Saturday, September 3, 2011

The Power of Suggestion

In the early 1900’s Judge Thomas Troward warned of the abuse of hypnosis and the power of suggestion.
What the mind perceives to be true will be true, but not necessarily the Truth.
Six degrees of separation refers to the idea that everyone is on average approximately six steps away, by way of introduction, from any other person on Earth, so that a chain of, "a friend of a friend" statements can be made, on average, to connect any two people in six steps or fewer.[1] The "six degrees" claim has been decried as an "academic urban myth". The existence of isolated groups of humans would tend to invalidate the strictest interpretation of the hypothesis. Yet the idea continues.

The hundredth monkey effect is a supposed phenomenon in which a learned behaviour spreads instantaneously from one group of monkeys to all related monkeys once a critical number is reached. By generalization it means the instantaneous, paranormal spreading of an idea or ability to the remainder of a population once a certain portion of that population has heard of the new idea or learned the new ability. The story is popular among New Age authors and personal growth gurus and has become an urban legend and part of New Age mythology. It’s been noted that the skill developed through observational learning, which is widespread in the animal kingdom

The book Rhythms of Vision: The Changing Patterns of Belief (1976) discussed sacred geometry, subtle energy, chakras, spiritual planes of existence and many other topics, the book has been compared to the work of the occultist Corinne Heline and the theosophist Alice Bailey. The book is most well known for first discussing the Hundredth monkey effect.

Lyall Watson is credited with the first published use of the term "hundredth monkey" in his 1979 book, Lifetide. Watson was a member of a UFO channelling cult, known as ‘The Nine’, which has had a huge influence on hundreds of thousands of devotees worldwide.

Briefing for the Landing on Planet Earth [1979] was written to convey the exploits of ‘The Nine’.

The Nine’ seemed to get messages from “Tom”.
“Atlantis … was a civilisation originated by a migrant group from Aksu. It had flourished for thousands of years and had come to a sudden cataclysmic end about 11000 BC. It had stretched from Greece to the Americas. The name Atlantis was in fact a corruption, and it should be known as the Altean civilisation, for its people 'were of the civilisation of Altea”

“Instead of using the great medical knowledge that they had to improve their minds they used it to improve their sex organs.' Altean surgery, he explained, was capable of effecting transplants of all the vital organs of the body, even of brains, and 'those organs that were transplanted were far superior to those that had existed in the physical body'. The life expectancy of an Altean who had the best medical care could run into thousands of years.”

Who or what was Tom?
1. Tom was a pure invention, a creation of one, two or of the three of them in collusion.
2. Tom was an unconscious invention, a composite created out of information contained in the minds of the sitters by the well-known mediumistic process of 'withdrawal' of such information.
3. Tom was a secondary personality of one of them, endowed with psi abilities, that takes over when she is in a dissociated state of consciousness.
4. Tom was a spirit, a discarnate entity with extraordinary powers of invention and cognition.
5. Tom was what he says he is, an intelligent being from another part of the cosmos.

Curiously enough the book also offers this description of the author of “The Keys Enoch”, another new age phenomena :
”Professor of Oriental Studies at the California Institute-of the Arts at Valencia, was not so much a teacher as an experience, a guru-figure whose teaching was not an explanation of objective reality but a spontaneous creation of ideas and experiences that made his students explore new areas for themselves and in themselves. Dressed always in a crumpled suit and wearing a black beret perched on the back of his head, He held classes which sometimes ran as long as eight hours, during which he would alternate between reading long passages of scripture and delivering rambling commentaries on them. … He sometimes spoke about UFOs and about his personal contacts with extra-terrestrials, who, he said, had often intervened in Earth history since prehistoric times, when they had first established a civilization in the Tarim Basin to the north of Tibet. Many of his students recorded his every word, except on occasions when he made them turn off their machines while he gave them some devastating piece of cosmic news that only he was privy to and which he said he was now allowed to share with them.”

“a man with his own extra-terrestrial contacts who had regaled his students at the California Institute of the Arts with reports of his conversations with contacts with names like Enoch, Maitreya and Metatron”

I gave a talk at Toastmasters this week on the ‘“Famous” Indian Rope Trick’. It was a hoax perpetuated by John Wilkie in 1890, while a reporter at the Chicago Tribune, using the assumed name of Fred S. Ellmore (Fred Sell More). [Historical note: Wilkie became head of the Secret Service in 1898 and remained so until 1912.]
Winking eye,eye

[1]Frigyes Karinthy (1887 –1938) was a Hungarian author, playwright, poet, journalist, and translator. He was the first proponent of the six degrees of separation concept, in his 1929 short story, “Chains”.

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