How'd They Do
by: Keith Varnum
"How'd they do that?"
I asked myself time and time again in my youth.
As a journalist and documentary
filmmaker, I witnessed ordinary people performing extraordinary feats on
countless occasions. I documented individuals in moments of crisis and
emergency going beyond the limits they and society believed possible. Caught up
in earthquakes, floods, hurricanes and accidents, I watched mild-mannered
people become super-heroes.
When extreme circumstances
demand action, paranormal abilities arise from normal folks. Women lift two-ton
trucks and hold them aloft until their child or husband is freed from beneath
the vehicle. Young boys perform successful medical procedures as if they were
trained professionals. Men lead victims to safety through burning buildings,
pitch-black forests and raging floods. Teenagers bend steel and rip open closed
elevator doors to liberate loved ones. Scared people jump ten feet over a chasm
to safety. Given a death sentence by doctors, people heal themselves
"Where do human beings get
the power and knowledge to perform such implausible feats?" I wondered. I
observed that when life offers people a choice between their beliefs in what is
possible and the necessity to save another from harm, people often scrap their
perceived limitations and choose to do whatever needs to be done. Every day
people choose life, caring and rescue over the restrictions of their belief
"If we can break out of our
belief box when life has us up against the wall, why can't we release our
limiting beliefs at will when we are not in a crisis?" I inquired within
I looked around in my world for
examples of people who know how to free themselves from tribal collective
limitations-mainstream cultural beliefs-in order to access fresh possibilities
of human potential. I discovered my models through reading biographies of
dynamic individuals and interviewing adventurous people. I found that people
who are forerunners, pioneers and explorers in social, political and artistic
expression invariably refer to one or more moments in their lives in which they
opened to a peak experience.
And not only do these
resourceful people make reference to these extraordinary moments, they draw
strength, wisdom and compassion from these glimpses of their true power. They
have learned how to tap into these past moments of heightened awareness and
achievement in order to surmount present life challenges. Whether it be
excellence in athletic or artistic expression, or success in business or
romance, these potent moments of "transcendence of the ordinary" act
as wells of inspiration and inventiveness that enable people to handle current
With a degree of benevolent
innocence, I decided that if these people could break free of their restrictive
belief systems and tap into the power of previous peak experiences, then I
could as well. Their successes inspired me to try this approach myself-to reach
beyond my perceived boundaries.
Every day now I invite magic into
my life and welcome miracles into my world. It is my heartfelt wish that you
too are inspired to go beyond your own self-created limits.
What do we have to lose-except
our fears and imaginary walls?
(c)2004, Keith Varnum. All
rights in all media reserved.
About The Author
Drawing from the wisdom of
native and ancient spiritual traditions, Keith Varnum shares his 30 years of
practical success as an author, personal coach, acupuncturist, filmmaker,
radio host, restaurateur, vision quest guide and international seminar leader
with "The Dream Workshops." Keith helps people get the love, money
and health they want with his free Prosperity Ezine, free Empowerment Tape
and free Coaching at www.TheDream.com.
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