posted on May, 20 2011 @ 11:13 PM
reply to post by hillynilly
Wow! I hope this story is accurate! What a condemnation of the practice of hypnosis, and particularly in its casual use by incompetent
But we have a long way to go before we understand the true nature of this mental technology. Here's a bit of what I know and think about it:
Hypnosis has been known and practiced in the "East" from ancient times, and was written about in Persia at least as early as 1,000 AD. It came to
the west via these sources, apparently, and was popularized by people like Mesmer starting in the late 1700's.
It plays a prominent role in the stories of mind control and abduction victims, but has been given a benign reputation in the MSM from its reported
My understanding of how it works is that it gives the practitioner access to a part of the mind which I know as the "reactive mind" and which others
might know as the "animal" or "reptilian" mind. This mind provides an almost direct link between the perceptions and the motor controls. It is
responsible for the jerk-away reaction when you touch something hot. But it can be "programmed" to respond to any stimulus, including words. It
generally takes priority over the "analytical mind" and this priority can only be overcome with extreme self-training. Its contents are not normally
available for analysis, as they are not meant to be analyzed. Hypnosis is one of many methods that can be used to alter the contents of this mind. A
person can learn to do this analytically on his own determinism. When a practitioner does this, he is basically giving the "patient" a very deep
reactive "habit" (or program) that has high command value on the body and that is determined by the practitioner, normally without the conscious
knowledge or consent of the "patient." This is why many of us consider it a dangerous technology and warn people against using it.
Though this story does not prove that the hypnosis caused this boy's death, I hope the connection made will spark a serious re-thinking about the use
of hypnosis, especially in casual and uncontrolled situations.