The Key to Wisdom, the Inlet to Power, And the road to Success, are all found In the Principle of Suggestion.
Truth And Unity
Truth is a fixed quantity. Man perceives but does not create Truth. Truth and the Universe are Coextensive.
It is not Truth and error; it is only more or less Truth. The Universe is One. This Universe is divided, by my Consciousness, into myself and that which is not myself.
This division is purely a mental one; I make it when I say, “I AM”; this means there is a manifestation of the Universe which I am not. That which I am not is named variously: God, Energy, Force, Nature, etc. Names cannot change IT. They are names, and names are symbols only for that which is.
I am in the Universe, not a portion of it, but I am a manifestation of IT. Thus my recognition of Self divides the Universe, to my consciousness, into what I call “I,” which is the Within, and what I call “Not I,” which is the Without. This is the simplest of all philosophy. It is as simple as Cause and Effect.
“I” and that which is “Not I.”
Between the “I” and that which is “Not I,” lies that which makes a dividing line in the Universe, between the Absolute and the Individual, which I call “I,” namely Sensation. Consciousness abides in the power to sense that which is the Me, and distinguish it from the Non-Me.
Sensation is differentiated into five special senses. By means of these senses, I know that I am not that which I sense. I am the “I” which senses. Because I sense, that is because I feel, I think. I am something that feels and thinks. What is this “I”? It is not that which is felt and is thought about.
We name it Ego, Soul, Spirit, Self. This is simply naming the “I AM.” It names but does not explain. Now that “I AM,” because I feel and think, the questions rise: Can I feel what I choose to feel? Can I think what I choose to think? It is with these questions that this book deals. If I can thus choose, I am a free man. If I cannot, I am a slave.
Power of Choice.
Can I control the Non-Me so that it will make me feel and think as I choose? This is the most important question man has ever considered. Is he an instrument in the hands of the Non-Me, or is he an independent individuality in a Universe where he can use, at will, the forces of that Universe? Heretofore the answer has been, “No!” But the twentieth century opens with the answer, “Yes.”
How? To teach “how,” is the object of this book. * Briefly the answer is this:—The phenomena called Hypnotic, but which are the daily phenomena of Suggestion, when once their significance is known, contain this needed knowledge. To understand this significance, we must look, through the demonstrations of science, into the phenomena of sensation. Sensation is recognition by the Ego of that which is without itself. Sensation arises from contact of the Within and the Without. What contacts? T
o science, all is motion. The Ego is a form of motion. The Without is a form of motion. All contact is through radiation from centers. These radiations are called, when passing through space, Vibrations. All contact is that of some vibration upon the Ego.
The body does not feel; it is only the channel through which vibrations impinge upon the Ego. A body which the Ego has left does not feel. Dead bodies have no sensation. Vibrations differ in speed. Pitch is the better word. Vibrations of different pitch produce different sensations. We call one sensation taste, one odor, one sound, one light, but these are only differentiations of the one sense of touch.
- NOTE: — This “How” is still further elucidated in my pamphlet— “How to Control Fate through Suggestion.”
The beginning of consciousness lies in Feeling. By it we are kept in touch with Unity, of which we are simply a manifestation. Unity is indivisible. Thus I, the Ego, am a necessity to Unity, for without an Ego there would be neither sensation nor thought. Individuality is manifest in Unity, through Thought, born of Feeling.
Whatever I sense, be it pleasure or pain, joy or sorrow, beauty or goodness, music or love, is produced in me as a response of the Ego to some vibration. This response we call an emotion. “E” means out; thus we have an out-motion to meet the “in”-motion; an in-volution and an evolution. When the Ego does not respond to the Vibration, as in very young children; in the blind, and in the deaf; there is in these neither light nor sound. But the vibrations from without, which would cause these sensatinos, were they received, still exist. Thus does the individual make his own world. The blind lives in a world of darkness, and the deaf in a soundless one.
Key to Wisdom.
Can the individual who sees and hears refuse to see and hear? This is a question of more import than wireless telegraphy or aerial navigation. When one does so choose, or so refuse, he will see and hear only the pleasant.
Happiness is ever his who shall achieve this power of conscious choice.
To know how to choose and how to live in the world of chosen sensation, is the knowledge above all other knowledge. To possess it is to have the Key to Wisdom. This it is to be Self-Controlled,—to be the Master of Fate.
