Exposing Subliminal and Conversion Tactics


The author of the following article, Dick Sutphen, has been employed in advertising as a subliminals expert, and now he designs and sells autosuggestion cassette tapes and conducts so-called past-life hypnotic regressions. Subliminals and hypnotism are extremely effective in reprogramming one’s brain, but these techniques are hazardous to spiritual health and Egoic integrity. Subliminal suggestion and hypnotism are both regarded as the heights of immorality by the Brotherhoods. Hidden manipulation of the desires and drives of another person are a great wrong; yet most people are ignorant of this. All hypnosis, for whatever “good” reason, nevertheless results in subsequent ESP brain resonance (telepathy) which intertwines the thoughts of both the hypnotist and the person hypnotized for the rest of their lives. Unquestionably, hypnotism has been a marvelous research tool in metaphysics and psychology; however, everyone who allows him or herself to be hypnotized also becomes more susceptible to control by the minds of yet other entities, both incarnate and decarnate. Each subsequent exposure to subliminal suggestion or hypnotism lessens one’s ability to resist further incursions of this sort and can eventually result in permanent manipulation by those who are adept at these black arts. Certain governmental, religious, and commercial interests determinedly seek to achieve the subservience of the persons they regularly subject to such subliminal control. The article below consolidates information that I have long warned about; however, Mr. Sutphen is an acknowledged expert in the areas he describes, and this should add further weight to the subject.


Richard Kieninger, May 16, 1983.


Excerpts from a talk by Dick Sutphen at The World Congress of Professional Hypnotists Convention in Las Vegas—October 1982.


As hypnotists, we are in a position to talk about some things the public needs to know. Because of our positions, maybe they will listen to us. We need to point out dangerous potentials that exist for people to control others with conversion, with subliminals, and the manipulative use of altered states of consciousness. I have been writing about it since 1977; and the more I find out, the more I scare myself about the potential for misuse and control.


Now, this is my business, I know it. I use hypnosis, subliminals and conversion tactics. But, any time I use them, I tell people that I’m using them. My problem is with those who are using them secretly for monetary gain or for power and control.


Modern day brainwashing (conversion) was born out of Christian revivalism. Jonathon Edwards accidentally discovered the techniques in the 1730’s in New England. By inducing guilt and acute apprehension and by increasing the tension, the sinners would break down and completely submit. Technically, according to Pavlov’s research, Edwards was creating an Equivalent or Paradoxical Brain Phase. Edwards’ problem was that the new input was negative: “You’re a sinner!” “You are destined for hell!,” etc.


Once the manipulator creates this brain phase, his subject is “wide open.” The brain slate is wiped clean temporarily, allowing new input to be substituted. Because Edwards didn’t turn his message positive until the end of his revival sessions, some accepted the negative suggestion, couldn’t live with it, and responded with suicide. The conversion techniques are still being used by religious cults today, human potential trainings, some business rallies, U.S. Armed Services boot camps, and Fundamentalist preachers.


I believe that it is very important to remember that in the entire history of man, no one who has ever been brainwashed has realized or believed he has been brainwashed.


What to Watch Out For

For those of you who are not aware, let me point out the primary things to tell the public to watch out for. When the classic techniques of conversion are combined with Pavolovian understanding, you have the group brainwashing techniques most widely used to suck people in.


To Get New Members

1.     The meeting or training takes place in an area where participants are cut off from the outside world. This could be any place from a remote or rural setting, to a hotel ballroom where the participants are not allowed to go to the bathroom.


2.     A schedule is maintained that causes physical/mental fatigue. those participating are given no opportunity for relaxation or reflection.


3.     Techniques are used to increase the tension in the roan or environment.


4.     Vicious language or new terminology or jargon are used. Often both.


5.     There is no humor.


Now anyone using these techniques with a microphone and a little charisma can count on a high percentage of conversions. In one “human potential training” for two weekends I saw numerous examples of what is technically called “Stockholm Syndrome.” This is the situation in which those who are made to suffer or are intimidated or controlled, begin to love, admire and/or desire their controllers or captors.


The U.S. Marine Corps talks about breaking men down before “rebuilding” them as new men...as marines! Well, that is exactly what they do—the same way a cult breaks its people down and rebuilds them as happy flower sellers on your local street corner.


