Off to Rio! The Conferencia Internacional Ucem, being held at the Golden Park Hotel in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil will host my book reading on Friday October 17 at 10 a.m. The conference runs from through Sunday October 19.

I will be performing some of my music too. Hope to see you all!


There are probably as many methods in hypnotherapy as there are individuals working in the field. Subtle though the differences may be, one thing is certain: the therapist must feel comfortable in her/his own skin if the client is to gain maximum benefit. It can take a while to find one’s own niche; I was certified in 1982, and have coined something of a motto based on what I’ve found most helpful in the introductory stage: It’s no fun unless it’s fun! Word-play is a favorite, as evidenced by the title of this article, and as you may already know from my original songs. Humorous, helpful insights are everywhere, and, with apologies to all the highly skilled hypnotherapists around, with the word “hypnosis,” (besides being Greek to me) how could a self-respecting word-play fan possibly resist tailoring it to a more comfortable fit? Not with those three juicy syllables!


Results are actually perception shifts, and must be consciously chosen before being committed to the automatic pilot that is the subconscious mind. Analogies (parables) and music are two very powerful tools in pleasant self-hypnosis. They are my purpose for writing and recording such music, and the intention in writing my two books, Sing Yourself a Miracle, and The Parable of the Stars.

Symptom Substitution?

Freud introduced the theory of Symptom Substitution, which contends that the alleviation of one symptom (such as an undesirable habit) will likely be replaced by another, which simply substitutes for the vanquished problem. Not a very fun idea, is it? Because of its negative underpinnings, together with Freud’s inability to satisfactorily explain this phenomenon, the Symptom Substitution theory has been largely rejected in modern psychology. It isn’t very helpful to say such a theory is true without being able to say why it is true, and this is where Freud fell short.

Simpson Substitution

We will explore this further momentarily, but for now, let’s try a new, heretofore unheard of, hopefully amusing approach: substituting Simpson Substitution for Freud’s Symptom Substitution. In this concept we first consciously choose to identify with the Lisa Simpson personality if we suspect we have a bit too much “Bart” in us. Or-vice-versa-if we are fed up with emulating sweet little Lisa but can’t seem to help ourselves. I’ve always had a little Bart in me, which I’m happy with, but wouldn’t want any more than I have. A Homer makeover is not currently available, and please do not contact me if you are thinking of becoming an O.J. copy-cat.

A Course in Miracles

Just as Buddhism (and now also Quantum Physics) teaches that the world is illusory, yet can’t explain why we choose to live the illusion, so too did Freud’s Symptom Substitution theory only raise further questions. In the 1960s Dr. Helen Schucman, a psychologist at Columbia Presbyterian University in NYC, working with her Department Head, Dr. William Thetford, began compiling a three-volume set of books titled A Course in Miracles, that would give very clear answers to why we choose to live an illusion, and, at the same time, the purpose which Freud’s Symptom Substitution serves.

Buddhist and Freud Riddles

Here is a quick clue-a personal example that gives an insight into both the Buddhist and Freud riddles: I was talking with a Catholic Priest about smoking; he told me that he always gives up smoking for Lent, but smoked the rest of the year. My reply was that he was getting it all backwards; he should smoke during Lent and give it up the rest of the year. Why would I say that? I think he didn’t get it-perhaps later, if he thought about it, but not at that time. Another clue: what is the purpose for Lent in Catholicism? In that answer lies both the purpose for Symptom Substitution, which eluded Freud, himself, and also the reason Buddhism fails to give for choosing to live an illusion. Happy quantum leaps!

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I will be signing copies of The Parable of The Stars at the Clinton Book Shop located at 12 East Main Street in Clinton on Friday, December 9 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

There will be music throughout the event as well.  Come and learn my Christmas song, The Angel Song and the New Jersey Song too!

A. In a Parable, of course!
Perhaps millions of ACIM students have given up on The Course, finding it
too difficult and frustrating to fathom. Most long-time ACIM students,
myself included, have found themselves at a loss for words when
attempting to relate The Course’s message to newer students or the
curious inquirer.

In letting go the wish to be the one to come up with the answer, it came
to me. I asked simply how Jesus would explain his Course, and
 The Parable of the Stars began to take form. I laughed, thinking to
myself “How else would Jesus tell the story?” The gift of this
parable has changed my own life, and those of readers who find its
clarity invaluable in making their way through The Course. Long-time
students report its simplicity helpful in avoiding ego-relapses, and
call it their “go-to book” to share with their loved ones who may be
questioning their sanity. $11.50 + $3.50, S & H. The accompanying
The Parable of the Stars CD, narrated by Lainie Beavin, songs by
John Beavin, and sound effects by Tom Sciro: $10.50 + $3.50, S & H
or book and CD: $19.95 + $3.50, S & H.

The original music in John Beavin’s CD, God Is the Light in Which I See 
complements The Parable of the Stars with songs such as The Forgotten 
Song. Course students will recognize the title song as the title of 
Lesson 44 from the Workbook. Once understood, the “Light” which God 
really is becomes non-threatening to everyone, religious, agnostic 
or atheist. The album is also fun and funny, in keeping with the 
ACIM teaching that all true healing lies in our “remembering to 
laugh at the tiny mad idea” (of separation from The Light, and 
thus, from each other.) $14.95+ $3.50, S & H. Treat yourself to 
all three-The Parable of the Stars book and CD, plus the God Is 
the Light in Which I See for just $29.95 + $3.50 S & H—a 
savings of $7.45.

For those wishing to give these items as gifts, please email 
about discounts for multiple orders.

I will be signing copies of The Parable of The Stars at the Unity Spiritual Center in Asbury on Sunday, March 6 at 10 a.m.

There will be music throughout the event as well.  Some of it might be called comedy/spiritual!!

I had the opportunity to present at Dublin Unitarian Church in January.  It was a great experience. My wife, Lainie, did a reading of The Parable of the Stars. A podcast of the session is available here. We thank Rev. Bill Darlison for affording us this opportunity.

Author John Beavin uses The Parable of the Stars to explain the way people struggle between individualism and collectivism.  As we separate and grow into distinct people, we feel guilty that we have destroyed the whole to gain our individaulity. We feel a sense of separation, which fosters fierce competition, pitting us all against each other in an endless struggle.  These constant rivalries only leave us exhausted, hopeless, and unable to see our own brilliance as a whole.

The Parable of the Stars is a story of rediscovery as the stars come to remember their true beauty and power within their oneness as the single beautiful Light.  This shift in perception has already chaged the lives of many people and is sure to affect many more in the same way.  The Parable of the Stars is available at and other bookstores.