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September 17, 2018

Musings on Mortality - Holistic Hypnosis & Hypnotherapy - Los Angeles

The week before last, a long-time female friend of mine died She was eighty years old.  A friend, not an ex-lover. I knew her for about forty years. Her name was Celeste, who I used to jokingly address as “Celestial Being.”  Early on in our friendship, she gave me a gift of such loving kindness, which I will remember for as long as I live. 

My brother, five years younger than I, also died that same week, at seventy one. He lived in the UK, and I had not seen him for over forty years. He sent me a card every Christmas. We were not close. I am seventy six, nearly died once. I was on life support in intensive care after emergency abdominal surgery, for two weeks, a few years ago. I am only alive today due to the miracles of modern intensive medical care

I first began to become aware of my own approaching mortality many years prior to that. At around fifty years old I began noticing occasional obituaries for a person who was younger than I was at the time. This was not reassuring. As the years have been going by, these obituaries increased to a trickle, then a river, then a flood. But something else has changed. Now, when I see an obituary for someone older than myself, I find myself subtracting my current age from theirs, and calculating how many years I have left, should I live to their ripe old age. Each year, the average number is shrinking, diminishing, as the looming horizon of my own death is approaching.

One effect I am observing this is having on me, is to lessen my attachment to possessions. Knowing I won’t be around forever, or less, gives me more of a “so what” attitude towards my earthly goods. Even in the past, if someone strongly liked some book of mine a lot, or some other minor possession, more than I cared for it, I would give it to them. I grew up in a household that did not celebrate Christmas or Birthdays with presents, and I am OK with that, and I don’t give them as an adult. Besides, I don’t allow society to control when and what I give. But if I have a good feeling for someone, I may give them a gift at any time. I tell my wife when I give her something, that they are Unbirthday Presents. This idea comes from “Winnie the Pooh” by A.A. Milne, I think. She loves that. When I first met her, fearing rejection, I hesitantly told her, “You may think I’m crazy, but I don’t give Christmas or Birthday presents.” She replied, “You don’t know the freedom you just gave me!” A match made in Heaven, n’est ce pas!

During those passing years, I also reached some conclusions about life and death. After studying all kinds of literature from all kinds of spiritual areas, I have come to believe that, “Nobody knows nuttin.’” about it life and death. For human beings, thinking they are going to comprehend life and death and the Cosmos, the infinite, with their finite minds, to me is arrogance. In this area I have decided, there are many opinions, but very few facts. Speculative suppositions dressed up as actualities reign supreme.  Accepting that nobody knows, never has, or never will, gave me freedom from having to find the meaning of life, which I worried at like a dog with a bone. I think this is what the Buddhists are referring to when they say, “The finger pointing at the Moon is not the Moon.” And, “He, who thinks he knows, knows not. He, who knows he knows not, knows.” I myself know I know not, so I’m OK. 

 Now believing that whatever the essence, the Soul, the personality, the consciousness or energy that constitute the Earthly entity which I currently recognize as Brian, may not persist after my demise: or if it does, it may not be in a form that the Brian I am now would recognize, sets me free from one aspect of my fear of death. This was actually a fear of disintegrating or disappearing, it turns out. As I know nothing about the afterlife, (or the before-life for that matter) if there is any, I am powerless to affect or control it. And one lesson I have learned thoroughly in this  life is that letting go of and not thinking about that which I am powerless over is the only way to go. Acceptance, I have discovered, is the gateway to peace of mind.. And happiness, without peace of mind, is not a possibility.

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June 12, 2018

LUX Magazine Award - Holistic Hypnosis & Hypnotherapy - Los Angeles
I have been notified that I have won  a Health, Beauty & Wellness Award for "Best Hypnotherapy Practice in Los Angeles." given by Lux Magazine, out of the UK. Mazeltov. https://www.lux-review.com/lux_awards/health-beauty-wellness-awards/
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December 25, 2017

American Mythology - Holistic Hypnosis & Hypnotherapy - Los Angeles

This explains a lot. It was on one of my hypnosis forums.

