By Edward B. Warman, A. M.,
Author of "Psychic Science Made Plain."
The mind - and the body through the mind - is controllable by
suggestion. A suggestion, however, is not necessarily verbal,
but is often caused by something you see, hear, touch, taste or
smell. The mind can be stuffed, starved or poisoned as truly as
can the body. I have every reason to believe that there is not
a disease known to man which cannot be remedied and, in many cases,
cured if the mind of the patient be prevented from retarding the
recovery of health.
One of the most noticeable facts in life is the
great difference in the capacity of various persons to make impressions
and command obedience through suggestion. As men differ widely
in their physical capacity, so do they in their Psychical force.
Some men may hurl missiles with greater force than others; so
some men may project their ideas with greater effect than others.
One man may address a jury, and the effect of the speech is only
soporific. Another lawyer addresses the same jury on the same
subject, and immediately every man is alert, wide awake, and fully
convinced that he is listening to the truth. The last speaker
knew how to drive his thoughts like javelins; he knew how to suggest
forcefully. Such persons get the best results as healers by suggestion.
The Law of Suggestion.
Said the late Dr. Hudson: "The law of suggestion
correlates all systems of mental healing; and all healing by mental
process is dependent upon the law of suggestion, consciously or
A placebo is a therapeutic suggestion which the
medical profession has thoroughly understood and successfully
practiced for centuries.
An amulet is a therapeutic suggestion which the
superstitious have effectively employed for ages.
A saintly relic is a therapeutic suggestion which
"the church" has employed with wonderful success since
the days of Constantine.
The insensate jargon of the Christian Scientist
constitutes a therapeutic suggestion which has proved effective
in thousands of cases. It is especially efficacious with those
who are governed by their emotions and are untrained to habits
of correct reasoning.
It will thus be seen: first, that an effective suggestion
is not necessarily an oral suggestion; second, that it is not
necessarily a statement of fact; third, that the power that effects
the healing is resident within the patient, and is not dependent
upon any extraneous force whatsoever.
Health is positive; disease (lack of ease, as the
derivation of the word implies) is negative - not a thing in itself
but merely a condition denoting the absence of health. Just as
a light turned on in a dark room will overcome the darkness, or
a fire made in a cold room will overcome the cold, these two positive
elements making of a formerly chill and gloomy apartment one of
warmth and cheer; so will positive thought, emotions and manner
of life restore harmony where now physical inharmony exists. Health
(harmony) is the normal state of man.
Faith an Essential Element.
Jesus of Nazareth was the first to define this necessary
condition. "His whole career," said the late Dr. Hudson,
"was demonstrative of the truth of His declaration."
All the experimental researches of nineteen supervenient centuries
have served to confirm and illustrate its truth. In that declaration
He summed up the whole law of mental healing in that one word,
"Faith."' That was the one mental condition on the part
of the patient which He constantly insisted upon as essential
to, the exercise of the power. That it was essential was clearly
evidenced by the fact that He could not succeed in healing the
sick in His native city "because of their unbelief."
Note the faith of the woman who "pressed through
the throng and but touched the hem of His garment and was instantly
cured after having suffered many things of many physicians for
twelve years, and had spent all she had, and was nothing better,
but rather grew worse."
This is the record given by Mark; but Luke, being
a physician, gives a different account and thereby avoids any
reflection on the medical profession.
The healing art, as practiced by Christ and His
disciples differed from some of the more modern methods in this
regard - He knew no limitations and, knowing full well that a
physician's diagnosis is not always infallible nor his judgment
faultless, He did not ask for a physician's certificate as to
the condition - organic or otherwise - but we are told that "He
healed all manner of diseases."
All that was required then; all that is required
now is the implicit, unswerving, unfaltering faith in the inherent
power - not an extraneous force. The gist of the whole matter
lies in the law of suggestion which, in the bands of a skillful
psychotherapist, sets in motion the
energizing principle of the soul - the dynamic thought-force.
The Subjective Mind.
