By Richard Kieninger


When an Ego is functioning through the brain of his body, he is in a state of conscious awareness. Of all the animals, only man’s brain affords this ability, which is quite different from the mere awake state of other animals. Animals operate entirely according to hereditary drives and responses built into them; and although some higher animals can solve simple problems to overcome barri­ers in the way of their attaining the fulfillment of one of their drives, animals cannot reason or be fully aware of future consequences. An animal is protected and guided by its built-in instincts. A baby spider spins a web characteristic of its species; a bird can build a nest and raise its young without having seen it done before.


Man, on the other hand, has genuine emotions and will. Most of his goals are determined by his consciousness of his needs and wants. A man can delay his drives and the satisfaction of his needs by application of will, whereas an animal in nature cannot. Man has the faculties of conscience, self-directedness, awareness of his own responsibility for the directions taken in his life, awareness of the consequences of alternative choices, and volition dictated by his free will. Man is also aware of his own impending death in old age. The human being is concerned with many interests and sources of satisfaction beyond his animal needs for food, warmth, security, and sex. He has higher aspirations which are unknown in animals—aspirations to experience joy and to find happiness, to build and create, to seek order and beauty, to love and be loved, to explore mysteries, and to emulate the ideal behavior and ways of being that he envisions in some God-like example of perfection.


To allow accomplishment of all these higher aspirations, man has been granted the power to exercise his free will and self-volition independently of outside influences. Being able to act intentionally and consciously in the expec­tation of gaining appropriate results is a basic, God-given freedom and right. In order to aid man in his understanding of and acceptance of personal responsibil­ity for his acts—so that he eventually learns to behave only in ways which benefit others and never cause harm to his fellows—there is a universal “echo effect” that can be stated simply: for every action in human affairs, there is an equal but opposite action that returns to the initiator. That is, for every helpful and beneficial action a man initiates, an equal benefit eventually returns to him; and for every evil, hurtful, or dishonest thing he does to another person, an equal pain will eventually return to him. When a man finally understands this universal principle, he knows that whatever he does to another person, he has essentially done to himself at a future time. Thereby a man learns to become harmless in the use of his powers of will. As the Bible says, “Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”


The worst disaster that can befall a man or woman is to lose or surrender his or her power of free will—whether it be through physical or mental enslave­ment or insanity. The very core of a human being’s life is his power to make his own decisions according to his ethics, conscience, and awareness of what is in his best interests. When he obeys the dictates of others or slavishly follows the guidance of wise leaders who make all his decisions, then a man effectively learns nothing. The Creator has provided us with mental and bodily tools as well as the bounty of our physical environment so we can eventually learn everything there is to know about the world. God has spread before us a complete array of things and interpersonal options from which we can choose —and pay the appropriate price for.


By learning cause-and-effect relationships through your choices and their results, it is possible to become wise. Your own experiences allow you to truly know yourself and others. What you are told is merely information which may be true or in error. What you live through and personally test become knowl­edge. You know thereafter the verity or falsity of the information upon which you acted, and you are not likely to be dissuaded by speculative theories that are counter to what you actually experienced on a practical level.


A human spirit (Ego) directs his body’s actions through the practiced command of will over his brain via his mental directives, and this process is identical to the way that hypnotism works. The brain is the electrical control center for all the voluntary and involuntary muscles of the body. The brain maintains a continual electrical charge that flickers over its surface, and it requires only a slight impulse from one’s Egoic mind, which always acts from the non-physical spiritual realms, to set off a cascade of electrical energy through the nerves. The brain is always primed to respond instantly. During the years of one’s infancy and childhood, an exclusive and unique rapport is established between the Ego and his brain.


Under certain circumstances, a hypnotist can gain control over another person’s brain. The hypnotist can either share his control and leave the subject conscious, or he can completely displace the conscious awareness of the subject, in which case the subject is totally unable to exercise volitional control over any part of his brain or body. Varying degrees of hypnotic states can therefore range from light suggestion and relaxation to a profound level of control over the subject’s autonomic bodily functions such as breathing and heart beat to the degree that a condition resembling death can be produced.


How does a hypnotist take control of your brain? Usually, you let him do so by co-operating with him. Through guided imagery and suggestion or by use of drugs, a hypnotist can lead you to a state of relaxation bordering on sleep. At that point, your threshold of will and resistance to being taken over are reduced so low that your brain begins to respond to the hypnotist’s will along with your own will. After his mind gains a foothold, as it were, his will becomes domi­nant; and the hypnotist can then exclude your will from any brain or body function he chooses to command. Thereupon, your brain is totally at his disposal even though he may allow you to remember the things he commands your body to say and do. The hypnotist may even command you to be unaware of a posthypnotic suggestion that he may implant for you to carry out at some future date or in response to a specific cue that you do not remember but cannot resist when the suggestion is activated.


Scientific studies indicate that the first part of the brain to be taken over by a hypnotist is the frontal cerebral cortex. As the trance is deepened, the midbrain succumbs, and finally the brain stem and medulla, which control basic body functions, are affected if the hypnotist makes the trance that deep. The subject receives confused impressions through his sensory organs from the very beginning of the hypnotic process, for his awareness of his environment is mixed with the suggested images from the hypnotist. The subject’s perception of reality is immediately warped. He sees, hears, and feels only what the hypnotist directs. Unfortunately, there are subtle avenues by which a hypnotist can take over your brain without your conscious co-operation. There are a few hypnotists who have learned how to capture a person s attention and induce a hypnotic state almost instantly, yet virtually undetected by the victim.


