On “Hypnotizing Maria”

A caveat

I am a pilot (more accurately a “flyer” in Bach’s terms – for more on that see “Stranger to the Ground” and “A Gift of Wings”). Bach’s work helped me find myself at an early age.  I’ve read Illusions enough times that I can recite the journal section at the beginning from memory – “There was a Master…”
I am predisposed to embrace not only the message, but his approach to communicating it through flight-focused stories.
OK, that bias disclosed, here are some thoughts on Bach’s latest work.

Hypnotizing Maria presents all of Bach’s persistent themes – the ones that seem to represent his writing mission –

  • Shake off convention [Jonathan] –
  • All of our limitations are illusions – See your Empowerment to create/change your life against the social boxes of assumptions, restrictions, limitations and the habits of others [illusions];
  • We attract that which we most need [Illusions, One]
  • If we open ourselves to learn what we want and need from this life, we will find it in how we see the commonplace.

Bach’s early work seemed to be conversations with self about flight, confidence, challenge and life direction. They reveal high truths he finds in own search. In Illusions he uses parable to communicate all of these found truths very concisely.
“Hypnotizing Maria”‘s approach to communicating his truths is another Platonic dialog with a sage character.
Bach’s more recent fiction has used dialog between the student and enlightened sage fairly consistently.
“Hypnotizing Maria” presents the basic philosophy in a less religiously challenging approach than “Illusions” did. I think that may give it more general appeal.
Illusions took the interesting approach of making it’s sage the Messiah. In Illusions too, both the student and sage struggled with choosing their own fundamental direction in life.
This put Illusions in the very interesting position of simultaneously exploring the student’s direction and asking the question, “What if, when Christ asked that the cup pass, God said, ‘Sure.'”
I had great fun with that premise, but I can see the challenge it represents as limiting to an audience.
The “Hypnosis”-based approach is probably more widely relatable than the Illusions one, and it certainly works here. It allows a more subtle answer to our troubles.
Where Illusions asks us to consider that this life was created by Us to help us realize we are actually unlimited, “Hypnotizing Maria” says, more simply, don’t let everyone elses assumptions about reality limit you.
Don’t be hypnotized by the world. There is less to buy into before you accept the question and really consider it, and that may be a plus for some.
The origin of our sage/guide here is a bit of a stretch for some, and seems to be a more subtle attempt bind some of the aspects of “One” (infinite singularity – we are all part of a single continuum) into the other messages.

Concisely written, back to the core style of Jonathan and Illusions, it is an enjoyable, easy read.
Personally I prefer the depth and approach of “Illusions” and don’t find too much new here, but I enjoyed being reminded of the viewpoint once again. A bit of a prequel perhaps.
Perhaps I am biased having battered and twisted every angle and element of Illusions and Johnathan against my own view of the world until they both looked different to me.
I enjoyed the trip, and “Hypnotizing Maria” also encouraged me to circle back and have another lunch, under the wing, with my friend Don Shimoda, and for that I am always grateful.

See you there again soon Richard.


~ by interpretingillusions on December 5, 2012.

3 Responses to “On “Hypnotizing Maria””

  1. Wow, now I know why your blog is titled Interpreting Illusions. You really know this work like the landing speed of a biplane.
    Thank you for re-igniting the desire to re-visit these works again.
    Have you found that Bach’s philosophy of bringing into your life what you need play out in your personal life?

  2. Glad you liked it, thank you. Yes, at a number of levels I think, whether its a subtle, subconscious gravitation or a recognition of some surprising more-than-coincidence. Be your own fortune teller and look for the clues that you want yourself to see.
    For me the most material impact has been a sense of relaxed peace in trusting that things work out and that the path others expect for you doesn’t have to be your Path, if you aren’t afraid to change it.

  3. I had no idea he had published something new…I spent my childhood reading JLS with my Dad… Thanks for sharing & be well~

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