How to Conduct Seemingly Real Spiritual Conversions
An Expert's Report on Mental Reprogramming and Hypnotic Techniques
Know it from Mr. Sutphen's professional experience
It is now more important than ever for the faithful to understand the many ways their minds are
being reprogrammed because your immediate future
depends on the identification and
avoidance of certain reprogramming situations.
Please understand - it is YOUR immediate future - not OURS. Ours depends precisely on sounding the
alerts that God Wills and providing the remedies and consolation necessary.
In this document we will explain the reprogramming methods used by the forces of evil in
preparation for the manifestation of the False Christ (1)
which will follow
the period of the AntiChrist (2)
Through the Grace of God we came across the transcript of a talk delivered by Richard Sutphen, a
noted Hypnotist and prolific author of New Age topics, at the World Congress of Professional
Hypnotists Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. The talk centers on the methods used to mentally
reprogram - brainwash - the masses.
: This document may cause spiritual and/or psychological discomfort to some as the
reader understands the extent to which the minds of the masses are being manipulated. Proceed only
if your Faith is well grounded on solid rock and not on sand. [Matthew 7:24-27]
BACKGROUND of Mr. Sutphen's Presentation
[highlights by The M+G+R Foundation]
Mr. Richard Sutphen stated:
Although I've been interviewed about the subject on many local and regional radio and TV talk
shows, large-scale mass communication appears to be blocked, since it could result in suspicion or
investigation of the very media presenting it or the sponsors that support the media. Some
government agencies do not want this information generally known. Nor do the Born-Again Christian
movement, cults, and many human-potential trainings.
From this point on, he zeroed in on Christians and Conversions while revealing priceless
information on mind manipulation for a variety of agendas. Mr. Sutphen continues...
Everything I will relate only exposes the surface of the problem. I don't know how
the misuse of these techniques can be stopped. I don't think it is possible to
legislate against that which often cannot be detected; and if those who legislate are using these
techniques, there is little hope of affecting laws to govern usage. I do know that the first step
to initiate change is to generate interest. In this case, that will probably only result from an
DETAILS of Mr. Sutphen's Presentation
[highlights by The M+G+R Foundation]
In talking about this subject, I am talking about my own business. I know it, and I know how
effective it can be. I produce hypnosis and subliminal tapes and, in some of my seminars, I
use conversion tactics to assist participants to become independent and
self-sufficient. But, anytime I use these techniques, I point out that I am using them, and those
attending have a choice to participate or not. They also know what the desired result of
participation will be.
As he lays down the framework of his presentation, he uses the typical religious cult brainwash
techniques that we have spoken about so much.
So, to begin, I want to state the most basic of all facts about brainwashing: Those who have
been brainwashed will usually passionately defend their manipulators, claiming they have simply
been "shown the light" . . . or have been transformed in miraculous ways.
Of course, there is much truth in that statement - such manifestation is typically observed in
, religious fanaticism (4)
mainstream of established Churches, and psychologically induced "Conversions".
Psychologically induced "Conversions" are hard to identify by most individuals, and easiest to
identify by those who have undergone a true Spiritual Conversion. The explanation of the
differences and means of detection are beyond the scope of this particular document. We have
brought this difference to light to explain some of Mr. Sutphen's statements since it seems that
he (erroneously) believes that all
Conversions are psychologically induced.
Mr. Sutphen continues...
(Psychological) CONVERSION is a "nice" word for BRAINWASHING . . . and any study of
brainwashing has to begin with a study of Christian revivalism in eighteenth century America.
Apparently, Jonathan Edwards accidentally discovered the techniques during a religious crusade in
1735 in Northampton, Massachusetts. By inducing guilt and acute apprehension and by increasing the
tension, the "sinners" attending his revival meetings would break down and completely
Once a preacher, cult leader, manipulator or authority figure creates the brain phase to wipe the
brain-slate clean, his subjects are wide open. New input, in the form of suggestion, can be
substituted for their previous ideas...
Charles J. Finney was another Christian revivalist who used the same techniques four years later
in mass religious conversions in New York. The techniques are still being used today by
Christian revivalists, cults, human-potential trainings, some business rallies, and the United
States Armed Services . . . to name just a few.
