Hypnotize Someone With Covert Hypnosis

Continuing on from our previous chapter on how to hypnotize someone covertly -


If one should go into the kitchen and tell Words

Bridget, who is not afraid of losing her position, mean noth-

to remove the tea kettle, she would ask, "Why?"

Were it boiling over she would remove it, not be-

cause you told her, for you simply forced her to

look at it ; when she did so, seeing it boiling over,

the removal of it was due to the conditions forcing

themselves upon her through the eye. Had she

no ideas associated as to a kettle boiling over, that

its removal would stop it, there would have been

no action. Understanding this is a key concept to

learning the ways to hypnotize someone.

I say to you, "Jump out of your chair," and you

remain seated. I ask you what was said, and you

will reply that I said, "Jump out of your chair." I

deny saying any such thing. I said just what you

did, because a thought is simply the transforming

of energy. Thus an energetic wave affects the eye

which is immediately transformed into the action

associated with the expression perceived, or in this

case, sound. If you had thought to jump out of

your chair, the action would have taken place and

you could not have avoided it. When I spoke the

words, "Jump out of your chair," the tone con- Tone

veyed the opposite action ; the expression on my

face conveyed the opposite action, and the two

senses affected put into action the thought of re-

maining in your seat. But, if with an expression

of fear on my face and a tone of fear in my voice, I

called to you "J um P'-" y° u would have been out

of the chair instantly, then looking at the chair

and seeing no reason for jumping, you would have

asked why I told you to jump.

Everything in life is positive. Your hand is not

"not up," but is down. A man who is seated is

not "not standing up." If I say to you, "You can-

not take your hand from your face," I am really

making the affirmation that you will keep it there.

I start a party of hypnotized subjects at spinning

their hands, and then tell them that they cannot

stop. What do they do? They spin the faster,

because if they cannot stop they must go faster.

There is where I learned it. Every statement

must necessarily convey and can only convey an


If everything in life is a combination of attrib-

utes, sleep also must be a combination, but can

man artificially induce sleep? No. Man never

went to sleep, but sleep gathers round him. No

two things in the world are the same, many things

are similar. There are two matches on the table.

Are these matches the same ? They have the same

form(?), the same name, the same use, but the

material of which they are made is not the same.

If it was, they would be one match. Therefore,

real sleep can only be produced in one way, that

way I do not know. What is called sleep I can

pick apart, and find: First, that under ordinary

circumstances, a person to be asleep must be in

what is to them an easy position. Next, I find

that in sleep "mind" is inactive. Next, the eye is

either rolled up or converged, and then the eye is

closed. The bringing together of these four at-

tributes will result in what ? If a thing is made up of

four parts, and we bring the four proper parts to-

gether, we will have the whole. If we bring but

three together we will accomplish but three-

fourths. This is the key to hypnotize someone.

An inactive "mind" I want ; therefore, I

must have a very "small" thought, and as thought

is all action, if I can pre-supply the action of the

thought and have the subject maintain it, I then

will have an inactive thought. As all of the at-

tributes of a thought are certain to take place, and

I am trying to induce a condition similar to sleep,

the thought of sleep is the thought required.

Consequently, if I could lock in the "mind" the

thought of sleep, I would be able to accomplish my


Note. — I call the thought of sleep and the

thought that pain has ceased, blank thoughts, as

they give forth no perceptible action.

If I tell you to sit up, the thought of sitting up

is active to the extent of "sitting up," after which

the only action is that of holding or retaining the

muscles in their present tension, which action is


The dimmer a sound grows to the ear, the dim-

mer will be the thought of it. The dimmer an

object grows to the sight, the dimmer will be the

thought of it. Therefore, if I place my subject in

an easy position and hold an object for him to look

at in such a location that his eyes are either turned

up or take the proper converged position, I will

have two attributes of sleep. If I hold the object

in such a way as to tire the nerves of accommoda-

tion, and not the eye (because I would then be losing

the easy position), the thought of his environment

would pass out of his "mind" through his eye as

the nerves of accommodation failed to perceive the

object gazed at. While that thought is fading

away through the eye, if I would supplant it

through the ear with the thought of sleep, the

moment that I have succeeded in doing so, and

have brought together an easy position, upturned

eye, closed eye, the thought of sleep, we will have

a simulated sleep, differing from real sleep only in

this : In real sleep there is no thought ; in hypnosis

there is the thought of sleep, which nothing but

the operator's voice can change. This is an example of

a way in which a person can be hypnotized.

