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 information.
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 trainings.
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
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
So, to begin,
I want to state the most basic of all facts about brainwashing:
In the entire history of man, no one has ever been brainwashed
and realized, or believed, that he had been brainwashed. Those
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.
of Conversion: Brainwashing in Christian Revivalism in 1735.
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 hell!"
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.
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
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.
Brain Phases: The Pavlovian Explanation
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.
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.
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.
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.
physiological 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.
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.
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
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 programming.
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" Technique
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.
Build-up Process: Inducing Altered States
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.
Continuation: Fleecing the Flock
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.
by Fear and Suggestion
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.
Creating Community Spirit
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.
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.
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 individual in the long run.
Grey Area of Legitimacy
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 function.
Game in Which the Rules Keep Changing
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.
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.
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 participation.
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 conversion.
Intimidation, Deprivation and Indoctrination
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.
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.
"Sell It By Zealot" Technique.
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!"
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.
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
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.
tip-off: techniques used to increase the tension in the room
Uncertainty About Identity
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
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.
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.
of Humor: No Release, No Resistance
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 as symbols of the new joy the
participants have supposedly "found."
Always a Bad Thing
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.
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.
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 "believers"!
A Captive Course in Stockholm Syndrome
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.
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.
Only Hope of Immunity
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 detachment.
US Marines as a Brainwashing Cult
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.
in the Decognition Process
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.
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.
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.
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 enlightenment."
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.
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.
thought-stopping technique is chanting, and often chanting in
meditation. "Speaking in tongues" could also be included in
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.
Believers and Mass Movements
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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 embedded 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
Power of NLP
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
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.
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.
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.
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 dilated.
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.
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
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.
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
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."
Misuse of Subliminal Programming
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 programming.
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."
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.
attend opera or enjoy listening to singers like Mario Lanza
are familiar with this altered state induced by the performers.
Frequency Vibrations (ELFs)
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.
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.
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 back.
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.
Tools for Mass Manipulation
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
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.
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."
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!
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 hypnosis.
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.
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 n 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.
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.
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
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...?