Can You Imagine?
Seriously, you have to place yourself in the scene–it is fresh after the worst day ever. Just create a man in your mental arena who says to you, on hearing the news of sightings of the lost guru, “Look me in the eyes and tell me he is walking around?”
Would you recognize he was alive though you thought you had just seen him slowly tortured to death? What would it take to unsee that?
This act of creating your own personal holodeck of virtual reality using the power of visualization–with or without kind assistance from music or tone–is what is meant by the ghetto mind-control trick they call “iPnosis.”
Meditation Is Medicine
Times of personal stress will test endurance. These tests will build endurance, if strategies for self-reliance can be utilized.
Imagine a dreaded dentist’s office visit, when most people appreciate modern medicine and its analgesics. Now imagine being in charge of your own anesthesia, without any substance at all but your own mind with incredible power to “go to your happy place.”
This is the essence of ipnosis. It does represent the power of the individual to manage at least their very own mental environment, in this case to control pain, using mental force to immerse the attention away from the fear of pain to avoid intensifying the fear and pain. In ipnosis, music is recommended as a focus to listen to while you imagine being in the midst of the band, paying attention to each instrument and using any additional support like video or even notes from the album to support the work of the imagination to take you there.
Practice in iPnosis, even if only attempted, strengthens a sense of empowerment in ability to envision and to trust what is seen, though often not understood.
A similar practice was employed as a teaching technique for community Bible studies in the popular pietistic movement of the 1980s in Latin America, with the result that the people saw that themselves in the New Testament passages and realized those teachings were for the poor–themselves–more than the powerful who previously controlled their religion.
So the recognition that Thomas experienced, described so viscerally with such a shock, is something that through application we can achieve through focusing our mind.