In order to awaken, one must realize that one is in a state of sleep, a state of hypnosis. — George Ivanovich Gurdjieff
And, in order to realize that one is indeed in a state of sleep, one must fully recognize and understand the nature of the forces, which operate to keep one in the state of sleep, or hypnosis. It is absurd to think that this can be done by seeking information from the very source which you induce the hypnosis.
— George Ivanovich Gurdjieff
Irrational Belief Requires Self Hypnosis
What is irrational? Is is thinking lacking a basis in common sense and sound reasoning. It is characterized by the absence of sound judgement. Irrational beliefs are those that have no proof or basis in logic and reason. I need faith to substantiate their beliefs because they are irrational and baseless.
In order for this system to work, you need to indoctrinate and then reprogram regularly. This is the essence of groupthink manipulation. You create a system of self hypnosis to establish mythology as fact. Fear is the best motivator. So, you capitalized on our greatest existential fear, the fear of death.
The groupthink manipulation tactics are the bedrock of Western organized religion. These are the religions of Semitic origin including Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. These religions are the rebranding of Egyptian, Babylonian, Persian, and Assyrian mystery religions. The Semitic religions could not exist without using self hypnosis to overcome common sense reasoning.
The Hypnotic Power of Faith and Belief
Irrational belief is a powerful tool. It creates a platform for selling any values or ideology. It does not need a basis in fact. Once you establish mythology as fact, then you can add anything to it. This is how it becomes a political tool.
Now you create an elaborate system of contradictory philosophies. This creates a need for an authority to interpret the confusing messages. Next, you open up outlets to propagate and disseminate this religion. You use your army to take over any existing religions and rebrand their locations as your own. All they while you are selling faith in the afterlife. There are rewards for believers and eternal punishment for those who do not fall in line.
Eternal suffering awaits anyone who questions God’s, infinite love. ― Bill Hicks
The only way to support this illogical and morally corrupt position is with the hypnotic power of irrational belief.
Using the Ego to Reinforce Groupthink
The Ego floods the mind with thoughts. It does this in order to maintain control of our awareness. Ego likes to be in control. It’s like the car a being in control of the driver. But, we become so familiar living in this state we don’t even notice. This is the state of hypnosis. We are asleep. We don’t know we are the driver.
So, religion uses this natural tendency to keep the mind busy with faith and belief. These counteract our common sense. This way we don’t question the circular logic and contradictions. This shows the hypnotic power of religious indoctrination.
In this state of hypnosis, we are susceptible to groupthink manipulation. This is an effective form of propaganda that installs values and directs behavior. Western religion adopted this the tactics of these social programing techniques from the mystery religions of Egyptian, Babylonian, Persian and Assyrian. Here we find the concepts of the afterlife, hell, demons and a lot of other concepts to keep fear high.
Breaking the Hypnotic Power of Religion
To move beyond this state of “hypnosis” we must do two things. First, silence the idle chatter of the Ego. And counter the programming of groupthink manipulation. Neither of these tasks is easy.
This goal is realistic if we invest in some inner work. There are two tools we recommend for this quest. First, the Enneagram of Personality Profile, Second, Comparative Analysis. These are two analytical tools which help you uncover the thought scripts, bias and prejudice of your thinking.
This process is best with others on the same mission of discovery. We also suggest you use both of the above tools in a group of 2 to 5 people. Make sure they are there to seek the truth and not simply to find reasons to hang onto their current beliefs.
Gurdjieff’s Strategy to Cancel Irrational Belief
Researching Gurdjieff’s work, we found some interesting things. He was a researcher of consciousness. His approach was eclectic. Eventually, he started his own system, combining several approaches. He sought ways to reach counteract the effects of self hypnosis created by religion. Instead of using external evidence to show how their faith and belief were in error, he used the subconscious mind to illuminate their inner truth.
We think this an excellent strategy for achieving this goal. And, it mirrors practices and processes found around the globe in other ancient traditions. His process involves a progressive practice using the following elements.
