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Everyday Brainwashing

                           Everyday Brainwashing
                              by Dick Sutphen

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Dick  Sutphen is a professional hypnotist who makes a good portion  of  his  
living  training   other  professional  hypnotists...   and   another  good 
portion  selling tapes of his lectures and "subliminal learning"  tapes  to 
help  people  with  their problems.  This file is a transcript of  a  taped 
lecture  with information he felt was  important  enough  that   he   asked  
for  it to be as widely disseminated as possible, at NO CHARGE.  I found it 
on  Illumi-Net in Decatur GA, and it  hit  me where I live, so I  ask  that 
all  who read it pass it along as widely as possible. I have broken  it  up 
into four parts... please be sure that all four are printed, uploaded, etc.  
together, so that none of the information is lost, for it is all VITAL!

It could mean the return of free thought to this nation, or the end of it.

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           THE BATTLE FOR YOUR MIND, by Dick Sutphen -- 22.2 KB
    Persuasion & Brainwashing Techniques Being Used On The Public Today

                             SUMMARY OF CONTENTS

The  Birth  of  Conversion/Brainwashing  in  Christian  Revivalism in 1735.  
The  Pavlovian   explanation  of  the  three  brain   phases.    Born-again   
preachers:  Step-by-Step,  how  they conduct a  revival  and  the  expected 
physiological results. The  "voice  roll"  technique  used  by   preachers, 
lawyers  and  hypnotists.  New trance-inducing churches.  The  6  steps  to 
conversion.   The decognition  process. Thought-stopping  techniques.   The 
"sell  it  by  zealot" technique.  True  believers  and   mass   movements.   
Persuasion   techniques:   "Yes  set,"  "Imbedded  Commands,"  "Shock   and 
Confusion,"  and the "Interspersal Technique."  Subliminals.   Vibrato  and  
ELF  waves.   Inducing  trance  with  vibrational sound.  Even professional 
observers  will be  "possessed"  at  charismatic  gatherings.   The   "only  
hope" technique to attend and not be converted.  Non-detectable  Neurophone 
programming through the skin.  The medium for mass take-over.

I'm  Dick Sutphen and this tape is a studio-recorded, expanded version of a 
talk  I  delivered  at  the  World  Congress  of  Professional   Hypnotists 
Convention   in   Las  Vegas,  Nevada.   Although  the   tape   carries   a  
copyright   to  protect it from unlawful duplication for  sale   by   other  
companies,   in   this  case,  I  invite individuals  to  make  copies  and 
give  them  to  friends  or  anyone  in  a  position  to  communicate  this 

Although  I've  been interviewed about the subject  on   many   local   and  
regional radio  and  TV talk shows, large-scale mass communication  appears 
to  be blocked, since it could result in suspicion or investigation of  the 
very  media  presenting it or the sponsors that support  the  media.   Some 
government  agencies do not want this information generally known.  Nor  do  
the   Born-Again   Christian   movement, cults,  and  many  human-potential 

Everything  I will relate only exposes the surface of the problem.  I don't 
know  how the misuse of these techniques can be stopped.  I don't think  it 
is  possible  to legislate against that which often cannot   be   detected;  
and  if  those  who legislate  are using these techniques, there is  little 
hope  of affecting laws to govern usage.  I do know that the first step  to 
initiate  change is  to  generate interest.   In  this  case,   that   will 
probably only result from an underground effort.

In talking about this subject, I am talking about my own business.  I  know  
it,  and   I   know   how  effective it can be.   I  produce  hypnosis  and 
subliminal  tapes and, in some of my seminars, I use conversion tactics  to 
assist  participants   to become  independent  and  self-sufficient.   But, 
anytime I use these techniques, I point out that I am using them, and those 
attending  have  a choice to participate or not.  They also know  what  the 
desired result of participation will be.

So,  to  begin,  I  want  to state the most  basic  of  all   facts   about  
who  have   been   brainwashed  will usually   passionately   defend  their 
manipulators, claiming they have simply been "shown the light" .  .  .   or 
have been transformed in miraculous ways.

The Birth of Conversion

CONVERSION   is   a  "nice"  word  for  BRAINWASHING  .   .   .    and  any 
study  of brainwashing has to begin with a study of  Christian   revivalism  
in    eighteenth   century   America.    Apparently,    Jonathan    Edwards  
accidentally  discovered the techniques during a religious crusade in  1735 
in Northampton, Massachusetts.  By inducing guilt and  acute   apprehension  
and   by   increasing  the  tension,  the "sinners" attending  his  revival 
meetings would break down and completely submit. Technically,  what Edwards 
was  doing was creating conditions that wipe the brain slate clean so  that 
the mind accepts new programming.  The problem was that  the new  input was 
negative.   He  would  tell them, "You're a sinner!   You're  destined  for 

As a result, one person committed suicide and another  attempted   suicide.   
And  the  neighbors of the suicidal converts related that they,  too,  were 
affected  so  deeply that, although they had  found  "eternal   salvation,"  
they  were  obsessed with a diabolical temptation to end their own lives.

Once  a preacher, cult leader, manipulator or authority figure creates  the 
brain phase to wipe the brain-slate clean, his subjects are wide open.  New 
input,  in the  form  of  suggestion, can be substituted for their previous 
ideas.  Because Edwards didn't turn his message positive until the  end  of  
the  revival,  many accepted the negative suggestions and acted, or desired 
to act, upon them.

Charles  J.   Finney  was another Christian revivalist who  used  the  same 
techniques four years later in mass religious conversions in New York.  The 
techniques   are  still   being  used  today  by   Christian   revivalists,  
cults,   human-potential trainings, some business rallies, and  the  United 
States Armed Services .   .   . to name just a few.

