Issue 24 – 17 June 2017 – rattuos
In a study 59 hypnotists were asked if they were good subjects for hypnotism. Only 4% said they were. In stage hypnotism the subjects are carefully chosen from the audience:
Participant compliance. Participants on stage tend to be compliant because of the social pressure felt in the situation constructed on stage, before an expectant audience.
Participant selection. Preliminary suggestion tests, such as asking the audience to clasp their hands and suggesting they cannot be separated, are usually used to select out the most suggestible and socially compliant subjects from the audience. By asking for volunteers to mount the stage, the performer also tends to select the most extraverted members of the audience.
Deception of the audience. Stage hypnotists are performers who traditionally, but not always, employ a variety of “sleight of hand” strategies to mislead their audience for dramatic effect…..” Wikipedia
What you see may of course be a show rather than a display of real hypnotism anyway but it does not matter with what this issue is about. Much is made about our unconscious and its role. We know that most (about 90%) of our brain is not used and also that some drugs reach some of those unused portions. But generally speaking most of us use our conscious mind when concentrating, lapse into a day dreaming or automatic state for some of the time and dive into an unconscious state when asleep. That will do. A hypnotist tries to get agreement to bypass that conscious state and uses various strategies to achieve that. They can plant a suggestion that will surface at a later time, indeed a powerful hypnotist (one who has a very strong conscious mind that overrules others) can programme us in various ways quite unknown to us. Here is what is usually considered the danger of tinkering with our minds if not brains.
We can all enter a daydreaming state and self hypnosis is a very useful tool for making our daydreams more useful especially if we wish to advance spiritually. But that is not to say the spiritual side is to be found here, just that we can make subtle changes in our approach to our normal lives and perhaps even try to use more of our brains. One useful thing we can do is to try to remember our dreams and to ‘incubate’ them which was done in the Ancient Egyptian temples or so called dream schools. They tried to encourage prophetic dreams or dreams of various deities AND to remember them. Hypnosis can help us remember things we have consciously tried to forget or were never that aware of. To recall dreams try reminding yourself to do that when you go to bed and just as important have something to write on so that you can note it before you are fully awake and have forgotten. That or spend some time thinking about your dreams when you first awake from them.
But if you want to communicate with your spirit this is done consciously. This is one of the misconceptions about clairvoyance. It can be accessed by hypnotism in certain cases and through dreams but in many it is a conscious process. Where the image comes from is a separate issue. Say I am driving in my car and start talking about rainbows, then ten minutes later there is a rainbow. If this is the kind of thing that happens a lot we can ignore pure coincidence. It is the conscious mind that starts speaking about the rainbow. You do not have to be in a trance but you do need to be open to your brain feeding you images. Far more common will be ’good grief there is a rainbow and I was just thinking about them’. And even more common the reaction to that which is that you were only thinking about them because you caught one out of the corner of your eye or it was the kind of day when you get them.
People have always found me a bit difficult. One of the reasons for that is because when I talk they tend to drift into daydreaming mode. I do not do this intentionally and usually try to avoid subjects that interest me and on which I am perceived as intense. Intensity is conscious, reinforced by whatever is behind that too. It makes us uncomfortable. We feel we are being preached to or persuaded. There are other reasons for my being difficult of course and my reputation for clairvoyance is almost certainly one of them. I have often been approached by people in crisis, even consulted as a clairvoyant, and telling someone what their inner life wants them to hear can be unpopular. For example when a person is angry with someone close and is thinking of doing something like dating that person’s best friend, it may be that their inner life is very concerned and would prefer them not to. Try telling them that!
Knowing that without them telling you, and knowing a bit more, can help of course.
Enlightenment is conscious – fully conscious – but that awareness includes what in most is not conscious. Does that make sense?
Look at the bible. There is a comment put in by the scribes about most of the kings, even the people at various times. It is that they did ‘evil in the sight of the Lord’. It is written about Solomon for example whether or not there ever was such a king. But it is also written about almost all the kings. A story is told of one of the first kings – David. He had a fine wife, in fact he had many wives and concubines, but became enamoured of a bathing beauty who was married. After getting her pregnant he ensured that her husband was killed in war and he took her as his wife. “But the thing that David had done was evil in the sight of the Lord” (2 Sam. 11:27).
