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Introduction - Intellect - Mental Science's Divisions - Intellect's Divisions and Perceptions - The Understanding - The Reason - The Dynamics of the Intellect - Physical Feelings - Intellectual Feelings - Spiritual Feelings - Dynamics of Feelings - The Will - The Nervous System - Nervous System of Man - Executive Volition - Primary Volition, or Choice - Dynamics of the Will and the Mind - The Relations of the Systems Here Offered to Prevalent Forms of Philosophy - Index - Contents -

starting with the outer termini of the nerves and passing in, or starting with the inner termini and passing out, act simply as supports to its rapid footsteps.

Lesson 16 - 10. Abnormal states, Hypnotism - p.67

10. There are certain abnormal mental states that deserve a passing notice. The chief physical change in sleep is a large reduction of blood in the brain. Its external features are the suppression of voluntary action and of the action of the senses. There may always remain, and there certainly often remains, the play of the imagination known as dreaming. The mental action seems to be sympathetic with the bodily state, and to be attended with very little control. While complete sleep involves the large arrest of voluntary life incident to muscular repose, there are many partial forms of it. The senses may remain cognizant of very many events; a slight uneasiness or a gentle push may call forth a change of position. "Words may be spoken; or, more rarely, words may be listened to and answered, if introduced in the line of existing impressions.

In somnambulism these states of partial wakefulness assume an extreme and troublesome form. They are characterized by an unusual acuteness of impression in some directions, with the ordinary want of it in other directions. The dividing line between waking and sleeping, active and dormant, powers is drawn with unusual decision, and in a new direction. Incident to this is also a new relation of voluntary to involuntary action, the latter taking up what usually falls to the former.

Hypnotism, mesmeric states, table-tipping, second-sight, and kindred facts, are phenomena of somewhat the same order. They involve an unusual suspension of some powers, and an unusual activity of others. Normal associations in the action of faculties are broken up, and abnormal ones take their place. They are induced and established by unbalanced tendencies, by inheritance, by habit. Revery


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