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:
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
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 www.TheGentleWayBook.com.