Let me point out here that I don't think most revivalist preachers realize or know they
are using brainwashing techniques. Edwards simply stumbled upon a technique that really
As the reader may see, Mr. Sutphen is not attacking religion. He is exposing induced conversions.
An attitude which stems from his lack of knowledge of true Spiritual Conversion
Professional Brainwashing Techniques
The Three Brain Phases
According to Mr. Sutphen's professional expertise...
...we have to look to Pavlov, the Russian scientist, for a technical explanation. In the early
1900s, his work with animals opened the door to further investigations with humans. After the
revolution in Russia, Lenin was quick to see the potential of applying Pavlov's research to his
... The way to achieve conversion are many and varied, but the usual first step in religious
or political brainwashing is to work on the emotions of an individual or
group until they reach an abnormal level of anger, fear, excitement, or nervous tension.
The progressive result of this mental condition is to impair judgment and increase suggestibility.
The more this condition can be maintained or intensified, the more it compounds. Once... the first
brain phase is reached, the complete mental takeover becomes easier. Existing mental
programming can be replaced with new patterns of thinking and behavior.
Other often-used physiological weapons to modify normal brain functions are (severe) fasting
(5), radical or high sugar diets, (severe) physical
(6) discomforts, regulation of breathing, mantra chanting in
meditation (7), the (orchestrated) disclosure of awesome mysteries,
special lighting and sound effects, programed response to incense, or intoxicating drugs.
The same results can be obtained in contemporary psychiatric treatment by electric shock
treatments and even by purposely lowering a person's blood sugar level with insulin
Before I talk about exactly how some of the techniques are applied, I want to point out that
hypnosis and conversion tactics are two distinctly different things -- and
that conversion techniques are far more powerful. However, the two are often mixed . . . with
Unfortunately, Mr. Sutphen cannot see that there are three
distinctly different "things",
with the most powerful being the Spiritual Conversion
. "Most powerful" because when that
occurs the individual has tapped into the Power of God and the conversion is real.
How Revivalist Preachers Work
If you'd like to see a revivalist preacher at work, there are probably several in your city. Go to
the church or tent early and sit in the rear, about three-quarters of the way back. Most likely
repetitive music will be played while the people come in for the service. A repetitive beat,
ideally ranging from 45 to 72 beats per minute (a rhythm close to the beat of the human heart), is
very hypnotic and can generate an eyes-open altered state of consciousness in a very high
percentage of people. And, once you are in an alpha state, you are at least 25 times as
suggestible as you would be in full beta consciousness...
Watch the people waiting for the service to begin. Many will exhibit external signs of trance --
body relaxation and slightly dilated eyes. Often, they begin swaying back and forth with their
hands in the air while sitting in their chairs. Next, the assistant pastor will probably come out.
He usually speaks with a pretty good "voice roll."
Voice Roll Technique
A "voice roll" is a patterned, paced style used by hypnotists when inducing a trance. It is also
used by many lawyers, several of whom are highly trained hypnotists, when they desire to entrench
a point firmly in the minds of the jurors. A voice roll can sound as if the speaker were talking
to the beat of a metronome or it may sound as though he were emphasizing every word in a
monotonous, patterned style. The words will usually be delivered at the rate of 45 to 60 beats per
minute, maximizing the hypnotic effect.
Now the assistant pastor begins the "build-up" process. He induces an altered state of
consciousness and/or begins to generate the excitement and the expectations of the audience....
And the result is the audience's attention span is now totally focused upon the communication
while the environment becomes more exciting or tense.
Right about this time, when an eyes-open mass-induced alpha mental state has been achieved, they
will usually pass the collection plate or basket. In the background, a 45-beat-per-minute voice
roll from the assistant preacher might exhort, "Give to God . . . Give to God . . . Give to God .
. ." And the audience does give....
Next, the fire-and-brimstone preacher will come out. He induces fear and increases the tension by
talking about "the devil," "going to hell," or the forthcoming Armageddon....
The techniques and staging will vary from church to church.
