Neutralizing the Detrimental Effect of Mass Consciousness

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What is Mass Consciousness?

Any widely held thoughts, beliefs or emotions that are pervasive in a group can be called “Mass Consciousness”. In a country beset by war, starvation, severe economic depression there is going to be a mass consciousness of fear, perhaps also grief and anger, hopelessness and despair.

Mass consciousness is not always negative. It can be happy and joyous as well as during the victory of a national sports team, or election of a leader that is expected to bring hope, or winning the war, or the wedding of Prince Charles and Diana.

But when it is negative, it impacts upon our health, sleep, our ability to digest our food, to think clearly, make good decisions, and drains us of the energy to take wise, effective action. Hence, the need to clear it away when we can feel it getting to us.
While I have written this for dowsers, it can also be utilized by anyone having the ability to focus their mind, and intend with strength and energy that what is being said IS being done. To that end, it is important in any healing work to build your energy field first.

1. Affirm and step into your personal power

Stand up and raise your arms in front of you as you breathe in and think or say “I AM”. Then lower your arms out to the sides as you think or say “That I AM”. Repeat several times adding a visualization of a golden ball of light inside your heart area expanding throughout your entire body, and pushing a bubble of light out from your body as you exhale.

2. Gather your strength

Imagine those both in physical form and those in the spiritual realms that love and believe in you supporting and protecting you on your life’s journey. 

3. Ground your energy

Imagine growing roots and pull that energy up through your feet, up your spine and out your head, and then loop it back down to the earth picking up any stress or toxins on the downward cycle and removing it out your feet.Make several cycles until you feel your legs tingling with energy.

4. Center 

As you pull energy up the spine, allow your mind to come into a narrow line, letting go of extraneous thoughts so that you can focus on your intention.

5. Connect to Source

Imagine a brilliant golden sun above your head that represents to you the source of divine healing energy and power joined with divine wisdom and love. Pull beneficial energy from this golden sun down through your head and your entire body. Invite the frequency of the higher harmonic of gold such as the halo seen around holy figures. This higher harmonic of gold thought to be connected not just with prosperity and manifestation, but most of all with wisdom. And that is what is needed in solving big problems – to manifest healing through the highest frequency with divine wisdom. Cycle it through you several times. Fill your body with this golden light and the energy of love.

6. Increase your aura and set up a strong, force field

Expand your aura a minimum of 3 feet in all directions, and then perhaps in increments out as far out as you can go, maybe 10-20 feet or more. Dowse this distance for yourself. At the perimeter, install a protective shell, shield or force field that prevents detrimental energy from entering.

For dowsers, assess: On a scale of 0-100% calibrate your overall strength of your energy field.

Monitor Your State & Make Corrections on an as needed basis

Assess: dowse out on a scale of 0-100% the overall detrimental effect upon you of the mass consciousness of ____.

fear,
depression,
grief,
apathy,
hopelessness, etc.
 

Neutralizing Detrimental Mass Consciousness 

If you are dowsing, start spinning the pendulum counterclockwise:

“Neutralize all blocks to clearing the detrimental effect upon me & others of the mass consciousness of ___ that has come from any source – internet, news media, social media, conversations, or psychic airways.

Neutralize the detrimental effect upon me of the mass consciousness of _____ [emotion].

Neutralize the negative effect of mass consciousness upon me from any & all sources regarding anything.

Neutralize the detrimental effect of mass hysteria about the ____ (Corona Virus, lockdowns, etc).

Delete all excessive, unwarranted fear & panic from my consciousness.

Delete all falsehoods or lies in my consciousness that are causing or contributing to any unjustified fear or panic.

Delete all victim mentality. Delete all feelings of doom.

Delete all feelings of helplessness to protect myself or my loved ones, & whatever I hold dear.

Delete any beliefs or expectations of getting this virus or any other disease. Delete any illness programs.

For both myself and all others that desire it on a soul level neutralize the mass consciousness of unwarranted fear & panic present within ___ miles of each person’s physical location.

