Cures that Have Been Effected.
A few cases have been selected from among hundreds that have occurred in practice to illustrate the kind of thoughtaction in which disease generates. All depend upon the same fundamental laws of mental activity, varying only in individual circumstances. The evidence accumulated by experience with such cases proves beyond question that mind images every conscious Idea, and that those Ideas which relate to selfexistence are reenacted in the physical system.
Case A. - This man, about thirtyfive years of age, suffered from a dull pain in one leg above the ankle, described as feeling like a broken bone. At times the spot was inflamed and swollen, with increased pain. A marked feature of the Case was that on starting suddenly to catch a street car or a train, the sensation would instantly change from dull to acute pain, with such intensity as frequently to compel a stop.
Inquiry revealed the following facts: About twelve years previous to this examination, he was standing on the platform of a railroad station while a passenger train was pulling out... When the train was well under way, a man came hastily from the waitingroom and attempted to get on board. He fell, and a wheel took one leg off above the ankle. A was the first to reach the sufferer and render assistance. There were especially distressing features connected with the scene; but it was subsequently forgotten, and had not been consciously recalled for several years. Although not consciously remembered, this scene remained active subconsciously, and caused the suffering previously described.
Physical treatment had no remedial effect. Yet when the sudden fright caused by seeing another in danger was erased from his mind immediate relief followed; and within a few weeks every sign of the trouble disappeared. Nine years have elapsed, with no return of the symptoms.
This Case fairly illustrates the kind of mental action which causes disease. At the time of the accident the observer, while too far away to render precautionary assistance, was yet within ready view of every movement. Recognizing the danger, every mental emotion was at once called into intense activity, and a mental photograph embodying every detail of the scene was instantaneously impressed upon mind, exactly as in the act of material photography. This Picture remained clearly delineated in the substance of Mind, being always present though not continuously recognized, in the same manner as the picture remains on the photographer's plate, though it be for months out of sight and remembrance. So complete a coincidence as running for a car instantaneously called the entire picture into intense activity; and acute pain, reflecting from the keen sense of danger subconsciously imagined as present, at once throbbed through the nerves of the part which was the subject of injury in the original picture. At times sufficient agitation of tissue developed to result in inflammation. Conscious memory is not a necessary factor in this line of mental action.
Through a process of conscious thought, based upon correct understanding of the laws of existence, metaphysical treatment causes such needless action to cease. When this is accomplished fear vanishes, and the subconscious illusion of continually living in a previous scene, with the accompanying false idea of danger, disappears. Thereupon its reflection in the physical tissue fades, and nature restores the usual health. This is a Metaphysical Cure. It is strictly scientific in character, because, with exact knowledge in regard to both cause and effect, it strikes directly at the root of the trouble and cures at once, knowing what is to be done, how it is done, and why it should be done. Other methods are attempts to cure by influencing the imagination through some form of emotion, through faith in some outside power to do the work, or through a blind belief in the efficacy of a drug, which arouses some degree of imagination in the direction of a cure, while nature does the work.
While some recover under all methods of treatment, owing partly to nature's tremendous recuperative powers, others succumb to the constantly active and unperceived influence of the original Mental Picture of distress. Still others pass away because unable to withstand the injurious influence of a foreign element introduced into the physical system as a remedy for a mental condition which is forever beyond the reach of anything more material than Thought itself.
Case B. - This was a young woman whose Case had been medically diagnosticated as Bronchial Consumption. It did not yield to medical treatment. The patient was weak and nervous, with little endurance, a severe cough, bronchial and catarrhal inflam mation with throat complications, and extreme sensitiveness to moisture in the atmosphere. When questioned, she explained that she coughed because of a feeling as though there was sand in the windpipe. She was attacked by frequent severe bronchial colds. The patient, her friends and her physician were completely discouraged.
It was learned that a few weeks before the first cold which led up to the described condition, she was drowned to the extent of unconsciousness while surfbathing. There were mental complications requiring continued treatment for a while, but this drowning was the original and the principal cause. The subconscious idea that she was continually reenacting that scene of danger was removed through metaphysical treatment. Speedy relief followed, and in a few weeks the symptoms disappeared; within three months her usual health was fully restored. Seven years have elapsed since the treatment, giving sufficient time to test the permanence of the cure.
