The New Psychology
Its Basic Principles and Practical Formulas
by A. A. Lindsay M.D.
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This book is for the purpose of defining what mind department communicates between man and the objective world; what department communicates between man and the sub-conscious world; what department forms the ideas and another that makes these become reality; how the body is transformed into conformity to the idea; how permanent character is established, item by item, in accord with the idealizing. Then it is a book that deals with the powers, attributes, qualities and classifications of all the mental functions of the individual and the methods of their working, and formulas for directing their operation for definite results.Contents
Chapter 1 - The Basic Principles
Chapter 2 - Psycho (Suggestive) TherapeuticsChapter 3 - How to Treat Disease and Habits
Chapter 4 - Hypnosis—How to Produce and Use
Chapter 5 - Suggestion in Moral Reform
Chapter 6 - Intelligence of the CellsChapter 7 - Cell Communication and Cooperation―Cell Insanity
Chapter 8 - Telepathy
Chapter 9 - How to Become a Psychic
Chapter 10 - Some Psychic Phenomena
Chapter 11 - Chemistry of body Modified by Emotions
Chapter 12 - Absent Treatment
Chapter 13 - Truth About Evil Thought Transference
Chapter 14 - Scientific Inspiration
Chapter 15 - The Chemistry and Psychology of Love
Chapter 16 - The Mother and Her Child
Chapter 17 - Faith, Hope and Trust, Psychologically Speaking
THE BASIC PRINCIPLES
TO say that the cure of disease is by mind power, or to say that curing takes place because of mind over matter, or to say that mind cures disease, when an idea is introduced into it, because it is controllable by suggestion, is not sufficiently definite in this day when exact knowledge is the standard.
This book is for the purpose of defining what mind department communicates between man and the objective world; what department communicates between man and the sub-conscious world; what department forms the ideas and another that makes these become reality; how the body is transformed into conformity to the idea; how permanent character is established, item by item, in accord with the idealizing. Then it is a book that deals with the powers, attributes, qualities and classifications of all the mental functions of the individual and the methods of their working, and formulas for directing their operation for definite results.
It has been in the human conception to regard the sun because it manifested its wondrous power in heat and light beneficently, as the source and sum total of power, and so was chosen as an object of worship. The earth and other members of the planetary system, and sideral regions have likewise been looked to by men as Deific and all; lightning with its consequent thunder, indeed all the elements, birds and animals and reptiles and sometimes a man, and again members of the human body, all, all have been and many of these are yet regarded as the ultimate and the all.
With this view of human history we must concede the tendency of the human mind is to limit his vision and declare that this, his little horizon, is all there really is, or can be, and it therefore is almost excusable that the man who has seen some thing of intellect, saw it capable of great development, saw it might solve problems of science, mathematics, and encompass the earth through his constructions should conclude the intellectual department of man was all the mind he could possess. The same law that limited the expansion of comprehension, when all power was by supposition concentrated in the sun, prevents the perception of any human power being beyond that of mind, as it obtains knowledge through the sense department and expresses it, just like if one held a red glass before a green object, and it looks black, or looking at a blue object with a yellow glass it seems black, or to the man who has always looked at this objective world through blue glasses, declares all its properties are blue, so to the individual who has never perceived anything except through the senses, he determines the sense or its objective mind with its will and its reasoning, constitutes all the man is or may be mentally. However, an acquaintance with the soul, with its perceptive and expressive power, has caused us to analyze the direction of his mental activities. I will discuss herein later the various sources of discovering that there is in man something beyond sense perception and reflex action, but only declare the truth of the discovery now.
The scientific study of another department of mind, which is spoken of as the subjective or psychic division has been mainly through hypnotism, which in the hands of the scientific student has disclosed mental powers, so different as well as so superior to the phenomena of the ordinary consciousness that the next serious error to thinking the intellectual of the objective was all the mind, was to conclude that there are two minds. The authors who have helped us greatly were under this impression of duality, and almost showed a line of demarcation between the “subjective and objective minds.”
Further researches convince us that there is but one mind or soul in the individual, and this we may correctly define as manifesting, so far as our usual states are concerned, conscious and sub-conscious. The sub-conscious may be well described under the title of the psychic department, and so the terms “sub-conscious or psychic powers,” when speaking of the subjective mental functions are correct.