For both myself & others that desire it neutralize the mass consciousness of doom, hopelessness, & victim mentality present within __ miles of each person’s location. (5, 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 miles & beyond).

Neutralize the mass consciousness of anything draining the energy or lowering the immune system of myself & others in accordance with their highest good & soul’s desire. That is lowering the ability to think clearly and rationally. To make wise decisions. To discern what is true or false. Do this over ___ (5, 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 miles & beyond).”

When the pendulum stops spinning, start inputting positive opposites of the above while spinning clockwise.

“Fill those cleared areas now with ____ (enhanced discernment and the ability to perceive truth from falsehood, clear awareness of the true situation, perspective of the true picture, increased connection to my true spiritual guidance, awareness of and gratitude for all the blessings in my life, love, joy, etc.”

Wait for the spinning to stop. Ask “Is that done?”

Go back and assess the percentage of detrimental energy still in your energy field now.

Dowsing for Discernment

In view of the difficulty to really know who or what to believe, you might experiment with the below dowsing program. Let me know if you think it helps.

Basic Guidelines

  1. Dowsing accuracy requires you to be neutral and unattached to the answer you might receive. In other words, before you can dowse for discernment, it is necessary to let go of your preconceived notions as to what is true or false. Let go of all attachment to what you already believe or want to be true or fear may be true. If you can’t do that, don’t bother dowsing at all because you will only justify your pre-conceived ideas, or hopes or fears. Be alert to any unconscious attempt to direct the swing.
  2. Dowsing accuracy also requires you to neutralize and clear away mass consciousness and any external influence. In other words, the thoughts and emotions of people around you, and those picked up from the media and internet are contagious and interfere with you being able to think for yourself. 

I have heard that you are affected by mass consciousness for up to a 10 mile radius. But if you can neutralize beyond that point, so do it. Especially ask to neutralize and clear specific emotions that you are aware of that are riding high at the moment such as fear, doom, grief, panic, anger, hatred, etc. Ask to neutralize the mass consciousness up to the farthest radius possible. 

Because of the internet, radio and television, we are affected by mass consciousness globally through technology as well. Note that advertising includes subliminal messages. And some thoughts and emotions can also be broadcast via radio waves, internet, cell phone towers, satellites—sadly, all part of the dark use of technology. The military has had the ability to do this for at least since the Iraq war. It is called ‘The Voice of God’ technology. So be sure to neutralize all possible detrimental external influences as you can.

  1. Run all dowsing responses through your ‘gut meter’– your internal sense of what is true or false. 

Think of a time you just knew in your being that something was true or right ahead of time and it proved to be correct. What were those body signals and where? Then think of when something didn’t feel right. It was ‘off’ in some way, and you were also later proved to be correct. What were those body signals and where were they located? If you get a feeling of anything other than ‘spot on’ with a dowsing response, then you need to figure out what needs to be done before you can accept the answer.

Your gut will alert you to when you are not clear of discordant energies, or your question is not worded correctly, or you should not be asking it, or you are not getting to the heart of the matter, etc. Always pay attention to those body signals.

I personally use a simple laminated chart that I have made called “Prepare to Dowse”. It includes 20 items of dowsing preparation, and also 5 degrees of strong yes – strong no on it, and ‘may I, can I, should I’. The flip side is the “Master Dowsing Chart” with percentages, and dates and timing. It is available for sale on my website. Click here: 

