50 Questions to set your mind free – Part 5

41. If you knew that everyone you know was going to die tomorrow, who would you visit today?
My maternal grandmother for sure. We have always been very close.

42. Would you be willing to reduce your life expectancy by 10 years to become extremely attractive or famous?
Fame and being attractive are not worth it so no.

43. What is the difference between being alive and truly living?
Anyone can be alive, but to live is another story. Truly living is what you do when you fill emotionally fulfilled by what you did that day. For some, it might be focused on family and for others, taking great adventures.

44. When is it time to stop calculating risk and rewards, and just go ahead and do what you know is right?
It depends on what is going on. Generally, you should always try to do the right thing within reason as fast as possible, at least that is what I would do, but then I no longer have any fear of anyone or anything.

45. If we learn from our mistakes, why are we always so afraid to make a mistake?
We are afraid of the embarrassment that could occur. Or losing the time and energy that we spent in having to redo something. We are also scared that other people will think we are a failure.

46. What would you do differently if you knew nobody would judge you?
Be an even more observant Jew. It is very difficult to be like that here.

47. When was the last time you noticed the sound of your own breathing?
A few minutes ago I think.

48. What do you love? Have any of your recent actions openly expressed this love?
I love my grandmother and I probably don’t show that enough. I love Judaism and that does get shown. I love helping people and I like to think that is shown.

49. In 5 years from now, will you remember what you did yesterday? What about the day before that? Or the day before that?
Probably not.

50. Decisions are being made right now. The question is: Are you making them for yourself, or are you letting others make them for you?
Probably a mixture of both. I do have superiors which I simply cannot control what they do with me. I do try to take as much control as humanly possible even when I don’t feel capable of making such a decision.

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50 Questions to set your mind free – Part 4

31. At what time in your recent past have you felt most passionate and alive?
Probably when I was in Israel in 2013. Although really every time I go to shul and get to teach Judaism, I feel passionate and alive.

32. If not now, then when?
How very Hillel. Now is always the time to try to do whatever you need done.

33. If you haven’t achieved it yet, what do you have to lose?
You don’t. You simply must try.

34. Have you ever been with someone, said nothing, and walked away feeling like you just had the best conversation ever?
Yes, there is more to life than just talking. You need to know when to be there for someone. I much prefer these conversations than verbal ones.

35. Why do religions that support love cause so many wars?
Because of the inherent nature of human beings to always assume what they are doing or what they believe is the whole truth and nothing but the truth. There is no space for other people’s beliefs.

36. Is it possible to know, without a doubt, what is good and what is evil?
No, because there is no such thing as pure good or pure evil. Even the most evil things imaginable have some good things behind them. To think in terms of black and white is to leave no space for shades of gray.

37. If you just won a million dollars, would you quit your job?
I would probably still be in school, so no.

38. Would you rather have less work to do, or more work you actually enjoy doing?
I would rather have more work that I actually enjoy doing.

39. Do you feel like you’ve lived this day a hundred times before?
Not generally, I only feel like I have lived a day several times before when I watch Groundhog Day.

40. When was the last time you marched into the dark with only the soft glow of an idea you strongly believed in?
When I applied to medical school, LOL! Without a doubt, there is nothing that can prepare you for medical school!

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Go to a Pow-Wow

I’m trained as an anthropologist and when you are an interested in other cultures and to other spiritual practices as I am, it is no surprise for me to be interested in other cultural festivals. I can appreciate the drumming and the dancing and the colourful costumes.

Apparently the “Native American Festival and Pow Wow” held at Stone Mountain Park (in November) is supposed to be the biggest gathering Native American Gathering in Georgia and one of the top tourist events in the South. So I went to experience a pow-wow even if it may have been one more for the tourists although if I can be honest I have no idea if it was accurate or not since I have never been to others.

