posted on Jul, 13 2012 @ 12:11 PM
I have a friend that recently posted on Facebook a spiritual "experience" that happened to her after seeking some answers regarding the Bible from
the preacher at her church. There was a few things that stood out pretty clear to me in her "testimony" that made me believe that she was
programmed to have the experience. Due to respect for her privacy, I won't quote her exact words, but I'll give a general outline of the
The first couple things I noticed in her story was that she had been primed for the meeting before she walked in the door. It was in statements like
"I knew God was going to let me have an answer about this church by the time I left" and "When I first walked in, he read me like a book, w/out
knowing me personally, at all".
The most telling part of her "testimony" that revealed religious programing was to be found in statements like these: "We did this prayer, it was
like a meditation/visualization/prayer, all at once.", "He had me focus on my breathing, in silence, eyes closed, lights out. I did.", " Then I
was to see myself in a hallway walking towards a door, I saw this very clear", and " I was to thnk what I wanted my "room/place" to be on other
side of door"...All these techniques are used in meditation and hypnotism.
She went on to describe how she "witnessed" her father and Jesus come to her and tell her what to do. Here's another little clue: "He (Jesus)
told me to "follow him" just like he told his disciples, he told me he's "working through me", and I know he is." Notice that there was not a
"personal" conversation, but simple lines that have be repeated constantly in religious teaching? There were not comments directed towards a
personal connection, but general statements that had subliminally entered the subconsious mind or had been placed there by the preacher during the
She is convinced that she had a real spiritual experience, and had a divine meeting with Jesus and her father. To me she was programmed to have an
experience thru planned techniques such as meditation and hypnotism. She was guided to feel exactly what the preacher had planned to keep her a
member of the church.
I'm curious to see if other members here see this "experience" as a matter of religious programming like I do, or is it a genuine spiritual
awakening? IMO, it's a perfect setup. Take someone that questions the beliefs, expose them to a deep meditative/hypnotic state, and guide them into
an experience within their mind that they believe is really happening. This is a very powerful tool for religion, and one that I'm sure is used
regularly along side many others.
This thread is not designed to debate the existence of God, nor any religion itself, but to discuss whether tools such as meditation and hypnotism
play a part in Divine Experiences, and are used by religious leaders to produce a "false" experience.