Let   me   point   out here that I don't think  most  revivalist  preachers 
realize  or know they are using brainwashing techniques.   Edwards   simply  
stumbled   upon  a technique that really worked, and others copied  it  and 
have continued to copy it for  over  two  hundred  years.   And  the   more 
sophisticated  our knowledge and technology become, the more effective  the 
conversion.  I feel strongly that this is one of the major reasons for  the 
increasing  rise  in  Christian fundamentalism,  especially  the  televised 
variety, while  most  of  the  orthodox  religions  are declining.

The Three Brain Phases

The   Christians   may  have  been  the  first  to  successfully  formulate 
brainwashing, but we  have  to  look  to  Pavlov,  the  Russian  scientist,  
for   a   technical explanation.   In  the  early  1900s,  his   work  with 
animals  opened the door to further investigations with humans.  After  the 
revolution  in Russia,  Lenin  was quick to see the potential  of  applying 
Pavlov's research to his own ends.

Three   distinct   and  progressive  states  of  transmarginal   inhibition  
were  identified by Pavlov.  The first is the EQUIVALENT phase,  in   which  
the   brain gives  the  same  response  to  both strong and  weak  stimuli.  
The  second  is  the PARADOXICAL phase, in which the  brain  responds  more  
actively   to  weak  stimuli than  to  strong.   And  the  third   is   the  
ULTRA-PARADOXICAL   phase,  in  which conditioned  responses  and  behavior 
patterns turn from positive  to  negative  or from negative to positive.

With  the  progression through each phase, the degree of conversion becomes 
more  effective and complete.  The way to achieve conversion are  many  and 
varied,  but the  usual  first  step in religious or political brainwashing 
is  to work on the emotions of an individual or group until they  reach  an 
abnormal level of  anger, fear, exitement, or nervous tension.

The   progressive   result   of   this   mental   condition  is  to  impair 
judgement  and increase  suggestibility.   The  more  this  condition   can  
be  maintained   or intensified,  the  more it compounds.  Once  catharsis, 
or  the  first  brain phase, is reached, the   complete   mental   takeover  
becomes   easier.   Existing  mental programming can be replaced  with  new 
patterns of thinking and behavior.

Other    often-used   physiological ū weapons   to   modify  normal   brain 
functions   are  fasting,  radical  or   high   sugar    diets,    physical  
discomforts,   regulation  of breathing,  mantra  chanting  in  meditation, 
the  disclosure  of  awesome  mysteries,  special   lighting   and    sound  
effects,  programmed  response  to  incense,   or intoxicating drugs.

The   same   results   can   be   obtained   in   contemporary  psychiatric 
treatment  by  electric shock treatments and even by purposely  lowering  a 
person's blood  sugar level with insulin injections.

Before   I  talk  about exactly how some of the techniques are  applied,  I 
want  to  point  out  that  hypnosis  and  conversion   tactics   are   two  
distinctly  different things--and  that conversion techniques are far  more 
powerful.  However, the two are often mixed .  .  .  with powerful results.

How Revivalist Preachers Work

If  you'd  like to see a revivalist preacher at work, there  are   probably  
several  in  your  city.   Go  to  the  church  or  tent early and  sit  in 
the  rear,  about three-quarters of the way back.  Most  likely  repetitive  
music   will   be  played while  the  people  come in for the  service.   A 
repetitive  beat, ideally ranging from 45 to 72 beats per minute (a  rhythm 
close  to the beat of the human  heart), is very hypnotic and can  generate 
an  eyes-open altered state of consciousness in a  very high percentage  of 
people.  And, once you are in an alpha state, you are at least 25 times  as 
suggestible  as you would be  in  full  beta  consciousness. The  music  is 
probably  the  same for every service, or incorporates the same  beat,  and  
many  of  the  people will go into an altered state almost immediately upon 
entering the sanctuary.  Subconsciously, they recall their state  of   mind  
from   previous  services  and  respond  according  to  the   post-hypnotic 

Watch   the   people waiting for the service to begin.  Many  will  exhibit 
external signs of trance--body relaxation and slightly dilated eyes.  
Often,   they  begin swaying  back  and  forth  with  their  hands  in  the 
air  while  sitting  in  their chairs.  Next,  the  assistant  pastor  will 
probably come out.  He  usually  speaks with a pretty good "voice roll."

Voice Roll Technique

A   "voice   roll"   is a patterned, paced style used  by  hypnotists  when 
inducing a trance.  It is also used by many lawyers, several of  whom   are  
highly   trained  hypnotists,   when  they  desire  to   entrench  a  point 
firmly  in  the  minds of the jurors.  A voice roll can  sound  as  if  the 
speaker  were talking to the beat of  a metronome  or  it  may   sound   as  
though  he  were  emphasizing every word in a monotonous, patterned  style.  
The  words  will  usually be delivered at the rate of 45 to  60  beats  per 
minute, maximizing the hypnotic effect.

Now  the  assistant pastor begins the "build-up" process.  He  induces   an  
altered  state   of   consciousness   and/or   begins   to   generate   the  
excitement   and the expectations of the audience.  Next, a group of  young 
women  in "sweet and  pure" chiffon  dresses  might  come  out  to  sing  a 
song.  Gospel songs are great for building excitement and INVOLVEMENT.   In 
the  middle  of  the  song,  one  of  the girls might be  "smitten  by  the 
spirit"  and fall down or react as if possessed by the Holy  Spirit.   This 
very  effectively  increases the intensity in the room.   At  this   point, 
hypnosis  and  conversion tactics are being mixed.  And the result  is  the 
audience's   attention   span   is  now   totally    focused    upon    the  
communication while the environment becomes more exciting or tense.

Right   about   this  time,  when an eyes-open  mass-induced  alpha  mental 
state  has  been achieved, they will usually pass the collection  plate  or  
basket.    In  the background,  a  45-beat-per-minute  voice roll from  the 
assistant preacher might exhort, "Give to God .  .  .  Give to God .  .   .  
Give to God .  .  ."  And the audience does give.  God  may  not  get   the  
money,  but  his  already  wealthy representative will.

