Intelligent physicians will anticipate by such treatment an inherited tendency to malignant growths, fortifying through the channels of suggestion the system of the subject against any chemical, mechanical, or emotional cause for the development of cancer. Carcinoma, for instance, being rare under thirty, the physician of the future will keep up the vitality of the threatened tissues, in cases where the heritage is suspected, by powerful suggestions to the sub-personal mind; this treatment may be begun at the age of twenty-five.
A prominent New York surgeon contends that the germ theory, which is universally accepted in explanation of departures from health, will give place to the Psychic Theory which conditions it and makes it possible. Disease, and he does not except cancer, is due to lapse of psychophysical control. The moral as regards treatment is luminous. The intelligent practitioner knows that there is a mental element in every lapse from the normal.
. . .Suggestion will further be used to regulate fecundity, and so control the population of the earth; to aid the induction of anesthesia in operations (many surgeons are already so using audible suggestions of encouragement to advantage); and as a substitute in the twilight sleep for scopolamine.
Such promises to be the development of the twentieth century, while hypno-science seems further destined to demonstrate immortality on philosophical principles ; to discover the laws that govern telepathic intercourse, clairvoyance and clairaudience; to determine the possibility or impossibility of human communication with discarnate souls (a question left open for our investigation by the New Testament writers); to put a premium on dying, which men now fear, and to give us a sweet and happy and painless passage out of this consciousness, at the summons of the Death Angel.
BODY AND SPIRIT
AN INQUIRY INTO THE SUBCONSCIOUS
BASED UPON TWELVE THOUSAND EXPERIENCES IN THE author's PRACTICE
JOHN D. QUACKENBOS, A.M.,M.D.
The facts presented in the following pages are based on twelve thousand intimate experiences with the subconscious mind in extra-planetary life. Psycho-physicians should record and make public such experiences, inasmuch as there are so many failures, and so much misunderstanding and misrepresentation exist regarding psycho- therapeutics. Hypnotherapy is trivialized by many medical men, who know nothing of its philosophy and possibilities, and who have never witnessed its uplifting' effects nor its establishment of physical, mental, and moral control. These are they who, in that prevailing spirit of opposition to any radical departure in the treatment of disease, oppugn this most important advance in the healing art, relegating its practice to illiterate mountebanks, religious fanatics, "new-thoughters," and mystics. And what is equally deplorable, the country is flooded with books on suggestion and its psychology by authors who have never practised it themselves nor ever seen it practised, but who derive their theories entirely from a heavy-footed imagination. The erroneous impressions disseminated in this way are a direct menace to a proper under-standing of medical psychology and a consequent deterrent to unhappy sufferers whose only hope lies in its dynamogenic power. Persons without experience of the subconscious mind cannot intelligently discuss its nature and forces.
The strongest of all arguments for the efficacy of suggestion is the argument from experimental knowledge, that subjective conviction which springs from a personal communion with intelligences gifted with supernormal energy and force, that actual sense of their subliminal life and responsiveness to appeal which stands upon the same firm foundation as the certainty of one's own existence. There is no illusion, no imagination, no obsession about such certainty. The facts of practical psychics can no longer be misrepresented nor passed over in contemptuous silence.
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The book is given to the world in the hope that it may prove a source of inspiration to those who wish their fellows well or are themselves searching for spiritual freedom.
J. D. Q.
New York, April, 1910.