I was a small boy I became aware that there was something missing in my life,
and so I began to search. I asked my parents, my rabbi and my teachers those
questions which burn in the heart of every searcher, only to realize that no
one had the answers.
At least I had discovered one very important truth, that
no one could tell me what I needed to know. I had to find it for myself, and that
brings to mind an amusing, yet meaningful, story about the soldier who went
around picking up bits of paper on the parade grounds. He would read each bit
and throw it away, muttering to himself, "That's not it”.
He would repeat
this process over and over saying, "That's not it." So finally his
superiors sent him to a psychiatrist, who gave him his discharge papers, to
which the soldier cried triumphantly, "That's it!"
see, he knew what he was looking for all along. In a similar way, every seeker
knows in his heart what ISN'T it. What is saying to him, "That's not
it" is really IT all the time. Do you see what I am trying to say? By the
time I was fifteen I had developed a keen interest in hypnosis. Anyway, at the
time it did seem as though hypnosis had a key to the mystery of human
behavior. I remember seeing a stage demonstration of hypnosis and thinking to
myself, "If people can be made to do silly things, why not the
sensible?" It took many years to discover that HYPNOSIS WAS THE POWER OF
FOLLY. Please give me time to lay out a foundation for this statement.
1953, about the time the Bridie Murphy publicity was at its height, I jumped on
the bandwagon, left my diamond cutting business and opened the Institute of
Hypnosis. Before long I realized that hypnosis was not what people needed, that
hypnosis was not therapy (unless, of course, you could use it to lead a person
out of that state), BUT THE VERY REASON PEOPLE HAD PROBLEMS. I had found the
cause of human problems—hypnosis! Life's pressures were hypnotic and almost
everyone was under this influence. Here was the cause of people not being
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