Next,   the   fire-and-brimstone  preacher  will  come  out.    He  induces 
fear  and increases the tension by talking about "the devil,"   "going   to  
hell,"  or  the forthcoming Armegeddon.

In  the  last  such  rally  I attended, the preacher talked about the blood 
that would soon be running out of every faucet in the land.   He  was  also  
obsessed with a "bloody axe of God," which everyone had seen hanging  above 
the pulpit the previous  week.   I  have no doubt that everyone saw it--the 
power of suggestion given to hundreds of people in hypnosis assures that at 
least 10 to  25  percent would see whatever he suggested they see.

In   most  revivalist  gatherings,  "testifying"  or  "witnessing"  usually 
follows  the fear-based sermon.  People from the audience come up on  stage 
and   relate  their stories.   "I  was  crippled and now I can  walk!"   "I 
had  arthritis  and now it's gone!"  It is  a  psychological   manipulation  
that  works.   After  listening  to numerous  case histories of  miraculous 
healings,  the average guy in the audience with a minor problem is sure  he 
can be healed.  The room is charged  with  fear, guilt, intense excitement, 
and expectations.

Now those who want to be healed are frequently lined up around the edge  of  
the  room, or they are told to come down to the front.  The preacher  might 
touch  them on  the  head  firmly and scream, "Be healed!"   This  releases 
the  psychic  energy  and, for many, catharsis  results.   Catharsis  is  a 
purging of repressed emotions. Individuals might cry, fall down or even  go 
into  spasms.   And  if  catharsis  is effected,  they  stand a  chance  of 
being  healed.   In  catharsis (one of the  three  brain  phases  mentioned 
earlier),  the  brain-slate  is  temporarily  wiped  clean   and  the   new 
suggestion is accepted.

For  some,  the healing may be permanent.  For many, it will last four days 
to  a  week, which is,  incidentally,  how  long  a   hypnotic   suggestion  
given   to   a  somnambulistic  subject will usually  last.   Even  if  the 
healing doesn't last, if they come back every week, the power of suggestion 
may continually override  the problem .  .  .  or sometimes, sadly, it  can 
mask  a  physical problem which could prove to be very detrimental  to  the 
individule in the long run.

I'm   not  saying  that legitimate healings do not take  place.   They  do.  
Maybe the individual was ready to let go of the negativity that caused  the 
problem  in  the first  place;  maybe  it  was  the  work  of  God.  Yet  I 
contend  that  it can be explained with existing  knowledge  of  brain/mind 

The  techniques  and  staging will vary from church to  church.   Many  use  
"speaking in  tongues"  to  generate catharsis in some while the  spectacle 
creates intense excitement in the observers.

The  use  of  hypnotic  techniques  by  religions  is  sophisticated,   and  
professionals  are  assuring  that  they  become  even more  effective.   A 
man in Los Angeles is designing, building, and reworking a lot of  churches  
around  the  country.   He tells  ministers  what  they  need  and  how  to 
use  it.  This man's track record indicates that the congregation  and  the  
monetary   ˙income    will   double   if   the   minister    follows    his  
instructions.   He  admits  that about 80 percent of his efforts are in the 
sound system and lighting.

Powerful  sound  and  the  proper  use  of   lighting   are   of    primary  
importance  in inducing  an altered state of consciousnes--I've been  using 
them  for  years in my own seminars.  However, my  participants  are  fully 
aware  of  the  process  and  what they can expect as  a  result  of  their 

Six Conversion Techniques

Cults  and  human-potential  organizations  are  always  looking  for   new 
converts.  To attain  them, they must also create a brain-phase.  And  they 
often need to do it within a short space of time--a weekend, or maybe  even 
a  day.  The following are the six primary techniques used to generate  the 

The meeting or training takes place in an area where participants  are  cut  
off from  the  outside  world.   This may be any place:  a private home,  a 
remote  or rural setting, or even a hotel ballroom where  the  participants 
are  allowed  only limited bathroom usage.  In  human-potential  trainings, 
the  controllers  will give a  lengthy  talk  about   the   importance   of  
"keeping agreements" in life.  The participants are told that if they don't 
keep  agreements,  their life will  never work.  It's a good idea  to  keep 
agreements, but the controllers are subverting a positive  human  value for 
selfish  purposes.   The participants vow to themselves and  their  trainer 
that  they  will keep their agreements.   Anyone  who  does  not  will   be  
intimidated   into   agreement  or forced to leave.  The next  step  is  to 
agree to complete training, thus assuring a high percentage of  conversions  
for  the   organizations.   They  will USUALLY have to agree  not  to  take 
drugs,  smoke,  and sometimes not to eat .  .  .  or they  are  given  such 
short  meal breaks  that it  creates  tension.   The  real reason  for  the 
agreements  is  to alter internal chemistry, which generates  anxiety   and  
hopefully   causes   at   least  a  slight malfunction   of   the   nervous  
system,  which  in  turn increases the conversion potential.

Before  the  gathering is complete, the agreements will be used  to  ensure 
that  the  new converts go out and  find  new   participants.    They   are  
intimidated   into  agreeing  to  do  so  before  they  leave.   Since  the 
importance  of keeping agreements is  so high on their priority  list,  the 
converts will twist the arms of everyone they know, attempting to talk them 
into  attending a  free  introductory  session offered at a future date  by 
the  organization.   The new converts are zealots.  In fact,   the   inside  
term   for   merchandising   the   largest   and   most  successful  human-
potential training is, "sell it by zealot!"

At  least  a  million  people are graduates and a good percentage have been 
left with a mental activation button that assures their future loyalty  and 
assistance  if  the  guru figure or organization calls.   Think  about  the  
potential  political implications  of  hundreds  of  thousands  of  zealots 
programmed to campaign for their guru.
Be  wary  of an organization of this type that  offers  follow-up  sessions 
after  the  seminar.   Follow-up  sessions might  be  weekly  meetings   or  
inexpensive   seminars given  on  a" regular basis which  the  organization 
will attempt to talk you into taking--or any regularly scheduled event used 
to  maintain control.  As the early Christian  revivalists   found,   long-
term  control  is  dependent  upon  a  good follow-up system.

