“The wonder of simply being alive….”
O Beautiful, Youthful, Charismatic One:
Happy April Fools’ Day + Easter Sunday + Jessica’s Birthday!
Today is a rare Grand Conjunction of three High Holy Days falling together on the same day. High Magick! Imagine the (Holy?) Fool Card from the Tarot falling on the Christian Feast of the Resurrection of the Godman falling on the birthday of my hypno-partner Ralph’s darling eldest child, Jessica.
Bonus. A powerful shaman recently flagged two of these to the attention of the wide, wide world. Pulitzer Prize-winning book reviewer (and powerful shaman) Michael Dirda recently has this to say in The Washington Post:
Since Easter and April Fools’ Day coincide this year, it’s worth honoring one author whose work embraces both holidays: G.K. Chesterton. A versatile writer of immense gusto, he was rumbustiously Christian (and eventually a Catholic convert), but also a joy to read on any subject. Again and again, in his journalism, essays, poetry and fiction, he returned to a single overarching theme: the wonder of simply being alive. In particular, his exuberant 1912 novel “Manalive” drives home the classic April Fools’ Day lesson that appearances can be deceiving.
Throughout his work Chesterton plays with paradox … and he loves to trick or surprise his reader. … In “The Man Who Was Thursday,” a poet turned undercover agent infiltrates a secret anarchist cell whose members are each named for a day of the week. Subtitled “A Nightmare,” this 1908 classic subverts the reader’s expectations at every turn. With justifiable enthusiasm, Kingsley Amis called it “the most thrilling book I have ever read.”
Like that earlier novel, “Manalive” similarly touches on the allegorical but emphasizes, besides misdirection and surprise, its author’s mastery of social comedy. It opens with a rush: “A wind sprang high in the west, like a wave of unreasonable happiness.” Into the garden of a dowdy rooming house this enchanted wind blows the mysterious Innocent Smith, whose youthful energy and impish charisma are well nigh irresistible. Because of him, “all next day at Beacon House there was a crazy sense that it was everybody’s birthday.”
Half provocateur, half preacher, Smith inspires people to look, to really look at the world. “Open your eyes,” he sings out, “and you’ll wake to the New Jerusalem.” In particular, he argues that routine leaches the magic out of existence. As an Irish lodger named Michael Moon recognizes, “all habits are bad habits.”
Consider the astounding coincidence of my partner Ralph’s having discovered and purchased a wonderfully battered almost hundred-year-old hardcover copy of Chesterton’s The Man Who Was Thursday just last weekend (as he soothed the trauma of preparing his taxes by haunting Wonderbooks, a nearby used book store). Contemplate the power of “paradox, misdirection and surprise” … well known to most master hypnotists (like us!) as the “Confusion Induction.”
Then … let me take your hand in my mind’s mine as we, together, consider the Revelation of the Innocent Smith’s “youthful energy and impish charisma.” A delicious secret indeed, now Revealed! Read on…
In our Hypnotic Charisma MP3 accompanied by an instruction manual Advanced Hypnotic Charisma Book Two (buy it here) we reveal the technique of Mono No Aware. That is a profound state of consciousness celebrated by the Japanese. Pronounced it Mohnoh Noh Ahwahray). Our induction is specially designed to gently yet infallibly shake you out of your habitually unconscious state to connect you to “the magic of existence.”
This is what you will hear on the self-hypnosis audio when you acquire it or perhaps you will read it in the accompanying instruction manual:
My voice will go with you.
Take a lingering pause.
Let it linger longer.
With wistfulness, without a touch of anxiety, say to yourself:
- “I may never experience this experience again.
Then ask yourself:
- Now what is my experience of this?”
By entering into the experience of how precious is the moment,
- You will enter “ahh-ness.”
- You might think of yourself as a Wizard of Ahhs.
- Living in the Ephemeral City.
When you enter a deep space of appreciation of the ephemerality of all things, their transience, the fleeting nature of our lives, the quality of the experience becomes…
There is a loose translation from what might be the best book ever written, the Way of Life by Lao Tzu, that goes like this:
“When you realize where you come from, you naturally become tolerant, disinterested, amused, kindhearted as a grandmother, dignified as a king. Immersed in the wonder of the Tao, you can deal with whatever life brings you.
“And when death comes, you are ready.”
With just a touch of wistfulness, say to yourself:
- “I may never experience this again.
Youth. Beauty. Charisma. Three djinn contained in the curved-spout brass oil lamps of our Hypnotic Beauty and Hypnotic Charisma self-hypnosis recordings and … for the inquisitive amongst you … fully set forth and explained in the accompanying instruction manuals. Help yourself right here!
PS If our discovering the copy of The Man Who Was Thursday just a few days before this appeared in the Post strikes you as insufficiently uncanny … now hear this. Years ago, we discovered in the New Oxford American Dictionary the self-same Michael Dirda’s definition of “subtext.” (The entry contained only his initials, but his style is unmistakable. Ralph emailed him and he promptly confessed.)
I told you that Michael Dirda is a shaman! I would never mislead you about such an important fact because I, too, am a shaman.
Maybe you are too. Or you could be.
We quoted Dirda in Advanced Hypnotic Charisma Book Two to elucidate the secret power of an additional induction contained therein, “The Power of Subtext.”
A Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist says this about “subtext”:
“Alertness to the “hidden meanings” or unspoken assumptions of a text is necessary for anyone who hopes to read with understanding. …
“Under its aegis lurk unreliable narration, irony, double-entendre, misdirection, and many of the other techniques that transform the artless into the artful. All mysteries, for instance, seek to discover the proper subtext of a narrative designed, by the murderer and the author, to mislead the detective and the reader. …
“Works of art are generally more than they seem at first sight, and only after a long, intent second glance do we start to detect the embedded symbolism, the secret messages and the deep structures that generate richness and complexity.”
And there you have it.
Well, not quite.
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