Self-Mastery Through Conscious Autosuggestion | Emile Coué

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In keeping with the launch of our autosuggestion audio meditation, I thought it only appropriate to conduct a reading today from the work of Dr. Emile Coue, who led scientific research in the field of autosuggestion at his French clinic during the early 1900s.

Our reading was edited and adapted from the book Self-Mastery Through Conscious Autosuggestion, published in 1922.

Suggestion, or rather Autosuggestion, is quite a new subject, and yet at the same time it is as old as the world.

It is new in the sense that until now it has been wrongly studied and in consequence wrongly understood; it is old because it dates from the appearance of human beings on earth. In fact, autosuggestion is an instrument that we possess at birth, and in this instrument, or rather in this force, resides a marvelous and incalculable power, which according to circumstances produces the best or the worst results.

Knowledge of this force is useful to each one of us, but it is especially indispensable to doctors, judges, lawyers, and to those engaged in the work of education.

By knowing how to practice autosuggestion consciously it is possible, in the first place, to avoid provoking in others bad autosuggestions which may have disastrous consequences, and secondly, consciously to provoke good ones instead, thus bringing physical health to the sick, and moral health to the neurotic and the erring, the unconscious victims of earlier autosuggestions, and to guide into the right path those who had a tendency to take the wrong one.

In order to understand properly the phenomena of suggestion, or to speak more correctly of autosuggestion, it is necessary to know that two absolutely distinct selves exist within us. Both are intelligent, but while one is conscious, the other is unconscious. For this reason the existence of the latter generally escapes notice. It is however easy to prove its existence if one merely takes the trouble to examine certain phenomena and to reflect a few moments upon them. Let us take for instance the following examples:

Everyone has heard of sleep walking; everyone knows that a sleep walker gets up at night without waking, leaves their room after either dressing themselves or not, goes downstairs, walks along corridors, and after having executed certain acts or accomplished certain work, returns to their room, goes to bed again, and shows next day the greatest astonishment at discovering what they did while sleeping.

What force has their body obeyed if it is not an unconscious force, in fact their unconscious self?

Let us now examine the case of an alcoholic attacked by delirium tremens. As though seized with madness they might pick up the nearest weapon, knife, hammer, or hatchet, as the case may be, and strike furiously those who are unlucky enough to be in their vicinity. Once the attack is over, they recover their senses and contemplate with horror the scene of carnage around them, without realizing that they themselves are the author of it. Here again is it not the unconscious self which has caused the afflicted person to act in this way?

What aversions, what ills, we create for ourselves, every one of us and in every domain by not “immediately” bringing into play “good conscious autosuggestions” against our “bad unconscious autosuggestions,” thus bringing about the disappearance of all unjust suffering.

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