The Battle For Your

                  Mind - Mass Mind Control

                    Techniques In America

                               By Dick Sutphen



                        Persuasion and Brainwashing

                 Techniques Being Used On The Public Today


               Reformatted for WWW display and distribution

                by Dynamic Living Media 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 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




            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...





            I'm Dick Sutphen and this tape is a studio-recorded,

            expanded version of a talk I delivered at the World

            Congress of Professional Hypnotists Convention in

            Las Vegas , Nevada . Although the tape carries a

            copyright to protect it from unlawful duplication

            for sale by other companies, in this case, I invite

            individuals to make copies and give them to friends

            or anyone in a position to communicate this



            Although I've been interviewed about the subject on

            many local and regional radio and TV talk shows,

            large-scale mass communication appears to be

            blocked, since it could result in suspicion or

            investigation of the very media presenting it or the

            sponsors that support the media. Some government

            agencies do not want this information generally

            known. Nor do the Born-Again Christian movement,

            cults, and many human-potential 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




            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






            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



            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




            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




            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




            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



            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



            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



            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



            "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




            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



            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



            The series by Wilson Bryan Key, Ph.D., on

            subliminals in advertising and political campaigns

            well documents the misuse in many areas, especially

            printed advertising in newspapers, magazines, and



            The big question about subliminals is: do they work?

            And I guarantee you they do. Not only from the

            response of those who have used my tapes, but from

            the results of such programs as the subliminals

            behind the music in department stores. Supposedly,

            the only message is instructions to not steal: one

            East Coast department store chain reported a 37

            percent reduction in thefts in the first nine months

            of testing.


            A 1984 article in the technical newsletter,

            "Brain-Mind Bulletin," states that as much as 99

            percent of our cognitive activity may be

            "non-conscious," according to the director of the

            Laboratory for Cognitive Psychophysiology at the

            University of Illinois. The lengthy report ends with

            the statement, "these findings support the use of

            subliminal approaches such as taped suggestions for

            weight loss and the therapeutic use of hypnosis and

            Neuro-Linguistic Programming."



            Mass Misuse 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



            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




            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



            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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