This section is from the book "Handbook Of Suggestive Therapeutics, Applied Hypnotism, Psychic Science", by Henry S. Munro. Also available from Amazon: Handbook of Suggestive Therapeutics, Applied Hypnotism, Psychic Science.
In every great battle that has been fought in both ancient and modern times, brave leadership by a strong appeal made through patriotism and pride has so aroused the psychic element in soldiers in battle that men have been frequently known to stand and fight through heat and cold, day and night, with hunger and thirst, for days and days at a time, and conquer by unwavering will and determination. They have thus exhibited a degree of resistive power in many notable instances that has been beyond human conception. In all instances in battle the soldiers on the victorious side easily recover from serious wounds and mutilations, while, on the other hand, those upon the side that is defeated die of mere trivial inflictions.
In all heroic achievements of men, reserve, subconscious power has been brought into action, stimulated or evoked by the conditions of the moment, that enables individuals to accomplish that which seemed absolutely impossible in proportion to their recognized capacity.
These are facts that every observing individual has frequently recognized and that are acknowledged by us all. If human beings have within them that psychic element which can be evoked under extraordinary conditions to so increase the normal resistive powers and capabilities of both mind and body, why should we as physicians not, in a sense, be generals or leaders in our association with our patients, and in our daily relations with them evoke latent energy and heighten their normal resistive powers to the ravages of any disease, acute or chronic, organic or psychoneurotic ?
What are we, as the medical profession, doing as leaders for the people? As guardians of the public health, are we doing all within our power in the way of teaching people how to keep well, and healthy, and strong, without relying upon us to administer to their physical necessities, or upon priest or clergy to control their psychic activities ?
In directing an individual how to control his or her psychic activities and steer them into channels of useful thought and conduct, the entire man, physical and psychical, body and mind - or soul and spirit, if you choose - must be taken into consideration. Body, mind, and spirit must be considered as qualities of the individual, one and inseparable; their interdependence must be recognized.
At this time, when those possessing abnormal powers of imagination, with unlimited emotion and little reasoning, are being led by every absurd theory and metaphysical dogma that is presented under the pretense of an especially commissioned divine guidance, we should be prepared to rise to the occasion and acquit ourselves as men in the highest sense. The great need of the world today is education, knowledge, and guidance - other names for honest, conscientious, truthful suggestion.
The problems of health are the problems of life, problems of education and economic considerations, which involve the questions of work, food, clothing, homes, and all other essentials that make for human happiness. Manhood is only in the making. We are yet evolving, growing, and developing. The process of evolution is as active today as it was a million years ago, and it points to the evolution of the mind as well as the body, of the God in man, and not the triumphant brute. All those who in any way by ideas, provision of means, or achievement contribute to the evolution of the human race are the world's true benefactors.
The self-conscious ego can and does functionate on the physical plane, making a tyrant or a beast of man; or on the mental or intellectual plane, making him capable of reasoning and thinking for himself; or on the ethical or moral plane, making him a reasonable, useful human being, dependent on education and environment. The optimism of scientific minds consists in the belief that upon these three planes of life mankind must be strong, capable, and free, and that we shall not dwindle into physical weaklings, intellectual nonentities, or spiritual slaves or fanatics.
The fight made by the medical profession against parasitic germs in the fields of pathology, surgery, medicine, and hygiene has been crowded with glorious achievement, but a greater work is still before us. Our battle is only half begun.
Since the days of Vesalius, Harvey, and Jenner, down to the present time, every step of advance made by medical science has been boldly contested and fought by ignorance, fanaticism, and misdirected zeal. The warfare of science must go on forever. Nature has surrendered to science her most valued treasures. We have subdued steam and electricity, harnessed the waterfalls, tunneled the mountains, rendered the bosom of the ocean amenable to the great service of mankind, and demanded from the bowels of the earth her most sacred treasures.
Those who regard humanity as a finished product, now standing at the mercy of an anthropomorphic deity, are in the truest sense retarding the evolution, growth, and development of the highest psychic qualities of manhood and womanhood.
Science has no fight to make against true religion; its struggle is with ignorance and intolerant dogmatism. She demands a religion that appeals to the intellect as well as to the emotions, to reason and not to ignorance - one that will develop the entire individual to the fullness of perfect manhood and womanhood. Life is a struggle. Every idea that seeks to be embodied demands a conflict. In order to live, we must dare to be - to declare our own individuality.
Physicians have done much for the protection of the human body, but what are they doing to prevent the parasitic infection of absurd beliefs, and dogmas, and theories that at the present time infect the human mind with their blighting, weakening influence upon the development of body, mind, and character?
Science and every-day experience agree that nature cares nothing for individuals. What the people of our time need is plain living, clear thinking, and right action to develop potentialities of both mind and body.