a word, any will do. Now begin focusing your attention upon the sound until
all of your troublesome thoughts fuse into white noise. Voila, the endless loop
of worry fades. Now get into the sound as though you were stepping into a dream
and float away into a false sense of peace apart from your troublesome conscience.
Before you decide to use this kind of meditation to reduce anxiety, better see
what price you have to pay for this kind of peace.
recent Time magazine article on Eastern meditation is a cunning assault on our
values. The abject poverty of many Third World nations is due to the numbing
effect that their religious dictators sustain through generations of
mantra-type meditations. I write to warn you of the dangers, as seen from my
experience as a former and somewhat repentant professional hypnotherapist.
my youth, I was quite the entertainer. On cold winter nights in a sparsely
furnished Royal Sussex regiment barracks, I persuaded my comrades to do the
silliest things. In addition, they cleaned my boots and my rifle and served my
needs better than those of a very jealous platoon corporal. Looking back, it
was not that funny. I was only 18 years old then. After 60 years of
investigation, 51 of them counseling and 44 years of experience on radio, I am
much the wiser.
those seven years of counseling at the Institute of Hypnosis in Houston, Texas,
I discovered something about human nature that you need to know. You see, I
never hypnotized anyone; rather, I simply activated a pre-existing
conditioning established by previous (cruel) authorities to my super confident
self. The subservient loyalty of lost innocence, due to the cruelty of early
conditioning, tends to transfer power to those with overbearing personalities,
especially when associated with a familiar string of traumatic events.
Strong-willed individuals are often successful because they inherit this
advantage from their suggestible victims.