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The Secret - A Matter Of Becoming Still

Lecturer, entrepreneur and MBA business consultant, John Harricharan is the author of the award-winning book, "When You Can Walk on Water, Take the Boat." For more info visit:

When I was much younger, I thought that education wouldbe the answer to all my problems, so I went aboutobtaining degrees. I collected a good number of themincluding a summa cum laude degree in chemistry andmathematics, and an MBA among others. But I found thatmy education, even though it helped tremendously, didnot bring real satisfaction. So I put the certificatesand diplomas in the bathroom under glass and wrote,"Break in Case of Emergency."

Then I started working for Fortune 500 companies andbecame intrigued with those who frequented theboardrooms of power and fame. And though a part of mewas fascinated, thrilled and even enjoyed the trappingsof power, there was something that was missing, which Icouldn't put my finger on. My heart and spirit werecrying out for something that I couldn't find in majorcorporations.

Still searching for the "Holy Grail" I became anentrepreneur and built a very successful,multi-national business with offices in the UnitedStates, the Caribbean, Africa, India and the UnitedKingdom. Life seemed good. I traveled the world, winedand dined with leaders of industry and even leaders ofcountries. I was treated as a prince, but still it allfelt empty and useless.

Wherever I sought for peace and prosperity andhappiness, I'd find prosperity without the peace or I'ddiscover abundance without the happiness. Finally, oneday, as I sat on my wife's deathbed (she was only inher thirties when she died), it became clear to me thatmy happiness, peace and prosperity were not dependenton anything external, but on that which was within me,that which had always been with me from my very firstday on Earth.

So I started to look within me and discovered awonderland beyond imagination. I realized that the onespiritual practice more important than all the othersthat could bring me peace, happiness and prosperity wasthe practice of going into the "silence" deep withinme. Some call it meditation or prayer, others refer toit as contemplation or centering oneself. I do not knowwhat it should be called, but I think of it as the"silence".

In the great silence within, I become renewed,refreshed and excited to face the physical world. WhenI return from my moments of silence or meditation, Ifeel great waves of joy. I feel peaceful, secure andsafe. Perhaps in the depths of my being, there is aplace of beautiful silence where I meet my Creator andwhere I find renewal of body, mind and spirit. Perhapstrue success and peace emanate from this silentsanctuary.

Many years ago, I wrote the following:

"Whenever problems seem to get the best of me, wheneverI feel them closing in on me, I go to a quiet placethat lies somewhere in my soul. I do not reason,analyze or think. Those will come later. I simply go.From this place of silence, I garner strength andinspiration to stand firm in the face of fire, to becalm in the midst of thunder. When I emerge, the worldhas not changed, but I have. And in changing, a wholenew world is born."

I find that is as true today as when I first wrote itor thought it. Success, whichever way we define it,whether by money standards, health or happinessstandards, is not a game of chance. It springs fromdeep within us, from our deepest thoughts and beliefs.It has to do with our fears and hopes and it flowseternally from our spiritual center of gravity.

Go into the silence within you. Try to do so a numberof times each day. Let your true self speak to you.Listen to the "still, small voice", which is alwaysthere. You will find calmFind Article, peace and prosperity unknownin ordinary times. You'll find a new and joyous pathopening ahead of you and you'll be delighted in theglorious adventures that await around the corner.

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Lecturer, entrepreneur and MBA business consultant, John Harricharan is the author of the award-winning book, "When You Can Walk on Water, Take the Boat." For more information, visit:

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