My Conversation with Dr. Joseph Moccia

I'm too small a person to write about Dr. Joseph Moccia(please find Dr. Moccia’s little profile I’ve prepared) who may be the only person in this world teaching Coue’s “trick”. I can only imagine how it feels like getting cured. I’m so fortunate to have met with Dr. Moccia, at Surprise, AZ in March, 2008 during my trip to US.

I stayed in a motel in Surprise and my meeting with him lasted two days. I was more tense and found myself in little dazed state.

He disclosed me once that he had cured around 1000 people. Unfortunately I still failed to grasp the Coue’s so called “trick” for which I’ve no one but myself to blame for those Coue’s words are engraved in my mind:

“It is for you to use the method which I give you. If you are not cured, you must not say that it is I who failed. It is you who have failed if your are not able to cure yourself with the method I have shown you.”

It is a joy for me to have received an email from him couple of days back which I’ve listed here (dated 7-june-2011).

Here is the excerpt of my email conversations which I had with Dr. Moccia during 2003 and 2004 which is highly enlightening and is a treasure which must be cherished forever. His tone is exactly like that of Coue’s:

(→I’ve replaced my name with A.G.)

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10 Feb. 2003 10:17 PM
Dear Sir,
I have used the Coue Method for decades with huge success. I have no
doubt that you can be cured very easily through its use, and I would love to
train you in it. However, since I have given up the practice of medicine I am
no longer carrying malpractice insurance, and have been advised by legal
counsel that I would expose myself to great risk (of a malpractice lawsuit)
if I proceed without it. Regrettably, I must decline to treat you, especially
since, like Emile Coue, I take great pleasure in treating patients free of
charge.
The only thing I can recommend is for you to keep studying the method,
attempting to learn "the little trick" (as Coue called it), so as to be able
to make your suggestions effectively. Of course, you will consult a competent
medical doctor as you treat yourself.

My very best wishes,

Joseph moccia, M.D.



12 Feb. 2003 4:39 AM

Dear Sir,
My background is this: I practiced medicine for 31 years and am now
retired. All the while I have also been practicing as Coue did, also without
charging a fee (my income as a physician supported me well). I obtained many
cures using the Coue method, including migraine headaches, asthma,
neurasthenia, varicose ulcers, and so on. For the most part I treated
patients on an individual basis, but sometimes in groups of up to four. Now
that I have retired from the practice of medicine (I am 73 years old), I very
much desired to treat groups of patients, up to thirty at a time, just as
Coue did. I met with city officials of Surprise, Arizona, the city in which I
am now living, and at their request have given introductory lectures on three
occasions, each one to about forty persons. These were very well received. As
I was about to start actual treatments I was told that I could not promise
cures !!! When I objected I was told that lawyers for the city insisted that
patients sign a waiver, also that I could mention cures but only behind
closed doors (not very honest on their part) !!! So I have now consulted two
lawyers who told me that it would be extremely risky to treat anyone while
not having malpractice insurance.
Your problem is different, however. It is geographical. You see, as Coue
says, autosuggestion is a simple thing, but it nevertheless requires training
to learn the knack. The problem is, in the normal waking state, the will is
active, and if we make our suggestions when the will is active, not only do
we get no results but often results opposite to our desire. Therefore, I have
always made use of the pendulum and the hand clasp exercises to train
patients (and athletes, students, etc.). In all my years it has not failed
and cannot fail. When a patient is having trouble with the above two
exercises I detect the error, correct it, and soon enough he becomes
successful. When he succeeds with these experiments, I guarantee you he will
succeed at making conscious autosuggestions effectively, even if the SC mind
is holding negative ideas charged with powerful emotion.
So, it is not that I do not want to train you. I most certainly do (and
free of charge too), but more than an intellectual understanding is needed
!!! I need to have the patient in front of me to correct him if he begins to
go astray. This is equally true of athletes. If the least little obstacle
occurs, they invariably revert to their former style, which is why I insist
on being present for some time initially, until the pupil has advanced
sufficiently to be left on his own.
I do not go to any church, but attempt to follow the example of the
"Good Samaritan", one of the parables given by Christ. If i can be of any
service, let me know.

Best Wishes,

Joseph Moccia, M.D.



