Immunity To Thought Influences

Persons becoming acquainted for the first time with the above recited

facts of mental vibrations, mental currents, mental waves, and mental

contagion, frequently raise the objection that if all this be true, why

are we not constantly swept off of our feet by these great waves of

mental vibrations, whereas, in fact, we are seldom or never aware of

them? The question is a natural one, and is capable of a satisfactory

er. In the first place, many of these mental currents NEUTRALIZE

each other, and thus both cease to exert any marked effect. And again,

most persons are really "immune" to most of the thought waves reaching

them, this by reason of the protective resistive power bestowed by

Nature, and acquired during the evolution of the race.

To understand this, we have but to think of our immunity to the great

majority of sounds and sights on the streets of a busy city. On a busy

street corner, we are assailed by an infinitude of sounds and

sights--but we hear but few of these, and see still fewer. The rest of

these impressions are lost to us, although we have ears to hear and eyes

to see. We hear and see only those impressions which are strong enough

to awaken our ATTENTION. In the same way we fail to perceive the

numerous thought vibrations and mental currents constantly surrounding

us, and our attention is attracted and awakened by those sufficiently

strong and vigorous to awaken our attention. The analogy is a very close

one, and the understanding of one set of phenomena gives us the key to

the other.