The Clairvoyant & Enlightened Times

Issue 26 – 29 June 2017 – rattuos

The second healing rule applies when the cause and source of disease has been dealt with whether mosquitoes, bacteria, viruses, pollution or diet. Even when we have eradicated the causes we will be faced by many who are suffering as a result. The absolutely best mechanism is our own immune system which seems to be able to achieve the miraculous. It may need help from a surgeon or medicine. Faith healing calls upon it as does homeopathy.

Spontaneous remission, also called spontaneous healing or spontaneous regression, is an unexpected improvement or cure from a disease that usually progresses. These terms are commonly used for unexpected transient or final improvements in cancer. Spontaneous remissions concern cancers of the haematopoietic system (blood cancer, e.g. leukemia), while spontaneous regressions concern palpable tumors; however, both terms are often used interchangeably.” Wikipedia

It is rare:

“Frequency was estimated to be about 1 in 100,000 cancers; however, this proportion might be an under- or an overestimate. For one, not all cases of spontaneous regression can be apprehended, either because the case was not well documented or the physician was not willing to publish, or simply because the patient ceased to attend a clinic any more. On the other hand, for the past 100 years almost all cancer patients have been treated in one way or the other, such that the influence of treatment cannot always be excluded.

It is likely that the frequency of spontaneous regression in small tumors has been drastically underrated. In a carefully designed study on mammography it was found that 22% of all breast cancer cases underwent spontaneous regression” Wikipedia

Needless to say there has been very little research here but what has happened is that ‘immunotherapy’ is taking over from traditional chemotherapies and is used either to enhance the immune system reaction or to dampen it in the case of auto -immune diseases where the body fights itself.

But most interesting is the placebo effect which is considered to be effective in 32% of cases. So that depression for example is relieved with medication for 50% of patients but the placebo is effective for 32%. As you will know drug trials are tested against placebos which is perhaps rather unfair to homeopathy as both use the immune system to heal.

I have written on this site a fair amount about self-hypnosis which can be used to reprogramme our immune systems. The statistics would be staggeringly different if there was a concerted effort to use our immune systems for healing rather than rely upon drugs but there is the crux of the matter. A lot of money is made from one approach and very little from the other.

Obviously many illnesses require surgery. But look at this again when you consider drugs required for pain:

James Esdaile, M.D., E.I.C.S, Bengal (1808–1859), a Scottish surgeon, who served for twenty years with the East India Company, is a notable figure in the history of mesmerism

….On 4 April 1845, Esdaile performed his first mesmeric procedure:

On 4 April 1845, [Esdaile] was treating a convict afflicted with double hydrocele. The drainage and injection of one side of the scrotum caused the patient such pain that Esdaile determined to try mesmerism upon him for the second operation…

he was successful in rendering the convict analgesic, and at once began to experiment with mesmerism both as a means of producing analgesia in surgical cases, and as a method of treatment for medical ones.

By his own admission, Esdaile had never seen a mesmeric act; but, given the level of pain of this specific patient, and the understanding that he had gained from what he had read, it occurred to him that mesmerism might be of great value:

Seeing him [the patient] suffering in this way, I turned to the native sub-assistant surgeon, an élève [student] of the medical college, and asked him if he had ever seen Mesmerism? He said, that he had seen it tried at the medical college, but without effect. Upon which I remarked, “I have a great mind to try it on this man, but as I never saw it practised, and know it only from reading, I shall probably not succeed.”

Esdaile did succeed.

As performed by Esdaile, the mesmeric act was an exhausting procedure:

Esdaile’s method was to make the patient lie down in dark room, wearing only a loin cloth, and [Esdaile would] repeatedly pass the hands in the shape of claws, slowly over the [patient’s] body, within one inch of the surface, from the back of the head to the pit of the stomach, breathing gently on the head and eyes all the time [and] he seems to have sat behind the patient, leaning over him almost head to head and to have laid his right hand for extended periods on the pit of the stomach.

As a consequence, Esdaile, whose own health was far from good, soon began to delegate this exhausting work which, when necessary, would involve “[having] a patient magnetized for hours each day for ten or twelve days [to his] native assistants, saving his own strength for the performance of surgery”.

In a short time, Esdaile had gained a wide reputation amongst the European and indigenous communities for painless surgery, especially in cases of the scrotal “tumours” that were endemic in Bengal at that time due to filariasis (similar to elephantiasis) that was transmitted by mosquitoes. Esdaile’s mesmeric anaesthesia was extremely safe:

I beg, to state, for the satisfaction of those who have not yet a practical knowledge of the subject, that I have seen no bad consequences whatever arise from persons being operated on when in the mesmeric trance.
Cases have occurred in which no pain has been felt subsequent to the operation even; the wounds healing in a few days by the first intention; and in the rest, I have seen no indications of any injury being done to the constitution.
On the contrary, it appears to me to have been saved, and that less constitutional disturbance has followed than under ordinary circumstances.
There has not been a death among the cases operated on.

However, despite the successes with anaesthesia and his impressive surgical outcomes (exclusively with “native” patients), Esdaile was at a loss to explain these events in the light of his earlier (pre-mesmeric) six years’ experience:

Since [my first use of mesmerism in April 1845,] I have had every month more operations of this kind than take place in the native hospital in Calcutta in a year, and more than I had for the six years previous.
There must be some reason for this, and I only see two ways of accounting for it: my patients, on returning home, either say to their friends similarly afflicted, “Wah! brother, what a soft man the doctor Sahib is! He cut me to pieces for twenty minutes, and I made him believe that I did not feel it. Isn’t it a capital joke? Do go and play him the same trick ; you have only to laugh in your elbow, and you will not feel the pain.”
Or they say to their brother sufferers, — ” Look at me ; I have got rid of my burthen, (of 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, or 80 lbs., as it may be,) am restored to the use of my body, and can again work for my bread: this, I assure you, the doctor Sahib did when I was asleep, and I knew nothing about it;—you will be equally lucky, I dare say; and I advise you to go and try; you need not be cut if you feel it.”
Which of these hypotheses best explains the fact my readers will decide for themselves.
It ought to be added, that most of these persons were not paupers, but people in comfortable circumstances, whom no inducement short of painless operations could tempt to enter a charity, or any other hospital; and all who know the natives are aware of this.

In 1846, Esdaile’s work with mesmerism-assisted painless surgery at Hoogly had come to the attention of the Deputy Governor of Bengal, Sir Herbert Maddocks. Maddocks appointed a committee of seven reputable (medical and non-medical) officials to investigate Esdaile’s claims. They submitted a positive report (on 9 October 1846), and a small hospital in Calcutta was put at his disposal in November 1846.

By 1848, a mesmeric hospital supported entirely by public subscription was opened in Calcutta especially for Esdaile’s work. It was closed 18 months later by the Deputy Governor of Bengal, Sir John Littler: according to Cotton (1931, p.170), although the Mott’s Lane Mesmeric Hospital, opened in 1846, was permanently closed in 1848, Elliotson “continued to practise mesmerism at the Sukeas’ Street Dispensary until he left India in 1851”.

In 1848, Lord Dalhousie, the Governor-General of India, appointed Esdaile to the position of Presidency Surgeon; and, in 1849, whilst not supporting the continuation of the mesmeric hospital in Calcutta, Dalhousie had so much respect for Esdaile and his work, that he appointed him to the position of Marine Surgeon…..” Wikipedia

Even recently hypnotism has been found to be effective for anaesthethesia. What happened back in 1851?

“In 1842 Dr Robert Mortimer Glover in London discovered the anaesthetic qualities of chloroform on laboratory animals. In 1847, Scottish obstetrician James Y. Simpson was the first to demonstrate the anaesthetic properties of chloroform on humans and helped to popularise the drug for use in medicine. By the 1850s, chloroform was being produced on a commercial basis by using the Liebig procedure, which retained its importance until the 1960s. Today, chloroform — along with dichloromethane — is prepared exclusively and on a massive scale by the chlorination of methane and chloromethane” Wikipedia

Hypnotism and the rather crude way in which it was conducted went out of the wiondow n with chloroform’s arrival. So did research into it and it became a show for the amusement of the general public.

So the second rule of healing is ‘Physician heal thyself’. It may not always be possible but every patient should be encouraged and helped top do what they can to assist their healing process.

“…..Many studies have shown that a patient’s outlook toward upcoming surgery as well as to the post-surgical period can greatly affect recovery outcome. Essentially, patients with a poor outlook may have a poor prognosis (it has also been shown that those patients who are socially isolated and come from the lower-income bracket are also at greater risk post-surgically). However, those patients showing an optimistic outlook recover more rapidly and show an increased survival rate.

Studies have shown that those patients undergoing hypnosis as an integral part of the pre- and post-operative procedure demonstrate an increased rate of recovery and decreased levels of post-surgical infection……”
http://www.lcch.co.uk/hypnosisarticles/hypnosis_surgery.htm

Next we need to look at the war between various healing arts, the effect of profit on healing (good and bad) and how this all affects the next rule.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Clairvoyant & Enlightened Times

Issue 25 – 21 June 2017 – rattuos

I tried to delete all the posts here yesterday and start again as I sometimes do but to concentrate entirely on healing, which may seem strange for someone on their last legs literally. Anyway I pressed all the buttons but the stuff is still here which I take as fated for now.

Today a look at addiction. It happens at many levels with many behaviours and substances. In nature we see it – perhaps the tiger that becomes a man eater or the sparrows and finches that come each morning to my bird feeders. Some creatures even get addicted to the antifreeze in cars. Humans we know more about. Some try to stop it but usually only after much damage is done. That does not always convince their nearest and dearest who have had to suffer, often telling themselves and others it is the ’drinking’ not the person, or the ’gambling’. Then when the addicted attend their sessions they tell others of all the terrible things they have had to do and how powerless they were in the face of their addictions. It should though be stated that you have to be very selfish to get to that stage and I suggest that it is selfishness that is often at the heart of this, often disguised as generosity. I recall a conversation with a deserted wife recently who told me her husband would buy strangers a drink, lend anyone in the pub money, but was extremely mean with his family. Odd isn’t it – until we look at what might be called the higher levels of addiction.

Strictly speaking addiction is seen in neural activity in the brain. Substances are difficult to get away from as they exact a toll on withdrawal, but behaviours area bit different. Gambling, OCD etc are however highly addictive and almost impossible habits to break without help. But that old adage ‘as above so below’ can be found in so many activities. In my opinion political parties, organisations, corporations, small businesses, sports, governments etc can all become addicted. When they do something once and get away with it, and if they perceive some reward from it -say a football player dives and is awarded a vital penalty – the brain’s tendency seems to be to repeat the act. Here is the real problem for us. The process is really intended to enable us to do repetitively what is required to survive. An apple a day is no bad thing. A lifetime’s habit of rising early to feed the animals before breakfast. However our brains also perceive benefits from anti-social acts and even self harming where the damage is not noticeable until very late in then day by which time the process is established.

We know from training our children that we can programme the brain about some actions by making it aware they cause problems and will not be tolerated. That is the real purpose of law and punishment. But if we are afraid to point our the problem, for example because a bully is too big to challenge and is able to get away with abuse. If we rush to the baby every time it cries and pick it up. If we blame an abusive husband’s behaviour on circumstances outside his control – then these actions become embedded. The results are overwhelming for humanity. We now have an obesity epidemic in the west, vast levels of domestic violence and crime, serial killers, substance abuse, sexual slavery, child slavery, cuts in essential public services, propaganda – you name it. Behind almost all anti-social actions on the planet is an embedded addiction which is almost impossible to break.

If we look at one addiction – alcohol – we find a number of treatments available. There are groups like Alcoholics Anonymous which see the addiction as a lifetime problem that can be managed but never cured. There is rehab where the drinker is separated from his drink and helped in various ways to get through his withdrawal pain. There is education about the damage alcohol does when taken in large quantities – both to health and to relationships. There are laws, taxes on the substance, limited hours for buying it etc. But it seems that these do little more than stop it growing exponentially. They do not cure the addiction.

So there we have the underlying cause of most of the human’s problems and ill health. Tackling the underlying problem is impossible if it is not seen as addiction which is to say that the addict has to come to terms with the behaviour having a very undesirable effect. Let me give an example of why this is so hard.

