How Fear is Used to Turn You Against Spirituality

[2] Chryssides, G. Exploring New Religions. London: Cassell, 1999 quoted in Adam Possamaï & Murray Lee (2004): New religious movements and the fear of crime, Journal of Contemporary Religion, 19:3, 337-352

Along with the embedded links in this article, if you would like to further research the information provided the free online documentary Human Resources: Social Engineering in the 20th Century by Metanoia Films and the article New Religious Movements and the Fear of Crime are both excellent resources

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About David Arkyn

David has a deep interest in spiritual development, but has discovered there are many forces in the world working to keep people asleep. His recent interest has been researching the psychological tactics and techniques used to limit people's spiritual potential, writing about his discoveries here at The Conscious Reporter.

48 comments

  1. Wow. Great article David. Learnt quite a bit actually. Thanks for writing this.

  2. The only way to overcome fear is allowing ourselves to be free spirits. The thing that pushs us the most out of the chains of societies dogmas is the need to feel free, while the systems work overtime to push us back in place.
    So in essence the bigest friend to spirituallity is the evils of society itself.

    • Thanks for the comment Avi. For me to learn how to overcome fear has meant practising awareness so I can see and understand how it’s working inside of me. Then to try and get rid of it every time I feel it coming up.

      It’s an interesting point you make that suffering in society makes us want to break free more. I think you’re right in that respect and hopefully enough people will listen and work for spiritual freedom rather than just giving into the distractions placed before them!

  3. I’m really starting to love this site! Your research and attention to detail is something similar websites tend to lack. Thank you for the inspiring article.

  4. Thanks for the great article David. I always kind of knew that fear is one factor that people in power use against unsuspecting citizens but your research really shows that there is an actual real complex science behind it. This is really scary and unsettling to think that our own government and people in power can use media, movies and even news to instill fear into people. This way they can help form a public opinion that will fit into their agenda. It really makes me wonder on how much that is going on in the world, is actually planned events to help people in power to get their way. To sway public opinion in favor of things that otherwise would be opposed to.

    • That’s a good point that I didn’t cover in the article Stas – there are a lot of movies that portray spirituality and the paranormal in a very negative light and as something to be afraid of.

      From what I can tell, convincing people to do things that they would otherwise be opposed to is fairly common practice all throughout the world, and sometimes there is massive effort and planning behind it, like the Bilderberg article on this site for instance.

      Thankfully a lot of people are starting to stand up against it, and to become more informed – I really hope this happens in relation to spirituality too!

  5. Great points. Fear is so powerful. I think it is so important that you bring up that we need to be aware of the propaganda since the people attempting to control our behavior know how to get the response they want out of us. I have been investigating fear a lot lately and it has so much to do with what other people think for me. I can see how that could easily be turned against me.

    • Thanks Michelle. Yes, it seems like we’ve been studied for ages to know what triggers are best used to manipulate us in almost everything. For instance, Obama has a whole team of behavioural psychologists, and David Cameron in the UK is a big proponent of nudge theory and is using it in his censorship campaign. The guy who wrote the book on nudge theory advocated experimentation on the public.

      Good point about fear of what other people think of us being used against us – I feel that’s a really big one for the way spirituality is oppressed.

  6. Poor Little Albert, it is a bit weird that these kinds of experiments would be perfectly legal, as it apparently created a psychological trauma in the child.

    • Yes, there was quite a bit of pretty dubious stuff used to go on in terms of psychological experiments. I don’t think there’s any way they’d get away with it now publicly in terms of human research ethics approval etc.

      I wonder what Little Albert was like when he grew up..

      • “I wonder what Little Albert was like when he grew up..”

        I was wondering the same, David, as I was reading the article.

        Thanks for this write-up, by the way. I think it’s really important to see the interconnectedness of the manipulation we are subjected to on a regular basis, and which can (and does) influence our opinions, beliefs, and actions in life. If you’re not aware of this mechanism, it’s easy to become its victim.

  7. Great article!

    When I was a lot younger, I was walking through china town in Sydney, where I stopped to sign a petition against the terrible injustice which was being committed against the Falun Gong practitioners. I still remember being horrified by the photos which were being presented.

    What goes on in our world is such a tragedy and I find that it’s so important to stand up for our spiritual beliefs.

    Thanks and well done David for all your hard efforts to write this information.

  8. Awesome article. Things are so bad in the world right now, that if you’re in a group that gets the “cult” label, like a deadly virus it eventually disables the group and ends it. So sad that big efforts are needed just to avoid that label. People can’t practice spirituality freely.

