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This is the 48. Chapter of "The Man-Made Church"
by Frank L. Preuss
On several occasion we have dealt with hypnosis on this website.
There are the webpages Have Dominion and Mind and Body in which hypnosis is also dealt with.
On this webpage I want to deal with hypnosis specifically.
I now want to bring extracts from a book written by a medical practitioner. The title of the book is "New Concepts of Hypnosis. Theories, Techniques and Practical Application" and the author is Bernard C. Gindes, M.D.
The title on the inside of the book is "New Concepts of Hypnosis. As an Adjunct to Psychotherapy and Medicine," 1951.
The first section I want to quote from this book is a key statement and explains very nicely the position of the Doctor:
Just such favorable reaction to suggestion is what the therapist strives to accomplish with the subject. He recognizes that he cannot expect a subject to carry out a suggestion while in full command of his reasoning faculty. A suggestion might easily be ignored because of argumentative resistance on the part of the subject.
Now the first thing that this doctor is wrong about is that he does not understand and know what sickness is all about. He does not know the purpose of it and therefore is not able to introduce the suffering person to a solution.
Suffering is always a signal that something is wrong with a person. The person suffers because it is a signal telling the person that he has to adjust his life and that always means that there is something wrong with the body and everything what is wrong with the body has a spiritual shortcoming as cause.
And when this spiritual reason is not addressed then the suffering will not go away or it will go away and just emerge somewhere else.
Now the second thing that this doctor is wrong about is that it is just this reasoning faculty that the suffering person has to use to make the necessary changes in his life. He must, by using his intellect, get rid of wrong thinking and get hold of right thinking. He must change his mind. The Bible says he must renew his mind. And be renewed in the spirit of your mind. Ephesians 4:23.
And this is exactly what he does not do when he gets hypnotised.
So the doctor will only then be able to cure the sickness of the patient when he finds out what is wrong in the thinking of the person and when he then helps the person to straighten out this wrong thinking and helps him starting to think right, and ultimately this will only then be a successful operation when he leads the man to Christ. Everything else will remain half-measure.
The subject must carry out a suggestion while in full command of his reasoning faculty.
Man is a being with free will and with his free will he must decide to change, and he must not do this when he is a slave, when he allows himself to be hypnotized.
Now another quote from Dr. Gindes, which gives some definition of hypnosis:
Broadly defined, hypnotism is an induced condition, in some few respects similar to normal sleep, in which the suggestibility of an individual is increased.
No definition can be complete that does not mention the motivational and behaviour factors of this phenomenon.
Warren’s Dictionary of Psychology provides a workable description, although its precision leaves much to be desired. Here hypnosis is defined as follows: "An artificial induced state, usually (though not always) resembling sleep, but physiologically distinct from it, which is characterized by heightened suggestibility, as a result of which certain sensory, motor, and memory abnormalities may be induced more readily that in the normal state."
Now my definition of hypnosis is slave mentality, and this applies to the person being hypnotized as well as to the hypnotizer.
And now a report of his about the physiological changes noted in hypnosis:
There is a plethora of evidence to the effect that the sleep-like state of hypnosis bears close proximity to real physiological depression; that in many instances it resembles the states brought on by the use of large amounts of alcohol, narcotics or anaesthetics, and that it contains many of the symptoms noticed in conditions of general fatigue. Observation of the hypnotized subject reveals signs of complete lethargy. We note an abnormal relaxation with slower, somewhat heavier, breathing. From outward indications he appears to be in actual sleep. He responds listlessly, his arms drop limply by his sides, the head falls on his chest as though its weight had become unbearable. His features show complete lack of expression, and soon this stolidity deprives him of aggression. His usual activity becomes passivity.
No follow some more quotes from Dr. Gindes and I bring them here to just give more information about hypnosis:
Binet and Féré were convinced that subjects could receive suggestions of crime which would be executed in the waking state.
It is true that ample conditioning by an experienced hypnotist will alter behavior patterns.
