I really enjoy this book, but each time I read it one question arises in my head: what is the source of these pieces of advice? what source was taken for creation of such a great novel as Illisions containing all those marvelous “prompts”? they sound to me as taken from some ancient “set of rules” for those who seek spiritual selfdevelopment. is it possible to tell what that source is (if there is any, of course!)? Or are all those things just taken from the Author’s head? I’d like to take from this life as much as I can, and reading books that help us understand what’s going on, how everything works, how to enlighten yout own self is one of the ways I try to do that:)
Thanks for reading this, hope to get the answer.
Those little maxims came in the course of years of flying and keeping notes on the edge of my flying charts. They occur to us all; I had a pencil.
Thak you for your answer. Then you are amazing:) And people like thAt inspire greatly!
P.S. Am I talking to real Richard Bach, or some other person who answers questions on this site?:)
Thank you. This is a small site. Nobody writes but readers and me (Richard).
Richard Bach what a wnderful being you be. Thank you. THANK YOU. With much love from London. Hope it reaches you xxx
Never knew that any book could inspire me as much as ‘Illusions’ did. I had an urge to read this book as it was mentioned that Messiah’s Handbook has ‘all the answers ‘.
Honestly, I feel like I know thousand times more about life and everything now as compared to some time back. Your each syllable in the book has some purpose. They do their job.
You’re one of my idols. I have loads of respect for you in my heart and you’re just the writer of the most wonderful books I have read. I can read your books a thousand times.
Huge Love and Respect
A reader and a fan♥
I never thought it possible to actually be able to communicate with someone who so deeply affected my life. Illusions is such a small book with such a timeless powerful message. I was quite young when I read it and believed every word. Shimoda is so real to me and even though I hate tattoos I am planning on having his name tattooed on me with a blue feather. I used to approach people in wheelchairs and talk to them about him and the book. Most people think he is fictional but I don’t want to. The reality he represents is something I strive for and believe in. Illusions led me to amazing experiences like the books The life and teachings of the masters of the far east and later on meeting a real life messiah named Babaji who coincidentally looks just as you described Shimoda.
But why does everyone else believe he is fictional, why is there no trace of his life on google or anywhere else? Did he only exist on another dimension? Would you tell the truth about him? In your book a bridge across forever you include a conversation of Leslie asking you if he was real and how you told her yes. That solidified it for me because why bother writing about it if he wasn’t?
Sounds as if the mark you know about Shimoda is in your heart, and it could be that you impress it most with the ideas that touch you. To the best of my knowledge, Donald Shimoda never had a life in space-time. Still he’s a dear friend. I’m just guessing, but perhaps space and time don’t define our true nature.
“Another dimension.” Don’t we live there, too?
Illusions changed my life too. And when I met my soulmate many years later, I shared Illusions with her, and years later, we got matching blue feather tattoos.
I was just handed the Facebook request for the 10 books that stayed with me/had the most influence/shaped me. Yours immediately came to mind, though I read it 29 years ago, and only remember a single line. I had to look up the exact title, and amazingly come upon this opportunity to thank you. Thank you. I was a very frightened, confused, and battered 19 year old when I happened upon Illusions, and it changed me, gave me courage and dreams and a belief that someday my life would make sense and I had a reason to carry on and seek adventure. I have, and thank you. Please accept my genuine gratitude for your part in my own extraordinary life.
I’ve never known why I remembered that single line, the only text from any book that got stuck in my memory, and maybe I remembered it wrong, but “Live never to be ashamed…” had a tremendous influence on me. I didn’t expect that I’d someday be elected to political office, but now that I have, it still comes in handy frequently! I still have extraordinary things ahead of me, I’m sure, and have just recently been resurrected from yet another past piece of life, so this is good timing for rereading your book. I look forward to what it might teach me this time and again.
Warm thoughts and wishes for you always,
Illusions is my favorite book, ever. It changed my view on life and my life as well. it’s amazing how a single book can influence so much.
over time I’ve given my copy of the book away to people whom i think could use the message. (i gave away my third copy last week). So far with success.
