I have reproduced this booklet as being of historical interest, having probably been produced in the 1950s, in the UK. It may also be of value of someone who wants to read a typical simple introduction to hypnosis. Its reproduction does not imply any warranty of approval, or any guarantee that its contents are accurate.
YOU are about to learn the secret of Hypnotism; please use this art with discretion. Do not go about putting your friends to sleep just to show how clever you are, remember people you have hypnotised have no will or mind of their own; their mind becomes yours, to carry out your suggestions, so please use discretion when giving suggestions or post-hypnotics. Use this power to help rather than to just get a laugh out of it. There are many who can be helped under Hypnosis such as people suffering from bad habits, sleepless nights, etc., or mental disorders.
DO not condemn this book because you can only feel or see a few pages. All that you require to know about hypnosis is written within these pages, bringing this so-called mysterious power right into the open so that even you will be able to hypnotise. Many books have been written on this subject, containing hundreds of pages, and when the reader has gone right through it, he knows just about as much as when he started and is still in the dark as to what it is all about.
I guarantee that if you have studied these few pages you will be just as good as the best hypnotist in the World. You will at least know what it is all about. I have written no rubbish, only actual facts, with no long words that to you would mean nothing - you will understand every word; so that you, too, will be able to hypnotise someone you have never met before. It will give you more confidence in yourself, more power to influence other powers; you will be able to see the inner facts more clearly; you will learn how to relax and enjoy better health yourself, sleeping and eating better, it certainly will MAKE YOU THINK.
Read these pages through, study them a few times, and you will learn more about hypnosis than if you read a dozen books. Go forth my friend and conquer fear knowing that you know as much as the next man.
HYPNOTISM has been a mystery to many, because it has not been practised and also many people did not think it was possible. Some thought that to hypnotise, you had to have some special power in your eyes or magnetic influence in your hands; this, of course, is all imagination.
I will admit that you do require a certain power, but nothing out of the ordinary, just common- sense and the will to achieve what you are aiming for. In other words, a person suffering from an inferiority complex, frightened of people, thinking of others as being superior to themselves or who gets an inferiority complex when speaking in a crowd, will find it difficult at first to gain the
confidence of their subject, thus finding difficulty influencing them. You must be able to conquer these fears so that you can gain the full co-operative confidence of your subject. If the person you are going to hypnotise has no confidence in your abilities, you may as well give up trying. That is why it is very difficult to hypnotise one of your relations: simply because they have not got the confidence in you from the start. They would simply laugh at you and take it all as a joke. Now a stranger whom you tell you can hypnotise, will not know whether or not to believe it until you gain his confidence. There are some golden rules you must remember to be successful, not only in hypnotism but in other walks of life. You must remember that no one is born superior or cleverer than another. We are all born into this world in the same way. Admittedly, some people grow to be stronger than others, but remember brawn never conquered brain. It is the clever and not the strong that win in the end. So what power you lose in your physical body, you must make up for mentally. Remember also, that you are not born with a clever brain, you have to accumulate this wisdom yourself, by learning what has happened to others and then teaching yourself - either by their folly or by their wisdom. Educate your mind, and you have the strongest power on earth. Next, you must turn to confidence - without confidence you are lost. How can you expect someone to have confidence in you when you have no confidence in yourself. You must realise that, no matter what you undertake, unless you have the knowledge that you have confidence in your own abilities you will not succeed.
Once you have gained this confidence in yourself you will then have the power to CONVINCE, in other words your subject will have confidence in you because you have convinced him so. When speaking to anyone, on no account look away from him, keep your eyes fixed on him intently, looking at one point only: the top of the nose between the eyes. This is called the pineal gland. Stare as if you are trying to see what is happening behind this gland; this is called the gaze. When you have done this for a few moments, you will find it will break down his resistance. He will also then believe that you have something stronger than he has. You will find that he cannot look you back in the face, but will just glance and then look away with a stare in his eyes; you will then know that you have gained his confidence, and believe whatever you tell him to believe.
They are the conscious, subconscious and superconscious. The mind we are most interested in is the subconscious. The conscious mind is the mind we use every day. The subconscious (which has no reasoning) is the mind which keeps our bodily organs working; for example, when we are asleep the subconscious keeps the heart beating, etc., which keeps us alive, while the conscious mind sleeps; in other words when we go to sleep, we close the conscious mind and open the subconscious. This is exactly what happens when you hypnotise anyone : you close their conscious mind and open their subconscious by artificial means (auto suggestion). If you have never studied this work before you will think it is very difficult to do this, but rest your mind at ease, I can assure you that it is very simple. You very often hear people say they do not believe in hypnotism - yet everyone can do it for themselves - they do it every night when they go to sleep. A mother sings a song to her child which puts it to sleep. This again is another form of hypnosis although she does not realise it, she is hypnotising her baby to sleep.