The soul is a separate entity and, as such, possesses
independent powers and functions, having a mental organization
of its own. It does not depend upon the body for its existence.
Its highest faculty is intuition. It reasons only deductively.
It controls all the silent, involuntary and negative functions
of the body. It is amenable to control by suggestion. It is the
seat of the emotions and the storehouse of memory. Its memory
is absolute; in fact, everything you have ever heard or read or
seen or said or even thought is registered in the subjective mind.
This inherent power runs the entire human machinery
when the objective mind is asleep or in abeyance; in fact, it
runs it better when not interfered with by adverse suggestions
from the objective mind.
When you consider the fact that this inherent psychic
power has absolute control over all the functions - nutrition,
waste, all secretions and excretions, the action of the heart
in the circulation of the blood, the lungs in respiration, and
over all cell-life, cell-change and development - and that this
power can be evoked and controlled at will, you will begin to
realize something of the wonderful curative agency at your command.
An auto-suggestion (self-suggestion) is as potent
in its influence as is a suggestion given by another. Therefore,
we should be very careful as to the thoughts we hold in our objective
mind; for we make or mar our lives accordingly.
The objective mind - otherwise known as the "conscious"
mind - is the mind of the physical brain. It is born with the
body, develops with the body and, as a separate entity, perishes
with the body. It has for its media the five physical senses.
It depends upon the body for its existence. It has control of
all the voluntary functions of the body. Its highest faculty is
reasoning; it reasons both inductively and deductively. Compare
this mind of the body (objective) with the mind of the soul (subjective).
You will perceive how very important it is to have harmony between
these two minds in order to have desirable results.
In auto-suggestion, remember that mind is indivisible.
You cannot think of two things at the same time (objectively)
any easier than you can be in two places at the same time. Therefore,
concentrate your mind, with implicit faith, on that which you
desire rather than upon the condition that exists, if the condition
that exists is undesirable. Also remember that thought takes form
in action. This applies with equal force to health and to business.
You cannot dwell upon a diseased condition of the body and, at
the same time, reasonably expect health. For the same reason you
cannot dwell upon failure in business and, at the same time, reasonably
expect success. Nor is there need to deny the evidence of the
senses. To say that you are well when you are suffering excruciating
pain; to say that you are rich when you haven't a dollar to your
name, places you in the category of "cheerful liars."
In giving yourself suggestions it is not enough
to hope (this is sometimes expressive of doubt); it is not enough
to desire, but you must expect that for which you hope and desire.
The mere telling the subjective mind is not sufficient; an impression
must be made through feeling it must be so. Mere words are often
caught in the mental machinery and never get any further.
When you have been healed of any ailment - whether
of the body or the mind - by whatsoever system, "regular"
or otherwise, beware of adverse suggestion. "No recorded
words," said the late Dr. Hudson, ‘that the Master
ever uttered display a more profound knowledge of the underlying
principles of mental healing than those He used when and where
the occasion demanded it – ‘See thou tell no man.’”
If you allow an adverse suggestion to find lodgment it will grow
and grow until it becomes a verity in consequence of your belief.
Cast Out All Fear.
You never can have release from illness or business
difficulties so long as the fear-thought finds lodgment with you.
Fear and expectancy do not co-operate. Fear is negative; fear
invites albeit in a negative manner. You should hold a positive
mental attitude because fear lessens the vital action, obstructs
the functions of the glands, retards the secretion of the gastric
juice and diminishes the vitality of the blood corpuscles - the
standing army of the body - and thus, through fear, the invading
host enters, takes possession, and destroys the health of the
"Flee from fear, and still the faster
Fear comes on.
Turn, assert yourself the master;
Fear is gone."
The possibilities of suggestion are many. I have
mentioned but a few which, of themselves, are suggestive of the
great scope of work that may be done. It is of inestimable value
to the child that is backward in his studies; for the unruly child
in school; for the wayward boy or girl who does not heed the wise
counsel given. Also, one's natural talent may be greatly developed;
in short, there is no occupation nor profession for which one
has an aspiration that the necessary inspiration cannot be evoked
and the inherent power set in motion.