Many of our world’s pristine forests are being destroyed and the problem is one for the planet and all its species. Some of this is due to logging by corporations that make profits, pay local wages and are never held to account for the environmental costs. But some of it is what is called slash and burn. This is where farmers cut down the trees, burn them and use the fertile soil for crops. However it will only sustain crops for a very limited time – one or two years and then becomes sterile. So they move on to the next bit of forest and leave behind a vast barren landscape which took centuries to become forest and habitat. Many gold miners pollute rivers and ground water. The addiction is to a form of survival whether it is to earn a living, feed a family or make a profit every year. But the undesirable cost is not shared or comprehended so the process continues. Poachers kill the rhino for their horn, the elephant for tusks, the tiger for its skin and bones.

Substituting a desirable behaviour, reward or substance for an undesirable one is a good starting point along with education. In Glasgow they give heroin addicts methadone and even medical grade heroin – free. But methadone is just as disabling as heroin. Just as addictive. The reason it is given free is to prevent the crime associated with addicts needing money urgently for their drug. It is also to prevent contaminated drugs leading to severe illness and death. It is a limited response to a vast problem – 50,000 addicts at least in the city. The brains of the addicts turn from one drug to the other and perceive an even greater benefit. Perhaps it is already too late but the numbers are growing and young people are falling for the addiction every day. So what is driving that? Only then can we begin to counter its attraction.

Corruption is a collective term as is organised crime and war. We think we know what they mean but we never actually know much about them at all. So we may think we know why a war starts but seldom do. Do we even know what starts a neighbour dispute? Why people start hoarding? Why someone starts acting in a curious way leading to them losing their job and family? We think we do but that thinking might include forensic analysis, witness statements, suspicions, outright lies, religious, cultural and social prejudice and even thoughts about karma and divine retribution. They talk about addictive personalities these days, that some are more prone than others genetically. That is an additional layer and complication from individual to nation to world. Not all have the same compulsions but the addict does not learn from the non addicted it seems.

Even a cursory look at organised crime will tell us that it is protected on many levels and that the kingpins, the ultimate beneficiaries are seldom apprehended. Also that the world’s financial centres depend on it. The same is as true about war. And poverty. I do not think that any economist would seriously question that poverty is used to create wealth, that it is thought to be essential in fact to a thriving economy. It keeps wages down, profits up and a pool of workers competing for every job.

However for most of us we live our somewhat removed from all of this. We do our job, our shopping, cook the supper and put the kids to bed in our safe houses. We may have concerns about the wider picture, be shocked when some things happen and are reported to us by the TV but our first priority is to look after ourselves and our family. This is as true for the poor as the rich.

This is of course our dilemma. We live under an illusion which makes it possible to live a normal life and I would say this illusion is all that keeps us from chaos and disaster but it carries an enormous cost. It is this. If we do something terrible to enable something wonderful where do we stand?

The first rule of healing is therefore to avoid behaviours that damage us – at any level particularly our global level as this is where so much harm comes from. Pollution, war and corruption. But that is all very well to write the reality is that there are addictions that govern this so our second rule is tackling these – our habits and self harm.

The Alcoholics Anonymous and various other groups within that umbrella consider that the addict must receive help from something higher.

The 12 steps of AA are as follows:

We admitted we were powerless over alcohol – that our lives had become unmanageable. …

Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. …

Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.

Etc”

This does not stop people from going back to their addiction but is an interesting notion. I would suggest that we individuals need the help and governance of our ka and that spirit that will testify against us when we die. And as far as governments are concerned they should be looking at what they have in this respect. The author of Revelations at the end of the bible mentions the angels of principalities and dominions which we might consider in this light. The real powers behind the thrones and ones who are not amused at politicians abusing their position of authority, selling out to lobbies if you like.

Still easier said than done but I must point out again that before any of this is possible there has to be a recognition that our behaviour is dangerous to us and that we risk losing everything if we do not change it. It is all very well telling ourselves this is not the case. That is exactly what the addict does and why the addicts surround themselves with those who allow this, even encourage and support it. Our media carries a huge responsibility for this whether at the level of advertising unsafe products, glorifying antisocial activities or propaganda which hides the reality of the suffering imposed on the poor and innocent – on the planet and its many species. So I suppose you could say that first we need AWARENESS. In my view that requires the enlightened being able to show us the problems, to encourage a gradual change and to delicately tackle the illusions that prevent this. Many of us are dying with cancer because of environmental pollution. We need to be aware of this and to find a way to change it, to provide the polluters with an alternative to profiting from it. Give them the money to change is what I would urge and for those who seek confrontation and world war give them some incentive too – money is almost certainly underpinning this manic behaviour that threatens us all. Pay them to change and make peace.

 

The Clairvoyant & Enlightened Times

Issue 24 – 17 June 2017 – rattuos

In a study 59 hypnotists were asked if they were good subjects for hypnotism. Only 4% said they were. In stage hypnotism the subjects are carefully chosen from the audience:

According to experts such as Theodore X. Barber and André Muller Weitzenhoffer, stage hypnosis traditionally employs three fundamental strategies:

Participant compliance. Participants on stage tend to be compliant because of the social pressure felt in the situation constructed on stage, before an expectant audience.

Participant selection. Preliminary suggestion tests, such as asking the audience to clasp their hands and suggesting they cannot be separated, are usually used to select out the most suggestible and socially compliant subjects from the audience. By asking for volunteers to mount the stage, the performer also tends to select the most extraverted members of the audience.

Deception of the audience. Stage hypnotists are performers who traditionally, but not always, employ a variety of “sleight of hand” strategies to mislead their audience for dramatic effect…..” Wikipedia

 

What you see may of course be a show rather than a display of real hypnotism anyway but it does not matter with what this issue is about. Much is made about our unconscious and its role. We know that most (about 90%) of our brain is not used and also that some drugs reach some of those unused portions. But generally speaking most of us use our conscious mind when concentrating, lapse into a day dreaming or automatic state for some of the time and dive into an unconscious state when asleep. That will do. A hypnotist tries to get agreement to bypass that conscious state and uses various strategies to achieve that. They can plant a suggestion that will surface at a later time, indeed a powerful hypnotist (one who has a very strong conscious mind that overrules others) can programme us in various ways quite unknown to us. Here is what is usually considered the danger of tinkering with our minds if not brains.

We can all enter a daydreaming state and self hypnosis is a very useful tool for making our daydreams more useful especially if we wish to advance spiritually. But that is not to say the spiritual side is to be found here, just that we can make subtle changes in our approach to our normal lives and perhaps even try to use more of our brains. One useful thing we can do is to try to remember our dreams and to ‘incubate’ them which was done in the Ancient Egyptian temples or so called dream schools. They tried to encourage prophetic dreams or dreams of various deities AND to remember them. Hypnosis can help us remember things we have consciously tried to forget or were never that aware of. To recall dreams try reminding yourself to do that when you go to bed and just as important have something to write on so that you can note it before you are fully awake and have forgotten. That or spend some time thinking about your dreams when you first awake from them.

But if you want to communicate with your spirit this is done consciously. This is one of the misconceptions about clairvoyance. It can be accessed by hypnotism in certain cases and through dreams but in many it is a conscious process. Where the image comes from is a separate issue. Say I am driving in my car and start talking about rainbows, then ten minutes later there is a rainbow. If this is the kind of thing that happens a lot we can ignore pure coincidence. It is the conscious mind that starts speaking about the rainbow. You do not have to be in a trance but you do need to be open to your brain feeding you images. Far more common will be ’good grief there is a rainbow and I was just thinking about them’. And even more common the reaction to that which is that you were only thinking about them because you caught one out of the corner of your eye or it was the kind of day when you get them.

People have always found me a bit difficult. One of the reasons for that is because when I talk they tend to drift into daydreaming mode. I do not do this intentionally and usually try to avoid subjects that interest me and on which I am perceived as intense. Intensity is conscious, reinforced by whatever is behind that too. It makes us uncomfortable. We feel we are being preached to or persuaded. There are other reasons for my being difficult of course and my reputation for clairvoyance is almost certainly one of them. I have often been approached by people in crisis, even consulted as a clairvoyant, and telling someone what their inner life wants them to hear can be unpopular. For example when a person is angry with someone close and is thinking of doing something like dating that person’s best friend, it may be that their inner life is very concerned and would prefer them not to. Try telling them that!

Knowing that without them telling you, and knowing a bit more, can help of course.

Enlightenment is conscious – fully conscious – but that awareness includes what in most is not conscious. Does that make sense?

Look at the bible. There is a comment put in by the scribes about most of the kings, even the people at various times. It is that they did ‘evil in the sight of the Lord’. It is written about Solomon for example whether or not there ever was such a king. But it is also written about almost all the kings. A story is told of one of the first kings – David. He had a fine wife, in fact he had many wives and concubines, but became enamoured of a bathing beauty who was married. After getting her pregnant he ensured that her husband was killed in war and he took her as his wife. “But the thing that David had done was evil in the sight of the Lord” (2 Sam. 11:27).

If you think about it this is a curious story to tell about him. Hardly anyone would have known this for example. But the scribes write such things for a reason and it is to warn about the consequences, the karma of our actions. You cannot undo such a thing. The lesson is clear, as is the wording, whether or not the tale is true. But assume that someone went up to David and warned him not to do this. What the scribe tells us is rather different:

“Then one day God sent the prophet Nathan to David with a very interesting story. “There were two men in one city, the one rich and the other poor. The rich man had a great many flocks and herds. But the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb which he bought and nourished, and it grew up together with him and his children. It would eat of his bread and drink of his cup and lie in his bosom, and was like a daughter to him. Now a traveler came to the rich man, and he was unwilling to take from his own flock or his own herd, to prepare for the wayfarer who had come to him; rather he took the poor man’s ewe lamb and prepared it for the man who had come to him” (2 Sam. 12:1-4). When David heard the story he was furious at the rich man’s selfish insensitivity and insisted that he deserved to die.

Guilt does that to us. We usually lash out most harshly and severely at the sins of others when we have the most to hide ourselves. Our subconscious anger with ourselves erupts against them.

It was with fear and trembling that Nathan uttered his next words. Other men had lost their heads for saying less than this to kings, but he was bound by his calling to deliver the message of God to the erring king. He pointed his convicting finger at David and said, “You are the man!” Then he delivered God’s personal message to David: “It is I who anointed you king over Israel and it is I who delivered you from the hand of Saul. I also gave you your master’s house, and your master’s wives into your care, and I gave you the house of Israel and Judah; and if that had been too little, I would have added to you many more things like these! Why have you despised the word of the Lord by doing evil in His sight? You have struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword, have taken his wife to be your wife, and have killed him with the sword of the sons of Ammon” (2 Sam. 12:7-9). And the conviction of God’s Spirit penetrated the depths of David’s soul.”

https://bible.org/seriespage/6-caught-tempter-s-trap-story-david-and-bathsheba

Quite apart from the moral of the story which is that our leaders must always act ethically or woe betide them and their people (try telling them that now!) what we see is how we act unaware of our karmic consequences. But we absolutely need to be aware of such things and this is part of the enlightened way. Seeing ahead and refraining from some of the inviting traps along the way. The further you go the more attractive some of them are, especially to the guru or teacher. But not to the enlightened.

Most religions will use chanting, singing, praying, silence, architecture, touch, ritual and repetition, repetition, repetition to put you in a semi conscious state, a hypnotic state in which you can believe all manner of fantasies. Many exercises like yoga and meditation do a similar job. But what we need is to wake up. By all means explore the states and how they work in you but there is no better way to explore the way and move down it than by thinking. You will often find it difficult. Try it when you wake up in the middle of the night. Ask yourself how you can save the world, consider the pitfalls, the karmic results of every action you think about. You will drift off but when you awake again go back to it. Challenge yourself, challenge what is around you. What do you really feel about things, people, your ambitions? Push as hard as you consciously can.

