Julius Miracle Williams, Ph.D.
Edited by: Juliette Williams
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Joan Of Arc:
Printed in the United States of America.
Library of Congress Control Number (LCCN): 2011910489
JoDArc™ Catalog Control Number (JCCN): JPJW-1004-J005
A very special thanks to Joan Of Arc -
A very special thanks also to
I am very grateful to the Infinite Intelligence for
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Acknowledgments .......... .......... .......... .................... .......... .......... iii
a Hint on 'God' .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... 6
After-Word .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... 62
Bibliography .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... 84
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This book, 'Joan Of Arc: A Role Model For Achievers,' was originally written as a school thesis. Some family members and friends who looked at it kept insisting that it would be selfish for me not to share the insights therein with the rest of the world. At first, I didn't pay any attention to what they were saying; but after a while, I began to agree with them. I then said to myself: "If only one person could benefit from this material, it would be worth the effort; and if more people could benefit from it, and thus use the insight to inspire and help others, then it would be one of the most useful things I've ever done, and that would make Joan Of Arc happy, so to speak :-)" So I decided to go ahead and publish it.
Anyone reading this book who is familiar with the formats for thesis writing would quickly recognize it as a thesis. To avoid being overwhelmed with the process of making it into a book, and thus drop the idea, I've tried as much as possible to leave it as-is, except for a few things necessary for publication, minor tune-ups here and there, plus the addition of the 'Further/Recommended Reading/Movies' pages, this Foreword, the Afterword, the Index, taking off the pages that contain the school examiners' title page and header information, title modification, fixing some typos, then 'crossing some T's and dotting some I's.'
As with any other thesis, researched materials are not usually completely accounted for. I did my best to give credit to whom credit is due, but it would be a shame for me to say that I did full justice in acknowledging all the referenced mials I flipped through while working on this thesis. That notwithstanding, I tried my best to remain and avoid plagiarism. The most likely place that would be hard to give full credit is chapter twiterature Review. It was near impossible to write the reviews without borrowing from the publishers themselves and their previous reviewers and commentators; and I am very grateful for such insight and expertise displayed by them.
The Internet has truly become a World Wide Web of information, and it's increasingly hard to keep track of where you found whatever got your attention. But we cannot take for granted the labor and costs that go into assembling and uploading such data. Thus, for all who have put up materials out there that I could have come in contact with, I also say 'Thank you!!!' Overall, I apologize for any shortcomings, oversights or display of ignorance on my part regarding credits, content and views expressed in this work.
It is so easy to take all the credit for anything. It's easy for my ego to pop up and say I did it all by myself. No way! Directly or indirectly, I did not. And for all who helped me in one way or another, I also say 'Thank You!!!' (By the way, there's an instrumental song entitled 'Thank You!!!' by Johanka - check it out on my website; also, check out my other book which like this one, was a school thesis - 'REIKI: A Multi-Purpose Holistic Tool For Metaphysicians.' I'm sure you would love them.)
Unfortunately, when you get to the top of any ladder, like Joan, you stand to be pricked, even by those who supposedly mean well; you'd attract some who like you and some who don't like you, or even some who don't just care whether you exist or not. In matters relating to Joan, I urge you to stay positive. Put aside all doubts, fears, hear-says & nay-says, superstitions, prejudice, skepticism, politics and geographical boundaries, and humbly keep an open mind. You would be duly rewarded. This book is easy-reading; whether you're new to Joan or not, you'd be equally intrigued, and the lessons and inspiration you'll pick up from it will surely endure forever. (Remember to check out some or all of the movies suggested at the end of this book.)
Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) says you can model yourself after anyone. It is my deepest wish that this book helps you model yourself after Joan Of Arc, giving you the inspiration to attain heights beyond your wildest dreams. When this happens, or has already happened, or constantly happens, kindly feel free to share your wonderful experiences with the rest of us. I'll endeavor to provide some space on my website where we can all share inspiring experiences and pep-talks. Let us hold up & empower one another, and be our brothers' and sisters' keepers and motivators; it will also make Joan very happy :-)
I believe in Love. Love heals! Love is the answer. With Love, all pains go away; and with lots of Love in our hearts, any good can be accomplished. Give Love a chance. Let Love reign in our hearts and everywhere. Love is Life. Love is all there is. The heart that loves lives, glows and grows. Let us therefore, Think Love, Act Love, Live Love, and Become Love! Thus, Love-A-Love-A-Day!! Reach Out And Love!!!
