Key To Success

What do you do when you come across a key to success in a book you're reading? You ponder over it. Since I read many books and come across many keys, I thought it would be fun to share the ideas that arise as I contemplate a key to success. Reading is not just about absorbing information, it's also about contemplating, allowing the ideas to blossom within, and nurturing a seed tossed in the rich soil of the inner garden.

Location: Denver, Colorado, United States

I got my Master's degree in psychotherapy more than a decade ago. Since then I've studied the human condition with fascination. Over the years, I've learned a singular lesson: your life does not work when you oppose your soul nature. If you want a magical life, you have to drop your inauthentic transactions with the world. You discover your own power when you spend time alone to figure out what you really love to do.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

The Great Man Who Wanted To Be Free

Sitting by the fireside in the cold desert night, the sky above him pitch black and mysteriously void of stars, he reflected on who he was and what he might have been and the history of the troubled times that were unfolding all around him.

His name was Chief Joseph. Possibly the greatest of the Nez Perce Indian Tribe.

On a parchment in front of him, he wrote these words.

“Let me be a free man.
Free to travel. Free to stop.
Free to work. Free to choose my own teachers.
Free to follow the religion of my fathers.
Free to think and talk and act for myself.”

Then he began to reflect on what it might all mean. If someone were with him this night of his vision quest, what would he say?

Staring at the fire, he understood. For it spoke to him.

Your inner fire is the best part of you.

It’s who you are inside. It’s who you want to be on the outside.

Every time you dream of what is possible for you, it sparks.

Yet almost everybody reacts to it with fear.

And this is why, more than anything else, our world is in such a sorry state.

It’s not even the major tragedies—the wars, the poverty, the sickness, and death that impresses its weight upon the traveler on this stage of the world.

It’s the quotidian numbness of those who aren’t in a war zone, who have food and shelter and enough to meet their needs, who are well enough, and who move from day to day as shadows of their own glory.

If these numbers would step outside the hopeless swamp of mediocrity, step outside the approximate dream, then they could heal the major tragedies of war, hunger, and sickness.

Yet their genius and their collective will has been trapped in the not-quite, the not-yet, and sometimes the not-at-all.

They have let the heroism of their soul which bravely chose another incarnation fall to waste.

They are lonely for their own greatness.

They are frustrated with life and getting what they don’t deserve.

They are not able to reach for that inner something that pulls at them.

They do not wage battle against the stupidity that keeps them locked into insignificance.

Yet the world they desire can be won.

It is authentic.

It is probable.

It is their own.

When we feel the world inside, then we will find the way to heal the world outside.

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Saleem Rana is a psychotherapist in Denver, Colorado. If you're up to the challenge and want to create the kind of freedom and lifestyle you truly deserve - starting now - then get his free book from


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