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you feel a little discouraged? Are you depressed? Would you like
If so, go to God for help. Pray and read the
Scriptures. Find a Christian friend and talk and pray with that good friend.
Find others to encourage, and your own worries will shrink in size. Praise
God for all His blessings, and, trusting In His enabling strength, do the
best you can right where you are and He will solve your problems for you, or
strengthen you to live with those that cannot be eliminated.
But some, instead of this, go to a PROFESSIONALLY-TRAINED COUNSELOR in search of help in resolving discouragement or depression! This can be one of the most dangerous things a person can do!
In a majority of cases, that person was trained in Fraudian and hypnotic
lore and, by going to him or her, your mind will be brought under the
control of dark forces, which will seek to destroy both you and your
It is one thing to talk and pray with a Christian friend, or a
NONprofessionally trained pastor; it is quite another to go to a man or
woman who has received professional counseling or psychological
training. There is a world of difference between the two!
Unless specifically stated otherwise, throughout this study all names
have been changed. However, in most instances actual names, addresses,
and telephone numbers are on file here. Unless otherwise stated, all
case histories occurred in the United States.
John Hunter is a Seventh-day Adventist church school teacher. He and his
wife live in an East Coast state. Their two children are both grown. The
son is married, and the daughter, Sheila, was unmarried and 31 years of
age at the time when this problem began a couple years ago. She had
attended Adventist church schools and academy, graduated from one of our
colleges, and obtained employment in an Adventist hospital where she has
been working ever since.
What should you do when you am not married and would wish you were? You
should go to God and give Him all your hopes and fears, dedicate your
life anew to Him, trust Him to lead whatever way He may choose, and
believe that whatever the future may hold will be for the best. Then you
should go about your work, rejoicing that your life is in His care and
that He will bring the best. You should live your days praising Him and
witnessing of His care to others.
But Sheila did not do this. Instead, she sought help from a
professionally-trained counselor. One day, she took some time off work
and went to an Adventist Counseling Center. The counselors there were
church members, so she felt sure that in such a place she could obtain
the help she needed.
But those counselors had been professionally-trained. (In the more
"progressive" states counselors have to be professionally trained, in
order to obtain state licensing, and be able to advertise, and charge
for their services. But, of course, pastors do not have to receive such
training. However they may have obtained it.) In order to obtain that
professional training, men and women study worldly concepts based on
Fraudian and related theories of mental problems and mind control, and
they must learn and subject themselves to hypnotic procedures. We will
learn later in this study that hypnotism opens the door to intervention
and control by dark spiritual powers. Upon graduation, that
"professionally-trained" individual goes out and, unknowingly,
becomes a medium by which those dark forces are able to invade the minds
of clients willing to talk, listen, and cooperate with this professional
At the counseling center, the counselor assigned to her was an Adventist
male professional counselor. During the counseling, "regression therapy"
was used. What is that, you may ask? Simple enough, you are asked to
think back to earlier years, especially to childhood and recollect
memories. But, while deep in a dreamlike thought on that, memories are
embedded into your mind. Those memories never occurred in reality, but
they are suddenly there—and with such a startling force and clarity that
you are surprised by the strength of such thoughts-which you never had
What happened here is that the counselor, having earlier himself
submitted to psychological learnings, hypnotic control himself, and
instruction and practice in standard and Ericksonian hypnotic
procedures, has become a powerful—and dangerous—agent of dark forces.
In Bible times, an example of this occurred when King Ahaziah became
ill. You can read about it in 2 Kings 1. He chose not to go to God or to
God's servants for help, but instead went to the god of Ekron. The god
of Ekron was Satan, and the ministers of that god were men and women
trained in Satanic rituals.
In classical hypnosis, the operator puts the person into a hypnotic
sleeplike trance, and then tells him things he is to think and/or do
while under hypnosis or after coming out of it. At a safe distance, most
of us have heard something about that.
But Ericksonian hypnosis is quite new, and few are acquainted with it.
Ericksonian hypnosis and its dangers were discussed in detail in our
earlier study, Hypnotism Enters the Adventist Church-part 1-10 [WM
323-332]. That study explains In detail about Ericksonian hypnotic
methods, and how they are being taught In seemingly harmless LAB I, LAB
II, and NLP (neuro-lingulstic programming) courses to Adventist pastors
Without going into detail on all that, we should explain here that (1)
the outstanding success of Ericksonian hypnosis is that it is done
during seemingly casual conversations with an Ericksonian-trained
operator, and (2) a key aspect of Ericksonian hypnotic method is the
embedding of, what are called false memories or "pseudo-memories, " in
the mind. This can be done in one of several ways. The highly-trained
hypnotists just talk with the person and tell him a thought or
compulsion that he will not be able to resist—and then, having accepted
it, the operator has the person under his mind control. Or a story is
told, and while the client is listening to it, he is brought under
control and thoughts, wishes, likes, and fears are embedded.
Then there is the average Ericksonian operator. He is more likely to be
the one you will encounter in a counseling center. He has had just
enough Ericksonian training to be able to effectively use it, but not
enough to himself recognize that the newly-embedded thoughts and
feelings did not exist there before.
(I say "embedded", because that is what the Ericksonian masters call
them. They freely tell their students that they place new thoughts,
desires, fears, and memories in the clients during brief, informal
Ericksonian sessions;— thinkings that were never there before!)
The average Ericksonian counselor will listen to the story of depression
or moodiness, and then suggest that which he thinks is the cause of the
problem. It is well-known in the professional psychological counseling
field that the current fashion is to see childhood sexual molestation as
the cause of adult depression. This view is taught to those obtaining
professional counseling training (whether they be psychiatrists,
psychologists, or merely trained counselors).
After taking their training, they themselves have become a medium, able
to receive and transmit ideas from a supernatural power. As he counsels
someone, the thought is suggested to his mind what the problem is. With
uncommon frequency, it is thought that the person was sexually molested
as a child. The counselor then tells the client that he is certain that
this is the problem, and the client is shocked and rejects the idea.
But the client keeps coming back to the counselor for additional
sessions. Why? Because he seems to feel a relaxation of tensions by so
doing, and an intensifying of them if he does not return to the
counselor. The counselor suggests that solutions will be found as the
client, sitting before him, lets his thoughts go back into his
childhood. He suggests that memories will appear that have been totally
forgotten. Of course, he has all along been suggesting what those
memories will be.
We have here another situation of going to the gods of Ekron, instead of
to the God of Heaven. Later in this collection of tracts, we will quote
statements that will corroborate this brief summary introduction. You
should not place yourself In the hands of a hypnotist—any kind of
hypnotist, for to do so Is to place your mind and body In the hands of
Sitting before the trained counselor, the client is actually under
Ericksonian hypnosis as he dreamily wanders through various memories of
childhood. As he does so, suddenly a new memory is there! (1) It Is
there with dramatic suddenness. (2) It was never there before. (3) It is
powerful, almost overwhelming. (4) It came into the mind while the
person was seated in the presence of the trained counselor, (5) dreamily
thinking back into his past, and (6) after having been told several
times what that memory will be when he eventually recalls it. (7) That
memory will remain overarching in importance and power in the weeks, and
months, and years ahead. It literally plagues him, and forces him to
totally change his relationships in an effort to placate the force
pressing it upon his mind.
