Trance-like States and Mass Hypnosis

It would be nice if we could believe that the church we go to is all on the up and up and it really is about God and being as close to him as we can be.  It is sad sometimes to have to stop and think that we really might be in a trance-like state from which we are unable to wake up.  There are a number of characteristics of trance-like states and mass hypnosis that I would like to discuss.  Examine yourself carefully and see if you recognize any of it.

First of all, let us examine some of the conditions in the world today.  The population is under mass mind control, which results from a number of factors.  As a people, the Holdemans are not captive to the television, but let us examine this situation.  Many people, especially young people, accept the reality that is presented by the mass media.  It’s a fact that when people watch television they often assume a rather glassy-eyed look, and tune out things around them.  They are actually in some sort of a trance, and the things that are entering their consciousness are not being examined with any kind of critical thought pattern.

Television is a mass hypnotist to the mind of the masses.  And what happens is, it is implanting a belief in reality, by the minute and then when we take on the belief that is implanted, when information enters we edit it on the basis of that belief.  So what the population is subjected to, suffering from, is actually,literally, mass hypnosis.

There are several things that contribute to this trance-like state.  If it is a news broadcast, the broadcaster is attempting to control the viewers without their conscious awareness.  Therefore, he/she begins to take on a certain demeanor.  First of all, they create and aura of trust.  They are conservatively dressed, but the main factor is the tone of voice.

They do not want you to think too much.  That is why our world has become so saturated with mass media, television, amusement parks, and every kind of entertainment to keep the human mind entertained and occupied.  That way you don’t get in the way of important people by doing too much thinking.  Whether we like it or not, there are people who are guiding our lives and we don’t even know it.

There are seveal ways to control people.  One of the ways is the control of  information.  If we don’t have all the facts on any particular topic, then our judgment is going to be no better than the quality of our information.  People form their opinions by the information that is provided to them.  Common sense tells you that if the information you get is misinformation, or disinformation, or even a lie, then common sense will tell you that the opinion is an extension of the lie.  Unfortunately we are getting information that is being massaged, it is being spun.  It is being prepared for consumption. This all pertains to the world around us and the mass media.

People think that hypnosis is some esoteric and mysterious thing but it’s not. It’s just simply a mental transaction in which a person has focused their attention, they’ve stopped being critical, and they’re more open to suggestion.  If someone is looking for people to hypnotize, they know that 85 out of 100 people are going to be able to go into some level of trance.  These are general numbers. I happen to think that the mindset that makes up the masses is closer to 95%.

Hypnosis is a natural way of inducing a trance-like state and we all have the ability to enter into trance.  At many times during every day of our life, people slip into trance-like states, where they become absorbed in watching the television or daydreaming.  There are two types of people in the realm of mass media who wish to control our minds through mass hypnosis; the advertiser and the propagandist, and the first thing they have to do is induce the state of mind that is favorable to people receiving their message.

That is the whole point of programming, whether it be by an advertiser or a propagandist.  There is really no difference between the two of them, one is selling products, the other is selling ideas.  The whole point is to build into us a conditioned response where we will respond automatically, without thinking. Once this has been done to us, we are willing subjects to receive any message they wish to implant in us.

