|By Clyde Lewis
First question: You're watching a stage play. A banquet is in progress. The guests are enjoying an appetizer of raw oysters. The entree consists of boiled dog, are your pupils dilating? Can you detect a blush response? Is there a change of heartbeat?
Second question: Are you going to hijack an airplane today? Will you fly that plane into a tall structure killing thousands of innocent people? Do we detect tears in the eyes? Are you weeping because of a guilty conscience?
As we make our journey through life we learn from our experiences both good and bad. There are many people who make guesses through their life journey and they use all sorts of tools to make the best decision based on those life experiences.
There are the linear thinkers amongst us who do their entire decision making based on what they perceive to be scientific proofs. There are many that keep their focus on what is in front of them. They are not comfortable speculating on what might happen, they are happy with the here and now and sometimes they are not at all in any mood to think out of the box.
There are others who rely on intuition to make their life work. These are the people who are blessed with the gift of discernment. This is a religious term that often refers to the gift of calling upon that still small voice, or Holy Spirit to give you advice on what decisions to make. The prompting of the spirit can give you a clear picture as to what you should do when you are confused, or it can give you only a part of the puzzle. When this happens you have to search your soul. Eventually you will find that the truth that is whispered to you by this power is a gift that has been given for your protection.
"It is impossible to frame a doctrine of the Holy Spirit by taking all the data indiscriminately and forcing them into the Procrustean bed of a formal system. We have to discriminate between what is true and what is false, ... between what is primary and what is secondary, between what is central and what is peripheral between testimonies concerning the Spirit which reflect different levels of apprehension, between those which belong to different stages of the divine economy, and between those which have relation to different moments in the dialectic of spirit."-- George Hendry Professor of Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary
There are many people who are groomed in the realms of religious thought that believe that the burning in their bosom is given to them from God and only God can direct them. Perhaps it is a gift from God and perhaps this power is wired in all of us and we can use it and call upon it at will.
You can call it the psychic power, or the power of the Holy Ghost. It is all the same power.
It is up to you to decide who deserves credit for this gift.
I have met many people in my life that have used their power of intuition to assess what is going on in a situation. It has led me to understand that synchronicity is abundant when you follow your intuition, and learn to perfect the ability.
My intuitions, my gut feelings and observations of the signposts have helped me to understand why good things happen and why bad things happen.
There are times when I agonize over whether or not I should say anything about what my intuition tells me. I always feel the compulsion to speak up when I sense danger and keep quiet about feelings that are good because they are pleasant and they donít harm, me or anyone whom I care for.
For some odd reason I have been suppressing my intuitive mind because of the feedback I have been getting from my friends and some of my listeners. I have opened up a can of worms with my recent essays and many have been concerned about my well being.
This is something that has happened before.
I had this feeling just prior to the tragedy of 911. I spoke loud and I was out of control, telling everyone about my intuitive thoughts on the execution of Timothy McVeigh and the threat of a major terrorist attack on the United States. It may sound a bit odd but there was a strange intuitive nudge that I got when I had talked with a news reporter about what happened at the McVeigh execution.
McVeigh looked through the window at the witnesses he made eye contact with each person. He looked them up and down. Somehow I got an intuitive message that McVeigh knew what was coming. Not his impending death, but perhaps something bigger. I was thinking that when he strained his neck to see who was all around him, he wanted to remember their faces when he met them on the other side.
I had this horrible feeling that he knew that something was going to even the score.
After talking with several people I couldnít hold back. I stated on my show in the summer of 2001 that the execution of Timothy McVeigh would send a signal to the universe and that a horrible attack on the United States would take place. I knew that McVeigh was giving them what is called the "Evil eye."
Many people know of the old saying "If looks could kill."
The axiom is taken from the superstitious idea that an evil glance with malicious intent can throw a curse into the ether and the very thought form could cause a spiritual chain reaction allowing the chaos to march in through the door and bring harm to anyone in itís way
McVeighís "evil eye" was backed with a pronouncement of what can only be interpreted as a curse.
"If I am going to hell, I'm gonna have a lot of company"óTimothy McVeigh
He then released a word of defiance when he gave his last words. He left the world using the William Ernest Henley "Invictus" poem:
OUT of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul. --Henley
I know in my heart that the intuitive mind told me that his execution was a portent, and I opened my mouth and said so on my National Radio Show. This action was seen as a threat. There were a couple of sponsors with deep pockets who didnít appreciate my intuitive mind. They accused me of hate speech. I was eventually left without a national show and I wondered why I was punished for what I determined was an intuitive coincidence.
I realized that there are times when your thoughts should be kept to yourself. In the America we live in today, thoughts and words are suspect. Many people in powerful positions have the ability to judge your words, and your thoughts and they try to determine your intent.
They will throw arrows at you and claim that you are hateful, or dangerous, even crazy because you view reality from a different perspective.
It was months later that the United States fell under attack and thousands of people died. As a result of this horrible attack I landed in a state of confusion. I always felt that it was important as a citizen and a talk show host to sound the alarm.
