I was scanning one of the tribes that I'm a member of, and this post on Conspiracy and Denial caught my eye… I didn't read the entire post as it's rather long, but what interested me was what I'm going to be sharing below… Whether it's hypnotism or being in denial of being in denial, the effects are similar and is how we perceive our reality.
"Denial of the truth, does not change the truth, it just alters your perception of it…". JR
>>>>>>>>>> Break the Spell!
A subject was told under hypnosis that when he was awakened he would be unable to see a third man in the room who, it was suggested to him, would have become invisible. All the "proper" suggestions to make this "true" were given, such as "you will NOT see so- and-so" etc… When the subject was awakened, lo and behold! the suggestions did NOT work.
Why? Because they went against his belief system. He did NOT believe that a person could become invisible.
So, another trial was made. The subject was hypnotized again and was told that the third man was leaving the room… that he had been called away on urgent business, and the scene of him getting on his coat and hat was described… the door was opened and shut to provide "sound effects," and then the subject was brought out of the trance.
Guess what happened?
He was UNABLE TO SEE the Third Man.
Why? Because his perceptions were modified according to his beliefs. Certain "censors" in his brain were activated in a manner that was acceptable to his ego survival instincts.
The ways and means that we ensure survival of the ego are established pretty early in life by our parental and societal programming. This conditioning determines what IS or is NOT possible; what we are "allowed" to believe in order to be accepted. We learn this first by learning what pleases our parents and then later we modify our belief based on what pleases our society – our peers – to believe.
Anyway, to return to our story, the Third Man went about the room picking things up and setting them down and doing all sorts of things to test the subject's awareness of his presence, and the subject became utterly hysterical at this "anomalous" activity! He could see objects moving through the air, doors opening and closing, but he could NOT see the SOURCE because he did not believe that there was another man in the room.
So, what are the implications of this factor of human consciousness? (By the way, this is also the reason why most therapy to stop bad habits does not work – they attempt to operate against a "belief system" that is imprinted in the subconscious that this or that habit is essential to survival.) <<<<<<<<<<<<
Things that make you go Hummmm?
Update: Feb 27 8:42 am I just received a comment on Post 92 Meditation and Hypnotism. I had forgotten I posted it…. When I did an image search for this post, I almost used the same clock in this post… Hummm coincidences….. Not! And what does the clock… "time" have to do with it?