Those are the seven earmarks of casual-conversation Ericksonian embedded
memories. These are false memories, in that they never occurred in
reality, but were, instead, placed in the mind wholly from without. Yet
they are so extremely powerful, that the client is certain that they
must be so. In addition, the counselor, a respected individual who has
been "professionally trained," is there to agree that that memory surely
must be true.
The psychological name for this is "regressive therapy- .. Whether done
through classical (formal) hypnotism or Ericksonian (informal) hypnotic
methods, the person is suggestively told to think back to early
childhood, and he will recall memories long lost, which will be the key
to his depression. The theory is that in discovering and recalling those
memories, he will then find that his depression will leave.
Where did that strange theory originate? It came from Sigmund Fraud, an
individual who, by his own statements, hated God, Christians, and
religion. We will discuss him later in this collection of studies.
When you give your life into the hands of God, study His Inspired Word
and, by faith In the forgiving, enabling grace of Jesus His Son, seek to
obey that Word, you are a fortress in a revolted world, which Satan
cannot penetrate. Yes, he can bring you grief and sadness through
circumstances, events, and loved ones, but he cannot directly overcome
you, except by your choice. But when you walk away from God's
protection, and seek out the wizards of the world to solve your
problems, then you are placing yourself on Satan's ground, and he will
use the opportunity given him. Because you have gone to such counselors,
Satan has been given an advantage in your life. You have opened a
special door to him. He can now more directly affect your feelings. He
can deepen your depression when you do not see the counselor, and he can
apparently lift the depression partially when you do so.
When that embedded memory first flashes into the mind, a most
horrible-and even terrifying-emotional experience begins for that
person. He enters upon a nightmare far exceeding any presumed
"depression" he may have earlier Imagined for himself. Terrors during
the day and quaking of heart at night. He may become unable to continue
gainful employment. He may be driven by the spirits (and, with the
encouragement of the counselor, who may receive a kickback for referring
him) to go to a private psychiatric hospital. Compounding that initial
embedded "memory," additional ones are embedded during forthcoming
visits to the counselor. You must keep in mind here that the counselor
continues to advocate the same solution: MORE regressive therapy and
MORE recalling of additional memories while thinking about one's
childhood.. it all becomes a vicious circle, with one memory leading to
another one. They just keep piling up, making the situation worse and
worse. Yet, all the while, the stated reason for coming up with these
new memories is to "relieve depression," for, as Fraud said, "recalling
the memory will eliminate the tension." The vicious circle intensifies.
And with the new memories come also embedded thoughts of terror, fear,
and a powerful hatred for those who supposedly did these terrible deeds
to that person in childhood.
Satan's whispering voice leads the harassed soul from one gloom to
another, ever onward in desperation: "See, all this came from
Christians; separate from those Christians that were closest to you, and
henceforth distrust all Christians. Eventually leave God entirely. Then,
when you are burned out entirely and your conscience seared, you can
enjoy with me the peace of perdition."
The result is deeply shattered lives, not only of that individual, but
also close relatives that were formerly deeply loved.
And now we return to Sheila. At the age of 31, she visited a "Christian
counseling center”, this
particular one managed and staffed by Seventh-day Adventist-trained
professionals. She was assigned to a male counselor or "therapist."
Regressive therapy was employed during which a "memory" of being
sexually molested by her mother was "recalled." The result is that
Sheila is now totally alienated from her mother. She will not speak or
write to her. For her part, the mother denies even the thought of ever
having done such things. As usual, the Adventist counselor reinforced
the woman's memories. He said that those memories were indeed true; he
was just sure they were and that the mother was lying. He said that she
was living in "denial" and she herself needed psychiatric counseling. Of
course, we can understand why the counselor would take this attitude. He
must maintain his hold over the client, lest a reconciliation with the
parents occur—and he get in trouble. His strength is in maintaining the
Sheila's parents were dumbfounded. In the intervening months, they have
tried by every means to effect reconciliation, but without success. They
pray for their daughter, but can do nothing to reach her or otherwise
It is of interest that quite frequently the one who is depressed and
seeks out a professionally-trained counselor is a woman in her mid-30s.
The embedded memories of childhood molestation will generally be about
the father, mother, and/or a brother or sister.
"It is currently estimated that approximately 34 million of this
nation's citizen's (15 percent) suffer diagnosable mental disorders each
year."-Morris Parloff, "Psychotherapy and Research: An Anaclitic
Depression, " Psychiatry, November 1980, p.283.
"Preliminary results from a comprehensive study by the National
Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), designed to assess the prevalence of
mental disorders in the United States, suggests that anxiety disorders
are the number one mental health problem for women." -Carol Tavris,
"Coping with Anxiety, " Science Digest, February 1986, p. 46.
Only as people come to Jesus Christ in surrender, prayer, study and
obedience to His Word, can they find the help they need. In addition,
far too many people overwork, eat wrongly, take various drugs, or are
filled with worries about themselves or others.
Bessie is the wife of a Seventh-day Adventist church schoolteacher. She
is also a registered nurse, and, at one time had become addicted to
medically-prescribed drugs. But that problem was solved, and she
rejoiced in the redeeming power of Jesus Christ.
But then Bill and Emmy Mayers came to town. This is a non-Adventist
Christian couple that regularly hold seminars in human and family
relations. As you may know, such seminars are rapidly gaining in
popularity. But the crucial factor is this: Are all of those conducting
a given "Christian seminar" simply Christians who are trying to help
people, —OR have they ALSO taken professional counseling, psychologic,
or psychiatric training! This is the crux of the whole matter. IF they
have taken such training, they have, allunknowingly, already counseled
with the gods of Ekron, and you dare not counsel with them or receive
instruction from them!
The Mayers have conducted their very popular human and family relations
seminars for several years. While this particular seminar was in
progress, Bill offered to counsel privately with anyone who needed
special help. Bessie thought this was a splendid opportunity to achieve
a higher sphere of personality contentment, so she made an appointment
and visited Mr. Mayers after one of the seminar meetings. She told him
that she had been somewhat depressed at times in the past. Somehow
Bessie had the thought, an error shared by many others—that because
Bill had received "professional training in a mental health field,"
therefore he would somehow be able to impart to her a higher degree of
personal happiness than she could obtain from Christ or Christian
Bill's training had taught him that regressive therapy was the way to
locate such problems, and that, when it was found, it would probably
reveal childhood molestation. As she sat before him, he suggested this
to Bessie, and asked her to let her mind relax and go back randomly to
thoughts of her childhood—so that newly-recovered memories might come to
They did! With such force that they almost knocked her over. The
embedded memories were that her kindly father had molested her in
childhood. The memory was so powerful that it was overwhelming, and
could not be pushed out of the immediate consciousness. In spite of the
fact that it was a brand new "memory," totally in contrast with what she
knew her father to be like, and the objections of relatives and her
sister, several years older, who denied that the father could have done
such a thing, Bessie became half-crazed with the thought.