Alright.    Now,   let's  ˙look  at  the  second   tip-off  that  indicates 
conversion  tactics  are  being used.  A  schedule   is   maintained   that˙ 
causes  physical  and mental  fatigue.   This  is  primarily   accomplished  
by  long  hours  in which the participants are  given  no  opportunity  for 
relaxation or reflection.

The  third  tip-off:  techniques used to increase  the   tension   in   the  
room  or environment.

Number   four:    Uncertainty.   I  could  spend  hours  relating   various 
techniques to increase tension and generate  uncertainty.   Basically,  the  
participants  are concerned  about  being  "put on the spot" or encountered 
by the trainers, guilt feelings are played upon, participants are   tempted  
to  verbally  relate  their innermost secrets to the other participants  or 
forced to take part in activities that emphasize removing their masks.  One 
of the most successful human-potential seminars  forces  the   participants  
to   stand on a stage in front of the entire audience while being  verbally 
attacked  by the trainers.  A public opinion  poll, conducted  a few  years 
ago, showed that the number one most-fearful situation an individual  could 
encounter  is  to speak to an audience.  It ranked  above   window  washing  
outside   the   85th floor of an office building.  So you can  imagine  the 
fear  and tension this situation generates within the  participants.   Many  
faint,  but  most  cope  with the stress  by  mentally  going  away.   They 
literally  go into an alpha  state,  which  automatically makes  them  many 
times  as  suggestible  as they normally are.  And another  loop   of   the  
downward  spiral  into  conversion  is successfully effected.

The   fifth   clue   that   conversion  tactics  are  being  used  is   the 
introduction  of  jargon--new  terms  that  have  meaning  only   to    the  
"insiders"   who   participate.  Vicious  language   is   also   frequently  
used,  purposely,  to make participants uncomfortable.

The final tip-off is that there is no humor in the communications .   .   .   
at  least  until  the  participants are converted.  Then, merry-making  and 
humor  are highly desirable asūsymbols of the new  joy   the   participants  
have  supposedly "found."

I'm   not  saying  that good does not result  from  participation  in  such 
gatherings. It can and does.  But I contend it is important for  people  to  
know  what  has happened  and  to  be  aware that continual involvement may 
not be in their best interest.

Over  the years, I've conducted professional  seminars  to   teach   people  
to  be hypnotists,  trainers,  and  counselors.   I've  had  many  of those 
who  conduct trainings and rallies come to me and say, "I'm here because  I 
know that what I'm doing works, but I don't know why."  After showing  them 
how  and why,  many  have gotten  out  of  the business or have decided  to 
approach it differently or in a much more loving and supportive manner.

Many  of  these trainers have become personal friends, and it   scares   us  
all  to have  experienced  the  power of one person with a microphone and a 
room  full  of people.  Add a little charisma and  you  can  count   on   a  
high   percentage   of  conversions.    The  sad  truth   is  that  a  high 
percentage  of  people  want  to  give  away  their  power--they  are  true 

Cult  gatherings or human-potential trainings are an ideal  environment  to 
observe first-hand what is technically called  the  "Stockholm   Syndrome."   
This   is  a situation  in  which  those  who are intimidated,  controlled, 
or  made  to  suffer, begin to love, admire, and  even  sometimes  sexually 
desire their  controllers  or captors.

But  let  me  inject  a  word of warning here:  If you think you can attend 
such  gatherings and not be affected, you are probably wrong.   A   perfect  
example   is the  case  of  a  woman  who  went  to Haiti on  a  Guggenheim 
Fellowship  to study Haitian Voodoo.  In her report, she related  how   the  
music   eventually  induced uncontrollable  bodily movement and an  altered 
state  of consciousness.  Although she understood the process  and  thought 
herself  above it, when she began to  feel herself  become  vulnerable   to  
the music, she attempted to fight it and turned away.  Anger or  resistance 
almost  always   assures   conversion.   A  few  moments  later   she   was  
possessed  by  the music and began dancing in a trance  around  the  Voodoo 
meeting  house.   A  brain  phase  had  been  induced  by  the  music   and 
excitement,  and  she  awoke  feeling  reborn.   The only hope of attending 
such  gatherings  without being affected is to be a Buddha and   allow   no  
positive  or negative emotions to surface.  Few people are capable of  such 

Before   I  go  on,  let's  go back to the six tip-offs to  conversion.   I 
want  to mention the United States Government and military boot camp.   The  
Marine   Corps talks  about  breaking men down before "rebuilding" them  as 
new  men--as  marines! Well, that is exactly what they do, the same  way  a 
cult breaks its  people  down and  rebuilds  them  as happy flower  sellers 
on  your local street corner.  Every one of the six  conversion  techniques 
are used in  boot  camp.   Considering  the needs  of the military, I'm not 
making  a judgement as to whether that is good or bad.  IT IS A  FACT  that 
the  men  are effectively brainwashed.   Those  who  won't submit  must  be 
discharged or spend much of their time in the brig.

Decognition Process

Once   the  initial  conversion  is  effected, cults, armed  services,  and 
similar groups cannot have cynicism  among  their  members.   Members  must  
respond   to commands  and  do  as  they  are  told,  otherwise  they   are  
dangerous    to   the  organizational   control.     This    is    normally  
accomplished  as   a   three-step Decognition Process.

Step   One   is  ALERTNESS REDUCTION:  The controllers  cause  the  nervous 
system to malfunction, making it difficult to distinguish  between  fantasy  
and  reality. This  can  be  accomplished  in  several  ways.  POOR DIET is 
one;  watch  out for Brownies and Koolaid.  The sugar  throws  the  nervous 
system  off.   More subtle  is the  "SPIRITUAL  DIET" used by  many  cults.  
They eat only vegetables and fruits; without the grounding of grains, nuts, 
seeds,  dairy  products, fish or  meat,  an individual   becomes   mentally 
"spacey."   INADEQUATE  SLEEP is another primary way to  reduce  alertness, 
especially  when  combined  with long hours of  work  or  intense  physical 
activity.   Also,  being bombarded with intense  and   unique   experiences 
achieves the same result.

