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BEFORE going further, it may be well to issue a few statements as to what this system does not include.
The advice is not to hypnotize yourself into success. This is important to understand, for many people, and with some reason, dread and fear anything that is based on hypnotism, even in the form of self-suggestion. The work of the Nancy school, with which Coué made us all familiar, is full of excellent hints for self-management, and Charles Baudouin's book, Suggestion and Auto-suggestion, can be read to great advantage by many who do not follow him with full agreement; and there are several small handbooks on Coué's system which are worth studying. But it is not for nothing that the fad which was once so widespread has faded away. In spite of all warnings, too many of those who attempted self cure ended by reinforcing the troubles they set out to banish.
No, although a sentence from a chapter on hypnotism was helpful in discovering our formula, the connection of this procedure with hypnotism ends there. You are advised to use, first, a minimum of will - just enough to decide to try a new process. Then, as in the Nancy school, the imagination takes over until your mind is clear, cool, and "pleasant" in tone; not confused, diverted, troubled or foggy.
The difference lies just here: in intensive auto-suggestion there is a serious danger that the mind will get as out of touch with reality in the other direction as it was in its day-dreaming or depression; that it will become, as the French say, exaltée, a word for which we have no exact and satisfactory equivalent. But "extravagantly elated" is about what exaltée implies, a state of mental intoxication as dangerous as it is temporarily delightful. You cannot live on those peaks; and if you could, you would, again, find yourself unable to act effectively in the world of reality. Without such action you are as far from success, as deep in self delusion, as ever.