After that single meeting with Mr. Mayer, Bessie went home. Managed to
crawl into bed and there remained in a semi-state of shock in the fetal
position for several weeks. She refused to leave the bed except to go to
the bathroom. She became almost totally non-functional. Eventually, she
was encouraged to "go see a psychiatrist”, which she did. As she
acquired a dependence on him, the strange, but intense mental and
physical depression partially lifted. At the present time,
Bessie—formerly a radiant happy housewife and worker in her local
church, has become severally handicapped. She fears to meet people and
keeps to herself as much as possible. There is little likelihood of a
change in her condition in the future.
Will you be attending the next "family and human relations seminar" that is held in your area? It is known that Ericksonian hypnosis can be partially applied in group meetings, as well as in one-to-one sessions. An Ericksonian trainer explained that he was doing this to his entire class of counselors in training.
Paul Waller is a Seventh-day Adventist pastor who recently retired. A
year or so earlier, while at the age of 64, he learned that his
daughter, Veronica, had decided to visit a non-Adventist psychologist.
She felt depressed, and the psychologist told her that modem scientific
psychology was indeed able to solve such problems. Regression therapy
was used, and, as she sat before him, her mind wandered into the
sleep-like state of rapt preoccupation that a person will enter when
thinking about long ago places and events.
She had gone to Ekron, and from Ekron came answers. A powerful memory
burst into her mind, and there it was—spread out before her,—a memory
she had never had before in her life: Her father had come to her room
every night for seven years and sexually abused her. Ignoring a lifetime
of devoted love and care from her parents, Veronica seemed possessed
with the thought. It was so big and powerful. With the full
encouragement of her newfound guide, the psychologist, she went to the
local conference office and confronted her father's employer, the
conference president, with
When the president spoke with the pastor, he denied the charges and,
after listening to him carefully, decided he was telling the truth. But
there were those who thought the father should vindicate himself—by
going to Ekron himself and "entering therapy"! If he had done that, the
devil would have gleefully given him a corroborating "memory" of how he
had done that dastardly deed for seven years! In that way, Satan could
cover up one lie by giving another to match it. But the father refused
to see a psychologist; and his wife, never doubting his innocence, stood
by his side. The pastor and his wife will tell you that Veronica's
experience has deeply damaged all three of them.
As with some other families who have endured a similar living horror of
being accused of shameful vice by their children, this family was told
of the Satanic source of this "pseudo-memory" problem. It was a
sorrowful—but genuine—source of encouragement to them to learn that they
were not alone in suffering this experience. They were told that many
other families have been victimized in a similar way.
One might wonder why the children so fully believe a new "memory" that
they never had before. The reason is the stark vividness of it. In each
instance, the embedded memory is more fresh, real, and powerful to the
victim than other actual memories of earlier years which actually
Veronica is now in her mid-30's. Since going to the counselor to solve
her problems, she really has them now. She has gained heavily in weight
and has become a compulsive eater. She will have nothing to do with
either parent, and is gloomy most of the time. What was gained by the
"therapy"? It produced alienation, not reconciliation; horror and
misery, not peace and happiness. Yes, it got rid of that earlier
"depression," but by substituting a far worse one in its place! Instead
of occasionally feeling moody, now Veronica's whole world has been
turned upside down!
For obvious reasons, In these two cases real names are used. Mary Lou
Gallup and her husband were operating a daycare center in Salem, Oregon.
Mr. Gallup was a Nazarene pastor. Mr. Gallup, Mrs. Gallup, and their
son— all went to prison on charges of sexual abuse of children who were
attending their day-care center. She is out on parole, but her son and
her husband, an ordained Nazarene pastor of 38 years experience, are
both still in prison. They are due for release before the end of 1991.
In their attempt to seek justice, they have lost all their possessions.
The Gallups were recently warned that if they contend for justice after
they get out—additional charges and new "information" will be brought
out; a new trial will be convened and they will be sent back.
During the Gallup trial, the judge would not allow any favorable
testimony or psychological profiles to be presented. Three children
testified regarding events of years earlier. One boy openly admitted
lying, yet his testimony was not withdrawn from the record.
You may have read about the McMartin's in southern California. It is
thought that information, which some parents read in the newspaper about
the McMartin allegations, caused them to interrogate their children and
more new stories emerged.
Experts think that the problem develops in this way: A small child says
something, and then other small children are questioned. A doll is used
to objectify the points. Masturbation is thought to be a root cause, and
when certain body parts are pointed to, instead of telling what they
have been doing, they say an adult has been doing it to them. Even when
questioned by a trained adult, the responses of the child are strained.
Leading questions can easily entice a child to transfer the cause to an
adult. But when calm, sympathetic cross-examining is done, the child is
very uncertain as to whether these events took place. Because of that
fact, the southern California jury exonerated the McMartins of all
Because "trained" experts are the ones questioning the children, Satan
can enter and affect minds and produce unusual responses. The truth is
that "psychology" is not the exact science that people are told it is.
In fact, if we accept the statements given in the Spirit of Prophecy,
psychological analysis is more satanic than science.
At this point, we will discuss the case of Carla Smith and her parents.
It is a pathetic story. First, we will give a letter written by Evebelle,
Carla's mother to the present writer. Throughout this story, all names
and places have been changed.
The following letter, dated April 20, 1991, was sent to me from Carla's
"Dear Mr. Ferrell,
"I hope this material will help someone else from going through the
terrible ordeal we have gone through.
"Carla's depression began in her teens but we don't know yet what caused
it. It began getting worse about four years ago. We think Satan caused
it, the same as he caused Elder James White's depressions, and in Bible
times, Saul and David's.
"Our other daughter, Karin (who lives) here in ___, along with her
psychiatrist, thinks it's a chemical imbalance in the brain and that
it's genetic. We don't know now for sure what caused it.
"It was two years ago this April [therefore, April 1989] that our
daughter Carla went to Wendy [the Adventist minister's wife who was a
licensed counselor] for help. Carla went to some meditation classes put
on by our SDA church down there. She was told it would help her with her
depression. She then talked of ESP [extra sensory perception] and NLP (neuro-linguistic
programming) that she had learned there.
"She had no bad memories of me. She wrote me loving letters as recently
as May (1989).
"(Her counselor) Wendy told Carla that she knew just what was wrong with
her and that she, Carla, had been molested sexually as a child. Carla
denied it at first and said, 'Oh, no; I'm sure I wasn't.’ But in
'regressive therapy' ["taking her back into her childhood," which
therapy began in May, 1989] she began having false 'memories.'
"So Wendy took Carla to a rape crisis center in ___. The name of it is
___; it is a non-Adventist 'Christian counseling center.' She had more
memories there. They told her to pound the padded walls and get her hate
out on the perpetrators and then she would get well. They said she had a
right to be angry. They told her to try to remember everything and that
she would get well only if she did remember everything. So they prayed
and prayed with her, and she remembered and remembered. [Even prayer
with these Ericksonian hypnotists is dangerous!]
