I had known Jasper and had him in my head for a grand total of 6 weeks when I got a little too big for my britches, as we used to say.

I decided that I didn’t need to wait for my next session with Barb to see something exciting since Jasper was with me all the time, so I decided to strike out on my own.

In Barb’s process for getting a client to a hypnotic state, the person is asked to visualize a hallway like in a large hotel with doors on both sides. Then they would visualize a light above each door. Some of them would be on, and some would be off.

The doors with lights on above them are portals to past lives or things your guides and/or your subconscious think you would benefit from by remembering.

So I got all relaxed and managed to visualize the hallway all by myself, and while I was looking the lights above the doors that were on suddenly went off. I tried another hallway and the same thing happened. I looked down another hallway and saw that one light was on above a door, but when I opened that door, everything behind it was black and empty.

I went back to where I started and asked Jasper what was going on. That was the first time he showed me one of his many costume changes.

He was dressed like that guy from the movie, Airplane, (one of my all-time favs, BTW), that pulls the plug on the runway lights just when the plane is trying to land.

And he was laughing hysterically, also a first, at the inception of the many times he would make me look and feel like an idiot.

But as always, his practical joke was for teaching purposes, and he said this particular lesson had 3 parts.

First and foremast, don’t take any of the things I would be seeing and learning too seriously. Life is meant to be fun, so learn to laugh a little.

Second, Barb and I were meant to experience all of the things we would be learning together, so she could give her perspective on the lessons, so don’t get cute and try to go around her.

And third, and maybe most important of all, he, Jasper, was going to  be the ringmaster of this little circus, (accompanied by second costume change into ringmaster get up), so don’t be screwing around and thinking you can do this on your own.

Those 3 early lessons formed the foundation of our relationship, and 5 years on, I can say that him setting the ground rules at the beginning was the best thing he could have done. If I have learned nothing else in the last 65 years, it is to listen to and take the advice of experts in whatever field I’m dealing with, and he established himself as the go-to guy.

I think the best part of Jasper laying down the law was insisting that I don’t take any of this too seriously, because it’s meant to be fun. Hardly a day goes by when he doesn’t make me laugh about something, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Hopefully you’ll have some laughs, too, as we go along, and I don’t mind if those laughs come at my expense.