To show the mental difference between hypnosis

and sleep, I have drawn a wheel (See Fig. i) to

represent the "mind," each spoke representing a

thought, which is made up of ideas (actions asso-

ciated). When you are doing one thing you can-

not do the second until you stop the first, otherwise

you would continue doing the first all your life.

The moment you stop the first, just before begin-

ning the second, your muscles are positively inac-

tive. This point in mechanics is known as the

"dead center." The eye can distinguish (compre-

hend) no object in motion. There must be a point

of rest, or the eye must move with the object which

relatively produces a point of rest. This is dem-

onstrated by the moving picture machine. If you want

to know how to hypnotize someone, then understand this concept.

Our scientists tell us that a wheel never stops

in making a revolution. I always have and do still

maintain that one-half of the wheel must stop go-

ing down before it can go up, and vice versa. If

we will take a sixteen foot fly-wheel and lay off on

it a square, we can see it stop. The piston of the

engine that moves it stops, and I maintain that

when we can see the spokes of a bicycle wheel as

it revolves slowly, is when the eye can measure the

stoppage, but when the stoppage is so brief that

the eye fails to perceive it, we fail to see the spokes.

When you are thinking of one thing you must stop

thinking of that before you can think of the second,

for no man can do or think of two things at the

same time.

By referring to the wheels you can see there is a

blank on either side of every thought. When a

person is asleep the "mind" is empty, the thought

having faded away and the two blank spaces hav-

ing merged into one, and the "mind" is free of

thought. Assuming that in sleep the two merged

blanks on either side of the thought will occupy a

space of six inches, in hypnosis we have a blank

space on either side of the thought, occupying two

inches each, and an inactive thought occupying

two inches, making up the six inches required ; but

in three parts — a blank, an inactive thought, and

a blank. The subject is in this mental condition :

First, the inactive condition of being awake — he

has a thought ; second, this thought being inactive

(but of sleep), he has seemingly all of the attributes

making up the condition of sleep, with the excep-

tion that the "mind" holds the thought ; hence we

can readily see that all action must necessarily be

part of a thought, and will define hypnosis to be a

simulated sleep, yet the subject has the most im-

portant attribute of being awake, he can accept and

hold a thought. His condition is actually this :

He cannot receive impressions but can respond

with those already possessed. Thought will not

respond to its environment and by my method

thoughts can only be made responsive through the

operator's voice. If he were actually asleep and

we attempted to arouse a thought, he would

awaken. In hypnosis we can force the thought

to remain at pleasure, therefore are enabled to

deliberately study it and to find what attributes are

necessary to force an action. Another key concept

to hypnotize someone.

To recapitulate: In hypnosis there is the

dummy thought of sleep, holding the space of an

active thought; the key — the operator's voice.

The subject is free from his environment, therefore

no shifting of thought, thus illustrating my previ-

ous statement that man does not choose his

thoughts (action), but has them forced on him by

environment (suggestion).

One is not asleep when dreaming, there being a

thought in the mind ; one is rarely over half asleep.

A dream is the passing through the conscious mind

(cerebrum) of a thought usually without the action

taking place in the Sympathetic System — the

cylinder of a phonograph going "zip" instead of

running at the usual speed. I might state here to

the amateurs that if the subjects take on hyp-

nosis through the suggestion of so-called magnetic

passes, the operator's touch will force into play cer-

tain actions if previously comprehended (associ-

ated) by the subject. Suggestion means anything

that arouses an action. This is the law: Sur-

round a man with every suggestion or attribute of

sleep and he will be asleep; surround him with

every suggestion of virtue and he cannot help be-

ing pure, and no credit is due him. Surround him

with every suggestion of vice and crime and he will

be a criminal, and in no manner should he be held

responsible. Remember, though, that every sug-

gestion has two positives, one for and one against,

and the body is the closest environment (sugges-

tion). We're not saying that if you want to know how

to hypnotize someone that understanding this is

essential, instead, it will just help.

