folks might know Mike Dooley as the very inspirational author of
Infinite Possibilities. Many consider Mike their 'teacher.' But
for thousands of others around the world, Mike is known simply as 'The
Universe' - a fun-loving and very wise friend who arrives in an email
message every morning.
We caught up with Mike for a couple hours last spring at his home
in Orlando, Florida - just enough time to ask him a few questions
and see how 'the universe' was doing. Following are some of
the highlights from that conversation and we hope you enjoy it!
Peak: How did you get started on the spiritual path Mike?
Mike: I guess I've always had this burning, yearning
desire to figure out life - or to at least try and understand what's
going on and why I'm here. I never felt the answers were out of my
reach or out of my realm - as long as I kept asking the right
Inspiration Peak: So where did you find the answers?
Mike: Most of them came from within, by way of my own hunches and
intuition, and were later confirmed by a few books. I don't know if
you remember the 'Seth Books' - but these blew me away. Everything I
had ever speculated on or wondered about was there and 99 times out of
100 my original conclusions were reaffirmed. What remained then was
for me to start living the answers... to start incorporating these
greater truths and these deeper understandings in spite of being
surrounded by a world that tells us we are limited, aging creatures.
And to this day, this is where I'm at.
Inspiration Peak: Were there any other authors that influenced
Mike: I love Ayn Rand and her “Objectivism”. The clarity with
which she saw the world. In most every case, I share her “black and
white” views, and though it sometimes seems like a curse, more often
it's a blessing that lets me peer through the games we tend to play
with ourselves. Too often we want to hide in gray areas that aren’t
even real, refusing to face our fears or adjust our perspectives. Of
course, when it comes to emotional interpretations, there’s room for
infinite subjectivity, but as far as how life works, how we’ve arrived
at where we now are and how we can make our dreams come true, these
have no gray areas.
Inspiration Peak: If you had one piece of advice for young
people who are just starting their search, what would it be?
Mike: It might sound pretty trite because we've heard it so
often - but I would say 'believe in your dreams', no matter how old or
young you are. Of course this does little good if that's all they hear
and they're not in a family or in an environment that explains
properly how and why they should believe in their dreams. So many
people think you have to be a good boy and a good girl or you have to
do this or that or you have to go to college and follow a very rigid
course in order to be happy or successful. They embrace all these
rules and limits and stuff that have nothing to do with reality...
except that they believe in them!
Inspiration Peak: Has the human race screwed up the world
beyond repair Mike?
Mike: Life is a workshop - it's not something you can really
screw up. It's where we come to learn our lessons and play our games,
and sometimes, of course, we're going to make mistakes. Sometimes you
fall, sometimes you trip, and sometimes you blunder so big, you die
earlier than you might have otherwise, but in the greater reality,
there is no death, not as we understand it. So although it would be
possible that we could blow up the earth or annihilate humankind it
would only be the end of this workshop and we'd start over together
tomorrow in another one, so to speak. Life is not at all what it
appears to be.
Today, things in many ways are not looking very conducive for our
living 'happily ever after,' but certainly it's salvageable and
certainly there's room for hope. More and more people are waking up
everyday and once we get this critical mass of people awakening to
their spiritual side then it should be much easier to change our
course and fix much of what we've broken.
Inspiration Peak: One hundred years from now, how would you
like to be remembered?
Mike: Really and truly, I don't care if 100 years from now anybody
knows who I am. But I do like the idea of making a difference, and I
would love that perhaps on a bumper sticker somewhere one of my quotes
lived on and gave meaning or comfort to someone. I guess an ambition
of mine is to write well enough that its worthy of lasting that long,
and longer. Actually, much longer than a just a hundred years!...
Mike Dooley is the founder of the
Adventurers Club and author of
Possibilities, The Art Of Living Your Dreams. He also travels the
world giving speeches and holding workshops.
Whether it's praise, love, criticism,
money, time, power, punishment, space, sorrow, laughter, need, pain,
or pleasure... the more of it that you give, the more of it you
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