- First, he developed a form of the Enneagram personality profile. Thus, enabling the student to identify the thought processes fixating the mind. And consequently causing a perpetual state of self-hypnosis. So, you realize you are asleep. Now you can awaken
- Then he employed the application of a series of complex movements. These are “sacred dances” requiring a high level of focus. Because they require full attention they effectively suspend the chatter of the Ego.
- Next, students are taught silent meditation using a mantra. Again, the goal here is to free the mind of all conscious and subconscious thought. That is reaching the 4th state of consciousness directly.
- Then, he alternated the sacred dance with periods of silent meditation for long periods of time. This is “round” of silence and activity. The driver begins to take more objective presence in the mind. The Ego becomes a passenger instead of the driver.
- Lastly, the student needs to normalize and become comfortable in these new spaces. We are not accustomed to being in control. So, the mind needs time to adjust to the new freedom. Normalizing occurs over time after the student engages in the regular practice of these elements.
- After normalizing is complete, one is able to achieve a separate state of consciousness known as “Witnessing”. In this state one simultaneously holds the state of transcendent Being, while in a waking state of consciousness. Here people report the experience of “oneness” with all things. Here the driver is in control of the car instead of the car being in control of the driver.
Consciousness Development Cancels Irrational Belief
Everyone has their own way of awakening. And, each of us has spiritual gifts to aid in this quest. These gifts are sleeping in our DNA. So, waking these gifts is the key. It sets our spiritual walk into motion. It opens our minds to new potentials.
Accessing these gifts was the central goal of many ancient cultures. And so, we benefit from generations of research. The results are a set of powerful tools anyone can use. We call these tools spiritual technologies. These are sound methods for expanding awareness and exploring consciousness.
Above all these tools stand up to the test of science. They are repeatable experiential phenomena. And, higher states of awareness also have unique measurable physiological signatures. They differ from the basic states of consciousness (waking, sleeping, and dreaming). These processes do not require belief in a religion. All you need to do is follow the process. For the most part, these tools come from Eastern traditions. This probably due to the fact their focus is on developing human potential.
Other schools of thought have a similar eclectic approach. For example, Gurdjieff’s approach was to adopt what is already proven to be effective. After all, human physiology hasn’t changed in thousands of years. So, the work of the ancient pioneers stands the test of time.
Spiritual technologies are tools for exploring consciousness. They result from generations of research by cultures around the world. These processes stand up to the test of science. They are repeatable and measurable. They do not require belief in religious doctrine. So, everyone who can follow a process can use them. We call the practice of these processes spiritual exploration.
You can list these tools in several ways. Some fall into more than one group. We like this simple method.
- Tools to enhance critical thinking. This study of basic logical reasoning along with spotting logical fallacies and logical axioms. Then we also use a comparative analysis. This is a step-by-step way of comparing beliefs between different worldviews. Above all, these tools will help sharpen your ability to discern fact from fiction.
- The Enneagram Personality Profile. This is mostly an analytical tool. It provides insight into the mechanisms of ego, personality, and instinct.
- Seated meditation is often the heart of your spiritual practice. This includes a range from Beginning Meditation and Mindfulness Meditation through Japa Meditation and more advanced Siddhis of Patanjali.
- Moving meditation helps us strengthen the mind-body connection. It is also an important key to our health and wellness. This progression includes several methods of energy collection, such as Forest Bathing, Qigong, and Tai Chi.
- Pathways for expanding and exploring awareness. This progression includes a range of processes from lucid dreaming, the Shamanic Journey and Guided Meditation to third-eye awakening and soul memory awareness. Practical tools to guide your path, a spiritual journal, and automatic writing.
- Healing practices are the final group. This branch includes Pe Jet, Reiki, and Shiatsu. Self-care is also a part of this group and is vital to our overall health and wellness.
Faith and belief are enemies of progress. Not just individual progress, but the progress of society. But the fight against the hypnosis of the cultural narrative has some strong weapons, facts, evidence, science and logic. Are they enough to overcome generations of groupthink manipulation tactics?
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Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s Book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia
George Ivanovich Gurdjieff, Wikipedia