I had written about my thoughts of dread prior to the attacks. I had talked about Pearl Harbor and used it as a warning. I explained that this horrible event in 1941 was the catalyst or accelerator event that plunged the United States into the Second World War. As you read the next passage that I wrote from 2001, pay attention to the paragraph and ask yourself havenít I heard people speculating that perhaps George W. Bush knew about the attacks of 9/11 and proceeded to do nothing? Did he know ahead of time? Remember the highlighted paragraph is about Franklin Roosevelt.
"Blame needed to be passed on to some one for the negligence. The government had their suspects and the people were already speaking in hushed tones about a President who wanted to go to war so badly that he would resort to subterfuge, something of course that a lot of people would dismiss. After all, that would be a criminal conspiracy of the highest order. It would violate the trust of the people."óFrom Casting Swine before Pearl Harbor by Clyde Lewis © May18th,2001
My thought patterns were focused on an event that was about to happen and I couldnít have imagined how horrible the event would be because the only cases of mass murder in The U.S. that I could remember was Waco, and The Oklahoma City bombing. I was frightened enough to even ask for a renunciation of all curses and negative thought forms two weeks before the attacks on the United States.
"I must warn all those who are reading this article now that what you are reading is a therapeutic rebuking of all curses and renunciations. I need to do this because there have been instances in my life lately that have convinced me that I am under attack. This is more than a "silencing" or a "cancellation" of a show. This is an attack of much greater proportions. An attack that has been generated somewhere either involuntarily by me or by a group of individuals that have decided to undermine what I am trying so hard to accomplish."óFrom The Abaddon Nexus by Clyde Lewis ©August 31st 2001
Now if I were to just say to my audience that I knew when, where and how this attack would happen I would have lost more than a radio show. I probably would have been hauled in and questioned.
I had to cryptically prepare my audience for the truth.
I had pointed out to my friends and close associates that I was trying to reveal something when I used the word Abaddon and Ground Zero together in my article. The word Abaddon is a word found in the Bible. It meant destroyer and it is used in a passage found in the book of Revelation.
"And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon." Revelation 9:11
All of these intuitive portents and precognitive riddles were found in my writings just prior to September 11th (911) 2001.
Many can claim that they knew ahead of time. I have it in writing. Granted it is cryptically hidden in running sentences and editorial but it is all there.
The truth is I try and keep as many of my personal revelations to myself. Many people want to know what secrets I hold inside of me. I warn them that they probably donít want to know. Sometimes I have to write them out; sometimes I have to speak about them. Most of the time I have to keep them to myself. I do so for my safety and the safety of my friends.
It would be very uncomfortable to know that in the future my thoughts can be taken out of me and exploited against my will. It seems that today our privacy is being invaded in many forms. Many people consider it a necessary evil in fight against terrorism.
The government wants information and keeps dossiers on innocent civilians. Corporations want to get all the information all the time for marketing strategies and employers resort to background checks and urine tests to find out past work history, and what substances pass through your kidneys.
It seems that the only place they canít crack open is your mind.
Soon that will be a thing of the past.
With the advent of advanced MRI screenings and other new technologies your thoughts may very well be looked at and scrutinized. Magnetic resonance imaging can produce all kinds of information and the machines that are being developed can map out the human brain and detect the different brain activities and attribute them to different emotions or thoughts generated in specific regions.
Doctors now know what parts of the brain activate when you are having a certain emotional response.
Letís take racism for example. Many of us consciously say that we are not racists. We harbor no ill feelings towards any particular race. However do you have propensity for racist views? Do you have racial fear? How about suppressed hate?
A study on "Startle response" was conducted at Yale University in the year 2000. The study was published in the September 2000 issue of The Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience.
In the published report the researchers explained how through the use of MRI they can look to the part of the brain called the amygdala, where emotional learning and evaluation takes place. The researchers found that subjects who showed a larger race evaluation bias, as detected in a mental association task and a startle response, also showed greater activity levels in regions of the amygdala while viewing unfamiliar faces or a particular race.
In other words, those who secretly were startled by an unfamiliar black person is determined to have suppressed racial fear. However it was quickly pointed out that these tests did not prove that any of the White, human guinea pigs in the test were indeed racists.
Thought intrusion, is it something that we want?
The thought of using this type of research for a more "accurate" lie detector has probably already been considered by the government and corporations. In the future you will not only have to submit a urine sample to your company, but they may also want you to supply them with a MRI scan to see if you took a pencil or coffee mug from the office.
They could determine if you have been depressed or suffer from depression. They could tell if you are creative or if you are a linear thinker.
With the emergence of new technologies and biometrics used in trying to determine thought and thought patterns there may be a reason to set aside a branch of law that deals with Neuroethics.
Perhaps we may have to make a constitutional amendment where we can address the issue of cognitive liberty.
While many of us donít even know what Cognitive liberty is we may want to consider using it as a tool to sequester the attempts to manipulate the mind and abuse it by cracking into it. Cognitive Liberty is the right of each individual to think independently, to use the full spectrum of his or her mind, and to engage in multiple modes of thought.
