I was in London attending the Supercoach Masterclass Series, and at the end of the night I was walking back to my hotel past a group of homeless men, one of whom asked me for money. I walked right past him, but then remembered something Bill Cumming once told me – “You never know which conversation is going to be the most important conversation in your life.”
So I got this crazy idea and I went back to the man and his three friends and I took four 20 pound notes out of my wallet and said, “I’m going to make a deal with you. These are on offer if you let me talk to you for ten minutes about life.” They said okay. They sat down. Sat down just right on the street and we talked about original grace and the inside-out nature of experience. We talked about the intelligence and energy behind life that not only can we feel it in ourselves, but it will guide us if we let it. If we allow it, it will take us anywhere.
I talked to them about the nature of thought and about how we feel our thinking; and innocently, through the innocent misuse of the gift of thought, we get really messed up in our lives. We get really lost.
By now we had been talking for almost an hour. One of the men had a speech impediment, almost like he was incredibly drunk but he didn’t seem drunk. That’s my interpretation, but he could not speak. All of a sudden this guy started to just burst out laughing, like fall down laughing, like kind of nuts laughing. And the other three guys were concerned and started to ask him what’s wrong? And the guy said, in perfect English, “I made the whole thing up. I’ve been making the whole thing up.” All of a sudden, he could talk. He saw that he had been lost in thought, and that he didn’t need to stay there, and in that moment he was home. No 30-day program needed. He was home. When you’re home, you don’t need directions to go home. When you’re home, you don’t need to practice going home. Because you’re already there.