Quoting Aleister Crowley, no less.  What a brilliant mind before it was destroyed.

 

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“This may interest someone if there is anyone here shaking his head over the antics of hucksters like Rhonda Byrne and Joe Vitale. Vitale, you may remember from the movie The Secret, says all you have to do to get rich is lie on a beach and wish upon a star. I found this in THE CONFESSIONS OF ALEISTER CROWLEY, describing essentially the same nonsense as it was taught in the early twentieth century. Crowley said America was plagued with "countless cults for drawing in dollars by wishing one had them, persuading oneself that somehow or other they will arrive." (Confessions, p. 843) Some things never change.”

 

"One cannot deal with Americans on the principles which seem inevitable in Europe. One often sees a placard in offices, "Come in without knocking. Go out the same way." They would rather not hear unpleasant truths. What! Shoot a sleeping sentinel? Nope; rush the chloroform in case he wakes! They have learnt the psychological fact that confidence is a real asset. A man works best when he feels he is sure to succeed. A fear of failure palsies every faculty. The vogue of Christian Science, and countless cults for drawing in dollars by wishing one had them, persuading oneself that somehow or other they will arrive, scorning every success, forgetting every failure, shutting one's eyes to unpleasant facts, and interpreting every bit of good luck as a triumph beyond the power of trumpets to tell - a token of the intense interest taken by the Almighty in His favourite child - this course of conduct, though its more reasonable practitioners are ready to admit that it is rant and rubbish, is pursued as part of a calculated policy. They are ready to fool themselves in order to take advantage of the stimulating effect of optimism.

 

The other side of the medal is this: when any man points to any fact that shakes this opium serenity, checks this cocaine self-assurance, that man takes a chance of a free ride out of town on a rail. The spirit of criticism is detested and dreaded. It is easy to understand why this is. The States have been won from the wilderness by a system which demanded courage and clear sight from the pioneers; but once the trail was blazed, the rest of the work was done on a basis of credit which a European banker would consider utterly reckless gambling. Everyone, from the farmer and merchant to the manufacturer and financier, entered into a tacit agreement to bet that any given enterprise would succeed. As the natural resources were there, while luck decreed that the commonwealth should not have to face any overwhelming obstacle, the gamblers have won. It is obvious that any man in an outpost besieged by nature (such as is every new settlement outside New England, the Atlantic coast and the old settlements in the south) was really a traitor if he said however truthfully, anything which might daunt the spirit of his comrades. Those men won out through sheer ignorance of the chances against them, stolid stupidity which blinded them to their desperate plight and bestial insensibility to the actual hardships which they had to endure. It was criminal to insist on the existence of evils for which there was no remedy.

 

This spirit has persisted, though its utility is past. It has become a fixed feature of the religion of the country. It was the deadliest delusion that I had to meet."

 

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(This is the similar basis of my past statement, "Optimism beyond reality becomes denial." as a comment on this aspect, of that which I term the American mythic ethos). He also notes as I have, that much of this is based on occupying a land of vast untapped riches, and mistaking that for social and personal superiority. He, being closer to the time, was more aware of the horrendous conditions of occupying and "developing" this huge territory. (And not confused by the rose colored spectacles of Hollywood myth that I was steeped in.) And seeing the roots of the over-dependency on unified patriotic thought at times of conflict with external foes. 9/11 as an Indian attack on the settlement! So I am in good (bad) company once more!

 

Best from the Brain of Brian. c. Los Angeles 02/ 2016

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May 20, 2017

Holistic Hypnosis & Hypnotherapy - Los Angeles - A walk in the park

Today I was out for a stroll in my local park.

A woman was walking her small dog.

He had sniffed out something to eat under a bench.

She was talking to him in Russian.

Silly woman.

Everyone knows that dogs can't speak Russian.

Holistic Hypnosis & Hypnotherapy - Los Angeles.

