I’ve been sent this brilliant conversation between Safi Bahcall and Tim Ferriss by a few friends. It really is fantastic to hear someone as scientifically informed and literate as Safi accurately describe the facts and processes of hypnosis truthfully. His experience at Stanford might interest me most, Stanford being one of the major universities that has consistently studied and researched hypnosis for decades.

Safi Bahcall received his BA summa cum laude from Harvard and his PhD in physics from Stanford, where he worked with Lenny Susskind in particle physics (the science of the small) and the Nobel laureate Bob Laughlin in condensed matter physics (the science of the many). He was a Miller Fellow in physics at UC Berkeley (the school of the many). After working for three years as a consultant for McKinsey, Safi co-founded a biotechnology company developing new drugs for cancer. He led its IPO and served as its CEO for 13 years.




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During this 90-120 minute guided experience held within a gorgeous SoHo soundhouse, we’ll begin with a talk and brief discussion answering any questions. Then the practical portion of the evening begins with the first regression. There will be time for people who would like to share their observations and points of view to hear each other. Siblings to past life regression that may be referenced or discussed over the course of the evening include shamanic journeying, Jungian archetypal journeys, dream work, family constellation therapy, inner child work, early trials and treatments for trauma and depression utilizing cannabis or psychedelics, and akashic records readings. Past life regression has a history in hypnotherapy and ingredients common to guided meditation. Whether approached as a therapeutic intervention or creative play, the potential within the practice is transformational.

Co-hosted by the bird of paradise, Calvin Pia.

It is not more surprising to be born twice than once; everything in nature is resurrection.
— Voltaire
I have realized that the past and future are real illusions, that they exist in the present, which is what there is and all there is.
— Alan Watts


Artist, author, and my friend, Jessica Yatrofsky (and me).

Artist, author, and my friend, Jessica Yatrofsky (and me).

The predominantly Buddhist precept of the internal reflecting the external and a clean space experienced as a feeling, connect the central principles and metaphors we’ll be exploring during this 90-minute practical conversation. Connecting the KonMari Method to Hypnotherapy, we are de-cluttering the outer world and the inner world through action, visualization, and meditation. Psychological organization can equate to physiological states, and a clean space can support a sense of peace and order in similar ways — balancing calmly within somatic peace and equilibrium. Tickets: $40 / free for members.

  • APRIL 1: 7:00PM-8:30PM

  • The Assemblage John Street

  • 17 John St. New York City

About Jessica Yatrofsky: Jessica is a New York-based artist, author and minimalist. She received her MFA from Parsons the New School for Design and published her first photography monograph with powerHouse Books in 2010 and her second photography monograph in 2015. Jessica’s photographic work is part of the permanent collection with the Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art and the Museum of Sex. She is a certified KonMari™consultant and lifestyle coach focusing on aesthetic and creative-inspired living.


The audio/visual presentation at WOOM is more than a little magical.

The audio/visual presentation at WOOM is more than a little magical.

Past Life Meditations Through Voice and Sound continues to be an absolute blast and favorite event to offer. My beginnings with past life regression were as a teenager when on many occasions I got to explore the rich, immersive narratives that come through. As an introduction to past life regression, I do my best to channel that enthusiasm, honesty (open and encouraging of skepticism), and creativity into the experiences that are shared and guided in the comfort of the WOOM Center.

Located on the Bowery in downtown Manhattan, WOOM is a unique place filled with extraordinary people. Created by David and Elian Zach-Shemesh, and run by a wonderful team (too many to mention), the place is a source of wellness, weirdness, and wonder in only the most restorative ways. The beauty of the people and place might be intimidating to some were it not for the sense of humor and warmth inside. I recently had the pleasure of participating in their teacher training offering the students brief hypnotherapy techniques to relieve minor somatic or emotional pain.

PAST LIFE MEDITATIONS THROUGH VOICE AND SOUND will be happening every month throughout the holidays into the winter. Dates and details below. Email me with questions, hope to see you there.

CLICK HERE to reserve your spot.

  • Saturday, December 15 at 7:30

  • Saturday, January 19 at 7:30

  • Saturday, February 2 at 7:30

  • WOOM Center is located at 274 Bowery, 2nd Floor, NYC (bet. Houston & Prince)


Recently published in Reality Sandwich.