Dowsing Intentions/Commands for Discernment

  • “It is commanded to access, download and activate within me the ability to clearly discern truth from fiction, mind control, propaganda or lies, and accuracy from inaccuracy. Do this now in all areas of concern including education, science, medicine, health, philosophy, history, politics, media, personal interactions, and spiritual beliefs.
  • Download within me the ability to clearly discern when information is being innocently omitted or sincerely believed yet false, from when information is deliberately being hidden, disguised, or falsified. 
  • Access, download and activate my ability to be able to discern the true agendas of others and strengthen this ability with every passing day. 
  • Install a subtle but clear physical sensation and awareness that indicates when someone is telling the truth. Do that now.
  • Install a subtle but clear physical sensation and awareness that indicates when someone is lying. Do that now.
  • Install a subtle but clear physical sensation and awareness that indicates when someone is sincere but the facts are inaccurate. Do that now.
  • I call upon the beneficial forces of the Heavens that love humanity to free all minds from the stranglehold of lies and deceit. Make the truth so obvious to the masses that they can no longer be controlled through ignorance or deception. Do this now in accordance with Divine Law.
  • Neutralize the mentality that knowingly creates and disseminates false information and lies through indoctrination, mind control, brainwashing, propaganda and lies.
  • Neutralize the consciousness that has sought and continues to seek control over others through deceit, manipulation, censorship, dependency, and all forms and means of suppression of knowledge and accurate information. 
  • Neutralize the consciousness that uses the weapons of ridicule, censorship, threats, bullying, punishment, torture and death to silence those who question, and those who know, speak and spread the truth. Heal the trauma of those who have suffered as a result, and heal the fear and trauma of those who have witnessed their suffering. 
  • Neutralize any possible spirit of greed, of desire to control, manipulate, or push the populace into any agenda that is against their highest good through fear, through control of the media, through manipulation or forceful suppression of the truth and those who tell it in any way.
  • Imbue courage and honesty in those who know the truth and want to speak up to do so. Download in both them and us the wisdom about the most effective way to do so. And surround all of us with the support and protection we need to do so safely. 
  • Assist and protect all those desiring and working to create a world where the search for truth is honored and protected, where voicing differences of opinions is not only allowed but protected, and where people can live together in harmony and collaboration without fighting over differences of opinions or beliefs.
  • Fully expose those in power who mean us harm. Expose the means by which they have and are working against the well-being of the people.
  • Remove all those who would profit from deceit and evil agendas from positions and places of power and influence whether political or corporate.
  • Download, access and activate within me and all people both the awareness of what we each can do, and the will to take action to make this world that nurtures and protects the highest good of all it’s citizens and the planet.
  • Duplicate all of the above intentions now for all humans across all timelines as appropriate and in accordance with their highest good and Divine Law.”

fullsizeoutput_356Dowsing on News Sources

  1. Make a list of possible news sources including the word ‘other’ at the end. Don’t just include your usual or mainstream sources of information, but others in the alternate media even those you have never used. Note that almost all mainstream tv/radio/newspapers are owned by just 6 corporations. Hence, there is little difference among them, and in fact, multiple channels have been caught multiple times reading the exact same news script from a teleprompter. For a more balanced picture, it is good to have more than one source that is not related to another. You can google alternative media sites and dowse right off the internet lists you locate. 
  2. When you are reading/listening to a specific article, news report, video, interview, etc., ask what is the percentage of accuracy in this specific ____(article/video/tv/radio) report? 
  3. EXERCISE: Google ‘Alternative Media Sites’ and pick any listing to dowse. 

Here is one article that I link as useful for this exercise because it lists a total 28 different news sites. Click here.  Only look at the names of the media sites and look up their website listed after you do the exercise.

Take a sheet of paper and number from 1-28. Once you have gotten your dowsing answers then you click on the individual websites to check them out. See if blind dowsing on the number of the site compares with your reaction once you check on the individual website. You can repeat this process with any other list you find.

Here are some possible questions to ask that you can do even without looking at the name of the site.

    • Is there any news site on this list that would be a good, general source of accurate, unbiased iinformation? Is there more than one? How many? Please indicate the number of the site on my list with the highest overall rating. Give me the percentage of overall truthfulness and accuracy for each of the recommended sites.
    • Are there any sites in this list that I should skip as an inactive site? 
    • Are there any sites on this list that are highly biased site? Which number/s?
    • Are there any on this list that are full of inaccurate, unverified information? Which number/numbers?
    • Are there any on this list that are just inappropriate or not useful for me? Which number/s?
    • Is there one or more much better sites for me not on this list? Do I already use them? [if ‘yes’, you can jot down some sources you regularly go to, and then ask] Is it on this second list? Please indicate.
    • Can I trust the reporting on ___ [name of news channel/newspaper/internet source] on the topic of ____[name of topic]?
    • What is the best source of accurate, unbiased reporting on the topic of ____?
    • In general, what is a good source of accurate, unbiased reporting on issues concerning me?