  

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January 27, 2017

What I like in Art & The Man in the Movie

What I Like In Art. 08/14/14

 

I like intensity and genius, not genres. Not bluesy, but Billie Holiday. Not jazzy, but Thelonius Monk, Roland Kirk, John Coltrane etc. Better yet, the best of Jelly Roll Morton. Duke Ellington is even a bit too polished for my taste at times. I like raw, primitive, or civilized but ecstatic, Bach's Unaccompanied Cello Suites, purity of joy, sadness, whatever from the heart, gut and soul. The galloping canons of Moondog. Not merely musical or from a Musical. Savage like original African drum music. Filled with life, sexy, down and dirty joyous, like "My Dingaling" by Chuck Berry, and so on. The incredible purity of Classical Japanese Shakuhachi wooden flute music. The plaint of geese flying across a marsh on a foggy estuary early morning, the keening nostalgia of all our losses in and/or of any long gone Autumn. The whine of the Sitar and the Veena, drowsy dusty medieval meditations in the noonday heat of a mud hut. Not Ravi Shankar, too soft and sentimental, but the sinewy strenghth and tenderness of David Oistrach on the violin. Usted Bismillah Khan on the Shehnai. When I reported this last preference to an Indian gentleman some years ago he said, "But Brian, he is one of the most famous musicians in all of India."

 

I have recently bought a 3 CD set of Jewish Klezmer musicians from the 1st half of the last century. Jews who carried the gypsy music from Eastern Europe, the rhythms of Israel, combined with the Jazz they heard here in the USA. Only one artist stood out to me, Naftule Brandewein. I now also have an entire CD of him, which I loaned to a young client, (as a child he was a bit of a musical prodigy). He said to me, with astonishment, "His music is boundless." I said yes, "Infinite liquid fire." It turns out he is the one recognized by all in that field as a genius. He could not read or write music, was a paranoid crazed drinker and womanizer. Exactly my kind of guy. Though if you have austere monkish clarity in your work, that's OK too.

  

I see in writing this, it is not only intensity, but also extremes. I like the intensity of authentic emotional extremes, or the expression of profound feeling states in pure forms, and genius forms. The later Turner. Francis Bacon, the Expressionists. The Academy holds little of worth for me. I love the German Expressionists, except one, whose name is Ernst Barlach. His work was too blunted by technical accomplishment, weak compared to the others. Later I found out they were all self-taught, except for him. He went to art school! Diluted I guess would be the word. Here is a prose/poem, or whatever, containing the verbal equivalent of an objet trouve, which I have been wanting to write, and this current of thought has given me the chance.

  

The Man In The Movie.

   

"I saw a man in a movie last week, shown by a group of European Doctors,

who were documenting non-traditional healings.

         

He had been healed of the stomach cancer that grew inside him,

after his return home from the Second World War.

                   

A simple uneducated man, with the demeanor of a clerical, factory or farm worker.

He explained slowly, thoughtfully, eyes dulled in recall, his mien somber,

something like this -

                   

"I was sick.. when I came back from the war...

We were all sick when we came home from the war...

                

We had to shoot at people and try to kill them,

That's.. not normal.

                 

We had to because.. they would shoot at us,

..and try to kill us.

..And that's.. not normal....

                  

Every day, our lives were hanging by a thread.

That's.. not normal.

                     

Every day we lived with one foot in the grave.

..And that's not normal....

                         

We were all sick..  when we came home from the war."

                       

Then, returning to speak of his healing and current life, transformed,

he lit up, with an inner radiant glow.

Totally present in his present, dazzling illumination from within,

from the grateful joy of his surviving spirit.

                                        

I was stunned, staggered, flabbergasted. The purity of his profundity,

the simple power and dignity of his rhythmic truth,

                           

And watching.. I thought to myself,

                                

"Here is a man, a person, a human being, deserving of my highest respect,

for his breadth, his depth, his stature as a witness,

to all he has lived and seen,

to all he has lived and been.”

               

I would prefer the words of this man to the most polished effusions of any poet,

that do not touch my heart, or move my soul.

