VARIOUS EFFECTS OF FRIGHT..
Case D. - In 1886 this patient applied for mental treatment. He was then about forty years of age, and suffered with what appeared to be disease of the kidneys, which was pronounced by physicians to be well advanced. He was weak and pale, and lacked nervous vitality. Headache and severe pain in the lower part of the back were distinct features of the case. He had constantly declined under medical treatment, and was much discouraged at the time he decided to try metaphysical treatment.
A runaway accident that had occurred before the appearance of the first symptom, was the cause of his trouble. The principal features of the picture he had retained of the accident were as follows: While driving down a long hill, something broke in such a way as to throw him upon his back on the front of the wagon. In fact, he nearly went under the horse's heels. He was unable to hold the horse or, indeed, to do anything but keep himself from sliding off. The horse ran at will, kicking at nearly every leap. For a time he had no hope of escaping death, but finally extricated himself and escaped unharmed except by fright.
The mental picture formed during that period of terror continued subconsciously in action; and the scene was continually reenacted in the ganglionic nervous system, constantly generating disturbed action in the entire physical structure. If during the runaway he could have extricated himself sufficiently to regain control of his muscular system, he could have held the horse and danger would have been avoided. When he found this impossible, there was pictured in mind a lack of muscular power, developing the idea of Muscular Insufficiency. Later this idea was outwardly expressed in that physical condition known as "Muscular Degeneration,"centered in the kidneys, because of circumstances rendefing those vital organs intensely responsive at the time of the fright.
When the picture of his own expected death by violent means was erased from his mind the ailment yielded immediately and he rapidly recovered. He was carefully watched for several years, but remained hearty and well with no sign of a return of the previous symptoms.
In cases of this order, both the intensity of mental action and its subtlety in developing physical correspondences are almost incomprehensible. Knowledge acquired by careful study of these modes of action is rare and priceless.
Case E. - A gentleman of education, refinement and social advantages, had become intemperate in the use of alcohol. He had repeatedly declared that he would never again yield to temptation, and it was evident that he had made every effort to break off the habit, but without permanent success. In this state of mind he came to the writer for possible help, faithless, but despairing of other aid.
Tracing back the history of the case, the following facts were disclosed: He yielded to temptation, each time, after struggling with an attack of extreme nervousness which increased until he felt he could bear it no longer. Then he would drink, which temporarily quieted the agitation of the nervous system. When the nervousness reappeared, repeated drinks were resorted to until the nervous attack subsided.
It was learned that the nervous symptoms appeared before the taste for liquor; and that the family physician gave him whiskey for relief, having no real remedy for the trouble. The alcohol and other ingredients in the whiskey, by poisoning the finer nerves, deadened the sensibilities for a time, thus affording temporary relief. In this manner the patient had learned to take a drink, instead of sending for the doctor who would resort to the same means when called. Thus the habit was acquired and grew.
Metaphysical philosophy shows that in all cases of this kind there exists a corresponding degree of mental agitation which is the direct cause of the nervous disturbance. Seeking for such a cause in this case, it was learned that before the first nervous attack the patient had been in a burning house surrounded by flames and, as it seemed, hopelessly cut off from escape. Death in a most horrible form seemed inevitable. He was rescued unharmed, though terribly frightened. Several spasms followed this fright; these grew less severe as time went on, until they were finally replaced by frequent and severe attacks of nervous agitation.
This experience was the original cause of his nervous attacks, and the habit was the outcome of the nervousness. In order to cure the habit the patient had to be relieved of the nervous condition. To relieve the nervousness, the mental agitation which caused it must be removed. To remove the mental agitation, the Mental Picture, which reacted upon the nervous system because of the persistence of the original thought of danger, must be rendered inoperative.
The cure was accomplished in the Case described by a process of thought which obliterated the distressing agitation of the existing mental picture of death by flames - a danger which no longer existed. When this false idea was removed, its effect - the corresponding mental agitation - ceased. With the disappearance of the mental agitation, the nervousness also ceased, as no existing cause remained to perpetuate its action. When the nervousness failed to reappear an appetite for something to quiet nervousness no longer existed - a human soul was freed from bondage and the man was cured ! Three years have passed with no return of the desire for alcohol.
