Programming for peace

Police officer uses mental projection to diffuse dangerous situations

Have you ever faced a situation where someone threatened you with physical violence? Fortunately, most of us have never had to face such a situation. The hostility we face seldom ends in violence, but can be very stressful to deal with nevertheless.

Police officers face hostility and violence frequently. Here is how one policeman, Denis McKeon of New Orleans, LA, used mental projection to help him deal with violent hostility.

"I wanted to find a way of preventing crime and violence instead of constantly dealing with the aftermaths of these incidents," McKeon said. Jose Silva's mind training system seemed to hold hope, so he repeated the program, seeking techniques to help him achieve his goal.

He found what he calls his ideal technique for dealing with confrontations:

"When an individual or a small group of people confront you and are angry or projecting hatred and insults," McKeon advises, "remain calm. When they insult you, just smile and say, 'Thank you' or something similar. This will surprise them.

"While they are confused, mentally project love, peace and brotherhood toward them. The majority of the time this tactic will break the tension and either end the situation or allow you to deal with these people n a rational way. This will eliminate the possibility of violence," he said.

"I discovered this method when I was confronted by an individual who was very angry, calling me vile names and threatening violence," McKeon said.

"I remembered the beneficial statement that 'Negative thoughts and actions will have no influence over me at any level of the mind.' I decided to try to avoid violence by using positive mental projection, but first I had to stop his angry advance.

"I smiled and said, 'Thank you, that's the nicest thing anyone has said to me today.' This stopped him in his tracks with a bewildered look on his face. This gave me the few seconds I needed to mentally project the love, peace and brotherhood towards him.

"The result," McKeon noted, "was that he slowly started to smile and he said, 'You know, you are okay,' and then he wanted to shake my hand. The potential violent situation was over.

"By using the method I have described, violence may be avoided most of the time. I found this technique to be effective in about 80 percent of these types of confrontations."

McKeon made up his mind that he would use cooperation rather than confrontation and it made him a better policeman. That same attitude will help you gain cooperation and win people's friendship. McKeon has since retired from the police force, and has been working on additional applications of the psychorientology techniques for law enforcement.

One other technique he has used involves mental projection at a distance.

McKeon said that he would mentally project to every area of his post each day before he started his rounds. He would visualize everything peaceful and harmonious.

"After I had been using this technique for a while," he said, "I started to observe that the residents of my post were beginning to act less fearful, there was much less anxiety present and the people were happier in general.

"Their attitude toward me changed also," he continued. "They became very friendly toward me and were always glad to see me. They gave me the nickname of 'Smiley, the happy cop.' This did wonders for me also. At the end of my day I felt a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction, as before, I had felt frustrated and depressed.

"I know this method works," McKeon concluded. "I have used it successfully for many years. At the same time, the surrounding posts had all kinds of problems."

Ed Bernd Jr

About Ed Bernd Jr.

Silva Instructor and Author, Ed worked for Jose Silva for more than 17 years and coauthored numerous books with Mr. Silva.