Recently, I had a conversation about this man with Dr. Jane Anetrini, who gave a talk entitled: Bless The World By Being Yourself. Our conversation was about another doctor about whom many could say he was the most inspiring man in all our lives. This man, known as “Bill,” gave many talks about what is required, first: “We must of all have a sense of destiny! If you don’t have a sense of destiny, you’re kaput!” He also said, many times: “We made the decision to come on Earth.” This post would make an interesting read about this man but I will stay as closely as I can to the purpose of the Blog. It was my daughter’s idea that the headline was: “Being Inspiring, Inspiring the world.”
Thus, I will stick with the topic because it may encourage readers to take up some suggestions. After all, it feels good to be Yourself, especially when you realize that, as was mentioned in the previous post, we were born inspiring! There is massive proof of this, when you think of babies early in their lives.
Born into Chiropractic family, naturally young Bill thought his Purpose In Life was Chiropractic, so after graduation, his inspiration became famous. Moreover, he began to attend his Alma Mater’s Lyceum annually as an inspiring speaker. However, Bill was introduced to the Emissaries by his uncle on Sunrise Ranch, and eventually he became a faculty member among other inspiring teachers on Sunrise Ranch, (mentioned in “About Paul Blythe” on this Blog’s home page).
Chiropractic, by the way, holds the theory that the Chiropractor does the adjustment overcoming blockages in the nerves but “Innate Intelligence does the healing.” It is no mystery that Bill often said: “The first step for anyone is to acknowledge the Lord!” The “Innate Intelligence” theory eventually was supported by A Course I Miracles, published in 1976, as it introduces the interventions of “The Holy Spirit.” Bill also often said: “The Earth belongs to the Creator and we are here to return to the Creator!”
Bill’s personality and expression was effusive and inclusive of individuals, not to mention his audiences, showing his love and respect for all whom he met, including remembering our names! Clearly, he had a definite idea of his purpose in life. Also, his attitude inspired me, and many others to consider our purpose, as it seems to clarify over time and become more accurate, as Bill’s did, beyond the general urge for responsibility, as our teens. As I was training in Psychology, over those years of knowing him, one of his remarks stayed with me, and no doubt with others. On many occasions, he said: “A healing person loves to live and one can only live in the present moment!”
Actually, on a memorial video, many who spoke about his “encompassing way” and the fact of “waking up the truth of ourselves!” Another doctor noticed Bill’s “Life of Service” seeing Bill as: “the most significant individual in his life, exhibiting enthusiasm, compassion, always interested in meeting new people and remembering everyone’s name.”
What are we to take away from this little but potent “Bio”? To me, this is antithetical to descriptions of the ego. I talked about Narcissism in one of the early posts. It seems with various forms of competition in sports and business, the “rugged individual” becomes a idealized on society. Also, not so far back on the list (39) the Late Ken Wapnik commented on A Course In Miracles. He said: “We believed there could be an opposite of the perfect Oneness that God created; there could be an opposite to the Self, the resplendent Self of Christ that God created – at One with himself. And that opposite, that self, is what the Ego becomes, that’s what we think we are. . . . At the beginning of the Course, it says, “The opposite of Love is fear, but what is all encompassing can have no opposite,” meaning there is no fear. Which then means that fear does not exist; the Ego does not exist. So again, we come down to the same basic issue that our lives here on Earth are really meant to deny the Ego’s denial of Truth – the denial of Truth meaning that separation is real.” Personally, I have no choice but to use Mindfulness to watch my thoughts and behaviour and train myself to ignore Egoistic thoughts and thus endeavour to live my life without competition, which seems to belie “The Brotherhood of Man” and “…Male and Female, created He them.”
Elaine Gagne on 10/02/2015 at 6:49 am
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Thank you for this post. I wanted to comment but the comments were closed. I remember vividly many object lessons that Bill taught. He was and is a great inspiration for me.
- 2. John Clinton Gray on 08/11/2014 at 3:35 am said:
- 3. Thanks, Paul, for these recollections of Bill Bahan. I knew Bill, too, though not so well as you did. I knew his fire and zest. I knew his sense of purpose that was made all the more infectious by his great ability to communicate it. Interesting how a man now gone over three decades has such lasting impact in my heart and mind, in yours, and in many more. “I am life,” Bill would exult, “not just this physical body.” Indeed! So it is for all of us. This realization puts our brief time in form on earth in grand perspective. What a gift to receive and give!
Thanks John, for adding your voice of experience to be more evidence that being inspiring is a good idea for all of us. Fond Regards and Memories, Paul
- 4. Brian Henry on 05/11/2014 at 11:14 am said:
Greetings Paul I was just thinking about my first exposure to Bill Bahan. I was 17 , my parents asked me if I wanted to go to a symposium at a local hotel to hear this guy speak. I said sure. I remember the whole event quite clearly.Bill Pogue kicked off the proceedings by striding up to the podium with a pair of dark sunglasses .These come off today he said. Several speakers made made opening comments,Loyld Meeker and Joe Houlton and then Bill came on.I have to say I was quite taken.The experience I had was new but at the same time familiar. It seemed to me that the some 200 participants were having the same experience and the break periods were warm and friendly …no cocktails needed. Bill had a dramatic and exuberant style but of course it was more than that. Some time later I had occasion to listen to a video tape of Martin Cecil . My first thought was this guy is no Bill Bahan. He seemed slow and halting with none of the drama and panache of Bill. I could hardly have been more wrong of course. It didn’t take too long to realize that here was the hot smouldering core. Wonderful men.
Many thanks for adding some names Brian, Of course these others mentioned all loved Bill and loved by Bill. I hope those who wish to be inspiring will find encouragement because it is likely part of all our Purposes in Life! Let’s all make it happen in contrast to daily “News”,