Incapacity for Volitional Activity
The subject under hypnotic control loses his ability to initiate actions arising from his own will. His expression seems to evince an "I don’t give a damn" feeling, and he doesn’t. He sits stolidly with a dreamy and almost blank demeanor, as if he had thrown his mind, soul and body upon the mercy of the therapist. Even when suggestions are thrust upon him, he will respond slowly, as if with great effort, and will finally obey the order given. He is like a robot, inactive, incapable, without initiative, waiting a command to spur him to action. If he is told to walk around the room and shake hands with an onlooker, he does so. If his arm is raised overhead in catalepsy, he offers no objection, keeping his arm outstretched until released by the therapist. It is as though the subject and the therapist have tested their strength against each other, with the hypnotist emerging victor from the battle and demanding the spoils; the loser, beaten and resigned, yields apathetically to each request.
For a clearer picture of the vanquished volitional phenomenon, it is necessary to examine the subject’s motivation. First, we notice that he has voiced his consent to hypnosis, meaning that he has consciously agreed to surrender his will temporarily.
Voluntary submission of a subject provides a temporary transference and in no case constitutes a permanent abolition of will. The hypnotist merely causes the subject to place his will momentarily in abeyance for replacement by the will of the therapist. Lack of initiative depends upon the subject’s voluntary intention to forego conscious thinking and action in favor of submission to the thoughts suggested to him by another.
Now the claim, that the submission is not permanent, is just a claim of the Doctor and hopeful thinking.
But this description of the situation of the hypnotized person is also a nice description of the situation in which the majority of mankind will find itself under the rule of Antichrist. They do not really want to go to the bottomless pit but because they have surrendered their will to Antichrist, they are just following him right into it.
This chapter Hypnosis has exactly this purpose of avoiding this fate; and to be successful, one has to practice now not falling for all the attempts of all kinds of people and organizations and authorities to bully people and make them to comply with their demands and fall into line with their thinking and their politics.
Surviving a dictatorship requires vigilance and preparedness for resistance. And knowledge about the techniques of the hypnotizer will obviously be of great help.
Now comes a statement of Dr. Gindes that gives reasons why people can get healed with the help of hypnosis but it also gives reasons, which he does not state, that all this can simply be achieved without hypnosis, just by straightening one’s own thinking and talking.
As previously mentioned, psychosomatic medicine has furnished conclusive testimony to the effect that a great number of human ailments are functional rather than organic in origin. The symptoms are valid, but the most exhaustive examinations will yield no organic pathology. There simply is no "physical" cause.
If the emotional conflicts at their roots be dissolved, these symptoms disappear as swiftly and mysteriously as they came. There is no longer doubt that strong emotion, states of mind, and unconscious psychological conflicts can and do cause organic symptoms. Suggestion, implanted strongly enough, has been known to cause glandular changes. Every physician knows of patients who have literally "talked themselves" into malignant diseases.
What the doctor here does not say is that the emotional conflicts can get dissolved without hypnosis. They can and should get dissolved by consciously getting the man to change his mind and this should be done with the intellect in full working order.
The entire way physicians today try to heal ailments is not really to remove the actual problem, the wrong spiritual attitude of the patient, but to quack on the outer symptoms. And when they then even apply hypnosis, then they avoid the actual problem twice, because they do not bring the patient to consciously change his will, therefore to use his free will and to cause a change with it, but he is even made a slave through the hypnotizing.
And now some more statements coming from the doctor - the word psychogenic means having a mental origin:
The extent of the control that the mind exerts over bodily processes is receiving wider and wider recognition.
In conditions of psychogenic origin we find hypnotic suggestion working in a negative manner, for just as symptoms can be relieved by suggestion, they can likewise be produced. It is possible to suggest illness to a hypnotized subject.
Modern psychology has demonstrated the role of the unconscious in its scope of activity, leaving little doubt that the control of certain physiological functions rest with the unconscious mind, whose spectacular power has been proven again and again by that elaborate research laboratory, hypnosis.
