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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
Step-by-Step, how they conduct a revival and the expected physiological

results. The "voice roll" technique used by preachers, lawyers and hypnotists.
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
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
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
So, to begin, I want to state the most basic of all facts about
brainwashing: IN THE
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

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
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
As a result, one person committed suicide and another attempted suicide.
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.
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
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,
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
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

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
Lenin was quick to see the potential of applying Pavlov’s research to his own

Three distinct and progressive states of transmarginal inhibition were
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
conditioned responses and behavior patterns turn from positive to negative or
negative to positive.
With the progression through each phase, the degree of conversion
more effective and complete. The way to achieve conversion are many and
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
are fasting, radical or high sugar diets, physical discomforts, regulation of

breathing, mantra chanting in meditation, the disclosure of awesome mysteries,
lighting and sound effects, programmed response to incense, or
intoxicating drugs.
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
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
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
state almost immediately upon entering the sanctuary. Subconsciously, they

recall their state of mind from previous services and respond according to the
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."

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.
Now the assistant pastor begins the "build-up"
process. He induces an
altered state of consciousness and/or begins to generate the excitement
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.

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
representative will.
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
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.
In most revivalist gatherings,
"testifying" or "witnessing" usually
follows the fear-based sermon. People
from the audience come up on stage and
relate their stories. "I was crippled and now I
can walk!" "I had arthritis
and now it’s gone!" It is a psychological
manipulation that works. After
listening to numerous case histories of miraculous healings,
the average guy
in the audience with a minor problem is sure he can be healed. The room is
charged with fear, guilt, intense excitement, and expectations.
Now those who want to be
healed are frequently lined up around the edge of
the room, or they are told to come down to
the front. The preacher might touch
them on the head firmly and scream, "Be healed!"
This releases the psychic
energy and, for many, catharsis results. Catharsis is a purging of
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
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.
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.
The techniques and staging will vary from church to
church. Many use
"speaking in tongues" to generate catharsis in some while the
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
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
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.
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
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
to themselves and their trainer that they will keep their agreements. Anyone
does not will be intimidated into agreement or forced to leave. The next
step is to agree to
complete training, thus assuring a high percentage of
conversions for the organizations. They
will USUALLY have to agree not to take
drugs, smoke, and sometimes not to eat . . . or they
are given such short meal
breaks that it creates tension. The real reason for the agreements
is to alter
internal chemistry, which generates anxiety and hopefully causes at least a

slight malfunction of the nervous system, which in turn increases the
conversion potential.
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

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