The Three Step Decognition Process

Cults, armed services, and similar groups cannot have cynicism among their members. Members must believe what they are told, otherwise they are dangerous to organization control. The Three Step Decognition Process works as follows:


1. Alertness Reduction: Cause the nervous system to malfunction, making it difficult to distinguish between fantasy and realty. This is accomplished in several ways: Poor diet--watch out for brownies and Koolaid—the sugar throws your system off. More subtle is the “Spiritual Diet” of nothing but fruits and vegetables. Without the grounding of protein in the form of grains, nuts or seeds, fish or meat, you will become mentally “spacey.” Inadequate sleep is another primary way to reduce alertness. Also, being bombarded with intense and unique experiences achieve the same result.


2.       Programmed Confusion: You are mentally assaulted while your alertness is being reduced as in Step One. This is accomplished with a deluge of new information, lectures, discussion groups, encounters, or one-to-one processing. This is technically called the “Equivalent Phase. During this phase, reality and illusion merge, and perverted logic is likely to be accepted.


3.       Thought Stopping: Techniques are used to cause your mind to go “flat.”

These are altered-state-of-consciousness techniques that initially induce calmness by giving the mind something simple to deal with and by focusing awareness. The continued use brings on a feeling of elation and eventually hallucination. The result is the reduction of thought, and eventually, if used long enough, the cessation of thought and withdrawal from all but what you are instructed to do. The takeover is complete. Now it is very important to be aware that when members or participants are instructed to use thought stopping techniques, they are told that the techniques will assist them to “become better soldiers” or “find enlightenment.” There are 4 primary techniques:

1.     Marching—the thump, thump, thump beat literally generates self-hypnosis

2.     Meditation

3.     Chanting

4.     Speaking in Tongues


All of the above produce an altered state of consciousness. This may be good if you yourself are controlling the process, for you then control the input. But you need to be aware that if you remain in an altered state for an hour or more per day, pretty soon you don’t come back to full Beta consciousness. You remain in Alpha. You become mellow and more suggestible.


True Believers

I am convinced that at least a third of the population is what Eric Hoffer calls “true believers.” They are joiners and followers—people who want to give away their power. They look for answers and meaning and enlightenment outside themselves. You see them following gurus, joining movements, in political rallies, and at churches. They are the people who are taken over by the brainwashers.


According to Hoffer, whose book, The True Believer, is a classic on mass movement concepts, “true believers are not intent on bolstering and advancing a cherished self, but are those craving to be rid of an unwanted self. They are followers not because of a desire for self-advancement, but because it can satisfy their passion for self-renunciation!” Hoffer also has said that true believers “are eternally incomplete and insecure!”


The only thing to seek is the True Self within. Personal answers are to be found there alone. The basics of spirituality are self-responsibility and self-actualization. But most of the true believers just tell me that I’m not spiritual and go looking for someone who will give them the dogma and structure they desire.


Never underestimate the potential danger of these people. They can easily be molded into fanatics who will gladly work and die for their holy cause. It is their substitute for individual hope. Hitler’s Brown Shirts were true believers. The Moral Majority is made up of true believers. Cults are made up of true believers.



I want to talk about different kinds of subliminal programming. I have released a whole new line of tapes that incorporate the latest technology to reprogram the human mind, And the tapes work! The more we learn about how human beings work, the more we learn how to control human beings. To create my tapes we gave the assignment to some top Hollywood recording engineers. The assignment was to build the suggesting voice into the music so that it could not be heard consciously. The engineers were able to psychoacoustically modify and synthesize the voice so that it is projected in the same chord and frequency as the music, giving it the effect of being part of the music. It is the most effective use yet of this technique. In the case of these tapes, people use them knowing they are programming themselves, But are similar techniques being used in radio and TV commercials to program you to buy their products? Yes!


I have personally experienced sitting in a Los Angeles auditorium with over ten thousand people all in an altered state of consciousness without knowing it. Under the guise of air-conditioning sound, a low frequency vibration was being piped into the room. The specific frequency generated an eyes-open trance, rendering the audience at least 20 times as receptive to what was being said than they would be in fully awake Beta consciousness. For probably 25 percent of the audience, capable of a deeper level, the suggestions could be 200 times as effective and could potentially be accepted as commands.


Vibrato and ELFs

Vibrato is the tremulo effect heard in some vocal or instrumental music, and the cycle-per-second range causes people to go into an altered state of consciousness. At one period of English history, singers whose voices noticeably contained vibrato were not allowed to perform publicly because listeners would go into an altered state and have fantasies, often sexual. People who attend opera or like to listen to singers like Mario Lanza are familiar with this altered state induced by the performers.


