After careful consideration I have come to the thoughtful conclusion that I am this century’s Hiram Bingham, in that I have discovered something that was never lost. Like Hiram’s trip to Machu Picchu, I too have gathered up all the sacred treasures from Dr. Aquino’s MindWar that I deem pertinent and have brought them back to my fellow disinfonauts and say, “I decree this as officially existing!”
Ah, Hiram, funny story there. Not only did he not discover Machu Picchu, he managed to piss off a diverse set of people ranging from the Peruvian government to Paolo Greer.
I could go on about HB’s adventures for hours, but we aren’t here for a Peruvian expedition, what we are here for is some magic. Perhaps you will redefine the word magic by the end of this book report. If my proclamations are as important as HB’s tour, I will have given you the illusion that I am discovering a new world.
As mentioned in Part 1 of my article on Dr. Michael Aquino’s MindWar, I found the subject of time a very revelatory undertaking because I was given plausible alternatives to the way that I view the passing of time. The ripple effects from this revelation opened me up to many other subjects I normally would have rolled my eyes at and then politely scanned the room for the nearest exit. The subject of magic certainly was one of those eye rolling triggers.
Magic (not Magick)
“MindWar is magic. Every MindWarrior must therefore be a magician.”
Magic, as explained in MindWar, is about misdirection and redefining perception. It’s about taking all subjects and aligning all parts to a desirable outcome.
“The magician identifies to the audience what objects, locations, and/or procedures are important and essential, restricting their interaction exclusively.”
In order to persuade the audience (or population) that only a certain number of conclusions are allowable, the magician must first take control of all variables that may interfere with giving the audience the illusion of freewill. This is the ultimate goal; whittle down all outcomes to only those that are acceptable and give the audience the perception that they are freely choosing one of the outcomes. Thus empowering them and finally putting all their faith in the process.
The first thing to control is the environment. The environment must feel natural, but that is an illusion. The magician must have total control of the environment in which the audience will make their decisions. Dr. Aquino says this could be achieved by the use of interference and distractions. External interference can also be an effective tool in misdirection. Preparation of the environment must take place before the arrival of the audience. This is a critical step in the receptiveness of the audience.
Next is the influence of the magician over the audience. A master magician will be able to convince an audience that his will and judgment is their own. The melting of the audience iceberg , this first happens by the magician simply appearing to have authority. Think about how you instinctually react to someone in uniform versus someone that isn’t. Other methods can include hypnotism.
The limitation of possibilities and the channeling of outcomes work together. The magician’s job is to orchestrate “equally-predetermined alternatives” in order for the audience to fixate and grumble about which of those alternatives is the best outcome. In the maelstrom of the audiences’ decision making, the magician gently suggests that it’s impossible to deviate from all the variables provided. The channel has been set, and now the audience must “choose” what is right.
“Interpretation of the Result”
Not only does the Magician corral the audience into the parameters of an accepted barn stable, a real master will gladly interpret what the obvious outcomes means to the group. This is critical for the final stage.
“Reinforcement of controlled perceptions”
This involves implanting a firm reality into the audience that is plausible enough to keep them from reexamining what it was they were originally arguing about. This goes into ongoing internal and external biological and psychological factors. Also mentioned here is the discipline of Mentalism.
With a title like MindWar, it might have been a bit strange not to discuss the mind and the machinery that comprises it. Dr. Aquino spares no expense with the explanation of the mind, specifically the unconscious mind, which makes up 95% of human thought. This accounts for the lion’s share of the discussion on what is noted as the “Thought Architecture” of our grey matter. By throwing in first the raw musings of Berkeley’s “Subjective Idealism” and later distilling it down to Kant’s “Critical Idealism” I suppose I would have recoiled more or abandoned his lecture entirely if it weren’t for the importance of demonstrating what he calls “Prevalence.” I hinted at it above with my reference to your immediate reaction to someone in uniform. Example: You have one young, tall, fairly muscular male walking up to you in flip flops and a campy t-shirt with an age appropriate logo hinting at a sporting event or booze bash or something. Take that exact same male and put him in all black full body armor, helmet, the works, and also he’s carrying some kind of assault weapon. There is no conscious thought there. Your “instinct” is immediate and has no time for conscious debate. This is prevalence. A more sophisticated and relevant example is given by Dr. Aquino in the text. He demonstrates that the same kinds of subconscious judgments are made when pulling up to a traffic intersection. The stop lights, walkers, other cars, all of it is processed automatically and without any real need of your 5% of conscious thought. It’s filtered through your individual perceived reality. The assumption most everyone makes is that these examples are perceived, for the most part, the same way. According to MindWar, this is a mistake. These are very different examples are at the opposite ends of what one might encounter on any given Tuesday afternoon. However, both, no matter how different, are subject to your predispositions imbedded in your subconscious. Those predispositions, says Dr. Aquino, are based on prejudices, education, desires. These are different for everyone, so no two people have the exact experience.
