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Ceri Balston   
Wednesday, 16 April 2008
A Different View of South Africa - Interview with John DemartiniHL: South Africa is going through some difficult times at the moment. It’s become hard to watch the news in the last few months without feeling exasperated, frustrated and concerned for the future of the country. You have invested a considerable amount of your resources into South Africa (both time and financially), I'd be interested to hear your take on the current climate.

Demartini: When the stock market goes down, that’s the time when the smart people buy. I think that where there are challenges there are opportunities, where there are crises, there are blessings were there are scars there are stars, so I always say there’s great opportunity right here. A lot of people are actually investing in here, bringing resources in, because I think that it’s a great opportunity.  I don’t see that these temporary blips are going to be long-term hindrances to the big vision that’s here in South Africa. There’s transformation going on here.

HL: You've spent time working with the police recently. Can you tell us a little bit about that?

Demartini: Well I am not sure right at this moment what the details are, but it looks like that they’re going to want to have me do a series programmes around the country for them and I’ll be glad to do that, it’s just a matter of co-coordinating it. It was in the news today (09/04/08) and in Johannesburg on the radio and it was talked about all morning, and I would say we might be able to make some sort of contribution, I think we can.

HL: What can we do as ordinary South Africans, what difference can we make, how can we contribute?

Demartini: Well I’ve never believed that anybody couldn’t make a difference, I believe that if a person concentrated their efforts and focussed their attention on something that’s productive they can make a difference. To minimise ourselves and think we can’t is holding ourselves back. I think that we may need to stop and look at what we are doing. I think you should count your blessings everyday and look at what you are accomplishing instead of focussing on what you aren’t, focus on the flowers, not the weeds, see where you can make a difference, find someone you can help and make one difference to one person, and if we all did that then we’d have a major impact on the society.

HL: What do you say to the people who want to leave the country? They’ve had enough and they’re talking about packing their bags…

Demartini: Any time a person withdraws from something that is challenging them, that may be the very thing they’re meant to grow through. I always say that running from challenges is not usually the wisest answer, it’s usually to tackle the challenge and take advantage of an opportunity to make a difference and serve. So if people want to leave they certainly have the right to do that, it’s their decision, but when everybody’s leaving, people who are smart are buying into it. And I think that they have a greener pasture syndrome, they think it’ll be better somewhere else, but everywhere there’s pain and pleasure, there’s challenges, and that’s life. So I always say instead of running from challenges the wise ones are the one who find ways of solving them.

HL: As a non-South African what positives to you see that South Africans overlook, and perhaps take for granted and forget?

Demartini: Well I think you’ve got a beautiful climate, beautiful resources, I see beautiful people. I hear about all the crime and I’ve seen it, I’ve been robbed few times, but you know what that doesn’t stop me or deter me from making a contribution here. I think that I see innovation, I see resource opportunities, I see people with creative ideas who want to work, I see ways maybe of increasing employment, I see where people can learn new values so that they can open up the doorways for raising their financial situation. There are just a whole lot of things that can be done here, and there are a whole lot of people ready to go to work if we just give them the direction.

HL: What advice do you have for people who have been affected by violence?

Demartini: I have developed a methodology on how to deal with post traumatic stress and dealing violence, and I’m trying to bring it in, and I think I made some progress this last week working with the police force, they’re going to try to incorporate some of these new methodologies – the Demartini Method – into the people who have had that, including the police. I’m hoping that by July, we might be have started. If we can, we will have a new methodology that we can spread across the nation here that will be helpful to those who have been traumatised like that, and how to dissolve it so it’s not ruining their life for the rest of their lives. It’s how you perceive it and what you do with it. So yes it’s happened, we’ve had traumatic events and violence, but there’s always a way of turning it into an opportunity. I work with it every week in my Breakthrough Experience™. I’m doing a Breakthrough Experience™ in Durban this weekend (12th-13th April), and I’m going to show them how to do that, so when they’ve been through things, I show them how to turn it into an opportunity.

HL: How do you see the future of South Africa panning out?

It’s always based on the leader, and as long we get the great leaders in there it goes great places. If we lose sight of the possibilities then of course the leadership weans its way down all the way to the person out in the fields. We just have to make sure that we stand up and guide ourselves and make sure we select good leaders.

Just know, everybody out there in South Africa, you do make a difference and you can make a difference and together we make a difference.

Dr John Demartini will be speaking at the Regenesis Leadership Conference with Deepak Chopra. Also check out the Harmonious Living Calendar and for other events. He will also be visiting South Africa again in July, October and December.
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