cj#1073> Sutphen: Mass Mind Control Techniques In America

2000-03-21

Richard Moore

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From: "Vadim Bondar" <•••@••.•••>
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Richard, you might want to check out this article:
        http://www.sightings.com/ufo6/mindcontrol.htm

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Dear Vadim,

Thanks for the link, and for your many other contributions, not
all of which make it to the list.  (:<)

all the best,
rkm

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                            The Battle For Your
                          Mind - Mass Mind Control
                            Techniques In America
                               By Dick Sutphen
                                  1-20-2000

                        Persuasion and Brainwashing
                 Techniques Being Used On The Public Today

               Reformatted for WWW display and distribution
                by Dynamic Living Media Summary Of Contents


            Introduction

            The Birth of Conversion: Brainwashing in Christian
            Revivalism in 1735. The Three Brain Phases: The
            Pavlovian Explanation

            How Revivalist Preachers Work

            The "Voice Roll" Technique The Build-up Process.:
            Inducing Altered States Assured Continuation:
            Fleecing the Flock Bonding by Fear and Suggestion
            Testimony: Creating Community Spirit Miracles The
            Grey Area of Legitimacy A Game in Which the Rules
            Keep Changing


            Six Conversion Techniques

            Isolation Intimidation, Deprivation and
            Indoctrination. The "Sell It By Zealot" Technique.
            Wearing Down Resistance Increasing Tension
            Introducing Uncertainty About Identity Jargon Lack
            of Humor: No Release, No Resistance


            Not Always a Bad Thing

            Cults: A Captive Course in Stockholm Syndrome The
            Only Hope of Immunity The US Marines as a
            Brainwashing Cult


            Steps in the Decognition Process

            Alertness reduction Programmed Confusion Thought
            Stopping


            Thought-Stopping Techniques

            Marching Meditation Chanting


            True believers and mass movements.

            Persuasion techniques: "Yes Set" Embedded Commands
            The Power of NLP Interspersal Technique Practical
            Examples Shock and Confusion


            Subliminal Programming

            Does Subliminal Programming Work? Mass Misuse of
            Subliminal Programming Vibrato Extra-low Frequency
            Vibrations (ELFs) The Neurophone Technological Tools
            for Mass Manipulation In Closing...


            Introduction

            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
            information.

            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 trainings.

            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 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.


            The Birth of Conversion: Brainwashing in Christian
            Revivalism in 1735.

            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 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.

            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 Pavlovian Explanation

            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 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 programming.

            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."


            The "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.


            The Build-up Process: Inducing Altered States

            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.


            Assured Continuation: Fleecing the Flock

            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.


            Bonding by Fear and Suggestion

            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.


            Testimony: Creating Community Spirit

            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.


            Miracles

            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 individual in the long run.


            The Grey Area of Legitimacy

            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 function.


            A Game in Which the Rules Keep Changing

            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 participation.


            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 conversion.


            Isolation Intimidation, Deprivation and
            Indoctrination

            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.


            The "Sell It By Zealot" Technique.

            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.


            Wearing Down Resistance

            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.


            Increasing Tension

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


            Introducing Uncertainty About Identity

            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.


            Jargon

            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.


            Lack of Humor: No Release, No Resistance

            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 as symbols of the new joy the participants
            have supposedly "found."


            Not Always a Bad Thing

            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 "believers"!


            Cults: A Captive Course in Stockholm Syndrome

            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 Immunity

            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 detachment.


            The US Marines as a Brainwashing Cult

            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.


            Steps in the 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.


            Alertness reduction

            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.


            Programmed Confusion

            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.


            Thought Stopping

            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 enlightenment."


            Thought-Stopping Techniques


            Marching

            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.

            Meditation

            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.

            Chanting

            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 and 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.


            "Yes Set"

            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."


            Embedded Commands

            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 their candidate.


            The Power of NLP

            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.


            Interspersal Technique

            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.


            Practical Examples

            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.


            Shock and Confusion

            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 dilated.


            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
            posters.

            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 of Subliminal Programming

            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 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."


            Vibrato

            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.


            Extra-low Frequency Vibrations (ELFs)

            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 back.

            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.


            Technological Tools for Mass Manipulation

            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 hypnosis.

            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 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.

            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.


            In Closing...

            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...?


            (c) Dick Sutphen


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