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Dr Demartini Goes to Maximum Security Prison



Whatever you have done or not done, you are worthy of love. That was one of the messages from human behavioural specialist, Dr John Demartini, to over 1 000 prisoners when he spoke at the Krugersdorp Prison yesterday (1 Dec 09).


In an unprecedented move, he spoke first to an audience of about 120 correctional services officials before walking down into the bowels of the maximum security prison to address the prisoners. 


Demartini told the officials if they weren't inspired by their jobs and making a difference, they were dead weight. "It's important to love what you do and do what you love," he said. "When you can't wait to go to work in the morning, people can't wait to get your service. You can make a real difference to the prisoners' lives by believing in their possibilities, dissolving their hurt with your wisdom or merely laughing at their jokes." However, he warned against perpetuating the prisoners' feelings of entitlement, which he says will lead to further crime. "Instead encourage them to become empowered."


Correctional Services Area Commissioner M Mbebe said the prisoners are looking for hope and they look to us to give it to them. "If we are not inspired, how can we help them? What Dr Demartini gave us today was some really wise and inspiring messages."


In a packed, stark hall, Demartini almost immediately captivated the sea of luminous orange-clad offenders with his own story of triumph over adversity. When he threw the question out: "How many of you would love to do something extraordinary with your lives?" Nearly a thousand hands flew up.  This was the moment that Demartini knew he was getting through to them.


They hung on his every word as he explained that everyone dreams of doing something extraordinary with their lives. "When you have a big enough dream, the hows take care of themselves.  Those with a vision flourish and those without perish," said Demartini.


He told them that being there, speaking to them, was part of his dream. To do for others what one man did for him when he was 17 years old - triggered a vision in him to conquer his dyslexia, study and share his profound findings on human behaviour with every person so they too can live inspired lives.


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