I have described how mass hypnosis takes place in the world around us, through the mass media.  Would you believe it if I were to tell you that people who are literally drunk with religion have also undergone a type of mass hypnosis?  It might be hard to believe, but it is true.  First of all, consider the setting in church on Sunday morning.  I am speaking here to those who are attending services in a Church of God in Christ Mennonite congregation.  Take note of the sameness of the service, it never varies from Sunday to Sunday, year to year, or one congregation to another.  Sit down and tune your brain out and you will not miss anything.  Perhaps an announcement, but you can ask about that later.  The same ritual will take place.  There will be a hymn led by an elected song leader. This will be followed by various men speaking and praying, all interspersed with the occasional hymn.  You can expect the sermon to last about 30 minutes.  If it is any longer the congregation will begin to fidget and watch the clock. Watch the people while the preacher is speaking.  They fidget, look out the window, notice the baby on their laps, daydream.  They are not really paying attention.  There is an aura of hypnotism about them.  If you were to ask them later what the sermon was about they might be able to give a few key words.  Some of them follow in their Bibles when a verse is read.  The point is that their minds are not really engaged.  They feel good about being there.  They know what to expect.  The preacher has the same voice as the newscaster or the hypnotist.  He drones.  He uses the same speech patterns. If you’ve heard one preacher you’ve heard them all.  He decries the wickedness of the world around us.  He expresses gladness that we are not part of that world.  He encourages people to trust more in the church. He may use a word like “intellectual” or “deception” from time to time.  He may mention revivals, which may be coming up, or just past.  If communion was enjoyed, he may relish the memory of that blessed time.  He may speak of decisions that the brethren have made.  He may speak of the evils of the internet and worldly entertainment.

The song leader announces a song.  Watch the congregation.  They are in a trance.  I love hymns, but there is something about the way they are sung, the same ones, over and over, the lack of any enthusiasm (try showing some enthusiasm and see what happens) which lulls the mind.  It feels good.  Oh yes it does.  It is comforting.  The people love shaped notes and they sing four part harmony.  It is very beautiful.  In and of itself, it is nothing to be criticized.  Hymns are lovely.  They tend to put one in a certain frame of mind.  It is all a part of the ritual we have known our entire lives.  It feels good.

When there is a concern, the ministers bring it in that same tone of voice.  They say “we as the brethren would like to encourage you”  to….what?  Dress plainer?  Avoid the use of the internet?  Be more careful in your selection and use of a cell phone?  Avoid the world?  Support the church’s building projects with more of your money?  Be more scrupulous about the practice of the avoidance?  The people sit there, and a fair number of them are silently thinking, “oh heaven help us all, not that again.”  The people are admonished to remember the old paths, the ones our ancestors walked.  Sometimes there is a concern that the singing is getting worldly.  There is a concern that the youth are playing too much volleyball.  There is a concern that the youth sisters are not willing to wear the head covering tied down to certain youth activities.  There is a concern that the young brethren in the youth are not willing to wear the beard, and in fact are purchasing fashionable clothing in expensive department stores. The people gaze at the clock and then out the window.  These speeches and scenarios take place over and over, in the same tone of voice, in the same words, and the people are captive.  They have no real opportunity to express themselves, to agree or disagree.  They might as well be sitting in front of a television set and someone has stolen the remote.

Does this sound extreme?  I don’t think so.  Try to examine a key doctrine.  Try to examine the belief that the church holds to regarding the Incarnation, the excommunication and avoidance, the head covering, or home-sewed dresses for the sisters. See how far you get.  Go to the preacher with this concern.  See how far you get.  At this point, you will return to your trance and vow that you will never try to wake up again.  Try to get up and lead a song, and clap a bit.  Try to change the rhythm or words just a tad and see what happens.  Introduce some spontaneity to your sermon and see what happens.  Move away from your place behind the pulpit.  Walk around a bit, possibly even walk amongst the congregation, shake a hand while you speak, see what happens.  You will soon be expelled.  This is not because the things you have done are a sin, but because they interrupted the trance.  The people might have become engaged.  They might have asked a question, expecting an answer.

Ask a startling question.  Read the Bible with a Strong’s Concordance by your side and examine the original meanings of many words.  What if you find out something as simple that the verse that says “If I make my bed in hell” actually means “if I make my bed in the grave.”  This tells us that often when the word hell is mentioned in the Bible, it actually means the grave, and this could have a significant impact on the way we understand many scriptures.  Mention this in Sunday School and let it be known that you have been engaged in a deep study of the Bible and you are questioning some things. You will not be commended for your study, you will be dealt with, and not in a nice way.