If you think about it this is a curious story to tell about him. Hardly anyone would have known this for example. But the scribes write such things for a reason and it is to warn about the consequences, the karma of our actions. You cannot undo such a thing. The lesson is clear, as is the wording, whether or not the tale is true. But assume that someone went up to David and warned him not to do this. What the scribe tells us is rather different:
“Then one day God sent the prophet Nathan to David with a very interesting story. “There were two men in one city, the one rich and the other poor. The rich man had a great many flocks and herds. But the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb which he bought and nourished, and it grew up together with him and his children. It would eat of his bread and drink of his cup and lie in his bosom, and was like a daughter to him. Now a traveler came to the rich man, and he was unwilling to take from his own flock or his own herd, to prepare for the wayfarer who had come to him; rather he took the poor man’s ewe lamb and prepared it for the man who had come to him” (2 Sam. 12:1-4). When David heard the story he was furious at the rich man’s selfish insensitivity and insisted that he deserved to die.
Guilt does that to us. We usually lash out most harshly and severely at the sins of others when we have the most to hide ourselves. Our subconscious anger with ourselves erupts against them.
It was with fear and trembling that Nathan uttered his next words. Other men had lost their heads for saying less than this to kings, but he was bound by his calling to deliver the message of God to the erring king. He pointed his convicting finger at David and said, “You are the man!” Then he delivered God’s personal message to David: “It is I who anointed you king over Israel and it is I who delivered you from the hand of Saul. I also gave you your master’s house, and your master’s wives into your care, and I gave you the house of Israel and Judah; and if that had been too little, I would have added to you many more things like these! Why have you despised the word of the Lord by doing evil in His sight? You have struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword, have taken his wife to be your wife, and have killed him with the sword of the sons of Ammon” (2 Sam. 12:7-9). And the conviction of God’s Spirit penetrated the depths of David’s soul.”
Quite apart from the moral of the story which is that our leaders must always act ethically or woe betide them and their people (try telling them that now!) what we see is how we act unaware of our karmic consequences. But we absolutely need to be aware of such things and this is part of the enlightened way. Seeing ahead and refraining from some of the inviting traps along the way. The further you go the more attractive some of them are, especially to the guru or teacher. But not to the enlightened.
Most religions will use chanting, singing, praying, silence, architecture, touch, ritual and repetition, repetition, repetition to put you in a semi conscious state, a hypnotic state in which you can believe all manner of fantasies. Many exercises like yoga and meditation do a similar job. But what we need is to wake up. By all means explore the states and how they work in you but there is no better way to explore the way and move down it than by thinking. You will often find it difficult. Try it when you wake up in the middle of the night. Ask yourself how you can save the world, consider the pitfalls, the karmic results of every action you think about. You will drift off but when you awake again go back to it. Challenge yourself, challenge what is around you. What do you really feel about things, people, your ambitions? Push as hard as you consciously can.
As for doing evil in the eyes of God I would add a bit more. It applies to us all but particularly to our leaders. These days we see them making the harshest statements about other leaders and nations, accusing them of all sorts of crimes and threatening retribution or trial. This is them judging themselves because they are all guilty of such things. In David’s case it was just one woman, one man killed in war. We are killing hundreds of civilians every week with our ‘just wars’ that are nothing of the sort. And the lesson is clear – we are in the most serious trouble because of this. But for some reason each year that passes convinces our nations that collateral damage is unavoidable, that wars fought for corporations or dictators on whom we rely for arms sales must be fought. That starvation and disease must affect some nations because of this. And that using their media to spin nonsense is putting the matter to bed. But in reality we are perched on the edge of the cliff and our war is with what we call God. So they find that things keep going wrong and blame others for this rather than the karmic responsibility of their own actions. It could be put right but not if we go on like this. They need to turn the wheel a little, care for the poor, stop the wars and use the corporations and armies to clean up our world and its pollution. To return ‘Justice’ to its original purpose not use it as a weapon that adds to injustice. If their eyes were open they would. We cannot make them do that, they need to see it themselves.
One other point. Our body processes are unconscious or semi conscious in us. We are not making our heart beat and breath taken consciously. Our body knows what to do but sometimes things go wrong, it does not recognise a problem or overreacts. Then we need to reprogramme it. This can be done through hypnosis or self hypnosis although we need modern medicine for most common diseases. How good it would be to see research done here but as it will not increase pharmaceutical sales it is unlikely.