By Jesse Anson Dawn

Researcher Author Jesse Anson Dawn, 52, speaks out from the pages of his widely selling book, Never Old: The Ultimate Success Story about a most stirring subject: how and why we age

Presently answering the Question: "You say that true rejuvenation is much more spiritual know how than a physical challenge. Can you explain why this is so?"

Dear Reader,"Let your soul be your body," sings Sting in his latest release, and it appears he is taking his own advice looking quite youthful for a man in his forties. It seems that certain people can carry the spiritual light of the newborn on and on into their "aging" years, continuing the "Life Chant" that really seems to make a difference the Life Chant that reggae music calls "chanting down Babylon . . ." Yes, a healthy portion of soulful spirituality can do a hundred times more to rejuvenate one's mind/body than all the hormone doses and plastic surgery in the world. Evidence of this is revealed by the fact that one rarely, if ever, sees laboratory potions or a surgeon's knife make anyone look convincingly younger. The reason for this is that true rejuvenation happens spiritually, from the inside out, not vice versa. In other words: people who are alive, learning, soulful and creative, find the time and know how to recreate themselves.

Therefore true self renewal can be seen as a kind of post academic course a kind of spiritual art. And if, as the great poet John Keats said, "the excellence of every art is in its intensity" it can also be reasoned that the effectiveness of a rejuvenation method is in the intensity and penetration of its spirit, for nothing else can regenerate bodily cells like the spirit of the mind. But of course learning to continually recreate bodily cells with mental/spiritual energy techniques can be a complicated process.

So who ever claimed that rejuvenation is a simple thing? Such a claim would be a sham and ridiculous, but of course we are bombarded with ridiculous shams on a daily basis, which is why the desire to tell and spread the truth is such a difficult and frustrating challenge. Wo, there is so much bunk and hooey being peddled these days, such deluges of untruth that spiritual, honest people, people trying to BE honest and not flip flop into conservative bunk peddling, people hoping to open up and learn and maybe even teach something, are feeling more and more endangered and undervalued. Myself included.

Sure, I too could have taken the path of least resistance and chosen beef, beer and gun-love, cranking out crime fiction novels, spinning yarns about massacres and murder news, maybe even compiling enough grungy plots to get a movie deal, signed to write a typically megabuck "Money Nazi" script. But instead I chosen to pursue soul searching nonfiction. Instead I chose to keep body and spirit together by focusing on RENEWING life instead of capitalizing on the art of dying.

Have we become so deluged with drama and games that perception of the truly spiritual has become a lost, nearly extinct art? Is that why books by sports "heroes" are becoming the biggest sellers of all, selling a hundred times as fast as an effective classic on mind/body rejuvenation? And so it goes. But this is especially sad if we consider that sports "heroes" (except in very rare cases) become physically unemployed by the time they reach [40]. Ouch, only halfway through his or her life and already they're "over the hill . " Maybe that's why big heroes such as Mickey Mantle wind up drinking themselves to death, or famous football stars commit murder. Too sad. Maybe this is why I'd much rather read about the possibilities of someone like Carlos Castaneda's Don Juan, this "elderly" being who could "fly like a bird," (even if it's only mentally), instead of gagging over some ballplayer's (badly written) sex life or drinking problem. Author Logan Pearsall Smith aptly said that "a best seller is (usually) the gilded tomb of a mediocre talent." And perhaps premature aging is the gilded tomb of being drawn into having nothing but mediocre interests.

Okay, so maybe delving into self renewal via spiritual energy is not a get "rich" quick scam, or a way to attract half mile lines of book buyers like basket baller Dennis Rodman or gross buckster Howard Stern. But it is a way to wake up in the morning thankful for what we've learned . . . a way to tap into a REAL energy that actually LASTS.

So until my next Never "Old" column, when we'll get further into this, happy journeys of YOUthfulness, dear reader, and as ever (and ever) happy rejuvenating!*

*For the whole "antiaging"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 (736-3922) or send a check for $1 1.95 (includes book, 1st class postage and handling) made out to World Changing Books and sent to them at P.O. Box 5491, Hilo, HA 96720.

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