4th march 2003 12:23 AM

Dear A.G.,
I just returned home and will soon leave once again, but not without
answering your last letter.
You have explained the situation very clearly. Let me first say that
Coue always advised against performing the hand clasp alone, and so have I,
because the subject working alone lacks the advantage of an experienced
adviser who can detect any error and offer suggestions to correct it. The
danger is that the subject, working alone and not succeeding, is apt to lose
confidence in the method and abandon it. I am happy to learn you have not
lost confidence !!! Some few months ago I was able to train (via the
internet) a young dentist in Yugoslavia, who pleaded with me to the extent
that I relented and went against Coue's (and my own) rule. Fortunately, we
were successful and this young man who was very unhappy became happy. Now,
since you are in a similar situation and very desirous, I will do my best to
train you too.
First, make sure you clasp your hands with increasing pressure until you
use all of your strength, which will be proven by the fact that they will
begin to tremble. Next, you say to yourself: "I want to open my hands, but I
CANNOT, I CANNOT, I CANNOT..." It is best to speak the words aloud (as if I
were present, listening to you). Also, you may say the words either very fast
or else very slowly, separating the syllables and drawing the words out to
their full length. Either will work, but I prefer the slow approach. You must
not stop thinking and repeating; "I CANNOT", but after a few seconds you are
to try to separate your hands (while still repeating: "I CANNOT..."), and you
will find that you cannot.
Summarizing: 1. You must clasp with increasing tightness, using all your
strength. 2. Then you must repeat aloud and slowly: "I CANNOT...", until the
SC accepts this idea. 3. At this point you must try to separate your hands,
i.e., you must make conscious efforts to separate them, while still thinking
and saying aloud "I CANNOT..." When done properly it works beautifully and indeed proves that 1. what you concentrate on becomes true for you and is
realized; 2. the greater the efforts you make to dislodge an idea from the SC,
the more signally you fail and obtain the opposite result. This is Coue's
famous law of reversed effort, and teaches us that it is futile to use the
will to obtain our desires. All we must do is use thought (the desired idea,
suggestion) without any effort at all, without using the will. This will make
your life infinitely easier in any endeavor you undertake. Work on it. Do not
lose confidence. Coue's method is one of the truly outstanding developments
in the history of psychology and is well worth striving for. As the nurse who
was cured of pain after 23 years said to my wife: "I would have given
anything to be rid of that pain." Remember, I did not and could not cure her-
I merely taught her how to cure herself, and she did. She became fully
mistress of herself, not only free of pain, but also happy, confident, and
much more successful. You too can do it !!!

Best Wishes Always,

Joseph Moccia, M.D.


16 march, 2003 9:32 PM

Dear A.G.,
I am happy to hear you have made some progress. Certainly it is easier
and quicker to succeed when one performs the experiment under the watchful
eye of an experienced adviser. However, the most important point is that one
can succeed working alone. This is proven not only by the dentist in
Yugoslavia whom I taught over the internet, but also by the fact that Coue
and I myself were both self-taught. When working alone the desire and the
need of the subject are very important factors. The dentist had them, and I
see that you too have those qualities. I congratulate you on your progress!
Keep up the good work and always remember that the goal, self-mastery, is a
most worthwhile one because without it, we are slaves of emotion which is the
cause of so many harmful unconscious autosuggestions. With self-mastery our
reasoning faculty of the conscious mind escapes from the tyranny of blind
emotion and chance. It is far better to deal with the principles of conscious
autosuggestion, "cause and effect, the chancellors of God", as Emerson has
termed them.

Best Wishes,

Joseph Moccia, M.D.


28 march 2003 1:01 AM

Dear A.G.,
I hope the confidant you have chosen to help you has the necessary
experience. If he has succeeded with helping other subjects perform it, then
you too should likewise succeed. The most important point is to make all your
suggestions without effort, without the will, without trying to achieve your
goal, nonchalantly, absently, without trying to compel the SC to accept the
idea. Perhaps the best example I could give you is to observe the way
children make their suggestions. Since they have not yet fully developed the
will and the reasoning faculty of the conscious mind, but have fully
developed the imagination, they succeed at once in making conscious
autosuggestions. This was dramatically proven to me many years ago. I had to
spend. a full 45 minutes teaching a woman how to make the pendulum move. Up
until then all her suggestions were made with enormous conscious efforts. By
chance her two granddaughters had been visiting, and they asked if they could
try it. One was about 2 and a half and the other about 3 and a half years
old. Well, I was amazed at how quickly the pendulum began to swing as soon as
the older child began making suggestions, without any instructions at all
from me !!! I was even more amazed when the younger child immediately made
the pendulum swing 6 to 8 inches, likewise without any instructions from me
!!! I am sorry you cannot hear my voice as I imitate those two children, but
children in India would react to the pendulum in the same way, I am sure. So,
my advice for today is to make a pendulum (if you haven't done so already)
and ask a child to try the experiment. You will be pleasantly surprised, then
all you need to is imitate the child. As the Bible says: "And a little child
will lead them."
In any case do not become discouraged because the ability to make
conscious autosuggestions means the ability to control and master our
subconscious minds, and this ability is priceless. We must never be dominated
by blind emotion, but always use reasoning to direct our course through life.
It is a case of relying on conscious autosuggestion rather than unconscious
autosuggestion, and the former is far superior.
Let me know from time to time how you are doing and I will do my best to
help you.