Once we assume that the unconscious directly or indirectly influences bodily functions, we can reasonably account for the many hypnotic phenomena that have hitherto been inexplicable.
And now comes a statement by the doctor that gives insights into our present situation, why people will follow Antichrist. They followed Antichrist when he made some simple suggestions that were harmless and understandable and then they carried on following him despite the questionable content of his suggestions:
When the therapist observes that each suggestion is being accepted, he may continue with other suggestion important to the subject’s welfare. He can suggest the abolition of pain; […] These suggestion are actually obeyed because the stock suggestions have been carried out. It is therefore apparent that the subject’s normal compliant response to suggestion is the foundation upon which heightened suggestibility can be developed – the suggestions functioning as the building blocks for its construction. Thus upon the acceptance of the uncomplicated primary suggestions (i.e., those which seem reasonable for acceptance by the subject), and later the increasingly more complex ones that follow, he gradually becomes more susceptible to intricate suggestions which, in ordinary waking states, would elicit poor response. This process of conditioning is achieved by the full and complete recognition by the subject of the fact that he is hypnotized and that he must obey every order of the therapist.
So it starts with something simple, like for example "Yes, we can" and it ends with "Let’s kill him".
And now we come to the last quote from Dr. Gindes:
With hypnosis, we have found an artificial method which greatly increases the individual’s capacity for suggestibility. When a new idea is placed in a person’s mind, it can only gain a foothold by dispossessing an opposing idea which is already present. In the conscious state, this process causes much resistance and argument; the mind tends to reject or suppress any new idea attempting to invade it. No matter how practical, valuable, or realistic the new idea we wish to institute may be, in the conscious state we face the patient’s intellectual biases and emotional prejudices of long standing. With hypnosis, we are able to create a direct pathway to his mind along which the new idea may travel. We can accomplish this with the most stubborn of minds, for once the idea that we institute has become acceptable to the subject, his mental and physical faculties all cooperate to carry out the new idea.
Now we come to another book and that is "Open to Suggestion. The Uses and Abuses of Hypnosis" by Robert Temple, 1989.
On the cover of the book the following extract is found:
Open to Suggestion seeks to break and overthrow a general prejudice which is built up against hypnosis. I tis an extensive study which reveals all the unusual and challenging aspects of the subject, including ‘wide-awake trance’, whereby states of hypnosis can be induced not by conventional suggestion of drowsiness but by frantic physical exercise and instructions for super-alertness.
Included in his comprehensive coverage, Robert Temple documents cases of hypnotic crime committed over the last century-and-a-half, including many unwitting subjects of rape at the hands of unscrupulous hypnotists, and his fully researched investigations demonstrate the fact that hypnosis can occasionally be induced without the person’s knowledge – and even without them being present.
Now we come to quotes from Robert Temple and we start with one that relates to what Dr. Gindes has said: "Voluntary submission of a subject provides a temporary transference and in no case constitutes a permanent abolition of will. The hypnotist merely causes the subject to place his will momentarily in abeyance for replacement by the will of the therapist." And I then commented: "Now the last claim, that it is not permanent, is just a claim and hopeful thinking."
So we come to the first quote from Robert Temple:
Weitzenhoffer calls attention to the important question: Is the trance reactivated briefly while the post-hypnotic suggestion is carried out? Or are people who carry out post-hypnotic suggestions fully awake and not in trance?
