"Every day, in every way, I'm getting better and better"
Tous les jours à tous points de vue je vais de mieux en mieux - is called Couéism or the Coué method which centers on a routine repetition of this particular expression according to a specified ritual, in a given physical state and in the absence of any sort of allied mental imagery, at the beginning and at the end of each day.
Unlike a common held belief that a strong conscious will constitutes the best path to success, Coué maintained that curing some of our troubles requires a change in our unconscious thought, which can only be achieved by using our imagination. Although stressing that he was not primarily a healer but one who taught others to heal themselves, Coué claimed to have effected organic changes through autosuggestion.
Coué quickly discovered what later came to be known as the placebo effect. He became known for reassuring his clients by praising each remedy's efficiency and leaving a small positive notice with each given medication.
As old books and manuscripts become available to us, we are re-offering Coué's SELF MASTERY THROUGH CONSCIOUS AUTOSUGGESTION (originally brought out in 1920) - one chapter at a time here at The Healing Journal. Each Sunday we offer the next chapter - simply because the condition that was considered to be optimum was to read each chapter often and to let the contents sink in and practice till it's second nature and part of one's daily routine before proceeding on to the next chapter.
The basis for our present use of affirmations possibly derived from Coué's work. It is "faith in the process" that is the key to effectiveness - not an attitude of "trying" them. If you have absolute faith in the use of affirmations, when rightly worded and executed, they have the power to help you achieve limitless health, wealth, success and self fulfillment. These coming chapters are a valuable tool and so interesting to follow the teachings of a century ago.
SELF MASTERY THROUGH CONSCIOUS AUTOSUGGESTION is the classic work in affirmations and autosuggestion by Emile Coué originally produced in 1920. It provides much of the basis for the modern use of affirmations and in reading this early work should give you the faith to make affirmations work for your own self fulfillment. It is faith in the process of affirmations that is key to their effectiveness. If you approach affirmations with the attitude that you are going to try them, you are bound to fail. However if you have absolute faith in the use of
affirmations, they have the power to help you achieve limitless wealth, success and self fulfillment.
Suggestion, or rather Autosuggestion, is quite a new subject, and yet at the same time it is as old as the world.
It is new in the sense that until now it has been wrongly studied and in consequence wrongly understood; it is old because it dates from the appearance of man on the earth. In fact autosuggestion is an instrument that we possess at birth, and in this instrument, or rather in this force, resides a marvelous and incalculable power, which according to circumstances produces the best or the worst results.
Knowledge of this force is useful to each one of us, but it is peculiarly indispensable to doctors, magistrates, lawyers, and to those engaged in the work of education.
By knowing how to practice it consciously it is possible, in the first place, to avoid provoking in others bad autosuggestions which may have disastrous consequences, and secondly, consciously to provoke good ones instead, thus bringing physical health to the sick and moral health to the neurotic and the erring, the unconscious victims of anterior autosuggestions, and to guide into the right path those who had a tendency to take the wrong one.
THE CONSCIOUS SELF AND THE UNCONSCIOUS SELF
In order to understand properly the phenomena of suggestion, or to speak more correctly of autosuggestion, it is necessary to know that two absolutely distinct selves exist within us. Both are intelligent, but while one is conscious the other is unconscious. For this reason the existence of the latter generally escapes notice. It is however easy to prove its existence if one merely takes the trouble to examine certain phenomena and to reflect a few moments upon them.
Let us take for instance the following example:
Every one has heard of somnambulism; every one knows that a somnambulist gets up at night without waking, leaves his room after either dressing himself or not, goes downstairs, walks along corridors, and after having executed certain acts or accomplished certain work, returns to his room, goes to bed again, and shows the next day the greatest astonishment at finding work finished which he had left unfinished the day before.
It is however he himself who has done it without being aware of it. What force has his body obeyed if it is not an unconscious force, in fact his unconscious self?
If we compare the conscious with the unconscious self we see that the conscious self is often possessed of a very unreliable memory while the unconscious self on the contrary is provided with a marvelous and impeccable memory which registers without our knowledge the smallest events, the least important acts of our existence. Further, it is credulous and accepts with unreasoning docility what it is told. Thus, as it is the unconscious that is responsible for the functioning of all our organs but the intermediary of the brain, a result is produced which may seem rather paradoxical to you: that is, if it believes that a certain organ functions well or ill or that we feel such and such an impression, the organ in question does indeed function well or ill, or we do feel that impression.
Not only does the unconscious self preside over the functions of our organism, but also over all our actions whatever they are. It is this that we call imagination, and it is this which, contrary to accepted opinion, always makes us act even, and above all, against our will when there is antagonism between these two forces.