In this one since it was a festival as well, they had a lot of vendors selling various crafts and supplies (I need to return with money some day as I can pick up Scrimshaw materials), there was also several reenactment type encampments which was very neat to look in to see the examples of the tipis, and there was a birds of prey exhibition. They had a family of Aztec Dancers as well and someone who played the Native Flute although they were not playing native tunes which is what I would have expected.

We didn’t get to see nearly as much of the dancing as I would have liked but part of that was because not only did it start to rain but we were so late getting back to that section of the festival that there were no places left to sit so we were standing.

Next year I am already planning on going again and being a little more prepared especially with money as there were several things I should have purchased.

What pow-wow if any have you been to? What did you enjoy about it? What would you recommend if I attended again?

Completed : 2017

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Write Your Name Over a Star on the Walk of Fame

Let me say I was in LA to attend my HMI graduation last August, so I attempted to be smart and do as much of the LA-specific bucket list items as possible so La Brea is going to be coming up as well.

So it was on my last day in LA that I was trying to get get out of my airbnb early enough to go catch a movie at the Chinese Theater, but my host opted to try to find other things for me to do in LA because I do not think he liked the idea. This completely messed up my plans not that his suggestions weren’t great, but they were not my interests and were not on my bucket list. He talked so much (an hour) that by the time I got out of there there was no way to park in any of the parking lots near the theater. I was going to watch Blazing Saddles at the theater and then walk around up and down the walk of fame. But instead due to lack of parking, and it took me an hour to find a parking space anywhere, I parked several blocks away in one of the very few free parking spots. It was only for two hours. By the time I walked to the Walk of Fame, I had to practically turn around and walk back.

When I was there, I tried not to do anything bad like actually vandalize because there was more than enough vandalism that already took place there. There were not enough blank stars to do it to anyway! I did walk to see a few stars (Elvis and the Beatles) and then walked back home.

Who would you like to see on the walk of fame?

Completed : 2017

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Hit your targets

If anyone knows anything about me, they know I have a slight groupon obsession.  I find a lot of the things I am doing on my bucket list because of the wonderfulness of groupon.

Since I knew what is on my bucketlist I of course look for them.  I kept searching for information about how to complete this goal but nothing safe would ever come up.  I could easily go to the range sure but I didn’t know the first thing about a gun!  So I had to wait to try to find a class.  My luck hit last month, and a course from Safe Zone Defenses came up for a basic pistol class.

It was a great class, unfortunately or fortunately I was the only student!  No one else showed but that meant I had personal attention.  The class covered a lot of material in a few hours, and we went out to the range which was very very loud.  I shot a little 22 caliber semi-auto.  At 15 feet, I had 100% hitting of the target (which means they were all killshots, 20% of them (or slightly more, hard to say since some went in the same holes) hit the very small bullseye.  I would be a little concerned.

It was interesting.  Still not sure I need a gun in my house though with my depression.

What about you?  Would you ever own or shoot something like that?

Completed : 2017

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Own an Original Work of Art

One of the “Things to Do” was to own an original work of art. While of course, I have things from my daughter in my closet and some things really could be framed and placed up on my walls (no offense small child, I haven’t gotten around to getting a frame that big), I figured maybe other art would meet the criteria.

First up was really a friend’s drawing of my dog Caelum, it was very nice and is hanging up on my wall in my office near the hypnochair. I’ve also been acquiring a lot of really great artwork through Simbi. I exchange hypnotherapy and I get usually pretty neat artwork in return. One of the things I wanted to get a long time ago was a really neat space art that was done by spray paint. I was able to get one of those on Simbi!

Check out some of the things I’ve been given by clients or things I have gotten through Simbi in exchange for work.

Which do you like the best?

Completed : 2016

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Become a life coach

When I was working on my business After Hours Hypnotherapy, my wonderful therapist kinda put the pressure on to do some life coaching but hypnosis based.  Many of the names he suggested were names of things that already existed although they were great ideas.  I went on Simbi to ask for help in naming it and while I ended up with some ok suggestions, its really not ready to be named yet so I named it hypnosis based coaching.

