Detrimental Magnetic Influence

"No sensible person should surrender himself to the magnetic influence

of a human being of whom he knew nothing; he should need to know and

have confidence in him before doing so; yet we find many who, impelled

by a desire to be a medium, without understanding how much the word

implies, sit down and invite any magnetizer who comes along to

experiment upon him. Under such circumstances, nothing but a high motive

and a p
re purpose will protect them from the operations of unwise or

mischievous intelligences. As well might they go and sit in a public

place with their eyes blindfolded, and with an inscription on their

breasts, 'Who will come and magnetize me?' * * Mesmeric influence from

an experienced operator, for the purpose of inducing susceptibility, is

sometimes helpful to a sensitive. If the mesmerist can put you in the

trance condition and then hand you over to trustworthy spirits to

control you, well and good. In the same way, mesmeric passes may be

helpful in the liberation of your clairvoyant powers. The operator may

succeed in throwing you into the deep trance state, in which you may

travel or become clairvoyant, but we would not recommend you to submit

to mesmeric influence or hypnotic suggestions from anyone, unless you

know that he is experienced and a thoroughly honorable and trustworthy

individual. In circles for development one member is frequently

impressed, or controlled to make magnetic passes over another to aid in

his unfoldment; and if such a thing should happen to you, and the

influence is congenial, there need be no objection raised by you; but

beware of those people who claim to be able, by mesmerism, to develop

you into a medium in a given period of time."