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Simple Tool for Incredible Positive Change!

Dr. Joe Dispenza in this very short clip, “The Feeling Creates The Healing”, from a Heal Documentary explains why changing your thoughts and emotions is  critical to experiencing beneficial change in real life. 

Whether you want to improve your luck, health, finances, success, relationships, appearance, emotional stability, or experience rapid positive change in any way, one of the most powerful ways to do this is through making a Positive Self-Talk Recording.

This technique is one that I taught to all my Self Hypnosis and Professional Hypnotherapy Training students. Write a positive self-talk script – all in present tense, using positive, specific and believable words – and record it with a buddy to be played every day. Directions follow at the end.

I am going to revisit this practice myself as in the wise oft-repeated mantra “Physician, heal thyself” because thoughts and emotions require continuous monitoring. Otherwise you can be led down a merry road of ego distortions and massive disruptions of your peace of mind. I like Joe Dispenza’s practice of sitting down to meditate each morning, and not getting up until he feels that he is the best person he can be that day. It is a practice worth emulating.

Becoming Master of Yourself main-lucy

As a child I was counselor to my playmates – aka Lucy from the Peanuts cartoon. My mother overheard me say to my friends when I was just 4 years old “you’re master of yourself.” Many of us as children have shown wisdom beyond our years. But the real task is not in just knowing a truth, but in retaining and living it on a daily basis throughout our lives. Becoming, personifying, living from our higher wisdom, our higher self is the goal. That is why I so respect Dr. Joe Dispenza’s work.

Instructions for Your Recording: 

Accentuating the Positive and Eliminating the Negative

1. The first part of writing the script for your recording is to identify any detrimental emotions and the beliefs behind them. Start with the obvious and stay with the most important. You can address more later on.

Your Unlimited Potential, a self-hypnosis manual I list below, can be a great help to trigger your awareness of both positives and negatives, and how to write them. My dowsing book, Therapeutic Dowsing and Telepathic Healing, can also be used to ferret out hidden beliefs that are causing an issue later on when you are ready to dig deeper. 

2. Write a releasing statement with the new belief you want to install instead. Look for evidence for why the new positive belief is actually true. Make a case for it. Blow the negative out of the water with at least 3-5 good reasons why you should accept the positive belief instead of the negative. You will know when you have written sufficient positive evidence when something shifts within yourself.

For example, if you feel unloved, you might say:

“I release any belief, perception or judgement that no one loves me. I release any need to believe that. I know that is untrue. I know I am loved by ____. Many people have shown that they like and care for me. John has shown that he cares about me by ____. Mary thinks I am funny and loves being around me . Even my dog loves me. He races to the door when I come home and covers me with kisses. My friends Susie, John and Tom all want to get together with me, and they wouldn’t do that if they didn’t really like my company.” 

If you have already eliminated the negatives and don’t need to include it in your script, write one or more statements to remind yourself of the positive. This short phase you can repeat throughout the day anytime you need it. For example, “I am loved.”  

3. Write everything good about yourself – your character, personality, smile, talent, skills, accomplishments. Include how you have made a difference in the lives of others and all the things for which you are proud. Write down all the nice things people have said about you. Ask your friends what they see in you. Ask them how they would describe you. 

And as an aside, I recommend writing down and keeping some of these compliments highly visible – perhaps at your work station – where you see them often.

4. If you are aware of shortcomings, write

  • I am learning how to ____ (plan more carefully, allow more time than I think that I need to get to my appointments).”
  • “I’m becoming more ___ (patient, tolerant of others).
  • “I’m getting better at ___ (thinking before I speak, sleeping on it before I reply, taking 3 deep breaths whenever I feel my emotions starting to arise).”

