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A Lesson in


Author of " How to Control Fate through Suggestion," "Man's Greatest

Discovery," "Self-Healing through Suggestion," " Dollars Want Me,"

etc., and Editor of NOW.

So shall some Thought of mine yet encircle earth,
And puff away thy crumbling altars, Jove.


Logic and Sermons never convince,

The damp of night drives deeper into my Soul.

Walt Whitman.

A man for success must have ideas, must obey ideas, or he
might as well be the horse he rides on. Of no use are the
men who study to do exactly as was done before, who never
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Copyrighted, 1902 and 1906, by "NOW" Folk.
Entered at Stationers' Hall, London.



Were you to learn that in a certain vault was untold treas-
ure, and that, could you find the KEY, it would be yours,
what would you do?

Did you know that beneath your acres lie valuable mines
of precious ore and only a certain form of dynamite would
rift the hills and expose it, what would you do?
Did some expert convince you that wells of oil lie under
your field and only a certain drill would bore to it, what
would you do?

Did you ascertain that a certain book held all the informa-
tion to make you wise in your dealings with men; that it
would make each waking hour happy and each sleeping one
peaceful, and that only by a great sacrifice could you obtain
it, what would you do?

You would sacrifice all you at present possessed, for you
would know that, possessing these, millions more would
be yours.

You possess now all these treasures. You are able to pay
for their revelation. Will you?


I possess the Power that will bring the realization of your


It is the only Power that can give this to you.

All that gold is yours. I have the KEY.

All those mines are yours. I have the POWDER.

All those wells are yours. I have the DRILL.

All that information is yours. I have the BOOK.

It is yours by birthright. You did not know it. It lies

deep WITHIN. Knowledge is POWER. It unlocks the

treasure. That Knowledge so long sought is found. Its

name is WISDOM. That KEY, that POWDER, that DRILL,



/ hold the KEY
To Health^ Success, and Happiness.

Study me and find it.
Meditation will reveal it.

Apply it in Living,

Then all THINGS desired

are thine.


Phenomena, under the name "Hypnotism," draw
increased and deserved attention. For nearly one
hundred and fifty years it has been known and, un-
der-various names, produced for amusement, mysti-
fying, study, or physical benefit. It has been best
known as "Mesmerism" and "Animal Magnetism."
It now has a literature of its own and occupies much
attention in the secular press. Its friends are in
every walk of life. Schools and mail courses of
study are plentiful. It is destined to be a most
powerful factor in the therapeutic, educational and
reformatory growth of the new century. That these
phenomena exist is now no longer doubted. Their
importance is admitted by all who give the subject
even a casual study.

The author believes that the principle involved in
this phenomena is the most important man has yet
discovered, that it is destined to produce greater
changes in man and his environments than any pre-
vious discovery. Believing this, he is devoting his
energies in assisting the development of a proper
understanding of this Principle in popular mind.
He believes it to be the one Thought needed to bring
in the age foretold by prophet and priest.
His intention is to explain these phenomena, to show
their harmony with all other perceptions of Truth,
to make from them a basis, through philosophy for
the soon-to-be, "Science of Life" and an "Art of
Living." Knowledge that is easily obtained from
this so long neglected field of research, will enable


any person to attain this Art. The Law that under-
lies these phenomena is more practical than the
multiplication table.

But the author wishes to say, first of all, that he
uses the word "Hypnotism" under a protest. The
name is a misnomer. It comes from "hypnosis/'
meaning sleep. Sleep is not necessary to the phe-
nomena nor to receive benefits from the use. In
but few experiments is sleep necessary. Besides,
the word carries with it the misconceptions of a false
theory. There is no such thing as "hypnotic power"
or "hypnotic phenomena." The phenomena occur,
but they are not hypnotic. They are not the effect
of a power that the operator possesses, but are the
effect of the subject's own mind. All the phenomena
produced by an "hypnotic" subject are as honest
as those produced by him in school, home or work-
shop and are as natural and normal as those are
really identical in origin. The phenomena exist as
a part of the daily life of all persons. In a subject,
they are artificially reproduced and exaggerated.
The only power the operator has is that which
teacher, merchant, preacher, mother or friend pos-
sesses over others. It is what, in ordinary speech,
is termed "Influence." The only difference between
the "Hypnotic Professor" and men in other walks
of life is that he understands and uses consciously
the same power that other men in other phases of
life use unconsciously and instinctively. These phe-
nomena contain more knowledge within them for the
upbuilding of manhood and the reformation of so-
ciety than can be obtained from all phenomena with
which physical science deals.

