A slap in the face for... prayer.
It should be borne in mind, that hypnotists, as well as psychics, healers, sorcerers and the like, make their patients pliable to the parallel superfine world and its personal entities, that are able, certain conditions provided (which we shall discuss later), to gain, in the long run, the upper hand over their mind and body.
A reasonable question arises: is there any adequate protection from such objectionable "switching on" to the parallel world? Yes, there is. The following case can serve a good illustration.
During the same performance the mentioned above hypnotist invited to the stage a group of five or six people willing to take part in the experiment. Among them was a friend of mine, that institute's lecturer. They were asked to write on pieces of paper three-digit numbers that the hypnotist promised to guess. When the sheets of paper were folded and put into the pockets the hypnotist came up to one of them. Holding him by the hand he concentrated... Some minutes passed. He stood silent. Then with a troubled look he went to another participant. Here the disappointment repeated. He passed to the third. The same thing. He was evidently taken aback, sweat stood out on his forehead. Suddenly wrath distorted his features, his eyes scanning faces in front of him. Nobody could make out what was happening. Then his sight rested on my friend. In a blink he jumped at him and snapped him on the face seething with anger.
Everybody stared at the stage not knowing what to do. However he quickly recovered, wiped his forehead and with a strained smile presented apologies for his nervous breakdown. He was so tired he said, his profession demanded such a tremendous mental effort. The apology was certainly accepted, yet the experiment was evidently a failure.
And the reason was rather simple. As soon as the experiment started, the lecturer, as he eventually told me, began praying in his mind, reading the prayer to the Life-giving Cross ("Let God arise, let His enemies be scattered; let them also that hate Him flee before Him...") known to prevent the demonic influence. And when in addition he mentally made the sign of the cross over the hypnotist the latter couldn't bear it. He sprang up and riposted him - at least physically, for it was not in his power to retort spiritually.
Sincere prayer is a communication with God and has a real union with Him as its aim. The grace of the Holy Spirit comes to the one praying in Christ to God the Father, and it is God's grace exactly that has the power to make free those who have acquired its presence. In the above case the grace of the Holy Spirit covered (or, to use a modern term, 'screened') my friend from the CPW influence, and not only him but the entire group under experiment. It also had its effect on the hypnotist who could not communicate with his allies in its presence. Note that he was nevertheless able to feel what brought his experiment to failure and who was in his way.
Returning to V.L. Raikov's experiments on the "creative activity stimulation in hypnosis" and comparing them to numerous observations of my own, I'd like to venture a certain generalisation: no "piece of art - musical, poetical, pictorial" produced in a hypnotic trance and "transcending decisively all possible abilities of the patients' ordinary state" is really due to their latent capacities manifesting themselves in hypnosis. No, all such production is likely to belong to the creatures of parallel world, who may perform the same things even without any human conductor as was evident in the described cases with G.A. Rol, or the New-Mexico rock paintings.
Those interested in creative activity in hypnosis should not forget one important thing: being once initiated by a hypnotist, a contact with the invisible world of malicious superfine creatures remains, making a man their obedient tool. This lies in the core of the so-called "hypnability" that turns people into easily manipulated robots. CPW can use such mediums in their own purposes whenever they wish. Besides, they can be used by those who deliberately collaborate with CPW themselves. All this and the ways of getting rid of such contacts and of the unwanted influence will be tackled further in details.
To conclude this chapter I would like to remind the readers of a sad regularity: nearly all painters who allied themselves to CPW, however gifted they had been by themselves, ended in desperate degradation, madness or suicide. Remember biographies of M.A. Vrubel (1856 - 1910), who on completing in 1902 'The Demon Overthrown' kept seeing his hero's face before his inner sight, which resulted in a grave mental disorder; of the poor Van Gogh (1853 - 1890), spending his last two years in lunatic asylums of Arle, Sent-Remi and Over-sur-Ouase, where he killed himself; of the extravagant A. Modigliany (1884 - 1920), owing his specific spell to African cult sculpture and ending also in suicide; of Picasso, Dali, Soutine, Filonov, Gauguin and many others.