Re: Brainwashing? Or, BS
Date: October 26, 2008 08:15PM
Brainwashing is quite real and alive. It is a form of hypnosis. Slowly and deliberately, your natural ego defenses are brought down, critical thinking is stoped (or supressed if it has not developed) emotions are placed on high and your perceptions are slightly altered. The experience can be done in sequecial steps (over a period of classes) disguised as meditation techniques, but in fact you are being primed for indoctrination. The thing about brainwashing, is that you have to temporarily suspend the analytical processes of ones mind, then you can plant things in one subconcious very easily. However, if not done properly, it will not fully take root in your mind. Additionally, if steps are altered or changed the whole process is derailed and serious dammage can be done to ones psyche. Scientology knows what it is doing, so did L Ron Hubbard. However, I did not do Scientology, I was involved with an offshoot of it created by a former top Auditor in Scientology named Lewis S Bostwick. Mr Bostwick created the church of divine man/ Berkeley Psychic Institute. Everything in the institute was based fully on Scientology. He fought to keep the basic classes the same and never alter them. He also did this for the clairvoyant program, the indoctrination time as I call it. It thoroughly implanted in my mind a series of delusional beliefs based on the Scientology mythos (Xenu, etc) but slightly altered in content if not context. Oh yes, I was convinced that past lives, auras, chakras and all that other new age mumbo jumbo actually was real! Now I am a hard core skeptic and I have been able to completely clear my mind of the constructs, conditionings and beliefs of this cult church.
Brainwashing is reinforced by utilizing mind altering techniques which support the ideology such as specific guided visualizations, certain mantras and other meditative techniques. The more ones does these things, the more ones mind rebuilds and supports the delusional belief systems.
I have been brainwashed and I know how it was done, so I am quite knowledgeable to the techniques used.
On a minor level, brainwashing takes place in abusive relationships which is what keeps the victim stuck in the relationship.