Best Wishes,

Joseph Moccia



29 march 2003 12:05 AM

Dear A.G.,
You are only partly correct in stating that the reason for your failure
is the use of will power. The reason for your failure is you are using the
will while attempting to make conscious autosuggestions. The will is most
necessary to human beings who desire to achieve various goals. The use of the
will constitutes the important first step in the process of making conscious
autosuggestions. When you think about various goals, you apply the reasoning
faculty of the conscious mind to weigh, to analyze, to compare, in order to
arrive at a reasonable goal. During this process the will is active, i.e.,
you must make efforts. Now, having used the will and reason to decide on a
worthy goal, the second (and final) step is to convey the chosen idea of that
goal to the SC mind, because once the SC mind accepts that idea, it will
perform all the work necessary to realize that goal (without the conscious
mind being aware of this labor). In order to compel the SC mind to accept the
idea of your chosen goal, you must absolutely make no efforts. So you see, it
is only in the second step that we must abandon willful effort, otherwise we
simply cannot communicate with the SC mind. But in the first step it is
necessary to use the will, to make efforts, in order to consciously and
wisely select a goal. As stated by Coue, "when the will and imagination are
in agreement, one does not add to the other, but one is multiplied by the
other". They are in agreement, but this does not mean they are both active at
the same time !!! That would be quite impossible.
You have hit upon an area which has been a stumbling block to American
(and other) psychologists: the true relationship of the will and the
imagination, i.e., when to use the will and when to abandon it. They simply
don't understand it. You don't have to abandon your will completely. Coueism
is not self-denial. Self-mastery does not mean, in Coue's sense, to give up
the will, but to replace harmful unconscious autosuggestions (caused by
passively aroused emotion) with conscious autosuggestions (subject to your
own will and choice). It is perfectly
OK to want things. Coueism doesn't teach not to want things, nor does it
teach which things to want. It leaves that up to the individual. But it does
teach how to best obtain the things that you want, whatever they may be, by
entrusting them to your SC mind to achieve, without struggle, effort, or
pain. It is a beautiful thing, and for three decades I have helped countless
people obtain their desires in the easiest way possible.
I hope you have understood the above explanations. If so, you will feel
much better about Coueism. If you still have questions, do not hesitate to
call upon me, for, just as Coue's goal was to help his neighbor, so it has
become mine.
Remember what I said about observing children. Have you made a pendulum
for yourself, so that you can practice making suggestions on it, and also
observe how children make effective suggestions without training or
instruction? To describe a living thing is not as easy as merely observing it
in action. If you observe a child on the pendulum, you cannot fail to hear
the tone of the voice, the lack of conscious effort in all children. If you
asked me to describe the taste of Coca Cola I could spend many words
describing it to you, but you would know far better how it tastes if you
merely sampled some. Coue also uses the example of a litany as said in the
Catholic Church. I have observed on TV that the litany is indeed recited as
Coue says, i.e., without effort. Once you hear it, you will know it.

Best Wishes,

Joseph Moccia


31 march 2003 5:57 AM

Dear A.G.,
Your thoughts re the will, desire, imagination, and effort need further
clarification. No, you should not be apathetic to any idea of your desire.
You first subject your desire to reasoning. Conscious efforts are now being
made. The will is active. By subjecting any desire arising in you to the
faculty of reasoning, you will make a conscious decision as to whether this
desire is beneficial or harmful, good or bad, healthy or not, and you come to
the conclusion as to whether the desire is worthy of pursuit or should be
rejected. Obviously the answer depends on the upbringing, education, and
training of the individual. One person, e.g., a Zen Buddhist, might be of a
mind that desires are harmful, while at the other extreme, an American
business man may have the desire to be the richest man in the world (or at
least in his class or region). This is the first step. If you are the Zen
Buddhist you will in the second step make conscious autosuggestions to the
effect that the desire is passing (and it will pass), while if you are the
American businessman you make conscious autosuggestions that you will become
very rich, in fact, the richest man in the world. Now, these conscious
autosuggestions must be made without effort, without using any willpower, in
order to be effective and efficient. If made with effort and will, the
Buddhist will fail to do away with his desire (but well-trained Buddhists
will not make efforts of the will-they know very well that it leads to
failure). If the person desiring to become rich makes his suggestions with
effort, not only might he fail miserably, but even should he succeed, he
doesn't do so efficiently, he does it at great cost to his health, hence the
occasional saying: "He's the richest man in the graveyard," indicating that
he died from overwork. Effort means tension, and tension disorders are more
common than the common cold. Besides, they are a major cause of our high
death rates (from heart disease and hypertension). But if the person desiring
great wealth makes his suggestions without willful effort, he will succeed in
gaining riches, and he will do so with great efficiency, easily, and without
fatigue or strain. Some who have come to me for that purpose have indeed
achieved wealth, but I have always admonished each one of them: " You must
never think that because you become wealthy you will automatically become
happy. Happiness must come more from within than from without. Some having
huge fortunes are very unhappy, while others with little material goods are
habitually happy." Only then would I train them.
Re the pendulum experiment, have you read "THE PRACTICE OF
AUTOSUGGESTION BY THE METHOD OF EMILE COUE", written by C. Harry Brooks? In
the revised edition he describes it in detail on pages 85 to 87. I must leave
right now and so don't have time for a full explanation, but if you don't
have the book and cannot obtain a copy, e-mail me and I will be glad to
describe it to you, so you will be able to make a pendulum for yourself and:
1) prove to yourself that there is such a thing as autosuggestion, and 2)
practice on it to become more skillful at making CAs.

Best Wishes,

Joseph Moccia



1 April, 2003 12:47 AM

Dear A.G.,
When Coue says you must learn the "little trick", he of course means
that there is a knack to it. You have hit the nail right on the head in
stating that there is a lack of confidence plus lack of good training. Now,
neurasthenia is always accompanied by fears, often enormous. Once you learn
how to do the hand clasp successfully, you will then be ready to make
positive conscious autosuggestions which will be accompanied by confidence,
and this confidence banishes all fears !!! The pendulum is not as effective
as the hand clasp, because in the latter the SC mind knows very well it is
easy to separate the hands, so if you cannot, it means that you have really
made the suggestion "I cannot" which temporarily overcomes the idea that you
can. If you were to continue indefinately to think: "I cannot", then, in fact,
you would not be able to open your hands until you changed your thought to:
"I can." You get the SC to accept the thought "I cannot" while it is holding
the contrary thought:"I can." When you succeed at the hand clasp you can
succeed in overcoming all other obstacles . You do not need confidence in the
method to start. Confidence will be aroused during training and every time a
problem confronts you. You will realize that you have found something which
you have longed for all your life, the ability to entrust to your SC the
surmounting of all obstacles you will have to face on your journey through
life- and you will surmount each one of them easily, without effort, and
therefore without fatigue.
I must leave now to continue training a pistol shooter who until recently was
deathly afraid of his handgun. With just a little training he is already
doing very well handling the powerful .45 caliber. You see, it can be done
!!! Keep working and observe children, who are "naturals" at autosuggestion.

