Happy Holidays O Forever Young, Beautiful and Charismatic One!
Pssst! I am about to let you in on a sweet little secret.
It will let you in on a delicious cultural secret. Amaze your friends!
One of the most cherished elements of the final weeks of every year is, of course, Charles Dickens’s tale, A Christmas Carol.
It’s a heartwarming story about how in an encounter with four ghosts – his late, miserly, business partner Jacob Marley, Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Yet to Come – transforms the mean old miser Ebenezer Scrooge into a generous boss, relative, and neighbor.
Well, guess what? Dickens left clues that this tale was a covert hypnotic induction.
We’ve been hypnotized by it many times without even knowing.
Charles Dickens was a really truly hypnotist. He wrote, in a letter, that ghost stories were a form of hypnosis. And, yes, A Christmas Carol is a ghost story through and through.
As my partner Ralph in Hypnotic Beauty and Hypnotic Charisma and I put it in our column in the December 2019 issue of the Journal of Hypnotism:
The Dickens Museum gives us the Big Reveal in an article by another Wendy, Wendy Moore, in 2018, How Dickens became mesmerised by hypnosis:
“Dickens met John Elliotson, professor of medicine at University College London who was a senior physician at the hospital. Escorted to ward three, Dickens … watched as Elliotson prepared to mesmerise one of his patients.
“The patient … was babbling incoherently when the men arrived. When Elliotson pricked her with pins and pinched her, she made no response. Then as he slowly extended his hand towards her head she stopped babbling and fell into a deep sleep. Dickens was entranced. Previously a complete sceptic, he had poked fun at mesmerism a year earlier in a spoof sketch in Bentley’s Miscellany.
“… Dickens told his friend, the Countess of Blessington: ‘I have no hesitation in saying … that I am a believer, and that I became so against all my preconceived opinions.’
“It was the start of a lifetime’s fascination with mesmerism. Dickens not only consumed books on the subject, he asked Elliotson to teach him the technique and as we know went on to mesmerise his wife Catherine, his sister-in-law Georgina and several friends.”
In telling one of his subject’s husbands about the beneficial effect of hypnosis on his wife, Dickens wrote in a letter:
The Magnetism between us on that Sunday, is especially remarkable—if I can call anything so, which is a part of such a strange and mysterious whole.
The Tuesday, on which she was so restless, was the day on which I last wrote to you, I think. It was the last day of the Carnival in any case; and I was out, in the streets, all the afternoon. I was not very gay, certainly; but I was not unusually gloomy. I am not quite sure whether it was on that night or on Monday, that I woke up suddenly, about one or two o’Clock, in a state of indescribable horror and emotion. Not caused by any dream, for I had not dreamed. And when I say ‘woke up’, I don’t express it properly; for I was quite myself when I awoke, and the feeling came on, immediately afterwards, when I was broad awake. …
I quite agree with you in your construction of that extraordinary circumstance about the voices in the sick-room. It is a philosophical explanation of many Ghost Stories. …
“A philosophical explanation of many Ghost stories?”
Like… A Christmas Carol?
As summarized by Spark Notes:
Scrooge receives a chilling visitation from the ghost of his dead partner, Jacob Marley. Marley, looking haggard and pallid, relates his unfortunate story. As punishment for his greedy and self-serving life his spirit has been condemned to wander the Earth weighted down with heavy chains. Marley hopes to save Scrooge from sharing the same fate. Marley informs Scrooge that three spirits will visit him during each of the next three nights. After the wraith disappears, Scrooge collapses into a deep sleep.
Scrooge then is visited by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet To Come.
Spark Notes again:
Overwhelmed with joy by the chance to redeem himself and grateful that he has been returned to Christmas Day, Scrooge rushes out onto the street hoping to share his newfound Christmas spirit. He sends a giant Christmas turkey to the Cratchit house and attends Fred’s party, to the stifled surprise of the other guests. As the years go by, he holds true to his promise and honors Christmas with all his heart: he treats Tiny Tim as if he were his own child, provides lavish gifts for the poor, and treats his fellow human beings with kindness, generosity, and warmth.
So there you have it as revealed, discretely but unequivocally, by none other than Charles Dickens himself.
A Christmas Carol hypnotizes us year after year, helping to transform us into our most generous selves.
God bless us every one!
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‘Tis the Season!