The Power of Your Subconscious Mind – Chapter 4

This book explain how your own subconscious thoughts shape your life and your surroundings.

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Chapter 4: Mental Healings in Ancient Times

Widely Different Theories

Franz Anton Mesmer (1734-1815), an Austrian physician who practiced in Paris, discovered that by applying magnets to a diseased body, he could cure that disease miraculously. He also performed cures with various other pieces of glass and metal. Later, he abandoned the use of these objects in favor of passing his hands over the patient’s body. He claimed that the real source of his cures was what he called “animal magnetism.” He theorized that some mysterious magnetic substance was transmitted from the healer’s hands to the patient.

Mesmer lent his name to this method of treating disease, which came to be called mesmerism. Today we know it as hypnotism. Other physicians, jealous of Mesmer’s success, claimed that all his healings were due to suggestion and nothing else. When pressed, however, they had to admit that they did not know how this power of suggestion created such amazing effects.

All of these groups – psychiatrists, psychologists, osteopaths, chiropractors, physicians, and religious groups of every variety – are using the one universal power resident in the subconscious mind. Each may proclaim the healings are due to their theory, but the truth is far different. The process of all healing is a definite, positive, mental attitude, an inner attitude, or a way of thinking, called faith. Healing is due to a confident expectancy that acts as a powerful suggestion to the subconscious mind, releasing its healing potency.

Bernheim’s Experiments

Hippolyte Bernheim was professor of medicine at Nancy, France, early in the twentieth century. He was one of the first to explain how a physician’s suggestion to the patient took effect because of the force of the subconscious mind.

Bernheim relates the story of a man whose tongue was paralyzed. Every form of treatment was tried, with no success at all. Then one day the man’s doctor announced that he had learned of a new instrument that was certain to relieve his problem. The doctor then put a pocket thermometer in the patient’s mouth. The patient imagined this was the instrument that was to save him. In a few moments he cried out joyfully that he could once more move his tongue freely.

Produced a Blister By Suggestion

Bernheim states that he produced a blister on the back of a patient’s neck by applying a postage stamp and suggesting to the patient that it was a fly-plaster. This sort of demonstration has been confirmed by the experiments and experiences of many doctors in many parts of the world. These leave no doubt that structural changes in the body can be brought about as a result of oral suggestion to patients.

The Cause of Bloody Stigmata

As a demonstration of this, Dr. M. Bourru put a subject into a hypnotic trance, then gave him the following suggestion:

At four o’clock this afternoon, after the hypnosis, you will come into my office, sit down in this armchair and fold your arms across your chest. Your nose will then begin to bleed.

That afternoon, the young man did exactly as he had been told. After he crossed his arms, several drops of blood came from his left nostril.

On another occasion, the same investigator traced a patient’s name on both his forearms with the dull point of an instrument while the patient was in a hypnotic trance. Bourru then said:

At four o’clock this afternoon you will go to sleep. Your arms will bleed along the lines I have traced, and your name will appear written on your arms in letters of blood.

The patient was carefully observed that afternoon. At four o’clock he fell asleep. On his left arm the letters stood out in bright relief, and in several places there were drops of blood. Although the letters gradually faded, they were still faintly visible three months afterward.

Lesson Learn:

Remind yourself frequently that the healing power is in your subconscious mind.

Know that faith is like a seed planted in the ground; it grows after its kind. Plant the idea (seed) in your mind, water and fertilize it with expectancy, and it will become manifest.

In praying for another, know that your silent inner knowing of wholeness, beauty, and perfection can change the negative patterns of the other’s subconscious mind and bring about wonderful results.

The miraculous healings you hear about at various shrines are due to imagination and blind faith that act on the subconscious mind, releasing the healing power.