As for doing evil in the eyes of God I would add a bit more. It applies to us all but particularly to our leaders. These days we see them making the harshest statements about other leaders and nations, accusing them of all sorts of crimes and threatening retribution or trial. This is them judging themselves because they are all guilty of such things. In David’s case it was just one woman, one man killed in war. We are killing hundreds of civilians every week with our ‘just wars’ that are nothing of the sort. And the lesson is clear – we are in the most serious trouble because of this. But for some reason each year that passes convinces our nations that collateral damage is unavoidable, that wars fought for corporations or dictators on whom we rely for arms sales must be fought. That starvation and disease must affect some nations because of this. And that using their media to spin nonsense is putting the matter to bed. But in reality we are perched on the edge of the cliff and our war is with what we call God. So they find that things keep going wrong and blame others for this rather than the karmic responsibility of their own actions. It could be put right but not if we go on like this. They need to turn the wheel a little, care for the poor, stop the wars and use the corporations and armies to clean up our world and its pollution. To return ‘Justice’ to its original purpose not use it as a weapon that adds to injustice. If their eyes were open they would. We cannot make them do that, they need to see it themselves.

One other point. Our body processes are unconscious or semi conscious in us. We are not making our heart beat and breath taken consciously. Our body knows what to do but sometimes things go wrong, it does not recognise a problem or overreacts. Then we need to reprogramme it. This can be done through hypnosis or self hypnosis although we need modern medicine for most common diseases. How good it would be to see research done here but as it will not increase pharmaceutical sales it is unlikely.

 

 

The Clairvoyant & Enlightened Times

Issue 23 – 15 June 2017 – rattuos

There is nothing wrong with being a specialist. My teachers were specialists, Rolf was a specialist, doctors are specialists, Buddhist lamas, spiritualists, almost everyone you can think of specialises in some subject. But if you wish to be enlightened, genuinely enlightened, you need to master much more. It appears that we do not have enough time in one lifetime but in fact we do, to achieve this in just one lifetime. If you specialise you will not achieve it in a thousand life times although you will acquire much knowledge and expertise. So while I yet live I will try to explain how it is done. What you can read here is merely the fruit of a garden of thought, some kind of explanation for the material and spiritual worlds, for truth and the deceptions that surround it – perhaps to protect it.

First of all you will need your entire life and everything attached to it from birth until enlightenment or death. It is the one thing that actually belongs to you and you alone can give that to the work ahead of you should that really be what you wish. You will suffer because that is what balances your life’s achievements. Growing is painful and enlightenment is extremely painful. Those who suggest it is not, that some form of meditation is all that is required, are merely surrounding the truth with a deception, keeping the hordes away.

I have introduced you to your ka or the concept of a spirit that arrived fully formed at your birth. It is a spirit and to exist here it needs a physical base and one it can trust. It will not trust you until you have passed every test. For many years it would tell me I was not ready and it was very frustrating. But then I failed many tests it put before me. I must point out that it is not some alien, it is you and will use you whether you pass its tests or not. But you will not be your ka if you fail.

Reading this is just one of the ka’s tests for you. Every time you read the word ka or indeed spirit you are entering its territory and will be tested. It will not pass you for believing anything because ‘belief’ is one of the great deceptions in our world keeping believers away from truth and knowledge, tying them to fantasy. But it will immediately have noted your reactions – your annoyance, dismissal, contempt, gullibility, whatever reading a few lines about it has brought up in you. Here it is trying to make contact and yet again it may note that it is still impossible.

When you do eventually connect, as some of you almost certainly have, then it is possible to dedicate your entire life to your work – if you have realised what that work is and what it is not. But it will not be some speciality. Look at gardening for example and apply that to our entire universe and its dimensions. You can read the gardening books, work at it, study under gardeners, get up at the crack of dawn and retire exhausted every day after your labours, but none of that will equate with having ‘green fingers’. And in a universal sense that is what you must have, that is what your enlightenment is.

I will let you get on with it. You need to spend time together for which you will need every ounce of clairvoyance you can muster.

 

The Clairvoyant & Enlightened Times

Issue 22 – 14 June 2017 – rattuos (**I have added a bit at the bottom as have discovered more on Rolf)

I have been clearing out my many books etc for the last few weeks much to the delight of our local charity shops who are doing a roaring trade in my CD’s, DVD’s, clothes, knick knacks etc. It was a lifetime’s task to acquire all this stuff and out it goes in box after box. Dying makes you look at your clutter in a different way, an unnecessary problem for others after you have gone. Quite what my fellow Glaswegians will make of my books is another matter as most are on the subjects covered here. Anyway yesterday I rescued one book from the dreaded box and put it by my bed. I could have picked any of them in fact but this was one I never really read, certainly not right through. What I did read or skim told me what I wanted to know many years ago which was that I had come across the author already, indeed spent seven years studying intensively under him without being aware of his identity. That is a real ‘hidden master’ for you. My teacher could have pointed me to the book but never mentioned the man. I found the book quite by accident at a jumble sale.

I was going to transcribe some of it for you but have made life easier for myself by copying some comments on his books from the net. There is one below that is very interesting and it concerns a conversation Rolf is said to have had with General Marshall

(George Catlett Marshall, Jr. (December 31, 1880 – October 16, 1959) was an American statesman and soldier. He was Chief of Staff of the United States Army under presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman, and served as Secretary of State and Secretary of Defense under Truman. He was hailed as the “organizer of victory” by Winston Churchill for his leadership of the Allied victory in World War II Wikipedia)

Rolf was a doctor and a very serious man so I cannot think he would have lied however the subject on which he is quoted is one where all kinds of fabrications exist. There is no wiki entry for Rolf, or not one I have found although he has been very influential. In his book he mentions that he took a few students to whom he taught his theory of mind power. If he is famous for anything it is for dissolving clouds but anyone can do this. You look at a cloud in the sky and wish it away. It is much more difficult when you have witnesses but so are many things.

In his book he writes a few pages on hypnotism and self hypnosis which has interested me although I had not read his take on this before last night. I have written here some months ago about the great Scottish surgeon who coined the word hypnosis:

James Braid (19 June 1795 – 25 March 1860) was a Scottish surgeon and “gentleman scientist“. He was a significant innovator in the treatment of club-foot and an important and influential pioneer of hypnotism and hypnotherapy. He is regarded by many as the first genuine “hypnotherapist” and the “Father of Modern Hypnotism”.

Wikipedia

He was a most remarkable man but Rolf mentions two others and I have included their wiki pages below. One like Braid was a Scottish surgeon who used hypnosis around the same time as Braid. He used it as an anaesthetic for countless operations in India. The other also used it and was another surgeon who was trained in Edinburgh. What happened about that time which brought the remarkable work on hypnosis and its healing potential to an end was that chloroform was developed and our modern anaesthetics took over. You may note how:

“Originally published in the US as Creative Realism. A New Method of Winning (1954), this volume is better known by its UK title, The Power of the Mind — The System of Creative Realism (1956) — not to be confused with The Healing Power of the Mind by the same author.
Benjamin Creme states that this volume “is very interesting in that it provides a very simple process of self-hypnosis whereby you can free the mind from its fragmentation in the subconscious” (The Art of Living, p.158-59).
In his book Self-Suggestion and the New Huna Theory of Mesmerism and Hypnosis (HuNa Research Publications, CA, USA, 1958, p.38) Max F. Long writes: “Dr. Alexander offers the theory that we are all hypnotized to a considerable degree by what has happened to or around us in our lives. He seems to blame many of our personality troubles on this form of hypnosis-without-a-hypnotist, and he offers a method which he calls ‘self-realization’ to be used to dehypnotize ourselves. The use of this method is urged as a preliminary to the administering of autosuggestion. It is also to be used as an antidote to remaining in a suggestible trance to some extent after the use of autohypnosis.”

In the Preface to his first book Benjamin Creme writes that “The magazine article which drew my attention to [The Power of the Mind], of course, concentrated on the most sensational aspect of the book — ‘cloud busting’, the breaking up of clouds by the power of thought alone” (The Reappearance of the Christ and the Masters of Wisdom, p.12). Given Mr Creme’s early interest in flying saucers, his reference is probably to an article by Dr Alexander in the November/December 1955 edition of the British Flying Saucer Review, titled ‘Psychokinesis’ (pp.8-10). Earlier that year, in the US, FATE magazine carried an article about Dr Alexander (‘Rolf Alexander — The Man Who Smashes Clouds’) in its issue No.63 of June 1955 (pp.42-45), with photographs from the local Orillia Packet and Times newspaper.
This book contains the same photographs of the famous cloud-dispersal demonstration that Dr Alexander gave at the town of Orillia, Ontario, Canada on 12 September 1954, in the presence of representatives of the media and the mayor of Orillia. In the original US edition and the first UK edition these photographs are printed on the back of the dust jacket, while an additional set of 12 photographs is included in the book showing a cloud-dispersal demonstration which the author gave at Mexico City in January 1952, “before reliable and qualified witnesses”, as well as an Appendix and a Bibliography, which are not included in later UK impressions, the fourth and last of which appeared in 1968. In the closing paragraph of the Appendix the author writes: “This present book is written as a training manual in the basic principles of Creative Realism, but other books are planned to carry on from where this one halts.” (Another cloud-busting technique is described in Wilhelm Reich (1957), Contact With Space.)

Rolf Alexander M.D., a 1.8 degrees initiate (Share International No.1, Jan./Feb. 1995, p.31), was born on the American Clipper ship Luzon en route to New Zealand in 1891. He was taken by his parents to Canada as a boy, graduated in medicine in Prague and studied as a personal pupil of the Greek-Russian philosopher Gurdjieff in 1913. Around 1938 Dr Alexander travelled to India and on to Tibet where he stayed for one year as “the guest of an English-speaking abbot of a lamasery near Shigatze,” according to the biographical information on the back flap of the original US and UK editions. In Chapter 12, in the paragraph ‘The Lama’, the writer describes one of the hands-on lessons in detachment from the physical body from this lama, whom Benjamin Creme has confirmed was the Master Djwhal Khul (see the notes for The Voice of Talking Valley).
No further biographical information about the author could be found, except for a reference in The UFO Encyclopedia (2nd ed. 1998, p.277) by Jerome Clark, who writes: “In 1956, England’s Flying Saucer Review published startling revelations by a contributor identified only as a ‘special correspondent.’ The correspondent asserted that a highly placed American official had confided to him that UFOs were known to contain friendly space visitors who were trying to find a way to breathe Earth’s atmosphere before landing and declaring themselves. The magazine revealed nine years later that its unnamed informant was one ‘Rolf Alexander, M.D.,’ and that the official was the late general and diplomat George C. Marshall [of Marshall Plan fame, Ed.].”
Clark continues: “It did not mention that ‘Alexander’ was in fact an ex-convict whose real name was Allan Alexander Stirling. ‘Alexander’ claimed vast psychokinetic powers that allowed him to break up clouds.” According to Benjamin Creme, however, Rolf Alexander “was not Alexander Stirling, nor was he convicted of any crime.” (Share International No.10, December 2007, p.27)
Interestingly, UFO researcher Timothy Good also mentions Dr Alexander in his book
Alien Base.

http://www.biblioteca-ga.info/50/toon/124

The Healing Power of the Mind

By Rolf Alexander, M.D.

$12.95

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Based on more than thirty years of research gleaned from Tibetan, Indian, and other cultures, this book provides both spiritual insight and practical advice concerning the true nature of healing, showing how imagination, desire, the power of suggestion, psychic influence, and the removal of limitations are valuable tools for maximizing our innate capacity for self-healing.

https://www.innertraditions.com/author/rolf-alexander-m-d/

A LOOK AT ROLF ALEXANDER

Okay! Orillia has certainly had its fair share of unique individuals who have added to our past being tense. But the one that stands out for me is one DR. ROLF ALEXANDER.

Haven’t heard of him? You can be forgiven. But then again, he may have lived under the radar completely, if it hadn’t of been for our very own Pete McGarvey. Pete was about as honest a fellow you would want to meet. As a radio personality in Orillia, he was a very trusted source. For now, we will give him the honour of giving Dr. Rolf Alexander his legitimacy.

Dr. Rolf Alexander came to Orillia via Prague, Tibet, Arizona, Africa, and the Caribbean. A medical doctor who was convinced there was more to medicine than a bottle of pills. Through years of research with monks, first nations people, witch doctors and sorcerers from around the world he came to the conclusion that the answer to all our problems lay in the subconscious. He wasn’t the first or the last to make a case for “its all in your head!”