[Note: The following section titled “Suggestion”
is somewhat different in style from the previous section by Mr.
Warman. Although there is no clear demarcation between it and
Mr. Warman’s article, it has the attribution of “The
Nautilus” at the end. It is not clear if Mr. Warman wrote
it or someone else under the guise of “The Nautilus”
or perhaps in a publication designated as “The Nautilus.”
– David McMillin]
The word itself is suggestive of an act, a word,
a belief, confidence. All intelligence comes from without us.
We know things only as we learn them.
Our intelligence is expressed in words. We think
in words. Words are things. Had man never been spoken to, he would
never have spoken. Without speech, oral, or by signs made or written,
we would have no way to communicate our ideas to each other. Words
The influence of suggestion depends upon the interest
of the recipient. A state in which the mind is passive, and recipient,
interested, are absolutely conditions of importance.
Faith in anything, along any line, renders the individual recipient,
and this condition is an essential on the part of the recipient
in order to derive benefit from suggestion - that is, inspire
confidence in the thing suggested.
It also requires faith in the suggester and the
suggested, before effects ensue. Without faith nothing can be
done; nothing is done.
Confidence removes all fear on the part of the suggested,
and is an essential condition to be in, in order to derive benefit.
The suggester should be a man of earnest, honest
endeavor, having strong faith in the work being done, and should
never falter in the least, but always be in earnest, expressing
in himself implicit confidence in his work.
The suggester, the educator, the minister, the lawyer,
the workman of every line in life, to be successful, must be in
earnest, have faith in what he is doing, to be successful, and
be any benefit to his fellow men
The minister who is not inspired with faith in his
work, is unsuccessful, and his auditors are lacking in confidence
in him. This is true in every department of life. The one who
is not in earnest in his work, is a failure.
The teacher must believe what he teaches, and express
sufficient zeal to inspire implicit confidence in his pupil; then
he can get undivided attention, and his labor will be eminently
No one can derive the full benefit of his labor,
without being in earnest. Concentration of the mind, fixedly and
steadfastly, is the only way to learn any subject. One can only
grasp an idea by intense, fixed earnestness.
One's earnestness expresses his confidence along
any line in life. The legitimate use of suggestion, in the cure
of disease, should be all one should desire, and these properly
made, make remarkable changes in the one receiving the suggestions,
and acting upon them. Many remarkable cures are made, not obtained
otherwise, and in many instances the whole life is changed.
Fixed states of mentality, even in cases of insanity,
suggestions have wrought cures; restoring the insane to a normal
state at once changed the thought, life; changed the relation
of thought to its normal status.
HOW TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE BY AUTO-SUGGESTION
You cannot do anything until you think you can.
You will remain on the sidetrack until you have the confidence,
that you can get back on the main track.
Most people sidetrack themselves. They leave the
switch open and run off the track from carelessness and never
have courage or gumption enough to get back again. Many people
cannot get up because they think that luck or fate is against
them, that it is no use to try.
The man who says there is no use trying will never
rise and never get on; in fact, he will never get anywhere but
All of the creative forces of the mind fall into
line with expectation. There is no law by which we can attract
one thing while expecting something else. Most people torture
themselves a large part of the time with their own bad thinking,
with their own discouraging thoughts. "Man is not the creature
of circumstances. Circumstances are the creatures of men,"
Never allow yourself to think of the possibility
to be even a failure. Stoutly assert that there is a place for
you in this world, and that you are going to fill it like a man.
Train yourself to expect great things of yourself. Never admit
even by your manner that you are destined to do little things
all your life. If you practice and persistently hold the positive,
producing, opulent thought, this mental attitude will, some day,
make a place for you, and create that which you desire.
If you are ambitious to do anything great, anything
distinctive, the greatest thing of which you are capable, spare
no pains or expense in keeping yourself in superb physical and
mental condition, keeping your life in tune with your great life
- purpose. Keep it free from everything which would cut down its
creative, productive power. You cannot, afford to harbor fear,
doubt and discouragement, for they will halve your efforts and
perhaps absolutely neutralize them.
