When a thought is sent that meets with acceptance in the person to whom directed, then it will, if conditions adhere, be responded to in action. A case in illustration
:—A friend and I were riding in the street-car and, as we were about to pass the home of a lady friend, my companion remarked: “I wonder if Mrs. B. will see us?” I thought it not likely.
But, as the car stopped at the crossing, she came to the window and recognized us. Later we inquired why she came and she said: “While standing overseeing my dinner, I felt to go to the window.” Our thought had reached her and, being a pleasant one, and her mind not being concentrated upon anything in particular, she was ready to respond.
Had her mind been occupied with some necessary thought, or had our thought been unpleasant, she would not have responded.
Modern operators in Hypnotism are unanimous in the opinion that no evils result from it. Earlier authorities think it “possible,” but give no instances. Later ones do not think it possible.
T. J. Hudson, the author of “The Law of Psychic Phenomena,” says in a magazine article: “That hypnotism and its chief handmaiden, Suggestion, have been proven to be an unalloyed blessing to millions of the human race, cannot be successfully controverted.”
Hudson Tut tie, as good an authority as there is in the ranks of Spiritualism, says of the trance which he calls “The Hypnotic State”: “There is nothing in the trance which affects the physical senses; on the contrary, it gives them rest similar to normal sleep.”
Amid all the European and American authorities that I have been able to find, none reports any instance of evil results. American operators who have hypnotized thousands and have seen some persons used as subjects for many years are most positive as to its harmlessness.
The best authorities are those who, from the platform, give exhibitions, for they meet all classes and have the most extended practice. I have never conversed with one whose experience has not been that of my own, which is, that we cannot, cause a subject to do that which he wills not to do nor that which is morally repellent to him.
Professor A. E. Carpenter, who probably has had as large an experience in this line as any living operator, told me twenty years ago that such was his experience. Professor Caldwell, one of the well known operators twenty years ago, told me the same. Professor Con-net so taught his pupils.
His law was: “You cannot cause a pupil to work against his will, against his conscience, nor to injure his person or property.” H. L. Flint, as well known upon the hypnotic stage as any person in the Mississippi Valley, in a late interview reported in the press, said, in reply to the question as to whether or not a man can be hypnotized to commit crime,
"I should say unconditionally, 'No! When under hypnotic influence, the subject's moral sensibilities are more acute than in the normal state and often, when in hypnosis, he cannot be made to do those little peccadillos that he will do when normal.
It is correct to say that he will never do anything that he will not do at any other time, as far as his moral nature is concerned.’ ” Thomas L. Adkin, dean of the New York Institute of Physicians and Surgeons, says in an article in Practical Psychology: —”I have hypnotized in public and in private about 15,000 people.
I have seen fully 25,000 people under hypnosis in the past fourteen years. I have never seen the slightest harmful results. Anyone who has had any practical experience with the subject is well aware that no harm can be done by hypnotic Suggestion. . . .1 was a subject myself for five years; was hypnotized thousands of times and, if any harmful results were produced, I am not aware of it …. I know a subject who has been hypnotized twenty or thirty times every night by different public hypnotists for the past twenty-five years, and he is just as sound mentally and physically as he ever was ….
To hypnotize a man’, you ask him to think a certain way; or, in other,words, ask him to concentrate his mind upon a certain subject. Now, then, if it does not injure one to think, it does not injure one to be hypnotized.” This is the testimony of experts and will close the case with every reader of this book.
Another phase of Suggestion, intensifying the position I have already taken, is that reported of several who have acquired a development of Auto-Suggestion, so that, without operator, they can throw themselves at will into all the conditions they have seen or heard of subjects doing.
The papers have recently told of a man who will permit his flesh to be pierced without feeling pain. Any person can do this when he has overcome the fear of pain.
Many of my students do it. By Self-Suggestion, they can produce any chosen phenomenon by simply thinking, “It is so!” thus demonstrating that it is the subject, not the operator, that does the work.
This power, when developed and rightly applied, lifts one out of any undesirable condition and enables him to make life each day, in body and in estate, to his order; for he so first makes it in thought and concentrates upon it and what is so made and held must manifest objectively. This is a Universal law.