Unfortunately, his claim to fame in our sunshine city did not result in an institute or even a spa that would gain world wide repute, such as the Weiss Institute in Miami. Otherwise, Orillia may have had a chance to be the focus of an Oprah Winfrey special if the stars had aligned properly. There is that fickle finger of fate playing its tricks again with our communal destiny.

No, instead his claim comes to us via a party trick called Cloud Busting. Yes, I know Pete McGarvey bought into it. My dad swore he once saw a UFO and spent good quality small talk convincing his friends that the mother ship was very nearby. Oh, just as a side note, Alexander was quite knowledgeable when it came to UFOs, as well. Nevertheless, sceptic though I be, I will give McGarvey the benefit of the doubt.

Dr. Alexander demonstrated, not only to Pete McGarvey, but also to a fine crowd of Orillians, from the Mayor to the reporters of Orillia Packet, that you just had to put your mind to it. In Couchiching Beach Park, in September 1954 the mantra was “Pick a cloud, any cloud! And to top it off, Alexander made mention that even the Russians were using powers of the mind. The communists were using power of the mind techniques? Oh my word! Then it must be real!

So as THE ORILLIA SPIRIT by Randy Richmond states ” Alexander invited the Mayor John McIsaac to pick a cloud. The Mayor being polite picked a small one. After a few minutes, the cloud disappeared…” But reporters being reporters cut to the chase and had him take on one cloud after another, recording the entire event. Well, I guess that says it all except that it seems that in order to do the event the conditions had to be ideal. When were talking clouds, cumulus is what were looking for. And if we’re talking cumulus I refer you to Cloud Busting Secrets, Make Clouds Vanish, Appear & More by Devin Knight & Jerome Finley. Good fun, if nothing else.

Outside of his book CREATIVE REALISM, Rolf Alexander’s cloud bashing prowess in Orillia brought him a lot of attention. In fact, he was so popular the federal immigration department got wind of the fact that his visa had expired. And a good thing they had, because who knows if he had been able to smash the cloud of mystery that surrounds Parliament Hill. So he and his family had to rough it in England and then in Florida, where he spent his final days. Too bad he could have spent his days shoveling with us.

Well, where does that leave Orillians? It leaves them with a good story. Another unique Orillian who made his mark. However, for Orillians,any fame or fortune was denied them. But that’s the way of Past Tense, a fine yarn that makes you say…darn!

http://www.orillian.ca/orillia-history/rolf-alexander/

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Next we find this other bit – UFO’s and aliens and I cannot confirm any of this nor wish to. I would point out that hypnosis can affect huge swathes of populations, cause wars and riots and also brain washing. If our governments decided to keep this all quiet no one can blame them. These days there is practically no interest in the subject anyway and decades of ridicule have seen to that. I was surprised to see Rolf’s name even mentioned in this context.

 

A Need to Know: UFOs, the Military and Intelligence

https://books.google.co.uk/books?isbn=0330543490

Timothy Good – 2012 – ‎Social ScienceAs reported in Chapter 5, Dr Rolf Alexander discussed the subject with General Marshall at this time, and during the meeting the general confirmed that alien …

And various other articles on this like:

“Did you ever hear that story George Marshall told Dr. Rolf Alexander about a UFO crash in Mexico?

“The United States has recovered UFOs and their occupants. The UFOs were from a different planet and they were friendly. They have been hovering over defense facilities and airports. The U.S. authorities were convinced they had nothing to fear from them. The U.S. wanted people to concentrate on the real menace, communism, and not be distracted by the visitors from space. There has actually been contact with the men in the UFOs and there have been landings.”

General George C. Marshall

U.S. Army Chief of Staff in World War II; Secretary of State, 1947

(as told to Dr. Rolf Alexander)

1951″

http://www.aliens-everything-you-want-to-know.com/AliensEverybodyKnows.html

But was this really him? Smokescreens or not

No further biographical information about the author could be found, except for a reference in The UFO Encyclopedia (2nd ed. 1998, p.277) by Jerome Clark, who writes: “In 1956, England’s Flying Saucer Review published startling revelations by a contributor identified only as a ‘special correspondent.’ The correspondent asserted that a highly placed American official had confided to him that UFOs were known to contain friendly space visitors who were trying to find a way to breathe Earth’s atmosphere before landing and declaring themselves. The magazine revealed nine years later that its unnamed informant was one ‘Rolf Alexander, M.D.,’ and that the official was the late general and diplomat George C. Marshall. It did not mention that ‘Alexander’ was in fact an ex-convict whose real name was Allan Alexander Stirling. ‘Alexander’ claimed vast psychokinetic powers that allowed him to break up clouds.

According to Benjamin Creme, however, Rolf Alexander “was not Alexander Stirling, nor was he convicted of any crime.” (Share International No.10, December 2007, p.27)”

“I don’t know about you, but the authenticity of this particular Marshall “quote” is highly suspect in my opinion. Why on earth would he share such information with some random doctor in an airport anyway? Not to mention a doctor who appears… well… Eccentric?”

http://www.unexplained-mysteries.com/forum/topic/203814-merged-fbi-roswell-memo-released/?page=8

Etc etc

Benjamin Crème was also fairly eccentric – another Scot who died last October.

 

Here are the two surgeons mentioned above – Esdaile and Elliotson beginning with a letter to James Braid the Scottish surgeon who coined the term hypnotism:

 

James Esdaile to James Braid (October 1850).

I shall find much in the books to interest and instruct me, as I did in your firstwork on Hypnotism; but I shall not wait to read them before replying to your communication.

I have not seen any of the papers you allude to in the journals; but am glad to hear that the doctors are, at last, condescending to turn their attention to one of the most interesting and important subjects ever submitted to the consideration of the physiologist, the metaphysician, and natural philosopher.***

Regarding the reality and cause of the mesmeric phenomena, if I venture to differ from you even, who are so much better prepared to investigate the subject [than certain individuals to whom the Doctor had referred], it is for reasons which I hope you will consider worthy your attention. I am fully aware that there are various modes of inducing the mesmeric symptoms, to a certain extent, without the probability, or even possibility, of any vital force proceeding from the operator being concerned in the matter. But I have never (except for experiment) produced the mesmeric state of the system by the exhaustion of any organ, such as the eye, [here the Doctor has overlooked the important part which the mental act of fixed attention plays in this matter] or by acting strongly on the imagination, or by any means that could favour self-mesmerization, as you will perceive from the following resumé of my practice:—

During the last six years I have performed upwards of 300 capital operations of every description, and many of them of the most terrible nature, without in-flicting pain on the patients; and, in every instance, the insensibility was produced in this fashion.

All knowledge of our intentions was, if possible, concealed from the patients; and if they had never heard of mesmerism and painless operations, so much the better. They were taken into a darkened room, and desired to lie down and shut their eyes. A young Hindoo or Mussulman then seated himself at the head of the bed, and made passes, without contact, from the head to the epigastrium, breathing on the head and eyes all the time, and occasionally resting his hands for a minute on the pit of the stomach. This often induced the coma deep enough for the severest surgical operation in a few minutes; but the routine was for me to examine the patient at the end of an hour, and if he was not ready, the process was repeated daily. Taking the average, the operation, of whatever description, was usually performed on the fourth or fifth day.

Probably as many more cases were subjected to the trance for medical purposes, and were usually treated in the same way, for its convenience to both parties. The enclosed remarkable case of clairvoyance, with transference of the senses to the epigastrium, will show that the mesmeric control of the system may be obtained, when the patient is not only asleep, but in a state of intense natural coma.

I have also entranced a blind man, and made him so sensitive, that I could entrance him however employed, (eating his dinner, for instance) by merely making him the object of my attention for ten minutes. He would gradually cease to eat, remain stationary a few moments, and then plunge, head fore-most, among his rice and curry.

Numbers of madmen have been entranced in the lunatic asylum of Calcutta; and I performed a mesmeric operation on one man who had cut his throat. I frequently desired the visitors of my hospitals to pretend to take the portraits of patients, and to engage their attention as much as possible, by conversing with them. I then retired to another room, and reduced them to statues, without the possibility of their suspecting my intentions.

How such phenomena can be accounted for, without presuming the existence of a physical power transmitted from the operator to the subject, passes my comprehension. That the mesmeric virtue can be communicated to inanimate matter, is a physical fact, of which I am as well convinced as of my own existence. It was my common hospital practice to entrance patients for the purpose of having their sores burned with Nitric Acid, by giving them mesmerised water to drink.

Community of taste, and thought-reading, are among the most common of the higher mesmeric phenomena; and how they are to be explained, except by the transmission of the operator’s sensations, through his thought-stamped, nervous fluid, sent to the brain of the subject, I cannot conjecture. “Important, if true”, you will probably say. I can only say, that healthy senses, a natural power of seeing things as they really are, and an earnest desire to know the truth, whatever it may be, are perfectly useless for the acquisition of knowledge, if all I have related is not perfectly true.

Till such facts are known to medical men and natural philosophers, it is surely premature to dogmatise about the only source of the mesmeric phenomena. It happened, curiously enough, that the sleeping Faqueer of Lahore had attracted my attention about the very time your interesting account of him appeared, and I had actually written to Sir Henry Lawrence, begging him to procure us information on the subject; but my departure from India, shortly after, prevented my prosecution of the subject.”

James Esdaile, M.D., E.I.C.S, Bengal (1808–1859), a Scottish surgeon, who served for twenty years with the East India Company, is a notable figure in the history of mesmerism.

The eldest son of the Rev. James Esdaile, D.D. (1775–1854), a minister of the Church of Scotland, and Margaret Blair (1781–1843), he was born in Montrose, Angus, Scotland on 6 February 1808. He died in Sydenham, Kent on 10 January 1859.

He had three brothers, David Esdaile, D.D. (1811-1880) — an ordained cleric, who, along with James Esdaile (his brother), founded Edinburgh’s Ministers’ Daughters’ College (later known as Esdaile School), dedicated to the education of the daughters of Ministers of the Church of Scotland, and of Professors in the Universities of Scotland — John Esdaile (1813-1877) and Robert Esdaile (1816-1882), both of whom migrated to Canada, and one sister, Janet (1818-1819).

He married three times.

His first wife, Mary Ann Christie, whom he had married on 6 June 1838, whilst on furlough in Scotland, died on 9 November 1838, “in her 18th year”, on their voyage to India (they left England on 24 July 1838).

His second wife, Sophia Ullmann — daughter of the Delaware banker, John James Ullmann (1754-1811) and Jeanne F. Ullmann (née LeFranc), and the sister of lawyer and, later, (Union) General Daniel Ullmann (1810-1892) — whom he married on 17 November 1842 at Chinsurah, while stationed at Hooghly, died in Calcutta on 27 July 1850, aged 44.

He married his third wife, Eliza Morton (1807-1862) (née Weatherhead) in Calcutta on 3 February 1851.

He studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh, graduating M.D. in 1829.

In 1830, he was appointed as Civil Assistant Surgeon to the East India Company, and arrived in Calcutta, Bengal (which was, then, the capital of British India), in 1831.

Having suffered from chronic bronchitis and asthma since his adolescence, Esdaile thought that India’s different climate would be of benefit. Five years later, he suffered a total breakdown while working at Azamgarh, in Uttar Pradesh, and, later, was given an extended furlough from 1836 to 1838. During this time he travelled extensively; and his 1839 work, Letters from the Red Sea, Egypt, and the Continent, was written as a result of these travels.

He returned from his furlough to Calcutta, and was soon appointed as Civil Surgeon to the small Hooghli Imambara Hospital; and, through this appointment, he was also responsible for the hospital at Hooghly Jail.

From November 1839 to December 1841 Esdaile also served as the Principal of the prestigious Hooghly College, located in the palladian mansion in Chinsurah that had been originally designed and built for “General Perron”. The College had been founded in August 1836 by the Bengali philanthropist Haji Muhammad Mohsin, and Esdaile replaced the College’s original principal — another surgeon, Thomas Alexander Wise, M.D. (1802-1889) — who had been promoted to the position of Principal at the Dacca College.

