It is so simple. And everybody knows it.
Mass mind control focuses on two elements: image and feeling.
By linking the two primary elements, it is possible to short-circuit thought and cut to the chase, when it
comes to enlisting the allegiance of huge populations.
Two seemingly unrelated events spurred my interest in mass mind control.
On the evening of April 12, 1945, I listened to a radio report on the death of Franklin D Roosevelt. I was seven
I became upset. I did n0t know why. I was angry at my own reaction.
Forty years later, I pulled into a gas station near my apartment in West Los Angeles. I got out of my car and
took the cap off my gas tank. I looked to my right and saw
Tony Curtis sitting in his car. I was shocked.
A few days later, I began making notes under the heading of image-emotion cues. At the time, I had just started
working as a reporter, writing articles for LA Weekly. I
knew next to nothing about mind control, MKULTRA, Soviet psychiatric gulags, Chinese re-education programs, or US
psychological warfare operations.
But because I had been painting for 25 years, I knew something about the power of images.
I remembered my first exhibition of paintings in LA, at my friend Hadidjah Lamas house. We had hung my work in her
large living room and dining room. Hadidjah had enlisted
the services of a friend who had videotaped me painting in my studio, and at the exhibition she set up a television
set out on her patio and continuously played the videocassette.
People came through her front door, almost automatically walked through the house to the patio, as if guided by an
unseen hand, and watched the video; then they came back inside
and looked at the paintings.
They would stop at a painting and say: That picture was in the video! You see that one? It was in his studio!
My first note on image emotion cues was, Investing an image with importance. Projecting emotion into an image.
Projecting emotion into a newspaper image of the president, FDR. Projecting emotion into the screen image of Tony Curtis.
Projecting emotion into a video of a painter working in
When people encounter an image, when they invest it with importance, they project feeling into the image and this all
happens in a private sphere, a private space.
If this did not happen, there would be no way to control populations through images. It would not work. It all starts
with a person setting up his own personal feedback loop
that travels from him to an image and back again.
Coming out of World War 2, US psychological warfare operatives knew they could turn their skills to political purposes.
They had just succeeded in making Americans believe that
all Japanese and German people were horribly evil. They had been able to manipulate imagery successfully in that area.
Why could not they shape Americas view of a whole planet that
lay beyond personal experience?
They could and they did. But the power to do that emanated from the fact that every person invests images with feeling.
That is where it really starts.
I had seen the 1957 film, Sweet Smell of Success, a number of times. I admired it. Burt Lancaster and Tony Curtis gave
tremendous performances. When, decades later, I saw
Curtis sitting in his car at that gas station, I was working from the emotion I had invested in his onscreen image.
It produced a sense of shock and paralysis for a few seconds.
Other people might have rushed up to Curtis and asked for his autograph. With me, it was shock, cognitive dissonance.
Ditto for the death of FDR. I was working off newspaper
pictures I had not seen of him, and the feeling I had not invested in those presidential images. Other people, when FDR died,
went out into the street and hugged their neighbors and wept openly.
For me, it was upset and shock and anger.
There is nothing intrinsically wrong with investing emotion in images. It can be exhilarating. It can be uplifting.
As a painter, I know this in spades. Putting emotion into images can,
in fact, vault you into a different perception of reality.
But on the downside, it can also take you into lockstep with what media operatives want you to experience, second-hand.
We focus to such a degree on how we are being manipulated that we do not stop to consider how we are participating in the
operation. And our own role is clear and stark: we invest
images with feeling.
So how does one individuals projection of feeling into an image become a uniform projection of the same feeling into
one image, by millions of people? How does what one person
invests privately become mass mind control?
Through external instruction or cues.
Why does this work? Why do millions of people fall into line?
Because they do not realize they started the whole ball rolling themselves. All they know is: images are connected
If they knew they were the real power in the whole operation, if they knew they were investing feelings into images
all day long, if they could actually slow down enough to see how they do this, then they would be far less prone to
taking instruction about what feelings they ought to invest in second-hand images.
Hypnotherapist Jack True unceremoniously put it to me this way: If a dog could analyze how he got from eating meat
to drooling at the sound of a bell that came at feeding time, he could stop drooling.
I would add: If Chris Matthews could analyze how his own voluntary investment of feeling in the image of Barack Obama
sends a tingle up his leg, he could stop tingling.
We are now seeing images of people rioting all over the Middle East. We are seeing burning flags and crowds outsid
e embassies. We are supposed to invest our own anger into those images. Outrage.
