You Have Hypnotized Yourself into All Beliefs
“You have ‘hypnotized’ yourself into all the beliefs that you have …. Formal hypnosis merely brings about an accelerated version of what goes on all the time. It is a perfect example of the instantaneous results possible ideally.
Many people assign great power to a hypnotist, yet whenever you have the undivided attention of another, you act as a hypnotist to a large degree. Whenever you have your own undivided attention you act as hypnotist and subject simultaneously.
In formal hypnosis … if you are a good subject … then blisters can arise on your skin if [the hypnotist] tells you that you have been burned…. Unfortunately … it is [commonly] thought that the conscious mind is lulled and its activity suspended [in hypnosis]. Quite the contrary. It is focused and intensified … and all other stimuli are cut out.
THIS INTENSITY OF CONCENTRATION CUTS DOWN BARRIERS AND ALLOWS THE MESSAGES TO GO DIRECTLY TO THE UNCONSCIOUS, WHERE THEY ARE ACTED UPON.
The hypnotist, however, is important in that he acts as a direct representative of authority…. All of the gestures, dances and other procedures are shock treatments, startling the subject out of habitual reactions so that he or she is forced to focus upon the present moment. The resulting disorientation simply shakes current beliefs and dislodges set frameworks. The hypnotist, or witch doctor, or therapist, then immediately inserts the beliefs he thinks the subject needs.”
- SETH (The Nature of Personal Reality)
“A good hypnotist automatically hypnotizes himself before he begins to work his suggestions upon the mind of another – a fact not in the least understood then or now.”
- William James (The Afterdeath Journal of An American Philosopher)