Weitzenhoffer says:Elucidation of the nature of the state of the individual carrying out a posthypnotic suggestion is of considerable importance. In brief, is he hypnotized or not? It is difficult to determine this merely from observation of the subject’s general behaviour, for the hypnotised individual can behave in a very realistic ‘waking’-like manner as has been shown in a report of Erickson. . . . This entire problem has been approached by Erickson and Erickson . . . who started out with the basic observation that the waking state becomes in itself a suggested response. As a result, they remark that the posthypnotic behaviour and the supposedly waking behaviour become integral parts of the single performance, both behaviours being actually suggested behaviours. Thus, the subject is actually called upon to carry out at a future time a performance that is dual in character. This remark suggests that perhaps after all the subject is hypnotized when he carries out a posthypnotic suggestion. Erickson and Erickson as a matter of fact have obtained strong evidence that this is the case! . . . [they} conclude therefore that the spontaneous posthypnotic trance constitutes a revivification of the hypnotic elements present in the original hypnotic situation. . . . It is my belief that the spontaneous trance actually last the entire duration of the posthypnotic response. . . . a great many posthypnotic responses are of such a nature as to require considerable trance depth for their execution . . . it is implicit in all posthypnotic suggestions that the subject will behave in the posthypnotic situation as if he were awake. That a very realistic waking-like performance can be given by hypnotized subjects has already been pointed out.
So now we see that a trance can become reactivated when a person is wide awake and, continuing to act as if wide awake, the person will perform some action suggested to him when he was in recognized trance. The trance thus recurs and switches on and off as pre-arranged by the instruction given to the person hypnotized. Helen Crawford tells me that she has confirmed this to be the case. The hypnotist need not be present, and need give no additional signal or instruction to the subject. The subject in this sense has become an automaton whom it is not possible to recognize as such.
Wide-awake automatons are thus another feature of the trance condition, and another problem which must be considered if we wish to try to decide what hypnosis is.
Now a very short quote from Robert Temple’s book:
Obviously, hypnosis cannot order tumours to go away.
That I always find interesting that people who are interested in the things of the mind make statements like these. Such statements always sound like a creed.
Now I bring a quote from Robert Temple’s book which is in itself a quote:
The hypnotist would try to produce amnesia in the subject, not only for everything said to him in the hypnotic trance in which the crime had been elaborated, but also for the fact that he had ever been a hypnotic subject. The hypnotist would then try to implant a post-hypnotic inhibition which would prevent anyone else from ever being able to hypnotize him.
And now a second such a quote:
In discussion, it became clear the he achieved gratification out of the hypnotic induction experience, particularly in being able to achieve deep states. He felt powerful when he could manipulate an individual’s memory and perception and achieve compliance in their behavior upon direction. He felt he was doing them a great service, while also experiencing a feeling of omnipotence.
And now again a real quote from Robert Temples book "Open to Suggestion":
But ordinary hypnosis most certainly, definitely, unquestionably does not tap an infallible source of unconscious memories. For when it taps memories, it nearly always creates spurious pseudo-memories to go with them.
This statement should be kept in mind when reading reports about regressions, particularly related to reincarnation stories.
Everything can emerge there, also a lot of stuff of spurious pseudo-memories. Every good and evil spirit normally has access to the thinking of a man and that particularly when he is in trance.
So all these books that are on the market, which report about regressions back into past lives, have to be seen in this light.
Now we come to the last quote from Robert Temples book:
But this view of both hypnosis and suggestion does not state that suggestion cannot operate outside hypnosis; indeed, it must do so. Suggestion is, therefore, as Janet and Bernheim maintained, and many others since have insisted, a phenomenon which does not require hypnosis for its effects but is much facilitated by the hypnotic condition. For the general systems view must maintain that the attention-energy of the executive ego state is not always so vigilant, so strong, and so effective that it can invariably remain in sole charge. Incursions upon its authority are frequent, and are to be met with in such banal instances as effective advertising, or even casual conversation and ‘peer group pressure’. Suggestion is therefore a wider phenomenon than hypnosis. Indeed, it is so widely prevalent that it may well qualify for the description of a universal feature of life. But hypnosis, a condition described from the systems viewpoint as a specific aspect of mental energetics functioning, so greatly facilitates the efficacy of suggestion on human minds that it opens a wholly new level of qualitative potential for the power of suggestion. It is for this reason that for so long hypnosis and suggestion have been confused with one another, and so many arguments have raged over their relative merits, nature, and importance. And the many investigators who have claimed that suggestion can operate without the necessity of a state called ‘hypnosis’ being present were actually correct.
