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History of Energy
Transference Exploring the Foundations of Modern Healing
By Willy Schrödter
Samuel Weiser, Inc.Copyright © 2013 Reichl Verlag
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INFLUENCE BY PHYSICAL PRESENCE
You are a very disturbing magnet I believe to a certain extent in magnetism ... but I have never accepted the idea that persons can silently and almost without conscious effort, influence others for malign or beneficial purposes. In your presence, however, the thing is forced upon me as though it were a truth ...
In the cultural history of all times and places there are records of people who merely by their quiet and outwardly inactive presence have been able to exercise a healthy or unhealthy influence on their surroundings. The word "inactive" immediately alerts us to the fact that what we have here is not the taking of a lead when an opportunity arises, but "contagion" with the essential radiation of a personality possessing a certain psychic structure.
Agrippa von Nettesheim (1486-1535) put it this way in 1510: "Even as asafoetida and musk drench everything in their smell, so something evil is imparted to their neighbors by the evil and something good by the good, and often it clings to them for a long time."
Extremely Psychoactive People
I have deliberately refrained from using the words "strong personalities," because some people who have a negative effect on their environment are the exact opposite of this, and what they do is confined to paralyzing others and leeching them of their vitality; for which reason Dr. Eugène OSTY, (1874-1938) called them "personnes stérilisantes." Now even if our examples were only of people like this, it would be reasonable to infer the existence of their opposites, whom the Budapest medical hypnotist Dr. Franz Völgyesi in 1941 labeled "extremely psychoactive" individuals.
The Evil Eye—"Ocular Rays"
Some cases of the so-called evil eye (Italian jettatura, mal occhio), the existence of which is widely accepted by educated people, especially in Italy, might easily be explained as the negative effect of the whole personality; nevertheless modern researchers do assign a decisive role to the malign glance of the jettatore [person possessing an evil eye], and an electroscopic apparatus made in England is said to have been deflected by rays emitted from the eye.
Dr. Walter Voeller (1893-1954) claims to have demonstrated with his Organoelectrometer that "continual neural-electrical discharges are emitted from the eyes." German mesmerists have taken great pains to demonstrate by simple means the émission pésante or "ponderable emission" from the human eye.
At all events, Charles Lafontaine, one of the most notable mesmerists of a century ago, reported several cases of the killing of small animals within a quarter of an hour by the gaze, while each time the experimenter suffered from unpleasant recoil reactions (weakness, headache, smarting eyes).
The "most unlikely jettatore known" in recent times was Cardinal Pignatelli DI Belmonte (1851-1948), if the usually well-informed Roger Peyrefitte is to be believed.
The Theme in Literature
Literature has often seized on our subject. Here we have space only for a passing reference to the declaration of Goethe's Margarethe in regard to Dr. Heinrich Faust's companion Mephistopheles:
"His presence agitates my blood." "And his presence stifles me inside."
SYMPATHY, ANTIPATHY, INDIFFERENCE
There is certainly something in the law of attraction between human beings which we do not understand.
This sentence from an imaginative writer, who often "know more than the philosophic head" (that is to say, who on the basis of what reason derides as "unreliable intuition" arrives sooner and more often than reason does at valuable perceptions—which, naturally, will have to be presented in a rational dress to the rank and file who have little or no intuition) this word, I say, brings us at a stroke to the common experience of being affected by another person. For in most of us in whom the parasitic cerebrum has still not quite overrun the emotions, there arises, on meeting a stranger, a feeling that immediately allows us to differentiate between compatible, attractive, sympathetic individuals and incompatible, unattractive, antipathetic individuals. After spending more time with them we can also speak of those who are "a tonic" to us and those who are "wet blankets." In addition there are those in the majority who are neutral or indifferent.
Everyday life repeatedly teaches us that later experience will usually confirm the initial emotional judgment that is often flatly opposed to the intellectual judgment.
Here is an example from the medical sector: the celebrated internist, Chvostek made the following observation: "When I first examine a patient I suddenly become aware of the nature of the disease as if by inspiration. Then, on completing the usual tests, I reach a completely different conclusion. In the process of time, often after several weeks, the accuracy of my instantaneous initial diagnosis is confirmed."
The guardian of Kaspar Hauser (1812 [?]-1833), Baron Gottlieb Von Tucher (a member of the Kreisrat), wrote to the professor of Evangelical Theology, Dr. August Tholuck (1799-1877) in Halle a.d.S., as published by the latter in his Literarischen Anzeiger für christliche Theologie und Wissenschaft (1840, 318-320): "The effect that people had on him (Hauser) varied greatly; being pleasant or unpleasant, and in debauches was foul and disgusting even though he knew nothing of their way of life. Each individual has—said he—a personal scent, though it is not the kind that is smelled by the nose but quite different. He could not find words to describe it."
