Somnolism and psycheism: otherwise vital magnetism, or mesmerism; considered physiologically and philosophically, being the substance of lectures, delivered under the auspices of the Bolton Mechanics' Institution. With an appendix, containing notes of mesmeric and psychical experience

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Hodson, 1849 - Mesmerism - 73 pages
 

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Page 6 - Such a mind, if likely to fall into many errors, was still open for the reception of any new ideas which might present themselves ; and was not prone, as men of a more sceptical cast, to reject any new truth, because it did not harmonize with preconceived opinions. The then Professor of Astronomy, at Vienna, believed in the efficacy of the loadstone as a remedy in human disease...
Page 63 - ... was the handwriting, as a medium of connection. Emma put it over her head as she used to do with pictures, and carefully felt it with her right fingers, and then said "it was a lady's up and down strokes," meaning by that phrase, the handwriting of a lady. She described the lady, as to her personal appearance, accurately, even to a small blemish occasioned by an accident: the internal organs of the body; an affection of the spine under which she was labouring; the situation and appearance of...
Page 35 - ... degree, But if we confound this distinction of degrees, we shall never arrive at a clear and satisfactory solution of many important facts. Each degree will be found to have laws or properties peculiar to itself, and if we transcend the degree of the object of our enquiry, by applying to it qualities or properties belonging to another distinct degree, we may expect nothing but confusion and mystery. Now, in our investigation of the nature of man, it is especially necessary not to overlook these...
Page 55 - Bolton, on the 9th of March, 1848, a gentleman in front of the platform suggested that a picture, from among others lying on the floor, should be put into a box, and given to her: she had then been bandaged for some time. A print of a cat was selected, and put into a card box: she put the box over her head, felt it carefully with her right fingers, and then, having by a smile and ejaculation, evinced that she saw the contents, she began...
Page 34 - ... in this respect giving his apostolic sanction to the doctrine of the ancient sages of Greece. The two first terms used by the apostle to describe the spiritual part of man, are, in the original Greek, Pneuma and Psyche, and the latter term, which in our version of the Scriptures is, in the passage alluded to, translated soul, is, by the Latin writers called the
Page 26 - ... to mention other instances. But this apparent proof of the material view of the question is not the whole one; for I have seen some of the phrenological sentiments excited without touching the head! Thus, upon simply taking the hand and silently thinking reverently of the Deity, the mesmerised subject has fallen down on the knees and manifested the most profound veneration. On other occasions, when more than one subject had been mesmerised, on touching the
Page 33 - ... clairvoyance there seems, comparatively speaking, no bounds; for whether the object sought be in the same house, or town, or country, or across the broad Atlantic, or still remoter Pacific oceans, it appears to be found and seen with equal facility; and to be equally near to the internal perceptions of the truly clairvoyant individual.
Page 39 - For it has been shown by one of the profoundest of philosophers, that these single spheres have the property of blending into one larger sphere, and that hence arises what is called magnetic attraction. 46." One of the results of the higher stages of clairvoyance, or independent internal sight, is the knowledge, that an effluvium or sphere analogous to what we have alluded to, surrounds the mental organism or spiritual body of every individual. Following the general law of nature, this sphere possesses...
Page 53 - She told me that she had been taken by several London physicians to examine the internal organs of patients by the faculty of clairvoyance ; but when I saw her, her powers seemed to be confined to reading books with large print, with the eyes bandaged. I tried the experiment several times, but never felt satisfied with the result ; as from the position in which she placed the book, the time occupied in the endeavor, and the occasional wriggling, I could never be certain that she did not see under...
Page 12 - Creator's opei ations. Hence we may conclude that each of these brains has its own specific use, and such we find to be the case ; and I will endeavor to point out such of those uses as bear upon the subject we are now considering — my object at present being, not to present you with a full view of the physiology...

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