This woman, naturally strong and ambitious, was rapidly passing beyond the line of physical endurance because of the influence of a mental picture of expected death from a past experience, in which no physical danger any longer existed. The trouble was not the
continuation of a physical injury, but continuance of the mental impression of death which was formed during the accident, with its definite picture of water and sand as the means of destruction. In other words, it was not death, but the Thought of death, a false Idea which was constantly at work underneath, reproducing itself in the physical tissue, undermining health, and rapidly leading to the ultimate of its disturbing action.
Drowning scenes produce every variety of disease of the respiratory organs, because the idea of danger is centered there, through fear of injury by inhaling a destructive foreign element. This thought continuing in subconscious action becomes the cause of repeated attacks of nervous agitation. The only adequate curative influence is such as will remove the mental impression of danger and its consequent fear. To exercise such an influence is declared by many who are considered the world's greatest thinkers to be beyond human capability. Nevertheless, its exercise is an established fact of daily occurrence, and may be performed with some degree of success by any rightly informed individual.
The necessity for some means of assistance for the mentally afflicted is suggested in the dialogue between Macbeth and his wife's physician: Macb."How does your patient, doctor?" Doct. "Not so sick, my lord, As she is troubled with thickcoming fancies, That keep her from her rest." Macb. her of that.
Canst thou not minister to a mind diseas'd? Pluck from the memory a rooted sorrow, Raze out the written troubles of the brain, And with some sweet, oblivious antidote Cleanse the stuff'd bosom of that perilous grief Which weighs upon the heart?" Doct. "Therein the patient Must minister unto himself." Macb."Throw physic to the dogs: I'll none of it." Now, however, the victim of morbid fancies may be "ministered unto"in his otherwise hopeless affliction. Case C. - A man of fortyfive years, hearty and strong, not in the least given to vain imaginings, but on the contrary decidedly practical in nature and material in his tendencies, complained of muscular rheumatism in the arms and hack. The first attack came with a severe influenza cold, supposed to have been contracted by exposure in wet weather.
12 It was learned that shortly before the first attack, and during a cold storm, he - as an officer of the law, on duty in a public building - was attacked by a ruffian who had previously threatened his life, and was at that time creating a disturbance evidently with the purpose of carrying out the threat. The officer received a blow on the back from a heavy object, but succeeded in holding his ground and quelling the disturbance. The attack of influenza soon followed, leaving him with the painful feeling named rheumatism.
The causative mental action in this Case was established in the following manner: During the moments of intense excitement, while injury was anticipated in a general way only, a mental picture of general fear of harm, perhaps worse, was formed without definite expectation. This feature of the mental agitation caused the influenza symptoms, which are a general inflammation of the mucous membrane and agitation of the entire system, with the aching that accompanies either the idea of severe muscular strain or the effect of repeated blows. The fear, which at first was only general, finally centered in one spot by means of the blow, which instantly concentrated all thought of injury at the point of impact. This final feature of the mental action caused the rheumatic pain in the back, which extended somewhat to other parts from the idea of a necessity for muscular exertion as a means of protection. All muscles that would naturally be called upon for protection under such circumstances shared the effects of the agitation established in mind.
The scene described was metaphysically treated without his knowledge that it was to be done, the request having been made by a member of his family and the treatment given in his absence, while the patient was, by material reckoning, nearly a thousand miles from the operator. Only the operator knew when the treatment was applied, neither did any one with the patient know certainly that the Case was to be treated, no definite promise having been made. These facts exclude all possibility of any conscious act of imagination or of personal faith, on his own part or on the part of any one present with him, to determine the change in his condition. They also preclude the possibility of magnetic or electrical influence of a physical character between the personality of the operator and that of the subject. Yet, soon after the treatment was applied in New York, the pain dis_ appeared from the body of the patient in a Western State, and the disease which was said to have been generated by exposure to cold and wet weather, vanished before a Thoughtactivity. No other possible reason save chance alone will intelligently account for this change. If it were an isolated Case the question of chance might be entertained; but, in fact, it is only one among hundreds, differing in details, yet representing the same laws of Mental Action, and yielding to the same rules of application of the Universal Principles of human life. The writer holds voluntary letters from this patient acknowledging a complete cure, without apparent reason and with no personal knowledge that he was to be treated. Six years have elapsed since the above treatment, and there has never been the slightest return of the trouble. Facts are stranger than fiction; like Banquo's ghost, they "will not down."