I know this may seem harsh.  I know it may surprise you. I want to wake you up. I want to snap my fingers and bring you out of your trance.  I want to introduce some new and startling thoughts to exercise your mind.  Are you up to it?  On Sunday, look around and observe the trance.  Listen to the preacher’s voice in a new way. Notice how hypnotic the drone is, and how they all sound exactly the same.  Close your eyes during a hymn, and examine the way it makes you feel.  Now, open your eyes.  Take a look at the people.  You will notice that they are all in a trance.  People!   Wake up!

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7 Responses to Trance-like States and Mass Hypnosis

  1. richard says:

    Brother Hiram, I appreciate this site and believe that it serves an important role in the recovery of those held hostage in the H church. My first response to being expelled a year ago was bitterness. But I have come to see it as a great blessing and, further, I now recognize the fact that the H church is just another part of nominal Christianity. The evil one has so subtly deceived them as to make them useless in the Kingdom. My burden is for that vast number of lukewarm, halfhearted, nominal Christians that make up the main of the 2 billion (so called) Christians around the world. For that reason I have just begun to set up a web site,, and would very much like your opinion, comments and guest articles if you are willing.
    Waiting to hear from you, Richard

    • Thanks for your comment. I will most certainly participate in and promote your website in any way I can. You mention on your site that you have no agenda, and I have to admit that to some extent I do. My purpose and goal it to penetrate the fog of the trance-like state that prevents the Holdeman people to moving on to TRUTH. It is not my goal necessarily to break up the Holdeman church, but it is my goal to expose the power structure, and encourage people to think for themselves, and to challenge dearly held beliefs, if they are not truth. I am with you on that point. We desire truth. Not dogma, or the ways of the fathers, but TRUTH. As you point out on your website, there are many Christians in the world today who are nothing more than nominal Christians. Someone spoke to me of a church that they had recently visited and referred to it as a “secular church.” My head is still somewhat spinning at that one. Let us all work together, let us all desire the same things….truth justice mercy and love! I will add a link on this website to yours. That way we can reach more people together.

      • richard says:

        I do not consider your wanting to set the captives free from the H church an agenda. That is a spiritual burden and should be shared by us all. For example, John Holdeman, himself, did not believe that everyone should dress alike. He stated in his book that John and Peter did not dress alike and anything beyond simplicity and modesty are man made rules and have no place in the church. When all is said and done, the problem is the belief in the one true visible church. But they know that when that’s gone they have no power to hold people. Menno Simons and Dirk Phillips did not believe in the one visible church.
        “I understand that all those who…have the Spirit, mind, and nature of Jesus Christ, and who do walk as obedient children…were, are, and shall be the Lord’s church, kingdom, and people.” MS 11-40
        There is a triple irony here. First they don’t follow scripture, second, they don’t follow their own founding fathers, and third don’t consider the Holy Spirit but instead take a vote of the “brotherhood”. How much further off can you get?

  2. As I said in the above article, “Trans-like states and mass hynosis,” perhaps you think I am being a bit harsh. Maybe a little extreme. My point is not that there is nothing good in the Holdeman Church, but rather that information is fed to the people in a manner that prevents them from examining it critically. The consequences of questioning are too high, and the fears when one doubts are too unsettling. The triggers that have been put in place which drive one back into the state of passivity are so deeply embedded that it will take a great awakening in order for them to be dismantled. I expect the things I write to be ridiculed, overlooked, disputed and doubted. However, one day it will happen that you find yourself under fire, in a difficult position. This is when the things you have read here will come back to you and you will come back again and read some more. I want to see people with their blinders off, fearless, pursuing truth at any cost.

