And the first object he looked upon, that object he became,
And that object became part of him for the day or a certain part of the day,
Or for many years or stretching cycles of years.
The early lilacs became part of this child,
And the grass and white and red morning-glories, and white and red clover, and the song of the phoebe-bird,
And the Third-month lambs and the sow's pink-faint litter, and the mare's foal and the cow's calf,
And the noisy brood of the barnyard or by the mire of the pond-side,
And the fish suspending themselves so curiously below there, and the beautiful curious liquid,
And the water-plants with their graceful flat heads, all became part of him.
The field-sprouts of Fourth-month and Fifth-month became part of him,
Winter-grain sprouts and those of the light-yellow corn, and the esculent roots of the garden,
And the apple-trees cover'd with blossoms and the fruit afterward, and wood-berries,
and the commonest weeds by the road,
And the old drunkard staggering home from the out-house of the tavern whence he had lately risen,
And the schoolmistress that pass'd on her way to the school,
And the friendly boys that pass'd, and the quarrelsome boys,
And the tidy and fresh-cheek'd girls, and the barefoot negro boy and girl,
And all the changes of city and country wherever he went.
His own parents, he that had father'd him and she that had conciev'd him in her womb and birth'd him,
They gave this child more of themselves than that,
They gave him afterward every day, they became part of him.
The mother at home quietly placing the dishes on the supper-table,
The mother with mild words, clean her cap and gown,
a wholesome odor falling off her person and clothes as she walks by,
The father, strong, self-sufficient, manly, mean, anger'd, unjust,
The blow, the quick loud word, the tight bargain, the crafty lure,
The family usages, the language, the company, the furniture, the yearning and swelling heart,
Affection that will not be gainsay'd, the sense of what is real,
the thought if after all it should prove unreal,
The doubts of day-time, the doubts of night-time, the curious whether and how,
Whether that which appears so is so, or is it all flashes and specks?
Men and women crowding fast in the streets, if they are not flashes and specks what are they?
The streets themselves and the facades of houses, and goods in the windows,
Vehicles, teams, the heavy-plank'd warves, the huge crossing at the ferries,
The village on the highland seen from afar at sunset, the river between,
Shadows, aureola and mist, the light falling on roofs and gables of white or brown two miles off,
The schooner near by sleepily dropping down the tide, the little boat slack-tow'd astern,
The hurrying tumbling waves, quick-broken crests slapping,
The strata of color'd clouds, the long bar of maroon-tint away solitary by itself, the spread of purity it lies motionless in,
The horizon's edge, the flying sea-crow, the fragrance of salt marsh and shore mud,
These became part of that child who went forth every day,
and who now goes, and will always go forth every day.
THE POWER OF INTENT
While I have yet to encounter a person who would not benefit from relaxation, I have met a few who go towards relaxation kicking and screaming as though it were torture of the most severe nature. These people may have been unable to relax at any time in their lives. Some may feel compelled to remain in motion; some may believe that if they relax, something negative will happen to them; perhaps they will “lose control.” However, they have asked us to assist them in some way. Their INTENT and the amazing power that it represents is a resource which we can assist them to identify, amplify and direct toward success.
We have all worked with clients who have "failed" several of the suggestibility tests that are currently popular. Some hypnotists may consider these failures as "resistance" on the part of the client. I consider this to be a failure of the tests. Some people do not respond well to tests, or, rather, the tests are often structured in a way that fails to recognize their abilities. If ever a test does not elicit the response you expect, change your expectation.
Recently, I had the pleasure of working with a woman who simply would not release the muscles of her arm while I used the "hand drop" to determine and deepen her state. I was concerned as to how to proceed. She clearly was not responding as instructed. I held her wrist and was moving her arm in a gentle circle, and she was with me, anticipating every move. At some point it occurred to me that the test had failed. I suggested that she easily let her hand remain floating gently where it was and went forward with the session. Her hand remained suspended for between ten and fifteen minutes before I asked her to replace her hand in her lap. She never mentioned anything about strain, discomfort, or even an awareness that her hand had floated there for a time. She had attained a deep state, but for whatever reason, could not follow the suggestion to release the muscles of her arm.
One of the hazards of "tests" is the client's perception of whether they have PASSED OR FAILED. For this reason, consider ways to realize success for any response you may encounter.
Whatever approach we choose will work excellently some of the time, and will get us by some of the time, while occasional failure of any given method is inevitable. So, the simpler our approach, the easier it is to modify to suit the circumstance.