Pattern Thinking on the other had works to make sense of everything that your senses are throwing at your subconscious. It is the collation process that constructs the world around you by relying on societal constraints, values, experiences and other things to come up with a “reality” that makes sense.
The remaining 5% is conscious thought. Although 5% is a small number, I gained profound insight into a portion of my thinking I assumed was the bulk of what made me tick. MindWar talks about “Algorithmic Thought”, which is just that. It works on a more mathematical level, but its kryptonite is that it fades as soon as the problem is solved.
The rest of the 5% is the more ethereal subject of Conceptual thought. This is the part that births ideas and cradles the soul. It’s that undefinable something that makes each of us unique and valuable.
Interesting are the deep, opaque waters of our mind.
What is the point of knowing all this mind machinery if you aren’t going to use it?
Psycontrol is divided into two categories, liminal and subliminal methods. The preferable course is a voluntary liminal method where all parties gladly agree without any coercion to take part in the MindWar process. Failing that we move onto involuntary methods which include disincentives such as financial hardship. All of the involuntary methods fall into an organizing principal called the “Influence Continuum”, which has 5 stages. Dr. Aquino states them from, “the least to most forceful: (1) Information and education (2) Persuasion (3) Compliance (4) Coercion, and (5) Thought Reform.”
Finally, if all that falls short we move into the subliminal realm. This is where things get interesting. This is the area where we get into more fabled subjects such as magic. These are the processes that aid the subject’s suggestibility into making decisions that are advantageous to the MindWar process. You may have noticed that I led the article with magic. This wasn’t something based on strategy. Sorry, I was simply taken by the way it was presented and had that most to say on it. But yes, magic would have fit in here just fine.
Electromagnetic Radiation and Brainwave Resonance
“Along with all other matter\energy displacements in the material universe, the human body is a complex electromagnetic (EM) machine, including its thought processes.”
The section on electromagnetism stood out to me in that there was no apparent or immediate upside to using EMR manipulation in the MindWar process. The entire body of the text on this was rife with really malignant examples of why EMR is really, really bad to use in any capacity. Even his examples seemed to have an underlined cruelty to them, with Russian scientists stressing out rabbits and inducing brain cell death. I really searched for anything positive on the subject but was only met with words and phrases like, higher suicide rates, heart problems, decreased reaction time and so on. Certainly, weaponing something like this and implanting some kind of large EMR gun at an Army base of a potential foe would be advantageous. Naturally those doing so would have to be in a state of disassociation on the level with Martin Q. Blank. Then again I still get choked up at those Sarah McLachlan commercials after all these years. So I wouldn’t be the one to turn to for those kinds of things.
Brainwave Resonance is a related topic to EMR, but has a much more upbeat and specific purpose. I say make this into an app STAT so I can harmonize my Alpha waves and do some yoga.
Outside frequencies (Alpha, Beta, Delta) can force the brain to conform to a particular cycle. This can make a person tired, creative, energetic or aggravated. These waves can be activated without a person’s knowledge and their effects are so subtle that they are almost always undetectable.
In a MindWar campaign frequency generators can be deployed to produce an environment conducive to thoughtfulness and cooperation.
Colors, Shapes and other material
It’s no surprise shapes have a profound impact on us. Shapes make up language, they make up road signs, they let you know danger is close by like high voltage or a slippery floor. Shapes are the closest thing we have to a universal language because they work in the subconscious, deep in the Pattern Thinking portion of our minds. Shapes are less psychological and more biological. Colors are another way of influencing an environment in a MindWar campaign. Colors like red are conducive to faster, more aggressive thoughts, while blue is for thoughtfulness. Overlay all of this with Proxemics, the use of space on a person’s psyche along with Chronobiology, the study of time periods (like jet lag) on biology and you get a clear picture of all the tools that a MindWarrior can leverage on a particular set of actors in order to jumpstart a cooperative and fruitful dialogue on what the real enemy is, which isn’t each other but rather the problem they collectively face.
Why MindWar Matters
I firstly got into MindWar because of the stale, endless storyline that has dogged Dr. Michael Aquino for decades rooted in a period of time where Jimmy Swaggart wept, Pat Robertson ruled, and most of America seemed to be full of assholes. All of that has mostly passed, but not for Michael Aquino. Don’t believe me? Check it out for yourself. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Conspiracy Community. The more batshit the better I say, but if you are going to level real life charges against real human beings there still needs to be evidence. I think the real story here is Dr. Aquino is copping to all the charges on how the government really uses magic, misdirection, death ray guns and the like. So to those that dedicate hours and hours of YouTube videos boldly proclaiming the government is using mind tricks on us I say, yes, read MindWar, it’s pretty plain about such topics. But I say, so what?
So that’s it. I’m considering a third installment to tie up everything. Three is an important number, a Fibonacci number, and I think some of the things in MindWar could be observed in the everyday world. I may use MindWar to analyze a movie. But I will keep everything I’m considering to myself for now.
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