Mel Kimura Bucholtz

Stillness Becoming Alive

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The following books have been invaluable in the formation of my own perspective as a therapist, trainer, and presenter using hypnosis as my major modality for healing and personal growth.

Combining the intellectual rigor of a serious academic with the humility to respect the innate genius of non-verbal animals, Vicky Hearne shows us how to meet animals on their own terms and how we can learn to work with their natural genius. Working this way produces deeply loving, working relationships, those where both parties benefit with respect and beautiful, authentic behavior, with and for one another.

Edith Cobb identifies unexpected moments of timeless rapture in our childhoods, moments that shape our deep, personal identity and life purpose. Such moments result from the merging of our innate unconscious sweet spot of attention with those events which excite this inner state of wondrous attention, our innate sweet spot of attention.

Sidney Rosen highlights the elusive chief element in Erickson’s use of hypnosis in therapeutic healing, the poetic voice of the unconscious made conscious. Through Erickson’s gentle and penetrating stories, those which elicit the inner learner of his clients, Rosen reveals Erickson’s brilliance in helping clients realize how to restore joy and healthiness to their lives.

These are spontaneous, unprepared talks, given over seven nights in a bookstore in Buenos Aires by J.L. Borges the inspiration behind the literary genre Magical Realism. They reflect the brilliance of the inner conversation he maintained on topics ranging from Dante, the Buddha and his own blindness. His genius lies in showing the play of his mind brilliantly engaged in conversation with topics as unconscious guests at an imaginative dinner table. It is like reading a vivid dreamer talking before us.

  • Thrive: Finding Happiness the Blue Zones Way, Dan Buettner

Dan Buettner traveled the globe interviewing very senior individuals as masters of their own aging and happiness. He provides models of personal integrity which captures how these individuals cultivated the gift of their lives by developing a tenacious commitment to a lived manner of appreciation over celebrating their limitations.

The first casebook which gave the general public clear examples of how Erickson used non-manipulative strategic interventions to create change with clients. Jay Haley’s writing is unusually clear and accessible, demonstrating difficult concepts by using clear living examples instead of theory. A must read classic for therapists serious about learning the process of rapid problem identification through bodily posture and signs; much richer than simplistic NLP.

Joe Hyams captures the essence of one’s naturally clear minded attention, called Zen, by focusing on it’s presence in the martial arts. Instead of glorifying great physical feats, Hyams applies the genius of Zen attention in the martial arts to acts of wise decency and good sense in everyday interactions with others. A beautifully illustrated book practically usable straight away.






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