The following is a condensation of a fantastic pamphlet published by Gerd Maximovic.

In all religions there is the command of prayer to God. 'Religion' comes from "religere", that is: connecting you with God. You will find prayer everywhere, in Christendom, in Islam, in Eastern religions, everywhere. Now, are they fools, worldwide and through all times registered, who insist on your praying each day? In the Bible, Jesus Christ works miracles. You find written proof: the of "miracles", not only in Lourdes or Fatima, but in all times and relieions, even today. They say this is due to Christ, Allah, Buddha, Manitou and others. God is everywhere and He deems servant of all. He is not confined to any religion. God is everywhere.

Imploring God through prayers works, they all know. Being Moslem, Christian or whatever you may be - prayer works. So there must be a God-mode in us all to fulfill many of our dreams. In former times they said, this is our soul. In modern times, we say it is our subconscious. No matter which term you use, which religion you prefer, no matter who you are, this kind of prayer works.

In his book, Auto-Suggestion, Emile Coue uses 'sayings' to tap the same power as prayer. Proof of his method is delivered by many persons, being seriously ill, getting well again.

The Coue method is simple, but all great things are simple. this method is the simplest, so it is the greatest.

So, knowing he was familiar with Coue, I asked Shelby Vick, well-known author and editor of eMagazines, to give me at least a few lines on his own results in this respect. Before this we had a voluminous exchange of eMails on this and other themes.

He, Shelby Vick, kindly sent me this:

Shelby Vick

Being a long-time believer in the power of positive thinking, I paid a lot of attention to Coue's book on auto-suggestion when I discovered it at age 19. Over the years, it dwindled down to recalling 'Every day in every way, I'm getting better and better.'

Through Planetary Stories -- I had a renewal, thanks to Gerd Maximovic who is an avid follower of Coue.

I had a major medical setback in the middle of 2015. Lost a lot of weight, blood pressure became quite erratic and, most important to me, extreme lethargy settled over me like a smothering blanket.

Gerd encouraged me to use auto-suggestion, and I started. In a couple of weeks, the lethargy lifted! Also, I began to gain weight.

Then I had another problem arise. Glaucoma has destroyed the vision in my right eye, and weakened my left one. Well, that became so bad I could only read email with the aid of a magnifying glass, and forget reading normal books and magazines.

I adjusted the saying to: 'Every day in every way my eyesight is getting better and better.' No emphasis on any word, just plain repetition.

It worked!

Oh, it wasn't overnite. After a couple of weeks, I could detect a minor improvement. That was enough encouragement for me to keep going. It is not unusual for the process to take two or three weeks of repetition before results are noticeable.

Well, I can now read email and even read books! There is still trouble with tiny print or hazy electronic entries, but the improvement is a very good step in the right direction! (My eye doctor was amazed at my improvement, but I let him think he deserved the credit -- even tho he had not begun any new treatment.)

Thinking back over everything, it came to me this is similar to programming a computer. The difference is it's the subconscious which Coue's discovery programs.

Looking back in history, unlike the Shaver Mystery hooplah or Dianetics -- it's something you can easily prove for yourself, if you'll take the time.

There are overwhelming examples of the success of Coue's process, and explanatory details. The goal is to establish belief in your mind, to validate this revolutionary -- yet simple! -- procedure. You can read on or, if you're already willing to accept the operation as a verified tool for self-improvement, you can start now. For instance, where I said 'my eyesight', you can substitute your problem, repeat it twenty times at least four times each day. In two weeks, you will see evidence of success."

(Shelby Vick)

Rules and Sayings

Can we help ourselves, being sick? Yes, we can, and we can do more than is usually conveyed. This is the method Emile Coue (among others) developed, and it is most important. Emile Coue was a French pharmacist. When he gave out medics to his patients and customers he realized: he could just hand over the medic without saying a word. Or he handed it over adding confirming words: "that's good", "that works", "it is healthy", and so on. Result: when he spoke positive words the situation of the patient was much better than when he remained silent. But why?

Obviously it was his words, his speaking, his positive confirmation. So, there is another factor, he concluded, regarding our health. This factor, shortly taken, is our subconscious, which can be impressed. And which heals us in all cases, working over-night or over time. But Coue learned, we can influence our subconscious, in both ways: the good one or the bad one. Thinking positively (I am healthy and sound) or thinking negatively (I am sick and ill). Both ways work. Both ways!