5. When you are done with your script, record it, speaking slowly into a recording. Pause between sentences to let the words sink in. Speak with authority and confidence in your voice.

I strongly suggest that you get a buddy to record with you, repeating each of your phrases you wrote with the pronoun “I” either with your name or the pronoun ‘you’. Your buddy should read your script with enthusiasm and emotion and the belief that everything you have written is true. They may also want to add their own positive comments. Hearing good things about yourself from someone else is immensely powerful. And my students all said that this was one of the best things we did in class.

6. Finally, play your recording especially when doing things boring or routine as that is when you are already in a light altered state. Play it in the car. Play it as you are starting your day. Play it again as you are getting ready for bed. And especially play it when you are going to sleep on a loop tape because you will drift into a natural hypnotic state at that time.

The length of the recording is irrelevant. Change it, add to it, make new ones as appropriate. Write down a key reminder and paste it on your computer or dash of your car. Do it for 30 days and you will amaze yourself with the difference it makes!

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For more information, see my comprehensive self hypnosis manual, Your Unlimited Potential. This hefty 230 page volume is a complete self-hypnosis course including visualizations, positive suggestions for everything, instructions on making your own hypnosis recordings, stress management techniques, goal setting, laws of mind, and much more!b7470c2f796ebfe367a27ba95f2438a3

 

 

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The LIMITS OF MIND TO CREATE YOUR REALITY

dolores-3-e1355459003189-219x300[1]Yesterday, as I was fighting off some ‘bug’ and just trying to rest,  I listened to a video of Dolores Cannon yesterday saying that “ILLNESS IS SOMETHING YOU BRING ON YOURSELF”.
 
While Dolores made absolutely no mention of the many factors you can control that do effect your health, I certainly believe that stress, bad habits, unresolved issues, and sometimes secondary gain, all play a major part in weakening the body’s system and even can determine where and when person gets ill (see work of Dr. Ryke Geerd Hamer, M.D.,German New Medicine). This means that an individual has a lot they can do to be and remain healthy. I have written many blog articles of this at length. (Particularly, see “What if illness was sometimes a choice?”)
However, she makes no mention of the multitude of factors over which you have no control: your dna, the health and nutrition of your ancestors, your mother’s nutrition during her pregnancy with you, how well you were fed as a child, the economics and the political instability of the times. What about the cleanliness of the food, water, air, or whether or not your home had lead paint, or whether you were exposed to multiple toxins, high stress levels in the home and larger community?  
Dolores like Dr. Michael Newton, author of Life Between Lives, also believes that you pick your parents in pre-birth planning session. But if that theory is true, (and I think you should consider that it is just that–a theory not fact), I don’t think you can take that to mean that you signed up for every inherited body weakness, potential disease, and possible element that could impinge upon your health over your lifetime. 
 
I am picking on my hypnosis colleague Dolores whom I both knew and heard speak live many times at conferences, because she like many in the New Age community that are enamored of the Law of Attraction, and the power of our mind and emotion to create your reality, gives the impression of ignoring those limits and forces beyond our control. Just because she has justly received acknowledgement for her work in hypnotizing hundreds of people and therefore, we should consider her conclusions drawn as a result, does not mean that we cannot point out holes in her theories. In fact, the more prominent a leader in the field, the more their ideas should be scrutinized lest we give away any power of discernment and slavishly bow to hero worship.

Difficulty in making definitive conclusions from client work

Here lies some potential reasons for skewing of results that can falsify conclusions arising from client work.
I have noticed that those people that come to me for client work do so because on some level, consciously or unconsciously, they believe that I can help them. In other words, the client self-selects their therapist.

 

A client with a very different background, belief system or model of reality from the therapist would probably go to someone else, and that therapist would probably reach different conclusions. If at any time that therapist’s model of reality is revealed and is in conflict with that of the client, rapport is lost and the client probably would stop going to that therapist.

The expectations of the hypnotist are more likely to affect the material revealed by the client precisely because in the hypnotized state they are in rapport with the therapist and highly suggestible. 