We see an image of miles of flat farmland and wheat waving in the breeze. We are supposed to invest that image with
feelings of happiness and pride.
Nowhere are we told we can back up a step and realize that we are the ones who begin the whole process, by projecting
feelings into images. Any images.
Imagine a though experiment. You are watching your computer screen. It holds an image of a tall blue vase. With purpose,
you project the feeling of joy into the vase. Then you project the feeling of disgust. Then, fear. Then, worry.
Then, pleasure on purpose.
The objective is to gain some measure of consciousness about an unconscious process.
When I was 19, I was sent to a trained expert in New York to take a Rorschach (ink-blot) Test. I was displaying
signs of what would now be called Oppositional Defiance Disorder.
The expert said he wanted me to tell him everything I saw in each ink-blot. I took him at his word.
An hour later, I was still working on the first blot. I was describing everything from bats and owls and chickens
to space ships and buckets of hidden treasure in caves.
Well, I was cheating a little. I was not really describing what I saw. I was imagining. I was taking off from what
was on the page and improvising. This was outside the bounds of the Test.
The expert was seething. He was sweating, because he had many other blots to show me, and it was late in the afternoon,
and he was looking at spending the entire evening with me. Finally, he held up his hand and put an end to the Test.
I was not playing his game. Among other sins, I was not investing feelings in the images. Therefore, my choices of what
to see in the blots expanded greatly.
When I go to a museum, I like to watch people stand in front of abstract paintings. Many of them are stumped. They are
trying to figure out what feelings they are supposed to project into the painting. They are looking for
instruction, and there is not any. They are asking for mind control, and they are not getting it.
Fanaticism of any kind begins with individuals projecting feelings into images. This is harnessed by leaders, who then
choose the images and direct which feelings are permitted. The tempting prospect for the follower is: participation in
a drama that goes beyond what he would ordinarily experience in life. This is bolstered by the idea that what he is
doing is moral.
Here at home, police and military are taught, more and more, to invest feelings of suspicion into images of American
civilians. This is a acceleration of mass mind control for law enforcement.
The astonishing number of civilians who participate in government and corporate surveillance of the public, through
technological means, learn to invest dead empty feelings into images of citizens, as if these targets are nothing
more than ciphers, units.
The recent bizarre instances of police detaining and questioning parents who allow their children to play unsupervised
reveal another accelerating trend. These confrontations start with neighbors snitching on the parents. The neighbors have
learned to invest feelings of panic, suspicion, and anger in images of free children.
In all these cases, there is no real experience. It is all second hand. It is all feeling projected into image.
In the medical arena, countless advertisements and news stories are geared to convince people to invest feelings
of trust in images of doctors. The suggestion,Ask your doctor if X is right for you, is framed as the solution
to a little problem. The problem is set this way: Drug X is wonderful; drug X has serious adverse effects; what
to do? Solution: ask your doctor; trust him; he knows.
As the class of victims in society has grown by leaps and bounds, including any group that can organize and
promote itself as needing help or justice—going miles beyond the people who really do need assistance citizens
have been trained to invest feelings of sympathy and concern for all images of victims everywhere, real or imagined.
This, too, is mass mind control.
Somehow, he broke free from the image-feeling link. He was rather stunned at the experience. His entire
conditioning as a medical student evaporated.
Parents all over the world are having the same experience vis-a-vis vaccines. They realize they are supposed
to invest fear in images of germs and disease, and they are also supposed to invest feelings of hope and
confidence in images of needles and vaccines. They see the game. They are supposed to ignore evidence that
vaccines are dangerous and ineffective. They are supposed to remain victims of mass mind control.
But they have awakened.
We have all been taught that what we feel is always and everywhere out of our control. These feelings are simply
part of us, and we have to act on them. The alternative would be to sit on them and repress them and turn into
This is simply not true. There are an infinite number of feelings, and as strange as it may sound, we can literally
This, it is said, is inhuman. It is a bad idea. It is wrong. It would lead us to deserting the human community.
Nonsense. That is part of the propaganda of mind control. If the controllers can convince us that we are working from a
limited map of emotions and we have to stay within that territory, they can manipulate that limited set of feelings
and trap us.
The power of art is that it shows us there are so many more emotions than we had previously imagined. We can be much
freer than we supposed.
The synthetic world of mind control and the handful of feelings that are linked to images is what keeps us in thrall.
The natural world the world of what we can be, is so much wider and more thrilling and revealing.
The author of an explosive collection, THE MATRIX REVEALED, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the
29th District of California. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize,
he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS
Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers
and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and
creative power to audiences around the world.
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