Step  Two  is  PROGRAMMED  CONFUSION:   You  are  mentally  assaulted while 
your alertness is being reduced as in Step One.  This is accomplished  with  
a  deluge of  new  information,  lectures,  discussion  groups,  encounters  
or   one-to-one  processing,  which  usually  amounts  to  the   controller  
bombarding   the   individual  with  questions.    During   this  phase  of 
decognition, reality and illusion often merge and perverted logic is likely 
to be accepted.

Step  Three is THOUGHT STOPPING:  Techniques are used to cause   the   mind  
to   go  "flat."   These  are   altered-state-of-consciousness   techniques  
that initially induce calmness by giving the mind something simple to  deal  
with  and  focusing awareness.   The  continued  use  brings  on a  feeling 
of  elation and eventually hallucination.  The result is the  reduction  of 
thought  and eventually,  if  used long  enough,  the  cessation   of   all  
thought  and withdrawal from everyone and everything except that which  the  
controllers    direct.    The   takeover   is   then  complete.    It    is  
important  to be aware that when members or participants are instructed  to 
use "thought-stopping" techniques, they are told  that  they  will  benefit   
by    so    doing:    they   will  become  "better   soldiers"   or   "find 

There  are  three  primary techniques used for   thought   stopping.    The  
first   is MARCHING:   the  thump,  thump, thump beat  literally  generates 
self-hypnosis and thus great susceptibility to suggestion.

The second thought stopping technique is MEDITATION.  If you spend an  hour 
to  an hour and a half a day in meditation,  after  a  few   weeks,   there  
is   a   great  probability  that  you  will  not   return   to  full  beta 
consciousness.   You will remain in a fixed state of alpha for as  long  as 
you  continue  to  meditate.   I'm not  saying this is bad--if  you  do  it 
yourself.   It  may  be very beneficial.  But it is a  fact  that  you  are 
causing  your  mind  to  go  flat.   I've  worked  with meditators  on   an  
EEG  machine  and  the results are conclusive:  the more you meditate,  the 
flatter  your  mind  becomes until, eventually and especially  if  used  to 
excess   or   in  combination  with  decognition,   all   thought   ceases.   
Some  spiritual  groups  see  this  as  nirvana--which  is  bullshit.    It 
is  simply a predictable physiological result.  And if heaven on earth   is  
non-thinking  and non-involvement, I really question why we are here.

The    third   thought-stopping   technique   is   CHANTING,   and    often  
chanting   in meditation.  "Speaking in tongues" could also be included  in 
this category.

All  three stopping techniques produce an altered state of   consciousness.   
This  may  be  very  good if YOU are controlling the process, for you  also 
control   the  input.   I  personally  use  at  least   one   self-hypnosis  
programming  session  every day  and  I  know  how beneficial it is for me.  
But you need to know if you use these techniques to the degree of remaining 
continually in alpha that,  although you'll be very mellow, you'll also  be 
more suggestible.

True Believers & Mass Movements

Before   ending   this   section on conversion, I want to  talk  about  the 
people  who  are most susceptible to it and about Mass  Movements.   I   am  
convinced   that   at  least  a  third  of  the  population  is  what  Eric 
Hoffer  calls  "true  believers." They are joiners and followers  .   .   .  
people   who   want  to  give  away  their power.  They look  for  answers, 
meaning, and enlightenment outside themselves.

Hoffer,  who  wrote  THE TRUE BELIEVER, a classic on mass movements,  says, 
"true  believers  are not intent on bolstering and  advancing  a  cherished 
self,   but   are  those  craving to be rid of  unwanted  self.   They  are 
followers,  not because of a desire for self-advancement, but  because   it  
can  satisfy  their  passion  for self-renunciation!"   Hoffer  also   says  
that  true  believers  "are  eternally incomplete and eternally insecure"!

I know this from my own experience.  In my years of communicating  concepts  
and conducting  trainings,  I  have  run into them again and again.  All  I 
can do is attempt to show them that the only thing to seek is the True Self 
within.   Their personal answers are to be found there and there alone.   I 
communicate  that  the basics of spirituality are  self-responsibility  and 
self-actualization.   But most of  the  true  believers  just tell me  that 
I'm  not spiritual and go looking for someone who will give them the  dogma 
and structure they desire.

Never  underestimate  the  potential danger of  these  people.   They   can  
easily  be molded into fanatics who will gladly work and die for their holy 
cause.  It is a substitute  for  their  lost faith in themselves and offers 
them  as a substitute for individual hope.  The Moral Majority is made   up  
of  true  believers.   All cults  are  composed of true believers.   You'll 
find  them in politics, churches, businesses,  and  social  cause   groups.   
They  are  the  fanatics   in   these organizations.

Mass   Movements  will  usually have a charismatic leader.   The  followers 
want to convert others to their way of living or impose a new way of life--
if  necessary,  by  legislating  laws forcing  others  to  their  view,  as 
evidenced by the activities of the Moral Majority.  This means  enforcement 
by guns or punishment,  for  that is the bottomline in law enforcement.

A  common  hatred, enemy, or devil is essential to the success  of  a  mass 
movement. The  Born-Again  Christians  have  Satan himself, but that  isn't 
enough--they've  added  the occult, the New Age thinkers and,  lately,  all 
those who  oppose  their integration  of  church and politics, as evidenced 
in  their  political reelection campaigns against those  who  oppose  their 
views.   In  revolutions,   the   devil  is usually  the  ruling  power  or 
aristocracy.   Some  human-potential movements are far too  clever  to  ask 
their graduates to join anything, thus labeling themselves as a  cult--but, 
if  you  look  closely,  you'll find that their   devil   is   anyone   and 
everyone who hasn't taken their training.

