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Miracle Story


Dr John Demartini

Houston, Texas, USA

Mad Dogs and Texan Cowboys

Submitted into: Miracles of Lessons in Life Category,

On: 2007-12-11

One of my most significant hidden blessings came to me while I was in first grade. This is when and where I was unable to learn how to read and comprehend. I was a left-handed dyslexic. My teacher knew little about learning disabilities' at that time. I started in the general reading class. Then I was put into a remedial reading class. Finally I was stuck in the dunce class. Here the only other person in the class was Darryl the dunce. At times I had to wear a conical dunce cap on my head and sit in a corner. I felt ashamed, different and rejected. But today I have been blessed to be able to turn this once dunce cap of shame into a wizard's hat of honor.

One day my teacher had my parents come in to the class. She said to them in front of me, Mr. and Mrs. Demartini, your son has a learning disability. I'm afraid he will never read, write, or communicate normally. I wouldn't expect him to do much in life, and I don't think he'll go very far. If I were you I would put him into sports. I remember sitting there and hearing her statements. Though I did not fully understand the significance of her words I did sense my parents uncertainties and tragic concerns.
Many times, the greatest void in your life becomes your greatest value. That which you perceive as most missing becomes most important and ensures that you go out and achieve or fulfill it. I was told I would never read, write or communicate, and that I was learning disabled. So I went into sports and eventually dropped out of school as an early teenager. But the sport I really developed love for was surfing. So by the age of 14 I left home once again and set out on a journey to become a world-traveling surfer.
I went to my father and I said, I'm going to California to go surfing, dad.

He looked me in the eye and sensed that I was sincere, and that no matter what he said I was going to do it, because that was where I belonged.

He asked me, Are you capable of handling whatever happens? Are you willing to take whatever responsibilities come along?
Yes, I am.
He said, I'm not going to fight you, son. You have got my blessings, and he prepared a notarized letter saying, My son is not a runaway. He's not a vagrant. He's a boy with a dream. My mom and dad gave me a ride to the freeway and said, Go follow your dreams.

Years later I found out that when my dad came back from world war II he had hoped to go to California, but didn't. Many times parents live vicariously through their children, and their kids can help heal them by living those unfulfilled dreams in their own way. When he heard me say I was going to California, I believe his old dream came back to him and he thought, I never made it, but I'm not going to stop you.

My First Mentor
So I set off hitchhiking to California and came to El Paso, Texas. I was walking through downtown on my way to the west coast, coming down a sidewalk with no place else to go except straight ahead, when I saw three cowboys ahead of me.
I wore a headband and was growing my hair long because that was the thing to do in the sixties. In those days cowboys and surfers didn't get along. There existed an underlying war between the shorthaired red-necks and longhaired white-necks. As I walked down that sidewalk with my backpack and surfboard and saw those cowboys, I knew I was about to be confronted by an obstacle.

I knew that they could beat me up and hurt me, or leave me in the streets. I didn't know what to do. As I approached them they lined up across the sidewalk and just stood there with their thumbs in their belts. They weren't going to let me through.
I was thinking, What am I gonna do? Oh god, what am I gonna do? All of a sudden my inner voice spoke to me. That was the first time I became awakened to an inner voice.

My intuition spoke to me. It told me to… bark! Now, that may not have been the most inspired inner voice, but so what. It said to bark, so I just went along with it.
I went, Ruff! Ruff! Raaarrrruff!
I started to bark at them, and lo and behold they all got out of the way! They stepped aside. That was the first time I learned that if I trusted my intuition amazing things would happen, cowboys might even step aside. So often it's in times of perceived adversity and challenge that the great leaps forward are made. It is in these moments that we're taken out of our comfort zones and we discover that we are more than we knew.
So I growled my way through the three men, and they moved out of the way probably thinking, This kid is nuts! and I was still going, Raaarrufff! Ruff! Ruff! RRRRUUUFFF!

As I walked safely past these three cowboys I felt like I had just come out of some form of trance. I slowly turned away from them as I came up to the corner and there, leaning on a lamppost, laughing his rear end off, was a bum. He was a baldheaded old coot in his sixties or so with about four days worth of stubble. He was laughing so hard he had to hang onto the lamppost to hold himself up.

Sonny, he said, That's the funniest dang thing I've ever seen. You took care of them cowpokes like a pro! He put his hand on my shoulder and walked me down the street.
This bum was my first mentor.
He said, Can I buy you a cup of coffee?
I said, No sir, I don't drink coffee.
Well, can I buy you a coke?
Well, yes sir! and I walked with my great mentor up to a little malt shop with the swivel stools along the counter.
We sat down inside and he said, So where you headed sonny?
I'm going to California.
Are you a runaway?
No, my parents gave me a ride to the freeway.
You dropped out of school?
Well, yeah. I was told I would never read, write or communicate so I just went into sports.
He said, Are you finished with your coke?
You follow me, young boy.

So I followed this scruffy man, and he took me a few blocks down the street, and then a few blocks more, and he led me through the front doors of the El Paso Downtown Library.
He said, Put your stuff down here, it'll be safe, and we walked into the library where he sat me down at a table.
Sit down, young boy. Sit down and I'll be right back, and he went off into the bookshelves.
In a few minutes he came back with a couple of books and sat down next to me, to my right.
There are two things I want to teach you, young man, two things I don't want you to ever forget. You promise?

Yes sir, I do.
He said, Number one, young fella, is never judge a book by its cover.
Yes sir.
Because you probably think I'm a bum. But let me tell you a little secret. I'm one of the wealthiest men in all of America. I come from the north-east and I have every single thing that money has ever been able to buy. I have the cars, planes and houses… But a year ago someone very dear to me passed away, and when she went I reflected on my life and thought, I have everything except one experience. What's it like to have nothing, and to live on the streets?'

So I made a commitment to travel around America and go from city to city, with nothing, just so I had that experience before I died. So son, don't you ever judge a book by its cover, because it will fool you.
Then he grabbed my right hand, and he pulled it forward and set it on top of the two books that he had put there. They were the works of Aristotle and Plato.
And he said with such intensity and clarity that I've never forgotten it, You learn how to read, boy. You learn how to read, cause there's only two things that the world can't take away from you, your love and your wisdom. So you learn how to read, boy, and grow your love and wisdom. They can take away your loved ones, they can take away your money, they can take away just about everything, but they can't take away your love and wisdom. You remember that, boy.
I said, Yes sir, I will.

And then he walked me over a few blocks and sent me on my way to California. To this day I have never forgotten that message, love and wisdom are the essence of our life. That has now become the core of The Breakthrough Experienceâ„¢.
Love and wisdom are the essence of life, and they cannot be lost.

Dr John Demartini
Houston, Texas, USA