Everything you really believe will become reality, within the limits of possibilities! Thinking positively (for instance: "I am well and sound"), you will be well and sound. Thinking negatively ("I am ill, I have acquired diseases "), you will be ill.

You can influence yourself (your subconscious), no matter how old (or young) you are. It always works! But please mind, if you are a beginner it always takes time until your personal subconscious has learned that there is a new, positive "I", giving new positive rules.

Most important is his book "Auto-suggestion". There are only three of his excellent books. Read them all!

What shall a saying Emile Coue recommends look like?

Important: do not name your illness, else a wrong impression could enter. Express yourself in a way as if your wish has already been fulfilled.

These sayings must be short and positive. Very important is REPETITION. Repeat your sayings, repeat them, repeat them, repeat them. Use a childlike monotone, without stress.

Make this a routine, so the wishes sink into your subconscious. Your effort is minimal, and the result is maximal.

Reading the sayings is possible, whispering them is better. Recalling the sayings just from memory is also possible, and will work well. This depends on where and when you use the sayings. Standing in a subway train among a lot of people, better do not whisper, silently thinking the sayings there will do it.

What sayings should be on the slip of paper (or being stored in your memory)? Most important is the fundamental saying by Emile Coue, which you must always use and include in your individual list of sayings, it is this:

"Day by day, in all respects, I get better and better."

Or: "Day by day, in every way, I get better and better."

That's all. And you will get better and better!

Now, other sayings depend on your individual problems, of course. For instance, when your memory is not best, use this saying: "My memory and concentration are getting better and better!"

Whatever is ailing you: put a short and positive saying against it, and your personal subconscious, your best friend and helper, will take care of it.

Please mind, 70% of all diseases (severe diseases included) can be fought this way. Obviously there remain 30% for which you need the help of the normal doctor and the normal medicine. So, if it is not urgent, first try your sayings, and you oftentimes will witness a wonder because a disease is gone.

And, most important, use the standard saying ("Day by day, in all respects, I get better and better") you can prevent most diseases without your knowing of them. But your subconscious, your best friend and helper, knows and will prevent them.

Make this a routine. It is the greatest discovery in history of all mankind!

Pull out the saying and read it three (or 10 or 30) times (depending on urgency). Most important: use it before your napping and sleeping, because then your subconscious works best. Make this a fixed routine, and you will see the results!

Important, once more: don't name your illness, else a wrong impression could enter. Express yourself definitely in a way as if your wish has already been fulfilled. This way "miracles" will happen.

There could be a little setback in the condition of your healing. Because the old ill conditions are deeply rooted in your subconscious. A little setback need not happen, but may be possible. Should it occur, there is no reason to panic. Just use the same method and you will recover quickly. because you are used to it.

Am I too optimistic? No, I know from experience what I am reading and writing about now for ten years.

What about God? As already stated, God in reality is NEUTRAL, and it is up to us if we approach "Him" positively or negatively.

A part of God within us? Yes! An ACTIVE part, please! God is the big subconscious. God is neutral. That means, God is good or evil, it depends on us, what we make out of "Him". It is good to know through experience that God (or Goddess or It or Whatever you want to call It) is on our side! It's OUR choice. It's OUR thinking!

Questions and Answers

Many authors bring correct items on Emile Coue's methods, and, unfortunately, mix them with wrong ideas. So, here, in short, a few things maybe to arise as questions, and the answers, partially already given above.

Question: "Is this Coue-method general valid, so that I can heal every thinkable disease with it?"

Answer: "No, up to 70% of all diseases can be healed with it. Severe diseases included. That is a lot. So, being or feeling sick, first try the Cou?-method, if it is not urgent."

Question: "What to do with the other about 30% of diseases?"

Answer: "Regarding the remaining 30%, visit the normal doctor. But even when you suffer of one of these 30% please remember, the healing process always is performed by your subconscious. So, in any case, use your sayings, and your regeneration will run quicker and better."

Question: "What about drugs and medics?"

Answer: "Take them, when the normal doctor prescribes them."

Question: "Several authors say, using Coue's method I need no more bodily exercise. Is this correct? And what about my mind? When I use the positive saying regarding my memory and concentration, is there any additional mind activity necessary?"

Answer: "You must treat your mind exactly like your body. So use usual mind exercises. For instance read books, learn languages, write stories, publish magazines."