Best Wishes,

Joseph Moccia


20 April, 2003 2:43 AM

Dear A.G.,
Now you understand why Coue insisted that the hand clasp experiment not
be tried alone, in which case the chance of success would be greatly
diminished, and having failed, many would lose confidence. However, under the
watchful eye of an experienced adviser, it is infinitely easier to succeed as
light is thrown upon the vital point and people are helped past the initial
difficulty.
It is good that you do understand that you cannot succeed in the
experiment by the use of will power. You ask: "Why do I use so much will
power?" For two reasons: first, because in the state of normal waking
consciousness the will is active. This is normal! However, there are some
people who use entirely too much will. The idea, when we are using the will
to accomplish a task, is to use just enough but no more than that. Thus we
gain efficiency. If we use excessive will, we burn too much of our energy
stores (adenosine triphosphate or cyclic ATP), we fatigue ourselves, we lose
efficiency, and last but not least, we develop tension disorders such as
tension headaches, tension neck aches and backaches, esopageal spasm, spastic
colitis, etc.,etc. Better yet, many tasks that people perform could be much
better performed by the subconscious mind rather than using the will of the
conscious mind. Labor performed by the subconscious is not accompanied by
fatigue. Once an adult begins to rely heavily on his conscious mind and makes
conscious efforts, this condition tends to become chronic! He makes excessive
efforts habitually! And must be trained out of it !!!
When your body is tense it signifies that you are making efforts of the
will and when in that state, it is impossible for you to concentrate. This is
because a faculty of the conscious mind known as "association by contraries",
is active, and when that is active if you think a particular thought, e.g.,
that your pain is going away, you will find yourself concentrating on the
contrary thought, the idea that you pain is not going away! Therefore, when
doing the experiment with efforts, you think "I cannot separate my hands",
your next thought will be "I can separate my hands." Now, once the pupil is
taught to rest the will, to no longer rely on it, to no longer try to compel
the SC mind to accept the idea, but merely thinks the idea (without effort)
"I cannot separate my hands", this thought unaccompanied by willpower, will
be accepted by the SC and realized, because association by contraries is no
longer active.
You may continue, of course, working on your own, but I know that it is
infinitely easier to succeed when helped by an experienced adviser. I
certainly wish I could do more for you, but over the internet the above is
the best I can offer.

Best wishes always,

Joseph Moccia


Monday, 15 May, 2003 10:52 PM

Dear A.G.,
You certainly have increased your knowledge of the will. Remember, Coue
did not advocate doing away with the will at all times, for when we are in
the normal waking state the will and reasoning are active, and therefore they
are to be used in consciously and wisely choosing our idea which we desire to
have realized in our lives. That is the first stage in the process. Now, in
the second stage, we must find a way to convey our chosen idea to the SC mind
in such a way that the idea will be accepted (even though the SC mind may be
holding ideas of a contrary nature). In order to succeed at this we must
relax the will, making no conscious efforts to force the SC mind to accept
the idea. If we use the will in this second stage, if we make efforts of the
will to compel the SC mind to accept the idea, we activate the law of
reversed effort, and not only do we not succeed in gaining acceptance, we in
fact magnify the opposing idea, getting results opposite to our desire. Now
the first part of the process is very easy- you know what you want out of
life, and the will is naturally active. But the second part requires the
cessation of willful effort, which is relaxation. Only then do we prevent the
law of reversed effort from being activated and we ensure that our chosen
idea will be accepted. Realization then follows automatically as the SC mind
does the work.
I am now retiring from the practice and teaching of autosuggestion (I am
73 years old), but rest assured I will continue to help you as long as you
need.
Best wishes always,
Joseph Moccia



Re: Reg hand-clasping experiment
Tuesday 3rd June, 2003 9:36 PM

Dear A.G.,
Before giving you a letter I am asking you to perform one more
experiment. I hope you have made a pendulum for yourself and have used it. Well, what I
am asking you to do now is sit down with the pendulum and make
autosuggestions in the usual way. You will note that the pendulum is swinging in a certain
direction in response to your suggestion. Now make your suggestion of the
general formula, as the pendulum continues to swing. Then return to making your
suggestion that the pendulum will swing in the chosen direction. Again repeat
the general formula. In other words, I am asking you to alternate the pendulum
exercise with one repetition of the general formula, back and forth. This would
be the best way to succeed in the absence of a trained instructor, for the
reason that the effortless way you give directions to the pendulum should be
carried over to the way you repeat the general formula. Work on this. This
approach, although not used often, has succeeded in the past.