But to declare a man is two men is no more correct than to say that because there are phenomena of light that illumines our buildings and the power that hurls our cars through the street, are two forces instead of the one force of electricity with different forms of expression. The quality of speed and power to draw should just as much require that a horse be two horses as that one mind must be two, else it could not do such widely different things. The clearest statement of the truth as it is, is this: Man is one entire soul (I use the word in no religious or theological sense, but as being the only word that possesses the meaning, comprehending life, mind and immortality in one word) having a body with many members, for the purpose of a multiplicity of acts and varied, and the two very distinct forms of mental expression. It is just as though soul had appointed a department of itself to preside over the senses, give and receive impressions, as to the physical world, collate the data of that world, reason upon it, form conclusions, which it may transmit to the soul and there record in perfect memory, where it shall remain, unless an equally forceful suggestion either neutralizes or supplants it, and while it is there, it is a part of the character, or the individual. The normal situation would be where the objective consciousness attended strictly to its appointment, as above, for it trespasses upon the psychic department when it tries to order the functions of the body, for the sub-conscious department, situated to know the state of every atom of the body, can never delegate to the volitional department the office of presiding over the composition and function of the body, for there are no means to know through the senses, as to the states, of the cells, cither in their chemistry, or their mentality.
To show that the objective department of mind communicates with the objective world, and that the psychic or sub-conscious department is the seat of the emotions, the permanent reservoir of inherent knowledge, is possessed of the intuitive faculties, the department of inspiration, invention, of art, is possessed of a perfect memory, and the attribute of fore-knowledge, the latter holding the experiences, yet to come to the individual, and is possessed of even creative power with regard to the body, and does preside over tissue changes through cell reproduction, as well as controlling all of the functions of the body, is the chief lesson in psychology, and in practical soul culture is of first importance. The infringements upon the office of the sub-conscious department through usurping of authority by the objective is the source of silencing the psychic department, out of which there should be constantly flowing its superior powers. People try, they try to play musical instruments; they try to be orators; they try to invent by calculations, and by reasoning, or intellectual power, and in business they try by objective force to accomplish their excellence, and ingloriously fail, though within them, but in the sub-conscious, there is every qualification to do and to be all they would aspire to; the sick try to cure themselves upon the same principle. So the musician, who must go through objective training under the usual formulas will finally discover that to sing, he must let the voice give expression, make it never; that to be an artist in painting there is no art where they objectively try, but it has to flow, so to speak. In every form of art, that which distinguishes the individual in his aim is that which declares him inspired instead of mechanical. No further emphasis or declaration is necessary to show to anyone convincingly that all superior powers must be acquired through bringing the subjective into expression. Since the excellence of art, music, literature, etc., excellence in business, social affairs, teaching as well as invention, and all other traits, properties, expressions, powers previously- mentioned as belonging to the sub-conscious mental department, really do exist even to a degree to make those who avail themselves of them, to become perfect in health, appear as veritable geniuses and possessed of well rounded character, we will now take up the matter of formulas to bring out of the soul the expressions of its powers, just as we would have them to appear in our lives.
PSYCHO (SUGGESTIVE) THERAPUTICS
AS stated in the previous chapter, all power over the body is in the sub-conscious department. That being literally true, that the sub-conscious mind preferably called the soul, presides over the body as to its chemistry, its function, and structure, including cell vibration, cell functioning, cell reproduction; modifying and controlling the forces as temperature and electricity, absolutely determining the nutritive and eliminating processes, and as you may readily see, atom by atom, cell by cell, creates the body.
Every experience, clinical, hypnotic, or in the observation of normal or abnormal states proves that that power spoken of as the sub-consciousness or the soul, operates under suggestion. The first classification of phenomena that we will deal with under the proposition that the soul, in its subjective department, creates and controls the body, as indicated, and is itself controlled by suggestion, will be psycho (suggestive) therapy.
In the ordinary use of the word suggestion, we would mean the introduction of an idea into the objective department of the mind, but when we speak of the Science of Suggestion, we mean the introduction of an idea into the soul. When a patient comes into my office and I tell him in his active state that his rheumatic symptoms are beginning to disappear, and will soon be entirely overcome; that the cause of the pain is being removed; that the uric acid will cease to be in excess; that the pain and swelling are going; I have introduced into his mind the idea consistent with these words, and he looks at me incredulously and informs me he does not believe a word I have said.
None of the conditions occur as I said they would. Another person comes to me in the same condition. I say the same things to him and he believes what I say, and says so, and the pain and other symptoms begin disappearing, his entire cure ensuing.
