THE SENSE OF HEARING.
Next to riveting the attention upon some object through the sense of sight, the use of sound is the most important aid in producing the condition of hypnosis.
In fact, very few hypnotists are able to exert complete influence over a subject without in some manner employing this aid.
After the concentration of thought has been at least partially accomplished, then sound is most advantageous. But whatever sounds are made they should always be gentle and monotonous.
Discordant sounds will interrupt a hypnotic seance, and intermittent sounds are equally undesirable.
Let us take for example the simplest and most frequent instance of the production of hypnosis the mother putting her babe to sleep.
How soft and soothing is her lullaby, sung in monotonous tones over and over again, with the desire that her babe shall sleep and perfect confidence in her own ability to make it do so.
Oriental magicians, who are expert hypnotists, invariable chant unintelligible words in monotonous tones while placing their subjects under control. Such chanting produces a most desirable drowsiness.
1.When we remember that hypnotism is the science and art of mentally controlling thoughts and actions of others, we can realize the great value it possesses to those who employ it in the practice of the various professions. In fact, there can be no great professional success without the practical use of this marvelous power.
2.When we use the term “personal magnetism,” everyone realizes its value as an aid to success and is ready to concede that those who possess it are certain to succeed in the professions. Personal magnetism is simply one form of hypnotism, for it is the mental power by which others are influenced.Some men possess it naturally, and their careers are marked by popularity and success. Some men acquire it by force of circumstances or deliberate practice.
3.In the law hypnotic power is invaluable, and every lawyer should exercise it whenever opportunity presents itself. Successful lawyers do this, whether knowingly or not. Notice the method of an attorney pleading for his client before judge and jury. First he rivets their attention, usually by a naturally dramatic posture, or perhaps by some personal physical characteristics. Next he casts a searching glance at all and conveys the impression by that glance that he is deeply in earnest. Then, after securing the concentration of the judge’s and jurymen’s
thoughts upon himself, he commences his plea, not in a suppliant manner, as though the jurymen were his superiors, from whom he was begging mercy, but as though he himself were master of the situation. He forces his earnest convictions upon them, and by emphatic suggestions he influences their minds not infrequently to bring in a verdict at complete variance with the facts set forth by the testimony.
4.All noted criminal lawyers are men of great hypnotic power, and they gain their reputations by their constant use of this power. It is needless to hope for success in the law without the ability of mentally influencing the thoughts of others, and to do this most effectively the philosophy of hypnotism must be studied and its methods constantly practiced.
5.In medicine hypnotism has a wonderful field of usefulness. Its value in treating disease, after patients have been placed under its profound influence, has been mentioned elsewhere. But while the cure of disease is the paramount object of every true physician, the business success of his calling is nevertheless a necessity, and he must secure patients upon whom to practice his skill. Many physicians of undoubted ability can scarcely keep their souls and bodies together on account of their lack of patients upon whom they can demonstrate their ability. Other physicians of little skill and limited knowledge are often seen accumulating wealth in spite of their poor medical success.
6.It is readily admitted that personal magnetism, or hypnotic power, plays an important part in a physician’s career, and when he possesses this, along with medical knowledge and ability, it is possible for him to do great good in the world, and at the same time enjoy a comfortable income.
7.It is imperative that the physician should secure the confidence of his patients. Let him study their individual characteristics and become such an expert in reading the peculiarities of others that he can at once realize the best method of winning their confidence. If he cannot do this, he might as well abandon the practice of medicine and accept inevitable defeat while it is yet time to make a living in some other calling. The practice of medicine becomes a delight to the physician who realizes his own power to diagnose disease and who has studiously acquired medical knowledge and who has the faculty of securing the implicit confidence of his
patients in his ability.
8.In the cure of disease everything and anything must be employed that will aid the natural efforts being made toward the restoration of health. Among the means of cure, mental influence, or hypnotic power, is or great importance. In many diseases of a nervous character it is all-sufficient, and by its use the Faith Curists, Christian Scientists and others are often enabled to restore health after the most approved use of “powerful drugs” has failed. It is evident that when this mental influence can be called in to aid the actions produced by truly sanative remedies, we have the ideal practice of medicine.The physician’s presence in the sick room should be an inspiration to the patient. In his office his word should be regarded as final and his advice accepted as invariably right. If he actually possesses medical knowledge, he can, by acquiring a knowledge of hypnotism, insure for himself medical and financial success.
Many animals posses natural hypnotic powers, and exercise them over other animals that are their physical
inferiors. Snakes and reptiles usually hypnotize and render motionless their victims before seizing them, and all through the animal kingdom we can realize hypnotic influence being manifested, apparently with studied intent, on the part of the animals exerting the influence. It is also well known that animals may be easily Hypnotized by human beings and made to pass through all the degrees of hypnosis. The training of dogs, horses and other animals is accomplished wholly through hypnotic influence. The animal is usually rendered passive through fear or by riveting its attention upon the eye of the operator, and then emphatic suggestions are made. Take,for instance, the common method of training a dog to sit upright and “beg,” which may be accomplished
by even a small boy. He places the dog in the required position and points his finger at it and compels it to look steadily. The dog’s eyes become fixed on the finger, and as long as they remain so he will obey when commanded to ”Sit still, now; steady, steady,” etc.
In a short time the mere pointing of the finger or the command to “Beg, sir,” will insure prompt obedience. formed by trained animals. Dogs climb ladders and leap through the air, ride horseback, walk on their fore feet with the back feet in the air, and do things that are at entire variance with a dog’s natural abilities. Expert animal trainers have accomplished wonders in this line of work, and the results of their labors are often astounding. Probably the most wonderful performing animals ever exhibited are those trained by the renowned horse trainer, Prof. John O’Brien.