Best Wishes,
Joseph Moccia


Re: Reg hand-clasping experiment
Thursday, 5th June, 2003 5:08 AM

Dear A.G.,
I am most happy to hear that you have been making progress !!! Re the
pendulum, if you can make it move in any selected direction, then by alternating
your autosuggestions of movement with your autosuggestions of betterment (the
general formula), you should obtain results because you will be making both
types of suggestions in exactly the same way, i.e., WITHOUT EFFORT.
What transpires in Coue's "trick" is this: the subject has learned to
make his autosuggestions without conscious effort, that is without will, without
willpower, without struggle, without force. Instead, he makes them in a
relaxed frame of mind and body. He is calm, cool, and collected, as we say. Think
easy, effortless, casual. To give an idea of this mental state to his patients,
Coue used to ask them: "What do you do when a fly alights on your nose"? Do
you use force, effort, strain to remove it? No, you merely casually wave your
hand across your face, as if it were the easiest thing in the world to get the
fly to leave. That is the attitude you must have when making your conscious
autosuggestions. So, to change any idea from "I can't" to "I can", simply take
the effort out of your suggestions, because effort implies that there exists a
great obstacle to be overcome, and repeat over and over again: "I can.".
You should start immediately to use the general formula ("Day by day, in
every way, I'm getting better and better"), alternating it with the
suggestion of movement of the pendulum, as I have explained. After you have become
expert you won't have to employ the pendulum any more, but simply make any
suggestion you desire. As far as doing away with the will, remember that Coue does
not teach doing away with the will at all times, because the will must be active
when you are choosing a goal you want to achieve. Coue teaches that, once
having chosen the goal, you must now make your suggestions without will, the will
must be relaxed, at rest, in abeyance, while you are making your suggestion,
in order for it to be accepted by the SC mind. Once accepted, the SC realizes
the idea automatically !!! So, you see, you must understand when to use the
will (it is necessary when weighing, analyzing, comparing) and when to
temporarily rest it (this is necessary in order to guarantee acceptance of your desired
idea by the SC mind). I could explain why this is so in greater depth, but it
is unnecessary now. So many patients, including champion athletes in various
sports, have used the above advice to overcome the obstacles in their lives
(which all of us meet in our journey through life). I am certain you will too.
And, if you can arrange it, let a child use the pendulum, telling the child
merely to repeat that it is going to move as he repeats ALOUD the direction in
which he desires it to move. Do not tell the child to repeat without effort,
because such is unnecessary in children. Merely listen to the words of the child,
and you will then hear and understand what it means to make suggestions
without effort (because in children the faculty of will is not as developed as in
the adult).

Best Wishes Always,

Joseph Moccia, M.D.
P.S. In the hand clasp I do not first make a patient apply a lot of will
power, as you say, but first make him suggest that he cannot separate his hands.
Only after this idea has been accepted by his SC mind do I ask him to apply
will power. In other words we deliberately cause a conflict between the conscious
will and the SC imagination or thought, and he cannot separate the hands
because the SC, the imagination,the thought in the SC, always wins out over his
conscious will (Coue's famous law of reversed effort). Then, after seeing that
the will not only fails to separate the hands (but merely serves to unite them
more and more forcefully), I get the patient to stop using the will and merely
to think: "I can," and he separates them. How do I accomplish this? Merely by
telling him: "Now think "I can, I can,..." Sometimes, and this has happened
recently, a patient is using so much will and is so engrossed in using effort
that he initially fails to heed my advice to now think: "I can, I can...", in
which case I merely repeat my advice, I insist, until it breaks through to his
consciousness. Then, as soon as he stops using the will and repeats "I can",
maybe several times, the hands obey the thought and separate. It's all very
simple.


Friday, 13th June, 2003 11:10 PM

Dear A.G.,
Re the pendulum exercise, do not rest your elbows on the table, because
that would limit the movement of your arm (we desire the arm to be free to
move, under the order given by the SC mind). Also, make sure you do not press
your arm tightly against your torso,which would also tend to restrict movement.
It is best to let the upper arm be at least one inch from the body, with the
forearm at right angles to the upper arm. You can hold the pencil with one or
two hands. Theoretically, it is better to use two hands, because you involve the
muscles of both arms, but in practice I have taught subjects to use just one
arm (and in many thousands of cases, the pendulum has always swung freely,
except in two who later admitted to me that they deliberately thought it wouldn't
swing, because they desired to prove me wrong !!! I told them they didn't
prove me wrong, because I didn't say that the pendulum would move, but said it
would move if they thought it would move. The pendulum follows their thoughts,
not mine).
To answer your second letter, go back to using sewing thread (the
lighter the thread, the better). However, I feel the real problem is in the use of a
metal jeans button, which decades ago I found to be too light. I then adopted
a mechanic's nut, the type sold in hardware stores. The nut has a threaded
hole in the center, with a bolt screwed into this hole. Simply unscrew this
bolt, completely separating it from the nut, and then tie your section of sewing
thread string through the hole in the nut. These nuts and bolts come in all
sizes. You don't want one unusually heavy or light. The ones I use (I always carry
6 of them with me when I give a lecture, to allow 6 subjects at a time to do
the experiment) measure one half inch across the face with the hole in it.
Follow these directions and you will succeed, provided you keep thinking
the nut is going to move in a certain direction, and you make no efforts at
all while thinking. In fact, after you succeed, have a child repeat the
experiment, and you will learn as I did many years ago, what it really means to make
no conscious efforts (this, by the way, is what the Zen masters mean when they
use the term "effortless effort", i.e., it is the SC mind that makes the
effort, while the conscious mind makes no efforts. Unfortunately the Zen masters
do not explain the underlying psychological principles to their students, so it
takes some 8 years for the latter to learn how to use bow and arrow. The
students succeed by trail and error, a very slow process at best).
Let me know of your good results.