It is the object of this book to remove all mystery
from Hypnotism, to cause these phenomena to be
considered as natural and as normal as the functions
of every day labor and, by so doing, to prepare mental
conditions for a clear understanding of the Principle
of Suggestion, in accord with which all phenomena


of life occur, and to prepare the way for its applica-
tion in daily life. It is the thought, born in igno-
rance of Cause, that gives birth to the belief that hyp-
notic phenomena are caused by one person's having
the will of another in thrall. No person can thus
enslave another. No person ever did so enslave.
These phenomena are the work of the individuals
who manifest them.

As I write this introduction, there comes to my ex-
change table a valued journal showing that its other-
wise very intelligent editor has still this misconcep-
tion. He says: "We are individuals and refuse to
surrender the control of ourselves or our mentality
to anyone." When one shall understand what Sug-
gestion is, he will see that, instead of a surrender of
individuality, it is a development of individuality.
It places him in full control of himself. Suggestion
is the road to self-control. It is only putting into
practice the law which it is man's province to bend
to his Will, the law of Concentration.

To learn our powers and how to use them, is the
province of education. There is no other way equal
to a knowledge of Suggestion. The end of this
knowledge is self-control and self-control is the acme
of character. Those who oppose hypnotism do so
only through a misunderstanding of the law of Sug-
gestion. "If one can thus destroy another's will,"
it is said, "then he can influence to evil and crime."
This I deny and deal with it at some length in this

I write from over thirty years' experience as teacher,
lecturer, subject and operator, and, therefore, as an
expert, I declare that man has found no law of so
much importance to his well-being as that explained
in this book.

SAN FRANCISCO, CAL., January, 1902.



The Key to Wisdom, the Inlet to Power,
And the road to Success, are all found
In the Principle of Suggestion.

Troth and Truth is a fixed quantity. Man per-
Unity. ceives but does not create Truth.

Truth and the Universe are Co-

It is not Truth and error; it is only more or less
Truth. The Universe is One. This Universe is
divided, by my Consciousness, into myself and that
which is not myself. This division is purely a men-
tal one; I make it when I say, "I AM"; this means
there is a manifestation of the Universe which I
am not. That which I am not is named variously:
God, Energy, Force, Nature, etc. Names cannot
change IT. They are names, and names are symbols
only for that which is. I am in the Universe, not
a portion of it, but I am a manifestation of IT.
Thus my recognition of Self divides the Universe,
to my consciousness, into what I call "I," which is
the Within, and what I call "Not I," which is the
Without. This is the simplest of all philosophy.
It is as simple as Cause and Effect.

"I" and Between the "I" and that which is
"Not I." not "Not I," lies that which makes a
dividing line in the Universe, between
the Absolute and the Individual, which I call "I,"
namely Sensation. Consciousness abides in the
power to sense that which is the Me, and distinguish


it from the Non-Me. Sensation is differentiated into
five special senses. By means of these senses, I
know that I am not that which I sense. I am the
"I" which senses. Because I sense, that is because
I feel, I think. I am something that feels and
thinks. What is this "I"? It is not that which
is felt and is thought about. We name it Ego, Soul,
Spirit, Self. This is simply naming the "I AM."
It names but does not explain. Now that "I AM,"
because I feel and think, the questions rise: Can I
feel what I choose to feel? Can I think what I choose
to think? It is with these questions that this book
deals. If I can thus choose, I am a free man. If
I cannot, I am a slave.

Power of Can I control the Non-Me so that it
Choice. will make me feel and think as I choose?

This is the most important question
man has ever considered. Is he an instrument in
the hands of the Non-Me, or is he an independent
individuality in a Universe where he can use, at will,
the forces of that Universe? Heretofore the answer
has been, "No!" But the twentieth century opens
with the answer, "Yes."

Sensation. How? To teach "how," is the ob-
ject of this book. *

Briefly the answer is this: The phenomena called
Hypnotic, but which are the daily phenomena of
Suggestion, when once their significance is known,
contain this needed knowledge. To understand this
significance, we must look, through the demonstra-
tions of science, into the phenomena of sensation.
Sensation is recognition by the Ego of that which
is without itself. Sensation arises from contact of
the Within and the Without. What contacts? To
science, all is motion. The Ego is a form of motion.
The Without is a form of motion. All contact is

* NOTE: This "How" is still further elucidated in my
pamphlet "How to Control Fate through Suggestion."


through radiation from centers. These radiations
are called, when passing through space, Vibrations.
All contact is that of some vibration upon the Ego.
The body does not feel; it is only the channel through
which vibrations impinge upon the Ego. A body
which the Ego has left does not feel. Dead bodies
have no sensation. Vibrations differ in speed. Pitch
is the better word. Vibrations of different pitch
produce different sensations. We call one sensation
taste, one odor, one sound, one light, but these are
only differentiations of the one sense of touch.