    truth justice mercy and love,

  3. Let me try to explain again why I address the subject of trance-like states and mass hypnosis. Let’s start with dress. It must be fairly uniform. There is an illusion of choice and freedom, in that there is not a particular uniform. However,, within this framework, there is a very narrow parameter. There is nothing in particular wicked about a necktie, many conservative people wear them and simply consider that this makes them properly dressed, instead of casually and informally, which could be looked upon as disrespectful. However, when the use of a necktie is prohibited, this creates a boundary that defines the group more clearly. When a brother leaves the church and is then seen wearing a necktie, a cacophony of alarms goes off. The sight of that necktie breaches such an ingrained revulsion to this attire that subconsciously the one viewing the erring brother is suddenly, instantaneously and completely convinced that this brother in now in “deception.” A simple piece of clothing which can be conservative in nature and simply a article of attire can trigger the belief that this person is now lost and damned to hell. Consider the foolishness of this. God will send an otherwise Christian person to the flames of hell forever and ever because of a simple piece of cloth which is knotted around his neck. What kind of a trite, vindictive and spiteful God is this? This question is never asked. This belief is never examined critically. There is a knowledge, buried deep inside of the meaning of a necktie. The man has walked away from God and is now worldly, and hence, lost. This belief has been ingrained when the subject was under the spell of hypnosis, in a trance-like state.

    There are other things, such as the fact that the women must wear dresses that they have sewed, and the fact that the style of these dresses fluctuates over time is irrelevant. This is another one of the boundaries that has been installed while the people are in a trance. Common sense and reason should tell people that simple clothing can be worn and be pleasing to this tyrannical God, surely, which is purchased in a store off the rack, in the same way that the men’s clothing is, no?

    The use of musical instruments is another factor. The Bible never forbids the use of musical instruments, but in fact actually commands it. Psalms 150: 3-5 Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp. Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs. Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals.

    Wow. The bible is advocating some rather rowdy music. I wonder why. Could it be that this kind of noise and spontaneity prevents people from falling into a trance? In any case, the bible promotes the use of musical instruments, and regardless of how often a preacher will inform you that there is no record of this command being reiterated in the New Testament, the fact remains that it is not rescinded. Now people have the right to say I prefere acapella singing, but they do not have the liberty to create a great sin around the use of musical instruments. However, the “conscience” has been formed in these people to reject utterly and totally any sound of an instrument. They believe it is their unerring conscience that is causing this reaction, and therefore it must be wrong. In fact, it is simply the suggestion that has been embedded during the trance, and the mind is rejecting the uncomfortable business of waking up. Some of these things can be very difficult to do away with.

    These are just a few of my thoughts. I may add more later.

    • lotsaquestions says:

      You discribe it so well that I am left speechless! SPEECHLESS THAT IT IS SO TRUE AND SPEECHLESS THAT I SEE IT SO CLEARLY. THE EXAMPLES YOU USE ARE ONES I HAVE THOUGHT ABOUT MANY TIMES. But few there be that find it. The ministers in the holdeman church are grasping for answers as to why the members are not alive. They are well aware of the fact that the people are dead. But they don’t know why. You give the reasons. Thank you.

  4. ~Set Free says:

    Pertinent and well written.
    I see another area and actually heard a minister speak on it recently. And that is the “fear” factor and how the fearful and abominable will be damned to hell as is so clearly stated in Revelation. (Revelation 21:8 KJV) But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
    All the while he was speaking his head was turned away from the mens side of the house except for brief occasions and his eyes were diverted to the floor as though he himself was afraid to tell the truth, even though he obviously felt compelled to. What he said as I listened was generally sound and not something to really disagree with.

    But the fear factor…it permeates the religion.
    They are afraid to leave the church.
    They are afraid of education.
    They are afraid in many ways to express their true feelings.
    They are afraid of technology.
    They are afraid of the TV and radio forms of communication.
    They “used to be” afraid of theatres but now regularly or occasionally go to the Imax theatres.
    They are afraid of education…
    When the Word of God plainly says to seek wisdom and knowlege albeit Godly wisdom and Godly knowlege. Most of the Universities in the world have started as seminarys to teach men the truths of Gods word. Granted there has been as much decay in education as in teaching the truth. But is it proper to fear something just because some or even a majority abuse and misuse it ?
    The truth sets men free. They no longer have to hide behind man made rules that while in and of themselves are or may not be so wrong they produce people who cannot make a proper choice between good and evil unless “the church” says so and even then refuse to follow what to them is obviously ignorance. But they are able to discern the truth and then turn away of their own accord…not because someone set up a mandate but because whatever it is they are turning from is actually wrong and they know it in their heart and are convicted by a Holy Spirit led conscience rather than a man made conscience. (Proverbs 29:25 KJV) The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.
    (Job 28:28 KJV) And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.
    (Ecclesiastes 12:13 KJV) Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
    (Ecclesiastes 12:14 KJV) For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.
    (John 7:13 KJV) Howbeit no man spake openly of him for fear of the Jews.

