Endless Quite Useless Pain
Illness is cultural hallucination.
Counteract cultural hypnosis with self-hypnosis.
Mind acting on Mind comes before Being acting on Being …
“The brain can’t stand BLANK.”
Maurice Nicoll (Psychological Commentaries on the Teaching of Gurdjieff and Ouspensky, Vol. 3, 1952, 1975, 1980) wrote …
“For whatever you identify with, outer or inner, has power over you and makes you serve it. Man was not made and born to be a slave, but owing to the powerful and constant hypnotism of life he falls asleep and is then a slave to everything with which he identifies. In this way, by this clever trick, mankind is kept where it is and endless quite useless pain and suffering is produced.”
According to James Esdaile, M.D. (The Zoist, Oct. 1846) …
“March 11th. — G. Adamson, H.M.’s 53rd regt., having seen Canvan put to sleep yesterday, begged Mr. Cox to do as much for him, as his shoulder ached severely, and prevented his sleeping; his arm had been taken off at the shoulder joint. Mr. Cox complied, without speaking to me about it, and in a very short time put him to sleep. He told me this morning that he tried all he could to keep awake to watch the effect on himself, but he very soon fell asleep, and had a good night.
“Other aching stumps were soothed by local mesmerising, and I encouraged the men to learn the processes, that they might be able to instruct their comrades how to relieve them. Mesmerism is pre-eminently the soldier’s friend, and the regimental surgeon who confines himself to laughing at it, will soon be punished by the distrust of both officers and men. These are the chief incidents of my week’s mesmeric campaign.
“April 11th. Mr. C. has come up from Calcutta: he has been troubled for three weeks with severe rheumatism in his left knee: it is contracted, swelled, shining, and hot, but not red, and so tender to the touch, that he dreads his children approaching him, lest they should touch his knee by accident. He cannot sleep, has no appetite, and looks worn-out and languid.
“I mesmerised his knee locally for a short time, and like Canvan’s, it gradually became straight. In twenty minutes, he allowed me to press and strike his knee with violence, without complaining, and then got up and walked without pain, but stiffly, from thickening of the joint. He had a crutch lying at his side when I came in, and could not move without it.
“April 12th. Has slept very well, the first time for three weeks: the swelling, heat, and tenderness of the knee are less, and I again removed the latter by a few minutes local mesmerising.
“April 18th. The gentleman he lives with has mesmerised him generally for an hour daily, but without entrancing him: he sleeps and eats well, and feels his nerves restored. There is only some stiffness of the joint left, and he returned to Calcutta to-day.”
George Hoben Estabrooks (Hypnotism, 1957) wrote …
“A stage operator was demonstrating in the local theater. One of the audience, a dignified member of the community and a deacon in his church, turned out to be a very good subject. The hypnotist had him stand on his head, bark around the stage on all fours, take off a goodly portion of his clothes and give, in general, a very humiliating exhibition. He then awakened his subject who just as promptly knocked him down.”