Hypnotizing Maria

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Flight instructor Jamie Forbes guides a woman to landing her plane safely after her husband loses consciousness, then flies on to his own destination unimpressed by his act...flight instructors guide students every day. Only after she tells reporters that a stranger appeared in an airplane alongside hers and hypnotized her into landing, and after he meets his own guiding stranger does he solve the bigger mystery: how each of us creates, step by step, what seems to be the solid world around us. The best mysteries...
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Flight instructor Jamie Forbes guides a woman to landing her plane safely after her husband loses consciousness, then flies on to his own destination unimpressed by his act...flight instructors guide students every day. Only after she tells reporters that a stranger appeared in an airplane alongside hers and hypnotized her into landing, and after he meets his own guiding stranger does he solve the bigger mystery: how each of us creates, step by step, what seems to be the solid world around us. The best mysteries are the ones whose answers lie in front of us, in plain sight. The best solutions are those moments when all of a sudden we realize what we've known all along.

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781571746238
  • Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/18/2009
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 316,914
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 7.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet 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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  • Posted December 10, 2013

    Definitely food for thought!!

    Since I am a consulting hypnotist, certified through the NGH, I found this book fascinating!! And he is SO on target with what our minds can do! It is really a different way of talking about the Law of Attraction and manifestation, etc. I am a little surprised I had not heard of this book, since his book, One, was a life-changer for me as far as religion and spirituality go. However, I'm sure it was the exact right time for me to read it...no coincidences, eh?

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  • Posted September 23, 2009

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    HYPNOTIZING MARIA is a thought provoking philosophical character driven thriller

    Flight instructor Jamie Forbes was flying from Washington State to Florida when he is just north of Cheyenne and an hour from North Platte, Nebraska when he receives the panicked SOS from sexagenarian Maria Ochoa who says she thinks her husband is dead. Her spouse Juan was flying them when he collapsed into unconsciousness. Calmly Jamie talks Marie, who never flew before, through the steps to safely land the plane before finishing his own flight; as he did not stick around for his fifteen minutes of fame.

    Afterward reporters question Maria, who insists a stranger entered her plane and hypnotized her into landing the plane before disappearing. Hearing Maria's commentary leads to Jamie contemplate what is real even as he meets his own angelic guiding stranger and learns how to truly teach is to guide but allow your students to do.

    HYPNOTIZING MARIA is a thought provoking philosophical character driven thriller. The story line is a fast-paced one sitting novella as Jamie (and readers) contemplates what is reality and how does one truly instruct someone else when each has there own interpretation of what they sense is real. Richard Bach soars with this cerebral tale that will leave his audience pondering metaphysical questions and challenging Jamie's answers to them; wonderfully encouraged by the author to do just that as the right answer is personal.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted January 23, 2015

    Absolutely Marvelous!!

    I believe every person alive should read this wonderful little book. Without a doubt, this is how most people go through life. Just being aware of what is happening will wake you up. Richard Bach has even surpassed himself. Loved it.

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  • Posted December 5, 2009

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    Fantastic Reading to evolve your own thoughts!

    I believe that Richard Bach is back with this book; it is beautifully written and so awe-inspiring to realize how easy it is to reconnect with our inner self and to enjoy life to the fullest.

    I loved this book and have already re-read it several times and continue to get more each time.

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  • Posted November 28, 2009

    Richard Bach Has Done It Again

    I have always enjoyed Richard Bach's books, but his latest 'Hynotizing Maria' is one of his best. When I first began readng it, I was not sure if I would like it and the more I read, the harder I found to put it down. The truth he gives in this small book is an aspect of the mind I had not considered. I recommend this for those who are searching for a meaning to life or whose life appears to be in the doldrums or lacking. Bettye Johnson

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  • Posted November 3, 2009

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    Bach explores nature of reality and self in "Hypnotizing Maria"

    In Hypnotizing Maria Richard Bach once again leads the reader through a tale exploring the nature of reality and the power of the human spirit. Much in the style of previous titles like "One," Running from Safety," "Illusions, the Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah," and the much acclaimed "Jonathan Livingston Seagull," "Hypnotizing Maria" explores a few days in the life of flying instructor Jamie Forbes and how they give insight into the nature of his being. A chance occurrence on a cross country flight (Bach again makes use of his love of flying to weave a beautiful story) leads Jamie to ask questions about his past experiences and how they continue to affect his life's journey.

    As is his custom Bach does not spend extensive time on character development; rather he focuses his attention on the philosophical elements of his story. Long time Bach readers will find many of the ideas and concepts familiar. But the themes of self determination, the relationship to our fellow huiman beings, and the question of "might we be something more" are enjoyable again and again.

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