"Then she came up with more 'memories:' her brother, Shayne, was
supposed to have raped her. In these sessions, a person would sit
intently conversing with her, suggesting that she place her mind in
neutral and think back, and see what else she could remember. So then
she said that she remembered still more: Shayne had raped her in front
of us, her parents! They told her to remember more so she could get
well, and, in front of the counselor, she tried to return to the past in
reverie again, this time she said that Shayne raped her because her
father made him do it!
"None of this is true! Our son is a medical doctor now, in ___ and we
believe him to be 100 percent innocent of molestation charges.
"They instructed her to remember still more, and she came up with the
'memory' that her brother, Shayne, was himself molested by his [and her]
father. They told her to regress to childhood and suggested that she
would be able to remember still more. Then 'memories' of farm animals
"Six months later, they suggested that she could remember still more,
and, in front of the counselor, she went into that dreamy thinking state
again, and, for the first time, a new charge: She had 'remembered' that
we were cult members, devil worshipers, and that we had sacrificed human
"These would have to be thoughts directly implanted by Satan!
Our other daughter, Karin's doctor here in ___, said people who suffer
(manic depression) problems often have bizarre thoughts like these and
it's usually about people they were close to. The world may call it
'bi-polar,' to give it a name, but I think it's from Satan.
"They also gave her medications and sometimes the depressions lifted for
a time. But maybe Satan lifted the depression to confuse us all. At any
rate, most of the time she is in far worse condition than before she
went to the counselors. She is separated from us, her parents. She fears
to speak with us, and her counselor, the Adventist pastor's wife, has
ordered her not to do so. She won't talk with her brother anymore, and
they used to be close also. (All of our family used to be very dear to
one another.) But she did talk to his—Shayne's—wife. Carla told her that
her counselor said that because Shayne did it to her, he would later do
it to his own children. So Shayne's wife nearly had a nervous breakdown
over that, and left Shayne, took the children and left him! They are
"Wendy [the Adventist pastor's wife; Carla's counselor] now says, 'Well,
maybe the cult stuff isn't true, but they [we her parents] traumatized
her so bad, that's why she's now having those thoughts.' So our
daughter, Carla, still blames it all on us, because her counselor says
"Satan has Wendy fooled as much as he has Carla fooled. Did you know
that, while taking their training to be counselors, they themselves have
to undergo hypnotism? Is that when Satan first gets in and starts
controlling counselors like Wendy? Then when they sit down with the one
they are counseling, he gives her the suspicions to pass on to the one
they counsel, telling them to go back to their childhood and they will
remember a certain incident. And then they remember it!
"We think Satan first began working on Carla's mind, deepening
depression, through those meditation courses that are being taught in
some of our churches. Then she went to Wendy who urged on her the
suggestion as to the cause. After that, she took Carla to that
'Christian Counseling Center,' which intensified it all, and taught her
"Now she has completely alienated herself from us."-Letter dated April
20, 1991, from Carla's mother, Evebelle.
The following letters reveal Carla's deep love and strong attachment to
her parents. I have Xeroxes of the originals in her handwriting. The
first two notes were penned before Carla went to Wendy for counseling.
The letter was dated May 1989, just after she first contacted Wendy. She
had already started counseling with Wendy, and within a week or so after
this letter was sent, she was given her first embedded "memory, " that
so powerfully turned her against her parents.
In view of the following notes and letter, it is obvious that Carla
could not have had bad memories of her parents. THOSE "MEMORIES" were
imbedded in her mind AFTER the following notes and letter were written!
". . And I thank Him every day for such wonderful parents. It's nice to
be able to tell my friends what wonderful parents are like. There aren’t
many people who can say that about theirs. God must have given you to me
to show me a little of what He is like. God is SO good to me.
"I love you with all my heart! "Carla. "
"Sometimes I miss you so. There is just something about the touch of a
mother's hand, the hug of a mother's arms, the look of care and love in
a mother's eyes. I love you so! May nothing ever come between the love
"'love you Mom, "Carla
"P.S. Merry Christmas.
The following letter was written in May. Carla had already been to Wendy
a couple times for counseling. As soon as Carla went to Wendy, Wendy
immediately told her that her depressed feelings must be caused by
having been sexually molested as a child. Carla said it could not be
true, and shared that conversation with her sister, Karin. But, within
two weeks after the following letter was penned, the first regressive
"memory" was produced by "regressive therapy" as a result of direct
suggestion on the part of Wendy. Two weeks after this letter was sent,
Wendy took Carla to the counseling center, where she was taught hatred,
and more 'memories' were instilled. Carla should have left as soon as
Wendy started urging such ideas on her, but instead she kept going back
until Wendy succeeded in imbedding most terrible thoughts into her
'memories.' As discussed in our earlier lengthy 10-part tract set,
Hypnotism Enters the Adventist Church, the imbedding of thoughts through
informal hypnosis can easily be done through Ericksonian counselors.
"I went to the mall today to find you something very special for
Mother's Day. You know that I would give you anything within my power
that you could ever want. But as I looked around, I began to realize
that there is nothing in this world that I could get to fully express
feelings for you. There is no card that says all that I feel; there is
no gift that would mean all that I want it to; and there is not enough
money in the world to show you how much I care for you. So Mom, here is
a simple letter. It isn't much, but it's from my heart. .
"As looked around, I did find one beautiful thought that I would like to
share with you. It said, 'Mothers hold their children’s hand for a
while. . their hearts forever.' If you were to realize how much of an
influence you have on me each day, even though we're thousands of mile
apart, I’m sure that it would bring a tear to your eye. You are always
in my thoughts, my actions, my heart.
"I want to take this opportunity on Mother's Day to say, Mom, I love
you. Three very small words though they may be, they are from the depths
of my heart, and mean more than could ever be put into human words. How
could we, as failing humans, ever hope to even begin to express our
deepest emotions. I really don't know where I'd be right now if it
hadn't been for your strength, love, and support through all of my
'hardships.' I thank the lord for allowing me to let me have you for my
"I also want to say thank you once again. As much as you have done for
me, I feel that I could never say it enough. Thank you. .
"Beloved Mom, though we may be separated for this short time, remember
that we are together in our thoughts and in the
Lord. And soon, not only
will we be able to spend a summer together, but also all of eternity.
And if we're not in the same mansion, we'll be neighbors!
"Happy Mother's Day Mom! "I love you,
The following letter was written by Carla's mother, Evebelle, to the
state agency governing the licensing of counselors in the state in which
Carla and Wendy reside.
"Dept. of Consumer Affairs
"Board of Behavioral Science Examiners "__Street, - - [city, state, zip]
"We have lost our wonderful daughter through psychological counseling.
Until a year ago, my daughter, Carla Smith, age__, and I were very
close. In fact, she was close to our whole family. She was an easy child
to raise and later worked diligently for her nursing degree.'
"She went for counseling 18 months ago to Wendy Green, a marriage and
family therapist, license No.___, in ___, [city, state]. Carla had felt
very depressed. She may have experienced burnout, or it may be
schizophrenia or manic depression. She was depressed on and off during
her teens but not as bad.
