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CHAPTER II.
DUALITY AND SUGGESTION.
The Doctrine of the Trinity of Man. The Greek Philosophy. The Early Christian Fathers. Hermetic Philosophy. Sweden-borg. Duality in Modern Philosophy. "Objective" and " Subjective " Minds. Their Distinctive Differences and Modes of Operation. The Subjective Mind a Distinct Entity. Illustrations from Hypnotism. Suggestion. Auto-Suggestion. Universality of the Law of Suggestion.
T HE broad idea that man is endowed with a dual mental organization is far from being new. The essential truth of the proposition has been recognized by philosophers of all ages and nations of the civilized world. That man is a trinity, made up of " body, soul, and spirit," was a cardinal tenet in the faith of many ancient Greek philosophers, who thus clearly recognized the dual character of man's mental or spiritual organization. Plato's idea of terrestrial man was that he is a " trinity of soul, soul-body, and earth-body." The mystic jargon of the Hermetic philosophers discloses the same general idea. The " salt, sulphur, and mercury " of the ancient alchemists doubtless refers to man as being composed of a trinity of elements. The early Christian Fathers confidently proclaimed the same doctrine, as is shown in the writings of Clement, Origen, Tatian, and other early exponents of Christian doctrine.
Indeed, it may be safely assumed that the conception of this fundamental truth was more or less clearly defined in the minds of all ancient philosophers, both Christian and pagan. It is the basis of their conception of God as a Trinity in his personality, modes of existence, and manifes-