Recently published in Reality Sandwich.

I have realized that the past and future are real illusions, that they exist in the present, which is what there is and all there is. -Alan Watts

There’s a case to be made that past life regression is the most versatile therapy. Inside the often marginalized and misunderstood practice is an introduction to meditation and hypnotherapy, the Freudian psychology of family, sex, and death, Jungian perspectives on nature, symbols, mythology, and art, spirituality (however we may define it), philosophy, storytelling, family constellations, chronology, a nuanced examination of time as both linear and nonlinear, and a new understanding of mortality.  

“Death is not the end” says the practice itself, “but another step on the path.” Often times during trainings and workshops we’ll move right past death, focusing our attention on the narratives that precede and follow. What if we zoom in on this moment and let our attention rest here? Broadly speaking, in eastern philosophies death is described as transformation – the breaking of the chrysalis and the departure from the husk. The interconnectedness of beginnings and endings is one of life’s most overused conventions. It hides in plain sight.

Of all the reasons to engage with past life regression, it seems to me that among the most universal (reflecting an embedded subtext in the promise of reincarnation itself) is a desire to know if it is possible to be reborn in our own lives. I’m deeply compassionate to this question – I find myself asking it too at any moment. I was a boy of 13 years old growing up in the suburbs of New Jersey in the early 90s while my father was experiencing great success leading regressions with individuals as a therapist, and training groups internationally. I gravitated to my dad’s work at a young age. Of the thousands of regressions I’ve guided, experienced, and witnessed, it is not the wealth of strange and beautiful stories that have emerged from the unconscious minds of so many courageous souls that echoes loudest now. It is the child-like, inarticulate nonverbal plea held somewhere in the body, yet orphaned in the self, seeking to be reintegrated and made new again.

Imagine passing through moments of “death” over and over again as men and women of all races, young and old, during war and peace, in ancient history and more recent decades, sincerely engaging with the narratives through the senses, activating the neurology and physiology of the positive states of release and relief throughout. After so long, one might naturally begin to rethink “death” as a portal or threshold we pass through. This does not devalue grief or sadness when it happens, nor does it subtract the need to honor our lives.

Our mental health ecosystem can be a rather harsh labyrinth. I professionally regard all modalities as tools available to us. Some tools will be right for some jobs. There is no universal prescription, no one-size-fits-all, no panacea. The spirituality inherent within the exercise is often associated with unhelpful new age tropes, but if you have existential questions in need of an adaptive therapeutic intervention, past life regression has you covered.



When leading trainings and experiences that explore the three modalities together, I’ll begin with a few simple metaphors to illuminate their nature and give reference points to the approach. These come, of course, with the caveats that meditation, hypnosis, and past life regression belong to no man or woman and that their definitions are rightfully many. No metaphor could ever be perfect. The intention is to simplify for the purposes of comparison.

Meditation as a glass of water. Simple, refreshing, and refreshingly simple. Contained, for 2 minutes or 20, or more. No past or future, just the wordless experience of right now. Like the glass is filled with water, the mind is filled with activity which with time (and practice) comes to rest and becomes still.

Then hypnosis as a swimming pool. A larger container. We can see the boundaries, and be part of the activity. We can explore the past or imagine the future – we can comfortably play in the shallow water or explore the deep end. We can swim fast or wade peacefully. It can be work or pleasure. Hypnosis would be the second and larger of three concentric circles.

And finally past life regression as an ocean. A source of life that is most often beautiful, and can also be unpredictable and treacherous. The waves, the rhythms of the water and the interplay of currents happen on levels we’re not entirely aware or in control of. (Like some psychedelic journeys or experiences of ecstatic states) it’s deep, majestic, reflective, and mysterious. We can lose the horizon and explore endlessly. Past life regression would be the third and largest of the concentric circles with these three modalities.

There was a point in my training where the mechanical likeness of guided meditation, hypnotherapy, regression, etc. stopped concerning me. Progressive relaxation, present moment-awareness, attention with the senses, guidance and visualization, pacing and leading, a voice, deep breaths… “The ingredients seem to be the same, so what are the actual differences between these things?” An incredulous teen-aged voice in me used to implore. It’s a good question, ultimately, and one I still respect as fundamentally connected to why we do what we do. For instance, if one meditates to feel better and that does not happen, meditation doesn’t work and/or some failure occurred and something went wrong. What makes the difference between meditation and hypnosis, and all other inner work – there in the depth of the nonverbals, behaving like gravity – is the intention.




