Many years ago, there was an Associated press dispatch which reported an amazing incident: Eight patients, all helpless paralytics, were confined to a ward in a hospital in Ecuador. One day a giant boa constrictor visited the paralytic ward by means of an open window. In less than ten seconds, the snake was the sole occupant of the ward. Every patient was suddenly and completely cured. One patient, who had not left his bed in two years, jumped from a window six feet from the ground and rapidly crossed the hospital yard. According to reliable information, each of the eight patients was completely cure of a long-standing paralytic affliction.
Here’s another case. The late Doctor Brown Landone was one of the outstanding men of this generation. A distinguished lecturer and author, he wrote a seven-volume history of civilization. Although ninety-eight years old at the time of his death, his personality and general physical appearance were those of a person not over fifty, so well-preserved was he in health and physical form. He is said to have been one of the great youthful men of the ages.
During his youth, he was an invalid for seventeen years. His time was spent in a bed or in a wheelchair. His knees were swollen to twice their normal size and his heart was organically impaired.
One day the Landone plantation home caught fire, and this young man who could not, under any circumstances, climb a flight of stairs, or walk under normal conditions, not only ran up the stairs of his home, but then carried down, one after another, three heavy trunks containing valuables.
Perhaps you remember the story of the wife, who on hearing her husband’s anguished cry for help, rushed outside to find him pinner under the family car which had slipped off the jack. Though she was a small woman, of slight build, she grabbed the car’s bumper and raised the car enough for her husband to crawl out. She injured her back in the process, but doctors couldn’t believe it possible.
The New York Times carried a story about a man who had been confined to a hospital bed for five years, unable to move himself in any way because of complete paralysis. The hospital patient in the next bed suddenly became insane and started to attack the paralytic. The man, who for five years had been unable to move any part of his body, or walk, pulled himself loose and, without stopping, ran up three flights of stairs.
From what source do these powers come? We often read or hear of such things. John K. Williams, in his book, “The Knack of Using Your Subconscious Mind,” which may now be out of print, although I imagine your book store can find an old copy for you, says this remarkable, seemingly miraculous power, is available to everyone in extreme cases of emergency and danger. He says it lurks in our subconscious mind. That our subconscious minds can call on resources of emergency power we don’t normally dream exist. Just knowing we have such resources should make us more aware of the latent possibilities within us. And we can learn to use at least to an amazing extent, the power of our subconscious mind, with practice.
History is generously sprinkled with incidents in which beings far transcended what we normally think of as our capacities. There is a power lurking there on which we seldom call. And it’s good to know about it.
By: Earl Nightingale
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