"Carla was wrongly diagnosed. We think that Wendy was an over-zealous
therapist who induced memories that Carla had been sexually molested as
a child. Carla told me that when she went to Wendy, that Wendy told her
right away, 'I know just what's wrong with you, Carla. You have been
sexually molested as a child.' Carla said, 'Oh, no; I'm sure I wasn't.'
But after more therapy from Wendy, Carla began believing it, and she
thought it was so neat that Wendy knew right from the start what was
wrong with her. Carla said that Wendy said, 'It's usually done by the
father in the family.' Wendy was trying to get Carla to remember. Then
Carla began to have what she called 'memories.' I questioned my husband,
and he said 'absolutely not,' and that he had never, ever sexually
molested her or any of our children. I believe him completely.
"Wendy took Carla to__, a private sex abuse center in___' They believed
her socalled 'memories' and carried on from there with therapy, making
her punch punching bags to get her 'hate' out on her perpetrators. They
developed an awful anger in her. She will not see us any more. The
tragedy is that none of these 'memories' happened. Those aren't
'memories' she's having.
"Then she began having 'memories' that we were cult members and devil
worshipers and that we cut up babies and sacrificed them. She is being
driven out of her mind. Last Christmas I gave her some shoes and she cut
them all up, carved into the soles and sent them home. She thought she
had to do that to keep from getting a demon. She thought we were putting
a curse on her. At Christmas when we saw her, she had to have Wendy's
friend at her side who, after Carla's accusations, kept telling us,
'That's right, you did molest Carla: and, 'That's right, you did, you
did, cut up those babies; you're just repressing it.'
"We are Christians from many generations back. We have never had
anything to do with devil worship. We are Seventh-day Adventists and
have been all our lives. We wanted to come down there when Carla was at
___ [the counseling center], but Carla was told it would be better if we
"We were not included in therapy, even though they claim to include
family therapy. Wendy will not see us or answer our telephone calls.
We've tried for a year. If she's a family therapist, it seems she would
include us. Carla is very suggestible, and trusts in Wendy. We believe
Wendy talked her into those things. Those 'memories' seem so real to
Carla, but we know for sure they aren't memories.
"Many people who have known us here for 35 years have tried to help us,
but Wendy will not talk to any of us because of 'confidentiality.' Wendy
has a control over Carla, and has her full confidence. Wendy says we're
harassing her, but we know she's made a mistake, and we want our
daughter back. Maybe Wendy now knows she made a horrendous mistake and
doesn't know what to do, or would rather keep Carla that way to save
face. Carla's genuinely terrified of us. Who got her that way? We have
done nothing wrong. Wendy has said she herself is afraid of us. No
wonder Carla is.
"Carla needs medical help. Please, please, help us. Wendy was involved
with deliverance ministries (casting out demons). Carla told her sister,
Karin, that we put a baby on the table to eat for Thanksgiving, instead
of a turkey. Carla is still working at ___hospital. "Please investigate
this. Please help us get Carla back. Help us get medical help for Carla.
"Our minister here in ___ is: . . "Our former minister is: . . "A
psychiatrist here in ___who has known us for 25 years is: . .
"Thank you for your help. "Sincerely,
"- [telephone number]"
After a lifetime of having her daughter, Carla, so close to her,
Evebelle, frantically sought ways to resolve this problem and bring her
girl back again, but all in vain. However, in the process she learned
that other Seventh-day Adventist parents were having similar problems
with “Adventist counselors." So Evebelle decided to send a letter to
Ministry magazine, certain that they would print her story, a variant of
it. or at least some kind of warning, and thus alert our people against
this growing menace in our church.
But Ministry magazine refused to print that warning, which was submitted
to them a year ago, or anything about the subject.
The article contained essentially the basic Information you just read,
but was short and to the point. It was a good article and should have
Many letters have been sent by friends of the parents, to the counselor,
Wendy, and to other professionals, but all to no avail. The
correspondence is generally unanswered. The following letter was sent by
an Adventist pastor to the psychologist in charge of the non-Adventist
counseling firm where Wendy, the Adventist pastor's wife, was employed:
"Thank you for taking the time to read this letter. It concerns a
patient your staff is treating: Carla Smith.
"I have known the Smith family as pastor and friend for twenty years.
They are a conservative, hard working, bright, Christian family. They
have been highly supportive of each other over the years. The charges
coming to the family have fragmented this family.
"Those who are trying to help the family are finding it difficult to
understand why there is no contact with the family to see if they are as
indicated or why no contact with fellow professionals to see what is
happening here. Since healing is needed with the family here also, you
can understand the need for communication.
"Charles, the father, works for the State of __. Respected men in your
profession have worked with him for 25 years and are very supportive of
"We would appreciate some communication. Hearing of demon possession and
bizarre activities have not been healing, helpful or true as we see it
here. The family needs some communication from you. "Sincerely,
Wendy, the individual who, intentionally or unintentionally has brought
so much misery into the lives of three homes, has a state license as a
professional counselor, —but only because she has completed many
professional courses. These would have included several in classical—and
especially Ericksonian hypnosis, —since, within the past 15 years, it
has come to be recognized as a powerful tool in reshaping the emotional
and behavioral patterns of distraught people.
As soon as Carla went to her, she was told that her counselor, Wendy,
was certain that the problem was that Carla had been sexually molested
as a child by her father. Carla denied the possibility and shortly
afterward mentioned that counseling conversation to her sister, Karin.
What she should have done was to immediately flee from the place! Better
yet, she should never have entered the office of a professionally—
trained counselor in the first place! But she lingered. It was about
that time that she wrote that May letter, quoted above to her mother. .
Returning for more counseling sessions with Wendy, within two weeks she
suddenly had the first "memory." It fully agreed with what Wendy kept
insisting. Shocked and confused, Carla did not know what to do, but
Wendy did. It was Imperative that she firm in the imbedded memory, lest
she run into legal troubles with Carla's parents! So Wendy immediately
talked her into going to a "Christian counseling center" (also called an
"inpatient psychiatric hospital") in a city about 75 miles away. To make
sure she got there, Wendy took her there in a car.
Here are portions of an advertisement from a brochure by this firm,
located somewhere In America, where Carla was given still more
"memories", and also embedded with deep fear and hatred, as she was told
to beat pillows and the walls In a "psychodrama" effort to attack and
destroy her parents. She was told that by doing this, the depressions
would all go away. Here is a description of the "multiple therapy
programs" and "healing behaviors" You will note that it portrays itself
as a very safe, secure place to be, where the patient will be among
friends, and receive prayer, Bible studies, etc.
"__ was created to treat women who have experienced
victimization/abuse, chronic depression, eating disorders, internalized
anger, stress, anxiety, sexual dysfunction, identify crisis, [and)
"__ is staffed by fully licensed professionals who are all committed
Christians. They include psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, clinical
social workers, nurses, dieticians and counselors.
"The __ program and facilities were designed to provide quality
Christian care and emotional healing for women in a safe, secure and
comfortable home-like setting. "The client's weekly schedule in the __
Program has been planned to maximize the effect of the therapy sessions.