Question: "Someone told me the Coue method does not work. He tried it out, and it did not work with him. Is this person right?

Answer: Yes, this person can be right.

Question: But, another person told me, he tried the Coue method out, and it works very well with him. Is this person right?

Answer: Yes, this second person is right. BOTH persons are right. He, who thinks negatively, sends a negative signal down to his subconsious, and his best friend and helper does his bidding, and it does not work. He who thinks positively, sends a positive signal down to his subconscious, and his best friend and helper does his bidding, and it works. BOTH persons are right. So you see it is far better to think positively because then you create the desired positive results.

Question: They pretend the Coue method works instantaneously, as soon as you utter a saying, it will be fulfilled. Is that true?

Answer: No, it doesn't work this way. This method is new to the beginner. That means, it is new as well to his subconscious to get new positive orders. Your best friend and helper is used to poor old thinking. It must get accustomed to new orders and to new thinking.

Question: How much time will it require the personal subconscious to accept and realize new positive orders?

Answer: That's a question of training. He who is used to this method will find success within two or three nights. But, although being used to it, you need at least one night till your subconscious realizes your wishes.

Ella Boyce Kirk: "My Pilgrimage to Coue" (1922).

Out of this book the following quotations:

"There always existed that enthusiasm that comes with success - and Coue's method, as I discovered later, in affections that did not entail organic malformations or broken bones, was successful in ninety cases out of one hundred." (p. 3 f)

"In all cases where the Coue method was tried, the attitude was one of satisfaction and gratitude. The individual radiated a desire to spread the idea and inform the world of the wonders that could be accomplished by a method so simple that it might at first seem ridiculous." (p. 4)

"Looking back upon my decision to go to M. Coue, it seems to me as if it came as a last resort, when despair had all but set it." (p. 23)

"Accordingly, we set sail on the 8th of July. Established in a special deck chair that had been built expressly to accomodate my poor, tortured body, I vowed not to leave it unless I was washed out to sea by a tidal wave." (p. 24)

". . . I had already tried several varieties of religious faith cures. At this moment I have nothing to urge against them. In the light of my subsequent lessons from M. Coue, I have more respect for them now than before I went to him, for he convinced me that they are of value for many people. His explanation that they are sometimes efficacious because they often cause the patient to give himself curative autosuggestions justifies them for those who can be convinced by their affirmations. However, they failed to help me, because I had no faith in them." (p. 25) "My personal experience in being treated by Monsieur Coue is so simple as to be unbelievable. . . ." (p. 37)

"Even then I did not believe it possible; it all seemed so simple as to be only a passing fancy. I repeated twenty times every morning and evening, as he asked me to do, 'Day by day, in every way, I am getting better and better', sometimes adding, 'and I am sure there will be no recurrence of the pain.' M. Coue said there was no objection to making this specific suggestion, though it was not at all necessary. In less than a week I found that I could move about more easily and could do more things without conscious effort than I had been able to do for years. It was then that the real cure was effected. I could now sit for a long time without changing position. I could walk much more easily and after three months, during which time I have surely been getting better and better each day, there has been no recurrence of the pain and I walk as well and as easily as I did twenty years ago. - The method that brought about this result seems almost too simple to tell." (p. 38 f)

"It needs but a glance to see what has brought them hither; faces drawn with pain, the tortured look of mental distress, the twisted and bent frames supported by cane or crutch, all bear silent testimony to the need and the hope of relief." (p. 42)

"M. Coue, as is well known, maintains that the imagination [subconscious] is stronger than the will." (p. 45)

"First of all, let us consider what the unconscious does for us. There are many bodily und mental activities which we can consciously direct and alter; but there are many more, of greater importance, that we cannot control through the mind. These are more important because they are the fundamental life activities without which life could not continue. ". . . the subconscious . . . It is well known that it is during sleep that it is most active." (p. 51)

"M. Coue, therefore, advocates that upon retiring, and also immediately upon waking, while the mind and body are as relaxed as possible, everyone should make to himself the general suggestion of well-being that is coming to be a household expression: 'Day by day, in every way, I am getting better and better.' This is to be said twenty times. M. Coue also suggests the use of a string with twenty knots tied to it, for keeping the record, and the uttering of the words in as monotonous a tone as possible. In other words, what is known in psychology as voluntary or active attention should be reduced to a minimum; the conscious self is to be lulled to as quiescent a state as possible, short of actual sleep. M. Coue explains that any idea which we can succeed in having the subconscious accept will be realized in action, provided, however, that it is within the realms of the possible; for he realizes that the human body has limitations." (p. 51 f)