The use of hypnotic techniques by religions is sophisticated, and professionals are assuring that
they become even more effective.... Powerful sound and the proper use of lighting are of primary
importance in inducing an altered state of consciousness -- I've (Mr. Sutphen) been using them for
years in my own seminars. However, my participants are fully aware of the process and what they
can expect as a result of their participation.
Six (induced) Conversion Techniques
Cults and human-potential organizations are always looking for new converts. To attain them, they
must also create a brain-phase. And they often need to do it within a short space of time -- a
weekend, or maybe even a day. The following are the six primary techniques used to generate the
[A] The meeting or training takes place in an area where participants are cut off from the
outside world. This may be any place: a private home, a remote or rural setting...
Be wary of an organization of this type that offers follow-up sessions after the seminar.
Follow-up sessions might be weekly meetings or inexpensive seminars given on a regular basis which
the organization will attempt to talk you into taking -- or any regularly scheduled event used to
maintain control. As the early Christian revivalists found, long-term control is dependent upon a
good follow-up system.
[B] In human-potential trainings, the controllers will give a lengthy talk about the importance of
"keeping agreements" in life... The participants vow to themselves and their trainer that they
will keep their agreements. Anyone who does not will be intimidated into agreement or forced to
[C] The next step is to agree to complete training, thus assuring a high percentage of conversions
for the organizations. They will USUALLY have to agree not to take drugs, smoke, and sometimes not
to eat . . . The real reason for the agreements is to alter internal chemistry, which generates
anxiety and hopefully causes at least a slight malfunction of the nervous system, which in turn
increases the conversion potential.
[D] Before the gathering is complete, the agreements will be used to ensure that the new converts
go out and find new participants. They are intimidated into agreeing to do so before they leave.
... The new converts are zealots. In fact, the inside term for merchandising the largest and most
successful human-potential training is, "sell it by zealot!"
At least a million people are graduates and a good percentage have been left with a mental
activation button that assures their future loyalty and assistance if the guru figure or
organization calls. Think about the potential political (or religious) implications of hundreds of
thousands of zealots programed to campaign for their guru.
Second: Let's look at the second tip-off that indicates conversion tactics are being used.
A schedule is maintained that causes physical and mental fatigue. This is primarily accomplished
by long hours in which the participants are given no opportunity for relaxation or reflection.
Third: Techniques used to increase the tension in the room or environment.
Four: Uncertainty. I could spend hours relating various techniques to increase tension and
generate uncertainty. Basically, the participants are concerned about being "put on the spot" or
encountered by the trainers, guilt feelings are played upon,... So you can imagine the fear and
tension this situation generates within the participants... They literally go into an alpha state,
which automatically makes them many times as suggestible as they normally are...
Fifth: The fifth clue that conversion tactics are being used is the introduction of jargon
-- new terms that have meaning only to the "insiders" who participate.
Sixth: The final tip-off is that there is no humor in the communications . . . at least
until the participants are converted. Then, merry-making and humor are highly desirable as symbols
of the new joy the participants have supposedly "found."
Mr. Sutphen does not deny that good may result from participation in such gatherings. It can and
does when the audience is fully aware of the ultimate purpose of such gathering
. Be it
helping an audience of sales personnel to become better salespersons; helping public speakers
becoming better speakers; assisting battered wives on how to break the battering cycle; alcoholics
stop drinking; etc.
Mr. Sutphen has, over the years, conducted professional seminars to teach people to be hypnotists,
trainers, and counselors. Many of those who conduct trainings and rallies come to Mr. Sutphen and
say, "I'm here because I know that what I'm doing works, but I don't know why."
After showing them how and why, many have gotten out of the business or have decided to
approach it differently or in a much more loving and supportive manner
. And that, is good!
Mr. Sutphen adds...
Cult gatherings or human-potential trainings are an ideal environment to observe first-hand
what is technically called the "Stockholm Syndrome." This is a situation in which those who are
intimidated, controlled, or made to suffer, begin to love, admire, and even sometimes sexually
desire their controllers or captors.
