This test advances yet further up the scale of psychic control as you inhibit the senses. Particularly the sense of feeling may be readily "shut off' by the method of visualization, projection, and affirmation. "Hold the thought" of numbness over the hand of the subject and affirm repeatedly to him that his hand is becoming numb, numb, numb, and that he will feel no sensation in it at all. He will be found to experience a marked degree of local anaesthesia, and even if a needle is touched to the flesh, no sensation will be experienced. The Hindu magicians frequently demonstrate this phenomena in allowing large hat pins to be passed through their flesh, and even reclining upon a "bed of nails." These are popular demonstrations of the fakirs who have mastered these mind-control-over-body skills.
In performing all of these initial Maya experiments, always be sure to restore the normal conditions at the close of each test, which is very simply accomplished by the thought and affirmation presented as, "The influence is all gone now; you are all right, just as you were before." Also, I would advise that you do not carry any of these experiments in muscular control and sense sensation influencing to extremes. The Yogis easily control the circulation of the blood and functions of the physical organs in this way, but such undertakings are not recommended to the initiate.
As I commented earlier, experiments of type are related to what psychologist term "waking suggestion" or "waking hypnosis. " It is interesting to note that these tests used by the magician initiate in learning of Maya are the same tests employed by western hypnotists to demonstrate "the power of suggestion." These tests have been performed in India for time immemorial. Truly, "Look to the East for from the East cometh light."
The major difference between the eastern and western techniques, in this regard, is that while the Hindu magician stresses all three elements of the psychic formula, western hypnotists stress only the third element, that of affirmation (suggestion). In the next chapter of this book, I will give you detailed instructions in my Occidental/Oriental method of hypnotizing which combines western techniques with the psychic processes of the Yogis. The results are true magic.
In closing these initial instructions in learning the art of Maya, I ask you to bear in mind, as has been repeatedly emphasized, that in the performance of all forms of mental magic, from the most elemental to the most advanced, there are always present the combined elements of the psychic formula, viz.: (1) visualization, or mental-picture, (2) projection of thought, or propulsive will, (3) affirmation, or verbal statement. And the effect is always produced in just the one way of action upon the imagination and through the imagination upon the will of the other person—the imagination leading the will and making the path over which the will travels.
Of such is MAYA, oriental psychic influencing.
Ormond McGill performing various phases of hypnotic phenomena. In the Orient, performances of Maya are the related counterparts of Hypnotism demonstrations in the Occident, but are much advanced in psychically influencing aspects, as you will learn in these studies.
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