As Robert Temple’s book is a worldly book the aspect of free will does not appear. And to free will very much belongs the total respect for it – from another man’s side and also from the side of God.
But man must very much respect his own free will. It is a gift from God and he must protect it at all costs. And there is no need to use hypnosis. The first book of this Website is called "How to measure your beliefs" and it gives detailed instructions how to use suggestions, and that without hypnosis.
We just have to use the gifts God gave us and they, gifts like the intellect, the heart, the awakened spirit, free will and the limitless connection to the kingdom of God, the spiritual world, are more than we will ever need. And when we use them und straighten out our thinking and speaking, then we can suggest things to ourselves and create the circumstances we desire.
These two books we quoted from are helpful in understanding hypnosis and that again helps to understand more the mind and consciousness and they are aspects of the spiritual side of life and of the kingdom of God and that is what we seek.
In his book Robert Temple brings information about scientific work done in the Soviet Union that reached the West and that scientists telepathically put people to sleep, that they successfully demonstrated hypnosis by telepathy.
There is also mentioned the idea of electromagnetic waves carrying telepathy.
Now this idea brings with it that telepathy would travel with the speed of light, as all electromagnetic waves travel at the speed of light. But telepathy is not really depending on a certain speed because it is something that arrives immediately, independent from distance. And this again seems to indicate that electromagnetic waves, or let us call it light, travels at the speed of light under circumstances that are embedded in the state of consciousness that is belonging to men on earth in their state of consciousness that is the awake state. And this is a state that is particular to the planet earth, probably not to other celestial bodies. And that again seems to indicate that electromagnetic waves, or rather light, travels normally instantaneously.
The space and time concept is a concept that is restricted to earth and other celestial bodies have other systems.
It is similar to laws of nature. Some of them might apply to other stars and planets, some may not.
But Robert Temple writes that he does not believe these reports coming from the Soviet Union are fantasy.
And this shows that hypnosis by telepathy is considered to be something quite unusual and that also actually applies to telepathy itself.
But in reality telepathy is the way of communication. All the modes of communication we know and practise are material ways to communicate and apply to men on earth and to their sense organs, but real communication is done and perceived by the inner senses and they are not of the material kind.
Now the main amount of communication we deal with in our life is done via telepathy because it is the thinking which we do the entire day. We might think that thinking has not much to do with communication but that idea comes from the idea that we produce our own thoughts and we don’t. Thoughts come to us from beings in the hereafter and they are the ones who send them to us via telepathy. And that has something to do with hypnosis or more precisely with suggestion because all these thought-transferences are suggestions and are intended for us to be maintained and entertained and accepted and carried out.
But all the technicalities of telepathy or hypnosis or suggestion are quite interesting and important to know but really important to know is that it is our job to differentiate between all these different bombardments with thoughts and sort them out and separate the good ones from the bad ones.
This careful selection of the right ones and this determined rejection of the wrong ones is our task.
We should be aware of hypnosis and be wary of people trying to hypnotize us and suggest things to us which we do not like and do not want.
And this problem becomes more urgent the closer we come to the end of this age.
The prophecies quite clearly indicate that the man who presently occupies the White House in Washington is the person John the Evangelist calls Antichrist and only people who are aware of this can actually consciously make an effort not to be influenced by this man and his politics.
But the rest of the world will find it very difficult to escape from this man’s effort to hypnotize them and to win them with his suggestions.
So making sure that nobody is going to hypnotize us is a good idea but as we have seen that there is something like hypnosis by telepathy, the avoidance of being hypnotized is not enough. We have to take complete control over our thinking and that means we first have to become aware of the fact that we can and must control our thinking and then we have to do it.
The Bible tells us to resist the devil and that means consciously resisting every thought coming from him and that requires practice and that also includes that we sort out demands made upon us by all kinds of sources, like authorities, publications, organizations, individuals, etc.