But let me inject a word of warning here: If you think you can attend such gatherings and not be
affected, you are probably wrong. ... The only hope of attending such gatherings without being
affected is to... allow no positive or negative emotions to surface. Few people are capable of
Before I go on, let's go back to the six tip-offs to conversion. I want to mention the United
States Government and military boot camp. The Marine Corps talks about breaking men down before
"rebuilding" them as new men -- as marines! Well, that is exactly what they do, the same way a
cult breaks its people down and rebuilds them as happy flower sellers on your local street
Understanding the Decognition Process
[Psychologically breaking down an individual]
Once the initial conversion is effected, cults, armed services, and similar groups cannot have
cynicism among their members. Members must respond to commands and do as they are told,
otherwise they are dangerous to the organizational control. This is normally
accomplished in a three step Decognition Process.
Step One is ALERTNESS REDUCTION: The controllers cause the nervous system to
malfunction, making it difficult to distinguish between fantasy and reality.
Step Two is PROGRAMED CONFUSION: You are mentally assaulted while your alertness
is being reduced as in Step One. ... During this phase of decognition, reality and illusion often
merge and perverted logic is likely to be accepted.
Step Three is THOUGHT STOPPING: Techniques are used to cause the mind to go
"flat."... It is important to be aware that when members or participants are instructed to use
"thought-stopping" techniques, they are told that they will benefit by so doing: they will become
"better soldiers" or "find enlightenment."
Movements of the Masses
Mass Movements will usually have a charismatic leader. The followers want to convert others to
their way of living or impose a new way of life -- if necessary, by legislating laws
forcing others to their view... This means enforcement by guns or punishment, for that
is the bottom line in law enforcement.
A common hatred, an enemy, is essential to the success of a mass movement. ... "True
Believers" [which The M+G+R Foundation defines as
fanatics] are mentally unbalanced or insecure people, or those without hope or friends.
People don't look for allies when they love, but they do when they hate or become obsessed with a
cause. And those who desire a new life and a new order feel the old ways must be eliminated before
the new order can be built.
Subliminals are hidden suggestions that only your subconscious perceives. They can be audio,
hidden behind music, or visual, airbrushed into a picture, flashed on a screen so fast that you
don't consciously see them, or cleverly incorporated into a picture or design.
Most audio subliminal reprogramming tapes offer verbal suggestions recorded at a low volume.
...but this is not quite satisfactory... My [Mr.
Sutphen's] attorney obtained copies of the patents which I gave to some talented
Hollywood sound engineers, asking them to create a new technique. ...using this technique, there
is no way to ...detect the subliminals. In other words, although the suggestions are being heard
by the subconscious mind, they cannot be monitored with even the most sophisticated
If we were able to come up with this technique as easily as we did, I can only imagine how
sophisticated the technology has become, with unlimited government or advertising
The big question about subliminals is: do they work? Mr. Sutphen's professional experience
guarantees you that they do
. Mr. Sutphen continues...
A 1984 article in the technical newsletter, "Brain-Mind Bulletin," states that as much as 99
percent of our cognitive activity may be "non-conscious," according to the director of the
Laboratory for Cognitive Psychophysiology at the University of Illinois.
I have personally experienced sitting in a Los Angeles auditorium with over ten thousand people
who were gathered to listen to a current charismatic figure. Twenty minutes after entering the
auditorium, I became aware that I was going in and out of an altered state. Those accompanying me
experienced the same thing... By careful observation, what appeared to be spontaneous
demonstrations were, in fact, artful manipulations. The only way I could figure that the eyes-open
trance had been induced was that a 6- to 7-cycle-per- second vibration was being piped into the
room behind the air conditioner sound. That particular vibration generates alpha, which would
render the audience highly susceptible. Ten to 25 percent of the population is capable of a
somnambulistic level of altered states of consciousness; for these people, the
suggestions of the speaker, if non-threatening, could potentially be accepted as
Now, let's carry this awareness a little farther. There are also inaudible ELFs (extra-low
frequency waves). These are electromagnetic in nature. One of the primary uses of ELFs is to
communicate with our submarines. Dr. Andrija Puharich, a highly respected researcher, in an
attempt to warn U.S. officials about Russian use of ELFs, set up an experiment. Volunteers were
wired so their brain waves could be measured on an EEG. They were sealed in a metal room that
could not be penetrated by a normal signal.