Limits to mental causation of reality

We cannot ignore the ultimate parameter of existence here on earth, which is that death comes to us all – even to the ones that take vitamins, think positive, meditate, and work on their issues. I do not mean to be harsh to point out that Dolores is now dead. So are Dr. Hamer, saints, monks, athletes, healers, health food advocates, and the most prominent of positive thinkers: Wayne Dwyer, Norman Vincent Peale,  and Robert H. Schuller. 
Yes, I most certainly believe that is important to take responsibility for what happens to us by acknowledging any possible role we may have played in it’s creation, and in whatever choices we make to take appropriate action accordingly. It moves us away from being a victim. 
What has repeatedly annoyed me with Dolores (and others) despite her doing a voluminous body of interesting and otherwise good work, is going into the opposite extreme in the orthodoxy of New Thought . It is not just uncharitable, it is false.

Memories – True or False

(The topic of Memory is prescient because of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford who is accusing Brett Kavanaugh of sexual abuse 36 years ago. This article was originally written in 2000 and presented since at various hypnosis conferences including the National Guild of Hypnotists. I refer to a wave of lawsuits against therapists implanting false memories especially having to do with sexual abuse back in 1990’s and since. I do not cite later lawsuits beyond the date of publication. )

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What is A False Memory and False Memory Syndrome?

I AM…so happy and grateful…

“In the beginning was the word.” Genesis

Hypnotists understand the power that words have to powerfully impact upon your life. The most important words being “I am” followed by anything else. “I AM” has incredible creative power.

Hypnosis teaches that the subconscious mind, which controls all habits and automatic behaviors, is constantly listening to everything that you say. Through repetition, words program the subconscious, and that subconscious programming leads you to be inclined to do or not do, to notice or not, to just happen to be in the right time and place for whatever you have programmed into your inner mind to occur for better or worse.

Yet how often instead of deliberately helping yourself, you identify with the negative by saying anyway “I am ___ (sick, broke, tired, burnt out, overwhelmed)” etc. And even though I know better, I catch myself doing it too.

I have found a helpful antidote through the phrase 

“I AM so happy and grateful that ___.”

 

The moment I say that I am happy and grateful I notice that it truly starts to shift my mood. Then I follow with more statements, quickly listing a bunch of things that do, in fact, make me happy, or for which I am genuinely grateful. I start with statements that I honestly believe. In starting with the easy things, it sets up the right frame of mind for me then to shift gears on those areas that need help or in which I need to manifest a positive outcome. It is important, however, to state these other things in a way in which you can believe them. Saying something you think is impossible will only backfire. 

First, I start with anything is easily true for me:

“I AM so happy and grateful that it’s a beautiful day. 

“I AM so happy and grateful that the sun is shining.

“I AM so happy and grateful that the flowers are starting to bloom.

“I AM so happy and grateful to live in this beautiful place.

Then I make statements to shift my attitude in a positive way on a challenge I need to resolve:

“I AM so happy and grateful that I have reliable, capable help to ____ at a price I can easily afford.

“I AM so happy and grateful that I quickly attract the very best tenants into my property at ____ Street. 

Finally, I visualize it as done and soak up the good feelings of that happy completion.

Personal Story

Years ago I was sponsored to teach throughout India. On a day off I went to a botanical park. The cab driver dropped me off at the entrance and said that I should walk straight through the park and he would meet me at the exit. Fine.

So I walked through this delightful but huge gated park. When I had enough, I went out the exit upon which the gate locked behind me. However, there was no cab driver. So I had to walk all around the outside of the park back to the entrance and try again.

This time I saw a fork in the path, and took it. Sure enough, there was another exit, and out I went. Again the gate locked behind me, and, you guessed it – no cab driver. So for the second time I walked around the fence back to the entrance, again looking for yet another exit. Found it, and hooray – lots of cabs. Unfortunately, not mine. The cabbies said that my driver got tired of waiting and left. So, once more I walked around the perimeter back to the entrance whereupon they kind attendant who luckily spoke English called my hotel and sponsor.

