Jhana4 wrote:When I was in highschool I was so enthusiastic about biology that even though I was a sophomore I was allowed to attend an Anatomy class. The class got a few extra privileges. One day school was dismissed early because of snow. The head of the biology department was a friend of our teacher and a certified hypnotist. He invited the students who had a way home to stay for a hypnosis demonstration. He told us that the human brain is incredibly imaginative, being able to generate complex stories in almost no time. He was able to put one of my classmates into a very deep state of hypnosis. He told the student that he was from the planet Venus, that he was supposed to tell us about his life there and then speak to us in his language (venutian). The student came up with a very detailed account of "his life on venus" and spoke to us in a contrived language that sounded very articulate.
Since then I have been very suspicious of anecdotal accounts of reincarnation or rebirth that were remembered through hypnosis.
I think this hypnoticist had an agenda and you fell for it, as he intended you to.
He led you all into the same suspicion and doubt he holds.
The benefit he is gaining from this is, that your doubts are confirming his doubts.
Anybody who's not sure seeks company of likeminded.
The difference between "suggestive hypnosis" as your hypnoticist used it and neutral reincarnation therapy is, that in the latter form, the hypnotized person is not being told he is from Venus or the Horse Nebula and being told the onion he is munching is an apple.
He is asked to relax and to go back into his childhood.
He is asked to remember
his birth and the time in the womb.
A suggestive hypnosis is actively manipulating by suggesting, and a reincarnation therapy is passively noting what the person tells after being asked to go back to a particular year.
It would be interesting to know if your hypnoticist wasn't a convinced Christian with an agenda.
Do you see what happened to you?
Of course you do.
You are still getting manipulated, now by me.
Now I am sowing doubt, by letting you wonder if the hypnoticist had an agenda against Buddhism.
Tricky stuff, he?
Btw, I can hypnotize cats. Can put them to sleep and wake them up without saying a word, only by holding them and thinking:
Am I bragging--or telling you the truth?
I'm not telling.