There is nothing like putting yourself in tune with
the best thing in you, with your highest ambition, every morning.
You will then be in position to do the best thing of which you
are capable. Everywhere we see men trying to do great things upon
which may hang vast interests, with their minds all crowded, crippled
and cramped within the enemies of their achievement, and they
do not know how to get rid of them.
Never allow yourself to commence your day's duties
with a hard expression, with a discouraging, dejected, melancholy
sort of air about you. If you do you will find everything is likely
to go wrong with you during the day. Start your song with the
right key or you are likely to have discord throughout the day.
All of the body follows the dominating thought,
motive and feeling, and takes on its expression. For example,
a man is constantly worrying, fretting, a victim of fear, cannot
possibly help out-picturing this condition in his body. Nothing
in the world can counteract this hardening, aging, ossifying process
but a complete reversal of the thought, so that the opposite ideas
dominate. The effect of the mind on the body is always absolutely
scientific. It follows an inexorable law.
We cannot conceal our thoughts, because each one
of them is like a chisel, continually cutting its autograph and
its photograph upon the mind and body, so that everybody who looks
into our faces reads our secrets. It looks out of our manner,
our bearing, and proclaims our real self to the world.
Wherever thought dominates the mind at any time,
it is continually modifying, changing the life ideal, so that
every suggestion that comes into the mind from any source, is
registered in the cell-life, etched in the character, and out-pictured
in the expression and appearance.
You will be surprised to see what mere persistence
in holding your thought stoutly toward success and happiness will
bring you. Constantly expect something large of yourself and refuse
to allow your doubts and fears to cripple your efficiency.
People do not realize how rapidly vitality is wasted
in friction, in worry and anxiety, in harsh discordant notes which
destroy the harmony of life.
If you feel discordant, strangle the thought, do
not dwell upon your troubles or harbor them. Every time you retail
them, or encourage others to retail theirs, you sow seeds for
a new crop of the same kind. "Exchanging symptoms is a vicious
pastime, as it gives to other people by suggestion," says
Keep the mind so occupied and the life so full of
good things that there is no room for the bad, no time for worrying.
Keep the mind so occupied that there will be no opportunity for
the enemies of your happiness and your prosperity to gain an entrance.
The full mind is the happy one. The empty mind,
like a vacant lot, is soon filled with all sorts of noxious weeds.
We would develop a life philosophy that would protect us from
the enemies which would rob us of our birthright - happiness,
a complete, joyous life. We ought to absolutely refuse admission
to any thought, suggestion or mood, any sort of mental enemy that
can make us suffer or rob us of divine mental poise, sweet serenity
which is the glory of life and which is possible to every human
Many people go through life doing the weaker thing,
smaller thing, when the tremendous power was lying latent in their
natures, only waiting to be aroused, power which would have enabled
them to have done infinitely greater things.
The power of self-suggestion to lead to self-discovery
is simply beyond calculation. We can thus dive into the depths
of our own natures and find possessions which we never before
realized were ours.
Even those who are doing the great things today
are probably not reaching up to anything like their possible height,
are probably not using anywhere near all their power. Vast reserves
are lying in all of us, waiting to be uncovered, to be utilized.
We are constantly being surprised by youths and
young people who start out for themselves and do wonderful things
without capital or influence, and we say, "Well, it was in
them;" but people who do these things, do not seem to think
that perhaps an equal or greater power is in them too.
When you go into an undertaking, just say to yourself,
"Now this thing is right up to me. I've got to make good
to show the man in me or the coward. There is no backing out."
Repeat to yourself some inspiring bits of poetry
or sayings such as, "Give me the man who faces what he must."
"What I can do, I ought to do. What I ought
to do, I can do. What I can do and ought to do, by the grace of
God, I will do."
You will be surprised to see how quickly this sort
of auto-suggestion will brace you up and put new spirit in you.
- The Nautilus.