STRANGE, but at one time men raged against the assertion that such a thing as hypnotism really exists, and foremost among them were many members of the medical profession! They did not shrink from describing hypnotism as humbug and fraud, just as a short time before they had also done with magnetic healing, which today has become a great blessing to so many. Practitioners in this field were bitterly attacked and called charlatans and deceivers.
Today it is again the medical profession which has largely appropriated hypnotism. What at one time they denied in the strongest terms they now advocate!
This may be judged in two ways! He who quite objectively observed the bitter conflict at that time naturally cannot refrain from smiling today when he again sees how those who formerly showed excessive hostility now try to apply with even greater zeal the hypnotism they disdained. On the other hand, however, it must be acknowledged that this almost grotesque change of front nevertheless deserves respect! It requires a certain amount of courage to expose oneself to the risk of being ridiculed, which just in this case is quite probable!
We must recognise in this the earnestness which really desires to benefit humanity, and for this reason does not even shrink from facing such a risk!
It is only to be regretted that people have not learned from this for the future by becoming more careful in passing judgments and - let us be honest - in showing hostility when it concerns things which belong to the same field as hypnotism! In spite of every experience many other subjects in this field are unfortunately today treated in exactly the same way, perhaps even worse!
In the end the same display will inevitably be repeated - that suddenly, without any transition, something is being eagerly advocated which until then they stubbornly sought to deny! What is more, they will unscrupulously attempt with every means at their disposal to obtain possession of and exploit many things, the research into and discovery of which was first carefully left to others, mostly so-called "laymen", who had to face their continual hostility!
Whether this can still be termed creditable and courageous is open to question! On the contrary, it is much more likely that this eternal repetition will throw a different light upon actions considered meritorious! Such is the issue considered from the external aspect!
But it becomes much more serious when one really knows the effects of the application of hypnotism. It is good that the existence of hypnotism has at last been recognised and confirmed, and that the verbose attacks of the scientists, which according to present experience only reveal the ignorance of those making them, have ceased. But that its application should consequently have been so widely extended under the aegis of the suddenly enlightened former opponents proves that these wiseacres are much further removed from real knowledge than the much-abused laymen who made the first researches.
It is appalling to know what harm is done to thousands who today confidently place themselves in the hands of the supposedly qualified in order to submit to hypnosis, either voluntarily or through persuasion or, worst of all, who are forced into it without their knowledge. Even if all this is done with the best intention to achieve something good, it does not alter the fact that this practice causes immeasurable harm in every case! Those who employ hypnotism are not qualified to do so! Only he can be called qualified who is fully familiar with the sphere to which all that he uses belongs. In the case of hypnotism this would be the Ethereal Sphere. And he who really knows this sphere, and not only imagines in his presumption that he does, will never make use of hypnotism as long as he desires what is best for his fellow-men. Unless, of course, he quite consciously intends to harm them gravely!
Therefore where hypnotism is used a sin is committed, whatever the circumstances; no matter whether by a layman or not. In this there is no single exception!
When in all simplicity one tries to regard the matter from the logical point of view alone, one must then come to the conclusion that it is in fact boundless frivolity to work with something the range of which one can only overlook to a very limited degree, and the final effect of which is not yet known!
It is no consolation to know that such frivolity concerning the weal and woe of one's fellow-men not only harms the person experimented upon, but also doubles the burden of responsibility which falls upon the experimenter. It would be better if people did not consent so confidently to something they do not themselves thoroughly understand! If it is done without their knowledge and wish, then it amounts to a downright crime, even if it is performed by a so-called qualified person!
Since it cannot be assumed that all who use hypnotism intend to harm their fellow-men, there remains nothing else but to state the fact that they are entirely ignorant of the nature of hypnotism, and face the results of their activity with a complete lack of understanding. There is not the slightest doubt about this; it is either the one or the other! Therefore all that remains is the lack of understanding!
When a person employs hypnotism he binds the spirit of the one hypnotised! This binding is in itself a spiritual transgression or crime. To use hypnotism for the purpose of healing a bodily disease or as a means towards psychic recovery does not excuse it. Nor can it be defended by the argument that the resulting psychic change for the better has also improved the volition of the patient, so that he has benefitted by hypnotic treatment.
To live and act in this belief is self-deception; for only what a human spirit undertakes with a perfectly freeand uninfluenced volition can bring it that benefit which it needs for its real ascent. All else is extraneous and only capable of bringing about a temporary and apparent benefit to them.
Every binding of the spirit, no matter for what purpose it was done, forms an absolute check on the possibility of the necessary progress. Apart from the fact that such a binding brings far more dangers than advantages, a spirit bound in this way is not only subject to the influence of the hypnotiser but also remains to a certain extent defencelessly exposed to other ethereal influences, despite the possible prohibition of the hypnotiser, because in its bound state it lacks the sorely-needed protection which only freedom of movement can offer.
Just because men notice nothing of these perpetual conflicts, the attacks, and their own successful or unsuccessful efforts at defence, this does not exclude the activity in the Ethereal World or their co-operation with it.
Thus every man who is effectively hypnotised is more or less permanently hindered in the true development of his innermost ego. Whether the outward circumstances thereby become still more unfavourable, or show an apparent temporary benefit, is only of secondary consideration, and is therefore no criterion for any judgment. The spirit must remain free in any case, because in the final analysis only the spirit is concerned!
Supposing there is a noticeable outward improvement, upon which hypnotists so much like to build, the person concerned has in reality received no benefit from it at all. His bound spirit is unable to work as creatively in the Ethereal World as a spirit which is completely free. The ethereal forms created by his bound or forced volition are without power, because they were formed at secondhand and very soon wither away in the Ethereal World. Therefore even his improved volition cannot bring him the same benefit through the reciprocal action that can certainly be expected of the creative activity of a free spirit!
It is naturally the same with a bound spirit which wills and carries out something evil at the direction of the hypnotiser! Because of their lack of power, the ethereal forms will soon fade away or be absorbed by other similar types, despite the evil gross material deeds, so that an ethereal reciprocal action cannot set in. Consequently an earthly responsibility can fall upon those under compulsion, but not a spiritual responsibility! The process is exactly the same with those who are insane!
In this one sees again the complete justice of the Creator, operating in the Ethereal World through the living laws which are unexcelled in their perfection. Thus the person compelled to perform evil deeds through an alien will cannot be accounted guilty, neither will he receive blessings for carrying out good actions through an alien will, because his independent "ego" played no part in them!
Instead something else happens! Through the hypnotism which forcibly binds the spirit the hypnotiser is simultaneously bound to his victim as if with the strongest chains. He cannot be released until he has helped the person whom he forcibly retarded in his free development to advance as far as he would have done if his spirit had not been bound. After his earthly death the hypnotiser must go where the spirit he formerly bound goes, be it even down to the deepest depths!
One can easily see from this what is in store for those who regularly practise hypnotism. When after their earthly death they awake and regain their senses in the beyond they will perceive with horror how many ties connect them with those who have already passed on as well as with those still on earth! Nothing of this can be remitted! Such a man must redeem one link after the other, even if he loses thousands of years in the process!
However, it is probable that he will be unable to reach the end of this task before he is drawn into the disintegration which will destroy the personality of his own "ego" - for he has gravely sinned against the spirit!
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