OK I was a born in and never watched or touched anything to do with hypnotist's as we are told to avoid them at all costs and I always followed all the rules to the letter.
So yesterday we have the county fair going on and they have this hypnotist show so I went to it. The hypnotist called up about 15 people on stage and tried to put them under. About five of them he just could not put them under so that left about ten people on stage.
Of those ten the hypnotist could do almost anything to them, it looked like it was staged expect one of the young women had been sitting right by me and her friends were right next to me, so it did seem legit.
The hypnotist had them fall asleep and when they were in that state he would tell them that when they woke up they would react to key words he had said to them or when he touched his face a cretin way.
It sort of freaked me out because it was like how I was in the religion. When I would go to an assembly I could not stay awake to save my life. I would be so out of it that I would almost fall out of my seat. I was always so embarrassed, I tried to take notes even chew gum though I know it was banned but nothing worked until I realized it was not the truth. I always wondered what was wrong with me as I truly wanted to stay awake and listen, I would be so mad at myself for falling asleep, but I was not the only one and that was my saving grace many were the same way I was. Now if I go with my husband I stay awake the whole time. I cannot fall asleep now even if I want to to make the time pass faster. Now I know not all of you were this way but then last night not all of them were in the same level of hypnosis.
So like I said the hypnotist would tell the person that was under when he or she heard key words or he touched his face they would react in certain ways. Like he told the two young women every time he touched his forehead that they would feel a zap under their chairs, or a couple of young men that they would see a big rat on stage, or it if he said a certain word they would stand up and shout out something he told them to say. Like one young guy was to shout out that there was a Blue Light special at Kmart that everyone needed to know about.
The more I thought about it the more it has freaked me out. I cannot even begin to count the number of times I have raised my hand at the meetings and have said this is not the real life, we should not try to enjoy our lives now to the full as we will have forever to do that and giving our time NOW to Jehovah by pioneering is the most joy we can have in this world of Satan's. Or all this old life has to offer is at the most is just 70 to eighty years what is that compared to living forever. Or that we are in a life saving work now and being the end is so close we need to not think about ourselves but others and preaching the good news is the most important thing there is for us to do to help save lives. Or has anyone truly had a bad day in service. What was with that one I had horrible days in service yet I spit that out many time during the meetings and much more.
I was a true believer to the core. But even though I said those words out loud at the meeting in a room full of people deep inside I felt dead. I never truly believed them, it was just like last night with the hypnotist and those on stage it was like they had to do and say the things he was telling them to.
I truly feel like I am waking up from under a hypnotic spell right now.