He was serving as the Registrar of Deeds for Hooghly in 1843, and as Secretary of the Hooghly Branch of the Agricultural and Horticultural Society of India in 1843. He was promoted to Presidency Surgeon in January 1848, and was further promoted to Marine Surgeon (serving the Indian Navy) on 29 May 1849.

On 4 April 1845, Esdaile performed his first mesmeric procedure:

On 4 April 1845, [Esdaile] was treating a convict afflicted with double hydrocele. The drainage and injection of one side of the scrotum caused the patient such pain that Esdaile determined to try mesmerism upon him for the second operation…he was successful in rendering the convict analgesic, and at once began to experiment with mesmerism both as a means of producing analgesia in surgical cases, and as a method of treatment for medical ones.

By his own admission, Esdaile had never seen a mesmeric act; but, given the level of pain of this specific patient, and the understanding that he had gained from what he had read, it occurred to him that mesmerism might be of great value:

Seeing him [the patient] suffering in this way, I turned to the native sub-assistant surgeon, an élève [student] of the medical college, and asked him if he had ever seen Mesmerism? He said, that he had seen it tried at the medical college, but without effect. Upon which I remarked, “I have a great mind to try it on this man, but as I never saw it practised, and know it only from reading, I shall probably not succeed.”

Esdaile did succeed.

As performed by Esdaile, the mesmeric act was an exhausting procedure:

Esdaile’s method was to make the patient lie down in dark room, wearing only a loin cloth, and [Esdaile would] repeatedly pass the hands in the shape of claws, slowly over the [patient’s] body, within one inch of the surface, from the back of the head to the pit of the stomach, breathing gently on the head and eyes all the time [and] he seems to have sat behind the patient, leaning over him almost head to head and to have laid his right hand for extended periods on the pit of the stomach.

As a consequence, Esdaile, whose own health was far from good, soon began to delegate this exhausting work which, when necessary, would involve “[having] a patient magnetized for hours each day for ten or twelve days [to his] native assistants, saving his own strength for the performance of surgery”.

In a short time, Esdaile had gained a wide reputation amongst the European and indigenous communities for painless surgery, especially in cases of the scrotal “tumours” that were endemic in Bengal at that time due to filariasis (similar to elephantiasis) that was transmitted by mosquitoes. Esdaile’s mesmeric anaesthesia was extremely safe:

I beg, to state, for the satisfaction of those who have not yet a practical knowledge of the subject, that I have seen no bad consequences whatever arise from persons being operated on when in the mesmeric trance.

Cases have occurred in which no pain has been felt subsequent to the operation even; the wounds healing in a few days by the first intention; and in the rest, I have seen no indications of any injury being done to the constitution.

On the contrary, it appears to me to have been saved, and that less constitutional disturbance has followed than under ordinary circumstances.

There has not been a death among the cases operated on.

However, despite the successes with anaesthesia and his impressive surgical outcomes (exclusively with “native” patients), Esdaile was at a loss to explain these events in the light of his earlier (pre-mesmeric) six years’ experience:

Since [my first use of mesmerism in April 1845,] I have had every month more operations of this kind than take place in the native hospital in Calcutta in a year, and more than I had for the six years previous.

There must be some reason for this, and I only see two ways of accounting for it: my patients, on returning home, either say to their friends similarly afflicted, “Wah! brother, what a soft man the doctor Sahib is! He cut me to pieces for twenty minutes, and I made him believe that I did not feel it. Isn’t it a capital joke? Do go and play him the same trick ; you have only to laugh in your elbow, and you will not feel the pain.”

Or they say to their brother sufferers, — ” Look at me ; I have got rid of my burthen, (of 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, or 80 lbs., as it may be,) am restored to the use of my body, and can again work for my bread: this, I assure you, the doctor Sahib did when I was asleep, and I knew nothing about it;—you will be equally lucky, I dare say; and I advise you to go and try; you need not be cut if you feel it.”

Which of these hypotheses best explains the fact my readers will decide for themselves.

It ought to be added, that most of these persons were not paupers, but people in comfortable circumstances, whom no inducement short of painless operations could tempt to enter a charity, or any other hospital; and all who know the natives are aware of this.[40]

In 1846, Esdaile’s work with mesmerism-assisted painless surgery at Hoogly had come to the attention of the Deputy Governor of Bengal, Sir Herbert Maddocks. Maddocks appointed a committee of seven reputable (medical and non-medical) officials to investigate Esdaile’s claims. They submitted a positive report (on 9 October 1846), and a small hospital in Calcutta was put at his disposal in November 1846.

By 1848, a mesmeric hospital supported entirely by public subscription was opened in Calcutta especially for Esdaile’s work. It was closed 18 months later by the Deputy Governor of Bengal, Sir John Littler: according to Cotton (1931, p.170), although the Mott’s Lane Mesmeric Hospital, opened in 1846, was permanently closed in 1848, Elliotson “continued to practise mesmerism at the Sukeas’ Street Dispensary until he left India in 1851”.

In 1848, Lord Dalhousie, the Governor-General of India, appointed Esdaile to the position of Presidency Surgeon; and, in 1849, whilst not supporting the continuation of the mesmeric hospital in Calcutta, Dalhousie had so much respect for Esdaile and his work, that he appointed him to the position of Marine Surgeon.

Esdaile retired from the British East India Company in 1853, upon the expiration of his 20 years’ contract. He became a Vic-President of the London Mesmeric Infirmary, and a Vice-President of the Scottish Curative Mesmeric Association . After briefly returning to Perth in Scotland he settled in Sydenham where he died on 10 January 1859. He is buried at West Norwood Cemetery.

Esdaile is thought by many to have been a pioneer in the use of hypnosis for surgical anaesthesia in the era immediately prior to James Young Simpson’s discovery of chloroform. However, Esdaile had studied neither hypnotism nor Mesmerism himself.

Although some would trace the practice of hypnotherapy back to Faria, Gassner, and Hell, it is conventional to trace what we now know as hypnotism back to the Scottish surgeon James Braid’s reaction to a public exhibition of mesmeric techniques given by Charles Lafontaine in Manchester on 13 November 1841

There are some similarities between both the theory and practice of Victorian Mesmerism and hypnotism. Braid viewed the Bengal Government’s report (i.e., Atkinson & O’Shaughnessy (1846)), on Esdaile’s use of Mesmerism in an Indian hospital favourably, although only 30% of Esdaile’s clients were entirely pain-free during their operations. Yet, Braid also expressed reservations about Esdaile’s claims of supernatural powers possessed by certain subjects, and noted that Esdaile’s operations were yet to be demonstrated in British hospitals on British patients.

 

In theory I entirely differ from Dr. Esdaile. He is a Mesmerist – that is, he believes in the transmission of some peculiar occult influence from the operator to the patient, as the cause of the subsequent phenomena.

In fact, as this report shows, Esdaile did not generally “Mesmerise” the patients himself but employed native Indian boys to spend 2–8 hours per day with each patient in a darkened room, employing a technique that involved breathing on the patient’s body. The resemblance to the conventional techniques of Mesmerism is therefore minimal.

Esdaile was a keen salmon fisherman, and it was “at [his] instigation that the proprietors of salmon-fishings on the Tay constructed the artificial breeding beds at Stormontfield” (Esdaile, 1857), when a letter, written by Esdaile, on the artificial propagation of salmon, “A Plan for Replenishing the River Tay with Salmon”, was submitted to a meeting of the proprietors on the Tay on 19 July 1852.

Wikipedia

John Elliotson (29 October 1791 – 29 July 1868), M.D. (Edinburgh, 1810), M.D.(Oxford, 1821), F.R.C.P.(London, 1822), F.R.S. (1829), professor of the principles and practice of medicine at University College London (1832), and senior physician to University College Hospital (1834).

He was a prolific and influential author, a respected teacher, always at the ‘leading edge’ of his profession (one of the first to use and promote the stethoscope, and one of the first in Britain to use acupuncture),[3] renowned for both his diagnostic skills as a clinician and his extremely strong prescriptions: “his students said that one should let him diagnose but not treat the patient”.

In concert with William Collins Engledue M.D., Elliotson was the co-editor of The Zoist: A Journal of Cerebral Physiology & Mesmerism, and Their Applications to Human Welfare, an influential British journal, devoted to the promotion of the theories and practices (and the collection and dissemination of reports of the applications) of mesmerism and phrenology, and the enterprise of “connecting and harmonizing practical science with little understood laws governing the mental structure of man”, that was published quarterly, without a break, for fifteen years: from March 1843 until January 1856.

The son of the prosperous London chemist and apothecary John Elliotson and Elizabeth Elliotson, he was born in Southwark on 29 October 1791.

He was a private pupil of the rector of St Saviours, Southwark, and went on to study medicine at the University of Edinburgh, from 1805 to 1810 — where he was influenced by Thomas Brown, M.D. (1778–1820) — and then at Jesus College, Cambridge, from 1810 to 1821), from both of which institutions he took the degree of M.D., and subsequently in London at St Thomas’ and Guy’s hospitals. In 1831 he was elected professor of the principles and practice of physic in London University (now University College London), and in 1834 he became physician to University College Hospital.

Barely 5 ft (152 cm) tall, with dark complexion and a very large head, he was also lame (following an 1828 carriage accident).

His appearance presented a strong contrast to his ‘intramural enemy’ Robert Liston (1794-1847), F.R.C.S. (Edinburgh, 1818), F.R.S. (1841), the University College’s Professor of Clinical Surgery, one of the fastest surgeons of all time (on one occasion Liston amputated a leg, mid-thigh, in 25 seconds), who was pale skinned, and at least 6 ft 2in (188 cm) tall. Liston was fiercely opposed to Elliotson’s ‘contamination’ of the hospital with his demonstrations of ‘higher states’ of mesmerism (i.e., rather than its ‘medical’ applications).

Despite his unusual physical characteristics, Elliotson was greatly admired as a lecturer, both for the structured clarity of his lectures, and the theatrical liveliness of their delivery. Once he began lecturing at the University College, his widely respected lectures were extensively reported in the medical press; and he published a number of collections of his lectures over the years. At his peak, he was the first President of the Royal Medical and Chirurgical Society (in 1833), a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal Society, he had one of the largest private practices in London and, at his peak, was one of the pre-eminent physicians in the entire British Empire.

He became interested in phrenology, and was founder and first President of the London Phrenological Society (in 1823). His interest in mesmerism had been aroused initially by the demonstrations conducted by Richard Chenevix in 1829, and re-awakened by Dupotet de Sennevoy’s demonstrations in 1837.

This prompted Elliotson to begin experimenting with the Okey sisters, Elizabeth (17) and Jane (15), who had been admitted to his hospital, in April 1837, for treatment of their epilepsy. Their surname was often given as O’Key and it was and is widely assumed they were Irish but in fact they came from an old English family (Okey comes from the oak tree). Elliotson soon began using them as subjects — in 1837 he inserted “a large seton needle with a skein of silk into it”, entirely painlessly, and without her even being aware that such a penetration had taken place, into the neck of Elizabeth Okey (the older sister) whilst she was mesmerized — within the confines of the hospital, in public demonstrations of the so-called ‘higher states’ of mesmerism: clairvoyance, transposition of the senses (seeing with the fingers, etc.), thought transmission, physical rapport or “community of sensation”, psychical rapport, etc. Convinced that the elder sister, Elizabeth, had a talent for medical clairvoyance (able to see into the body, diagnose illness, prescribe treatment, and deliver a prognosis), Elliotson took her down into the wards in the dead of night and had her both diagnose and prescribe treatments.

In August 1838, Thomas Wakley conducted a series of experiments on the sisters in front of several witnesses. His tests focussed on whether the girls could tell ‘mesmerised’ from ‘unmesmerised’ water. When they failed to do this consistently, he denounced them as frauds and proclaimed mesmerism a complete fallacy. In fact, the experiments did not prove the girls were faking nor did they show that mesmerism was false. By the end of 1838, however, Elliotson was forced to resign from the hospital. The Council of the University College, after months of deliberation, passed a resolution on 27 December 1838, “That the Hospital Committee be instructed to take such steps as they shall deem most advisable, to prevent the practice of Mesmerism or Animal Magnetism within the Hospital”; and Elliotson, on reading the contents of the resolution, resigned all of his appointments forthwith.

