is an inner river roaring
through me which quickens my life and makes me confident in what I
believe about myself. This bubbling stream I call enthusiasm.
It refreshes my every thought, word and deed. It establishes what I
make out of my life with inner joy. The word enthusiasm comes from the
Greek enthos and means god within.
glorious reflection of my enthusiasm, my indwelling presence, is my
fifteen year young grandson Marcello, son of my daughter Mariella
living in Lugano, Switzerland.
the first time this summer, Marcello visits America. What a delight
for him. He and his family immediately leap off the plane to visit me
in Southern California for a few days. Before he begins his precious
week with me he visits a family of five children in Oregon. A family
like his own including five children.
The purpose of
his one month visit with an American family is to learn English while
playing and communicating with these children. During these four weeks
Marcello brings his natural enthusiasm to test, as life here in Oregon
is quite different than he is accustomed to at home.
I visited Marcello in Switzerland, I watched him give a performance as
he played with more than 20 neighbor youngsters, boys and girls of all
ages, all coming to his house. A born leader, he is brimming over with
playful ideas and enthusiasm. He sets the course for each game and
makes it to an exciting play time for himself and his friends. Each of
his companions respectfully follow his
direction. He is admired for his fair play.
in Medford, Oregon, however, there are no neighbor kids to play with.
Only Marta, Jim and Ken are at home to share some playtime with him.
At this point Marcello’s bubbling attitude could be challenged as
those kids have different interests than his. Their major
concentration is on television shows and computer games. They find
little enthusiasm for Marcello’s usual sports of playing and running
in the yard, or climbing trees, riding bicycles or to go
skateboarding. They would rather act mentally on TV and computer
games-challenging for Marcello.
is a top student, computer literate but far and away an outstanding
sportsman. This young teenager knows his course in life. His natural
enthusiasm drives him to the top of his world. Arriving in America as
a novice, just a beginner speaking English, He is unable to
communicate with words. This does not stop him, he uses remarkable
facial gestures, his hands and feet-and a few English words-his
leadership qualities are put to the test.
is a star in every sport he plays and he plays them all. He loves
soccer, baseball, skating, hockey, swimming, skiing and so much
more. He misses being able to talk in Italian with his Swiss friends
whom he guides in every sport. But this young sportsman lives under
the motto: Everything has a solution. I am the creator of
everything in my life.
the first day after he joins the Smith family, he is invited to
participate in a tennis tournament. In Switzerland he rarely plays
tennis. However, being a universal sportsman he accepts the happy
offer from the tennis teacher who gives lessons to one of the Smith
children. Instantly Marcello is ready to take part in daily tennis
training. His enthusiasm for everything he does exudes his
selfconfidence. He turns out the Winner of the tournament. He brings
home a prized silver trophy and a pair of new costly tennis shoes. His
physique is normal. It is the awareness he has of himself that his
greatest training is his mental training.
enthusiasm is channeled by his inner guidance which leads him to know
that his secret dreams are possible.
time the one month vacation in Oregon is over and Marcello has made
lots of tennis friends. He flies to San Diego ready for another
adventurous time. He does not know what to expect being with his
grandmother after such a successful sporting sortie in Oregon.
am excited as I pick him up at the San Diego airport. I am curious how
he will look in his black cowboy hat and a blue cowboy suit given to
him by his friends the Smith family.
I had seen him a month before for a few days I almost do not recognize
my young Swiss Italian teenager. He is stunningly handsome. To flow
with his macho cowboy attitude and outfit, I buy myself a fine cowboy
hat, a matching jacket including western trousers and shoes. I imagine
us like two teenagers. We leap into our sporty convertible, the
UNI’s diamond blue Miata. We head for the high desert of Campo in
the bright June sun. Giggling like two giddy teenagers in our fancy
well admired mini cabriolet, we drive hundreds of miles every moment
bubbling with happiness and enthusiasm.
comes to the UNI campus as my grandson and a guest. An intrepid
sportsman, this teenager knows the importance of following rules.
Immediately he accepts the campus rules. He voluntarily and eagerly
listens to the rules of the Absolute Monastery and becomes an honorary
monk, acting as all other monks.
morning at 3:30 he happily gets up. Together we walk a quarter of a
mile from the Citadel to the Embassy. The deep silence of the high
desert wraps the campus in an atmosphere of reverence under a
magnificently illumined star filled sky. Among the billions of tiny
glittering lights, Marcello discovers one star, he calls it HIS
reflecting light, his consciousness. Every morning we recognize the
same bright star. It is a mirror of his inner purity and innocence.
Daily we watch for his fascinating symbol of purity and
The blackness of the early morning
does not hide the light from the Great Cathedral in the Embassy-our
focus, where we are going. It is still dark when we arrive at the
Embassy where we join the other monks in their morning lecture and
introspection. We take our seat on one of the meditation chairs eager
to listen the daily morning talk of the dean, Dr Herbert L Beierle, Thought
for Today. Before the dean speaks one of the monks gives a ten
minute talk. To include Marcello, I simultaneously translate all the
inspirational thoughts in Italian.
Marcello understands the principle of our philosophy and consciously
starts to use the Law of cause and effect for his personal purposes.
He has lots of fun doing it.
morning after breakfast he eagerly climbs on the little mower tractor
to finish his field and lawn cutting work from the previous day.
Turning the key of the engine, the tractor remains mute. Once more
Marcello turns the key, but again silence. Then using the Law he
listens within and hears: Marcello, surround the
tractor with your pure white light of love. Instantly he is quiet.
He follows what he has heard within. He speaks to the tractor and
says: I surround you with my pure white light of love. What a
joy. He turns the key and the tractor engine responds. Triumphantly
Marcello drives away, confident in the principle. Once again ready to
proceed with his exciting work. His inner belief, his attitude, his
enthusiasm is to do each job perfectly-it is the motivation and
solution to his miraculous experience.
was ready. He came to the Monastery not only as my guest and my
grandson, but also to let his inner light shine forth revealing who
and what he really is. Before he was born I called him a remarkable
genius. Every day of his life he proves he is a genius. He expresses
it most magnificently.
am proud of my reflection, my super creation, my grandson
Marcello for he is to me a pure reminder of what enthusiasm does to
-Dr Ellen Jermini