  9. Göring: Why, of course, the people don’t want war. Why would some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best that he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally, the common people don’t want war; neither in Russia nor in England nor in America, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship or a Parliament or a Communist dictatorship.

    Gilbert: There is one difference. In a democracy, the people have some say in the matter through their elected representatives, and in the United States only Congress can declare wars.

    Göring: Oh, that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country.

    In an interview with Gilbert in Göring’s jail cell during the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials (18 April 1946)

    • the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy

      Pretty interesting quote Shane, thanks. Seems like this sort of technique has pretty widespread application by those in positions of power and influence.

    • Hi Shane,

      I don’t think that we can only blame the government though! Aren’t the governments a reflection of the people as a whole, if the people of a country have certain tenancies then the government of those people will generally reflect the people, the people make up the whole mass so if the consciousness is low in the people then the government will act accordingly, I wonder if that’s Karmic in some ways, I think that is one reason why spiritual information is so important to protect because as the people’s consciousness get’s lower the easier it is to deceive people and use the techniques mentioned in Dave’s article to manipulate the populations of the world and if spiritual information is lost then what hope do people have to save themselves from these tyrants.

      • Good points Steve – to me the last line in your comment seems like what they’re trying to achieve. To squash spirituality so badly that people don’t have a chance of being free because they don’t have the means to understand their own psychological states being used by people in positions of authority against them.

        • Yeah I agree Dave! imagine the deception that these people are focusing on , to harm people spiritually so that their consciousness is so weak right up until a point were they can dominate them for what ever they want. Evil has an intelligence and it’s completely uncool but humanity if falling for something that is not what humanity thinks it is.

  10. It’s amazing that these simple behavioral patterns that we humans have are being exploited!
    It goes to show that the people behind the propaganda have bad intentions and using it for their own ends which is to deceive people about their true identity, so by deceiving people of their true spiritual identity these people don’t want everyone to be spiritual, if they don’t want people to be spiritual what do they want us to be, selfish, ignorant, hateful people ? If the world could only understand the techniques, repetition and patterns that are used in the War On Consciousness then we would be able to be free of this disturbing influence and make more balanced decisions for ourselves.

    • Yeah I agree Steve. David has laid bare the hidden techniques of those whose understanding of human psychology is used to exploit and manipulate populations for their own sinister interests.

      It really does highlight the need to wake up and understand the methods deployed against us so we can call out these deceptive tactics. They work effectively when people don’t realise how they are being manipulated. Sunshine is the best disinfectant.

      It also highlights the need to wake up psychologically and become aware of the states we carry within which make us easy victims of propaganda. Then our consciousness can be free of both fear and the orchestrated manipulation and conditioning that works through fear.

      • I guess it only goes to show that we are paying a heavy price for being asleep!
        as the war on terrorism, the war on weapons of mass destruction & invading countries to rid them of evil dictators seems to keep getting past the public’s radar as possibly something that needed to happen to help those countries.

        • It’s pretty interesting the point you raised Steve – that the pattern keeps repeating and no-one seems to notice. I wonder why that is.

          Maybe if we don’t know the way fear is used against us then all our time is spent in underlying worrying until the next outbreak or war or whatever it is comes up that takes over the news and becomes the new thing to be afraid of.

          In terms of spirituality the cycle is more subtle – which I’d say makes it much more unlikely people would think deeply about the motives behind the message that’s being ingrained in our subconscious, especially when we are told there are so many bigger things we need to worry about.

          • Hey Dave,

            Also to add to your point they twist the point too! they use events that happen and then skew what actually happened to provide the boggy man or new fear that they want to promote or use to bring in different laws and regulations that give themselves more and more power.

            9/11 is prime example where they provide the boggy man, i.e the terrorist and then wham straight away the Patriot act comes in….
            Look at what happened down here in Australia in Port Arthur, a mass murder occurred (which by the way was very dubious affair) and then wham gun laws are all of a sudden spread through out the newspapers and the Prime Minister at the time goes on a campaign to buy back the guns! that was a real emotional play on the public and they fell for it.

            Under neath them all the promotion of fear, just like you say!

            Unfortunately for them it’s a real winner while for us we just get churned in the milky ocean as the little devils pull hard in the battle against the light.

          • More good points Steve! Those in power certainly know how to use fear to control everyone else..

  11. Such an important issue that everyone needs to know about! And this excellent article clearly explains it and is well-researched. The more this is uncovered and the more people realise it, all the less strength these evil manipulative tactics will have over the world. Thanks so much for sharing it, looking forward to more articles from this website!

    • That’s the hope Karim – if people can find out / figure out how their spiritual freedoms are being squashed hopefully more and more people will be able to take up the spirituality of their choosing, rather than what other people think is best for them

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