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Practical Hypnotism General Instructions, Theories and Experiments

Practical Hypnotism General Instructions, Theories and Experiments
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Item Code: IHL634
Author: Comte C. De Saint Germain
Publisher: Manoj Paperbacks
Edition: 2001
Pages: 208 (25 B/W Figure Illustrations)
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 8.5 inch X 5.5 inch
The Editor’s Preface

MANKIND’S inborn love for the marvelous, for what is often called, even in our scoffing times, the 'miraculous,’ seems to have met with no material decrease since the days of` the ancient magicians. Modern science, while extending the boundaries of precise knowledge, has only whetted our appetite for further revelations. But we have learned, by the reading of the later philosophers books and the teachings of our leading college professors, to accept only with a large grain of scepticism, statements of unusual, super-natural happenings. It is becoming harder and harder to convince us that every irregular fact can not be explained by the working of some regular law of` nature, yet undiscovered in its entirety. Hence the intensity of our researches and the systematic ardor of our curiosity. In no field perhaps has this questioning of new phenomena taken place with more earnest persistency and tireless enthusiasm than in the domain of HYPNOTISM and MAGNETISM—two words that have gradually come to mean but one physical state, the symptoms of which are being scrutinized, all over the civilized world, with an insistent acuity worthy of` the great doctrine at stake: the dominating influence of mind over body.

In this work, which unfolds the history of the recent developments of that curious branch of psycho-physiology, we have attempted to gather clear, positive statements from men whose names stand as synonyms of deep scientific acumen and unimpeachable honesty. We have grouped their discoveries according to chronological order and have not allowed our private opinions to dim the brilliancy of their teachings. And yet we have not hesitated to take sides whenever necessity compelled us to, as our earnest desire is to leave in the readers' minds, not a hazy jumble of ill-digested doctrines and experiments, but a continuous exposition of the whole question as it new stands before the world, thus placing in their hands a


of immediate and undoubted value. A few words will explain our purpose more fully and, at the same time serve as an epitome of the whole subject.

We will take as an example a commonplace individual whom we suspect to be amenable to what may be called for the present 'hypnotic influence.'

• His first condition will be the 'perfectly awake state.
• He may gradually drop into 'a slight drowse.'
• This may develop to the `somnambulistic staged
• As the sleep grows deeper, he reaches 'the cataleptic state.
• Finally he attains the extreme limit of anaesthesia, or insensibility called 'lethargy'
This gives us the full gamut of the successive periods comprised within the generic appellation of 'Hypnotic Sleep' or 'Hypnosis

But this is not all. It has been discovered that a certain percentage of the subjects who may thus be induced into the Hypnotic Sleep are accessible to 'suggestion;' i.e., the person who has placed them in that state may attain over their modified, or annihilated, will-power, an overpowering mastery, and can make them act (some people say 'think') in any way he pleases as long as the hypnotic state lasts. More still. The hypnotizer may cause his will-power to govern the subject even after the latter has awakened, by issuing certain orders, 'during' the hypnotic sleep, to be obeyed ’after' the sleep is over, and when, in every other respect, the subject appears to have recovered the full possession of his individuality; this phenomenon, which constitutes, in our opinion, the most sensational and the most dangerous of all hypnotic manifestations, is called 'post-hypnotic suggestion.' On its operation or rather its possibilities has been based the bold and shameless assertion of so—called Teachers of Hypnotism, that they will place into the possession of whomsoever pays them their fee, the power to influence other peoples minds for their own profit and as their fancy may decide. We are glad to say that, within this volume, evidence will be produced that will shatter to a great extent these unholy promises and establish the fact that suggestion and especially 'post-hypnotic suggestion' can but very seldom be successfully employed for evil purposes, and that, even in cases when they have been made use of, it is easy for another hypnotizer to expose the wickedness of the first operator by simply replacing the subject in the hypnotic state and questioning him concerning the happenings of the preceding spell induced by the former doctor. Thus the foolish or criminal 'suggest of—if` we may coin this term—would be destroyed by the recoil of his own weapon. As stated above, this grave aspect of the question is treated exhaustively within these pages.

