Tips on Keeping Mind and Body Young
By Jesse Anson Dawn
Jesse Anson Dawn, age 53, author of the national award-winning book, Never "Old", speaks out about a most stirring subject: how and why we age.
Presently answering the Question: Dear "Youthman" Dawn: "In an article you mentioned stigmas against self confidence or so-called 'ego'. What role does ego' play in how we age?"
Any working psychology leads to action as well as exercising one's "ego", because minus a strong sense of self, we are constantly pushed by the will of someone else's ego. Not that there aren't times when we should honor the directions of others, but not to the point of losing crucial self-reliance. Indeed, a healthy ego surfaces most needfully when we try our hand at a creative art, because in the beginning all that a (hopeful) artist really has for support is one's ego.
But a strong sense of self is also crucial when wanting to make a real change in the way we age, especially if the change is made in the mindpower way that I teach- a way primarily involving the healing powers of what I call creationary energy (CE) light. And as an illustration of what I mean by this in terms of "ego" or self-empowerment, I'll quote from the 1994 inaugural speech of the great political revolutionary Nelson Mandela, whereby he clarifies the importance of feeling unthreatened and strong willed. As I again quote from Mandela's powerful words:
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? . . . Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you . . . and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."
And I couldn't agree more. But of course there are drawbacks involved with what is called "celebrity ego"- as with the celebrity who, when told at an airlines counter that he was bumped off a flight due to "over-booking", he angrily told the counter clerk: "Hey, do you know who I am?" But in response, the clerk called her boss to say: "Mrs. Jones, we have a problem here. There's a man here who says he doesn't know who he is."
But of course there seem to be many people around who don't know or care who they are, which is a form of depersonalization somewhat due to "news" reports that claim everything, even personal happiness, is decided by our "genes". Although such claims keep us from learning effective ways to ARISE amid a world that is truly linked to-
THE MAGIC OF CHOICE
I want to thank any Never "Old" readers who made it to my presentations at the Whole Life Expo last November, especially the fellow who reminded me how magical "choice" is when it comes to aging- the choice to grow "old" fast or quite gradually. But to grasp this wonderful choice, we must regularly re-mind ourselves that an ongoing sharpening of our senses does not happen blip-bam-boom, all at once, but by gradually putting the pieces of the puzzle together.
But learning is not such an easy thing to do nowadays, now that we have become so programmed by TV and movies to the 1-2-3- that's IT- TIMES UP! game of so-called "learning"- a problem so rampant that the United States now falls in at a lamentable 49th in the world in rates of literacy. So is woeful illiteracy the direction of the future- spawning an unreading, egolessly TV-reliant, unexpressive population? Will books become irrelevant due to a lack of noisy gunplay to grab simple-minded attentions?
In this U.S.A. (United States of Advertising)- which is fast becoming the U.W.A. (United World of Ads)- will "recreation" become more and more a psychodrama of murder stories, where most are hoping for a "brightness" button that actually works to make "down-time" brighter? Or are we meant to be drained out, so at 75 we're as "good" as dead? Can we intervene and wisely re-energize? Only if we stop honoring brutal ignorance and triviality more than knowledge. But to do this we may need to become less threatened by our own sense of internal power and the power of others to help us ignite it. And one way we can help bring about this self-en-LIGHTenment is by honoring what I call-
The YOUthocratic Oath
This is an oath which says something to the effect of this: I HEREBY SWEAR TO PUT LESS FAITH IN THE POWER OF CHEMICALS, SCALPELS AND JUNK FOOD ADS, AND MORE FAITH IN MYSELF AS ALIGNED TO THE HEALING POWERS OF NATURE. And with that said, let me wrap up this piece of the Perpetual Youth Pie by wishing you a HAPPY NEW YEAR!- and as ever and ever, happy rejuvenating!
For the whole "anti-aging" story, Jesse Dawn's 258-page book, Never "Old" (nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and winner of the National Association of Independent Publishers Award for Content) can be quickly received by charge card. Simply call World Changing Books at their toll-free number 1 (800) RENEW-22 (736-3922) or send a check for $11.95 (includes book, first- class postage and handling) made out to World Changing Books and sent to P.O. Box 5491, Hilo, HI 96720.
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