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What we believe becomes reality. It has been said that faith can move mountains.
The highest mountains are our negative thoughts, feelings and ideas, which block our capacity to rise beyond our limits.
Faith is the energy of understanding that enables us to realize anything is possible even if it is not visible in front of our eyes.
The success that comes from faith is closely linked with ‘letting go’. It is only when we let go of what we are used to, or what we have learnt to depend on, that new perceptions and new possibilities will present themselves to us.
All that is needed are a few basic facts and then we can take action. When we drive a car, do we insist on knowing how the engine works in detail before driving it? Do we know the mechanical details of a lift before we use it? Most people are only aware of the basic functions and this is all they need to carry out the action. However, they do have the faith that the car has been correctly constructed to do its job safely and that by pressing a few buttons the lift will raise them to wherever it is they want to go. In the modern life-style, there is a tendency to over-think, to want to control and direct every outcome, but such a life lacks spontaneity and simplicity.
Although we do need a framework, it must be flexible enough to allow space for the unexpected, the unpredictable and the great surprise. Such a space is the window through which the light of innovation can enter. When life is over-planned, we become cemented in, unable to grow, or flow, into new horizons. Faith allows us to realize that optimum results can happen without always having to structure or plan. Such faith is the basis for new vision and allows us to reach beyond our limits; because we believe we are more than what meets the eye. Such faith is the inspirational energy of every pioneer in whatever field.
James Randi (born Randall James Hamilton Zwinge; August 7, 1928) is a Canadian-American stage magician and scientific skeptic
Randi is author of 10 books, among them Conjuring (1992), a biographical history of noted magicians. The book is subtitled: Being a Definitive History of the Venerable Arts of Sorcery, Prestidigitation, Wizardry, Deception, & Chicanery and of the Mountebanks & Scoundrels Who have Perpetrated these Subterfuges on a Bewildered Public, in short, MAGIC!. Its title page says, “By James Randi, Esq., a contrite rascal once dedicated to these wicked practices but now almost totally reformed.” The book selects the most influential magicians and tells some of their history in the context of strange deaths and careers on the road. This work expanded on Randi’s second book which was called Houdini, His Life and Art
Randi also wrote a children’s book in 1989 titled The Magic World of the Amazing Randi, which introduced children to magic tricks.
He is currently working on A Magician in the Laboratory, which recounts his application of skepticism to science.
-‘An Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds, and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural’
An Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds, and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural, 1995, St. Martin’s Press ISBN 0-312-15119-5 OCLC 32167512 (Online Version)
Conjuring, 1992 St. Martin’s Press ISBN 0-312-09771-9
Flim-Flam! Psychics, ESP, Unicorns, and Other Delusions, 1980, Prometheus Books, ISBN 0-87975-198-3
Houdini, His Life and Art. Co-authored. Putnam Pub Group (November 1976) ISBN 0-448-12552-8
James Randi: Psychic Investigator, 1991, companion book to the UK Granada TV series. ISBN 1-85283-144-8
Test Your ESP Potential. Dover Publications Inc. (December 31, 1982) ISBN 0-486-24269-2
The Faith Healers, 1987, Prometheus Books, ISBN 0-87975-369-2. (ISBN 0-87975-535-0 1989 edition) (Foreword by Carl Sagan)
The Magic of Uri Geller, 1975, ISBN 0-345-24796-5 (later renamed The Truth About Uri Geller 1982 ISBN 0-87975-199-1)
The Magic World of the Amazing Randi. Adams Media Corporation (September 1989) ISBN 1-55850-982-8
The Mask of Nostradamus: The Prophecies of the World’s Most Famous Seer, 1990, Charles Scribner’s Sons ISBN 0-684-19056-7 or ISBN 0-87975-830-9.
James Randi: Psychic Investigator. 1991, ISBN 1-85283-144-8.
A Magician in the Laboratory. (Forthcoming
The word Guru is derived from two words, ‘Gu’ and ‘Ru’. The Sanskrit root “Gu” means darkness or ignorance. “Ru” denotes the remover of that darkness. Therefore one who removes darkness of our ignorance is a Guru. Gurus are believed by many to be the most necessary part of lives. On this day, disciples offer puja (worship) or pay respect to their Guru (Spiritual Guide). It falls on the day of full moon, Purnima, in the month of Ashadh (June–July) of the Shaka Samvat, Indian national calendar and Hindu calendar.
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