Name: Daniel Ryan
Profession: Hypnosis, Past Life Regression
What does that mean, exactly? My practice resembles a normal therapist's, though I'm using hypnosis to create positive change in people's lives. I meet with groups and individuals at my office in Manhattan at The Center for Integrative Hypnosis.
What is your passion? Working with people, examination of the mind, revelatory experiences.
Why? I'm one of those lucky folks who really enjoys what they do. Tools like meditation, hypnosis and past life regression offer refreshingly natural means of relief and relaxation in this age of pandemic anxiety and over-medication. As a consumer, one can see alternative approaches to mental healthcare are needed. Among the challenges are messaging, awareness, education and the institutionalized Goliath of the insurance industry and it's intricate web of corporate and political interests. (To name a few.)
Do you have a mantra? Yes, it was given to me with my meditation practice. As part of this particular tradition, the mantra is not written down or said aloud. It is a Sanskrit sound and said to be a fire mantra which burns up the past.
Favorite health routine/recipe/trick/approach/go-to? Exercise. There is no such thing as a panacea or universal prescription. The closest thing we have is exercise. Humans evolved walking 12-25 miles daily. In direct opposition to the stationary positions most of us are in all day, our bodies (most importantly our brains) function with greater speed and efficiency in motion. Every system in the body benefits from it. Get enough sleep, eat well, meditate and exercise.
What one or few thing(s) have improved your quality of life most? Getting older is an interesting thing. I'm 35 now and looking forward to 36. I once heard someone say "it's not how old you are, but how you are old." Befriending time and moving with nature have served me well. Also, good company. Spending my time with positive people who stimulate and challenge me.
What matters most to you these days? Structure. There was a time when I thought I didn't need it or want it. I've lived long enough now to know the opposite is true. Structure and discipline are usually associated with punishment when we're kids and that is reinforced through the educational system. Truth is when used correctly they are means to freedom. When I have structure and I'm regularly practicing, I am free.
What have you learned recently that you’d like to apply to your life? I've been learning a lot about food, the ideal diet for my blood type and modifications I can make to better nourish my body. There are many aspects I'm excited to apply to my life, but longterm I'm most excited about cooking and growing food. I'd like to learn more about gardening and horticulture, and then find a patch of green space to call my own.
What do you know that you wish more people did as well? All hypnosis is self-hypnosis. This is not just important to hypnotists. It's essential to self-awareness and emotional intelligence. Trance states are common and naturally occurring. Most of the technology in our lives induces trance. Movie theaters simulate powerful hypnotic experiences in the way they focus our attention on the screen, block out all other stimuli and assault our senses with light and sound. And we love it. This circular principle hiding in plain sight points to a fundamental truth about the mind. What we give our attention to grows. There is no such thing as mind-control, but we are all highly suggestible. The most powerful hypnotist is the voice in our heads.
Resources, if applicable: Call me or stop by my office. I love talking about this stuff! There are countless books on hypnosis although most of them are coded in jargon and designed for practitioners. I have not yet found the book on hypnosis that I'm looking for so I'll probably have to write it. For the layperson with a general interest, Hypnotherapy for Dummies is as good a place to start as any.
What do you wish you knew more about? Physics, complex mathematics, musical theory.
Who should we profile next and what should we ask them? Lisa Levine. She is the visionary behind the Maha Rose Center for Healing in Greenpoint. Few people can harness communal forces and create something authentic that gives as much good as it gets. Lisa is one of those people. Maha Rose is a special place for both practitioners and people receiving care.
Photo by Andrew Segreti