There   are  mass  movements  without devils but they seldom  attain  major 
status.  The True Believers are mentally unbalanced or insecure people,  or 
those   without hope  or friends.  People don't look for allies  when  they 
love,  but  they do when they hate or become obsessed with  a  cause.   And 
those who desire a new life  and a  new  order  feel  the old ways must  be 
eliminated before the new order can be built.

Persuasion Techniques

Persuasion isn't technically brainwashing but it  is  the  manipulation  of  
the  human mind by another individual, without the manipulated party  being 
aware  what caused his opinion shift.  I only have time to  very  basically 
introduce  you to a few  of the thousands of techniques in use  today,  but 
the  basis  of persuasion is always to access your RIGHT BRAIN.   The  left 
half  of your  brain  is  analytical and  rational.   The  right  side   is  
creative and imaginative.  That is overly simplified but it makes my point.  
So, the idea is to distract  the  left  brain and  keep  it busy.  Ideally, 
the  persuader  generates  an eyes-open  altered  state  of  consciousness, 
causing you to shift from beta awareness into alpha; this  can be  measured 
on an EEG machine.

First,   let   me   give  you an example of  distracting  the  left  brain.  
Politicians  use these powerful techniques all the time;  lawyers use  many 
variations  which, I've been told, they call "tightening the noose."

Assume  for  a  moment that you are watching a politician  give  a  speech.  
First, he might generate what is called a "YES SET."  These are  statements 
that  will  cause listeners  to  agree;  they might  even  unknowingly  nod 
their  heads in agreement. Next come the TRUISMS.  These are usually  facts 
that could be debated but,  once the politician has his audience  agreeing, 
the  odds  are in the politician's favor that  the audience won't  stop  to 
think for themselves, thus continuing to agree. Last comes the  SUGGESTION.  
This is what the politician wants  you  to  do  and, since  you  have  been  
agreeing all along, you could be persuaded to accept the suggestion.   Now, 
if  you'll listen closely to my political speech,  you'll  find  that   the 
first  three are the "yes set," the next three are truisms and the last  is 
the suggestion.

"Ladies  and  gentlemen:  are you angry about high food  prices?   Are  you 
tired   of  astronomical   gas  prices?  Are  you  sick  of  out-of-control 
inflation?   Well,  you know the Other Party allowed 18  percent  inflation 
last year; you know crime  has increased  50  percent  nationwide  in   the  
last   12  months, and you know your paycheck hardly covers  your  expenses 
any more.  Well, the  answer  to  resolving these problems is to elect  me, 
John Jones, to the U.S.  Senate."

And  I  think you've heard all that before.  But you might also  watch  for 
what  are  called  Imbedded Commands.  As an example:  On  key  words,  the 
speaker  would make a gesture with his left hand, which research has  shown 
is   more   apt   to   access your  right  brain.   Today's  media-oriented 
politicians  and spellbinders are often carefully  trained  by a whole  new 
breed  of  specialist who are using every trick in the book--both  old  and 
new--to manipulate you into accepting their candidate.

The  concepts and techniques of Neuro-Linguistics are so heavily  protected 
that  I found out the hard way that to even talk about them publicly or  in 
print results in threatened legal action.  Yet Neuro-Linguistic training is 
readily  available to  anyone willing to devote the time and pay the price.  
It  is  some of the most subtle and powerful manipulation I have  yet  been 
exposed to.  A good friend  who recently  attended  a  two-week  seminar on 
Neuro-Linguistics found that many of those she talked to during the  breaks 
were government people.

Another  technique that I'm just learning about is  unbelievably  slippery;  
it   is called an INTERSPERSAL TECHNIQUE and the idea is to say  one  thing 
with  words but plant  a subconscious impression of something else  in  the 
minds of the listeners and/or watchers.

Let  me  give  you  an example:  Assume you  are  watching   a   television  
commentator  make  the following statement:  SENATOR JOHNSON  is  assisting 
local  authorities  to  clear   up  the   stupid   mistakes   of  companies 
contributing to the nuclear waste problems."  It sounds like a statement of 
fact, but, if the  speaker  emphasizes the  right  word, and especially  if 
he makes the proper hand gestures on the key words, you could be left  with 
the subconscious impression that  Senator  Johnson is stupid.  That was the 
subliminal  goal  of  the statement and the speaker  cannot  be  called  to 
account for anything.

Persuasion techniques are also frequently used on a much smaller scale with 
just  as  much  effectiveness.  The insurance salesman knows his  pitch  is 
likely  to be much more effective if he can get you to visualize  something 
in  your mind.  This is right-brain communication.  For instance, he  might 
pause in his conversation, look slowly around your livingroom and say, "Can 
you just imagine this beautiful home burning to the ground?"  Of course you 
can!  It is one of your  unconscious fears  and,  when  he  forces  you  to  
visualize   it,  you  are more likely to be manipulated  into  signing  his 
insurance policy.

The Hare Krishnas, operating in  every  airport,  use  what  I  call  SHOCK  
AND  CONFUSION   techniques  to  distract the left  brain  and  communicate 
directly  with the right brain.  While waiting for a plane, I once  watched 
one  operate  for over an hour.  He had a technique of  almost  jumping  in 
front of someone.   Initially, his  voice  was  loud  then  dropped  as  he  
made   his  pitch  to take a book and contribute  money   to   the   cause.   
Usually,  when  people  are. shocked,  they immediately withdraw.  In  this 
case  they were shocked by the strange appearance, sudden   materialization  
and   loud  voice of the Hare Krishna devotee.  In other words, the  people 
went into an alpha state for security because they didn't want to  confront 
the  reality before them.  In alpha, they were highly suggestible  so  they  
responded  to  the suggestion of taking the book; the moment they took  the 
book, they felt guilty and responded to the second suggestion:  give money.   
We  are  all  conditioned  that  if someone gives us something, we have  to 
give them something in return--in that case, it was money.  While  watching 
this  hustler, I was close enough to notice that many of  the   people   he  
stopped   exhibited   an outward sign of alpha--their  eyes  were  actually 

Subliminal Programming

Subliminals  are hidden suggestions that only your subconscious  perceives.  
They  can  be  audio, hidden behind music, or  visual,  airbrushed  into  a 
picture,  flashed  on  a  screen  so  fast  that  you   don't   consciously  
see  them,  or  cleverly incorporated into a picture or design.

