Even "non physical" things have energy. This includes every thought, every intent, and every action. If it moves, a resonant frequency is created. Thoughts have motion. So does intent because it requires brain cells to be put into gear so the action can take place. To top it all off, we live out the results of what we think, frame in our mind, and then support with an action.
Now, let's transition into how this fits with the word, "propaganda." We tend to think of propaganda as something that's used in extreme situations, such as with Adolf Hitler and Germany in the 1930's. Don't worry, we'll get into that a bit later. First, let's look at the definition for propaganda. Dictionary.com says that propaganda is “information, ideas, or rumors deliberately spread widely to help or harm a person, group, movement, institution, nation, etc., the deliberate spreading of such information, rumors, etc., and/or the particular doctrines or principles propagated by an organization or movement.” Merriam-Webster clarifies by further stating that propaganda includes “ideas, facts, or allegations spread deliberately to further one's cause or to damage an opposing cause.”
Every thought and every idea creates a frequency. These two ingredients are necessary to fulfill the recipe of propaganda as well as any other action. The problem is that propaganda is most often used for negative purposes. Let's further explore how that works.
There are many additional words and phrases that help us understand what's behind the word "propaganda." Here are a few extra words: indoctrination, publicity, advertising, newspeak, and brainwashing. Here's a sort of "recipe" for propaganda...
- Shape a message (entertain the thought)
- Strategize and communicate the message (intent)
- Introduction of the ideology of the message (action)
- Decide how to regulate the message and how it is presented (intent)
- Promote the message (action)
- Implant the message (action)
- Indoctrination of the message (action)
- Proclamation of the message (action)
- Persuade to act in a certain manner (action)
Where do we see propaganda played out? Propaganda is all around us, as you'll see from the following list. Honestly, it's impossible not to be bombarded with propaganda. The question is... will you pay attention to it? How much does it affect you? Is there a method of learning to ignore it? Here's a short list to give you an idea:
- Advertising - The message is, "buy this product/service because it will make your life better." Advertisers know how to get you to purchase the latest and greatest things on the market.
- Education - This is where you're taught to believe a certain way. Everyone has biases that are difficult to keep in check.
- Religion - It's "believe this way or you're in deception!" Another way of putting it is, "believe in this system or hit the highway!" You don't stay in line? You get booted out.
- Political systems - Not much needs to be said about this category. Look at how politics has polarized the United States at this time.
- Business - This closely fits into advertising because all businesses learn how to use advertising to make a profit. You create the need, then push the want for that need, and it rakes in big bucks if you appeal to the emotions of the buyer.
- Family - This is where we're trained to believe that family members hold certain roles. You see this especially in extreme religious groups.
- Financial - Here, we see it in the area of saving and spending. Follow a certain protocol and you'll be much better financially.
In the supporting video for this post (see below), I provide some examples on how propaganda is all around us. I use an example of myself at All-Northwest Band when I was in high school and people compared themselves to one another by what equipment they used rather than how well each person played. I'm a clarinet player so equipment in this case refers to instrument, mouthpiece, reeds, etc. I'll let you watch the video to understand a bit more of that specific example.
The bottom line, when we think that one product is better than another in regard to the "cool" factor, we're in trouble. What we should pay attention to is the ability of the product to do what it's advertised to do! In my mind, good advertising shows what the product can do. Good ads shouldn't coerce someone into buying a specific product. We're a "want based" society rather than "need based." There's nothing wrong with wanting something but when the "need to want" comes from a negative emotion, it's "framing" an unhealthy desire.
In the teaching video, I present a lot of information about Adolf Hitler and how he utilized propaganda to be successful in his mission. He understood the frequency of propaganda along with mind control. You see how that worked in the various concentration camps. He aligned himself with people that would do his bidding. How was he able to persuade an entire nation to follow him into and through a destructive situation? It all started with addressing the emotions of the people. When you pull at people's heartstrings, it's amazing what they'll do. When we're in emotional pain, we often look to others who can help us walk through that pain.
Pain is an emotion that carries a frequency. Love is also an emotion that carries a frequency. However, love carries a stronger frequency than pain. What we resonate, goes into the very core of our being. We then begin to act out of the frequency we carry within. This is how it's very easy to succumb to negative propaganda.
Because Hitler studied how propaganda worked in WW1, he knew how to use it to his advantage to get what HE felt was right for the German people. Hitler was shunned in his childhood and held a lot of hate towards those who wronged him. Like most of us, once we taste a bit of power, it's hard to not pay attention to it. If we function through pain, fear, hurt, anger, frustration, unforgiveness, pride, and a myriad of other unhealthy emotions, we're in trouble. You give those people a little bit of power and all kinds of craziness ensues! Hitler knew exactly what he was doing every step of the way. Just think how his life could have been different had he chosen a better path? If we look at our greatest weaknesses, we can often see characteristics of what COULD BE a strength.
As in the case of Hitler, his own fears brought him down. He bought into a lie that he propagated through an entire country. How is it that an entire country followed him down a very dangerous path? I go into more specifics of that in the supporting video...
- Hitler's Dark Methods of Manipulation: Hitler's Propaganda Machine
- Nazi Propaganda: Hitler's Psychological Warfare from Hitler's Propaganda Machine
At the end of the video, I present information on how we're currently in a situation that's "ripe for a repeat" of what happened in Hitler's day. Will we learn from history or are we destined to repeat it? If we want to move forward into a new season that doesn't involve going around and around the same hamster wheel over and over and over again, all we need to do is take an inventory of our belief systems, our identity, and our emotions.
When we operate from a position of fear, frustration, anger, unforgiveness, and their cuddle buddies, we're much more susceptible to propaganda. Why is that? We want change and often look for a "savior" who will bring about change. No president, king, national leader, or prime minister should be considered a "savior for a nation." If we think a person can solve our problems, then we're ripe for being deceived through the propaganda that we choose to align with.
As we learn to put our eyes on the stronger frequencies of love, peace, joy, hope, restoration, etc., the ability for propaganda to "bite us in the butt" is less likely to occur. Based on my own life experiences, the times I paid more attention to propaganda was when my emotions dictated my actions, usually in a negative manner. Emotions that are often attached to "need" can determine the power a need has over our lives. Hope deferred makes the heart weary. That simply means when we get tired of waiting for breakthrough, it's easy to step into fear and frustration. From that position, we can make poor choices which then leads to being more open to propaganda.
We are indeed at a point in history where we could easily repeat it should we decide not to find a way through the stronger frequencies of love, honor, respect, hope, and joy.
- Love doesn't want to control.
- Love unconditionally honors everyone for their individual beliefs.
- Love doesn't pit people against one another.
- When we function from a position of love, we can agree to disagree.
- Love doesn't want to operate with a heavy powerful hand.
- Love respects all people of all races and religions despite their political or religious beliefs.
- Our Creator is NOT a respecter of persons. No one person is more important than another. There are no "people classes" because we're created equal in the image of our Creator.
- Propaganda ALWAYS involves some form of control intermixed with a power grab via people's emotions.
When we learn to operate from a position of love, honor, and respect for one another, there will then be no need for propaganda. Until that time, we can learn to be wise in our assessment of what goes into our eye, ear, mind, and mouth "gates." Remember - garbage in = garbage out.
Again, if you want more of the nitty gritty details of how propaganda works, watch the above video.