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How Your Own Mind Works 15
about results which must necessarily follow, because you consciously
assumed it to be true.
The tremendous power of suggestion
You must realize by now that your conscious mind is the “watchman at the
gate,” and its chief function is to protect your subconscious mind from false
impressions. You are now aware of one of the basic laws of mind: Your sub-
conscious mind is amenable to suggestion. As you know, your subconscious
mind does not make comparisons, or contrasts, neither does it reason and
think things out for itself. This latter function belongs to your conscious mind.
It simply reacts to the impressions given to it by your conscious mind. It does
not show a preference for one course of action over another.
The dictionary says that a suggestion is the act or instance of putting
something into one’s mind, the mental process by which the thought or
idea suggested is entertained, accepted, or put into effect.
Lee Pulos, Ph.D., ABPP, who wrote the Foreword to this book, is a practic-
ingclinical psychologist andhypnotherapist inVancouver, B.C., Canada. I have
been inworkshopswith Leewhere hewill put a participant in a light trance and
then start to prick his hand with a pin. He tells the subject that he is injecting a
numbing substance into his hand. “Your hand is getting very numb,” he tells
him repeatedly until the subject states he can’t feel anything on his hand. To
test the “numbness,” Lee will give the participant a good pinch. “Can’t feel a
thing.” Then the subject is invited to stick the pin clear through the skin on his
handwith the further suggestions, “There will be no pain, no bleeding, and no
infection.” The participant then sticks the pin (not sterilized) through his hand
and per the power of the instructions given to the subconscious, he/she feels
pain, there is
bleeding (not even a drop) and
infection ensues. This is
pretty amazing! I know because I have been that “subject.”
I have seen subjects under hypnosis be told that a piece of chalk is a
lit cigarette. The hypnotist then touches the subject on the skin of his arm.
The subject recoils as though he was actually touched with a lit cigarette.
But, what happens next is even harder to believe. A red welt appears on the
arm which becomes an actual “heat blister,” even though the only thing that
touched the subject’s arm was the blunt end of a piece of chalk!