About 10 years ago, in reading spiritual articles and books, I kept noticing the word “benevolent” in stories about angels. As this is not a commonly used word, it really jumped out at me. One day I read a suggestion to request benevolent outcomes for events in your life. I decided to try it out, and was amazed how perfectly it worked for everything--from small requests such as a parking spot next to a busy restaurant or a seat on the subway to really important situations in my business and personal life.

Now, I request Most Benevolent Outcomes (MBO’s as I call them) for everything. When requesting MBOs, always thank your guardian angel, and the more emotion you can put into these requests the better. These requests need to be said aloud or in writing. After having made about 10,000 and 15,000 of these requests over the years, I am firmly convinced that our guardian angels are there to assist us in living more gentle lives. We just have to ask.

I’ve traveled a lot for both business and pleasure over the years, so I have encountered my share of delays lost luggage, and other inconveniences.


Whenever I pack for a trip, I say, “I request a Most Benevolent Outcome for remembering everything I need to take on my trip. Thank you.” When it comes time to leave, I request an MBO to have a safe drive and be on time.

After I arrive at the airport, I’ll say, “I request a Most Benevolent Outcome that my bags will arrive safely and on time. Thank you.” (I always say “thank you” to my guardian angel.) David in St. Louis emailed to tell me he requested an MBO for making it through the security check line with no problems (nothing can slow you down more than being “randomly” chosen for a full search). There were two lines, one that traversed back and forth and the other for flight personnel. Just as the person ahead of him was directed into the maze, the gatekeeper closed off that path and let David be the first person to pass through the fast security route. As David told me, “That was cool!"

David also mentioned that he likes to request MBOs for meeting interesting people on the plane. I tried that out recently on a business trip back from Washington DC. After a gentleman offered to trade seats with the young lady next to me so she could sit with her friend, he turned out to be a buyer for a specific market we were both involved in; I was able to give him information that resulted in a sale.


One summer my wife and I went to a conference in Mt. Shasta, California—a really beautiful place. On our way back to the Sacramento airport, I requested an MBO for a safe and problem-free drive. On the car radio, there was a news bulletin that the California Highway Patrol was getting tough on Interstate 5 and would be ticketing anyone going even barely over the speed limit. I had passed several slower-moving cars when an oversized pickup came up behind me. I decided to let him pass. As he did, I started to move out again when suddenly, out of the bushes, roared a patrol car with lights blinking. I jumped back in line and watched as the cops pulled over the pickup. That could have been me. Other times when I requested an MBO for a drive, the police were either turning off, going in another direction, or pulling someone over as I passed.

Another time I rented a car in Nice, France for the 20-minute drive to Cannes on a freeway. Naturally, I requested an MBO for the drive. A few minutes into the drive a small car passed me at approximately 90 miles an hour. About 100 yards up the road, he tried to weave in and out of traffic, lost control, spun out, and bounced off the guardrail. The car ended up straddling two of three lanes of traffic. Had I been five seconds earlier, I would have been in danger of being involved. Instead, I was able to slow down and creep by the car on the far right lane.

In Milan one night after finishing dinner, I walked to a busy boulevard thinking I would easily find a taxi back to my hotel. All the taxis that passed were full, so after five minutes, I requested a Benevolent Outcome for a taxi. Before the words were completely out of my mouth a taxi turned right in front of me, I signaled to him, and off we went back to my hotel. Also, the day before I left Milan I asked the hotel concierge for someone to share a taxi with me for the early, long drive to the airport. He didn't know of anyone so I requested an MBO for someone to share my taxi. The next morning there was no one in sight. As I resigned to paying for an expensive cab, five or six doctors attending a cancer conference walked into the hotel. They had hired a mini-bus to take them to the airport and invited me to join them, at no charge!

Jean from Ontario, Canada emailed to tell me she was in Seattle on vacation, exploring the city via their “excellent” bus service. She asked for a Benevolent Outcome for her ride downtown. As the driver approached his stop in front of the Seattle Center, home of the Space Needle, a parcel delivery truck suddenly stopped in front of him. The bus driver had been looking at the stop to see if any passengers were waiting. Something told him to look ahead and he did, bringing the bus safely to a stop within inches of the truck. No one was injured, and Jean was able to joke with the driver about all the paper work he had just avoided!

Here are other Most Benevolent Outcomes (MBOs) you can request while traveling:

  • A passport to be delivered on time
  • A hotel room with your preferences
  • A speedy check-in at the airport
  • A seat on busy subways, buses, or trains or a seat on the next plane if you're on "standby"
  • An interesting person to sit next to or, if you need to sleep, a quiet person
  • Your luggage to arrive at the correct destination
  • Your friends or family to find you easily at the airport
  • Weather conditions to be pleasant during your excursions
There are few rules for requesting Benevolent Outcomes. You must say your request out loud or you must write it down. Just thinking it doesn’t work nearly as well. Request an MBO with emotion. They work better that way. Say “thank you” when you make the request, and a couple more “thank yous” when your request is answered. Request Benevolent Outcomes often, so they become a habit. That’s how Benevolent Outcomes work. It is so much fun to see how your guardian angel makes these things happen!

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Tom T. Moore is an entertainment industry CEO who distributes motion pictures and TV programs internationally. His book, 'The Gentle Way: A Self-Help Guide For Those Who Believe in Angels' gives more suggestions for requesting benevolent outcomes. Visit his website: www.TheGentleWayBook.com.

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