With the saturation of drugs and technological tools available this issue may no longer be just a hypothetical problem in a Science fiction world.
Philip K. Dick often wrote about the mind and how it would be a vital resource for information. He wrote about how mental experiences could be implanted, manipulated, and wiped clean by law enforcement and powerful corporations. Posthumously, Philip K. Dick haunts the screens of Hollywood and his books and stories have been taking in a great deal of Box office cash. Movies like "Minority Report", "Paycheck" and the classic movie "Blade Runner" give us a glimpse of what is in store when it comes to abusing Neurotechnology. In the beginning of the movie "Blade Runner" we see a man sitting in front of another man who asks questions to determine if the person of interest is a "replicant" or android that is on the run form the Tyrell corporation. The questions that are asked of the suspect are quite peculiar maybe for fun you can do this test on someone you think may be an alien, android or terrorist:
Itís your birthday. Someone gives you a calfskin wallet. How do you react?
Youíve got a little boy. He shows you his butterfly collection plus the killing jar. What do you do?
Youíre watching television. Suddenly you realize thereís a wasp crawling on your arm.
Youíre in a desert walking along in the sand when all of the sudden you look down, and you see a tortoise, itís crawling toward you. You reach down, you flip the tortoise over on its back, Angela. The tortoise lays on its back, its belly baking in the hot sun, beating its legs trying to turn itself over, but it canít, not without your help. But youíre not helping. Why is that?
Describe in single words, only the good things that come into your mind about your mother.
These questions are from a test called the Voight Kampff test. The test was developed to ascertain whether or not the subject being questioned had empathy. The replicants had no empathy and so the carefully worded questions were given to analyze a shock response.
The subject is hooked up to a very sophisticated lie detector. The device would measure contractions of the iris and the presence of invisible airborne particles emitted from the body.
The test was given to a New Model of Replicant named Rachel who was programmed with false memories that to her seemed very real. This raised the question about memories and whether or not they are truly ours or are they merely implanted or programmed by a controller. Are we capable of beating the probe of brain surveillance and reaction?
Movies like the "Matrix" attempt to reprogram the masses by telling us that we function, on frequencies and energies and that much of what we believed has been programmed into us through electronic images and sounds.
It is becoming more apparent that the new Science fiction deals with inner space. It deals from another frontier. It deals with the mind and whether or not all of our experiences are illusory or whether or not we are the masters of our own thoughts.
It is important to understand that Science Fiction serves as cautionary seed planting and that sometimes it is hard to ignore. It can be argued that the reason we have never felt the sting of Atomic war is because of all of the horror stories that Science Fiction authors have produced prior to the turn of the millennium.
Prior to the new millennium, Science fiction authors gave us a reason to think about possibilities and question our actions.
Another film that you should look for is "Eternal Sunshine in the Spotless Mind." This film is called a comedy with a dark twist. It deals with a couple that has marital problems and the wife played by Kate Winslet has her bad memories erased. The husband played by Jim Carrey does the same. We watch as both husband and wife realize that there are still places in the brain where the memory persists and the passion and love remains.
While the feel good movie will make us laugh and wonder if love conquers all there are devices that are ready to be marketed to you that allegedly test voice, heartbeat, and breathing to see if you are in love.
It was reported that a New York Company called V Entertainment has produced the Pocket PC "Love detector" that is ready for marketing. The technology however does not stop with the fuzzy feelings of love. It can also be used for security at airports.
The technology, developed by mathematician Amir Lieberman at a company called Nemesysco that is located in Zuran, Israel, and was originally proposed for use by the military. It has also been appropriated for, insurance claim and law enforcement use.
The technology was shown at the 2004 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
The technology is so small that it can be placed in the eyeglasses of security guards or police. They can ask questions like "Are you planning on Hijacking a plane today?" and colored lights will indicate a truthful response or a false response.
The technology analyses voice response to detect whether or not a person is lying. They claim an 89 percent accuracy rate.
In a world that is demanding a heavy surveillance society these types of technologies can give comfort to certain degree but they also should be investigated for their margin of error in their conclusions of thought patterns and thought forms. We also have to consider that with the new surveillance society will There will be new technologies that will eventually reengineer the human mind to make it a little less subversive and a bit more cooperative.
It seems to be done with all kinds of drugs, to dumb down the populace and to make them more complacent and pacified. We have television to groom us, and radio to play is repetitious hooks and melodies to register in the brain messages of love, hate, and absurdity.
Orwell, Huxley, and Dick wrote these about these subjects years earlier and each one of their cautionary tales should be heeded and the time for Neuroethics and cognitive liberty is now.
Sure we are learning about brain function and technologies are showing us patterns and signatures that can be interpreted as fear, anxiety and love and maybe it is technology that is needed. However we must realize that even though we have these powers we must use wisdom and question whether or not it is prudent to exploit such technology and revoke cognitive liberty.
After all, your freedom is just a state of mind.
We should strive to keep our minds where THEY canít get at them.
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