Wakley did all that he could, as editor of The Lancet, and as an individual, to oppose Elliotson, and to place all of his endeavours and enterprises in the worst possible light; for example, in addition to an extensive range of articles in The Lancet, over a number of years, there is also an anti-Elliotson (pseudonymous) work attributed to Wakley, Undeniable facts concerning the strange practices of Dr. Elliotson, … with his female patients; and his medical experiments upon the bodies of … E. & J. Okey, etc. (1842) which is held by the British Library, and another, most likely written by either Wakley or one of his associates, held in the collection of the Wellcome Library (see right).

In 1846 — by this stage bereft of all his institutional affiliations — and despite many earnest efforts made to prevent him doing so, as the Royal College of Physicians’ youngest fellow, Elliotson delivered the Harveian Oration to the Royal College of Physicians of London, in which he controversially spoke of how William Harvey, the man whom the Oration was honouring, had been forced to fight against the entrenched conservatism of the medical profession and its initial incredulity and resistance to his discoveries, and stressed the strength of the analogy with the current (equally misguided and ignorant) critics of mesmerism.

 

“In 1846, Elliotson’s turn came to deliver the Harveian Oration, but, as soon as it was known that he had accepted the office, he was attacked in the most savage manner, in order to prevent his appearing. For example, the Lancet called him a professional pariah, stated that his oration would strike a vital blow at legitimate medicine, and would be a black infamy degrading the arms of the College.

Undeterred by this, Elliotson made mesmerism the subject of his address. Without referring to the attacks which had been made upon him, he simply stated the result of his researches, and respectfully invited the College to examine alleged facts of overwhelming interest and importance.

He exhorted his hearers to study mesmerism calmly and dispassionately, and reminded them, with more truth than tact, that all the greatest discoveries in medical science, and the most important improvements in its practice, had been opposed by the profession in the most violent and unprincipled manner. As examples of scientific discoveries which had been received in this way, he cited those of the lacteal vessels, the thoracic duct, the sexual system of plants, the circulation of the blood, the sounds of the chest and their relation to the diseases of the heart and lungs and their coverings, etc. As instances of improvement in practice which had been treated in like manner, he referred to the employment of Peruvian bark, inoculation and vaccination for small-pox, the use of mild dressings, instead of boiling oil, in gun-shot wounds, the ligature of the bleeding vessels after operation, instead of the application of burning pitch or red-hot irons, etc.

We should, Elliotson said, never forget these things, nor allow authority, conceit, habit, or the fear of ridicule to make us hostile to truth. We should always have before our eyes that memorable passage in Harvey’s works: “True philosophers, compelled by the love of truth and wisdom, never fancy themselves so wise and full of sense as not to yield to truth from any source and at all times: nor are they so narrow-minded as to believe any art or science has been handed down in such a state of perfection to us by our predecessors that nothing remains for future industry.”

All this, Elliotson said, should be borne in mind when considering the alleged facts of mesmerism. In his opinion many of these were indisputable; for ten years he had shown how mesmerism could prevent pain during surgical operation, produce sleep and ease in sickness, and even cure many diseases which had been unrelieved by ordinary methods. It was the imperative and solemn duty of the profession to carefully and dispassionately examine the subject.

He therefore earnestly implored them to do so, if they cared for truth, their own dignity, and the good of mankind.” — John Milne Bramwell (1903)

Elliotson continued to provide mesmeric demonstrations from his own residence at 37 Conduit Street, Hanover Square (which he eventually quit in 1865). In partnership with Engledue, he began publishing The Zoist in 1843, and, in 1849 founded the London Mesmeric Infirmary. As his reputation rapidly declined, his once lucrative practice also disappeared, and he died, penniless, in 1868 in the London home of a medical colleague, Edmond Sheppard Symes (1805-1881), L.S.A. (1830), M.R.C.S (England, 1832), M.D. (Aberdeen, 1851).

 

“Elliotson firmly believed that mesmerism and phreno-mesmerism could be explained fully in physical terms [and, of] all Elliotson’s achievements, The Zoist is probably the most useful, mainly because it provides a detailed record of a crucial thirteen year period in the development of Victorian psychology.

Elliotson was a relentless advocate for his “truth.” His articulateness as a writer and his energy as an editor almost triumph over the limitations of his vision and the demands of advocacy … The wonder is that in the face of so much criticism Elliotson was able to maintain as much objectivity and professional rigor as he did, though clearly the pages of The Zoist need to be filtered carefully to distinguish what is of value from what is sheer advocacy and contentiousness …

Elliotson made three important contributions to the history of psychology and medicine.

By stressing the physical basis of mesmeric phenomena and its underlying causes in so far as they had therapeutic potential, he demonstrated that mesmerism could be used effectively in illnesses associated with the nervous system and as an anaesthesia in surgical procedures. Elliotson’s approach to the mind was through the body …

In addition, Elliotson was the first to attempt to detach the operations of mesmerism and the conditions of the procedure from conscious acts of will on the part of the subject and the operator, the patient and the doctor … In his appreciation of the non-rational and non-conscious elements within the procedure, [he] gave some direction and encouragement to those forces … that were laying the groundwork for Freud and other exponents of the relationship between the unconscious and psychiatric therapy.

Finally, Elliotson’s imposing mid-century presence and his widely reported mesmeric activities provided both the degree of legitimacy and the intellectual stimulation that encouraged James Braid, a Manchester surgeon, to develop his theories on the role of suggestion and auto-suggestion in mesmerism.” — Fred Kaplan (1982)

He was highly regarded in literary circles. WM Thackeray’s Pendennis was dedicated to his friend, Elliotson; and the character, Dr Goodenough (in Thackeray’s last novel, The Adventures of Philip (1862), was based on Elliotson, who had attended Thackeray when suffered a life-threatening illness in 1849.

Elliotson was a friend of Charles Dickens, and introduced Dickens to Mesmerisn. Wilkie Collins, a close friend of Dickens described Elliotson as “one of the greatest English physiologists,” and cites an example of state-dependent memory from Elliotson’s Human Physiology in The Moonstone.

Wikipedia

 

Of course the mere thought or mention of ‘clairvoyance’ was enough to send the medical world into uproar and it would be no different now. Careers ruined, men and women utterly discredited.

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I have now found a bit more on the elusive Rolf Alexander. This next book is not by the real Rolf but someone who uses that as his pen name:

Atlas children

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Around 1600-1500 BC, so we assure the experts, the mainland of what is now called Greece was only inhabited by a simple peasant population.

The first megalite monuments, so-called shaft graves, very similar to older from northwestern Europe, appeared only from around 1500 BC in Greece. This was after a natural disaster had taken place, which seems to have made an end to the stunningly beautiful Minoan civilization of Crete and islands in the neighborhood.

Then unexpectedly new people arrived we called Myceners later. They possessed superior weapons and chariots, knowledge in many areas and refined megalithic culture. Of course, the Myceners did not fall out of the sky, nor did they emerge from a still-discovered civilization somewhere in Central Asia. Wherever they came from and who they were, you can read in the book you are looking for. The true origin of the “Greeks” will prove even more amazing than you ever expected

 

Publisher RAMOSE BVThis book can be ordered at http://www.bol.com and at all bookstores in the Netherlands and Belgium under the number:ISBN: 9789402146967Rolf Alexander is a pseudonym of author Leo Heynen.Cover: Own photos of Stonehenge, the Apollo Temple in the Ilias of Homer.Cover design: Chris Summer

But here are 6 books by the real Rolf with notes that tell us a bit more although some are repeated above. His meeting with the man in Arizona and the ‘old Scottish doctor’ are not. I suspect these are not living people but his spirit guides. The Scottish doctor might be Esdaile or Braid and the man in Arizona someone like Gurdjieff. Did he invent the lama? Gurdjieff who he claims to have known invented his!

 

 

6 Titles on this shelf

Rolf Alexander M.D.

Your Unknown Doctor

This book was published as a handbook for the author’s patients and is the ‘ur-text’ for the book by Rolf Alexander that is still in print as The Healing Power of the Mind. The original title refers to an interview the author had with “an old Scottish doctor” who first told him of the human body as its own “Unknown Doctor” (p.3).
According to information on the dust jacket of a later book, the author studied with one of the Masters at a lamasery in Tibet in 1938. Little wonder, then, that the topics which Dr Alexander covers in his first book read like an introduction to the Ageless Wisdom teaching about the constitution of man and his world, but from a medical or self-healing point of view.
In this first edition, the bulk of which formed the basis for the 1943 US volume
The Doctor Alone Can’t Cure You, the author states in his Foreword that “The chapter headings are my own interpretations and condensations from one of the oldest books in the world: the Tibetian ‘Book of Right Feeling’.”

Dr Alexander later elaborated on the healing power of the mind in his book The Mind in Healing (Dutton, NY, 1958).

1939

Rolf Alexander M.D.

The Doctor Alone Can’t Cure You

This is the “revised” and “completely re-written” US edition of Dr Alexander’s first book, published in Canada in 1939 as Your Unknown Doctor and in the US under its present title in 1943 (reprinted in 1944). However, the first US edition was already somewhat revised from the original Canadian edition.
The author’s statement about the introductory headings to the chapters being his own interpretation from the Tibetan Book of Right Feeling is not included in the foreword to this edition, but Benjamin Creme has confirmed that the author translated these quotations from one of the books he studied in Tibet (see Share International No.10, December 2007, p.27). Also missing in the rewritten foreword is the reference to the “old Scottish doctor” who identifies the body as “your unknown doctor” in the title of the original 1939 edition.
In the rewritten Chapter 1, ‘The Quest’, however, the author describes how “he journeyed to India … and spent a year in a Tibetian lamasery at Podang, where he found for the first time an organized system of research into the powers and potentialities of the human Soul, and a regularized system of teaching the results of the research.” (p.14) This statement was not included in the original edition.

This revised edition also includes some exercises that formed the basis for the author’s third book, Creative Realism (US, 1954), aka The Power of the Mind (UK, 1956).
The first US edition was re-published in paperback as The Renewing Power of Your Mind (Warner Destiny Book, 1976), and later as
The Healing Power of Your Mind. The Doctor Alone Can’t Cure You (Healing Arts Press, 1989), and The Healing Power of The Mind. Practical Techniques for Health and Empowerment (Healing Arts Press, 1997).

The cover shown below is that of the first US edition, which was reprinted in 1944.

1943

Rolf Alexander M.D.

The Voice of Talking Valley

In this book, which according to the text on the back flap is largely “biographical,” Rolf Alexander sets out to research the “ultimate spiritual causes which are making [atomic] weapons [which Congress voted to spend billions on] necessary and their use inevitable.” In Part One he “thrusts his mental scalpel into the body of civilization and bares its inner malignancy for all to see.” In Part Two he pleads for “science and religion to unite, in order to develop a really scientific religion.”
In chapter XI, ‘The Voice of Talking Valley,’ Dr Alexander describes his journey into “a ragged, savage canyon” in “the mysterious Arizona Desert.” The native American name for this place means ‘Talking Valley’ and here he meets a hermit who “might have been a fair-skinned Indian … or a dark-skinned white man; his somewhat slanting eyes would have stamped him a Mongolian had they not been of a steely Nordic grey…” Asked for his name, the hermit would smile and say “I AM THE VOICE.”
The book also describes the author’s travels in search for truth. In chapter VIII, ‘The Trappa,’ he introduces the English-speaking abbot of a Tibetan lamasery, “old Tsiang,” who is also mentioned in the text on the back flap of the author’s next book, Creative Realism (aka The Power of the Mind), and who, according to Benjamin Creme, was the Master Djwhal Khul (see Share International No.10, December 2007, p.27). This is the same lamasery were H.P. Blavatsky and Murdo MacDonald-Bayne had studied.

A note on the title page specifies that this book is a private edition, “limited to one thousand autographed copies,” although it seems many copies went unautographed. The inscription in a copy listed on the ABEbooks website in 2008 makes it likely that Dr Alexander was living in Boulder City, Nevada when this book was published.

The back of the dust jacket features a rare photograph of Dr Alexander with his son Wayne.

1946

Rolf Alexander M.D.