                            

c. Brian Green Los Angeles 08/2014

 

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December 20, 2016

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August 28, 2015

Holistic Hypnosis & Hypnotherapy - Los Angeles Initial Invitation to do Another Apperance on TV

                       

Well, well, well. Phone call this morning from a TV producer, making a show for a National TV station, wanting me to be an expert vis a vis certain psychological processes and their relationship with Hypnosis & Hypnotherapy. He said, "I heard when you did your work on the Discovery Channel, (which I have never seen) that you were a delight to work with." Look out Dr Phil, here I come! Further updates as we proceed.

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April 28, 2015

Holistic Hypnosis & Hypnotherapy - Los Angeles. New self hypnosis items for sale.
My self hypnosis cassettes are now available transcribed to MP3 files. For sale on http://www.mindmagic123.com/id152.html  "Live Slim & Trim" "Live Smoke Free" "Pain Control & Healing From Within".  "Self Esteem" as before is on http://www.mindmagic123.com/id81.html 
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March 5, 2015

Holistic Hypnosis & Hypnotherapy - Los Angeles. My self hynosis

My self hynosis "Self Esteem" CD is now available as an mp3 file on http://mindmagic123.com/id81.html  As good as an entire hypnotherapy suggestion session.

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September 2, 2014

Hypnosis & Hypnotherapy: Healing Past Injuries, Pain, and Mind-body Conditions published in PsychologyTomorrow

Hypnosis & Hypnotherapy: Healing Past Injuries, Pain, and Mind-body Conditions published in online magazine - PsychologyTomorrow. This is only 2 pages of the complete 3 page article on http://www.mindmagic123.com/id130.html

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August 30, 2014

Holistic Hypnosis & Hypnotherapy Los Angeles - Marijuana, The Bad News - 08/30/2014
Just added a new page to my website,  Marijuana, The Bad News

http://www.mindmagic123.com/id151.html
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April 4, 2014

Holistic Hypnosis & Hypnotherapy - Los Angeles. Finished Hep C Treatment

Health report:-  Finished my Hep C treatment a week ago. Feeling a bit fitter. Few side effcts, all manageable. Virus is now "undetectable". Doc says 90% probable that this is permanent.

Still some problems from the cirrhosis that the virus caused. Other than general health measures, i.e. exercise and excess weight reduction, not much to be done. I have lost nearly 15 lbs, and counting. Love to all those that care, and to all those who may not, Brian.

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December 30, 2013

Holistic Hypnosis & Hypnotherapy - Los Angeles. Starting Hep C Treatment
                   
A few years ago (before my two major surgeries and nearly dieing) I found out I have hepatitis C.  From my misspent youth. The treatment was so long, painful and difficult, that many patients gave up. I decided therefore to wait, in the hope that medical treatments would be evolved that would be less onerous. The chronic fatigue slowly got worse, so about a year ago I went to the Liver Clinic at UCLA. On a subsequent visit, my Doctor told me happily there was in fact a new treatment, which was to be available in three months. Some 70% chance of complete elimination, as it works best with my type 2 variety. No injections, two pills, only three months instead of a year, and much much less side effects, if any. Hooray! Very expensive, but fortunately no out of pocket for me. Hooray!! So now, three months later, I am in my third day of the treatment. Hooray!!!
 
                                   
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October 15, 2013

Holistic Hypnosis & Hypnotherapy - Los Angeles, verification on Google
At last. I have just managed to verify this site Holistic Hypnosis & Hypnotherapy - Los Angeles with Google as an authority site, thanks to an informative page I found on Google. They even had screenshots for how to do it with all the major Webhosts, including mine. (Don't ask, its long gone). Kudos to Google. Now I can use their Webmaster Tools & Analytics. Hooray for me.
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June 30, 2013

Blog comments published elsewhere on non-hypnosis topics

         
I have up until now only published items here that are related to hypnosis and hypnotherapy, or personal life topics. But I often publish comments on other blogsites, and have decided to republish some of those also.
   