As always, my best wishes to you,
Joseph Moccia, M.D.



Re: Reg hand-clasping experiment
Monday 16th June, 2003 3:40 AM

Dear A.G.,
Since, in the case of the pendulum experiment, we are dealing with
movements controlled by so-called voluntary muscles, the first direction is to not
make the pendulum move voluntarily. In other words, don't try to make the
pendulum move. If you do this, that is, you do not voluntarily make the pendulum
move, you use no willpower to make it move, but merely repeat without effort,
without willing it, without trying, the idea of movement, this idea will be
accepted by the SC mind which will then realize the idea automatically. People
are amazed to see that there is another self, namely the SC self, within them,
as proven that the pendulum moves even without their willing it to move. This
demonstrates Coue's first principle: Whatever idea you think (concentrate on),
will be realized.
The 2nd of Coue's principles, the law of reversed effort, can also be
demonstrated by the pendulum experiment, in this fashion. After you have
followed the above advice and have gotten the pendulum to swing nicely, then switch
from thinking and saying: "back and forth" or "around and around" to "I want to
stop it but I cannot, I want to stop it, but I cannot..." After 30 seconds or
so of repeating that suggestion, start trying hard to stop it, all the while
continuing to repeat "I cannot." You will see that the pendulum, rather than
obey your will, swings even more visibly than before.
I must say that, in the vast majority of cases, I employ the pendulum
only to reveal Coue's first principle, and not the law of reversed effort,
because this second law is much more dramatically demonstrated with the hand clasp
experiment and others of contracture.
In actuality, things are a bit more complex than what I have made them
to appear above, but I can assure you that going into greater detail would
serve only to confuse you at this point.
I will make another suggestion. In addition to asking a child or two to
perform the experiment, you should also ask several adults of your
acquaintance. Merely tell them that, while holding the pendulum still, to think and
repeat aloud that it is going to start moving in the direction they choose. I have
found that almost invariably this experiment succeeds almost immediately.
You remove will power not by doing something (you are already doing
something, i.e., making efforts) but by cessation from doing something. Just stop
making efforts. Whenever I have a baseball player in a slump, I shout to him:
"Stop trying so hard to hit the ball", or "Take the effort out." By preventing
the law of reversed effort from activating, the player is immediately able to
concentrate on the ball and starts hitting it solidly!!! Keep me posted on
your progress.

Best Wishes,
Joseph Moccia



Tuesday 17th June, 2003 1:00 AM

Dear A.G.,
From what you write I do not think you have succeeded, and because of
that and the fact that I cannot observe you while you are performing, I must now
simplify the procedure, so that I obtain a clear understanding of what is
actually taking place.
What I am asking you to do is just one thing, and one thing only, then
report the result back to me.
I want you to hold the pencil in one hand only. Then, using the free
hand, place the pendulum stationary at the center (point O). This is your
starting point and you should have no difficulty achieving it. Next, you allow your
eyes to move back and forth along the horizontal diameter AB, i.e., from A to
B and then from B to A. While doing this with your eyes, you repeat in a
whisper: "Back and forth, back and forth, back and forth..." over and over again,
very gently, very softly, without efforts of the will, i.e., without trying to
make it move. That is all. Don't attempt any other variation than the above
experiment. Report to me exactly what happens.

Awaiting your answer,
Joseph Moccia


Tuesday, 17 June, 2003 9:15 PM

Dear A.G.,
"Good", as Coue would say!!! Now we are getting somewhere, even though
you failed to make the pendulum move by your conscious autosuggestion alone. Of
course, I felt certain that you were making efforts, which absolutely must
not be made in order to succeed at autosuggestion, but now we have proof. We
have shown that you are conscious of the fact that you failed to move the
pendulum, and are also aware that any previous movement was due to "pushing", as you
call it, but in reality means that you engaged the conscious mind and moved
the pendulum by means of willpower, i.e., by conscious labor. Also, you state a
great truth when you say that your conscious effort is making you even more
tense, so that your concentration goes to your tense body too. Many years ago I
borrowed from the University of Utah a very sensitive electromyograph (an
instrument used to measure electrical activity which results from the contraction
of voluntary muscles, contractions which are so slight as to be invisible to
the naked eye, but which were recorded by through electrodes placed over
various muscle groups). I used this machine for two years on many subjects and
confirmed that conscious efforts always involve some tensing of muscles somewhere
in the body. In other words, conscious efforts could actually be measured by
electromyography !!! Yes, your muscles are undoubtedly too tense. It cannot be
otherwise.
Re your last sentence, not only should you think about the pendulum, but
the movement of the pendulum back and forth along line AB (not CD). In fact,
concentration means you will have no room in your mind to think of anything
else but this one thought, namely, the movement of the pendulum back and forth
between A and B, while making no efforts to move it. Just whisper in a barely
audible voice: "back and forth, back and forth..." while making no efforts. As
I often say to my athletes trying (and failing) to hit the baseball: "Let your
computer do it", meaning by "computer" their SC mind.
Now for the next step, an important one if you are to succeed without me
being present. I want you to enlist the aid of several subjects. They may be
friends or relatives, it does not matter which. You play the role of the agent
while they play the role of subjects. If you explain the pendulum to them, as
I have explained it to you, I am certain most if not all will be successful.
The value to you is that, as they are experimenting with it, you

I'm too small a person to write about Dr. Joseph Moccia(please find Dr. Moccia’s little profile I’ve prepared) who may be the only person in this world teaching Coue’s “trick”. I can only imagine how it feels like getting cured. I’m so fortunate to have met with Dr. Moccia, at Surprise, AZ in March, 2008 during my trip to US.