    Too many people have the wrong kind of fear. there is a Godly fear that we need to have but it is not the fear of man or manmade rules.
    As a youth I was often troubled by this thought; All through the bible we are told to “Fear God and keep His commandments.” “Fear God and do this or Fear God and don’t do that”. And it really bothered me because I had no fear. Remember the craze or fad some time back where so many people had “No Fear” T-shirts, bumper stickers etc…. One day (somewhat by accident) or else by Holy Spirit guidance (I’ll go with the Holy Spirit) as I was thumbing through a dictionary looking for the meaning of a word long since forgotten, I chanced upon the word fear. As I read the definition of fear in this respect; 6. In scripture, fear is used to express a filial or a slavish passion. “In good men, the fear of God is a holy awe or reverence of God and his laws, which springs from a just view and real love of the divine character, leading the subjects of it to hate and shun every thing that can offend such a holy being, and inclining them to aim at perfect obedience. This is filial fear.”
    I will put my fear in their hearts. Jer 32.
    Slavish fear is the effect or consequence of guilt; it is the painful apprehension of merited punishment. Rom 8.
    The love of God casteth out fear. 1 John 4.
    7. The worship of God.
    I will teach you the fear of the Lord. Psa 34.
    8. The law and word of God.
    The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever. Psa 19.
    9. Reverence; respect; due regard.
    Render to all their dues; fear to whom fear. Rom 13.
    I realized that I did in fact have the fear of God in my heart, just not a “slavish fear”.
    When I looked up in the night sky and was awed by the granduer of the heavens, I realized I most definitely had an “awe and reverence” for God. When I considered His love to me I most definitely have reverence and awe…I have filial fear and thank God He has set me free from “slavish fear”. In some respects we need both perhaps ?
    When I worked as a lineman my fellow workers often commented that I had no fear. It seemed strange to me at the time but now I see it as a testimony to the fact that I did have my trust in God and whether I lived or died I am the Lords. One told me once while shaking his head, “You do stuff and just expect it to work…and it does.” I was equally shaking my head thinking, “And why wouldn’t it ?” I had something a percentage of lineman did not possess. An understanding of basic electricity and how and why it worked. With that basic knowlege (ooh that’s dangerous) I was able to know what would as well as what would not work. With the knowlege that I was the Lords together with a knowlege of my work, “What did I have to lose or fear ?” I was working on a line one day in a thunder storm and lightning hit a radio tower about a half mile from us. I was all uppamongst the wires. When the lightning struck I had little blue flames about an inch and a half long arcing off my fingertips. My foreman saw it and was almost hysterical that I needed to come down. I couldn’t understand ? To me it was “just a thing”. I told him,”The good Lord knows where I am and any time He wants to He can come and get me.” People have specific fears but most of them stem from one of three things; Fear of the unknown, fear of pain, and fear of death. Being a curious sort the unknown has always held me fascinated rather than fearful. “What’s around the next corner, how does this work, I wonder what would happen if I did that…etc. ?” Ever wonder why children are so curious and unafraid of danger ? Because in their innocence they trust God…completely. It is only as they get older and are hurt and wounded by people that they learn to fear…it’s the fear of man. There is a difference between fearing something and having a healthy respect for it. While I do not “fear” electricity I do have a healthy respect for it as I know what it can do if not respected. Been there done that. It hurts when it knocks you down. But that didn’t stop me from getting up and treating it a little more respectfully.

    Could it be that this is the fear we need of sin ? Or of God ? He will chasten you when you do wrong and it hurts and restores your respect and reverence to Him when He knocks you down.

    May we be set free from ungodly fear.

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