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Akasa and Magnetism

The supposed connection between hypnosis and magnetism is again under review. It is possible that traditional contentions made by Far Eastern wonder-workers that there is a 'life-force' by which such a phenomenon as gravitational force is nullified, may have some substance in fact. This, of course, does not support that magical practices might receive scientific support: rather that some of the subjects formerly thought magical could come within the ken of better understood natural laws.

It appears that the following phenomena are related to magnetism and electricity:

1. Akasa (Hindu theory of 'life-force')* which can defy gravity.

2. Healing by touch.

3. Hypnotic phenomena.

M. J. Roucous has spent several years in France examining the characteristics of human electricity under scientific conditions. Briefly he claims that the human body is a type of electricity-producing and storage plant. The presence of negative electricity, it is held, accounts for certain marked phenomena of hypnosis and 'healing'.

Taking a number of 'faith-healers' of established reputation, Roucous discovered that their finger-tips seemed to repel small articles charged with negative electricity. In electricity, it will be recalled, like repels like.

Accumulated under the skin, he says—in his recent work Les Maladies et le Magnetism—this electricity is discharged into the body of the patient by the 'healer'. In this way a supposed deficiency of subcutaneous electricity (the so-called protective electrical shield) is removed:

"The human body is like a wonderful electrical generator; producer, accumulator, receiver and transmitter, of which the centre is

* Parallel concepts echoing the akasa idea are to be found in several other systems of thought. The Polynesian mana idea is almost identical.

Hynotism and Self Hypnosis

Hynotism and Self Hypnosis

HYPNOTISM is by no means a new art. True, it has been developed into a science in comparatively recent years. But the principles of thought control have been used for thousands of years in India, ancient Egypt, among the Persians, Chinese and in many other ancient lands. Miracles of healing by the spoken word and laying on of hands are recorded in many early writings.

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