“It is not more surprising to be born twice than once; everything in nature is resurrection.” –Voltaire

At events I lead regularly with The Alchemist’s Kitchen, The WOOM Center, Assemblage NYC, and other institutions throughout the city, I’ll often say “if the only thing that occurred during an experience of past life regression were that it leads us to rethink our unconscious fears of dying, that would be a hell of a lot.”

Psychology and philosophy often frame life as a continuous process of loss. Grief, like the wallpaper in death’s antechamber, will happen consciously or unconsciously through life as we say goodbye to former versions of ourselves. And physical death may be the only true goodbye. Past life regression, guided competently, offers a compassionate framework to work with the reflections and projections of this natural process that we are actualizing in our behavior.

I defer to the people I work with as the experts on yourselves. I would not tell you what is or is not a memory of a past lifetime. I guide safely from one side of the process to the other, and help with the interpretation of the images, symbols, and narratives. Taking what is useful and leaving the rest, we want to extract the most directly purposeful lesson or feeling. Only you could know what that is.  

The story behind my curtain is the death of my father almost 8 years ago, when I inherited his work and my life as it is today began. It feels incongruous in moderate terms, and possibly disgraceful in the extreme that there were tremendous gifts in my father’s passing. Those gifts are a testimony to him and his ability to leave a wake of healing and magic in death as he did in life. My missing him every day is proportionate to my gratitude. Thinking of the suffering late in his life, I feel my engine drain. Then, remembering the months afterwards, the tributes and celebrations of his life, we both feel complete again.

I have questions about his death I’ve never felt able to ask because he was the only one who would know exactly what I meant, and only he would have the answers anyway. The questions have eroded over the years from their original words to muffled tones and finally vibrations in my body and voice. They hide in plain sight, beginning and ending simultaneously. They express themselves through me, like orphans seeking to be reunited with their parents and made whole again.


“The Mexican … is familiar with death, jokes about it, caresses it, sleeps with it, celebrates it. True, there is as much fear in his attitude as in that of others, but at least death is not hidden away: he looks at it face to face, with impatience, disdain or irony.” –Octavio Paz, Labyrinth of Solitude

I’ve not been to Mexico yet. I’m a “gringo” by every definition I’m aware of. Everything I know about the country and the culture I’ve learned from a distance so far. The direct thematic links of the living and dead coexisting were pointed out to me. On repeated occasions, friends, students, and collaborators have told me stories of being there, describing the braid of past, present, and future in the air, the music, and the dirt.

I’ll be there for the first time in October, a few short weeks before the country celebrates the Day of the Dead, for Mystery School in Mexico, a 5 day retreat in which I’ll be leading and teaching the path from meditation through hypnosis to past life regression. Like the voodoo deep in the bones of New Orleans that can only truly be known when you’re there, I anticipate something indescribable.


Visit to learn more about the upcoming retreat. Use discount code alchemyinmexico for a special rate.



  • Thursday, June 21, 2018
  • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • The Assemblage NoMad
  • 114 E. 25th St. New York NY 10010

“It is not more surprising to be born twice than once; everything in nature is resurrection.”

During this 90-minute guided experience, the characters and narratives that come through will be examined compassionately from the widest possibility space to include every story. We’ll begin with a talk and discussion answering any questions. Once that has concluded we’ll begin the first regression. There will be time for people who would like to share their observations and points of view to hear each other. Shamanic journeying, Jungian archetypal journeys, dream work, family constellation therapy, inner child work, early trials and treatments for trauma and depression utilizing cannabis or psychedelics, and akashic records readings are just a few of the siblings to past life regression that may be referenced or discussed over the course of the evening. Past life regression has a history in hypnotherapy and ingredients common to guided meditation. Whether approached as a therapeutic intervention or creative play, the potential within the practice is transformational.

"I have realized that the past and future are real illusions, that they exist in the present, which is what there is and all there is."
- Alan Watts

This event is for members of The Assemblage and their guests. Learn more about joining and getting special access and entry to all of our programming.


