a little handbook of angelic identities.
The Mind's Tools
Are you sure your mind can’t reach the Milky Way?
It all depends on how you use your mind. It’s rather simple after all: you are the specialist about your own mind; nobody knows it better than you do. I’ll show you WHAT you know about it.
THE WORLD’S AUTHORS
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE WORLDS
TWO DIFFERENT KINDS OF FEELINGS
GETTING TO KNOW THE MIND’S TOOLS
THE MIND’S TOOLS – THE FULL LIST
School Of Wishes
Here are some humble suggestions to make your Aladdin’s lamp work – to use it to illuminate your mental room.