The One Law.
I AM THAT WHICH I THINK I AM. Thought IS power. We are so to realize this as to build to desire and not to let Thought run riot as we now do. Where now it is harmful, we shall Will that it bless.
Very convincing of the truth of our theory, is the phenomenon called “Post-Hypnotic.” While in hypnosis, a Suggestion is given the subject that he will, at a certain future time, do a certain thing. This also, through misunderstanding, has given rise to fears so that the great lessons to be learned from it are not perceived. For illustration:—A young man while asleep in my class was told that when he awoke he would find an unnamed article which the gentleman who gave the Suggestion had hidden.
The young man awoke, took part in the exercises of the class for over an hour. Suddenly he went to a lady and asked her for the nickel she had. “What nickel?” Looking very stupid, he said, “I don’t know. I only felt to ask you.” She gave him the nickel which the gentleman had previously given her.
A Deeper Lesson.
Post-Hypnotic Suggestions cannot be carried out on the plane of the intelligence or the conscience, of the maker, for the intelligence and character of the subject are the ever-present factors with which he deals. It is impossible to execute a post-hypnotic Suggestion which conflicts with the intelligence, prejudices, will or conscience of the subject. But a deeper lesson is here. No good thought is ever dropped into a mind that does not remain there to influence future conduct.
The words of the teacher, the admonition of the mother, the advice of the father, the loving greeting of a friend, all fall into the subconscious storehouse to influence future conduct. Let no person be discouraged because it seems the efforts for good are lost. No word that is upward tending is ever lost because the tendencies of humanity are upward.
Each person is an unfolding soul and the test of unfoldment is virtue.
The desires are for goodness; therefore each good thought is a seed-thought of power sown in the soul. Sleeping or waking, words of love or truth react upon the Ego and bring forth fruit. “My word shall not return to me void,” said the old prophet.
By the use of Post-Hypnotic Suggestion, every latent faculty of the mind can be stimulated. Because of this, it is one of the most potent and successful methods of education.
The retention by the mind of Suggestions given it, and the ability to intensify this impression by first rendering the intellect non-resistant by repose, offer the teacher his opportunity by making to his pupils Suggestions in the line of the ideal, such as is found is no other system of education.
Suggestions given in sleep are retained. Like seeds in the ground awaiting spring, rains and sun, they lie in the subconscious, ready to spring into activity at the first opportunity.
This is the reason why Mental Healing is so successful. This explains the cures by Suggestive Therapeutics. Post-Hypnotic Suggestion is the best method to cure all such vices as intemperance, profanity, worry, fear and licentiousness.
All life, health and power within the Soul lie open to Suggestions given in sleep. To utilize this knowledge with children will hasten the “New Day.”
The healing power of Suggestion during sleep is well known to practitioners of Suggestive Therapeutics. Its possibilities in the cure of habits are beginning to be known.
The mother has, in the Law of Suggestion, power to wield for the intellectual and moral development of her child while it lies sleeping. By its use, she can then sow in the sub-consciousness of her child the germ-thoughts of any study, can correct any habit, can awaken any slumbering faculty and can lead it in the way of her ideal. She has only to use this Art to make her home an Eden.
A young man, one of my subjects, was complaining that he could not perform his problems in mathematics. When he was asleep, I suggested to him that he was now in the Divine Mind and could learn and master the Law of Numbers and that he would do so.
Before he awoke, he solved the problems and had no further trouble in the study. Had he dreamed this out in his sleep, it would have been a somewhat common occurrence.
He did in hypnosis, at will, only what others are doing without the knowledge of the Law. I asked a lady to go to sleep and find a lost article. She did so. Others go to sleep and dream of finding lost articles. In her case, advantage was taken of the Law of Suggestion and at will she slept and found.
A young man said that he was trying to invent a cretain machine that puzzled him. I placed him in Hypnosis and said: “Now you are in the Divine Mind where all machines lie. Find that which you wish. If it is possible, you can find it.” In a few minutes he said: “How simple that is.” “Remember it when you are awake,” was my command.
He did so; it was a success. “A dream,” one says. Yes, but a dream induced at will. A lady was puzzling over an essay. In hypnosis she found and on awaking, wrote what she found.
