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Brainwashing Every Day in Every Way//

--The Battle for Your Mind




Here's the real scoop. This article "The Battle For Your Mind" by Dick

Sutphen--which was referenced in our book "PHOENIX UNDEAD: The Montauk

Project and Camp Hero Today" in regard to subliminal and psyco-acoustic

mind control technologies being used in mass entertainment/popular

music--contains some EXTREMELY crucial, valuable, useful information of

which we ALL should be aware. It's hard to even believe just how

extensively, severely and what's WORST, how EFFECTIVELY we are SCREWED WITH.

Want to know one MAJOR way we can cut down on the unwanted manipulation

of our minds, bodies and consciousness?? KILL OUR TVs!! Or at LEAST,

keep the monster unplugged when not in use, and only watch it VERY

seldom. Wow, what a concept, eh? No TV?????

This is VERY important material in the article below. Do yourself a

favor and READ it.


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The Battle for Your Mind

by Dick Sutphen


Persuasion and Brainwashing Techniques

Being Used On The Public Today


Reformatted for WWW display and distribution by Dynamic Living Media

Special - Exposing the Moonies


Summary Of Contents



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


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


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.




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


Extra-low Frequency Vibrations (ELFs)

The Neurophone

Technological Tools for Mass Manipulation In Closing...




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 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.




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.




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

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




There are three primary techniques used for thought stopping. The first

is marching: the thump, thump, thump beat literally generates

self-hypnosis and thus great susceptibility to suggestion.




The second thought stopping technique is meditation. If you spend an

hour to an hour and a half a day in meditation, after a few weeks, there

is a great probability that you will not return to full beta

consciousness. You will remain in a fixed state of alpha for as long as

you continue to meditate. I'm not saying this is bad--if you do it

yourself. It may be very beneficial. But it is a fact that you are

causing your mind to go flat. I've worked with meditators on an EEG

machine and the results are conclusive: the more you meditate, the

flatter your mind becomes until, eventually and especially if used to

excess or in combination with decognition, all thought ceases. Some

spiritual groups see this as nirvana--which is bullshit. It is simply a

predictable physiological result. And if heaven on earth is non-thinking

and non-involvement, I really question why we are here.




The third thought-stopping technique is chanting, and often chanting in

meditation. "Speaking in tongues" could also be included in this category.

All three-stopping techniques produce an altered state of consciousness.

This may be very good if you are controlling the process, for you also

control the input. I personally use at least one self-hypnosis

programming session every day and I know how beneficial it is for me.

But you need to know if you use these techniques to the degree of

remaining continually in alpha that, although you'll be very mellow,

you'll also be more suggestible.




True Believers 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."





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 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 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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