Emotion. The beginning of consciousness lies in
Feeling. By it we are kept in touch
with Unity, of which we are simply a manifestation.
Unity is indivisible. Thus I, the Ego, am a neces-
sity to Unity, for without an Ego there would be
neither sensation nor thought. Individuality is
manifest in Unity, through Thought, born of Feeling.
Whatever I sense, be it pleasure or pain, joy or sor-
row, beauty or goodness, music or love, is produced
in me as a response of the Ego to some vibration.
This response we call an emotion. "E" means out;
thus we have an out-motion to meet the "in"-motion;
an in-volution and an evolution. When the Ego
does not respond to the Vibration, as in very young
children; in the blind, and in the deaf; there is in
these neither light nor sound. But the vibrations
from without, which would cause these sensatinos,
were they received, still exist. Thus does the in-
dividual make his own world. The blind lives in a
world of darkness, and the deaf in a soundless one.

Key to Can the individual who sees and hears

Wisdom. refuse to see and hear? This is a ques-
tion of more import than wireless tele-
graphy or aerial navigation. When one does so
choose, or so refuse, he will see and hear only the
pleasant. Happiness is ever his who shall achieve
this power of conscious choice. To know how to


choose and how to live in the world of chosen sensa-
tion, is the knowledge above all other knowledge.
To possess it is to have the Key to Wisdom. This
it is to be Self-Controlled, to be the Master of Fate.
This is to create each day the conditions we wish.
That it can be done, thousands today, in their self-
created conditions of health and prosperity, testify.
Conditions may be as consciously determined and
wrought out as are the statues and paintings in the
galleries. This knowledge comes as all other comes
from Mother Nature herself; from observing the
phenomena of daily life.

Responsibility Each person now, in ignorance

of Choice. of his power and of the laws of

mind (and foremost among them

is the Law of Suggestion), creates his body and his
surroundings without being conscious of so doing,
from his choice. Each day's conditions are the
result of choices made without knowledge of results.
These are common expressions: "If I had known
more last year;" "Had I chosen differently;" "Had
I forgiven;" "Had I bought or sold, how different
my life would be." And one is condemned for his
intemperance, his crime, his poverty, or his igno-
rance, "because he could do better," thus implying
a belief, at least in a limited power of choice, and a
limited responsibility for the conditions of life.
Every one realizes that his life would be very dif-
ferent today had he made a different decision on cer-
tain matters a year ago. Thus do we shape destiny
according to our intelligence. This proves the point
I wish to emphasize: each one, whether he is con-
scious of it or not, creates his own conditions of life.
Seeing this clearly in a few cases, we are compelled
to say that it is the same in cases where we cannot
understand the law. The cause of conditions is
located within. Each person has this power of
choice. When he knows how to choose, and will
so choose, he need not be unhappy, sick, or poor.


Where Lies We have now only to apply the
Choice. wisdom the facts of daily life teach

us. All choice comes from the one
Law of Suggestion. Where lies choice? Not in sen-
sation, the primal recognition of the Ego of Self
and of that which is not Self; it lies in sensation when,
by that portion of the nervous system which the
Ego created for that purpose, it is transformed into
thought. It is in Thought that men differ. All
feel alike. Sensation is one. The vibrations that
make light in one cannot make sound in another.
The sound once made, each person thinks his own
thought, born of it. The car whistle causes the
engineer and the traveler, the boy and the farmer,
to think differently. In the wife of the engineer
it may awaken emotions of fear; in that of the pas-
senger, emotions of joy. Yet the sensation, caused
by vibration on the ear, is one in all. But over
sensations presides the individual Ego, and it de-
cides how sensations shall affect him. He is king
in his domain, the world of Thought. "The king-
dom of God is within YOU!" said Jesus. Thus is
Thought the creator of that real world in which the
Ego lives. Thought-created are all the conditions
of life.

UnliKeness. Universal Energy is One. It mani-
fests as Life. It is One in all men.
Life manifests first as Sensation which is the same
in all. But sensation is transmuted into thought,
where all are unlike; they become individuals. The
Indian, the Californian, the Mexican and the China-
man have all had the same sun, soil, wind and water
in California. How different the thought each has
used. How different the conditions of the four.
Where lies the creative power?

Results of "Whatsoever a man thinketh in hit

ThinKing. heart, so is he," says an ancient

book. So the Dhammapada, said


to be the word of Buddha, says: " Whatsoever a
man thinks, the result follows him like a shadow."
Thinking determines the effect of natural conditions
upon the man. Thinking determines how vibra-
tions from the Without shall affect the Ego. There-
fore, no matter what the sensation, man has the
power to say of it: "It is good thus to feel."