The practice of that kind of suggestion cannot be called scientific, for there are no fixed, but haphazard results. If we are applying fixed laws, we will always get the same results in using the formula; and this experience has been that of many physicians who thought the mind power had efficiency, but having given the suggestion to the objective, as in the first instance above, and sometimes getting no corresponding results, they have pronounced against suggestion as never being efficient.
In the first instance of the rheumatic sufferer, I introduced the idea into the mind, and he, being incredulous at once, offset the idea by his auto-suggestion. The thought never went beyond his objective mind, and the decision that he registered in his soul was that he would not be benefited, and of course he got no relief. In the second instance, under the same physical conditions, the idea was introduced into the same objective mentality, but he believed with that mind, and weighing evidence that applied to him, he came to the conclusion that he was being cured of his disorder, and all the symptoms disappeared, and along with them the cause.
With his mind he registers that decision in his soul. In other words, the belief of his mind when it reaches his soul is faith. It is faith, expectancy, in the soul that cures all diseases, regardless of the method adopted to reach that faith. No disease was ever cured until the expectancy of the soul was established.
Scientific suggestion means then the introduction of an idea into the sub-conscious department of mind, the psychic department, usually spoken of as the soul. This idea may be introduced in the active state of the patient by his accepting with his mind and passing down to the soul the idea, thus giving his objective co-operation with the positions suggested. It is so seldom that the patient with his mind can believe implicitly, not carrying even a shadow of doubt to the soul, that dependence upon suggestion given in the active state is not warranted. There is a law of suggestion, because the laws of the soul are as fixed as the laws of chemistry, magnetism, electricity, or gravity. The idea that is fixed in perfect faith upon the soul will compel answer involving even a changing o f the organism chemically, structurally, or functionally. It believes all the mind tells it; it builds upon wrong expectancy, as effectually and as surely as upon the correct.
Under a wrong suggestion the soul will change the body to the abnormal; under a right suggestion it will perfect all of the physical organization.
We have now briefly outlined the power that is in the patient that heals his own body, and we will now illustrate how to get access to that power to produce the phenomenon of cure. Therapeutic suggestion contains as much in curing habits as it does to blot out disease or as being a power in character building.
A young Englishman of 26 years presented himself at my office for treatment for stammering. His distorted countenance when endeavoring to speak would call forth the sympathy of almost any observer. His disorder had existed since the age of six or seven, and had its origin in his mimicry of a man whom he saw occasionally. He and his sister indulged in this sport-making, having no evil purpose, but kept up the practice voluntarily for a time, when he found that if he desired to speak normally there was involuntary stammering. This grew upon him until it was with the greatest difficulty that he could make himself understood at all. His education was fair in general lines. He had fitted himself for book-keeping, and, being an adept accountant, could have commanded the best position and salary, but for his defective speech. He had been through several institutions in this country, that had various methods for treating such a case, but he said the exercises seemed to have made him more self-conscious and he had met with no improvement. I applied the science of suggestion in his instance. He seated himself comfortably in my treating chair. I instructed him to thoroughly relax his body and let his mind wander as it pleased. The condition of his body and the state of his mind favored the best passivity, the latter being essential before suggestions can best be addressed to the sub-consciousness. I suggested “From this moment you will have better control over your organs of speech; there shall be less hesitancy at the beginning of your sentences; you will not become violently entangled in the midst of the sentence, and no letter or word shall be a serious obstacle to your pronunciation; your nervousness in all forms shall be overcome, and you will be better in all respects from this moment; the distorted countenance shall disappear, as no involuntary action of the facial muscles shall take place; you will become less conscious of self and you shall feel no discouragement at any remaining evidence of your disorder, for you will expect a perfect cure, and will know that any delay is because of the long established habit.” I probably repeated this form of suggestion five or six times audibly during the half hour. I mentally suggested the same thing during the silent moments. These treatments were given three times a week during two months, modifying the form of the suggestions in that as the case advanced I ceased to refer to the old conditions and giving negative suggestions and gave the positive suggestions of harmonious speech and perfect control over all the organs of speech and muscles of the face.
Of course this was a disorder purely of functions. The feature of habit was as profound as could be in any instance. However, neither habit, heredity, or any other form of mental impress can be impressed more deeply than in the soul itself. That being the case since in the passive state, we get free access to the soul, that has been wrongly impressed, and remove the error, plant and cultivate new habit, then this comes out as natural expression.
