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!