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Hypnotizing Maria Hardcover – September 18, 2009
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From Publishers Weekly
The hero of Bach's new book, pilot and flight instructor Jamie Forbes, is on a routine run when Maria, the panicked spouse of another pilot, radios that her husband has collapsed at the controls. Forbes talks her through the steps to land safely. Maria's explanation to reporters that Forbes hypnotized her sparks a series of memories for Jamie, and the events that follow force him to examine what constitutes reality, to contemplate what lies beyond the edges of our carefully constructed worlds and whether those edges are real or created by our own limitations. While it mines the same territory as The Secret, Bach's book is far richer, raising provocative questions and striking the perfect balance, providing answers without implying that they are the only—or necessarily the right—ones. (Sept.)
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About the Author
Richard Bach is the author of Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Illusions, One, The Bridge Across Forever, and numerous other books.
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I'd like to add one more thing about Richard Bach. One of my own reviewers has compared my writing favourably to Bach. If that comparison is true, it is only because I am a writer who is standing firmly on the broad literary shoulders of Richard Bach. He lifted me up to where I am now. I might never have got there without him. I'll be stating as much at a presentation I'm doing at the Frankfurt Book Fair this year (in a couple of weeks actually)
I have only read the book once. I always feel the need to read Bach's book several times. I'll update this review after my next reading.
The ideas about self "hypnosis" with language fits many theories, including one of the more powerful - NLP (neuro linguistic programming).
The ideas about coincidence though, only look at one side of the coin. If you believe in coincidences being more than coincidence as this book does, then surely you have to acknowledge that the outcome of those random events can be useful (positive), or NOT!
Even though we are good at manufacturing happiness from unfortunate events, I don't buy the argument that these events have any imputed 'intent'.
This short novel starts off with pilot Jamie Forbes flying from Washington state to Florida in his small aircraft. On the first leg of the journey, he hears an emergency call for help on his radio from a distressed flyer and realizes that the other plane is near his present location. He quickly finds the endangered aircraft and discovers that the pilot has passed out from a stroke and that his wife, who doesn't know how to fly an airplane, is left to handle things on her own for better or worse. Jamie swiftly calms her down and carefully leads her to a nearby airport, giving her instructions on what to do, and helping her to eventually land the airplane safely. The next day, Jamie reads an article about the whole incident in a newspaper. The woman (Maria) states in the article that Jamie had hypnotized her with his soft voice, knowledge, and total confidence in her ability to land the plane. It's her use of the word hypnotized that causes him to remember an odd experience that had happened to him during his earlier years. He'd gone to see a live show featuring the well-known hypnotist, Blacksmyth the Great. One thing had led to another, and Jamie found himself on stage as a volunteer for the performer's act. Jamie was then hypnotized into believing that he was enclosed within a stone-walled room and couldn't get out. To Jamie, the room appeared to be real, no matter what he tired or how hard he attempted to escape, he couldn't get out. Just as he was about to panic from his forced enclosure, the hypnotist awakened him and explained that it had all been in his mind just like the reality we live in on a day-to-day basis. The incident remained in the back of Jamie's mind for years. The article about Maria, however, brought it back to the surface, causing him to question the state of reality as we know and experience it. This is soon followed by the appearance of a mysterious lady at his next stop along his journey, who prepares him for a quantum leap of faith and the many questions that will soon follow about parallel universes, larger dimensions of time and space, life after death, the power of one's thoughts, and why we're really here.
Much of the information being offered in Hypnotizing Maria has been around for hundreds of years, but is just now being investigated by numerous scientists around the world, who are finally beginning to understand that what we know about the Universe and spirituality is only the tip of the iceberg. Richard Bach offers his view of this evolutionary leap for mankind in easy to understand terms and in a way that isn't threatening to those grounded in their own religious beliefs. The fact is that what scientist are exploring is way beyond religion as we know it and opens doors of unique possibilities that leave us in awe of what might really be out there in a space so vast that it makes your toes curl. For me, reading Hypnotizing Maria was the opportunity to re-explore my own interests in spirituality and this amazing Universe and how we're all interconnected with each other. This is a fabulous little books filled with golden nuggets of insight that can be read in a day, but will have you asking very important questions for a lifetime.
Here's something that shocked me the other day. I work in an office with several women, the oldest being in her late thirties. When I mentioned Richard Bach and this book, not to mention Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Illusions, The Bridge Across Forever, and One, nobody knew what I was talking about. Other than me, not one other person in the office had ever heard of Richard Bach or knew about his several bestsellers during the eighties and early nineties, and how they changed the lives of countless people over a period of time. Once again, this may not be an accident. Maybe...just maybe I'm supposed to buy several copies of The Bridge Across Forever as Christmas presents for the ladies I work with so that they can have the opportunity of taking a new look at their own lives and the wonderful possibilities out there.
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I would recommend it to any Richard Bach fan.