I promised to share more on my blog about the Spiritual Pro idea that is becoming my new Signature Material and that I officially launch in January 2015. So I am going to be sharing some key pivotal moments that have been the cause of me creating this new project and have opened me up and influenced my thinking.
A key pivotal moment happened fairly recently, on January 31st 2014 when I met Archbishop Ameritus of Cape Town, Desmond Tutu in London. His stand for higher purpose leadership and love in the world helped fuel my own desire to stand for love too.
How did I get to meet him, though? Five years ago my friend Howard Carter introduced me to Make Dickson, a lovely man, and one of Mike’s claims to fame was being the inspiration behind Whizz Kids, a mobility charity that has so far raised over 70 million pounds. Mike then went on to found the Rainmaker Foundation, and I have become a Rainmaker. Mike managed to persuade Desmond Tutu to become its Patron. So on January 31st, 100 other Rainmakers and possible Rainmakers were invited to an evening with Desmond Tutu, or as he actually likes to be know The Arch, at the Haymarket Hotel here in London.
I was excited – I have known of the man all my life but wondered what he would be like in the flesh, especially now he is 84. Ten years ago I read his book God Has A Dream, and loved his messages. Before he spoke, we were invited to sit and chat with him. I just thanked him for being him and doing what he does.
The Arch was very gracious and accepted my gratitude, and we talked for a moment about love and inspiration.
When he came to speak, I was shocked, but in a good way. For the first five minutes, I thought this man had actually missed his calling – he should have been a stand-up comedian! He was so funny, he had us all in stitches, partly I expect, because we didn’t expect him to be so funny.
But what touched me so deeply about my time with him?
He wasn’t just a speaker, he is an orator, which means to me that he is his message rather than he has a message. I was inspired by his humour and graciousness and his genuine positivity born out of his considerable personal suffering and the witness of suffering. He has experienced so much prejudice, hatred and evil in his own life, his own country and around the world, yet came out speaking and teaching about how wonderful human beings are. I am a student of A Course in Miracles and it has deeply influenced my own spiritual path, and one of my favourite lines in The Course is this: The holiest spot on earth is where an ancient hatred has become a present love. To me, he personified that hope of transformation from fear, pain and hatred to understanding and ultimately love.
He is a Spiritual Pro – he showed up and has taken a stand for love in the world rather than standing for condemnation, revenge and retribution. He inspires people to change rather than tries to force people to change through judgment. Seeing how inspiring he has been globally fuelled my own inspiration to found my new Spiritual Pro project. His light kindled my own.
The final piece didn’t fall into place until a couple of months afterwards when I met up with Mike again. He asked me, “Have you seen the new book The Arch has written with his daughter Mpho? It is called the Forgiveness Handbook.” Suddenly it all fell into place. That’s why he is able to be who he is – he actively practices and teaches forgiveness. The Arch is a living example of the power of forgiveness that is available to all of us.
They say never meet your heroes, because you’ll be disappointed, but I certainly wasn’t.
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