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Editor’s Advice

Editor’s Letter Dec 2010 Issue

Beyond the Opinion of Others

Imagine what your life would look like if the opinion of other people didn’t matter to you. What would you do, be or have if you were not worried about what others would say, do or think about it?

I recently attended The Art of Manifestation Workshop, given by bestselling author Dr. Wayne Dyer in New York City, where he spoke about Abraham Maslow’s four characteristics of a self-actualized person. Self-actualized people are independent of the good opinion of other people, said Dyer, explaining one of the reasons people are not living the lives they want is because they are doing what their parents want or what others want from them.

When I heard this, I immediately thought of this issue’s cover story subject and the recipient of the 2nd Annual Elevated Existence Spiritual Service Award—actress, author and spiritual pioneer, Shirley MacLaine. More than 25 years ago she had the courage and strength to publish the book Out on a Limb, which chronicled her life as she began to discover her spiritual side. In the book, she spoke of new age topics including synchronicity, reincarnation and channeling spirit guides, which at the time seemed outrageous to many. By publishing the book, MacLaine opened herself up to ridicule, which often occurs when someone pushes the envelope the way she did.

The book Out on a Limb was published in 1983, the same year MacLaine won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in Terms of Endearment. She could have easily decided not to risk her career or reputation by publishing the book. But instead, she fearlessly pushed the good opinion of other people aside, and touched the lives of millions. Today, many of her books chronicling her spiritual journeys and sharing the knowledge she acquired have become bestsellers.

I’m not interested in ‘you must believe me.’ That is why I think it’s all pretty funny, and that is why I love all the jokes, she told me during our interview at her home in Malibu, California. All the people who are making fun of you are characters in your own dream anyway.

Today, she continues to push the envelope, writing about extraterrestrial activity based on facts she unearthed through research and interviews with experts in her book Saging While Aging, and she is currently writing a book about the concepts of evil and negativity.

To me, there is no better example of someone who fearlessly followed their heart, no matter what others thought, said or did—and served the greater good in the process—than Shirley MacLaine. The impact she has had on the dissemination of spiritual and metaphysical beliefs is immeasurable.

We all come into this physical world with special gifts and talents to help us live our purpose. MacLaine believes she chose her life in the public eye to be able to travel and share her findings with the world. As 2010 comes to a close, think about your own gifts and talents, and how they can serve others, no matter how big or small. And remember, when you are serving the good of others, their opinions—both good and bad—are really none of your business.

Blessings and love to you all!

Tammy Mastroberte
Founder, Publisher & Editorial Director
Elevated Existence Magazine