The subject holding the thought of sleep, and

that thought being made up of a series of attrib-

utes, all of which I do not know, has every appear-

ance of being asleep. First, he is relaxed. Why

relaxed ? Is the contraction of the muscles a vol-

untary unconscious or an involuntary unconscious

act? The babe must learn to draw up its limbs,

to sit, to crawl, to stand, to walk. Therefore, it

must be acquired, and is the result of a feeling

suggestion. Is man conscious of it? You sud-

denly pull a chair from under him, he seems to be

very conscious that the chair is going. Therefore

it is an enforced, acquired action, unconsciously

done in response to the suggestion of the environ-


But a sleeping man is of little value to us. So

we tell him that when he opens his eyes he will see

a fly on the end of his nose, he will feel it biting,

cannot brush it away, and to open his eyes. Is

the man now in hypnosis? If hypnosis consists of

an easy position, the thought of sleep, an upturned

eye, a closed eye, he is not. As the subject has

none of these attributes now, he cannot possibly be

in hypnosis. He is now in a condition that I call

"inspired," meaning that the condition he is in

was forced on him through the operator's voice,

instead of the natural suggestion of his environ-

ment. The man believes there is a fly on his nose ;

he sees it and is trying to brush it away. Per-

fectly rational, perfectly consistent. In fact, does

he differ from the so-called normal — a word I can-

not understand ? If there was a fly on his nose and

he felt it biting, he surely would think of it and try

to brush it away. That is what he is doing now.

Wherein does the subject differ from the ordinary?

If the fly really alighted on his nose, the sense of

feeling and sight would arouse the thought.

Through hypnosis, that old thought is aroused

through my voice ; and, as his senses fail to arouse

a thought, there is nothing to contradict my affir-

mation. The result thoroughly consistent, the

man being in identically the same condition as

when he held that thought, aroused and put into

action through the proper senses. Understand this

to hypnotize someone easily. Therefore, it

can be readily seen that the hypnotized subject is

in a perfectly "normal" condition; save that he

has had a thought aroused through hearing and

emphasized through hearing which his environ-

ment would have aroused and put into action

through sight and feeling.

Memory is the registration of ideas. A hypno-

tized subject retains no memory of what has taken

place in hypnosis ; we have only turned off from the

cylinder what was already there, and that condi-

tionally. Why is it impossible to put any thought

in the "mind" of a hypnotized subject? Because

it is impossible to register through one sense that

which the economy of man is made to receive

through another. It is impossible to describe

color to a man born blind ; or sound to one born

deaf. The comprehension of the girl, Helen Kel-

ler, in Boston, to me is quite an interesting prob-

lem. I unhesitatingly state that the girl is a mere

automaton; she has no ideas, no thoughts in any

manner, shape or form similar to those of her

teachers. So she would know how to hypnotize someone

her teachers in particular. We associate color with a stimulation

of the nerve-ends of the eye and sound with a stim-

ulation of the nerve-ends of the ear. Therefore,

anyone lacking the ability to receive these two

sensations can have no conception similar to the

one who does. Sight is the least trained of all our

senses. A child or even an adult has to learn to

read a picture. To one never having seen a pic-

ture, it is simply a blur of colors. A missionary in

South Africa, showed the photograph of a cow to

one of the native chiefs, who was the owner of

vast herds; he looked at it and saw nothing. It

took the missionary three days to make him com-

prehend. When he did, a smile illumined the

chief's face and he sent for other chiefs, showed

it to them, and because they could not compre-

hend at once what he failed to, he zvanted to behead

them, a proof positive that he was becoming civi-


A man born blind and suddenly given his sight

has no perspective. Perspective must be learned.

The use (correlating) of the senses is acquired —

must be learned.

Force No man does anything because he is told to.

Understand this concept to know the true way to hypnotize

someone through covert hypnosis.

Nothing that we tell him to do can mean anything

to him unless there are two ideas associated to give

him conception, three to give him comprehension.

The soldier whose officer commands to "shoulder"

or "present arms" does so not because he is told,

but because he knows that if he refuses or fails to

do so, he will be punished; or he hopes for a re-

ward. These are the incentives that force the ac-

tion, the mere telling him to do a thing would not

cause him to act.

The general public believes that all that is neces-

sary to get a hypnotized subject to do something

is to say to him, "Jump out of your chair," and he

will do so; but he will not. If his cerebrum was

active, he would ask you why he should jump.