I then looked into life coaching and like hypnotherapy, it is an unregulated profession.  That seems sad but it is true.  People are paying thousands of dollars when something less expensive can do or even that another job can do as well.  As a mental health counselor and hypnotherapist, everything taught in life coaching is pretty much what they teach us in a proper hypnotherapy school and mental health counselors do as well.  So thus I chose to just take a course which was available online and on sale.

This is how I wrote it:

“Why settle for regular life coaching which only accesses the conscious mine, when you can use hypnosis to reprogram your subconscious mind for success in business, romance, and general life?

Hypnosis-based coaching method uses the relationship and bond with the subconscious mind where 88% of our beliefs about ourselves are stored.  Changing and removing self limiting beliefs in the subconscious mind are paramount to success.  Using solution focused hypnosis as well as the Kappasian Mental Bank approach, we create, enhance and reinforce positive habits, increase motivation, and create change in the client allowing the creation of a present-centered and future focused ways of being.”

I don’t know, I think it works…

Would you ever go to a life coach?

Completed : 2017

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Catch a Fish With Your Bare Hands

I am not sure if this really counts as catching a fish with bare hands, but when I had my beloved turtles we would put feeder goldfish in the pond.  However, these crazy turtles would never eat them or would let a few of them grow until they were decent sized.  The nets like one would usually use to catch small fish sometimes did not work as well as would hope but one could literally pick the fish up and move them.  It was like shooting fish in a barrel.  I’ve been to lakes and ponds where I could do that as well so I’m not so sure this is a difficult thing to do.

Apparently one of my friends wants to take me “noodling” which is basically sticking your hands in murky water trying to catch catfish which is something I can’t eat because it is not kosher.


Have you ever been noodling?

Completed : I can’t remember

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Reiki 1

I really could not wait to study with my friend Art Kuhns of Breaking Day Hypnotherapy and Light Heart Reiki who happens also to be one of my main practice partners.  He had an interesting thought about whether or not a virtual attunement would be felt differently than a physical one.  Since we are both attending Hypnothoughts Live, even if the virtual attunement doesn’t take, I will get reattuned there anyway.

When I say I could not wait, that was the truth, I pretty much pestered Art into sending me the books which I read at a fairly fast pace.  The attunement itself just happened to have a lot of trance work in it which was very appreciated.

Would you ever try Reiki?

Completed : 2017

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I’m a fully certified hypnotherapist!

Back in December, I graduated from HMI having completed 300 clock hours of course work. I previously posted the courses I took.

The next step was getting certified, I opted to only use the best and most strict certification. If you know me, you know that is exactly what I would do. It also happened that it was connected to the school which helped of course. Still 200 hours is a LOT of hours and there were times that I did not think I was ever going to finish.

However if there is one thing that I’ve learned from my hypnotherapist, it is to be resourceful. Always be resourceful. You have internal resources and there are external resources. Find one of them or more.

So as I was on Facebook, this one VERY annoying advertisement kept stalking me. I mean every single time I was on Facebook these two people (one asking for a haircut) kept popping up. Finally I said to myself, “Fine, I give up! Maybe I can get an hour or two of my clinical hours done.”

That site was Simbi and that helped me get another 80 hours, either directly or indirectly. I joined Simbi in Feb, end of March I turned in my paperwork. In exchange for hypnotherapy, I ended up getting so much of the things for the director’s award completed and my private practice launched! It was great. And yes as of today, I was notified that I do in fact get my director’s award from my school. Not only that but since I have always wanted to try to make hypnotherapy affordable to everyone, I now (via Simbi) can help get it to people who cannot afford it and I don’t have to set up my own system. Simbi can handle it instead. All I have to do is say it’s X points off Simbi and hand a card to tell them how to get on.

If I had a use “alt currency” on my bucket list, I would have gotten that crossed off.

Have you ever used alt currency or run on a barter service? How did you do it? Wanna check Simbi out?

Completed : 2017

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