Mind Control?

“Mr. Wattles said–if my memory serves me correctly–that we were not to control a person’s mind to get anything. What are your thoughts on that when it comes to hypnosis?” — Frank Kirk

This question was emailed to me by a new subscriber to the Science of Being Well Network, so we’ll discuss it here–as we will with your questions too! Anyone can chime in with comments. Because of spam, the system is set up for me to approve the first post of each person, which creates a delay. Once you’ve had a post approved, you can comment again without the delay.

Frank, without knowing whether you are referring to self-hypnosis, hypnotherapy, hypnosis of yourself by another to accomplish a specific goal such as quitting smoking, or hypnosis for entertainment purposes, I can’t be specific in my response, so I’ll try to cover all the bases.

Regarding self-hypnosis, in The Science of Getting Rich, Mr. Wattles says it is not necessary to “take exercises in concentration or … do occult stunts of any kind.” But I suppose to keep your focus on gratefully receiving what you desire rather than putting any attention on its absence is a kind of self-hypnosis.

In my experience, most people live 99% of their lives in a virtual reality that is much less pleasant than actual reality, because they spend so much of their attention blaming, regretting, replaying, being angry or upset about events from the past or conditions happening somewhere other than where they are, comparing themselves negatively to images of people who don’t even exist (such as glorified images of movie stars) and worrying and fretting about the future. In that sense, most people have themselves in a sort of nightmarish trance. It would be much better for them if they woke up from that sort of self-hypnosis!

Hypnotherapy, in my experience, can be useful for finding your own answers when you’re stuck. In many cases, the term “hypnotherapy” is used synonymously with hypnosis, when what happens is that the therapist helps you relax, and uses suggestion techniques to help you overcome your resistance to doing what you’ve previously identified as your goal–like floss your teeth every day, or feel satisfied and stop eating after eating a reasonable amount.

Mr. Wattles is in favor of controlling your own mind. The problem is with trying to control other people’s minds to get what you want.

Here’s what he says in The Science of Getting Rich:

To set about getting rich in a scientific way, you do not try
to apply your will power to anything outside of yourself.
You have no right to do so, anyway. It is wrong to apply
your will to other men and women in order to get them to do
what you wish done.

It is as flagrantly wrong to coerce people by mental power as
it is to coerce them by physical power. If compelling people by
physical force to do things for you reduces them to slavery, compelling
them by mental means accomplishes exactly the same
thing; the only difference is in methods. If taking things from
people by physical force is robbery, them taking things by mental
force is robbery also. There is no difference in principle.

You have no right to use your will power upon another person,
even for his own good, for you do not know what is for
his good. The science of getting rich does not require you to apply
power or force to any other person, in any way whatsoever.
There is not the slightest necessity for doing so. Indeed, any attempt
to use your will upon others will only tend to defeat your

In The Science of Being Well, Mr. Wattles says:

You direct the will upon the mind, and use it in determining what you shall believe,
what you shall think, and to what you shall give your attention.

The will should never be used upon any person or thing external to you, and
it should never be used upon your own body. The sole legitimate use of the
will is in determining to what you shall give your attention and what you shall
think about the things to which your attention is given.

All belief begins in the will to believe.

You cannot always and instantly believe what you will to believe; but you
can always will to believe what you want to believe.

So, that bring us to the most important point, which is WHY you don’t need to control or manipulate other people in order to get what you want or need. Why this is important to remind ourselves is because trying to control or manipulate others (and our circumstances) so tempting for us, in moments when we believe we are powerless to get what we want or need.

But Mr. Wattles’ point is that everything you want and need is already yours. It’s up to only you to bring it into manifestation. No person has the power to prevent you from having it, and no specific person is required for you to have it. Nothing comes from other people, though many things come through them.

The whole key to the science of getting rich and being well is that you have access to infinite power, and how to access it is by practicing focusing your attention on sensations, images, feelings, and thoughts that feel good to you.

Did I answer your question?

With appreciation,

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