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Matthew has traveled the world in pursuit of universal truths that all religions seem to point toward. Hypnotherapy, when performed in safe environments with medical supervision, can guide humans to a sense of peace that Matthew strives daily to share with the world. Take comfort in the years of research he is willing to bring to the table and offer free to anyone who takes the challenge to look deeper inside themselves and simply sit.
In this episode:
- Matthew’s Spiritual Awakening: His Doorway to Hypnotherapy
- Guiding Ourselves Out of Fear and Back to Love
- Samyak Darshan: The Soul’s First Glimpse of Itself
- Meditation: The Universal Truth of Just Sitting
- Living in India: A Spiritual Center of Humanity
- Medical Miracles and the Importance of Willingness
- Matthew’s Spiritual Mission
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“Our childhood is a huge part of those blockages. So, if we’re not willing to look and acknowledge that we have a personal self that needs work like we need some healing to occur- If we don’t want to look at that, all we’re really doing is delaying something that I believe inevitably needs to occur, which is eventually we’re gonna let go of what we’re not, find out who we really are, let go of all that fear, and return to love. It’s really a simple model.” – Matthew Brownstein
“And the more I stay in the present moment, I realize: There’s love right here! There’s joy right here! It doesn’t require actions. It doesn’t require getting new things. It doesn’t require anything but being immensely present in the moment.” – Matthew Brownstein
“One of the things I do is even these conversations. The centerpiece of this entire podcast is that sharing our stories unlocks the essence of being alive for all of us.” – Gary Scott Thomas
“Literally, the simplest teachings which can lead you to the most profound realizations and the most profound experiences is Sit Still. Five Minutes. Morning and Evening. Sit with a straight spine. Watch your breath. You can count your breaths from 1-10 and then start again at 1. And if all you did were that, you’d be doing what some of the most advanced Zen Monks are doing all around the world: Just sitting. So, In Zen practice, (…) one of the most refined versions of Buddhism is Zen Buddhism. And that’s not theistic in any way. It doesn’t go against Christianity because a Zen Meditator just sits down and sits. And actually, that’s just, ‘Be still and know that I am God.’” – Matthew Brownstein
“I realized the mind is the cause of human suffering. Like, we are just causing so much pain and distress unnecessarily because we have these untrained minds that don’t know how to tap into peace. So for me, instead of just focusing on the problem, I decided to focus on the solution, which, really, again, is the mind. So, as long as I know that I’m doing something to relieve suffering, then it’s nowhere near as devastating.” – Matthew Brownstein
“Miracles absolutely do occur. Yet what you’re talking about is the essence of it. We need to be in a state of miracle-mindedness and miracle-readiness. So the attitude is everything.” – Matthew Brownstein
“I’ll be on the meditation cushion, and God is like, ‘Alright, go write that book.’ I’m like, No! I just want to meditate. ‘Nope. Go write the book.’ Eventually, you just have to listen.” – Matthew Brownstein
- CEO and Founder, Anahat Education Group, Inc.
- Executive Director, Institute of Interpersonal Hypnotherapy
- President, International Association of Interpersonal Hypnotherapy
- Founder, Interpersonal NLP Society
- Co-Founder, Illuminated Mind Podcast
- Founder, IGE Networking Groups
- Founder, Anahat Education Group’s Life Mastery Course
- Founder, The Anahat Meditation System, and OnlineMonastery.com
- Publisher, Silent Light Publishers
- Author, The Sacred Geometry of Meditation
- Author, Interpersonal Hypnotherapy
- Author, The Sutras on Healing and Enlightenment
- Author, The Anahat Meditation System
- Author, Peace Under All Circumstances
- Keynote Speaker
- Former Member, The Starchild Project
- Teacher, A Course in Miracles
- Master NLP Practitioner and Trainer
- Certified Clinical and Transpersonal Hypnotherapist
- Reiki Practitioner – Levels I and II
- Attended University of Florida – Religion and Philosophy
- Attended Florida School of Acupuncture
- Attended Southwest Acupuncture College
- Over 25,000 Hours of Hypnotherapy Classroom Training and Private Practice since 1997
Matthew J. Brownstein’s journey into spirituality, health, and healing began in 1992 with a profound spiritual awakening that made him seek the truths of all the world’s great wisdom traditions. This sudden shift into a spiritual view of life led Matthew to change his major in college to Philosophy. Yet, in time it became clear to him that Philosophy was too intellectual and did not offer the direct experiences that he sought for. Changing his major to Religion, Matthew soon discovered Mysticism and the more esoteric branches, which led to his increased spiritual experiences. Not knowing what to do with this knowledge, he went to his first Acupuncture College to learn more about how energy blockages keep us from health, wholeness, and spiritual realization.