The soul is ever striving for moral and physical harmony, and because of that it took much less time to plant order in the soul than it did the disorder. The gentleman had to break law to obtain defective speech. He had only to bring himself in harmony with law to correct his speech.
I will not recite a series of such cases, for this is a type of many such habits as stammering, facial or eye jerkings, or of involuntary muscular movements that may have the feature of habit in any parts of the body. This case and many others of the kind show to be cured in a month and sometimes less, but from a long experience, I know that to eradicate one habit and establish another should engage repeated attention covering a reasonable period of time. This has been my rule for the last five or six years, during which I have observed no relapses, whereas fourteen years ago I many times saw that dismissing a patient immediately upon their appearing well would sometimes mean relapses.
The manner of giving a suggestion to this patient is just like that I have used of late years in all cases, namely: quiet, confident, natural, soothing, and sympathetic. There is no place in suggestive treatments for violent manner of expression, nor loud tones This young man took shipment for England to be with his friends that he had previously left because his disorder was humiliating to them as to himself. Of course this case was one in which the organs were all present and all right, but sometimes even where there is surgery necessary to make it possible for an individual to speak, still the operation might not produce a cure without suggestions being given that would overcome the habit of stammering. Outside of this particular form of disorder, many surgical operations fall short of their purpose, in the absence of suggestion, for suggestion and surgery must co-operate to establish right organic conditions and functional control.
Insomnia is probably the most easily responsive disorder of all the conditions where the nervous system chiefly is involved. Mrs. R., a patient of about thirty-five, belonged to the society set in San Francisco. She could not sleep except by the use of drugs, the most of which she had exhausted, and from none of them did she get any refreshing sleep. She was placed in a chair and made comfortable, and the usual processes adopted for producing the passivity, and being quite responsive, I began her suggestive treatment at once. The words I used were like these
“Immediately upon retiring to-night you will find a drowsiness overcome you quickly, followed by an unconscious sleep. During the night, whenever you shall awaken, it will be only for a moment, and you will immediately fall back into a refreshing sleep. In the course of the night you will get at least six hours sleep, and in the morning you will be conscious of having had a most refreshing slumber. You will be so glad that you have had that sleep without any drugs to compel it. You will not desire any medicine again to produce sleep. You will not feel the loss of it in giving it up entirely.”
This case and all of the kind have been treated usually three times a week for two weeks or a month according to how long a period of time the insomnia had previously existed. The idea of progress in the case is planted with the beginning of the treatment, and is always observed until we can truthfully say that the disease and its symptoms have all disappeared and will never return. The beginning practitioner should carefully observe the lessons herein taught pertaining to aspiration. That is, the patient does not receive the suggestion at the first treatment that he is going to be perfectly well when he is aroused from his passivity, or that immediately upon being treated at any sitting there has been such action that none of the symptoms of the disorder will ever appear again, that you will always suggest improvement and yet observe conservation, that you may avoid deceiving the soul of the patient which you were addressing. Such an impress is made by the chronic condition that it is very rarely indeed if ever possible for one to absolutely remove all symptoms at a few sittings. Usually there is a necessity to overcome disease, but also to establish a health habit. You should hold your patient under treatment until that has been accomplished. In cases of insomnia, especially with people represented by this lady, you will nearly always have to cure a drug habit, as well as to restore the equilibrium of the nervous system, so that the patient can sleep naturally.
Insomnia is usually indicative of other departures from the normal which need attention, for though it be the most prominent symptom and may be the chief cause of the patients application for treatment, insomnia itself may be incidental to the habits or diseases of the patient. Psycho therapeutics is a method of treatment by which we can eradicate all of the cause, whatever it may be and however numerous and peculiar the disease’s symptoms may be. The patient’s general condition should be taken into consideration, and whatever is abnormal should be suggested away, and we usually find that with the disappearance of the symptoms the cause has also gone. To compel sleep while there were conditions in the body being neglected, would be no better practice by suggestionists than is that followed by the medical man that deadens his patients with an opiate. We have no occasion to benumb the sensibilities, for the soul is a power that could do that and it will more readily correct conditions than it would produce abnormal states. If the midnight luncheon, or other practices of the patient are the cause of sleeplessness, always instruct the patient that willfully breaking the law always must pay its penalty. Instruct for correct habits and hygiene, along with even as forceful a method of correcting disease as suggestive therapeutics.
In the instance cited full
observation was given to all of these phases and her cure was perfect.
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