Now let’s carry this awareness a little farther. There are also inaudible ELFs (extra-low frequency waves). These are electromagnetic in nature. One of the main uses of ELFs is to communicate with our submarines. Dr. Andrija Puharich, a respected researcher, in his attempt to warn U.S. officials about Russian use of ELFs, set up an experiment. Volunteers were wired so their brain waves could be measured on an BEG. They were sealed in a tightly insulated, metal room that could not be penetrated by a normal signal.


Puharich then beamed ELF waves at the volunteers. ELFs go right, through the earth and metal walls. Those inside could not know if the signal was being sent or not, and Puharich watched the reactions on the technical equipment: 30 percent of those inside the room were taken over by the ELF signal in 6 to 10 seconds. When I say taken over, I mean that their behavior followed the changes anticipated at very precise frequencies. The lowest frequency tested caused the subjects to become very emotionally upset, even disrupting bodily functions. At a slightly higher frequency, they felt very high—an elevated feeling as though they had been in masterful meditation learned over a period of years. The next higher range of frequency induces depressed agitation which leads to riotous behavior.


The Puharich testing was done some time ago. It has been well documented since that time. And, as many of you in this room are well aware, Puharich was rewarded for his research by being run out of the country.


Neurophone and a Wire

Patrick Flanagan* recently told me about one of his tests using a unique subliminal technique. His invention, the Neurophone, opens a new communications channel to the brain. You hear through your skin instead of your ears.


Patrick did two identical seminars for a military audience—one seminar one night and one the next—because the size of the room was not large enough to accommodate all of them at one time. When the first group was extremely cool and unwilling to respond, Patrick spent the next day making a special cassette tape to play the next night. The tape instructed the audience to be extremely warm and responsive and for their hands to become “tingly.” The tape was played through a Neurophone that was connected to a wire he placed along the ceiling of the room. There were no speakers, so no sound could be heard, yet the message was successfully transmitted from that wire directly into the brains of the audience. They were warm and responsive, their hands tingled and they responded, according to programming, in other ways that I cannot mention here.


The Medium for Takeover

In his book, 1984, George Orwell described the “Big Brother” takeover of this country through means just like those I have been talking about here today. The medium for takeover is in place. The TV set in your living room is doing a lot more than entertain you.


Before I continue, let me point out something else about an altered state of consciousness. When you go into an altered state, your brain activity transfers predominantly to the right hemisphere, which results in the internal release of the body’s own opiates: enkephalins and Betaendorphins (chemically almost identical to opium). In other words, it feels good, and you want to come back for more. Recent research by Herbert Krugman showed that when viewers were watching TV, right brain activity outnumbered left brain activity by a ratio of two to one. In other words, the viewers were in an altered state—in trance more often than not. They were getting their Beta-endorphin “fix.”


To measure attention spans, psychophysiologist Thomas Mulholland of the VA Hospital in Bedford, Massachusetts, attached young viewers to an EEG machine that was set up to shut the TV set off whenever the children’s brains produced a majority of alpha waves (alpha equals altered state). Although the children were told to concentrate, only a few could keep the set on more than 30 seconds!


Most viewers are already hypnotized. To deepen the trance is easy. One simple way would be to create a visual pulsation perceived only by the subconscious mind at the ideal pace to generate deep hypnosis. The commercials or suggestions presented following this alpha-inducing broadcast would be much more likely to be accepted by the viewer, The high percentage of the viewing audience that has somnambulistic tendencies could very well accept the suggestions as commands. We are rapidly moving into a alpha/theta-level world—the world of 1984. Placid, glassy-eyed, and responding obediently to instructions.


A research project by Jacob Jacoby, a Purdue University psychologist, found that of 2,700 people tested, 90 percent misunderstood even such simple viewing fare as commercials and “Barnaby Jones.” Only minutes after watching them, typical viewers missed 23 to 36 percent of questions about what they had just seen. Of course they did—they were going in and out of trance. If you go into a deep trance, you must be instructed to remember, or you automatically forget.


I have just touched the tip of the iceberg. When you start to combine subliminal messages behind the music, subliminal visuals projected on the screen, hypnotically—produced visual effects, sustained musical beats at a trance-inducing pace, and then add some of the latest neuro-linguistic manipulation, you have extremely effective brainwashing. Every hour that you spend watching the TV set, you become more conditioned. And in case you thought there’s a law against any of these things, guess again, there isn’t! There are a lot of powerful people who obviously prefer things exactly the way they are. Maybe they have plans for you!

* Patrick Flanagan has in recent years turned himself over to a spirit control and has even demonstrated this takeover on public television. This could explain his unconscionable use of neuro phonic mind control on his military audience.