A lady was to take part in a concert but was full of fear. In hypnosis I suggested that she was confident of success and would, in the joy of the occasion, lose all fear.
She enjoyed the evening. This condition can be readily cultivated so that one can bring from the subconscious, at will, any desired manifestation of Truth.
A student of mine suggested that he would awaken in the morning with the material of a sketch that he had for some time wished to write. The morning brought the sketch. A student who had never written a poem thought that he would try Suggestion.
Upon retiring at night, he concentrated upon the affirmation: “I will awaken and write a poem in the morning.” Earlier than usual, he arose and the poem wrote itself. Thus will a knowledge of Suggestion lead the Conscious man to direct the manifestation of the Ego in his daily life.
This understanding of Suggestion explains the phenomena called “occult” and “spiritual.” It explains the wonders of the Hindu Fakir and Buddhist priest, of Egyptian Hierophant and Grecian Sybil, of Roman Seer and Mohammedan Sheik, of Mediaeval Occultist and modern evangelist, of medium and clairvoyant, of Psychometrist and Hypnotic subject, of Christian Science, of Mental Science, and of the Magnetic Healer.
All these find, in Concentration under the Law of Suggestion, their power. In this Law and the understanding of it, lies the future evolution of man. Some idea of what lies within the possibilities of Suggestion may be obtained from the consideration of the fact that the two greatest reform movements during the last century, if not for several centuries, arose from its application, namely: “Modern Spiritualism” and “Christian Science.”
Andrew Jackson Davis, more than any other person, is responsible for that philosophy which has ramified into so many movements, all of which may be classified as branches of the New Thought.
While a little boy, having never read through a single book, Davis became a hypnotic subject and from this he developed into a wonderful teacher. Through the hypnotic trance, subconsciousness was awakened and, in this state, he gave the lectures published under the title, “Nature’s Divine Revelations.”
Davis soon grew independent of his operators and developed what he calls the “Superior Condition,” a better name than the phrase now in common use: “In the Silence.”
Mrs. Mary Baker Eddy was, in her early career, a Spiritualist Medium. Dr. Quimby, of Maine, had, from his studies in Suggestion then called “Animal Magnetism,” discovered that disease is a belief.
He developed a system of mental treatment. Mrs. Eddy, then Mrs. Baker, was a patient and a student under Dr. Quimby. This was her start. To the philosophy of Dr. Quimby, she applied an original Biblical interpretation.
Rightly does she claim the name of “Christian Science” for the philosophy and Art founded upon her interpretation of the Bible. But she has no claim to originality in the Principle for the beginnings of this stream were, like that of Spiritualism, in the spring of Suggestion.
Such movements, resulting in such blessing, affecting every avenue of modern thought and activity, are only prophecies of what shall be when Suggestion is generally understood. Enough has been accomplished to warrant all the assertions made in this book of its future use.
We have now only to learn the Law and its mode of operation and then to take the same advantage of it that has been taken of other Laws, to make living a Fine Art.
Life and Art.
To live conscious of one's power; to understand the principle of Concentration and apply it; to understand the Law of Suggestion and make it a servant of Will; to affirm each day that which is desired as the only reality;—this it is to be an artist in life. To all who do this, Living has become A FINE ART. It is the object of this book to help its readers to become such artists.
The whole secret lies in DOING. Many read New Thought literature and think that, as the schoolboy attains knowledge of letters and memorizes geographical names, they can attain this power of self-control. Not so!
It comes, as comes the ability of the artist to handle the chisel and hammer in bringing the statue from the marble; as comes the power of the architect to place on paper the structure already in his mind; the power of the mechanic to build a machine that he sees only in possibility; the power of expression that enables the poet to place in ever living words the bright ideal of beauty that haunts him.
All these grasped the principles, first intellectually, then they practiced until they made the channel within themselves for Thought to manifest under the direction of their Will. When they were ready, the statue carved itself; the palace drew its own design; the machine built itself; the poem forced itself into expression.
The way had been prepared by doing at it, not trying, but by doing each day the very best possible, and thus each day coming nearer to the real, which is eternally within the mind.
Published in 1902 by: Henry Harrison Brown