We are still not ready yet to deal with the method of how to hypnotise. You must understand the whys and wherefores first. Next we must consider the brain and nerves. Nearly all parts of the human body are penetrated by nerves, delicate whitish threads varying in thickness which for the most part divide like the branches of a tree and at length terminate in very fine ends that are sensitive to impressions from without. The nerves are divided into three groups - NERVES OF THE SENSES: those which receive impressions and convey impressions of light, sound, smell and taste to the brain; NERVES OF SENSATION: those which receive and convey impressions of feeling originating from without or within the body to the brain; MOTOR NERVES: these all proceed from the brain and transmit the commands of the will to the muscles of all parts causing them to move. Motor nerves and nerves of sensation often run side by side and are so much alike
You will see, therefore, that we have to get our impressions to the subject's mind through his brain, so that he can transmit these thoughts once again to various parts of his body. When this happens he will become completely relaxed. As mentioned before we are only really interested in the subconscious mind which has no reasoning. What do we actually mean by no reasoning? Simply that if you told the subconscious a lie it would have to accept it as the truth. When you are in contact only with the subconscious, tell the subject that he is now in China surrounded by beautiful Chinese women, he would believe it, but if you told him in his conscious state (normal) he naturally would not believe you and would think that you were crazy, simply because the conscious mind can reason it out. Under hypnosis all the suggestions you give he will believe to be true; if you told him that you are going to tell a funny story when in actual fact you only counted one, two, three, four, you would see him laugh; then when you said the joke was over and that the house was on fire he would immediately change and have an expression of fear. Now I think, we have a rough outline of how the mind works ; at least sufficient to practice hypnotism.
Next we should study the various forms of hypnosis. I will first of all give you the various stages, their names, and their meaning. I could explain it technically as follows credulous state, first lethargic state, cataleptic state, second lethargic state; followed by the deep states constituting magnetic somnambulism, as follows : state of relation, fourth lethargic state, state of sympathy at distance, seventh lethargic state, etc., I could carry on like this but it would not interest you and would only make things more difficult, so I will only deal with the stages necessary for us to carry out our experiments.
Credulous state, otherwise known as the suggestive state, when the hypnotised subject's mind is ready to receive any suggestions that you may give and in this stage the subject also loses all sense of who he is, what he is, or where he is (this stage is used for curing people of mental disorders, bad habits, inferiority complexes, and fears which we shall deal with at a later stage). Next we come to the cataleptic state, this is a state of the nervous system where the muscles in question become stiff and at the same time the strength becomes greatly increased. This similar state can be caused by the person himself. We shall say for example that a lady was in her bedroom and a burglar got through the window in 99 cases out of 100 she would be immobile, in other words she would lose the use of her limbs and also most probably of her vocal chords; she has brought the cataleptic state on herself by fear. Now under hypnosis we do not use fear to bring this about but we use suggestion instead. As I mentioned before when the subject is in the credulous state he is ready to receive any suggestions that you make, so by lifting one of his arms and rubbing at the joints and suggesting that his arm is getting stiffer and stiffer, so that he will not be able to move it or even put it down in a few seconds, it will be so, and as much as anyone tries to push it down it will stay rigid. It can only be moved again when you give the suggestion that his arm is becoming soft again that he can now move it as much as he wants to. The arm will then drop down to his side. Then there is the deeper stage when the subject goes into a deeper sleep and will not take any notice of what you are saying so it is best for the time being to leave this stage alone as we shall mostly deal with the first one mentioned, the lethargic stage.
We should now have a clear outline of what hypnotism is all about, knowing that you have the confidence and the faith in yourself to carry it out, and remember not to panic if you think something has gone wrong. Actually there is no danger in the practice of hypnotism except in the cataleptic state which we should not undertake until we are fully confident. I must once again stress this point that hypnotising a subject seems so easy you would not think it was possible. I should therefore like to go back many years when I first started to study hypnotism. I had studied psychology and had taken my degree, so you can see I was not to be fooled. I bought as many books as I could on hypnotism and studied the lessons very carefully and although I thought at the time it was very complicated for the ordinary layman to understand, I got through it, and when
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