in St Petersburg, a proud Russian, her dream was to act and dance, to
cry great tears in dramatic performances. On her eighth birthday she
got a pair of ballet shoes. She was never to wear her ballet shoes.
They would forever lie unworn.
Her vision was
sidetracked when the Second World War sent her into a new world in
peaceful alpine Switzerland.
She now spoke Swiss-
German. Russia was always beloved. She became a Swiss wife and mother
always remembering her dream to act and dance on stage.
Her husband died. Though
she was fifty, her dream leapt up in the heart again. Magic moments
transformed this mother into a talented actress. With childlike
enthusiasm she studied as an actress lessons. The ageless Eleonora
learned to emote, to cry on demand, to take her audience in her heart
and to live any role.
With excellence she
acted and wept tears so real her audience acclaimed her greatness. Her
now revealed talent was unlimited. She knew: it is never too late to
fulfill a dream.
A rising star, her
genius guided her to success.
The child in her never
gave up. At 75 Eleonora enrolled in the University of Healing,
becoming a star student. As a model great grand mother she lives alone
in her cozy- furnitured apartment enjoying eternal youth in her late
I met Eleonora in
January on our seminar tour through Europe.
She came to our weekend
seminar in the Alpine Mountains of Wasser- fallen where fresh snow
blanketed the white hills of Basel, Switzerland. Nothing held her back
from the decision to be one of the eagerly listening participants.
With alertness and an open heart she enthusiastically followed the
daily five hours lectures.
At the end of the first
two days with joy filled glittering eyes she proclaimed: I am so happy
that I came. I am floating on cloud nine. I have gained a new
awareness. I now know who I am. I now KNOW that I am God. My purpose
in life is fulfilled.
Eleonora celebrates her
ninetieth birthday in September. She is an ageless miracle lady giving
herself the gift of being unlimited. It is never too late to dream a
dream to let it come through; for now is the acceptable time.
Alice is the mother-
in-law of the University of Healing Swiss student, Rev Herbert Marty.
In her seventies her dream was: to see America.
One evening, the Marty
family decided to go on a trip. "Letís fly to California and
take Grandma Alice with us," exclaimed sixteen-year-old
granddaughter Nadja, "itís grandmaís dream!" Pascal, who
just celebrated his fourteenth birthday, insisted: "I will only
come, when grandma Alice comes." The two grandchildren, Nadja and
Pascal were excited for grandmother Alice.
Flying to America high
up over the clouds sailing over a vast ocean was a new experience for
Grandma Alice. She was in heaven.
The happy family visited
San Diego with its many attractions, the zoo, the wild animal park,
Old Town and more.
Herbert eagerly drove
his family up into the high desert east of San Diego to show them his
UNI campus. Often he comes here to spend special meditation times with
the monks of the Absolute Monastery.
At first glance each
monk fell in love with gentle Alice. Sipping refreshments on the
Monastery patio, they enthusiastically discussed philosophy with
Herbert leading and answering the questions of his family. Attentively
Alice listened. Her light blue eyes sparkled of joy. They became
bigger and bigger as she realized that SHE the dreamer had put a cause
into motion and it manifested. I am now in wonderful America!
The monks took Alice in
their arms and sang with her: I like me, I like me, I like me,
swinging her around and waltzing with her along the lovely meditation
paths. Everyone giggled and laughed and felt as uninhibited as an
Alice wanted to stay
longer at the Monastery. In this euphoric state she returned home
rejuvenated in spirit, mind and body. She realized that life is worth
living with a joy-filled attitude. Her daily spiritual food was to
sing I like me which brought a positive influence to her world.
Years passed when last
October, Alice decided to die. Just when the Marty family had packed
their suitcases to go on a ski vacation, the doctors declared: Alice
is ready to go. Surrounded by her family who came from far and near,
Alice asked that all life supports be taken off as Alice had left
written down. Loving her unconditionally, the Marty family released
Alice to her next experience. The room was wrapped in deep silence.
All eyes were on Alice as she took her last breath when to the
surprise of the doctors and the joy of the family Alice continued to
breathe. After a while Alice opened her eyes and said: I decide to
In a few days Alice
returned home, whole and perfect.
I met Alice as I
traveled Europe in February. With her sparkling pure eyes she came to
a family reunion of over twenty people to meet dean Dr Herbert L
Beierle and myself. We spent a spectacular unforgettable evening with
the Marty family vividly discussing philosophy. With her usual happy
smile, Alice quietly and attentively listened.
For months she had
waited for this moment to meet us. Alice is happy and lives.
Alice is enjoying life
It is time to dream our
Dr Ellen Jermini