An introduction to the origins and practice of mesmerism
What is mesmerism? Is it just an old-fashioned hypnotic induction technique or something more?
Mesmerism was prematurely abandoned for political reasons and still has a lot to offer. In many respects it has definite advantages over hypnosis.
The popularity of mesmerism
Mesmerism enjoyed a success that hypnotism never has. Mesmerism was embraced by royalty. A number of creative geniuses, Dickens, Dumas, Poe and others practiced mesmerism. There were even several hospitals devoted exclusively to mesmerism
The super conscious
Some of Mesmer’s French disciples found a method of directly contacting the higher self, a kind of mysterious realm in the human mind, a central point linking the conscious individual with his inner most self and unknown forces in the universe. The aim of mesmerism was to rediscover that central point so that the individual might recover the total of his or her psychic energy and the unknown riches within.
Mesmerism is the first bio-energy therapy
Now there are many other bio-energy, therapies ‘ Reiki, healing touch, etc., but mesmerism remains the only bio-energy TRANCE therapy. It is from this trance aspect that it has its power.
The Forgotten Advantages of Mesmerism
The Incredible Hidden Power of Mesmerism
In the 1850′s James Esdaile performed over 3,000 operations using mesmerism as the only anesthesia. Not only did the patients feel no pain but also there was a most interesting side effect from the use of mesmerism. The post surgery mortality rate was reduced from 50% to 5% and this was in India, a tropical country, in the 1850′s!
What incredible hidden power and benefit mesmerism must have!
Elicit SUPERIOR INTELLIGENCE
A mysterious superior intelligence often appears in the mesmerized subject. Mesmerism stimulated experiences and capacities that could transform the human body and mind.
The Marquis de Puysegur one of the most important early mesmerists discovered that a mysterious intelligence often came into play during Mesmerism and trance. As Lewis Thomas suggested, this was not the sort of confused, disorderly intelligence of the Freudian unconscious.
‘There almost has to be a person in charge, running matters of meticulous detail beyond anyone’s comprehension, a skilled engineer and manager, a chief executive officer’ a cell biologist of world class’. Lewis Thomas
This, perhaps was the most fundamental insight first seen in mesmerism, this glimpse of a superior intelligence within us that can drastically alter out perceptions and thinking, restore healthy functioning, and enhance our most basic capacities. From the wealth of mesmeric phenomena we learn that human functioning can be developed in more dramatic ways that we can imagine.
Mesmerism is a stand alone system of Psychotherapy
Professor Henri Ellenbergen of the University of Montreal wrote that the work of the mesmerists resulted in the slow development of a well-rounded system of dynamic psychiatry.
‘These pioneers undertook with great audacity the exploration and the therapeutic utilization of unconscious psychological energies. On the basis of their findings, they elaborated new theories about the human mind and the psychogenesis of illness. The first dynamic psychiatry was an impressive achievement, even more so since it was brought about mostly outside of ‘if not directly in opposition to ‘ official medicine.’
Mesmerism prevents damage from cell phone radiation
Today we live in an era of rapidly increasing electronic technology. Within that technology are hidden pollutants that many people are not aware of. Our bodies absorb these electronic pollutants from many sources including cell phones, computers, televisions, microwaves and electrical power lines. These electronic pollutants are known as EMF’s, electronicmagnetic fields. When these EMF’s are emitted the cells of our bodies are negatively impacted by the waves, which in turn increase free radical production, This causes the body to function at a decreased efficiency and decreases energy level and in turn can cause pain and various illnesses. Mesmerism restores the natural harmony of the body’s energy filed.
The Rebirth of Mesmerism
A Deeper Trance: In a modern study
Deeper Trance: In a modern study mesmerism was compared to hypnotism. One hundred subjects of varying degrees of suggestibility took part in the experiment. Eighty four percent of the subjects felt mesmerism was a deeper trance than hypnosis
The Experience of Mesmerism
The same study found the physical and mental experiences during mesmerism were also different than during hypnosis. In mesmerism 68% of the subjects described a ‘patch’ loss of sensation or analgesia in some part of their bodies, 26% experienced a numbness throughout their bodies, 15% were cataleptic, 9% lost total contact or sense of body and 9% reported spontaneous healing.
Parasensory phenomena in mesmerism
The study concluded that there was also a higher rate of parasensory phenomena experienced during mesmerism. 23% of the subjects felt at least partly out of their bodies, 7% experienced age regression and 7% felt they had contact with their past lives.