By Jesse Anson Dawn
Tips on Keeping Mind and Body Young
Jesse Anson Dawn (at age 60), author of the national award-winning book, Never “Old,” plus The Rejuvenator’s Bible, speaks out about a most stirring subject: how to counteract the unwanted effects of “aging.”
Presently answering the question: “How does stress affect our aging?”
I’ll title this one after an experience I had in Los Angeles, an episode I call:
UNDER THE GUNPACE
It was then I saw that word for the first time, there in the back seat of a taxi as it sped away from the Los Angeles airport. The cab was taking me to an auditorium where, for a large convention called the Whole Life Expo, I was hired to host a panel of doctors and hypnotherapists who specialize in the science of rejuvenation. But on the way there all I could think about was that word spray-canned (in bright red) on a freeway overpass near the airport — a scary word that seems to typify these faster and faster (and thus blinder and blinder) times — and the word is GUNPACE!
GUNPACE indeed, and as I tried to digest the furious frenzy of this bumper-to-bumper-going-60 freeway flashing by the window of the cab, the terror of that jarring word tattooed me with a chilling impression of big-city, rush-hour traffic.
Gradually, after I was downtown and opened the curtain of my hotel room, I was able to shake loose that GUNPACE feeling enough to de-stress and relax. And then I saw a clearly refreshing omen. What I saw from that window was a huge photographic collage covering the side of the building across the street-a photo-montage of two of my main heroes-Picasso and Edison (together with a third face — that of movie director Alfred Hitchcock).
Ah yes, the artist, inventor and mystery-solver all rolled into one collage: Picasso — a man who was healthy, strong, creative and virile even into his late 90s — and next to him, Edison, the man who both saw the light and held a patent for inventing an electrified version of it. And yet Edison was also a music man who pioneered the phonograph — Edison, a man of both music and light, and I can certainly relate to that.
Oh, but even the great Tom Edison had a “fault,” for he had no college degree (nor do I, despite my 5 years of college) — and yet a lack of diplomas didn’t slow Edison down either, for he obviously lived an enlightening and successful life, well into his 80s. Edison, the man with shining eyes who I quoted in Never “Old” as saying: “The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest people in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause of prevention of disease.” And so among all his other attributes, it seems Edison was also a healer, for he healed with words and concepts.
And along with the huge, black and white photographs of Edison and Picasso, there loomed the bulbous, sleepy-eyed image of the guru/innovator of the movie mystery — Hitchcock — plopped into the picture much like one of the unexplained cameo shots that pepper his films. And then suddenly, while gazing at Edison and Picasso (as they seemed to gaze right back at me) — suddenly I had the feeling that I could be anywhere but the 5th floor of a nondescript Holiday Inn — suddenly, like an emerging epiphany, I envisioned the possibilities of this collage of attributes — this combination of artist, inventor and mystery solver rolled into one.
Would the virtuosity of the artist/inventor/mystery-solver in me be the triple-whammy potent enough to overcome the Time Pressure which so surely ages us? Was this the three-tier path which would save me from the grinding gears of gunpace?
As I digested these thoughts, I again pondered that famous saying by Balzac, Balzac the fellow Taurus who let us know that “God is revealed to contemplative beings.” True enough, I nodded, making my way back through the streets of LA, gradually taxiing through the traffic to the auditorium where I again enjoyed sharing my messages with all those not “too old”-to-learn people at the Whole Life Expo (my fifth).
But even on the plane back to Hawaii, that GUNPACE word still haunted my consciousness...until finally it faded away amid the soothing vortex which occurs where the awesome ocean whirlpools the world of worried workings amid its mighty WHOOSH...
For the whole self-renewal story, both of Jesse’s amazingly helpful books, Never
“Old” (258 pages), and The Rejuvenator’s Bible (233 pages) are available for
just $15 for the pair. Simply call toll-free (800) 736-3922 and order with
credit card, or send a check payable to World Changing Books, 489 Oceanview Dr.,
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