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Gentle Way Book - I and II

Tom T. Moore
Copyright 2006

I’ve traveled a lot for both business and pleasure over the years, and have encountered my share of airplane delays, lost luggage, and even sports injuries on these trips. Besides my normal reading of my industry “trades,” I like to read a lot of spiritual literature. I kept noticing the word “benevolent” appearing often in these writings.

One day I read the suggestion to request benevolent outcomes for events in your life. I decided to try it out, and was amazed how PERFECTLY it worked for everything, from small requests such as a parking spot next to a busy restaurant or a seat on the subway in Paris to the really important negotiations in my business. After having made these requests between 10,000 and 15,000 times over the past ten years, I am firmly convinced that our Guardian Angels are there to assist us in living more gentle lives. We just have to ask.

Last year my wife and I went to a conference in Mt. Shasta, California—a really beautiful place. On our way back to the Sacramento Airport, I said, “I request a Most Benevolent Outcome for a safe and problem free drive. Thank you.” On the car radio, there was a news bulletin that the California Highway Patrol was getting tough on Interstate 5 and would be ticketing anyone barely over the speed limit. As we were driving along, I had passed several slower moving cars when an oversized pickup came up behind me. I decided to let him pass, although there was still another car to pass ahead of me. As he passed, I started to move out again to pass the car when suddenly out of the bushes in the median roared a CHIP’s patrol car with lights blinking. I jumped back in line and watched as the pulled over the pickup. That could have been me. I have found over time that after requesting a MBO (as I call them) for a drive, the highway patrol cars are either turning off, going the other direction, or have just pulled someone over as I pass by.

One time I rented a car in Nice, France for the 20-minute drive to Cannes on a freeway. Naturally I requested a Benevolent Outcome for the drive. A few minutes into the drive a small car passed by me at a speed of approximately 90 miles an hour. About 100 yards up the road, he tried to weave in and out of traffic, lost control, spun out and bounced off the guardrail ending up straddled across two of the three lanes of traffic. Had I been five seconds earlier, I would have been in danger of being involved. I was able to slow down and creep by the car on the far right lane.

In Milan one night, I had eaten dinner on one of the downtown “walking streets.” After dinner, I walked out of that area to a busy boulevard, thinking I would easily find a taxi back to my hotel. All the taxis that passed were full, so after five minutes, I requested a Benevolent Outcome for a taxi. Before the words were completely out of my mouth, a taxi turned right in front of me, I signaled to him, and off we went to the hotel.

The Milan airport is a long drive outside the city, so I checked with the hotel concierge to see if I could share a taxi for the very early drive to the airport. He had no one scheduled at 5:00 am in the morning, so I requested a MBO for someone to share my taxi. The next morning when I checked out of the hotel there were no people in sight, so I was resigned to paying for an expensive taxi, when in walked five or six doctors from the Mayo Clinic that had been in Milan for a cancer conference. They had hired a mini-bus to take them to the airport and invited me to join them, at no charge!

So when do you make these requests? I request Most Benevolent Outcomes (MBO’s) for everything. Here are some other (MBO’s) you can request while traveling:

· Request a MBO for remembering everything when you pack;
· Request a MBO for your passport to be delivered on time;
· Request a MBO for the drive to the airport;
· Request a MBO that your bags will arrive safely with you;
· Request a MBO for going through the Security line swiftly and easily;
· Request a MBO for sitting next to someone interesting on the plane;
· Request a MBO for having a seat on the subway, bus, or train and safety;
· Request a MBO for getting the best room in a hotel for your preferences;
· Request a MBO if you are having to “standby” for a flight that’s quite full;
· Request a MBO for seats on busy subways, buses, or trains;
· Request a MBO when you are in dangerous places for your safety;
· Request a MBO each time you take part in a sport, such as skiing, on a trip;
· Request a MBO for being seated at the perfect table on a cruise to meet interesting people;
· Request a MBO for pleasant weather conditions for your excursions.

There are few rules for requesting Benevolent Outcomes. You must say your request out loud, or you must write it, as we are in a physical world. Just thinking it doesn’t work nearly as well. Request a MBO with emotion. They work better that way. Say “thank you” when you make the request, and a couple of “thank yous” when your request is answered. The request has to be specific for you, and be benevolent for all those involved in your request. You need to request Benevolent Outcomes often, so they become a habit. Otherwise you’ll forget to request them on your trip. Try it out—it works!

I wish you many “happy trails!”



About the Author
Tom Moore is an entertainment industry CEO and speaker, who distributes motion pictures and TV programs internationally. His book, The Gentle Way: A Self-Help Guide For Those Who Believe in Angels (ISBN # 1-891824-60-0, Light Technology) gives many more suggestions for Benevolent Outcomes. Visit his website at

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