This is to create each day the conditions we wish. That it can be done, thousands today, in their self-created conditions of health and prosperity, testify. Conditions may be as consciously determined and wrought out as are the statues and paintings in the galleries. This knowledge comes as all other comes —from Mother Nature herself; from observing the phenomena of daily life.
Responsibility of Choice.
Each person now, in ignorance of his power and of the laws of mind (and foremost among them is the Law of Suggestion), creates his body and his surroundings without being conscious of so doing, from his choice.
Each day’s conditions are the result of choices made without knowledge of results.
These are common expressions: “If I had known more last year;” “Had I chosen differently;” “Had I forgiven;” “Had I bought or sold, how different my life would be.” And one is condemned for his intemperance, his crime, his poverty, or his ignorance, “because he could do better,” thus implying a belief, at least in a limited power of choice, and a limited responsibility for the conditions of life.
Every one realizes that his life would be very different today had he made a different decision on certain matters a year ago.
Thus do we shape destiny according our intelligence. This proves the point I wish to emphasize: each one, whether he is conscious of it or not, creates his own conditions of life. Seeing this clearly in a few cases, we are compelled to say that it is the same in cases where we cannot understand the law.
The cause of conditions is located within. Each person has this power of choice. When he knows how to choose, and will so choose, he need not be unhappy, sick, or poor.
Where Lies Choice.
We have now only to apply the wisdom the facts of daily life teach us. All choice comes from the one Law of Suggestion. Where lies choice? Not in sensation, the primal recognition of the Ego — of Self— and of that which is not Self; it lies in sensation when, by that portion of the nervous system which the Ego created for that purpose, it is transformed into thought.
It is in Thought that men differ. All feel alike. Sensation is one. The vibrations that make light in one cannot make sound in another. The sound once made, each person thinks his own thought, born of it. The car whistle causes the engineer and the traveler, the boy and the farmer, to think differently.
In the life of the engineer it may awaken emotions of fear; in that of the passenger, emotions of joy. Yet the sensation, caused by vibration on the ear, is one in all. But over sensations presides the individual Ego, and it decides how sensations shall affect him.
He is king in his domain,—the world of Thought. “The kingdom of God is within YOU!” said Jesus. Thus is Thought the creator of that real world in which the Ego lives. Thought-created are all the conditions of life.
Universal Energy is One. It manifests as Life. It is One in all men. Life manifests first as Sensation which is the same in all.
But sensation is transmuted into thought, where all are unlike; they become individuals. The Indian, the Californian, the Mexican and the Chinaman have all had the same sun, soil, wind and water in California. How different the thought each has used. How different the conditions of the four. Where lies the creative power?
Results of Thinking.
“Whatsoever a man thinketh in his heart, so is he,” says an ancient book.
So the Dhammapada, said to be the word of Buddha, says: “Whatsoever a man thinks, the result follows him like a shadow.” Thinking determines the effect of natural conditions upon the man. Thinking determines how vibrations from the Without shall affect the Ego. Therefore, no matter what the sensation, man has the power to say of it: “It is good thus to feel.”
Fate Can Be Controlled.
“All is Good!” This Affirmation will change pain to pleasure; grief to joy; despair to peace. When feeling badly, dear reader, did you ever have some friend or some unexpected good come to you and thus change your thought and send all bad conditions from you? Once from your mind, they went from your body.
Did you ever have a pain and have it leave when your attention was turned to something else? A common case is the departure of a toothache when the dentist’s tools are seen. This is the principle of hypnotism and all there is in the schools of Mental Healing.
By Suggestion, one is caused to think of something else and, when pain is forgotten, it does not exist. The strongest Suggestion for the time rules the individual. Can we think pain, can we think health, whenever we choose? Yes.
Each person has power, when he knows himself, to say what he shall feel and think. Otherwise, he is a leaf in an infinite stream called “Fate;” a machine wrought upon by some outside power. Within a certain limit, this power of choice and control is admitted. We now remove all limitations, realizing that they are self-imposed. Limitations are the direct results of ignorance.
Man has the power of Self-Control. All one needs is to learn to use this power in the same way he has learned to us« other forms of power, viz:—by experience.
That one may realize this power, it is necessary for him intelligently and consciously to apply the Law of Suggestion. He ignorantly and instinctively applies it all the time. He should use it intelligently and manifest the same self-control the platform subject does when he sleeps at the word of the operator.
Published in 1902 by: Henry Harrison Brown