What if there was some one who could stop wars ? What if the whole man kind understood their purpose in life ? What if we all had messiah to teach us how the world functions ?Illusions is the story of perceptions, truth, friendship and passion. It is the tale of “ what if” . Of how we can change our lives and surroundings. Illusion, was written in 1977. The writer Richard Bach is a pilot by profession . It is about his meeting a fellow pilot , Donald Shimoda , who is a real messiah . A messiah who quit .Bach’s story revolves around him and Don , these two gentlemen who offer joy rides in their plans for $3 . Don as he is addressed by Bach flies an old Travel air 4000, a plain which doesn’t need any fuel , doesn’t collect any dust , no scratches , no engine oil stains ; it is as magical and mysterious as Don. The book is about there journey together and Bach’s understanding and learning . It questions the belief of the man kind , it’s purpose , it’s goals, it’s perception . These two pilots explore the odyssey of life and it’s values . Bach discovers the phenomena of the entity . And the worth of making decisions .The style of writing is a little different , the messiah’s handbook is written in quotes . So it’s like reading another book while reading Illusions. The messiah Don , calls the whole world as an illusion, the book also suggests that we as human beings are free to choose a different life for ourselves , a different future and a different past . It asks us to look deep in ourselves and answer questions . Bach while in conversation with the messiah discovers the handbook of the messiah , it is through this manual that the writer finds out his answers . The pages in the manual are not numbered , so that they can be read from anywhere . The manual has no beginning and no end , all you have to do is to think about what is going on in your mind and then open the handbook to find insight into your thoughts .Very true to life we can always find answers to all our problems as long we listen to our guide . The solution lies in our hands , within us . Bach in the beginning is skeptic like all of us in life , we don’t believe in miracles . We as human doubt everything we see and hear , we don’t solve our problems but on the contrary complicate them . The book can be read as a self help book , minus the instructions . Every time you read the book you would find something that you can apply in your life. The writer reminds us that everybody in life has a purpose and things are no coincident . Everything happens for a reason and we can learn from all the happenings . Their are no special miracles in life , but life it self is a big miracle . To make a miracle happen in your life all you need is faith in your self , as long as that is their life can be just like a walk on the water. It is a book of hope and constant reminder to be in touch with our inner selves ( God of our understanding ) . In this world of commercialism where everything has become a commodity from God to love to everything , this book gives us light in the dark stormy night .Illusion is a hopeful and a thoughtful book , it does push the reader to think about his values in life . It states “Every person , all the events of your life are there because you have drawn them there . What you choose to do with them is up to you . ” 1 The book strongly states that whatever we face in life is because we wanted them or rather we invited them in our lives . If we see our life and the period we were down we might not agree to this , but an in-depth analysis into our being and we would find the answer . Most of the time it’s our ego which plays the blame game, “ I am late because of the traffic jam or because the coffee shop people took a long time to get the bill ; ” but it’s never our responsibility . The day we take responsibility of our actions things start to change .Bach in a very clear manner mentions that we don’t need to find God out side , but all we need to do is to look inside us . We all have our messiah in us , all we need to do is to surrender ourselves . Have faith in miracles and you would be a witness to it . In the book there is an incident where the writer walks on water , he is able to do so only when he believes that he can do so . The moral of the incident is that you have to have faith in your self . This thought is not new for us , yes but we appreciate the way it is presented . Bach generally present things in a very soft , smooth way . His style is not very hard hitting , but yes his words are simple and touches ones heart .What do you expect from this book ? If you ask me , I would say ; it’s about your perception , how you see things and understand them . If you read like a nonbeliever it won’t shake your belief , but yes as I said earlier it would make you think . And if you are at the other side than probably it will strengthen your faith . You might condemn the book stating the whole idea false ; Bach also gives you that option , he gives you choice to be an accepter or non accepter . His ideas and convictions are not pushed into the reader’s mind , but he presents it in an effortless manner . It’s up to us as readers what we choose to count on . For me I think the essence is the understanding , the journey towards the goal , it’s not the goal that matters , wining and losing does not matter , it is the way you lead your life. On your terms , yes if that makes me selfish so I am . But still at the end of the journey of life I lived it on my terms and that’s what counts for me . Each time I have looked into my life , I have wondered my purpose on this planet , why am I here ? What shall be my goal ? To earn money or to be a better person ? The book and the messiah does not give me any answers , but surely evoke my senses . I know that it’s me who have to find my own answers in the due course of time , we all have to find our answers . Will we get them ? Will there be any right or wrong answers ? I don’t know . But are there any wrong or right ? Again it comes to ones outlook in life . Read the book without any expectations and I am sure it will bring a change in your life too . Enjoy reading.