Matthew also studied Traditional Chinese Medicine at the Southwest College of Acupuncture, yet soon found Hypnotherapy and NLP and became fascinated with the mind’s ability to heal the body, clear emotional blocks, and restore one to their true self as Spirit. This led to a journey into Hypnotherapy which became a huge foundation of Matthew’s Life’s Work. Matthew’s primary inspiration and mentor for Hypnotherapy has been the late great Mr. Gil Boyne.
Matthew has in-depth training in Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, Massage, Nutrition, Shiatsu, Reiki Levels I & II, Herbology, Homeopathy, Hypnotherapy, Breathwork, NLP, Yoga, Tai Chi, Chi Kung, Tai Chi Chih, Meditation, Past-Life Regression, Life-Between-Life Regression, Analytical Hypnotherapy, Hypnoanalysis, Gestalt, Ho’oponopono, and Radical Forgiveness.
Matthew is a monk at heart. He has lived for over five years in spiritual settings, such as The Temple of the Universe with Michael “Mickey” A. Singer, Zen Mountain Monastery with John Daido Loori, and Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. Matthew has studied and practiced Yoga, specifically Ashtanga and Kripalu. He has practiced Tai Chi and Chi Kung through the teachings of Cheng Man Ching with the Yang Style Short Form. Today, however, Matthew’s primary form of meditation is The Anahat Meditation System and A Course in Miracles.
Matthew opened his first Hypnotherapy practice in West Stockbridge, Massachusetts, in 1997 and has since logged over 25,000 hours in the classroom and private practice. He opened the Florida Institute of Hypnotherapy in 2007, with the help of Mr. Gil Boyne, and became the first licensed Hypnotherapy School in Florida. Around 2011, the school moved to Tampa, Florida, and has now grown to become The Institute of Interpersonal Hypnotherapy, with teachers and practitioners that now span the globe. Matthew has taught hypnotherapy in Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, New York, California, Washington State, Utah, Colorado, Massachusetts, and Costa Rica.
Worth noting about Matthew is his involvement with the late Lloyd Pye and The Starchild Project. The Project attempted to prove or disprove the theory that a 900-year-old carbon-dated bone skull was of extraterrestrial origin. Matthew was considered by Lloyd Pye to be the “Businessman” for the team, as Matthew formed the legal and corporate structure for the massive fundraising endeavor. When Lloyd Pye passed, Matthew began more radio interviews, scientific experiments, lectures, and fundraising efforts. Within two years, with the help of other team members, the Project succeeded, yet the scientific report which concluded the Project said that the skull was indeed human. The Project was a success even though we were all hoping that the skull was otherworldly. The skulls (Starchild and Female Companion) were returned to Mexico, where they originated from, and The Starchild Project team was dismantled. For the final results, please visit https://thefieldreportscom.wordpress.com/2017/05/23/final-results-determining-if-the-starchild-skull-is-part-alien/.
Matthew always considered himself a monk, yet his mission kept calling him back into the world. He, therefore, established OnlineMonastery.com to support himself and others in a monastic path that is lived in the world. The Anahat Meditation System has become the foundation for Online Monastery, along with Matthew’s Meditations on Higher Consciousness, Peace Under All Circumstances, Out-of-Body Travel Teachings, Tantric Sexuality Teachings, and Advanced Teachings on Samadhi Meditation.
For 2022, Matthew’s projects include:
- Basic and Master NLP Training through the Interpersonal NLP Society
- Online Life Mastery Course Training
- Online A Course in Miracles Training
- Online Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Training
- Continued growth of the Institute of Interpersonal Hypnotherapy
- Rebranding all books and products, including new graphics for The Sacred Geometry of Meditation
- An awesome May 2022 IAIH Online Conference called Synthesis
Matthew is available for private Hypnotherapy, Coaching, Mentoring, or Life Mastery sessions online through Zoom at $500 per hour. Sessions usually run for two hours. Please reach out to the Institute to inquire.