Most audio subliminal reprogramming tapes offer verbal suggestions recorded 
at  a  low   volume.    I  question  the  efficacy  of  this  technique--if 
subliminals   are  not  perceptible,  they  cannot   be   effective,    and  
subliminals  recorded  below  the audible  threshold are therefore useless.  
The oldest audio subliminal technique uses a voice that follows the  volume 
of  the  music  so  subliminals  are   impossible  to   detect   without  a 
parametric equalizer.  But this technique is patented and, when I wanted to 
develop  my own line of subliminal audiocassettes,  negotiations  with  the 
patent holder proved to be unsatisfactory.  My attorney obtained copies  of  
the   patents  which  I gave to some talented  Hollywood  sound  engineers, 
asking  them  to  create  a new technique.  They found  a  way  to  psycho-
acoustically   modify  and   synthesize the suggestions so  that  they  are 
projected  in the same chord and frequency as the music, thus  giving  them 
the effect of being part of the  music. But  we  found  that  in using this 
technique,  there  is no way to reduce various frequencies  to  detect  the 
subliminals.   In other words, although the suggestions are being heard  by 
the  subconscious  mind,  they  cannot be  monitored  with  even  the  most 
sophisticated equipment.

If we were able to come up with this technique as easily as we did, I   can  
only imagine  how  sophisticated the technology has become, with  unlimited 
government or advertising funding.  And  I  shudder  to  think  about   the  
propaganda   and commercial  manipulation  that  we  are  exposed  to on  a 
daily  basis.   There is simply no way to know what is behind   the   music  
you   hear.   It  may  even  be possible to hide a second voice behind  the 
voice to which you are listening.

The    series   by   Wilson   Bryan   Key,   Ph.D.,   on   subliminals   in 
advertising  and  political  campaigns well documents the  misuse  in  many 
areas,  especially   printed  advertising  in  newspapers,  magazines,  and 

The  big question about subliminals is:  do they work?  And I guarantee you 
they do.  Not only from the response of those who have used my tapes,   but  
from   the  results  of  such  programs  as  the   subliminals  behind  the 
music  in department stores.  Supposedly, the only message is  instructions 
to  not  steal:   one  East Coast  department  store  chain reported  a  37 
percent reduction in thefts in the first nine months of testing.

A 1984 article in the technical newsletter, "Brain-Mind Bulletin,"   states  
that as  much  as  99  percent  of  our  cognitive  activity  may be  "non-
conscious,"  according  to the director of the  Laboratory  for   Cognitive  
Psychophysiology  at the  University of Illinois.  The lengthy report  ends 
with  the  statement,  "these  findings  support  the  use  of   subliminal 
approaches  such  as  taped  suggestions  for  weight    loss    and    the  
therapeutic  use  of  hypnosis  and  Neuro-Linguistic Programming."

Mass Misuse

I  could relate many stories that support subliminal programming,  but  I'd  
rather  use  my  time to make you aware of even more subtle  uses  of  such 

I   have  personally experienced sitting in a Los Angeles  auditorium  with 
over  ten  thousand  people  who were gathered to  listen  to   a   current  
charismatic  figure. Twenty minutes after entering the auditorium, I became 
aware that I was going in and  out of an altered state.  Those accompanying 
me  experienced the same thing. Since it is our business, we were aware  of 
what  was  happening,  but  those  around us    were   not.    By   careful  
observation,   what  appeared  to  be  spontaneous demonstrations were,  in 
fact, artful manipulations.  The only way I could figure that the eyes-open 
trance  had  been induced was that a 6-  to   7-cycle-per-second  vibration  
was  being  piped  into the room behind the air  conditioner  sound.   That 
particular  vibration generates alpha, which would  render   the   audience  
highly  susceptible.  Ten to 25 percent of the population is capable  of  a 
somnambulistic  level   of   altered states  of  consciousness;  for  these 
people,   the  suggestions  of  the  speaker,  if  non-threatening,   could 
potentially be accepted as "commands."


This  leads  to the mention of VIBRATO.  Vibrato is  the  tremulous  effect  
imparted in some vocal or instrumental music, and the cyle-per-second range 
causes people to go into an altered state of consciousness.  At one  period 
of  English history, singers  whose  voices  contained  pronounced  vibrato 
were  not  allowed to perform publicly because listeners would go  into  an 
altered state  and  have  fantasies, often sexual in nature.

People   who   attend  opera  or  enjoy  listening to  singers  like  Mario 
Lanza are familiar with this altered state induced by the performers.


Now, let's carry this awareness a little farther.  There are also inaudible 
ELFs  (extra-low  frequency waves).  These are electromagnetic  in  nature.  
One   of   the  primary   uses  of  ELFs  is   to   communicate   with  our 
submarines.   Dr.  Andrija Puharich, a highly respected researcher,  in  an 
attempt  to  warn  U.S.   officials about Russian use of ELFs,  set  up  an 
experiment.  Volunteers were wired so their brain  waves could be  measured 
on  an EEG.  They were sealed in a metal room that could not be  penetrated 
by a normal signal.

Puharich then beamed ELF waves at the volunteers.  ELFs  go  right  through  
the  earth   and,  of  course, right through  metal  walls.   Those  inside 
couldn't  know  if  the signal was or was not  being  sent.   And  Puharich 
watched  the  reactions on the technical equipment:  30  percent  of  those 
inside the room were taken over by the ELF signal in six to ten seconds.

