He bought a sandwich at the Marianna airport, and a pint of milk. After the airplane was fueled, truck driven away, he sat on the ground under the wing and unwrapped the sandwich.
I know how it works. I can change whatever seems to be whenever I want to change it. What shall I change, what suggestions shall I give myself, shall I accept, take them for truth in my trance and watch the world shift around me?
He opened the Jacksonville sectional chart, colored pattern-green low elevations and empty-blue Gulf of Mexico. He took the pen from his sleeve pocket, poised it over the blue.
What Do You Want To See Come True?
If I were hypnotizing me, he thought, what suggestions would I want to see come true around me?
He wrote, neat printed letters, on the map:
Everything that happens around me shall work out for the good of all concerned.
People shall be as kind to me as I am to them.
Coincidence shall lead me to others who bring lessons for me to learn, and for whom I have lessons to give, as well.
I shall not lack for whatever I need to become the person I choose to be.
I shall remember that I created this world, that I can change and improve it by my own suggestion whenever I wish.
Time and again shall I see confirmation that my world is changing just as I've planned it to change, and I'll find changes better than I've imagined.
Answers to every question shall come to me in some clear way including quick and unexpected, and from within.
He lifted the pen, read what he had written.
Sure enough, he thought, not a bad start. If I were my hypnotist, I'd like me to make those suggestions.
Anything You'd Care To Add?
Then he did a strange thing. He closed his eyes and imagined an advanced spirit there with him that moment, under the wing of the airplane.
"Is there anything," he whispered, "you'd care to add?"
As though the pen had come to life in his hand and was writing by itself, in larger, bolder strokes than his own:
I am a perfect expression of perfect Life, here and now. Every day I am learning more of my true nature and of the power I've been given over the world of appearances.
I am deeply grateful, on my journey, for the parenting and guidance of my highest self.
Then it was still. While the pen moved, he felt as though he were standing in a science museum close by some giant van de Graaf generator, electrics coursing through his body, his hair tingling. When the words stopped, the energy faded.
Whoa, he thought, what was that?
He laughed at himself.
That's the answer to, "Is there anything you'd care to add?"
Answers Exist Before the Question is Asked
Unaware, for it was deep in his subconscious, the response: Answers exist before you ask your question. If slow is necessary, please make that clear in your request.
He unfolded from under the wing, the world feeling not quite the same as it had a minute ago.
He did not catch the significance of the strange word parenting. He did not remember to thank whoever it was that had done the writing.
©2009 by Richard Bach.
Reprinted with permission of Hampton Roads Publishing Co.
Dist. by Red Wheel Weiser. www.redwheelweiser.com
Hypnotizing Maria: A Story
by Richard Bach.
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.
About the Author
A former USAF pilot, gypsy barnstormer and airplane mechanic, Richard Bach is the author of Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Illusions, One, The Bridge Across Forever, and numerous other books. Most of his books have been semi-autobiographical, using actual or fictionalized events from his life to illustrate his philosophy. In 1970, Jonathan Livingston Seagull, a story about a seagull who flew for the love of flying rather than merely to catch food, broke all hardcover sales records since Gone with the Wind. It sold more than 1,000,000 copies in 1972 alone. A second book, Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah, published in 1977, tells the story of the narrator's encounter with a modern-day messiah who has decided to quit. Visit his website at www.richardbach.com