The prophecy read:
You will teach people how to have fun during a time when fun is a commodity. You are the voice of the people. You are connected.
There were no big words of cataclysmic proportion, nothing about worlds shattering, just the southern lilt in the voice of the astrologer. But before you go and think, “Ellie is about to get all New Agey on me,” not quite. Hang on for just a little while longer. First let me say that I have never been much for knowing the future. I would rather not. I would rather face it as it comes. But…alas…the astrology session was a gift from a friend, who, feeling the waves of stormy sea beneath my calm exterior, thought it might help. Who was I to refuse?
Trying to take the above words with a grain of salt, I have instead pondered them. They pop up in the middle of the night when least expected. Now as a hypnotist, it is not hard to make a connection - I have always been in this business to help people have a better sense of themselves, to find inner peace, achieve a goal, to find some sort of happiness. But fun? I never really looked at anything from a “fun” perspective.
But it is true - personally. If it is not fun, I want no part of it. I will go to great lengths, expending much energy to have fun myself. But what of others? What can I do to “teach” others how to have fun? I reel the idea in like a trout on a fishing line. Then I release it (how I wish there was no hook involved) back into the waters of the unconscious. And I wait. I wait for some sort of synchronistic event to happen that will provide guidance that resonates.
Just maybe something has resonated - a bit.
I saw a commercial (okay, I occasionally like commercials, I find them entertaining sometimes) the other day. It was a very tranquil, transpersonal, and a hopeful spot that featured children. The phrase that stuck out was “Fun as a Renewable Resource.” The synchronistic flow began. Was this an ad for a green campaign? No. It was a commercial for SeaWorld and now every time I see it, I find myself deeply touched by its message. It is not blatant advertising. It is just a nice thought.
Then I noticed Ted Murphy of Izea blogging about spending time at Orlando’s Sea World. Apparently a few select bloggers were able to get a hard hat tour of a new roller-coaster called Manta. The concept of Manta is that you are riding with a manta (laying down and attached to its belly). It involves aquariums and who knows what else. Gosh, I love a good coaster (my favorite is the Areosmith coaster at another theme park in Orlando). Yes, this says fun to me and I believe it says the same to many others. Now how can I spread, if not teach, the fun?
Well, I can begin with news of Izea’s and Seaworld’s contest. You can win a trip for four (that includes airfare, accommodations, park passes and priority access to the Manta. You can visit www.ted.me/manta to learn more about how you can win this trip.
I may not be able to “teach” you how to have fun, but I can let you know about this opportunity. In addition, here is the deal, if I win, I will have two extra tickets. I will invite two of my readers, two who are in terrible need of having fun, to accompany me. This would partially be a way of fulling the prophecy. Stay tuned.
Note: The contest has ended as of March 10, 2009.