Each time you let yourself be hypnotized, you further reduce your ability to resist the next attempt by a hypnotist to entrance you. Some people become extremely susceptible to the process and may periodically find their brains inad­vertently being taken over by other people who are not even trained in hypnotic techniques. Practicing hypnotism is a serious problem for the hypnotist as well, because he becomes permanently linked to every person he hypnotizes for as long as they both live. This link is a mind/brain connection that usually results in telepathic sharing of ideas, thoughts, and attitudes as well as a blend­ing of the vibrations unique to the bio-electric auras of both the hypnotist and his subjects. Breaking the link between the two people is practically impossible without special training.


I am personally acquainted with a physician who used hypnosis solely for anesthetizing surgery patients unable to tolerate conventional anesthesia. He told me of an elderly patient whom he had hypnotized a year earlier. The old man contacted his surgeon several months after his operation in order to give the surgeon a medical thesis which the patient had written. The patient could not understand the complex subject matter of the monograph he authored, but the patient thought he might have received the information from God; and so it could be important. The surgeon passed it along to the hypnotist since it was his area of specialty. My physician friend who had hypnotized the elderly patient was astounded to see that the contents of the patient’s monograph was essen­tially the same as a research paper that my physician friend was working on. There had been no attempt at thought transference between them, yet a channel had been established simply by the one-time hypnosis.


The professor of a psychology course I took in college invited a guest lecturer who used hypnotism in his scientific research of the brain. The scientist used a student volunteer from our class to demonstrate that it is not necessary to give verbal commands to a hypnotized subject in order to have that person obey the hypnotist’s will. The hypnotist merely visualized the complicated routine he wanted the student to execute, and the subject perfectly performed those activi­ties without any signals being given other than silent, telepathic orders. Even when the student was blindfolded and his ears stoppled, he still acted on nonverbal command. This same scientist was honest enough to advise our class against a popular myth about hypnotism: namely, the fallacy that a hypnotized person will not carry out a command which is counter to his or her moral code. The fact is that the subject’s body is completely under the dominance of the hypnotist and the subject is helpless to resist doing whatever is commanded. It is only the hypnotist’s code of ethics that is operative; and regardless of the verbal commands he issues to the subject, his telepathic images of what is right and moral overrides his words.


There is a much-touted demonstration where a member of an audience is hypnotized on stage and then given a loaded automatic pistol, which upon command he fires with uncanny accuracy at a target on stage. Then the subject is told to walk down the aisle and stop by any person seated on the aisle. The subject is instructed to place the muzzle of the pistol at the temple of the seated person, which he does, and the hypnotist then verbally commands the subject to pull the trigger to kill the seated person. Of course, the subject is unable to fire. It is assumed that the subject’s morality kept him from shooting the innocent person, but in reality it was the hypnotist’s telepathically transmitted abhorrence of murder that wouldn’t allow the subject’s finger to pull the trigger. If the hypnotist were a murderer at heart, the seated person would have been killed had a second bullet been allowed in the pistol.


Our guest scientist pointed out to our class that many stage and profes­sional hypnotists are genuinely unaware of the dangers and limitless power of hypnotism. Those hypnotists who are cognizant of the total dominance they can gain over people who they encourage to innocently deliver themselves into a hypnotic state are the last to publicly admit to the absolute power of their con­trol. Nevertheless, our guest lecturer was reluctant to damn hypnotism itself because he found it to be an irreplaceable tool for brain research and the investi­gation of psychological powers, despite dangers to his volunteer subjects and patients. He was strongly prejudiced toward hypnotism for use in psychiatry and behavior modification wherein a “moral” physician might remold a patient’s ‘‘sick psyche’’ to conform to the doctor’s views of what a well patient should be like. That concept, in my opinion, is totally unethical.


If everyone were aware of the true nature of what a person opens himself to by letting himself be hypnotized, the whole practice would be brought to a halt and be morally outlawed. There is no good enough reason or justifiable purpose, regardless how useful it may seem, to expose oneself to the grave risks of being hypnotized to any degree even once during one’s lifetime. So-called cures of disease via hypnotism simply do not work. Temporary relief from pain and other symptoms can be induced hypnotically; but this is just a cover-up since the disease continues its ravages unchecked while it is unfelt by the patient. When evidence of further advanced disease emerges months later, genuine treatment is made more difficult if not impossible.


Treatment of psychological ills by means of hypnotic personality revision, using such systems as Neuro-Linguistic Programming, amount to temporary masking of neurotic disorders. The same problems arise later or else appear in disguised form that are devilishly complicated to untangle. It is crucial that neurosis be resolved entirely on a conscious level, and usually this requires professional guidance. Almost everyone has heard of people who want to stop smoking or lose weight and so seek help from a hypnotist. This can be effective, but a person can refrain from using tobacco or overeating just by using his own will power. By relying on the hypnotist’s suggestions instead of his own will, he has in effect given away his rightful personal power to the hypnotist. Regardless of whatever benefits being hypnotized may promise, it always involves the risk of losing a measure of your God-given free will.


A person’s most precious possession is his free will and the full, volitional, self-control that infers. Without free will, one can hardly be truly defined as a human being. To surrender one’s free will to a hypnotist, whether the hypnotist is physically embodied or is a spirit intelligence, is pure folly. It can open the way to total or partial loss of one’s freedom of choice and, in all too many cases, can result in an incurable form of insanity. At best, one is saddled with being bonded to the hypnotist for the rest of one’s life.