Now we still can easily practice resistance against bad things and so we should do it and think of the times when this will no longer be so easy.
We seem to have two different "speeds."
The first speed is the speed of light and that is the speed of electromagnetic waves.
The second "speed" is the "speed" of thought-transference or telepathy, and that is instantaneous.
Now this second "speed" is also the "speed" in which entangled particles seem to exchange information.
So this second "speed" is also known in physics, is therefore difficult to be denied by scientists and is something they have to admit that it somehow exists.
So they have a problem explaining what it is and what the difference is.
May be our scientist will, one day, find out something about this problem.
But now let us look at this problem from another side.
May be there is not really a difference, but just a difference how we measure or how we perceive these two things.
The speed of light is measured with physical instruments and ultimately with our senses, and that are our outer senses, mainly by our eyes.
Now telepathy cannot be measured by our outer senses, but by our inner sense only.
Our scientist have enough problems measuring something affecting our brain, and when it then comes to our mind then they have already the problem of accepting the existence of the mind, especially being separate from the brain. Let me quote something, again, from Robert Temple:
The transformations of energy within the system of man also blur the distinctions between ‘mental’ and ‘physical’. This has always been the central promise of the field of hypnosis. It was one reason why some people feared or shunned the subject; they intuited where it might lead. Behaviourist, apart from an enlightened handful like the late Clark Hull who could rise above their prejudices, sensed in hypnosis an adversary which threatened the heart of their pernicious doctrines. Materialists shunned the subject, knowing that if they condoned it the reality of a mind would have to be acknowledged.
So our scientists fear to have to condone the reality of a mind.
And this again proves that they are no scientists but just religious people who are fighting for their beliefs. Their beliefs are all what matters, not truth. And that also shows that there is not really a difference between science and, other, religious sects and denominations and adherents of man-made churches. I am talking here of scientists who are believers in materialism and atheism.
So telepathy has something to do with the mind, with thoughts, with thinking.
And there our scientists have very little experience measuring anything. They might be able to measure some reactions of the brain, but when the mind is separated from the brain, they seem to have no way of measuring.
Now spiritual writings tell us that this business of space and time is a particular aspect of planet earth and does not apply to the rest of the solar system and not to the universe in general.
Now if this is the case then all our assumptions about geometrical dimensions related to astronomy become somehow questionable.
Let me quote something from a message of Bertha Dudde, B.D. NR. 1008, a quote from Saturn:
The effort of the world wise is in vain to get a clear picture about the inner construction of the works of creation which are outside of earth. It is not enough to establish numerically the proportions of other world bodies in comparison with earth, it is also not enough to want to establish the influence upon these world bodies and the light intensity through degree meters. Rather men are needed for the research of these world bodies who have an enormous knowledge, and such a knowledge can only be acquired in spiritual ways. There exists no connection from earth to any world body, and eternities can pass, such a connection will also not be created, however spiritually again there are no boundaries, which separate one world body from the other. Wide space between two world bodies is no obstacle that spiritual beings can communicate with each other and give one another information about the world they inhabit and its composition. To give a clear picture about the planet most kindred to earth, Saturn, is the task of a higher spiritual being inhabiting it, and a description is offered to you men on earth which indisputably gives information to him who desires information. No earth citizen has yet succeeded to establish the size of this world body because the size cannot be proven numerically since men have no scale for the circumference of Saturn. It is a concept which goes far above all earthly estimates and almost reaches infinity for you men.
So if time and space are things that only apply to our planet then movement of electromagnetic waves, of light, does not really happen outside of our sphere.
So the movement of light might actually be the same as that of entangled particles or of telepathy. We might just perceive the movement of electromagnetic waves the way we do because we use material instruments to do it and observe these measurements with our material eyes.
If we would perceive with our inner senses only, it would be a completely different matter. It would all be just one: the way we perceive telepathy and also the way scientists tell us what happens between entangled particles.
This is the end of "Hypnosis"
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