When  I  say "taken over,"  I  mean  that  their  behavior   followed   the  
changes anticipated at very precise frequencies.  Waves below 6 cycles  per 
second  caused  the  subjects  to  become  very  emotionally   upset,   and  
even  disrupted bodily functions.  At 8.2 cycles, they felt very high .   .  
.   an  elevated  feeling,   as  though   they   had   been  in   masterful 
meditation,  learned over a period of years. Eleven to 11.3 cycles  induced 
waves of depressed agitation  leading  to  riotous behavior.

The Neurophone

Dr.   Patrick  Flanagan  is a personal friend of mine.  In the early 1960s, 
as  a teenager, Pat was listed as one of the top scientists in  the   world  
by   "Life" magazine.   Among  his many inventions was a device  he  called 
the   Neurophone--an  electronic   instrument   that    can    successfully  
programm   suggestions  directly through  contact  with  the  skin.    When 
he attempted to patent the device, the government demanded that he prove it 
worked.   When  he  did,  the  National  Security  Agency  confiscated  the 
neurophone.   It  took Pat two years of legal battle to get  his  invention 

In  using the device, you don't hear or see a thing; it is applied to   the  
skin,  which  Pat  claims  is  the  source  of  special senses.   The  skin 
contains  more  sensors for heat, touch, pain,  vibration,  and  electrical 
fields than  any  other part of the human anatomy.

In   one  of his recent tests, Pat conducted two identical seminars  for  a 
military  audience--one seminar one night and one the next  night,  because 
the size of  the room  was  not  large  enough  to accommodate all of  them 
at one time.  When the first group proved to be very cool and unwilling  to 
respond, Patrick  spent  the next  day  making  a  special  tape  to   play  
at   the second seminar.  The tape instructed the audience to be  extremely 
warm and responsive and for their  hands to  become  "tingly."   The   tape  
was  played through the neurophone, which was connected to a wire he placed 
along the ceiling of  the  room.   There  were  no speakers,  so  no  sound  
could   be   heard,  yet  the  message  was successfully  transmitted  from 
that  wire directly into the brains of the audience.  They  were warm   and  
receptive,   their   hands   tingled  and  they   responded,  according  to 
programming, in other ways that I cannot mention here.

The  more  we find out about how human beings work through  today's  highly 
advanced  technological  research,  the more we  learn  to  control   human  
beings.    And   what probably scares me the most is that  the  medium  for 
takeover  is already in place! The  television set in your  livingroom  and 
bedroom is doing a lot more than just entertaining you.

Before  I  continue,  let me point out something else  about   an   altered  
state   of  consciousness.   When  you  go  into  an   altered  state,  you 
transfer  into right brain, which results  in  the  internal   release   of  
the   body's   own  opiates: enkephalins  and  Beta-endorphins,  chemically 
almost identical to opium.  In other words, it feels good .  .  .  and  you 
want to come back for more.

Recent  tests  by  researcher  Herbert  Krugman  showed that, while viewers 
were watching TV, right-brain activity outnumbered left-brain activity by a 
ratio   of two  to  one.  Put more simply, the viewers were in  an  altered 
state  .   .  .  in trance more often than not.  They  were  getting  their 
Beta-endorphin "fix."

To  measure  attention spans, psychophysiologist Thomas Mulholland  of  the 
Veterans Hospital in Bedford, Massachusetts, attached young viewers  to  an  
EEG  machine that  was wired to shut the TV set off whenever the children's 
brains produced a majority of alpha waves.  Although the children were told 
to concentrate, only a few could keep the set on for more than 30 seconds!

Most  viewers are already hypnotized.  To deepen the trance is  easy.  ˙One  
simple  way  is  to place a blank, black frame every 32 frames in the  film 
that  is  being  projected.  This creates  a  45-beat-per-minute  pulsation 
perceived  only  by  the subconscious mind--the ideal pace to generate deep 

The  commercials  or suggestions presented  following  this  alpha-inducing 
broadcast  are  much  more likely to be accepted by the viewer.   The  high 
percentage  of the viewing audience that has  somnambulistic-depth  ability 
could   very   well  accept the suggestions as commands--as long  as  those 
commands  did  not ask the viewer to do something contrary to  his  morals, 
religion, or self-preservation.

The  medium for takeover is here.  By the age of 16, children  have   spent  
10,000  to  15,000  hours  watching  television--that  is  more  time  than 
they spend in school!  In the average home, the TV set is on for six  hours 
and  44  minutes  per day--an increase of nine minutes from last  year  and 
three times the average rate of increase during the 1970s.

It   obviously  isn't  getting  better  .   .   .   we are  rapidly  moving 
into  an  alpha-level  world--very  possibly  the   Orwellian   world    of   
"1984"--placid, glassy-eyed, and responding obediently to instructions.

A research project by Jacob Jacoby, a Purdue University psychologist, found 
that  of  2,700  people tested, 90 percent misunderstood even  such  simple 
viewing  fare  as  commercials and "Barnaby  Jones."   Only  minutes  after  
watching,   the  typical viewer  missed  23 to 36 percent of the  questions 
about  what he or she had seen. Of course they did--they were going in  and 
out  of  trance!  If you go into a deep trance, you must be  instructed  to 
remember--otherwise you automatically forget.

I  have  just touched  the  tip  of  the  iceberg.   When  you   start   to  
combine  subliminal   messages  behind  the   music,   subliminal   visuals  
projected on the screen, hypnotically produced visual  effects,   sustained  
musical   beats   at  a trance-inducing  pace .  .  .  you  have  extremely 
effective brainwashing.  Every hour that you spend watching the TV set  you 
become more  conditioned.   And,  in case  you  thought  there  was  a  law 
against any of these things, guess again. There isn't!  There are a lot  of 
powerful  people  who  obviously  prefer  things exactly the way they  are.  
Maybe they have plans for?

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