Remember to recommend this book positively to anyone you think could benefit from it. Further more, I have some free downloads for you on my website. Finally, and most of all, I'd be glad to hear from you. Do stay in touch. My contact information is on my website: www.ReachOutAndLove.org Enjoy!!!
- Dr. Julius Miracle Williams
INTRODUCTION - CHAPTER 1
"Virtually any goal can be achieved
This thesis is written for Achievers (& Dreamers). It is a thesis on 'How To Spiritually Achieve Whatever Your Mind Can Conceive,' with the legendary Joan Of Arc as a model of possibility worthy of emulation by Achievers. It is saying you can "create the life you've always dreamed about" (Calabrese; 2000:7) because "there is a lavish supply divinely planned for each individual." (Shinn; 1988:231) And "your Father is pleased to give you the kingdom." (Bible; 1976; Luke; 12:32)
Dr. Masters of the University of Sedona places a lot of emphasis on being a 'Practicing Believer (Metaphysician)' - one who daily follows a spiritual approach to life, thus manifesting complete prosperity and success in his or her life. The word, spiritual (metaphysical), means "above and away from the physical" (Hopkins; 1974:12) A spiritual Achiever is definitely way up there. He or she is a noble person, and thus, deserves a successful life and a happy ending materially, socially, career-wise and holistically (mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually). After all, "We are unlimited beings. We have no ceiling." (Byrne; 2006:170) This thesis is a wake-up call for those of us who have chosen to walk this noble path, those of us who wish to walk the talk, and who would rather theoretically and practically 'put up' than 'shut up.'
This thesis therefore, has two parts to it which are interwoven and intertwined into one. The first is to try and establish Joan Of Arc as a worthy Role Model for Achievers. And the second is to show that we as spiritual Achievers, should not settle for anything less than a 'wholistically' fulfilling life, and should not hesitate to follow in the footsteps of our role model, Joan Of Arc, as well as latch unto the inspiration we get from knowing her better, to achieve whatever our minds can conceive, to the highest good of all concerned. My overall expectation is that every statement made in this thesis, or every point raised thereof, would directly or indirectly reflect and support both parts. In this thesis, I will also compare and contrast Joan Of Arc with such all-time great figures as Moses and Jesus, showing why she's been rightfully called 'Child of God,' 'Another Moses,' and "Joan the Maid, Daughter of God" (Pernoud; 1969:190), just like Jesus has been called the Son of God. ('Joan Of Arc' is the English translation of the French "Jeanne D'Arc.")
So, of all the great and notable high Achievers in history, why Joan Of Arc? Why not Julius Caesar, or Cleopatra, or Shakespeare, or Napoleon, or Einstein, or Bill Gates, etc.? Speaking of Joan Of Arc, Mark Twain is known to say: "... easily and by far the most extraordinary person the human race has ever produced." Pernoud writes that Joan's case "is so very out of the ordinary - for everything from herself to the least detail of her history is exceptional." (1969:270) Kersey encourages us to "... identify and learn from others who have achieved what we want to achieve... If they were successful, success is possible for us as well." (2005:93) She holds that role models "... demonstrate what's possible, providing an invaluable source for motivation, strength, and hope." (2005:93) One distinguished and outstanding person who has done a praise-worthy and everlasting job of providing such inspiration, motivation, strength and hope for mankind, is Joan Of Arc. According to Joan herself, she "had been sent for the consolation of the poor and the indigent." (Pernoud; 1969:65) Acknowledging how good Joan is at inspiring people, Charles VII of France said with excitement: "Men come flocking in by the thousands... My people believe in her." (Anderson; 1948:40)
In Chapter 3, I'll give a brief history of Joan Of Arc, and in Chapter 4, I'll highlight some of her unique characteristics. All through this thesis, I'll discuss her personality in general, in the hope that it will elicit more of our admiration for her, and inspire us as Achievers to reach for higher heights. Kersey (2005) says that there is no reason to believe that we cannot achieve similar results as those whom we admire. She further states that "How much we eventually achieve in life may well boil down to one simple ingredient: the quality of the models we choose to emulate. Who inspires you? Who has created a result that you want to create?" (2005:93) For me, that person is Joan Of Arc. She is an "... inarguable proof of what's possible if you refuse to be stopped." (2005:93) It is my hope that this thesis will act as a spring-board to launch Achievers into an orbit that will add to what they already know and practice, as they develop and sustain a sincere admiration for Joan Of Arc, as well as endeavor on their own to study and know her better as a true source of inspiration, motivation, strength, and hope for Achievers, for indeed, "We become like what we study." (Hopkins; 1974:122)