Many cases of inebriety arise from similar causes, varying greatly in detail but not in principle of action. Under the influence of these subconscious Mental Pictures, men are as powerless to cure themselves as though afflicted with neuralgia or rheuma tism. Those who desire to discontinue the intemperate habit - provided they will cooperate with the Metaphysician in such ways as may be necessary to understand the facts in the Case - can readily be cured by metaphysical treatment.
The Opium habit is frequently formed in the same way, and it is successfully treated by mental methods. Opium, instead of alcohol, is the medium employed to deaden sensibilities, but the reason for its use is the same, and the means of cure alike in both cases. Through its power to annihilate the disturbing mental picture which causes the nervous agitation, Metaphysical Healing is an adequate means of destroying both Intemperance and the Opium habit. To drug the human system into insensibility because the nervous system is unfortunately under a pressure of mental agitation, is unscientific and worse than useless. To erase from mind the agitating cause, in a harmless way, and thus put Nature again in control, is a method of procedure entirely reasonable and scientific.
There are numberless ways in which Mind, acting through rapid and intense thought under the manifold influences of fear, reacts upon the millions of nerves in the physical system to produce disease; and a mental action rightly established in an opposite direction must inevitably result in a cure.
"There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy." Case F. - This was a capable and energetic business man about fortyfive years of age, troubled during a period of about thirty years with frequent, sudden and severe attacks of dysentery, and a constant tendency to inflammation of the bowels. When a lad he had suffered from repeated attacks of inflammation of the bowels, of a critical character. Later in life this derangement assumed the form of dysentery, accompanied by extreme nervousness, with intense excitement of the entire mental, nervous and physical mechanisms.
Before the first appearance of inflammation of the bowels he had been attacked by ferocious animals that followed him a long distance, compelling him to strain every nerve to the last degree of both speed and endurance. He escaped from them, but shortly thereafter was attacked by the illness that quite as nearly threatened to terminate his life as did the original incident.
The only cause of his frequent attacks of dysentery, through the period of thirty years, was that scene of terror, continually repeated in subconscious mental action, and reflected in a constant impulse to hurry. This impulse was expressed in every mental act of his life, and reenacted in every nervethrob of organic action. But for the fact that he possessed
a naturally strong constitution, both mentally and physically, he must have succumbed to these attacks. In that event, the real cause of death, though unrecognized, would have been the original fright. Metaphysical treatment removed that element of fear from the aggregate mental action of his life's experience, and the physical system was relieved of its predisposing tendency to haste, and of the resulting indigestion in all its stages which had so often culminated in dysentery. Then the attacks ceased, and the system was gradually restored to healthy activity.
This man, with perfect confidence, had thoroughly tried every means known to medical practice, but experienced no permanent relief. Drugs only further taxed his nervous system without removing the cause of his trouble. The cause was mental, therefore only a Metaphysical process could reach it effectively. Others no doubt are in similar conditions because of the existence of like causes, and every such sufferer can readily be cured by a similar process of thoughtaction.
Many cases have come under the writer's notice where severe strain - mental, nervous and physical, under the influence of intense fear while in the act of flight from a source of danger - has so interfered with digestion and assimilation as to produce all degrees of malassimilation, indigestion, dyspepsia, diarrhea, dysentery, inflammation of the bowels and even consumption of the bowels, which is the ultimate of all these lines of disturbed action.
The books of the medical schools give no information with regard to either the discovery or the removal of such causes of disease; therefore medical education does not enable one to perform a scientific cure in such cases.
Case G. - Running in a state of intense mental excitement to a fire in plain sight, but at considerable distance, where the lives of loved ones were in danger, caused one of the most severe cases of chronic inflammation of the bowels ever recorded. This case, after many years' duration and several months of "heroic"medical treatment with opium, was pronounced hopeless by several medical men of high rank, acting in consultation. Yet it was entirely cured, years ago, by metaphysical treatment.