  • Tuesday, June 12, 2018
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • The Assemblage John Street
  • 17 John St. New York, NY 10038

Writers, artists, and entrepreneurs of all disciplines and backgrounds are invited. During this experiential learning lab we will explore and examine a subtractive approach to creativity and pave new pathways to states of flow, inspiration, and productivity. Whether there is a work in active process or new ideas are sought, the spark is always available if we know how to invite it. Using exercises developed from and based in meditation, hypnotherapy, and past life regression, we will actively be working with trance and using the experiences / states to write.

This event is for Members Only. Click here to learn more about becoming a member of The Assemblage and getting special access and free entry to all of our events.

Artwork by Sara Shakeel

Artwork by Sara Shakeel


Join us for a special afternoon led by Past Life Regression therapist, Daniel Ryan. Modern neuroscience suggests that memory is far more creative and curated than previously thought. In this group healing experience, participants can look forward to relief and relaxation while dynamically exploring the past, discovering strategies and uncovering resources to apply on the road ahead.

Sanctuary Acupuncture + Holistic Health is a wellness center in Downtown Manhattan. We offer acupuncture, herbal medicine, reiki, cupping, and tui na therapies to treat the whole health of our patients and community.


Explore past life regression through a modern lens with the hypnotherapist and thought leader, Daniel Ryan. Integrating current neuroscience with the practice and philosophies within the field, experience a journey through your mind unlike any other, guided by voice and sound to places and narratives both strange and familiar. *Advance and day-of rates may differ.

ONTOPO : Memorial Day Weekend, Catskills Zendo


Ontopo brings together artists and creatives in an informal learning environment that is site-specific, multi-disciplinary, and cross-platform.

Ontopo projects are participatory and based in socio-ecological exchange. Participants explore the mechanics and aesthetics of collective performance, with opportunities to workshop new artworks and courses. As an open collective, Ontopo’s form fluctuates in relation to location and participation. The goal is to engender a multi-sensory, multi-disciplinary collective event that merges production with exhibition, work with play, design with art, and performer with audience.

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Ontopo is pleased to present Ontopo Catskill Zendo, SS18 an overnight temple stay with Kathleen Kim, Helga Fassonaki, Jon Santos, Nelleke, AHARAW, Ai Lin, Ben Thorp Brown and Daniel Ryan. The stay, which includes group dinner and breakfast, will take place at Catskill Zendo, a Korean Buddhist Temple in Summitville, NY.

This intentional gathering focuses on the place of the sanctuary, as both a physical/architectural and mental/spiritual phenomenon. We will deconstruct Zendo temple as a structural sanctuary and devise metaphysical sanctuaries through sound, meditation, and vision. In doing so, we consider how modalities of sanctuary affect our well being as embodied and political subjects.

The retreat opens with a group dinner followed by a screening of Ben Thorp Brown’s Gropius Memory Palace and night of performance. The film features guided hypnotherapy by Daniel Ryan, inviting viewers to construct a ‘memory palace’ as they experience Walter Gropius’s iconic Fagus Factory. The film offers an opportunity to soothe anxieties around technology’s effects on the body and workplace, and to consider the relationship between memory and architecture. The screening segues into experimental music performances by Helga Fassonaki, Kathleen Kim, and Ai LIn. The night will conclude with a dance party featuring sets by D.J.s Jon Santos, Nelleke, and AHARAW.

The next morning, we will reconvene through guided meditation with the Zendo monks. Daniel Ryan will lead group hypnotherapy and past life regression. In a panel discussion, Kathleen Kim and Helga Fassonaki will discuss the intersection of creative production and social justice advocacy. Kim, an immigrants’ rights legal scholar and experimental musician/composer, will present on the constitutional foundations of immigration law and the historical link between race and immigration. Fassonaki, a visual and performing artist, will present on her project Khal, which derives from her experience as an American artist in residence of Persian and Azeri decent in Tabriz, Iran, where women are legally restricted from public vocal performance. Following the panel, we will embark on a guided mushroom foraging walk with Alberto H. Arensberg.

Ontop is an ongoing series of performative and participatory projects based on collective creative exchange. With a multi-faceted embrace of visual, culinary, design, sound, architectural, healing and performance arts, Ontopo reimagines the relationship between creating and consuming, author and audience in the age of accelerated production. Ontopo is organized by Jon Santos.