Two key items in bringing about that effect are the controlled,
constant, and secure environment, and the multiple therapy sessions each
"A complete treatment plan is developed each week specifically for each
client. This type of treatment planning makes it possible for all the
treatment team staff to address and affirm healing behaviors of our
"In the weekly schedule are times of praise music and worship at the
facility as well as the Sunday outing, which includes attending church
and going to lunch. Every day our clients enjoy a Bible study led by one
of the staff members.
"The therapy program includes: individual sessions, group sessions,
family therapy, psychodrama, bioenergetics, biofeedback. Psycho-social
assessment, psychological testing, occupational therapy."
People are beginning to arouse to these dangers. Psychological
counseling has always been dangerous. Ellen White warned us most
solemnly to have nothing to do with it a century ago. But within the
past 20 years, the situation has rapidly deteriorated. Mind control
techniques are having devastating effects, and are ruining lives and
Here is a warning raised by one non-Adventist writer:
“Across America parents are receiving phone calls and correspondence
that plunge them into a nightmare of accusations of abuse and incest.
These are not parents of young children or teenagers. They are parents
of grown children who throughout their lives had had no recollection of
being sexually molested by their mother or father. Now, seemingly out of
the blue, their bizarre stories are stunning their parents. These adult
children, usually daughters, now claim to remember precise details of
one of their parents sexually abusing them. Where do they get such
ideas? Where do those sordid memories come from? What brings them to the
surface? Inner healing and other forms of regressive-type therapy lurk
behind this urge of family horror stories.
"At first the parents are stunned. They are being accused of sexual
exploits that they declare they would never even think of doing. But
when they try to talk to their son or daughter, their words fall on deaf
ears. They are accused and condemned without a trial—all based upon
alleged memories discovered through inner healing. And now they are
helpless in their concern over the welfare of their adult child who will
have nothing to do with them. .
"Yes, memories can even be created, not from remembering true events,
but by implanting imagined events onto the mind. In fact, it is possible
for implanted and enhanced memories to seem even more vivid than
memories of actual past events. .'Under certain conditions a person's
mind is open to suggestion in such a way that illusions of memory can be
received, believed, and remembered as true memories. Hypnosis, guided
imagery, and inner healing are as likely to cause a person to dredge up
false information as true accounts of past events. In a state of
heightened suggestibility a person's memory can easily be altered and
enhanced. This happens under hypnosis, through guided imagery, in age
regression therapies (such as primal therapy) and during certain forms
of inner healing.
"Bernard Diamond, a professor of law and clinical professor of
psychiatry, says that hypnotized persons 'graft onto their memories
fantasies or suggestions deliberately or unwittingly communicated by the
hypnotists.' Not only may they have new memories, but Diamond declares
that 'after hypnosis the subject cannot differentiate between a true
recollection and a fantasy or a suggested detail.' He notes that court
witnesses who have been hypnotized 'often develop a certitude about
their memories that ordinary witnesses seldom exhibit.' Diamond
declares, 'No one, regardless of experience, can verify the accuracy of
the hypnotically enhanced memory.' (Bernard Diamond, "Inherent Problems
in the Use of Pretrial Hypnosis on a Prospective Witness,' in California
Law Review, March 1980, read pages 314, 333-337, 348.)
"The certainty of pseudo-memories and the uncertainty of real memories
render such activities as hypnosis and inner healing questionable at
best and dangerous at worst. Because memory is so unreliable, methods of
cure that rely on unearthing so-called hidden memories not only open up
the possibility of human creativity but also expose the mind to possible
demonic suggestion. Even though the hypnotist or inner healer may wish
to protect the person from receiving false material, he cannot avoid
implanting human suggestion. Nor can he prevent demonic suggestions from
entering the vulnerable mind of the person who is in a heightened state
of suggestibility." Psychoheresy Update, Vol. 1, No.4, pp. 1, 4.
The following letter has been sent by the present writer to Carla, in
the hope that it may be used to bring her to her terrible danger and her
need to arouse and do certain things. But anyone who fights depression
and would value advice in overcoming it will find the following
recommendations to be of great help. The solutions are found as we come
to God and His Word:
This letter is sent to bring you the solutions you have so long searched
for. You have, as it were, been in a dark cave of depression for several
years. Things may be looking somewhat better just now, but you are not
out of it yet. This you know to be true. I want to assure you that there
is a way out of the cave, and back into the full sunlight of God's
You have suffered, off and on, from depression and discouragement, since
you were a teenager. One thing led to another, and gradually the
situation grew worse. When a person is lost in a dark cave, he must find
the correct way out. This letter is written to present it to you.
Such problems can have many causes, especially in today's world. Life
was hectic enough several hundred years ago, but it was also simpler.
Families lived closer together. They worked together, suffered together,
laughed together, prayed and worshiped together. Now they are scattered
here and there. The American way of life frequently takes us to far
places, and there, separated from family and friends, we try to start
anew. That by itself is a pressure item.
But there are others. Many of us no longer live in the true country—the
farmlands,— but in smaller or larger cities. A century ago we were told
in the Spirit of Prophecy that people can hardly think right or live
right amid the rush and noise of the cities. Yet the only rush and noise
back then was the horse-drawn wagons in the streets. Today the rush and
confusion is far worse. We tend to think we are super-people today, with
our motorcars and our computerization. But we are still made of the same
frail humanity that our forbears had. Part of the remedy remains
unchanged: those of us that want true peace of heart need to get out of
the cities. We were told to do so back at the turn of the century. The
call is even more urgent today.
One reason you felt so very depressed was because you thought you were
singled out for such depression. But that was not a correct conclusion.
Many people today are depressed. And some of the solutions that you so
much need, are very much needed by many others as well.
There are other causes of depression, but at the heart of much of the
problems are these four: (1) a lack of time with God and His Word; (2) a
neglect to submit to Him, and rejoice in Him as a trusting child; (3) a
neglect of obeying His Word, and living to help and bless others; (4) a
preoccupation with the world, the things of the world, and the cares of
You are but a little child, Carla, as we all are. Intriguingly enough,
only those who recognize that they are but weak, helpless little
ones—can and will come to God for the help He can give. And He can give
you help that no one else can give. He can supply all your needs, solve
all your problems. But it is a daily work, and requires a daily coming,
submitting, sharing, and living with Him.
If you have not taken the time each day with God and His Word, then He
cannot give you the help you need. Make this your first work each
morning. Come and give Him everything you have and are. Kneeling alone
in His presence, lay your life down before Him and let Him have all your
hopes, disappointments, problems, and plans.
Bring Him your torn dreams, your shattered life, the uncertainty and
misery in your heart. He can change, wonderfully change the most
discouraging situation and work everything out for your best good and
But in connecting with Him, you must be willing to disconnect from all
others. In laying down all your plans before Him to be set aside or
taken up as His providence directs, you must also lay down before Him
all your associates. God is your only Healer. No man or woman can heal
your soul or solve your problems. If you will make Him first, He will
guide you in the selection of those in whom you should confide and make
Every day you must take time to study His Word and, in His strength,
seek to fulfill what you read. Our Creator is not merely a good buddy,
He is our God, and is alone to receive our absolute worship, loyalty,
and obedience. People today say it is legalistic to attempt to obey God,
but that is an error. It is never wrong to obey God, and His children
will, by His enabling grace, render Him the obedience that He deserves.