Puharich then beamed ELF waves at the volunteers. ELFs go right through the earth and, of course,
right through metal walls. Those inside couldn't know if the signal was or was not being sent. And
Puharich watched the reactions on the technical equipment: 30 percent of those inside the room
were taken over by the ELF signal in six to ten seconds.
Waves below 6 cycles per second caused the subjects to become very emotionally upset, and even
disrupted bodily functions. At 8.2 cycles, they felt very high... an elevated feeling, as though
they had been in masterful meditation, learned over a period of years. Eleven to 11.3 cycles
induced waves of depressed agitation leading to riotous behavior.
Dr. Patrick Flanagan is a personal friend of mine. In the early 1960s, as a teenager, Pat was
listed as one of the top scientists in the world by "Life" magazine. Among his many inventions was
a device he called the Neurophone -- an electronic instrument that can successfully program
suggestions directly through contact with the skin. When he attempted to patent the device, the
government demanded that he prove it worked. When he did, the National Security Agency confiscated
the neurophone. It took Pat two years of legal battle to get his invention back. (We are leaving
out the details of this very disturbing method of mind control.) ......
The more we find out about how human beings work through today's highly advanced technological
research, the more we learn to control human beings. And what probably scares me the most is that
the medium for takeover is already in place! The television set in your living room and bedroom
(and the computer) are doing a lot more than just entertaining (and serving) you.
Before I continue, let me point out something else about an altered state of consciousness. When
you go into an altered state, you transfer into right brain, which results in the internal release
of the body's own opiates: enkephalins and Beta-endorphins, chemically almost identical to
opium. In other words, it feels good . . . and you want to come back for
Recent tests by researcher Herbert Krugman showed that, while viewers were watching TV,... the
viewers were in an altered state . . . in trance more often than not. They were getting their
The medium for takeover is here. By the age of 16, children have spent 10,000 to 15,000 hours
watching television -- that is more time than they spend in school! In the average home, the TV
set is on for six hours and 44 minutes per day -- an increase of nine minutes from last year and
three times the average rate of increase during the 1970s.
It obviously is not getting better . . . we are rapidly moving into an alpha-level world -- very
possibly the Orwellian world -- placid, glassy-eyed, and responding obediently to
A research project by Jacob Jacoby, a Purdue University psychologist, found that of 2,700 people
tested, 90 percent misunderstood even such simple viewing fare as commercials and "Barnaby Jones."
Only minutes after watching, the typical viewer missed 23 to 36 percent of the questions about
what he or she had seen. Of course they did -- they were going in and out of trance! If you go
into a deep trance, you must be instructed to remember--otherwise you automatically
Mr. Sutphen, having just touched the tip of the iceberg, concludes...
When you start to combine subliminal messages behind the music, subliminal visuals projected on
the screen, hypnotically produced visual effects, sustained musical beats at a trance-inducing
pace . . . you have extremely effective brainwashing. Every hour that you spend watching
the TV set you become more conditioned. And, in case you thought there was a law
against any of these things, guess again. There is not! There are a lot of powerful people who
obviously prefer things exactly the way they are. Maybe they have plans for us?
As you may have been able to see, as Mr. Sutphen was explaining the types of induced conversion,
he showed us that the world has been well prepared for the manifestation of the False Christ which
immediately follows the AntiChrist period.
Only God can help us, nothing, but nothing, else can!
unceasingly and draw closer to God. He promised to us through
- You who dwell in the shelter of the Most High... You
shall not fear the terror of the night... No evil shall befall you, nor shall affliction come near
Let us remain under His Wings, and we shall be protected and nothing will touch us. We know...
fasting does not mean fasting twice a week or during certain periods of the Liturgical
Calendar. It means extreme pathological fasting
(6) severe physical
discomforts means extreme physical self abuse like flagellation, etc.
(7) This does not mean a well prayed and meditated Holy
Rosary or Chaplet. However, many uninformed individuals incorrectly pray them as a mantra
Originally Published - 2000 • Simplified and clarified - July 17, 2014
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