"Here is a great miracle." (Pernoud; 1969:103) Software Engineers refer to some programs as 'Stand-Alone' programs. Joan Of Arc is an unusually exceptional and courageous stand-alone heroine, as we shall see by getting closer to her through knowing her life and accomplishments. Joan Of Arc did not just perform miracles, she is the Miracle, a Miracle like none has ever known, a Miracle that for six hundred years, has filled the inhabitants of this planet with wonder, love and admiration; an extraordinary Miracle that continues to resonate through centuries, decades and generations with increasing respect and awe. "Joan is more of a miracle than the many miracles attributed to her." (Brooks; 1999:162) She did indeed come that you and I might "accomplish magnificent things in this world." (Pernoud; 1969:103) "Her works could not but be miraculous." (1969:153)
A friend from Ukraine (near Russia), and another from Japan, told me that Joan Of Arc is used as a role model for young ladies in their countries, and that their women look up to her as a positive example of a courageous and proactive lady with great initiative. Tons of books have been written on her for all levels of audiences, languages and cultures. A Web search indicates that over twenty-five thousand books have been written about Joan's life (some of which simply include her as a topic or mention her as a reference). Brooks states that "Joan has inspired more books than any other woman in history." (1999:159) Lots of movies have been made about her. Operas, Concerts and Stage Shows have dramatized her life, from Broadway to Colleges, High Schools, Kindergartens and even informal street and chamber gatherings. People have made her "a symbol for many different causes" (Brooks; 1999:160), admiring her courage, integrity and martyrdom. Countless Statues and Monuments have been erected in her honor all over the world. (See pages 7, 8 & 9) Uncountable Songs, Poems and Oratorios have been written and song of her. Structures, Churches, Schools, Businesses, Foundations, Organizations, Museums, Streets, Bands, Orchestras, Video/Computer Games, Comics, Cartoons, Animations, 3Ds, T-Shirts, Posters, Navy Vessels, Aircraft Carriers, and innumerable other products have all been set up and named after her, including civic holidays. Many renowned composers, authors, scholars and dignitaries have written about her, from Shakespeare to Mark Twain (who considered her 'second only to Jesus Christ'), George Bernard Shaw and such as Tchaikovsky, Verdi, Chartier, Voltaire, Schiller, William Wordsworth (who called Joan 'a perfect woman, nobly planned, ... and bright with something of an angel light'), and Winston Churchill [who in 'Heroes of History' (1968:72), writes: "Joan was a being so uplifted from the ordinary run of mankind that she finds no equal in a thousand years."] The Catholic Church canonized her a Saint in 1920, as a virtuous and exemplary virgin, and for her unwavering faith in God. Sometimes, when people have been helped out of a seemingly nasty situation by an unexpected good person, they'd say it was done by their own personal Joan Of Arc, the same way they would talk of a guardian angel or the biblical Good Samaritan. In 'Women Warriors' (1997:173), David Jones writes: "The one woman warrior in the Western tradition known by all is Joan of Arc." According to Wikipedia, Joan Of Arc is the Patron Saint of France, captives, militants, people ridiculed for their piety, prisoners, soldiers, Women Appointed for Voluntary Emergency Service, and Women's Army Corps; and is also the most requested saint profile at Catholic.org. Her credits are so inexhaustible and simply make you shake your head with utmost astonishment. One cannot praise her enough. She definitely has what it takes. Indeed, Joan Of Arc is the 'One' - the true Role Model for Achievers. All hail Joan Of Arc! Mentor of mentors!! And Pacesetter of pacesetters!!!
(Hint on 'God': The word 'God' is used herein in its generic connotation. You may substitute it with whatever you're more comfortable with, e.g: 'Mind,' 'Love,' 'Creator,' 'Supreme/Infinite Intelligence,' 'Universal Life Force/Energy,' 'Mother Earth,' 'Mother Nature,' 'Chi,' 'Spirit,' 'Cosmos,' etc. You may also change the gender from masculine to feminine or neutral, thus 'She/Her' or 'It/Its' in place of 'He/Him/His,' accordingly.)
(Figures 1 to 3): Some Joan Of Arc's Statues, Memorabilia, etc.
(Figures 1 to 3 courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.)
(Figures 4 to 5): More Joan Of Arc's Statues, Memorabilia, etc.
(Figure 4 courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
(Figure 6 courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)
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