Thank you Richard for the inspiration,
Dear Richard, I read this book for the first time in my 20’s – illusions and I have picked it up several times over the years – now just hitting 50 and bogged down with responsibility and feeling my wings are clipped I picked it up and it has reminded me once more that we are the authors of our own destiny and it is up to us to believe and create our own lives. Thanks you. I also loved bridge across forever. I will not be getting a tattoo ( smiling) but just want to genuinely thank you for a truly inspiring and thought provoking book. I hope that your life has brought you many adventures. I was actually looking to see if you have written anything else when I came across this site and thought I would send you this message. Can you suggest another one of your books or any other that you feel is a true treasure that you could suggest reading. I also have read “one”. I hope this finds you well. Blessings Gina
I’d suggest the five books of The Ferret Chronicles. There’s a world that I’d love to live in (and I guess I do).
Every time I read Illusions I see something new in myself and the world around me. I read it as a child, as an adolescent, as a young adult, and now as an adult.
It is by far the most popular book I loan out from my personal library (both copies), seconded by Lamb by Christopher Moore. Have you read it? In my mind the two books complement each other so well. Hope you continue to make your life a beautiful reflection of you.
I was re reading “Safety” and “One,” and it seemed like you were writing messages to me like in the old Illusions forum, some of the book seemed like replies to my messages, from one of my books available soon on Kindle similar thoughts make your books seemed like part of a dialog the books I found were autographed to Pretty Patty, who was with me when you were at Tattered Cover and we met in person the 1st time after hundreds of messages. Sadly for me, Pretty Patty now lives in another dimension, where there is no phone service.
Dear mr. Bach,
I didn’t knew of you (your existence) untill about half an hour ago. I’ve also never read any book of you nor did I hear of them before. So – how did I end up here ? 🙂
I saw your name mentioned in a book written by Seth, or Jane Roberts. You visited them.
In case you like to remember that: would you like to say anything about that, whatever comes to mind?
I am writing this message completely spontaneous on a whim. Perhaps not even really out of my own curiosity, but more with the idea that it gives you the opportunity to talk about it. Does that make any sense ?? 🙂
Seth was (is?) a dear and thoughtful friend for many of us who heard or read his ideas. That time was long ago, but even now I’m happy and comfortable with the times we shared. If “real” defines a forever friend, Seth is real for us.
Thanks for your nice reply.
I’ll promise to one day read at least one of your novels. 🙂
First finishing some of that Seth stuff 🙂
Or wait. Maybe I’ll just watch the movie? 😎
I started reading your books about 30 years ago. My mother had a copy of JLS to get me started. After reading Illusions a number of times, an idea popped up. I wrote a note with my thoughts after finishing the book in an area with some extra space at the end of a chapter or quote, and pass it on with instructions to do the same. This was college.
After Illusions, I mentioned cloud busting, or could melting as I think of it, to a girlfriend while laying on Stone Mountain in Ga. She hadn’t read your book, but she said cloud melting is easy. I’d already fire-walked, but cloud melting seemed impossible. She showed me and when the awe settled, I learned to do it myself. (Any tips for the bigger clouds?)
This many years later, I realized that my first children’s book, Piranha Yama and The Art of Non-Biting, which will be out in the next couple of months, brushes across Illusions, and Bridge and One and Running from Safety. It’s the story of a Piranha who is forced to meet her teacher so she can begin training in the ‘mysterious’ Art of Non-Biting.
Your stories helped me find some new directions and starting points at a time I was wondering what on earth am I doing here. With all the thanks yous that you receive and all the blessings, I hope you still find the joy in knowing you inspired and affected someone in such expansive, loving and wondrous way.
I just loved reading Messiahs Handbook so much. It came to me at a time when I needed it so much.
This book is surreal.. ….I am going to gift it to my kids and their kids as a gift of lifelong wisedom. Thank u Richard Bach for such an awesome book
Hey! I love this book and your quotes are absolutely amazing! They inspire me a lot!
All your books are surreal and just, perfect. I first read your book Illusions : The Adventures Of A Reluctant Messiah 2 years ago or so followed by Jonathon Livingston Seagull and Illusions Part 2. I recently read Messiah’s Handbook and I literally cannot choose that which, out of these 4 books, is my favorite. They are just all equally amazing.
And just thinking that these all were written by a human sounds absurd to me! I have recommended your books to many people so far. Not all of them can understand the meaning behind it, but in hopes that some will be able to do so, I always persuade people to read your books
You’re so far, my favorite writer because I think that your books hold the key to success and achieving anything and everything in life. Even if the God, himself, came down to Earth, he would like to tell the world exactly what your books do.
It’s just that, if you tell people that there is some flying invisible person in the sky, they will believe it but if you tell them that the paint is wet, they will have to touch to confirm. I believe that every person on Earth who has read your books, is very lucky.
You inspire me to reach my aim. Thanks.
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