WHO IS THIS GUY ANYWAY?
I'm often asked the question: "Have you always been this way??"
I always optimistically assume that this is a compliment, and proceed to answer "Yes, and I'm only getting moreso!!"
My name is Matt Babb, and my purpose is simple: I transform minds.
I was born and raised at the dividing line of a forest and a relatively peaceful town. With the added luxury of two loving and supportive parents and a full spectrum of siblings, I was given a steady diet of encouragement, confidence, challenge, and a little more freedom than I knew what to do with.
Over my childhood years of martial arts, skateboarding, self-taught musicianship, and exploring in the wild backyard mountains, I developed a deep interest in introspection and personal development that I can easily trace back to my first Kajukenbo classes and even further back to my first solo hikes at age 5 (Note: this is NOT a recommendation to let your children hike alone at age 5!! But if they're anything like me, you may not be able to stop them. Just sayin'.)
As I continued to grow and experience new facets of what it means to be human in this modern swirl of a world, I discovered philosophy (both east and west), psychology, and an impressive catalogue of tools for transformation both modern and ancient.
From there, I slogged my way through more than my fair share of existential crises and psychedelic crack-ups, and consequently found myself naturally playing the counseling/therapeutic role for my peers at a quite a young age.
Once I found this role as a teen, I have never not known that I would play it as an adult. It's simply who I am, and I decided long ago that the best thing to do was to just roll with that.
MY WORK AND MY MISSION
Underneath each interaction, I have always palpably felt that insight is right there for the claiming, and that there is accessible wisdom in people that is beyond comprehension. It's my absolute favorite thing in the world to see that burst of energy release behind someone's eyes, unfailingly expressing the change that has just erupted into their consciousness, bringing them to the next level of being that they were freshly ready for.
My life's work is to learn, integrate, and share as many of these tools with as many people as possible, equipping them with the skills and capacities we need not only for our personal and interpersonal lives, but for our collective adventure as this stupendously variegated web of churning, living, and evolving consciousness. If, at the end of my life, I can look back and see that I gave my all to sharing the gifts that I was given for deep transformation and powerful connection with as many people as would receive them (including you!!), then I will die happy, peaceful, and eager for whatever comes next.
HYPNOSIS AND HYPNOTHERAPY
I completed my two-year training in hypnotherapy in 2017. This training took me to many continents and all throughout my own mind, giving me the skills and instincts to guide willing minds into the deeply potent unconscious, that place from which all of our dreams, creativity, and emotions spring forth.
Led chiefly by Igor Ledochowski (and a long list of other amazing mind-benders), this training focused explicitly on Formal Hypnotherapy, Conversational Hypnotherapy and Coaching, Ericksonian and Metaphorical Hypnotherapy, and Self-Hypnosis (along with and endless number of other topics opened up for us to explore further on our own).
I've seen firsthand an uncountable number of inductions, processes, and transformations, and I've come to trust this modality as my go-to for real change work. My studies will never be complete, as advances in hypnosis both as a psychological phenomenon and as a therapeutic modality are constantly being made, but the vast collection of skills that were downloaded in my mind still amazes me. These teachers were true masters, and it is an honor to carry on their tradition as a hypnotherapist.
COGNITIVE BEHVAIORAL THERAPY
I’ve been studying this modality both explicitly and implicitly over the last couple of years, both in its “pure” form as formal Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and in its philosophical proto-form as Stoic Philosophy (see that page in "Many Paths" for more basic info about these two streams and their relation to one another).
I have found this modality to be the ideal counterbalance to hypnotherapy and lucid dreaming, as these two can stretch the mind beyond it's comfort zone if proper grounding is not put in place. CBT is that grounding.
As of Fall 2019, I have been certified as a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist through the Achology Foundation, led by Kain Ramsey. His course taught me how to go from hello to resolved with issues of all sorts, ranging from anxiety, depression, paranoia, unhealthy habits (both mental and physical), and so much more. As this is a new field for me, I deeply look forward to continuing my education in this area, hoping to eventually work with severe clinical disorders and psychosis.
PRANAYAMA AND MEDITATION
My exploration into these esoteric practices began in my high school years. I found a copy of Deepak Chopra's The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga, and undertook my first real meditation and pranayama session on my dusty bedroom carpet straight out of the back of that book. It clicked immediately, and since then, both pranayama and meditation have been a consistent part of my psychological upkeep.
Over the following years, I've made significant investments of time and resources delving deeper into these topics. I've completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training, I've learned The Wim Hof method, I've been on several meditation retreats (including a 10-day silent Vipassana retreat), and have dug into an uncountable number of books, lectures, and workshops about these topics. Currently I lead a regular weekly meditation at the SLO Yoga Center in San Luis Obispo, and practice pranayama daily.
My hope is to continue to refine these techniques in myself and eventually go on to make them a much more frequent offering for my local community, eventually crescendoing in a life-long goal of mine - leading a daily gathering of meditators.
As often as I say this about the topics on this site, it bears repeating: I cannot overstate the significant of these two techniques. Together they have given me the greatest tool I could have ever asked for - a ready-at-hand method of stilling the mind and finding peace in any situation. Breath and Attention, working together in tandem, have gotten me through some bleak moments, and everyday they provide me with the perfect leaping-off place to glide through my day in greater peace, focus, and lightness.
YEARS OF OBSESSION AND ONGOING STUDY
It goes without saying that my education and exploration will never be complete.
I expect to spend my entire life swimming through the science, art, and practice of as many transformational methodologies that I can get my hands on, and I expect to spread them as far and as wide as my abilities will take them. There is nothing more important for me to do with the given years I have on this Earth.
Currently, I'm building a self-structured amalgamation of courses called Grasshopper University (website coming soon!!). This is my personal work-around to ensure that financial limitations never put a damper on my learning.
The intro to the Mission Statement express it the most clearly:
"Using their own personal drive and discipline, the Grasshopper demonstrates to themselves and to the world that they can achieve something remarkable, and that a life of learning is synonymous with a life of joy and enthusiasm. A true student will always find a way to learn."