I stayed in a motel in Surprise and my meeting with him lasted two days. I was more tense and found myself in little dazed state.

He disclosed me once that he had cured around 1000 people. Unfortunately I still failed to grasp the Coue’s so called “trick” for which I’ve no one but myself to blame for those Coue’s words are engraved in my mind:

“It is for you to use the method which I give you. If you are not cured, you must not say that it is I who failed. It is you who have failed if your are not able to cure yourself with the method I have shown you.”

It is a joy for me to have received an email from him couple of days back which I’ve listed here (dated 7-june-2011).

Here is the excerpt of my email conversations which I had with Dr. Moccia during 2003 and 2004 which is highly enlightening and is a treasure which must be cherished forever. His tone is exactly like that of Coue’s:

(→I’ve replaced my name with A.G.)

[PDF Format You can also download this conversation in PDF; click here]


10 Feb. 2003 10:17 PM
Dear Sir,
I have used the Coue Method for decades with huge success. I have no
doubt that you can be cured very easily through its use, and I would love to
train you in it. However, since I have given up the practice of medicine I am
no longer carrying malpractice insurance, and have been advised by legal
counsel that I would expose myself to great risk (of a malpractice lawsuit)
if I proceed without it. Regrettably, I must decline to treat you, especially
since, like Emile Coue, I take great pleasure in treating patients free of
charge.
The only thing I can recommend is for you to keep studying the method,
attempting to learn "the little trick" (as Coue called it), so as to be able
to make your suggestions effectively. Of course, you will consult a competent
medical doctor as you treat yourself.

My very best wishes,

Joseph moccia, M.D.



12 Feb. 2003 4:39 AM

Dear Sir,
My background is this: I practiced medicine for 31 years and am now
retired. All the while I have also been practicing as Coue did, also without
charging a fee (my income as a physician supported me well). I obtained many
cures using the Coue method, including migraine headaches, asthma,
neurasthenia, varicose ulcers, and so on. For the most part I treated
patients on an individual basis, but sometimes in groups of up to four. Now
that I have retired from the practice of medicine (I am 73 years old), I very
much desired to treat groups of patients, up to thirty at a time, just as
Coue did. I met with city officials of Surprise, Arizona, the city in which I
am now living, and at their request have given introductory lectures on three
occasions, each one to about forty persons. These were very well received. As
I was about to start actual treatments I was told that I could not promise
cures !!! When I objected I was told that lawyers for the city insisted that
patients sign a waiver, also that I could mention cures but only behind
closed doors (not very honest on their part) !!! So I have now consulted two
lawyers who told me that it would be extremely risky to treat anyone while
not having malpractice insurance.
Your problem is different, however. It is geographical. You see, as Coue
says, autosuggestion is a simple thing, but it nevertheless requires training
to learn the knack. The problem is, in the normal waking state, the will is
active, and if we make our suggestions when the will is active, not only do
we get no results but often results opposite to our desire. Therefore, I have
always made use of the pendulum and the hand clasp exercises to train
patients (and athletes, students, etc.). In all my years it has not failed
and cannot fail. When a patient is having trouble with the above two
exercises I detect the error, correct it, and soon enough he becomes
successful. When he succeeds with these experiments, I guarantee you he will
succeed at making conscious autosuggestions effectively, even if the SC mind
is holding negative ideas charged with powerful emotion.
So, it is not that I do not want to train you. I most certainly do (and
free of charge too), but more than an intellectual understanding is needed
!!! I need to have the patient in front of me to correct him if he begins to
go astray. This is equally true of athletes. If the least little obstacle
occurs, they invariably revert to their former style, which is why I insist
on being present for some time initially, until the pupil has advanced
sufficiently to be left on his own.
I do not go to any church, but attempt to follow the example of the
"Good Samaritan", one of the parables given by Christ. If i can be of any
service, let me know.

Best Wishes,

Joseph Moccia, M.D.



4th march 2003 12:23 AM

Dear A.G.,
I just returned home and will soon leave once again, but not without
answering your last letter.
You have explained the situation very clearly. Let me first say that
Coue always advised against performing the hand clasp alone, and so have I,
because the subject working alone lacks the advantage of an experienced
adviser who can detect any error and offer suggestions to correct it. The
danger is that the subject, working alone and not succeeding, is apt to lose
confidence in the method and abandon it. I am happy to learn you have not
lost confidence !!! Some few months ago I was able to train (via the
internet) a young dentist in Yugoslavia, who pleaded with me to the extent
that I relented and went against Coue's (and my own) rule. Fortunately, we
were successful and this young man who was very unhappy became happy. Now,
since you are in a similar situation and very desirous, I will do my best to
train you too.
First, make sure you clasp your hands with increasing pressure until you
use all of your strength, which will be proven by the fact that they will
begin to tremble. Next, you say to yourself: "I want to open my hands, but I
CANNOT, I CANNOT, I CANNOT..." It is best to speak the words aloud (as if I
were present, listening to you). Also, you may say the words either very fast
or else very slowly, separating the syllables and drawing the words out to
their full length. Either will work, but I prefer the slow approach. You must
not stop thinking and repeating; "I CANNOT", but after a few seconds you are
to try to separate your hands (while still repeating: "I CANNOT..."), and you
will find that you cannot.
Summarizing: 1. You must clasp with increasing tightness, using all your
strength. 2. Then you must repeat aloud and slowly: "I CANNOT...", until the
SC accepts this idea. 3. At this point you must try to separate your hands,
i.e., you must make conscious efforts to separate them, while still thinking
and saying aloud "I CANNOT..." When done properly it works beautifully and indeed proves that 1. what you concentrate on becomes true for you and is
realized; 2. the greater the efforts you make to dislodge an idea from the SC,
the more signally you fail and obtain the opposite result. This is Coue's
famous law of reversed effort, and teaches us that it is futile to use the
will to obtain our desires. All we must do is use thought (the desired idea,
suggestion) without any effort at all, without using the will. This will make
your life infinitely easier in any endeavor you undertake. Work on it. Do not
lose confidence. Coue's method is one of the truly outstanding developments
in the history of psychology and is well worth striving for. As the nurse who
was cured of pain after 23 years said to my wife: "I would have given
anything to be rid of that pain." Remember, I did not and could not cure her-
I merely taught her how to cure herself, and she did. She became fully
mistress of herself, not only free of pain, but also happy, confident, and
much more successful. You too can do it !!!

