Mar 05, 2014

What do Hypnosis and Music Have in Common?

I rarely listen to music while I drive.  There are two main reasons: 1) I usually have something going on with a client, or client company, and I use drive-time to let things ruminate and 2) most people use music to drown out what their thoughts are.  Personally, I want to know what’s going on in there!  Recently, I decided to listen to music and was singing the words to a favorite song of mine when it came on the radio. I caught myself singing the words, “I’m a loser baby, so why don’t you kill me.” It suddenly occurred to me,  “What am I programming my mind to think?” This caused me to shut the radio off and think about all of the words to various songs which I sing without thinking about the words.

In some research I did a while back on interrogation tactics used by the CIA and similar government entities of many other countries, one of the best ways to break down people’s minds and reprogram them is to play loud music with a constant beat with the same words being repeated over-and-over.  If colored lights that flash off-and-on are added, that much better.  If drugs and/or alcohol are thrown into the mix, then that all but guarantees success in…BRAINWASHING!!!  Studies have shown that people that are otherwise make good decisions will behave with wreckless abandon under those conditions.  Using this method, people that were once staunch patriots become traitors of their own country and encourage others to join them.  Panamanian President Manuel Noriega was driven from his hiding place by the CIA when they used loud hard rock music day-and-night for several days because it was literally driving him insane.  This method takes only about four days to fully work.

With that background, think about how often you sing along to songs and not think about the words you’re feeding into your mind.  I wonder, are you aware (most people aren’t) that when you say or sing words that this is a form of self-hypnosis? I’m not saying you shouldn’t listen or sing along to music.  What I am saying is that it would be more helpful and powerful for you to consciously consider what you listen and sing to. Once you make this change, you are now choosing what your mind is feeding on and, therefore, what you are programming your mind to think.

If you really want to take control of your life, then take the time to become responsible and accountable for what you allow to enter your mind. Think about that for a moment. Do you really want to be at the mercy of the moods and concepts presented to you by your radio, CD’s, and MP3’s? Do you really want to feel like a “loser”, to be on “the highway to hell”, or repeat the words “rape me” over and over? The temptation here is the way the songs sound. That great beat and resounding chorus bring up emotions that you identify with. But, the truth is that there is a cumulative effect to listening to negative words. You have probably developed an entire library in your subconscious mind of disempowering phrases that play over and over throughout your day.  With all the research I’ve done on the mind and the work I do with people every day, I still become amazed at how a single work or note can cause the lyrics of an entire song to come back to mind, even though it may have been 5, 10, or 20 years since I’ve heard it!

I’m also amazed by people who say “I can’t be hypnotized” or “I don’t believe in that crap”, yet, they have a hypnotic library in their heads which plays throughout the day and programs them to be “losers,” etc. These people are already in hypnosis and every time they sing along to a “cool song” with negative wording they reinforce this belief and thought pattern.

Since you’re ready my blog, I assume that you’re an intelligent reader and I now invite you to quit doing what your music tells you to do. I invite you to no longer be at the mercy of what others want you to hear. I encourage you to think of your mind like the radio stations that you program to play only the songs you want to hear. You don’t have to listen to any song that you don’t choose to. If you hear a disempowering song, turn the station or change the ‘channel’ in your mind.  Sad songs about down-and-out people sound really good when you’re feeling down yourself.  It feels good to have someone else meet you ‘down there’ when you’re neck-deep in pain and suffering, doesn’t it?   It feels good to know that someone else knows what you’re feeling like, right?  Not really!  But, do you know what sounds would make you feel even better? – Choosing to living life on your terms with your ideas, and achieving all of your goals.

So, take charge of your life now! Live it on your terms and refuse to be at the mercy of others’ messages. Think your own thoughts. BE POWERFUL! Stop simply singing along with soangs and with life, in general. Instead, live an intelligent, intentional life that moves you toward your goals!!!

Creating life in forward motion,

Dr. Edward Lewellen