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listenstotrees
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posted February 07, 2012 08:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for listenstotrees     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
http://www.thegreatdebate.org.uk/Barrios1.html

Is There Free Will? Finally an Answer
by Alfred A. Barrios, PhD
Reprinted with the author's permission from International Hypnosis Research Institute Newsletter, August 2010


The question of whether man does or does not have free will has been debated down through the centuries by some of the greatest minds but has never been fully answered. There are those, call them idealists, who say that of course we have free will; we can control our own destiny; we can choose between misery and happiness. Then there are the realists who point to all the miserable people in the world and ask did all these people freely choose to be miserable?

Do we really have free will? Do we really have control over our own destiny? Can we change our behaviors at will if we see that they are detrimental to us? Or is everything set in stone, pre-determined? In order to finally answer this question, we must first properly define our terms. Although there are currently many definitions of free will, I believe the most correct one is: Free will is the ability to control our automatic side, our subconscious behavior, by means of the power of sufficiently concentrated thought. And by concentrated thought I mean the ability to block the interference from any negative automatic behavior or thought that would tend to contradict the action or change we wish to empower.


If you stop to think about it, most people's behavior is of an automatic nature: habits, attitudes and beliefs that have been so deeply programmed in over the years as to be so automatic that they are very hard to change. In this sense then you could say that many people are automatons, governed and slaves to this automatic (subconscious) behavior. [The "subconscious" is to be differentiated from the "unconscious" here. I define the subconscious as behavior that has been so deeply programmed as to occur automatically, below conscious awareness and often beyond conscious control. The unconscious can be defined as engrams or memories beyond immediate conscious recall.]

So from this definition of free will we can see that the answer to the question of whether there is free will or not is that all humans have the POTENTIAL for free will because all humans have the potential to enter this state of concentrated thought and thus have the potential to re-program themselves at will (an ability that differentiates humans from the rest of the animal kingdom). But not everyone has learned how to do this. Consequently, people differ from one another in the amount of free will they have.

However, there is a way of achieving this state of sufficiently concentrated thought and that is by developing a heightened state of belief in the outcome or change you are trying to program in; for I define belief as concentration on a thought to the exclusion of anything that would contradict that thought. Or another way of putting it: a state of heightened belief includes a strong inhibitory set which can suppress the existing negative program you are trying to replace sufficiently so as to keep it from interfering with the re-programming you are attempting.

This is why hypnosis is such a powerful tool for facilitating change since I define hypnosis (as did B.F. Skinner) as a heightened state of belief. This is strongly supported by the evidence showing that hypnotherapy is the most effective form of psychotherapy. I refer the reader to the review of the literature I presented in my article "Hypnotherapy: A Reappraisal" (Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice, 1970). It was found that the average success rate for hypnotherapy was 93% after an average of 6 sessions; this compared to 72% after an average of 22 sessions for behavior therapy, and 38% after an average of 600 sessions for psychoanalysis.

This is also one of the reasons why religion is so deeply entrenched in the hearts of many since religion offers another way to a heightened state of belief. It also explains why the placebo effect in medicine (both standard and alternative) and psychotherapy plays such a big role in facilitating positive changes in humans since the placebo is based on the power of belief.

Those among you who are adherents of determinism need not feel that this approach to free will contradicts your beliefs - if you define determinism in terms of the lawfulness of nature instead of the opposite of free will as some mistakenly do. What is the opposite of free will is fatalism. If you believe that your life i pre-ordained or pre-destined and that you cannot change it from that, then you are a fatalist and do not believe in free will.

We should also clearly differentiate between the terms "heightened belief" and "beliefs". When I refer to the power of heightened belief, I am referring to the power of concentrated (unhindered) thought. When I refer to the term "beliefs", I mean specific attitudes, ideas, ways of seeing things a person might have.

I also feel it is important to differentiate between the concepts of faith and belief. Faith I define as a form of guided or directed belief. And I like to point out that belief alone is often not enough for positive change. If it is directed in a negative direction, it can be harmful and dangerous.