Thoroughbred horses of high spirit and great beauty in large numbers go through evolution of the most difficult character, wholly incongruous with their nature, and do so with an exactness that rivals and supersedes the best trained human actors. Clumsy elephants stand upon their heads, climb ladders, sit upon stools, play the parts of policemen and robbers, perform upon musical instruments, and do innumerable other tricks with out the least hesitation, at the mere suggestions of their trainers, who control them with an ease that is marvelous. The readiness with which fierce animals can be brought to subjection is probably due to the fact that they all naturally stand in awe of human beings, whom they apparently regard as savages do their gods. In some there is a desperate resistance to what they seem to realize must eventually conquer them. It is not intended here to describe the art of training animals, but a few words regarding the production of the deeper stages of hypnosis will be appropriate.Frogs may be rendered lethargic by gently rubbing the back, from the head downward.
While the frog is being firmly, yet gently, held by one hand, the tips of the fingers of the other hand should rub the back. During an exhibition it will afford great amusement and establish the confidence of the audience to have a box of large frogs on hand, and then, one by one, put them in the lethargic stage and place them in a row upon a table. It is an ocular demonstration that hypnotism is a reality, when even frogs can be influenced. Snake charmers, by constant and gentle strokes, keep the most venomous reptile in a semi-stupor and render them harmless. Take upon the stage half-a-dozen rabbits. Draw a chalk-line upon the floor, and, one by one, stroke the rabbits upon the back and lay them along the line, taking care to press each one firmly upon the floor while holding his head in such a position that its eyes will be fascinated by the white line. This experiment will be greatly appreciated, especially if the rabbits are placed in a straight line and are alternately white and black. Roosters and pigeons may be similarly treated.
“Maniacs not easily hypnotized Melancholia Weak-minded persons not socd hub!e::rs Hypnotism the rational method
of curing insanity Concentration cf thought Insane onthe subject of perpetual motion Case of Mr. Williams Pacifying a nuisance Insanity from bad habits cured Religious insanity Organic diseases must be recognized Overcoming imaginary notions.”
Persons who are violently insane cannot, as a rule, be readily hypnotized, because it is a very difficult matter to force them to concentrate their thoughts upon any one object for any length i time. But those who are suffering from melancholia or other undemonstrative forms of insanity can be much more readily managed. Many persons have an idea that the weak minded can be easily hypnotized, and that good hypnotic subjects have “a screw loose somewhere.” This is far from the truth, and the facts in relation to it have been fully given in the chapter on “Qualifications of a Subject.” When it is possible to concentrate the thoughts of an insane person upon some object devised or the presence of a third party before he is placed under the hypnotic influence.
The sewing of tongues together is of too great risk to be performed for mere sensational effect; the least misstep or fall of one of the subjects might cause the most serious consequences under such circumstances.
Before inserting needles or other instruments into hypnotized persons, be sure that such articles are rendered aseptic by first immersing them in some good aseptic fluid. Seeing is believing in all such cases, and the most skeptical persons readily realize the powers of hypnotism when they personally view the production of anaesthesia in subjects placed under its influence, and anyone who witnesses such exhibitions can the more readily be induced to submit himself to hypnosis when it is necessary for him to be operated upon.
When your subject is asleep, you may take into your mouth anything that has a peculiar taste, and he will taste as you taste; and if he is familiar with the article, he will give you its name when he awakens.
Cleanse your mouth thoroughly, and taste of something else, and he will feel and act as before, as long as you have yourself a distinct perception of the article. In these experiments the mildest and most volatile articles should be chosen first, as a powerful and permanent stimulant taken first will remain with those taken later and confuse the impressions they may make.If you inflict pain upon yourself in any way, the subject will feel and describe it. If you should be gloomy or happy, irritated or calm, your subject will be likewise.
If you are diseased, you ought not to magnetize anyone, it will injure you as well as the subject; not seriously, but unpleasantly. If you cannot at all times, under the most provoking circumstances, keep your own temper and retain an even balance of all your feelings, you are not a proper person to experiment with the influence of animal magnetism upon others. First cultivate the power of self-control and then practice magnetism upon others.
HOW TO MAGNETIZE A PERSON
Place the subject on a chair before you, a little lower than your own, if convenient, and in a perfectly easy position with his feet near together.Request him to relax his whole system and to look steadily into your c.
Yes as long as he can keep his own open, and to close his eyes when they become heavy and difficult to keep open.
Enforce rigid silence upon all others who may be in the room or immediately adjacent rooms. Seat yourself before the subject in a very easy position ; your feet each side of his, and your body straight indicating self-confidence.
Put the balls of your two thumbs upon the balls of his, as they lie at ease on his lap.
Turn your fingers into the palms of his hands, and communicate to them a slight muscular tension.
Look steadily into the pupils of his eyes without winking.
MOTIONS OF ANY CHARACTER.
Make no motions of any character except those compelled by breathing, which should be steady and regular. Constantly will to yourself that he should go to sleep, and think of nothing else until his eyes close and remain so. When he is evidently asleep, let go his hands and make passes with the fingers from the crown of the head forward over the face, down over the shoulders and arms to the hands and outward, returning your.
hands with the palms outward, to the top of the head, whence you should proceed as before, occasionally making passes down the breast. The passes of the hand should be light.
TOUCH THE BODY.
They may not even touch the body, or they may slightly brush it and occasionally rest a few seconds on the shoulders, breast or stomach, until the subject is in a deep sleep.
This may be known by the action of his hands, which will be attracted to your own as a needle to a magnet; or by the fact, as a rule, that he will not answer any questions put to him by any other person than the operator.
Some subjects will sleep, although not very profoundly, and not exhibit these signs. In general, the subject becomes rigid in his limbs, but to this rule there are many exceptions.
When very rigid, the tension should be relieved by reverse passes.