While I was angry, tired, hot and thirsty, depressed, and just fed up, I gritted my teeth and focused on anything for which I could be grateful. “I’m glad I have feet. I’m grateful I can walk. I am glad to be here in India instead of Newark, New Jersey right now.”

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Mental Entrapment

Your Belief System as a Cage

Throughout my adulthood, I have pondered the power of a group to entrap the minds of those who belong by allowing someone else–a living leader or a dead one or even a group as a whole–to do their thinking and decision making  for them, and to tell them how to live their lives and what action to take on anything. This applies not just to cults, but to religions, politics, philosophical ideologies of all stripes, social media and identity politics (race, gender, sexual identification and orientation, vegan or not, victim of ___, 12 step member, etc). 

Group think goes beyond what to believe and how to act. The group can become your very identity and your ‘family’. Consequently, it becomes very threatening if you start to have any questions or doubts. A warning sign of group think is that you are not only told what to believe but honest questions or debate are ridiculed, disallowed or even punished.
A belief by definition is something that is not or cannot be proven, but which is just accepted on faith. It is one thing to accept unimportant things on faith from what you consider a good source until such time as you find a better source. But it is another thing to accept important things on faith without extensive research and thought, and it is even worse to defend such unexamined beliefs by attacking those that do not agree with you. 
Another warning sign of group think is that you are told who is’ good’ and who is ‘bad’, who to love and follow, and who to hate or censor, who and what to support, and who and what to protest or punish. Such group is oppressive to personal growth and evolution even if it claims to be spiritual or take the moral high ground. The leaders that endorse group think are into ego, control and manipulation. You might consider the teachings of any such group as propaganda or mind-control. Especially is this true if fear is used to discipline and control members. 
It can be comforting to feel certain about things, and for someone else tell you what to do instead of making the hard decisions yourself. It is also very seductive to feel that you are on the ‘right’ side, that you are ‘enlightened’, ‘progressive’, ‘spiritual’ or in any way morally superior to those that have different beliefs or group affiliation. Your ego can get caught in a trap that mistakes your beliefs or group affiliation for your core identity. At that point, it becomes progressively harder to examine and move past those beliefs or to find your core self.

The truth of who you are is separate and apart from your beliefs and the group that shares them!

I was reading an article about a particular religious group. I am not interested in debating the merits of this group or the veracity of this critic, so I have deleted it’s name. But do feel that the comments of this person could well apply to ANY GROUP. Consider his observations when you think about the increasing polarization in our society.
“The problem is that the longer you’re in something …. you start to form your identity around your belief system. Your ego can keep you from undoing this to the point wherein you can’t divorce yourself even from something that is bad for you. It even becomes near impossible to think clearly enough to ask yourself “Am I still a truth seeker, or am I now just blinded by my own beliefs to the point wherein I can’t be objective?” Which is it for you?
 
The hardest thing for most people is to question …[their group] once they’ve committed to it, especially after a number of years. You’ve got too much invested — friendships, habits, ways of thinking, belief systems and even part of your personal lexicon. Your identity becomes attached to these ideas that are adopted as your own. Thus, you can be a part of a big lie and self deception because your ego just won’t let go. You’re too close to the problem to recognize it. You become entirely defensive. You defend the lies, the plagiarisms, the accusations, the contradictions and the injustices of … [_____] as if they are all an attack on you personally. In the long run this is bad for you because you are being controlled by two forces: 1. the … [_____] organization and 2. your own set of beliefs.
To look at the truth about … [____], including the good and the bad, you have to check your ego at the door. This is way too much for many people to do. But if you’re brave and open-minded and are really a truth seeker, you’ll do it for your own good and the good of others. If not, you’ll continue to be in denial and to live a lie. It’s your own choice.”
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While everyone needs teachers and guidance, in the final analysis, each of us has take personal responsibility and go inside to that still, small voice for the big issues. It is only there that we will find the answers for ourselves.
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