Case H. - An especially severe Case of insomnia, complicated with nervous dyspepsia, was caused by fright developed during the running away of a pair of horses which the man was driving. They ended by going over an embankment, with a complete smashup, in which he expected to be killed. In fact, he stated that for the moment he THOUGHT he had been killed. This Case was readily cured by metaphysical treatment. These symptoms may have different mental causes in other cases, but all result from distorted mental emotion, and the majority of them develop from some picture of fear which forms a mental image of injury or of death as the result of an accidental occurrence.
Case I. - Eight years ago this patient, twentyfive years of age, applied for relief from an aggravated form of chills and fever. With full confidence in its power, medical treatment had been thoroughly tried, but had failed to cure. The patient was utterly faithless as regards the efficacy of mental influence in such a case, and frankly stated that he did not expect any benefit - he came only because urged by friends, and would remain only a sufficient time to prove that his Case could not be reached by mental treatment. The chills were most violent, rendering him perfectly helpless for days at a time. He was employed at clerical work in a building located within a supposed malarious district. This was considered the reason for his condition.
Inquiry elicited the information that before this illness began he, with others, was sailing on Long Island Sound, several miles from land, when the boat ran on a rock which was just under water at ebbtide. A storm was gathering and the waves ran high. There was no standingplace out of the boat, and there seemed to be no escape from drowning. After working for a long time in great fear, the boat was dislodged in a leaking condition and a landing for repairs was eventually made on an island. Here the patient had his first chill, and the attack was extremely violent. This attack was followed by others, similar in character, until he appeared for metaphysical treatment, which consisted in erasing the mental picture of death formed in his mind because of the apparently certain coming of that event. When this mental change was accomplished, the chills ceased immediately and entirely. The Case was cured in a few weeks and, although he continued to live and work in the same socalled "malarious district,"he had no recurrence of malarious symptoms.
If his disease was physical and the result of a physical cause, why did it vanish when only a mental change was made? This question has received no satisfactory answer through material reasoning, and it cannot be explained from any physical standpoint. The fact, however, stands out in bold relief, and cannot any longer be safely ignored.
This case, also, has been duplicated in many instances where some overpowering degree of fear was discovered to have preceded the first chill, and where all symptoms vanished when the picture of death or injury was erased from mind. Mental treatment properly applied is universally successful with similar cases. Scepticism as regards its efficacy can exist only because of ignorance of these facts.
Mental action in some form of fear underlies every Case of chills; - usually the picture of death by some dreaded means is involved in the active cause. A general idea of danger of death, as a result of some particular condition supposed to be present in a certain locality, may subconsciously spread from mind to mind through a community, by simple reflection of the mental picture of the Idea, causing an epidemic of "malaria,"or other corresponding physical disease, to prevail. Remove that Idea from the general mind of that community, by any means whatever, and the prevalent disease will vanish, even though the material conditions of the locality remain unchanged.
This has been prOved repeatedly in numerous localities. It is susceptible of proof in any locality at any time. Scepticism with regard to the theory will neither save those unfortunates who are subjected to such deleterious mental influences, nor prevent those who gain understanding of the laws of mental action, from reaping the reward in continued or restored health.
Publishers of newspapers, in their zeal to circulate what they are pleased to call news, are in many instances directly responsible for the spread of epidemics, by suggesting a special Image in the minds of their community. Speaking figuratively, it is equally possible for them to reverse the engine and thereby help to produce the opposite result. When this truth is recognized, a grave responsibility will be seen to rest upon those intrusted with constant access to the minds of a community.
Every thought has its accompanying Image, which in form, quality and character corresponds to the Idea entertained. While reading, persons form thoughtpictures of the Ideas about which they read. These frequently become temporarily the dominant Ideas of life for each reader. The picture of the dominant Idea in mind multiplies in its reflections, extending to all receptive minds in a community. The trend 13 of thought which prevails will show at least a coloring from that Idea.
Every thought, repeatedly indulged, leads eventually to corresponding actions in life's experience. Thought and action are inseparable.
The most powerful leader is he who places the highest and purest Ideas before the thinkers of a community.
Pure Ideals perpetuate pure thoughts, inevitably resulting in right actions. Purity and Health are coexistent.