But if we put the force there he will respond in-

stantly. Therefore, if we say to him, "When you

open your eyes, you will find the chair you are

sitting on is red hot," believing it to be hot, the

action of getting away will take place at once, and

he will jump out of the chair, not because we told

him to, but because of the natural action to do so,

forced by the suggested environment. In hyp-

nosis the senses fail to convey ideas, therefore they

do not contradict the statement that the chair is


Let us now look at the mental condition of the

subject : First, in his so-called normal condition

he sits on a hot chair; through the sense of feeling

he has the thought forced on him, and he jumps

because of his first associated action. The thought

of heat is transformed into the action of getting

away from it. If he had no previous experience

with heat, the action would not have been there to

be forced into play. I now hypnotize him, and tell

him that when he opens his eyes he will discover

that he is sitting on a hot chair; to open his eyes,

he does so, he jumps and repeats everything he did

when he actually sat on the hot chair. In what

way does the man differ from the so-called normal ?

Normally, there was a chair, heat, the man, a

thought and its action. In hypnosis we have the

chair, the man, the thought of the coming into

contact with the heat, and its action. What is

wrong? The man or the environment? It is the

environment. The difference is this : There is no

hot chair. Therefore, nothing to force the

thought of such and accentuate the action of jump-

ing. As I have forced such a thought through the

ear and that not being the proper channel, it makes

no registration and consequently can only be a

thought re-used, and hence no memory. I main-

tain a man is perfectly normal in body and mind,

and will only do what he would have been forced

to do had he received the thought through feel-

ing, the result being identical with "normal."

The automatic action of man is registered on the

cylinder of the phonograph regulated by the pic-

ture taken. Man is also like a camera taking a

photograph of his surroundings, which forces the

cylinder of the phonograph into operation. In

hypnosis the process is reversed and he becomes

like a stereopticon, throwing out registered pic-

tures. As it is impossible to light up a plate which

is not there, we have another proof that nothing

new can be introduced into the mind of a hypno-

tized subject. I can light up any plate upon which

an impression has been recorded, but in no way

can I change the detail. (Plate I.)

I shall next endeavor to show how one is ruled

by environment (suggestion).

We will assume that there are present three

ladies of the following turn of mind : one who never

overlooks an opportunity to dance, to attend a

ball, a party; number two, who was of the same

disposition at a former time, but who now has the

thought that it is a sin, and number three who has

no conception of what a ball or party is like. We

ask number one, while normal, to please get up and

dance ; she refuses(?). No, we have failed to force

her. Being ruled by her surroundings she says,

"This is no place for dancing." She is here to

listen to a lecture and she refuses(?). We hyp-

notize her and tell her that when she opens her

eyes she will get up and dance. Will she? No,

she will repeat the first answer, she refuses be-

cause, as yet, she has the same surroundings. She

does not refuse, but responds to her environment

which has all the suggestions positive against

dancing. We can make her dance. How? By

taking her to a ballroom.

When she is in hypnosis, the process can be

reversed, bringing a ballroom to her. Normally

the thought should be aroused through the eye and

accentuated through the other senses. We will

revive the thought through the ear by telling her

"when she opens her eyes she will find herself in a

ballroom, will see her friends dancing, will hear

the music and will see her partner standing beside

her." When she opens her eyes, she throws out a

picture of a ballroom on her present surroundings

and is perfectly normal, subservient to the picture

thrown out. She seemingly sees, hears, smells,

feels and tastes normally as to all things that per-

tain to the ballroom she has pictured. She has a

ballroom thought placed there through her ear in

lieu of through the eye, no other could she have

were she in a ballroom. Seeing a partner by her

side she accepts his arm and dances. If this

a form of covert hypnosis that she learned in order

to hypnotize someone? Perhaps. If she should

dance against a chair she would not see it, as it is

not part of the picture, but through the sense of

feeling she would respond to the suggestion which

would force an action of apology as though she

had bumped into another couple. (This com-

pletely exemplifies the action of man.) She is per-

fectly capable of carrying on a conversation and no

one could tell she were not normal as to her in-

spired environment. She will do or say only what

she would, were she in an actual ballroom. Even-

idea that is engraven on the cylinder will respond

if forced. When no action is recorded there is no

reflex to respond and the action is omitted.


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