One is reminded of a comment that the Viennese "psychological dietician" Baron Ernst von Feuchtersleben (1806-1849) apparently quoted from Karl Leberecht Immermann (1796-1840): "It is a pity that we do not know if the noted Berlin physician Dr. HEIM, who was so renowned a diagnostician and could accurately distinguish between various cutaneous eruptions by their smell, could also sniff out moral proclivities by the same organ."
Personal Scent—The Odor of Sanctity
There may in fact be occasional subliminal odorific stimuli involved in the emotional interaction between two individuals. As an illustration of being "in evil odor" here is a quotation from the physician August Strindberg (1849-1912). In an attempt to reify the indefinable, he says: "If someone smells of rats, he is a skinflint ... hatred smells like a corpse." Proverbially there is an (agreeable) "odor of sanctity," which can be taken literally. Among many other things, holiness is based on sexual abstinence. JOYCE puts the following apposite monologue in the mouth of his character Bloom:
Perhaps they [the female sex] get a smell off us ... must be connected with that because priests that are supposed to be are different. Women buzz round it like flies round treacle ... That diffuses itself all through the body, permeates. Source of life and it's extremely curious the smell. Celery sauce."
He is seconded by a well-known pendulist researching the odic side of the question: "The male seed contains very powerful odic forces, and the pendulum describes the most lively circles over it.... Its radiations pervade the whole body, and after a seminal emission this influence in the body falls to a minimum. A sensitive man will perceive the diminution in radiation. A young husband who is sowing unsparingly in the garden of love can always be recognized by his feeble radiations.... A man with a good store of radiant power is unusually attractive to a sensitive woman and she is easily won."
And "easily won" describes the three ladies in Goethe's Faust when they caught a whiff of the man Paris (Faust, Part Two, Act I, lines 6473-6479, Reclam).
According to the esoteric Tantric document Bhairavi Diksha, retained sexual energy is sublimated into a subtle essence, ojas, which is stored in the brain. And according to another textbook of Yoga (Svâtmaramâ, Hathayogapradipika, III, p. 89) it produces "a pleasant odor."
THE SOURCE OF OUR IMPRESSIONS?
Similarly the appearance of individuals excites in us sympathy, love, or hate. But do not these various feelings come from the vibrations that emanate from these folk?
On what expression (imprinted from inside to outside) does our impression of the person who confronts us depend? Proverbially, "first impressions are best"; which means that it is preferable to rely on those that have not been filtered through the brain.
The most lasting impressions are based on what we infer from the forms of expression—the style of behavior of those we meet. Deduction is a purely intellectual function, and as such lies outside the scope of our present study.
Partly Instinctive Impressions
Another way in which we form impressions of those we meet relies on externals, such as deportment, gesture, mimicry, manner of speaking (accent), handshake, and physiognomy; of which the "cherubic wanderer" Angelus Silesius (Joh. Scheffler [1624-1677] sings:
It is a righteous law on earth, That faces show their owners' worth.
And in the face it is the eyes that are "the light of the body" (Matt. 6:22) and they arrest us by their gaze.
In a variety of ways, this outer revelation of the inner prompts us by reflex action—so to speak—to make a relationship judgment (i.e., an assessment of the degree to which the other person is in tune with us), a judgment which quite often becomes verbal. My use of the words "reflex action" is meant to indicate that we are dealing here much more with the obtrusion on us of a person's outer form than with a regular, actual, physiognomical observation and examination carried out by our primary consciousness. It is something that lies between instinct and intellect, but somewhat nearer to instinct.
To this (and the next) section, a word may be added from Dr. Herbert Müller-Guttenbrunn (d. 1945)—"the Lichtenberg of the 20th century"—in an old number of "Das Nebelhorn" [The Foghorn] (Vienna): "As little as I regard physiognomy as a science, so much do I believe in intuitive character reading at first sight."
Wholly Instinctive Impressions
However, external appearances make the above-mentioned impression on us only if they are genuine, only if they are really expressing essential traits. If they are merely a pose, the partner's heart is known by its formless feelings and appearances are ignored! The transition from half-instinctive to fully instinctive face reading is made automatically: the presence of the other person is what matters.
After writing the above, I found the following corroboration of my explanation: Dr. Walter Kröner (then of Berlin-Charlottenburg) stated to an interviewer:
Each immediate psychological reaction to people and things: sympathy and antipathy, liking and aversion, everything we understand by the notions presentiment, intuition, and instinct, does not spring naked from the pondering provoked by stimulation of the senses, or from association, but is at least partly the result of a direct, i.e., telepathic, response. This intuitive reaction is especially striking in artists, women, and children. Hence, even in normal individuals, an atavistic mediumistic ability is continually at work in the unconscious.