The Power of the Mind

Originally published in the US as Creative Realism. A New Method of Winning (1954), this volume is better known by its UK title, The Power of the Mind — The System of Creative Realism (1956) — not to be confused with The Healing Power of the Mind by the same author.
Benjamin Creme states that this volume “is very interesting in that it provides a very simple process of self-hypnosis whereby you can free the mind from its fragmentation in the subconscious” (The Art of Living, p.158-59).
In his book Self-Suggestion and the New Huna Theory of Mesmerism and Hypnosis (HuNa Research Publications, CA, USA, 1958, p.38) Max F. Long writes: “Dr. Alexander offers the theory that we are all hypnotized to a considerable degree by what has happened to or around us in our lives. He seems to blame many of our personality troubles on this form of hypnosis-without-a-hypnotist, and he offers a method which he calls ‘self-realization’ to be used to dehypnotize ourselves. The use of this method is urged as a preliminary to the administering of autosuggestion. It is also to be used as an antidote to remaining in a suggestible trance to some extent after the use of autohypnosis.”

In the Preface to his first book Benjamin Creme writes that “The magazine article which drew my attention to [The Power of the Mind], of course, concentrated on the most sensational aspect of the book — ‘cloud busting’, the breaking up of clouds by the power of thought alone” (The Reappearance of the Christ and the Masters of Wisdom, p.12). Given Mr Creme’s early interest in flying saucers, his reference is probably to an article by Dr Alexander in the November/December 1955 edition of the British Flying Saucer Review, titled ‘Psychokinesis’ (pp.8-10). Earlier that year, in the US, FATE magazine carried an article about Dr Alexander (‘Rolf Alexander — The Man Who Smashes Clouds’) in its issue No.63 of June 1955 (pp.42-45), with photographs from the local Orillia Packet and Times newspaper.
This book contains the same photographs of the famous cloud-dispersal demonstration that Dr Alexander gave at the town of Orillia, Ontario, Canada on 12 September 1954, in the presence of representatives of the media and the mayor of Orillia. In the original US edition and the first UK edition these photographs are printed on the back of the dust jacket, while an additional set of 12 photographs is included in the book showing a cloud-dispersal demonstration which the author gave at Mexico City in January 1952, “before reliable and qualified witnesses”, as well as an Appendix and a Bibliography, which are not included in later UK impressions, the fourth and last of which appeared in 1968. In the closing paragraph of the Appendix the author writes: “This present book is written as a training manual in the basic principles of Creative Realism, but other books are planned to carry on from where this one halts.” (Another cloud-busting technique is described in Wilhelm Reich (1957), Contact With Space.)

Rolf Alexander M.D., a 1.8 degrees initiate (Share International No.1, Jan./Feb. 1995, p.31), was born on the American Clipper ship Luzon en route to New Zealand in 1891. He was taken by his parents to Canada as a boy, graduated in medicine in Prague and studied as a personal pupil of the Greek-Russian philosopher Gurdjieff in 1913. Around 1938 Dr Alexander travelled to India and on to Tibet where he stayed for one year as “the guest of an English-speaking abbot of a lamasery near Shigatze,” according to the biographical information on the back flap of the original US and UK editions. In Chapter 12, in the paragraph ‘The Lama’, the writer describes one of the hands-on lessons in detachment from the physical body from this lama, whom Benjamin Creme has confirmed was the Master Djwhal Khul (see the notes for The Voice of Talking Valley).
No further biographical information about the author could be found, except for a reference in The UFO Encyclopedia (2nd ed. 1998, p.277) by Jerome Clark, who writes: “In 1956, England’s Flying Saucer Review published startling revelations by a contributor identified only as a ‘special correspondent.’ The correspondent asserted that a highly placed American official had confided to him that UFOs were known to contain friendly space visitors who were trying to find a way to breathe Earth’s atmosphere before landing and declaring themselves. The magazine revealed nine years later that its unnamed informant was one ‘Rolf Alexander, M.D.,’ and that the official was the late general and diplomat George C. Marshall [of Marshall Plan fame, Ed.].”
Clark continues: “It did not mention that ‘Alexander’ was in fact an ex-convict whose real name was Allan Alexander Stirling. ‘Alexander’ claimed vast psychokinetic powers that allowed him to break up clouds.” According to Benjamin Creme, however, Rolf Alexander “was not Alexander Stirling, nor was he convicted of any crime.” (Share International No.10, December 2007, p.27)
Interestingly, UFO researcher Timothy Good also mentions Dr Alexander in his book
Alien Base.

1954

Rolf Alexander M.D.

The Mind in Healing

Dr Alexander’s last book is an elaboration of his approach to healing, as first set forth in Your Unknown Doctor (aka The Healing Power of the Mind).
Chapter 9 opens with the quotation, “He who would understand the world must try to understand himself for he creates the only world he will ever know”, attributed to one Tsiang Samdup (p.86). In chapter 8 of his book
The Voice of Talking Valley the author refers to the English-speaking abbot of the monastery where he studied for a year as “old Tsiang”, whom Benjamin Creme identified as the Master DK (see Share International No.10, December 2007, p.27). It is not known if Tsiang Samdup and “old Tsiang” are the same individual.

The first UK edition of this volume was available in orange cloth boards and in burgundy leather boards, although both editions had the same dust jacket.

The US edition was published by E.P. Dutton. A second US edition was printed in 1960

1958

Rolf Alexander M.D.

The Healing Power of Your Mind

Dr Alexander’s first book, Your Unknown Doctor (Canada, 1939), was first published in the US in 1943 in a slightly revised edition as The Doctor Alone Can’t Cure You. The text of this latter edition was copyrighted in 1976 by Inner Traditions International and published as The Renewing Power of Your Mind (Warner 1976; below). This volume is a reprint of that book.
References to the ‘Book of Right Feeling’ and the “old Scottish doctor” (from the 1939 edition) are not included, though the quotations from the former are. The author’s study in Tibet (as referenced in the major revision of 1949) is not mentioned here either.

This edition was re-published in 1997 as The Healing Power of the Mind. Practical Techniques for Health and Empowerment (Healing Arts Press).

1976

 

 

The Clairvoyant & Enlightened Times

Issue 21 – 12 June 2017 – rattuos

Power. It is one of the main reasons that people take an interest in the occult. It is one of the most illusory of forms and we need to understand it before we seek it.

I suppose we should go back in time to when a physically strong person had the advantage over weaker creatures but we soon find that brain power is able to assert itself and brawn finds itself looking for work as a bodyguard.

Then something happens about 2500 years ago and the world finds itself suffering with gold fever as this shiny metal becomes an item that can be traded for almost anything. We need to be exceptionally rich to discover that it does not in fact buy the things we really want, it does not make us loved or respected, never mind happy and usually makes people rather anxious. Money is not real power but is a potent and toxic substance.

We will also encounter the power of others over us in life with addiction almost topping the list. Habit and addiction control more people on this planet than any government.

Inevitably as we search for someone who has the kind of power we start to look at the founders of the great religions. Surely we think these people have real power, the kind of power that gets them the things that really count. It is a fact that gurus have great power over their disciples but if you ask them about this power you will find that they are very uncomfortable about it. It is as though they are carrying all these people on their journey, slowed down by them and as often as not suffering for them or paying for some of the awful things they do in the name of their guru. Imagine being responsible for burning a person alive. It is still happening.

But this does bring up the subject of ‘empowerment’ which in Buddhist terms is the translation of a process of passing on knowledge, something that many claim to be power. We nay as well have a look at that:

An empowerment is a ritual in Vajrayana which initiates a student into a particular tantric deity practice. The Tibetan word for this is wang (Skt. abhiṣeka; Tib. དབང་, wang; Wyl. dbang), which literally translates to power. The Sanskrit term for this is abhiseka which literally translates to sprinkling or bathing or anointing. A tantric practice is not considered effective or as effective until a qualified master has transmitted the corresponding power of the practice directly to the student. This may also refer to introducing the student to the mandala of the deity.

There are three requirements before a student may begin a practice:

the empowerment (Tibetan: wang)

a reading of the text by an authorized holder of the practice (Tibetan: lung)

instruction on how to perform the practice or rituals (Tibetan: tri).

An individual is not allowed to engage in a deity practice without the empowerment for that practice. The details of an empowerment ritual are often kept secret as are the specific rituals involved in the deity practice…..” Wikipedia

We may not be much the wiser from that but secrets are often considered to be powers. For example be alleged that the Freemasons had a secret, the name of God. Many tribes have had such a secret passed across at rituals. This one:

Jahbulon (or Jabulon) is a word which was allegedly used historically in some rituals of Royal Arch Masonry, and derivations thereof.

There has been much debate over the origin and meaning of this word. There is no consensus even among Masonic researchers as to its meaning or legitimacy: one Masonic scholar alleges that the word first appeared in an early 18th-century Royal Arch ritual as the name of an allegorical explorer searching for the ruins of King Solomon’s Temple. Another Masonic scholar believes it is a descriptive name for God in Hebrew; The most common masonic explanation is that it is a word derived from combining parts of the name of God in different historic languages.

Non-Masonic authors, especially those with an anti-masonic attitude, have alleged that it is a Masonic name for God, and even the name of a unique “Masonic God”, despite repeated statements by Freemasonry’s officials that “There is no separate Masonic God”, nor a separate proper name for a deity in any branch of Freemasonry. It is this interpretation of a “Masonic God” that has led to debates about and condemnation of Freemasonry by several religious groups. In England, no ritual containing the name has been in official Masonic use since February 1989.…” Wikipedia

Knowing the secret name of God was supposed to empower people as they could then ask for favours directly.

Some power exacts a terrible price. Alexander the Great is the classic example of a powerful man, the most powerful person on the planet in a very long time but he died at 32 and found himself answering for the genocides he inflicted on populations that stood against him. Others marvelled at him but his position was not one to envy, nor any dictator. In many ways he was powerless.

Often we feel powerless in the face of events. Canute the king demonstrated his powerlessness in the face of an incoming tide. Some of us are controlling and some are not but can we really think that bullying others is helpful either to us or to them? However throughout our lives we are faced by this dilemma, oh that we had power and could change things. Even presidents and prime ministers do not really have ‘power’ even if the term is applied to them. They may direct things and order things but the power, for example of an air force and its bombs, that is something else. To us although it seems as though that is their power we are beginning to realise that whatever that power is controls the presidents rather than the other way round. People elect governments and empower them but where is the power? Governments can pass laws and appoint officers to uphold those laws but where is the actual power? Is it the power of the people or those elected or the officers appointed? Are the inanimate laws the power?

This is the point. We have created these ‘beasts’ which is to say inanimate things that nevertheless exist and are powers. Corporations are one form, laws another, religions and monarchies another. There will be a person fronting them or the ‘head’ but they can be changed. This beast is becoming ever more powerful in our world. It can destroy our climate, cut down our forests, employ or fire us, heal or make us ill. Gradually we are seeing a transfer of power from human to robot or beast. We are also seeing how they control our governments, how their ’lobbies’ override the electorate in government decisions. Again we see the limitations of this power. It is often self destructive.

Conversely we might note how ’patience’ is also a power. But the greatest power of all is foresight which we find in clairvoyance and enlightenment. Knowing what will happen allows one to prepare and for Ancient Egypt allowed the foundations of our cultures to be set in stone rather than sand. I wrote here this month about the spirits from Egypt and elsewhere coming to a perfect pyramid in South West England in 1971. Which resulted in Tutankhamun visiting London and New York that year and after many odd things happening to me and probably many others my finding myself in what was called an Egypt night some years later. But what happened to Egypt after that? It laid its foundation which it called the Benben, itself perfect pyramid albeit somewhat smaller than ours which was a lot smaller than the Great Pyramid on which it was based.

Benben was the mound that arose from the primordial waters Nu upon which the creator god Atum settled in the creation story of the Heliopolitan form of Ancient Egyptian religion. The Benben stone (also known as a pyramidion) is the top stone of the Egyptian pyramid. It is also related to the Obelisk

In the Pyramid Texts, e.g. Utterances 587 and 600, Atum himself is at times referred to as “mound”. It was said to have turned into a small pyramid, located in Heliopolis (Egyptian: Annu or Iunu), within which Atum was said to dwell. Other cities developed their own myths of the primeval mound. At Memphis the god Tatenen, an earth god and the origin of all things in the shape of food and viands, divine offers, all good things was the personification of the primeval mound.