Not that they can do it of themselves; in their own strength they are
helpless to separate from Satan or sin. But through the empowering grace
of Jesus Christ, His little ones can overcome the world, the flesh, and
the devil. They can come off more than victors, and follow the lamb
withersoever He goeth. Someday soon, they will sing His praises around
the throne. Just now it is their privilege to sing His praises all
through the day.
How can that be so? Simply because there is SO much power in praising
God! Nehemiah said that the joy of the Lord is your strength. In
praising God for all that He is, all that He means to you, and all that
He has and is doing for you, —there is felt an immediate emotional
relief and sense of mental and emotional strength. And that, itself, is
but another God-given blessing to thank Him for.
Satan spends his time devising ways to press discouragements upon us. He
pesters everyone; you are not unique. But when he comes to you, clothed
in darkness and depression, do not push the panic button and run to men
and women to solve your problems. Stay on course. You have determined to
live right, and are taking time each morning and through the day with
God. Let Him be the levelizer in your life, and you will find a firmness
of control, direction, and moral quality that you cannot obtain by
leaning on others to do that for you, which only your heavenly Father
Well, it all sounds good, but then Satan comes along and tries to bring
gloom into your life. What should you do? DO NOT run to people to solve
your problems for you! Go to God, and find in Him your strength. (1)
There is always strength and help in His Word, the Bible and Spirit of
Prophecy. Open and read a passage. Draw comfort from it. If the first
passage you find is not
what you need, flip the pages to another location. The Psalms,
Ephesians, John's writings, and similar books are outstanding. Mount of
Blessing, Christ's Object Lessons, Desire of Ages, and Steps to Christ
are excellent. I find the Testimonies to be very helpful. Open at
random, and read and learn where you need to change. Often we need
advice from God, not just encouragement. Often our ways need correcting,
not just our feelings. Never be afraid of anything He has to tell you;
it is all for your good.
(2) Thank Him, praise Him all through the day, and Satan's dark clouds
are wafted away. Talk to Him softly as you go about your work. As you
have opportunity, send up a little song of praise to Him. Make melody in
your heart the rest of the time.
(3) Claim Bible and Spirit of Prophecy promises. Memorize Bible promises
and think about them. Recall passages of comfort you have read in the
Bible and Spirit of Prophecy and make them your own. Believe that God
will fulfill His Word in your life.
(4) All through the day, try to help and bless others. Be so absorbed in
their problems and trying to help them, —that soon you realize you have
none of your own! It really works!
But, in order to overcome depression, there are three other matters that
must be attended to also.
(1) Be sure that secret sin is out of your life. If it is not, give the
matter to God and let Him eradicate it. But do not expect Him to do it
without your active participation. Contrary to what the theologians
today are saying, it takes His enabling grace and your active effort to
live right! Clean living does not come automatically. We must determine
to do right because it is right, and in the strength of God we must
resolutely resist the wrong and do the right.
(2) You may be sorrowful over wrongs you have done in the past Go to
your heavenly Father with it, and settle it with Him. . He alone can
forgive your past and help you now. He alone can dean your past record.
And He will do it for the sake of His beloved Son, as you come to Him
and plead for forgiveness. Then arise in His strength, and put away the
past and begin a new life, not looking back. You are a new creature in
Christ. If in the future, you slip and, for example, speak unadvisedly,
you will run back to Him right away! Every morning you plead for grace
to help in time of need later that day. One can never know in the
morning what the day will bring. But begin each day's journey with God
and you will be safe.
(3) You must also make it right wherein you have injured others. Have
you wronged others? You need to work this out also. Only you can know
all that is involved here. Discussing it with your heavenly Father will
give you certainty as to what you should do, and strength to carry it
In your particular case, Carla. there remains the lingering issue of who
is right in this great crisis you have been in for the past two years:
your mother and father, or Wendy your counselor. But, here again, you
can have certainty; a certainty that is not now yours. Let me explain:
Either your parents and your brother are correct in what they say, or
your new-found memories and Wendy is correct. It cannot be both; it can
only be one or the other. I know you will agree with this.
Do you need certainty? Do you not already have it? How can you know
whether you already have it? What can you do to definitely obtain it
once and for all? I want you to know that you can now acquire this
certainty without conversing with anyone else, or going to see anyone.
And no one need contact you in order for you to satisfactorily know who
is right and who is wrong in this matter.
On one side you have your new memories and Wendy's assurances. On the
other side, you have your parents' and brother's earnest protestations
of innocence. Carla, just because you have memories does not prove that
Wendy is right and your folks are wrong. Here is a little background on
this matter. You should be aware of these facts: Ericksonian hypnosis
was invented only within the past few decades and is routinely taught to
counseling specialists in a variety of fields today. This involves an
extensive series of techniques, which guarantees the counselor the
ability to imbed ideas, thoughts, and memories into clients during
counseling sessions. It is done through informal conversations, instead
of through classical "put-them-to-sleep" hypnotic methods. The trained
counselor applies Ericksonian techniques through simple suggestions made
during conversations. Ideally, these are one-to-one sessions, but a
trained Ericksonian can do it to entire audiences, using techniques he
has been taught. The thoughts imbedded tend to be the thoughts the Ericksonian felt should be there, or thought ought to be there. Please
do not underrate this situation; I have recently completed an eleven-part
published in-depth study into Ericksonian methods, and I know what I am
Whether it be a one-to-one session, or before an audience, the focus of
the method is on one of two approaches:  Get the person or persons to
think back to earlier experiences in their life.  Tell them stories.
Either way, during this time their minds are somewhat in reverie, and
the suggestion is embedded. It will be a memory, an emotional response
to a situation (fear, apprehension, anxiety, liking, etc.), or a
decision to do a certain thing. In the case of a memory, one tell-tale
evidence that it had Ericksonian origin is that it will be one which the
person never had before. That is because it has been imbedded. By
definition (Ericksonian definition), Ericksonian imbedding is putting
something into the mind that was never there before. The fact that it
was not there before, identifies it in such a counseling situation, as
an Ericksonian inbedment. But a second factor will identify it as such
also: this sudden, new thought, memory, or call to decision and action
will be extremely vivid and emotionally strong. It was not there before,
but now it is there and it is powerful.
For more information on Milton Erickson's new "informal hypnotism,"
which is now a regular part of training classes for professionals
leading out in psychological, counseling, and weight-control,
anti-stress, and crisis therapy programs, I would refer you to my
eleven-part study on the subject. In it I quote extensively from '
Ericksonian professionals who speak of the above-mentioned techniques,
and the importance of imbedding attitudes, emotions, and memories
through counseling sessions.
That will provide you with a little background on the burgeoning field
of "mental and emotional therapy" which most people are unaware of.