"In his various clinics M. Coue has conquered cases of paralysis, tuberculosis, asthma, anaemia, stuttering, enteritis, gout, dyspepsia, eczema and neurasthenia in all its manifestations. The crippled have thrown away their crutches und walked for the first time, sometimes after a single treatment." (p. 62)

"Not his personal power, but autosuggestion conveyed by the subject himself, to himself, is Coue's own explanation for his cures. Autosuggestion he defines as a sort of self-hypnotism, 'the influence of the imagination upon the moral und physical being'. - 'If you persuade yourself that you can do a certain thing, provided that thing be possible, you will do it, however difficult it may be.' - To one patient Coue said: 'When I tell you that you are better, you do feel better at once, don't you? Why? Because you have faith in me. Just believe in yourself and you will obtain the same result.'" (p. 66 f)

"What genius it reveals, after all, to take a few simple instruments, such as a string of twenty knots, a doggerel of twelve words, and two or three easy affirmations, and to create out of them a system of drugless medicine that has the world at respectful attention!" (p. 73)

"He does not attempt the impossible. When promising benefits, he always says, 'providing this thing be possible'." (p. 80 f)

"All successful physicians nowadays recognize this fact, - that an optimistic attitude toward a disease is the first essential for a cure." (p. 84)

"The conscious attitude of confidence, hope and striving is necessary to maintain health." (p. 88)

"The hardest thing for most people to understand about Coueism is that there isn't more of it. The sole tenet in the system is the deliberately adopted belief that, whatever ails you, your are getting better. The sole means of forming that belief is to put the affirmation to work in your subconscious mind, with the expectation that the subconscious mind will carry the belief out into actuality while you are occupied with other things."

Art and More

There is a subconscious, the greatest, godlike power in us. There are so many examples we could add to all what, above, already has been said. For instance, dear reader, you are looking for a book. It should be alphabetically listed on the shelf, but it is not there where it should be. Well, you think, where is it now? You do not know, but what happens then? Maybe two hours later or the next day, all of a sudden, you know where this book is and why you changed its place.

You see, your subconscious always is working, day and night. Your best friend and helper provides you with the necessary information of which you are thinking: "Oh, yes, it was my idea!" But no, it was not your idea, it was your subconscious (never forgetting anything) providing you with the place where the missed book must be.

In art and literature there are many examples of authors or composers saying their ideas were coming over night (when the personal subconscious has all time to work on it). Let us take a well known example out of the area of the fantastic. Let us listen to what Robert Louis Stevenson, creator of the famous novel "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde", said:

"But to use your mind to the best advantage doesn't mean to toil along with the mere conscious part of it. It means hitching up your conscious mind with the Man Inside You, with the little 'Mental Brownies' as Robert Louis Stevenson called them, and then working together for a definite end.

'My Brownies! God bless them!' said Stevenson, 'Who do one-half of my work for me when I am fast asleep, and in all human likelihood do the rest for me as well when I am wide awake and foolishly suppose that I do it myself. I had long been wanting to write a book on man's double being. For two days I went about racking my brain for a plot of any sort, and on the second night I dreamt the scene in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde at the window; and a scene, afterward split in two, in which Hyde, pursued, took the powder and underwent the change in the presence of his pursuer.' . . .

From 'Invictus' by William Ernest Henley

"It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishment the scroll,
I am the Master of my Fate,
I am the Captain of my Soul."

And finally, please, let us have a look at a very fine quotation which shows us the ways God goes without our often noticing it:

All the prophets in heaven were gathered together trying to decide where to hide the secrets of life so that man would never find them. One of the prophets spoke up, "We will hide them far out in outer-space". But God said that man would go to the furthest corner of outer-space and would find the secrets of life. Another prophet suggested that the secrets be hidden deep in the ocean. God exclaimed: "Man would also go to the depths of the deepest ocean and he would find them". The prophets then questioned, "Where will we hide the secrets of life so man can't find them?" God's loving voice replied, "We will hide them within Man himself - he will never look."

From INTA-Magazine "New Thought" Issue Autumn 2015, p. 28, quoted by Rev. Barbara Ruth Hailey)

Gerd Maximovic


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