The Book of Secrets

A conversation between the Magician and God.

Ricky Derisz

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From a dream, or a half-sleep state, the magician awoke in communication with God. God told the magician that he was about to tell him all there was to know about life, the Holy Grail of truth.

However, there was one caveat.

The magician, in writing down these ideas and insights, had to collect all of the world’s knowledge, and the knowledge of the universe, into a book. The Book of Secrets. Then, upon finishing the manuscript, the magician had to bind the book in a sacred ritual, filling each page with divine intent.

Once the book was complete — filled page by page with the secret to life — he had to place it on a bench in the park on the corner of the street. And then walk away.

The Magician protested with God.

“But God, how will I know where the information lands?! How will I know if anyone reads it?! What if but one person finds the book, reads it all, knows the secret to life, and tells not one other soul? What if it falls into the wrong hands, or, worst yet, what if no one sees it?”

God, expecting this response, smiled.

“Ah, but don’t you realise, Magician, that this is the key to life’s greatest secrets. They are waiting to be found, yet the finding is not important. Their discovery may go hidden. It might rain, and the pages become sodden, and the ink bleeds and the message disintegrates into nothing other than a blur.

“Someone may read it and ridicule it. It may become satire, a source of cheap laughs. Others may read it and become enchanted by its content, revering the book as the source, not realising the secrets themselves and embedded in all experience, all of life, and not merely the pages of the book you have so carefully bound.

Would you not say that surrendering to this possible outcome is the greatest form of magic?

“Someone may find the book, and without a second glance, throw it away. An animal may pass, chewing it to a thousand pieces, digesting its wisdom as a quick snack and leaving it the next day to nourish the soil.

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Ricky Derisz

Author. Podcast host. Creator of MindThatEgo.com. Free copy of my book Mindsets for Mindfulness 👉 https://bit.ly/2MnBlHp. It’s a bribe, but worth it.