Fate Can Be "All is Good!" This Affirmation
Controlled. will change pain to pleasure; grief

to joy; despair to peace. When
feeling badly, dear reader, did you ever have some
friend or some unexpected good come to you and
thus change your thought and send all bad condi-
tions from you? Once from your mind, they went
from your body. Did you ever have a pain and
have it leave when your attention was turned to
something else? A common case is the departure
of a toothache when the dentist's tools are seen.
This is the principle of hypnotism and all there is in
the schools of Mental Healing. By Suggestion, one
is caused to think of something else and, when pain
is forgotten, it does not exist. The strongest Sug-
gestion for the time rules the individual. Can we
think pain, can we think health, whenever we choose?

Each person has power, when he knows himself, to
say what he shall feel and think. Otherwise, he is
a leaf in an infinite stream called "Fate;" a machine
wrought upon by some outside power. Within a
certain limit, this power of choice and control is
admitted. We now remove all limitations, realizing
that they are self-imposed. Limitations are the
direct results of ignorance. Man has the power of
Self-Control. All one needs is to learn to use this
power in the same way he has learned to us
other forms of power, viz: by experience.

That one may realize this power, it is necessary for
him intelligently and consciously to apply the Law


of Suggestion. He ignorantly and instinctively ap-
plies it all the time. He should use it intelligently
and manifest the same self-control the platform
subject does when he sleeps at the word of the

A Definition. What is Suggestion? And what

is A Suggestion?

ED BY ANOTHER PERSON. Suggestion is the
objective side of life. The subjective is Affirma-
tion. An Affirmation is a statement of Truth. Each
person is controlled by his convictions of Truth.
He cannot get away from these convictions. On
arising in the morning, he sees a fog. He looks
at the thermometer and sees it 20 above zero. These
are Suggestions and he says: "It is cold." This
decision is an Affirmation born of the Suggestion.
The Suggestion produced a feeling which was trans-
muted in the brain to the Affirmation of Truth,
"It is cold." But the rugged school-boy in New
England would say as he saw the thermometer,
"Oh, a jolly morning!" and off he would go for a
December skate. Each makes his own world. The
same Suggestion awakens different thoughts in each ;
different emotions in each.

Suggestion being anything from without coming to
the consciousness, it follows that, when a person
acquires power over himself so that he ignores un-
pleasant Suggestions and receives only those he
wishes, he has acquired the power of making his life
what he chooses it to be. He then rules the "King-
dom" within. Like a king, he receives from without
only that which he chooses and that which comes
with the credentials of pleasure and health.


Possession. Subjectively, as a manifestation of
Unity, man is potential power in
every direction. In the objective life he is unfold-
ing that which he is in the subjective. Being all
potential power, why should he not affirm that
power? Why limit the manifestation of the sub-
jective "I AM" to the little power he has heretofore
manifested? There is no reason, except habit Let
him say henceforth: "I possess, and, since, by
thinking I have power to direct the manifestations
of the subjective life I am, I affirm that I am power
to do that which I desire to do!" He who will so
affirm, will do.

Power of This Affirmation is Suggestion trans-
1 nought. muted into Auto-Suggestion. This
is the power by which the conscious
man through desire and reason, controls the mani-
festations of his life, when he wills. Thought is
power It is the power, the only power, the Indi-
vidual uses to direct the Absolute power in which
ie lives and moves as an Ego, an individualized

In Self-Suggestion, Auto-Suggestion or Affirmation
(for they are all one) lies the Diamond Drill, the

7 ' and the B k P romised in th *

Self- Through the use of Affirmation, life

Assertion. can be made to one's desires, because

all conditions, whether of good or

ill, come from Affirmation. It is the only power

any person possesses. It is the power the hypnotist

uses. Self-assertion is the key to character Affir-

mation, to lift one from conditions not desirable

must rest upon that arch of character whose key-

i is Self-assertion. Without that mental char-

* The reader is referred to the author's work, "Man's Great
est Discovery," 25c, for a discussion of this fact


acteristic, there can be no success in any direction.
Therefore this Affirmation includes all others "I
AM!" Affirmations that follow this, that mean the
victory of Self over Fate are, "I Can" and "I Do!"
The Will that uses these is a cultivated and con-
centrated one. Will that is scattered over several
Affirmations at the same time means constant failure.

The "Open We have now reached the word of
Sesame." power, have found the "Sesame" to

the hidden treasure of the Soul. It
is the word, CONCENTRATION; one thought at a
time. Pay attention to what you are thinking.
Yes! this is the recognized key to success. But it
is also the key to the failures in health, business and
happiness. Worry, anxiety, fear, grief, doubt, are
all evidences of concentration. The question turns
on the kind of thoughts for concentration. Concen-
tration upon the wrong thoughts produces all the
evil. Evil is the evidence of an uncontrolled mind.
The business man in business concentration has
awakened genii that make him a slave. Such con-
centration is not the key to Peace and Victory.

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