But what is obtained by those who are naturally gifted is a representative cross-section of the essential nature of the partner crystallized from their thoughts, words, and deeds, and verified by later experience!
The Rosicrucian Trismegistus IV advised people to use this instinct:
Antipathies also form a part of magic (falsely) so-called. Man naturally has the same instinct as the animals; which warns them involuntarily against the creatures that are hostile or fatal to their existence. But he so often neglects it that it becomes dormant. Not so the true cultivator of the great science, etc.
He has been seconded more recently (in 1923) by the self-initiated Gustav Meyrink (1868-1932):
In cases where the intellect alone is not sufficient for making a correct choice of the ways that should be taken, we must turn to our prescience and inner sensitivity while strengthening our instinct progressively, as if it were a compass needle we were learning to trust.
Reason and Instinct Antagonistic!
In this connection, Dr. Franz Hartmann (1838-1912) admonishes us as follows:
What does a modern botanist know about the signatures of plants, by which the occultist recognizes the medicinal and occult properties of plants as soon as he sees them? The animals have remained natural, while man has become unnatural. The sheep does not need to be instructed by a zoologist to seek to escape if a tiger approaches: it knows by his signature and without argumentation that he is its enemy. Is it not more important for the sheep to know the ferocious character of the tiger than to be informed that the latter belongs to the genus felis? If by some miracle a sheep should become intellectual, it might learn so much about the external form, anatomy, physiology, and genealogy of the tiger, that it would lose sight of its internal character and be devoured by it.
This authority has a supporter in Prof. August BIER (1861-1949), privy councillor, who once said: "Man has become a farm animal with too much understanding and too little instinct."
On reading of Hartmann's imaginary sheep which has become so intellectual that its inner eye is clouded, we are reminded of Meyrink's instructive tale about a toad asking a millipede how it manages to keep leg pairs 1 and 2 in marching order with leg pairs 144 and 145, etc. The arthropod (which in fact never has more than 200 feet) tries to figure it out "and can no longer put one foot in front of another."
Another parable introduces a man with a "doormat" of a beard who is asked by some impudent fellow whether he puts the beard over or under the blanket at night. The long-beard has a good long think and eventually replies. "With the best will in the world I cannot tell you. I myself do not know, for I have never noticed it." However, from then on, whenever the old man tried to go to sleep, he laid his beard on top of the blanket and this did not seem right; then he tucked it underneath and found this intolerable. What he used to do quite naturally had become a problem once he was aware of it! Just as the night-prowling troll overtaken by the first rays of the sun is petrified, so our vital automatism is disabled when brought into the light of consciousness!
When there is no direct physical contact between two silent partners, it is obvious that the mediation of an instinctive impression can take place only by undulatory waves, so that the transference is like a radio transmission. Here is a prevailing unanimity of opinion on this subject from that of the "demonic knight" (Aram) of Nettesheim through that of the saga writer Hermann Eris BUSSE (1891-1947). The former declared in 1510: "A foreign soul has no less power over the body of another than a foreign body has. Hence, we may assume, one individual acts on another simply through temperament and character."
This is why the philosophers issue warnings against mixing with ill-natured and unfortunate people, as their souls, filled with harmful rays, infect their surroundings in a malign way. On the contrary, one should seek the company of good and fortunate people, since these by their proximity can be very profitable to us." The latter asserted in 1939: "There are rays and reverse rays passing between individuals; so much is certain. Inexplicable antipathies and inexplicable attractions are caused by them."
Biological Emanations or Thought-Waves?—"OD"
The question now arises: What can be the nature of these rays—are they biological emanations or thought waves? in the middle of the last century, Baron Karl von Reichenbach (1788-1869) identified, chiefly in human subjects, a fluid he called Od, concerning which he left behind nine mostly bulky tomes. "Since he made some 12,000 tests of the most varied sort, and under stringent conditions, on about 150 persons of all classes, whoever reads his writings will, if ready to feel the total impact of what Reichenbach did, regard the existence of Od as established as satisfactorily as anything can be established in general," opines a modern naturopathic physician.
The world shook Reichenbach's hand as a scientific industrialist who developed paraffin and creosote, but refused to shake his hand as an investigator of Od: "Od," said the world, "does not exist, and the bio-magnetism (mesmerism) based on it is nothing more than prettily disguised hypnotism!"
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Table of Contents
Influence by Physical Presence
Sympathy, Antipathy, Indifference
The Source of Our Impressions?
Ideas Await an Embodier
On Being Used by God
Index of Names
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