Finally, with regards to how thoughts can directly affect human reactions I refer you to Pavlov's writings on the power of speech (as well as inner speech which is how Pavlovians refer to thoughts) to affect humans:

"Obviously for man speech provides conditioned stimuli which are just as real as any other stimuli... Speech, on account of the whole preceding life of the adult, is connected up with all the internal and external stimuli which can reach the cortex, signaling all of them and replacing all of them, and therefore it can call forth all those reactions of the organism which are normally determined by the actual stimuli themselves."

Alfred A. Barrios

All articles and quotes referred to above can be found in the "Dr. Barrios Articles" section of the website http://www.spccenter.com including Dr. Barrios's theory of hypnosis.


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posted February 07, 2012 08:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for listenstotrees     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Free will..... is the higher consciousness becoming aware of itself within the dream?

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posted February 11, 2012 03:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SunChild     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks *reading now* & finally something good to read during my long weekend stay at the hospital with my little baby who has a U.T.I.

This is the saddest place on Earth (where I am now). At night I hear the screams and wimpers from babies and little children who are not well. I feel like I've been slammed in the solar plexus a thousand times.

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posted February 12, 2012 06:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for listenstotrees     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sounds awful. Does such suffering ever make you feel like life is random, chaotic and ultimately vulnerable?

It says in a book I have called "Total Kabbalah" that the Kabbalah teaches that there was/ is one consciousness who divided theirself into all life to experience creation etc. (Which is said elsewhere). From this perspective, one wonders if if the terrible suffering we see in life is some evidence that we aren't all "one consciousness", as surely the "one consciousness" would not willingly inflict such suffering on itself? Unless it is unconscious? How the questions can go on. I personally find it comforting to think that we aren't all one consciousness. Then I wonder about the possibility that the one consciousness created hellish suffering to avoid a more hellish realization that it is alone in the universe? I wonder if suffering exists to make the world seem more real? But all of these are no more than ideas.

Either life is random, or life has ultimate meaning, or maybe it is all a combination.....or something else. Maybe there is a purpose to everything, and maybe there isn't.

Homeostasis....I like this word.

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posted February 12, 2012 07:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for listenstotrees     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Your baby will be better soon, I'm sure.

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posted February 13, 2012 10:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

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posted February 13, 2012 11:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mblake81     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by listenstotrees:
So from this definition of free will we can see that the answer to the question of whether there is free will or not is that all humans have the POTENTIAL for free will because all humans have the potential to enter this state of concentrated thought and thus have the potential to re-program themselves at will (an ability that differentiates humans from the rest of the animal kingdom). But not everyone has learned how to do this. Consequently, people differ from one another in the amount of free will they have.

However, there is a way of achieving this state of sufficiently concentrated thought and that is by developing a heightened state of belief in the outcome or change you are trying to program in; for I define belief as concentration on a thought to the exclusion of anything that would contradict that thought. Or another way of putting it: a state of heightened belief includes a strong inhibitory set which can suppress the existing negative program you are trying to replace sufficiently so as to keep it from interfering with the re-programming you are attempting.



That is so close to everything else. Note however that they got the inhibitory set right and wrong at the same time.

Imagine learning to re-program the way you re-program yourself.

You do it and no one else.

In a sense, all of the mumbo-jumbo I post about is normally centered around that.

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posted February 13, 2012 11:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LEXX     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
SunChild {{{hugs}}}
How is your baby doing?

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posted February 14, 2012 02:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SunChild     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
been meaning to come back to this thread.

LTT Will reply shortly.

Lexx... Baby Conan is fine. He was on an IV for fluids and antibiotics for 3 days. I couldn't treat him at home because of the vomiting, he probably would have vomited up his meds. But he's laughing and smiling.
I had to sleep on the fold out bed next to his cot in the ward... a very sad place at night.
I wanted to attend to every child and baby. Luckily though, the nurses were quick to respond, sympathetic and gentle.
I think there is must be a nurse inside me somewhere.
My Daughter Tahlea was great with the little girls in the ward though, cheering them up!!


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