Lustre of the Soul of the Sleeper

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Lustre of the Soul of the Sleeper

The Science of Hypnotism

Edited and Compiled by L.E. Young (1888)

The whole manner seems to undergo a refinement which, in the higher stages, reached a most striking point, insomuch, that we see, as it were, before us a person of a much more elegant and elevated character than the same sleeper seems to be when awake. It would seem as if the lower, or animal propensities were laid to rest, while the intellect and higher sentiments shone forth with a lustre that is undiminished by aught that is mean or common. In matter of fact, it Seems as if the very soul of the sleeper lay bare before you, as if the earthly part of man were indeed dead, and only the soul with its everlasting life was conversing and looking at you, with all the grander and purer thoughts of existence at your command.

This is particularly seen in women of natural refinement and high sentiments; but it is also seen in men of the same stamp and more or less in all. In the highest stages of the hypnotic sleep the countenance often acquires the most lovely expression, surpassing all that the great artists have given to the Virgin Mary or to angels, and which may fitly be called heavenly, for it involuntarily suggests to our minds the moral and intellectual beauty which alone seems consistent with our views of Heaven. Such an expression is never seen, except in the hypnotic sleep.

As to the voice, I have never seen one person in the true hypnotic sleep who did not speak in a tone quite distinct from the ordinary voice of the sleeper. It is invariably, so far as I have observed, softer and more gentle, well corresponding to the elevated and mild expression of the face. It has often a plaintive and touching character, especially when the sleeper speaks 0f departed friends or relations.

In the highest stages, it has a character quite new, and in perfect accordance with the pure and lovely smile of the countenance, which beams on the observer, in spite of the closed eyes, like a ray of Heaven’s own light and beauty. I speak here of that which I have often seen, and I would say that, as a general rule, the sleeper, when in the ordinary state and when in the deep hypnotic sleep, appears not like the same, but like two entirely different individuals. And it is not wonderful that it should be so. For the sleeper in the hypnotic state, has a consciousness quite separate and distinct from his ordinary consciousness; he is, in fact, if not a different individual, yet the same individual in a different and distinct phase of his being, and that phase the highest one given to living man.


Mariana in the South by Frank Cadogan Cowper (1877-1958)

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