The usefulness of hypnosis in the cure, or more frequently, the momentary relief, of many physical ailments is now an almost universally accepted doctrine. We shall give the reader the full benefit of the facts concerning this precious discovery, destined, within a few years, to replace ether, chloroform, cocaine and other anaesthetic drugs for the annihilation of sensibility during the performance of surgical or dental operations. The importance of this improvement maybe better understood when one knows that the use of these drugs is invariably fatal whenever the heart of the patient is the least affected, and such a state often exists without the knowledge of physician and client. On the other hand, no danger ever results from insensibilization due to hypnotic sleep, while the absence of pain is just as complete if not more so.

Of course this work being prepared for perusal by the general public and the students—not the learned professions—does not aim to teach all the features of this great problem, yet but imperfectly solved; nor to discuss every minor doctrine that has grafted itself upon the initial discovery. But it will furnish the reader with

A complete History of Magnetism and Hypnotism up to the year One of the 20th century.

The most generally accepted theories concerning the cause and the symptoms of Hypnotic Sleep, in all its stages.

The various practical methods in use for producing this state and for awakening the subject when it is desirable to do so.
• The theory and practice of 'Suggestion both during and after hypnotic sleep.
• A certain number of applications of Hypnotism to the cure or relief of certain ailments.
• A number of experiments that belong really more to the domain of innocent recreation than to the realm of science; in a word, the amusing side of hypnotism. Among the authors in high repute whose works have supplied us with the theories, facts and data herein compiled and edited, we take pleasure in naming the following renowned physicians, scientists and hypnotic operators;

Braid, Charcot, Luys, Liébault, Bernheim, de Courmelles. Goyard, Edard, Moll, Lloyd, Wetterstrand, Binet and Fére, Dessoir, Bentivegni, Janet, Liégeois, Krafft—Ebing, Azam, Bourru and Burot, Cullere, Beaunis, Herzen, Heidenhain, Ochorowicz, Lilienthal, Myers, Moutin, etc.

As a rule, we have made it a point not to quote any of the above authors, but to interweave their statements into one homogenous narrative, the merit of which remains their own not individually, but as a body of distinguished, often illustrious, and always strictly honest searchers after Truth. This constitutes the originality—and we hope, the value—of` this compilation.

Back of the Book

There are many books on Hypnotism, but this is perhaps one of the best, being practical, instructive and complete in all respects. It deals exhaustively with theories of hypnotism, suggests experiments to try out and gives mesmerism.

The book is divided into four parts: Historical, Theoretical, Theory of Hypnotism, and Practical (General Instructions). Each part is complete and exhaustive in the treatment of the subject. In short, this is a theoretical and practical guide of immediate and undoubted value, making it a work of immense importance for the general reader, the student of hypnotism and the professional hypnotherapist.

The student will find part III the most useful as it deals in detail with practical instructions-how to induce the hypnotic sleep, hypnotic suggestion, auto-suggestion, hypnotism in medicine and surgery, etc. at the end the author has appended a Vocabulary of scientific terms used in the book for the help of the beginner in the subject.

Interested in the theory and practice of hypnotism? Then this is just the book for you. Here is all the information you need to practice hypnotism successfully to cure, to help break undesirable habits-for personal benefit and the welfare of others.


The Dawn Of Hypnotism-From Mesmer To Braid 17
Professor Charcot and His School 26
The Mental Theory Advocated At Nancy 36
The Charite Hospital Experiments 42
Progress of the Study Outside of France 48
Part II-Theoretical
The Four Different Stages of Hypnotic Sleep 51
1 And 2. - ‘Hypo-Lethargic’ And ‘Lethargic’
3. ‘Cataleptic’
4. ‘Somnambulistic’ 66
The Intermediate Stage, or ‘Fascination’ Period 74
The Theory of Hypnotism 78
1. Similarity between Symptoms of Hypnotism and Certain Forms of Insanity
2. The Influence of Imagination 85
3. The Influence of Credulity and Expectation 95
4. Magnetism as An Inducer of Hypnotic Phenomena 101
5. Influence of the Magnet. The Theory of the ‘Od.’ Polarity; Polarization109
6. The Hypnotic State in Animals; What It Means 114
7. Simulation-Voluntary or Involuntary122
Part III-Practical General Instructions
Who Can Hypnotize? Who Is Hypnotizable? 138
How To Induce the Hypnotic State 146
1. By The Use of Physical Agents
2. By The Mental Method
3. By The Mesmeric Method
How to Awaken Subjects From The Hypnotic Sleep 163
Suggestion 167
1. Inter-Hypnotic Suggestion
2. Post-Hypnotic Suggestion
Hypnotism in Medicine and Surgery 183
Vocabulary of Scientific Terms 203

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