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THE BATTLE FOR YOUR MIND, by Dick Sutphen — 22.2 KB

Persuasion & Brainwashing Techniques Being Used On The Public Today


The Birth of Conversion/Brainwashing in Christian Revivalism in

1735. The Pavlovian explanation of the three brain phases. Born-

again preachers: Step-by-Step, how they conduct a revival and the

expected physiological results. The “voice roll” technique used by

preachers, lawyers and hypnotists. New trance-inducing churches.

The 6 steps to conversion. The decognition process. Thought-

stopping techniques. The “sell it by zealot” technique. True

believers and mass movements. Persuasion techniques: “Yes set,”

“Imbedded Commands,” “Shock and Confusion,” and the “Interspersal

Technique.” Subliminals. Vibrato and ELF waves. Inducing trance

with vibrational sound. Even professional observers will be

“possessed” at charismatic gatherings. The “only hope” technique

to attend and not be converted. Non-detectable Neurophone

programming through the skin. The medium for mass take-over.

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

version of a talk I delivered at the World Congress of

Professional Hypnotists Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. Although

the tape carries a copyright to protect it from unlawful

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

individuals to make copies and give them to friends or anyone in a

position to communicate this information.

Although I’ve been interviewed about the subject on many local and

regional radio and TV talk shows, large-scale mass communication

appears to be blocked, since it could result in suspicion or

investigation of the very media presenting it or the sponsors that

support the media. Some government agencies do not want this

information generally known. Nor do the Born-Again Christian

movement, cults, and many human-potential trainings.

Everything I will relate only exposes the surface of the problem.

I don’t know how the misuse of these techniques can be stopped. I

don’t think it is possible to legislate against that which often

cannot be detected; and if those who legislate are using these

techniques, there is little hope of affecting laws to govern

usage. I do know that the first step to initiate change is to

generate interest. In this case, that will probably only result

from an underground effort. In talking about this subject, I am

talking about my own business. I know it, and I know how effective

it can be. I produce hypnosis and subliminal apes 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



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

CONVERSION is a “nice” word for BRAINWASHING . . . and any study

of brainwashing has to begin with a study of Christian revivalism

in eighteenth century America. Apparently, Jonathan Edwards

accidentally discovered the techniques during a religious crusade

in 1735 in Northampton, Massachusetts. By inducing guilt and acute

apprehension and by increasing the tension, the “sinners”

attending his revival meetings would break down and completely

submit. Technically, what Edwards was doing was creating

conditions that wipe the brain slate clean so that the mind

accepts new programming. The problem was that the new input was

negative. He would tell them, “You’re a sinner! You’re destined

for hell!” As a result, one person committed suicide and another

attempted suicide.

And the neighbors of the suicidal converts related that they, too,

were affected so deeply that, although they had found “eternal

salvation,” they were obsessed with a diabolical temptation to end

their own lives.

Once a preacher, cult leader, manipulator or authority figure

creates the brain phase to wipe the brain-slate clean, his

subjects are wide open. New input, in the form of suggestion, can

be substituted for their previous ideas. Because Edwards didn’t

turn his message positive until the end of the revival,

many accepted the negative suggestions and acted, or desired to

act, upon them.

Charles J. Finney was another Christian revivalist who used the

same techniques four years later in mass religious conversions in

New York. The techniques are still being used today by Christian

revivalists, cults, human-potential trainings, some business

rallies, and the United States Armed Services . . . to name just a

few. Let me point out here that I don’t think most revivalist

preachers realize or know they are using brainwashing techniques.

Edwards simply stumbled upon a technique that really worked, and

others copied it and have continued to copy it for over two

hundred years. And the more sophisticated our knowledge and

technology become, the more effective the conversion. I feel

strongly that this is one of the major reasons for the increasing

rise in Christian fundamentalism, especially the televised

variety, while most of the orthodox religions are declining.

The Three Brain Phases

The 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


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

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