        

The following is regarding the recently published slightly improved unemployment figures.          

                                     

It is far worse than official figures show. The percentage of the population employed, a more reliable indicator, is at a more than 20 year low. Also a recent study showed that the percentage employed in very low paid and minimum wage jobs (the proverbial flipping burgers at McDonalds type work), has increased greatly, trebled in some areas. So there are less persons employed, and many of those that those that are employed are earning less. And of course the inflation figures are similarly dubious, as anyone who is half awake in their own life is aware. In real terms the average American income has been declining for the past 10 years or more. Only the rich and super rich are doing better. Apart from any ethical/moral issues of social justice involved in this growing income disparity, how can an economy which is 70% based on consumer spending continue to grow in these circumstances? Only by borrowing from the future in the form of debt. And when this unsustainable method can no longer work?  Ouch!  
                                                                                     
Actually this reminds me of the Soviet Union. Right up until the point of collapse, and in that case disintegration, official economic figures were positive and cheerful! Smoke and mirrors!

                                    
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April 29, 2013

Holistic Hypnosis & Hypnotherapy - Los Angeles
I have at last been able to get my video interview on Past Life Regression divided into two parts, each short enough so it can be, and is published on YouTube.com

Part 1 is at http://youtu.be/EggOHM7JxNk


Part 2 is at http://youtu.be/GIdmjJYwLio    
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April 12, 2013

Appearing on Comedy Central.
Mandy Noyes "I just watched the Ben Hoffman show with your segment Brian. You were fantastic. A true hypnotist who knows how to go with the flow. I was so joyed to see you!!"
 

Thanks Mandy. I did not realize he was going to be deliberately difficult,  for the purposes of his program, so I took him at face value and just treated him as a client with obstacles. Being put under time pressure, I had to get him to relax in a hurry, with the added stress of the cameras, production team, etc. Relaxing in a hurry is of course a contradiction, but this is a show, not therapy. I knew something was up, but decided to be a good sport.  I do what the circumstances allow. That's what they pay me for.
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November 28, 2012

Appearing on Comedy Central.

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Well, here we go again. My phone rings, and I am given an invitation from Comedy Central.
Ben Hoffman, a comedian, is also doing a life activities show, somewhat similar to the one I did with Rob and Big. He is going to have a segment on relaxation, and my invitation is to do a two minute segment on hypnotic relaxation. My next two minutes of video fame will perhaps eventually add up to my Andy Warhol prescription of fifteen minutes per person, here and there. We will film at my apartment/office again, on December 11th. When it will be shown, I don’t know. I did an interview for a show on Discovery Channel some time ago, but I don’t think it ever saw the light of day. 
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October 3, 2012

My Hypnosis Manual on Amazon
         
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Hi all.
Got my hypnosis & hypnotherapy manual on Amazon at last. You can view it here -
http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/1427622035/ref=dp_olp_new?ie=UTF8&condition=new
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August 20, 2012

 Holistic Hypnosis & Hypnotherapy - Los Angeles        
 
Brian's Health Report

Hi all.  

              
I get many emails asking after my health since my recent trials and tribulations in that area, so I will send out this generic email To Whom It May Concern to everyone in my contact list.  
                    
A year after the original 6 hour emergency surgery for peritonitis I returned for a colostomy reversal some months ago. The surgery was more difficult than presupposed, and turned into another 5 hour operation.  
             
After a week in the hospital I returned home. One week later, having contracted a resistant infection, I spent another week in hospital again on IV antibiotics. All is now clear, but my strength is still much reduced for now.  I am exercising a little, which is as much as I can tolerate.
               
After the first surgery it took a year for me to regain my health, this time it may take a bit longer.
             
The joys of being 70! 
           
But I am relatively OK, so far so good.  As to the classes I was going to offer, I have had to put them on the shelf for now.  My apologies to all those who took the time to email me regarding their interest.
                

Have a nice day.                   End

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