By William W Atkinson (1908)
last chapter we have seen that Vibration was to be found
underlying all manifestations of energy, and all forms of matter.
We also quoted two distinguished scientists whose words showed
that there were fields of vibratory energy not filled by any known
forms of energy, the inference being that inasmuch as there are no
gaps in nature’s processes these unknown fields must be occupied
by certain forms of energy no known as yet to physical science.
The teachings of the occultists of all lands and ages, as also
those of modern Mental Science, are to the effect that the Mind,
in its manifestation of Thought in the brain, generates a form of
energy of intensely high Vibration, which energy may be, and is,
projected in vibratory waves from the brains of other persons
within its field of influence.
All students of Mental Influence have noticed the close
resemblance that is manifested between the phenomena of electrical
and magnetic energy on the one hand and the phenomena of mental
energy on the other. So close is the analogy that one may take the
proven facts of science relating to electrical and magnetic
phenomena and confidently proceed with the certainty of finding a
strikingly close correspondence in the field of mental phenomena.
And the recognition of this fact is helping the workers in the
mental field group together the varied phenomena that come under
their notice, and to work out the theory and practice of Mental
In the first place, it is now a fact well known and accepted by
investigators that the generation of Thought and the manifestation
of Mental States occasions a "burning up" of brain matter, and the
consequent production of a form of energy of high vibratory power.
Physiologists recognize this fact, and the textbooks make
reference to it. Experiments have shown that the temperature of
the brain is increased in accordance with the intensity of
Feeling and Thought, and that there is undoubtedly a generation of
energy and a consumption of brain matter which bears a very close
resemblance to the process of the generation of electrical energy.
And this being conceded, it follows that this energy once released
must be emanated or sent forth from the brain in the manner akin
to the emanation of other known forms of energy, i. e. , in the
form of "waves" of vibratory force. Light and Heat travel in this
way - so do electricity and magnetism - so do the forces of
Radioactivity. And the investigators of Mental Influence have
demonstrated by their experiments that there is such a thing as
Thought-Induction, and many other phases of manifestation similar
to that exhibited by electricity and magnetism.
Flammarion, the well-known and eminent French scientist, has said
on the subject: "We sum up, therefore, our preceding observations
by the conclusion that one mind can act at a distance upon
another, without the habitual medium of words, or any other
visible means of communication. It appears to us altogether
unreasonable to reject this conclusion if we accept the facts. The
conclusion will be abundantly demonstrated. There is nothing
unscientific, nothing romantic in admitting that an idea can
influence a brain from a distance. The action of one human being
upon another, from a distance, is a scientific fact; it is as
certain as the existence of Paris, of Napoleon, of Oxygen, or of
Sirius. "The same authority also states: "There can be no doubt
that our physical force creates a movement in the either which
transmit itself afar like all movements in the ether, becomes
perceptible to brains in harmony with our own. The transformation
of a psychic action into an ethereal movement, and the reverse,
may be analogous to what takes place on a telephone, where the
receptive plate, which is identical with the plate at the other
end, reconstructs the sonorous movement transmitted, not by means
of sound, but by electricity. But these are only comparisons."
When a Thought or Feeling is generated in the mind or brain of a
person, the energy generated flows forth from the brain of the
person in the form of waves of mental energy, spreading from the
immediate neighborhood of the thinker to a distance proportioned
to the strength of the thought or feeling.
These Thought-Waves have the property of awakening similar
vibrations in the minds of other persons coming within their field
of force, according to the laws of Mental Influence, which law
shall be explained in the next chapter.
As we proceed with our consideration of the subject of Mental
Influence, in the succeeding chapters, we shall see the many and
varied forms of manifestation of Thought-Waves. At this point we
shall merely view the phenomena in a general way.
Thought-Waves are manifested in a variety of forms and phases.
Some are the waves emanated from the minds of all thinkers,
unconsciously and without purpose, and usually without much force.
Others are sent forth with great force, and travel far,
manifesting a degree of influence commensurate with the force with
which they are projected. Others are directed purposely toward
certain individuals or places, and travel along rapidly in a
straight line to the point, which they have been directed or
aimed. Others are sent forth with great strength and power, but
instead of being directed toward any particular person or place,
are designed to sweep around in great whirlpools of energy
affecting all who happen to fall within their field force.
You will readily understand that there is a great difference
between Thought-Waves sent forth idly and unconsciously, and
without knowledge of the underlying laws of Mental Influence, and
those projected with a full knowledge of the laws governing the
phenomena and urged on and directed by a powerful Will of the
sender. The force is the same, but the degree of its power, and
the measure of its effects are determined by the conditions of its
The vibratory force of these Thought-Waves does not cease with the
sending forth of the wave, but persists for a long time afterward.
Just as heat in a room persists long after the fire in the stove
has been extinguished - just as the perfume of the flower exists
in a room long after the flower has been removed – just as a ray
of light travels through space for millions of miles, and for
centuries after the star itself has been blotted out of existence
- just as any and all forms of vibratory energy persist in
manifesting after the initial impulse has been withdrawn - so do
the vibrations of Thought continue long after the thought, yes,
long after the brain which sent them forth has passed into dust.
There are many places today filled with the thought-vibrations of
minds long since passed outside of the body. There are many places
filled with the strong vibrations of tragedies long since enacted
there. Every place has an atmosphere of its own, arising from the
thought vibrations set in motion by the various persons who have
inhabited or occupied them. Every city has its own mental
atmosphere, which has an effect upon persons moving into them.
Some are lively, some dull, some progressive, some old-fogeyish,
some moral, some immoral - the result of the character of the
early settlers and leading spirits of the places.
The atmosphere affects persons moving into these towns, and either
sinks to the general level, or else, if strong enough, help to
change the mental tone of the place. Sometimes a change in
conditions brings a large influx of new people to the town, and
the mental waves of the newcomers tend to bring about a marked
change in the local mental atmosphere. These facts have been
noticed by many observing people who were, perhaps, not familiar
with the laws and principles underlying the phenomena.
Many have of course noticed the differing atmosphere of stores,
offices and other places of business. Some of such places give one
and air of confidence and trust; others create a feeling of
suspicion and just trust; some convey an impression of active,
wide awake management, while others impress one as being behind
the times and suffering from alert active management. Did you ever
stop to think that these different atmospheres were caused by the
prevailing mental attitudes of those in charge of the places? The
managers of business places send forth Thought-Waves of their own,
and their employees naturally falling into the pace set for them,
sending forth similar vibrations, and before long the whole place
is vibrating on a certain scale. Let a change in the management
occur and see what a change soon manifests itself.
Did you ever notice the mental atmospheres of the houses you
happened to visit? You may experience and recognize all of the
varying notes in the mental scale of their occupants. From some
thresholds Harmony manifests itself, while others breathe in
harmony as soon as you step over the threshold. Some radiate
mental warmth, while others seem as cold as an iceberg. Think for
a movement and recall the various houses or places you visit, and
see how the mental vibrations of the inmates manifest themselves
to a visitor.
The low quarters of our cities, the dens of vice and haunts of
dissipation vibrate with the character of thought and feeling of
those inhabiting them. And the weak-willed visitor is thus
And, in the same way, certain places are filled with strong,
helpful, elevating vibrations, which tend to lift up and elevate
those coming within their circle of influence. Thoughts and
Feelings are contagious, by reason of the Law of Vibration and
Mental Induction. When this law is understood the individual is
enabled to protect and improve himself. Such Knowledge brings