The Benben stone, named after the mound, was a sacred stone in the temple of Ra at Heliopolis (Egyptian: Annu or Iunu). It was the location on which the first rays of the sun fell. It is thought to have been the prototype for later obelisks, and the capstones of the great pyramids were based on its design. The capstone or the tip of the pyramid is also called pyramidion. In ancient Egypt, these were probably gilded, so they shone in sunlight.

The pyramidion is also called ‘Benben stone’. Many such Benben stones, often carved with images and inscriptions, are found in museums around the world.

The phoenix, the bennu bird, was venerated at Heliopolis, where it was said to be living on the Benben or on the holy willow.

According to Barry Kemp the connection between the benben, the phoenix, and the sun may well have been based on alliteration: the rising, weben, of the sun sending its rays towards the benben, on which the benu bird lives. Utterance 600, § 1652 of the Pyramid Texts speaks of Atum as you rose up, as the benben, in the Mansion of the Benu in Heliopolis.

Historical development

From the earliest times, the portrayal of Benben was stylised in two ways; the first was as a pointed, pyramidal form, which was probably the model for pyramids and obelisks. The other form was round-topped; this was probably the origin of Benben as a free standing votive object, and an object of veneration.

During the 5th Dynasty, the portrayal of benben was formalized as a squat obelisk. Later, during the Middle Kingdom, this became a long, thin obelisk.

In the Amarna period tomb of Panehesy, the benben is seen as a large, round-topped stela standing on a raised platform.”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benben

You can see some fine examples of the benben on that site. The name may well in fact mean ‘son of the son’ (ben/bin means son) which is exactly what this foresight was, the ancestors learning from their descendants. In India we may note the rounded top columns or linguams of Shiva, pyramids in South America and elsewhere. But you can have this in your own life if you will contact your older self, the one at the end of your life who can help you so much, more than any other power.

I noticed just now that I have already written here on ‘power’ so mostly for my own interest am including that again:

A look again at the powers. We live in a world of illusion and the powers we think we see are often not powers at all so it is worth looking how the real powers work.

We can start with an extra planetary force – the sun. We know it is life giving and enables us to survive. It seems to be an accident of nature, another power. That is to say if we found another planet with water a similar distance from a similar sun perhaps at a certain time in its evolution we may find life as we know it. We do not credit our sun with intelligence even though it has been worshipped as God since the earliest times and only now a discredited few are beginning to realise that our planet may be intelligent, something the ancients all knew. The sun, earth and nature are three of the real major powers that control us. And they are extremely intelligent but to our eyes work very slowly. We cannot see some things that we know happen in our short lifetimes, like mountains being pushed up by tectonic plates, we just see the gradual result and the occasional earthquakes. But that is a huge power. In a sense we are beginning to use the mighty power of wind, tide (one of the moons powers) and solar energy but they are hidden, which is to say occult and we do not talk to them or call them gods.

Another huge hidden power is the afterlife. Up here we have the Glasgow Association of Spiritualists in its nice Georgian building. It is 150 years old this year and still going strong. But almost no one in Glasgow really accepts that there is any possible contact with the afterlife. Those that do may well attend such a church and keep the evidence to themselves. Not only is it possible but we the living are certainly subject to it or will be. However as with many other powers the afterlife moves slowly and is hidden and we do not usually meet it until we die, or until those close to us do.

Then there are the universal forces that we call truth and justice or dharma and karma. In our somewhat unreal and illusory world we can only really imagine them or think of them as concepts and not the vast overriding powers that they are. Although they move slowly they mercilessly destroy our lies and illusion as one day we will witness for ourselves. The part of us that will testify against us when we die is their representative in us. That tiny part of us that is actually real.

Numbers and even colours are powers but I do not intend to go into those structures here now. They are wavelengths which we perceive in a somewhat illusory way. As far as Nature is concerned we are unnatural and increasingly dangerous. We would be silly (we are) to think we can win our war with nature but we are certainly waging an almighty battle with a system that supports us. It is like those dreadful auto-immune diseases that so many of us suffer and which leave a trail of havoc and death in their wake. Patently obvious to some of us but quite hidden from so many scientists waging the war on our behalf. Nature also moves slowly as we can see in the history of evolution, but it adapts to meet the challenges it faces to its survival.

We know a bit about the power of the atom, or that energy imprisoned in this smallest thing which we could call the monad. That classic motto of Thoth – as above so below comes to mind when we look at these tiny things as so much is represented in the atomic structures that exists in the universe as a whole. We also know now much about that DNA structure on which life is built. We have no sooner found it than are changing it. As soon as we discovered nuclear power we decided to use that too. Both are or may be adapted for war. These are mighty powers which may not take kindly to the use we have in mind for them. But some humans delight in slavery of all kinds. They feel that everything should serve the human who should not serve any other interest except what we call God. We have enslaved nations, animals and now our genes. But this is an un-winnable war.

You need to do your own research on this next one but its power is self evident. It is also about wavelengths and harnessing them and has a fascinating history in the human. In its early human form we see drums. Nature of course uses it in birdsong, and whales sing, even wolves sing. Many species use it. Apollo had a contest with Pan over it, his stringed instrument against Pans wind driven pipes. There is even an occult phenomenon they name after it – the music of the spheres as it is assumed to exist at planetary level. As space is a vacuum that insulates and contains sound, it does not allow planets to sing to each other in any audible way but most of us have experienced music through radio waves. We use this power in many ways, increasingly subliminally. It sells things to us, comforts and excites us. Nations have anthems. For quite a few generations it has wielded great influence on us, especially our young. One of its powers is in repetition.

Personality or charisma is another power we are aware of and not only in the human. Some have learned how to harness that too and it has at times been used against humans by those who exude it. Hypnosis is found here and if you know anything about that you will understand how those who are hypnotised do not know it. This is one way that enables illusion to be so powerful as the hypnotised cannot see through the illusion that is put around them. We must not think we are immune to this power as we are not.

Writing is a power in itself too, if much abused and used to indoctrinate at times. It has recorded history and inspired humanity since its creation just over 5000 years ago. Amous passage in the bible states that in the beginning was the word and the word was God and the word was with God. That sentence alone has had great power and some truth.

There is a power in knowledge, brute force, attraction, food, drugs and so many other things we find in our daily lives yet seldom question as they exert their influence over us. The media is powerful, the internet………………

We also have our laws, police forces, armies, governments, treaties, cultures, customs, superstitions. All are powers set over us in one way or another and should be seen for what they are. We tend to be powerless in the face of all of that if we are unaware of this. It is a great illusion that we are masters of our own lives and destinies. We could be perhaps if we knew what was happening to us, if we were not blind and opened our eyes.

Most of the powers we think control our world are just as blind as we are. The governments and intelligence agencies are just as gullible and that is the biggest problem for us, they must open their eyes fast and indeed first or we will follow them into chaos, which incidentally is another mighty power. All the powers are subject to what we call karma, which is really just the consequence of any action and its inevitable reaction. If the action is planting a seed then the result is a crop, but a crop of what?

Much of our species immune system was compromised long ago when a particular parasite entered our systems and took partial control. The toxoplasmosis parasite governs the behaviour of the creature it enters to make it a prey for the intermediate host that allows it to multiply. The mouse which harbours this tiny worm therefore finds itself quite unnaturally attracted to cat urine, and as a result is caught by the cat which consumes both the mouse and the parasite. In the cats gut this parasite finds a climate suitable to reproduce, shedding eggs into the grass where the cycle can be repeated when the mouse eats the faeces or whatever eats the eggs. Scientists now know that affected humans (a huge percentage of us – over 80% in France) are more likely to crash their cars. It seems possible that it causes us to dangerous places like the mice – wars perhaps. Or perhaps this is why we have become a species so dependent on eating meat and even undercooking it so that the parasite survives and we consume it.

The human often fears small creatures like bees. They have amazing power for their size and we rely on them to pollinate our crops. But the tiny mosquitoes kill many, many people and are much more to be feared now because of the even smaller parasites they carry – malaria, zika and others. Midges have started transmitting a terrible disease in animals causing them to produce deformed offspring or to abort. The consequences may be the decimating of our herds and flocks as it is a new disease called Schmallenberg and spreading fast. We seem to have many enemies including our own science. Nature of course seems to punish overpopulation in any species with disease, starvation and predators. Perhaps the human population explosion is the power that is causing us so many problems at this level. Balance is another great power which enables much to happen that cannot without it. We can see that when we rise a bicycle. I suppose we can see it in what we call bank balances too. When we lose our balance we fall.

As a sufferer of a couple of autoimmune diseases I am very aware of the power of a normally functioning immune system and the power of whatever virus or poison can cause it to wage war with its host. In our bodies our hearts are the most incredible power but brain power is quite as stunning and potent. Again it is when something goes wrong that we begin to realise the powers on which we depend and pay so little heed to when they are working well.

Small incidents can have massive repercussions. Although not all historians agree on this it serves to illustrate the point. In WW1 it was the assassination of the Archduke, a minor noble in reality which was the spark that started something massive – Europe fighting itself and destroying itself. In more recent history there have also been sparks, protests perhaps, which caused civil wars. Fire is a huge power as are all the elements. But sparks like atoms seem to have the power to start things so much greater than themselves.

Emotions can rule us too. Look at jealousy A person becomes so suspicious of their partner that no amount of reason will prevail. Their behaviour makes the partner despise them. Jealousy kills and is very destructive to relationships. Where does it come from? No one would say it is a parasite but in occult terms it is. Unfortunately we live in a world where the occult cause of war is ignored. We fight fire with fire in our wars, not with a dampening down that extinguishes them. Patriotism is invoked, nationalism, religious bigotry, hatred, xenophobia, even media which has become such a power in the last hundred years or so.

Science or knowledge seems to be a two edged sword for us. It can instruct and heal us, build and feed us safely. But it can also tear our world apart for us and destroy every species. If however our eyes are open to all of these powers and we can warn of the perils that face humanity then enlightenment may be the only power that can save us from the others. The infected mouse does not want to die but the parasite urges it to visit the place which is frequented by cats, and indeed not to fear the cat. I often think that the human has begun behaving in this way too. We seem to be drifting towards major conflict and not fearing it.

 

The Clairvoyant & Enlightened Times

Issue 20 – 9 June 2016 – rattuos

It is easy to get drawn into the murky world of politics and the illusions it offers but quite difficult to look through it to reality however let us try.

When I was at school, about 14, we had one fat child in our class. At least that was what almost every kid there concluded and he was mercilessly ribbed for being fat. He did not overeat and tried his best at games but like many of us was not very good at them. Neither was he a genius. He would have been completely at home in a modern classroom but not ours in the early 1960‘s. In a rather patronising way perhaps I felt sorry for him. He was not a friend and I did not know him well nor know what he felt about his lot in life but it seemed to me that some of the others delighted in ganging up on him and giving him a hard time. Moreover they really were no better than him at anything but that is what some kids do, gang up and try to look big or cool.

One afternoon they set upon him for some reason I did not know. One boy sat on top of him and was punching him. I pulled him off in a fury. They never forgave me for that. I was thereafter more unpopular than the victim of their bullying. And he did not appreciate me either, he never spoke to me after that let alone thanked me.

Whatever I saw that day was not what anyone else there saw or admitted. I did not act to be some hero just out of shock and anger. But here is the world of politics in a snapshot. The victim might as well be someone without a job, born into poverty, with a disability, belonging to some tribe or religion hated by others, or just an ordinary citizen in the wrong place. As soon as someone moves to pull the bullies off they become the object of everyone’s anger. Meanwhile of course someone launching an attack on a person weaker than them is usually accorded some heroic status – in the world of politics.

I have seen too much in my life of politicians acting out of vanity, corrupted by those who helped them to power, lying, stealing and hiding their evil intentions behind smokescreens. Very rarely have I come across a politician who maintained any right to respect over their lifetime in politics. But there is one* who is my age and I note has been demonised more than any other I have ever known, treated mercilessly by a lying press, undermined by his own party and consistently attacked by his peers for being honest and trying to make peace or pull the bullies off. Which is all I have to write about today.

Politics – an illusion that hides the evil in our world.

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