With that factual Information in mind, we can see that it could be
possible for your new-found memories and Wendy's assurances to be
incorrect, and the protestations of your parents and brother to be
right. It really could be, but how can you know for sure, one way or the
There is no doubt but that you do need to know! It will only be a few
decades and your parents will die, and you will continue to carry with
you the lingering doubts as to how correct were those "memories," in
view of the fact that they only occurred as a result of contacting
professionally-trained mind-therapy counselors. You need definite
certainty on this, and you can have it. And this certainty is a MUST.
You see, Carla, if your new-memories were imbedded by a trained
therapist, then those memories never existed in reality. If that be
true, then you have wronged your mother, father, and brother, and you
cannot have true peace with God until that matter is settled.
Neither Wendy, your mother, father, brother - nor any other of your
friends or relatives--know
the content of this letter. But I can assure that the party or parties
on the wrong side would not want you to do what I am going to tell you
to do. That in itself would be a sign that they are on the wrong side.
Here is the pathway into total certainty on this matter. You can have
it, and you will have it, if you will do this. And there is no danger in
doing it, for it will entirely be a matter between you and God. Over the
years, I have found Him to be a most wonderful Friend, Counselor, and
Helper. He will help you too, just now, Carla.
(1) Go alone to God. Fallon your knees and plead with Him for
forgiveness for whatever in the past you may have done against Him or
anyone else. In all sincerity, you do not really KNOW for sure who is in
the right or wrong in this present matter. Tell that to your heavenly
Father, explain to Him that all you want is what He wants you to do,
whatever it may be. You want peace with Him and the doing of His will,
whatever that may be.
I can assure you that as you do this, He will give you a fish and not a
stone. He is loving and kind, and always helps His little ones as they
humbly come, seeking His will that they may do it.
One thing is very important: Ask Him to cut off all outside influences.
On one hand, you have been told that your parents are devil worshipers.
Well, then plead with God that no evil influence can possibly come from
them to influence you during these pleading sessions with Him. On the
other, there is the very real possibility that Wendy, like so many other
counseling therapists today, used Ericksonian hypnotism, and imbedded
within your mind memories in agreement with what she told you a week or
so earlier was your problem--before
you even had those memories. If this is the case, you would want to
plead with God to protect you from hypnotic influences from any of the
therapists you have dealt with throughout this case, or any of their
friends. And, while you are at it, ask Him to protect you from me and
all other potential influences. Remember, Carla, you are safe when you
are alone with God as His trusting child. It is impossible for Satan to
catch you in his net when you are God's little child.
Plead with your heavenly Father to reveal to you who is in the right and
who is in the wrong on this matter. Lay the whole problem before Him,
open His Word and read. Do not leave that room until you have worked it
through with Him. He will tell you what you must do, and then you must
arise and do it.
I can assure you that He will give you an answer of peace. It may not be
immediately, and it may not be for several days, but as you plead with
Him ALONE, He will give it. It will definitely be from Him, for no one
else is with you. How will He give that answer? He has His ways of doing
this. Sometimes folk hear an actual voice, sometimes they find the
needed guidance as they read here and there in His Word. Frequently,
they will find that everything the convictions, the thoughts, the
readings—everything, is leaning them toward a certain direction and
toward no other.
If, as a result of your seeking the face of God in this matter, you come
to the conclusion that Wendy and your new memories are in the right,
then you will have certainty.
But, if He reveals to you that your parents and brother are in the
right, then you have a definite work to do—OR, I assure you, the
hypnotists win turn your mind, simply by a single telephone
conversation, and will catch you again. This is no little matter, for
hypnotism is of Satan. And the worst thing a Satanist fears is for those
he is controlling to make contacts with earnest Christians who can help
them! In this case, your parents have been labeled Satanists. But that
does not prove the matter; the truth could be remarkably opposite.
If He reveals your relatives to be in the right, you must go to your
parents and brother and settle the matter with them. You cannot have
peace until this is done. In fact, you can be recaptured if you do not
make speedy work to do it.
They gave you a lifetime of right living, and you were willing to let
someone else blot all that out, and in its place give you hatred for
them. Taking you to that psychiatric center, with its psychodrama,
bioenergetics, biofeedback techniques, and beating on pillows to deepen
your feelings of revulsion, fear, and hatred of those who should be the
most loved ones in your life only deepened the imbedding and powerful
emotions accompanying it.
But God can give you the victory. You are now in the valley of decision.
You need not take my word for it. Go alone to God and He will tell you!
Lay everything, everything - before Him, plead with Him for answers,
open His Word and read in it here and there; the Bible, the Testimonies,
Desire of Ages, the other inspired books. Open and read. Alone with Him,
determined to know what is right, determined to do it,—He WILL tell you!
He will give you answers, He will point you in the right direction, He
win tell you what you have done wrong and what you must do to again have
You are always safe when you are alone with God and His Word! If you do
not get it settled that day, keep going back and pleading with Him.
Determine that you will not stop until this matter is settled. But do
not run to men or women to solve your problems. You have already had
months of that. In truth, Carla, your problems really began when you
went to men in place of to God to solve those problems, which only God
Also be aware of the fact that Satan can give relative peace to those he
has under the control of his agents. But he cannot give that sweet joy,
that sweet fellowship of being right with God.
Now go to God and to His Word. He alone can bring that wonderful peace
back into your life. He alone can direct you into safe paths. If He
instructs you in a certain course, you can know it is safe to do it.
I am not going to telephone you, and this will be the last letter I will
write you. The matter is between you and God. There are others you need
to speak to: your mother, father, and brother.
Last week, while I was typing the material for Part One of this present
tract set, I came across the name for the counseling team that ruined
Bessie in "The Story of Bessie." (see WM342, pp. 3-4). As usual, I
routinely changed the names of the counseling team, but I was intrigued
with who they might be, since I did not recall previously hearing about
them. What kind of program could they have? Was it ever given in
The next day a letter came from a friend in ___. When it was opened, one
of my helpers here looked at it, and the thought came that I should
immediately see it. Of course, I could have seen it later, but it
seemed I must see it right then. So the letter was brought to me. I was
handed the letter, and noted the blank, puzzled look on the face of the
one who gave it to me. "I just thought you should see this letter now; I
don't really know why." I opened it and found nothing of urgent
importance in the cover letter. Then I looked through the enclosures. At
the back, my friend had tossed in a copy of a special weekend program to
be offered at a nearby Adventist church in a couple weeks. There it was!
The very same counseling team that, in one brief interview, had
shattered Bessie's life!
That husband-and-wife team are indeed giving their three-day (Friday to
Sunday) programs in local Seventh day Adventist churches. You should be
aware of the implications of this! Each seminar is titled and focused on
finding and removing memories from earlier in life, and especially
childhood. Emphasis is given, both in group lectures and in personal
one-to-one counseling sessions, on discovering these earlier memories,
now forgotten, and bringing them to mind so that physical, mental, and
emotional problems can be eliminated. As they see it, not until that
happens can any of us have true peace with God. Insecurity, fear,
depression, guilt, jealousy, and chronic physical illnesses--all
can be overcome, according to this seminar team.
Surely, surely, we are nearing the end of time! If ever there was a time
when we need to draw near to God and His Word it is now.