Best Wishes Always,

Joseph Moccia, M.D.


16 march, 2003 9:32 PM

Dear A.G.,
I am happy to hear you have made some progress. Certainly it is easier
and quicker to succeed when one performs the experiment under the watchful
eye of an experienced adviser. However, the most important point is that one
can succeed working alone. This is proven not only by the dentist in
Yugoslavia whom I taught over the internet, but also by the fact that Coue
and I myself were both self-taught. When working alone the desire and the
need of the subject are very important factors. The dentist had them, and I
see that you too have those qualities. I congratulate you on your progress!
Keep up the good work and always remember that the goal, self-mastery, is a
most worthwhile one because without it, we are slaves of emotion which is the
cause of so many harmful unconscious autosuggestions. With self-mastery our
reasoning faculty of the conscious mind escapes from the tyranny of blind
emotion and chance. It is far better to deal with the principles of conscious
autosuggestion, "cause and effect, the chancellors of God", as Emerson has
termed them.

Best Wishes,

Joseph Moccia, M.D.


28 march 2003 1:01 AM

Dear A.G.,
I hope the confidant you have chosen to help you has the necessary
experience. If he has succeeded with helping other subjects perform it, then
you too should likewise succeed. The most important point is to make all your
suggestions without effort, without the will, without trying to achieve your
goal, nonchalantly, absently, without trying to compel the SC to accept the
idea. Perhaps the best example I could give you is to observe the way
children make their suggestions. Since they have not yet fully developed the
will and the reasoning faculty of the conscious mind, but have fully
developed the imagination, they succeed at once in making conscious
autosuggestions. This was dramatically proven to me many years ago. I had to
spend. a full 45 minutes teaching a woman how to make the pendulum move. Up
until then all her suggestions were made with enormous conscious efforts. By
chance her two granddaughters had been visiting, and they asked if they could
try it. One was about 2 and a half and the other about 3 and a half years
old. Well, I was amazed at how quickly the pendulum began to swing as soon as
the older child began making suggestions, without any instructions at all
from me !!! I was even more amazed when the younger child immediately made
the pendulum swing 6 to 8 inches, likewise without any instructions from me
!!! I am sorry you cannot hear my voice as I imitate those two children, but
children in India would react to the pendulum in the same way, I am sure. So,
my advice for today is to make a pendulum (if you haven't done so already)
and ask a child to try the experiment. You will be pleasantly surprised, then
all you need to is imitate the child. As the Bible says: "And a little child
will lead them."
In any case do not become discouraged because the ability to make
conscious autosuggestions means the ability to control and master our
subconscious minds, and this ability is priceless. We must never be dominated
by blind emotion, but always use reasoning to direct our course through life.
It is a case of relying on conscious autosuggestion rather than unconscious
autosuggestion, and the former is far superior.
Let me know from time to time how you are doing and I will do my best to
help you.

Best Wishes,

Joseph Moccia



29 march 2003 12:05 AM

Dear A.G.,
You are only partly correct in stating that the reason for your failure
is the use of will power. The reason for your failure is you are using the
will while attempting to make conscious autosuggestions. The will is most
necessary to human beings who desire to achieve various goals. The use of the
will constitutes the important first step in the process of making conscious
autosuggestions. When you think about various goals, you apply the reasoning
faculty of the conscious mind to weigh, to analyze, to compare, in order to
arrive at a reasonable goal. During this process the will is active, i.e.,
you must make efforts. Now, having used the will and reason to decide on a
worthy goal, the second (and final) step is to convey the chosen idea of that
goal to the SC mind, because once the SC mind accepts that idea, it will
perform all the work necessary to realize that goal (without the conscious
mind being aware of this labor). In order to compel the SC mind to accept the
idea of your chosen goal, you must absolutely make no efforts. So you see, it
is only in the second step that we must abandon willful effort, otherwise we
simply cannot communicate with the SC mind. But in the first step it is
necessary to use the will, to make efforts, in order to consciously and
wisely select a goal. As stated by Coue, "when the will and imagination are
in agreement, one does not add to the other, but one is multiplied by the
other". They are in agreement, but this does not mean they are both active at
the same time !!! That would be quite impossible.
You have hit upon an area which has been a stumbling block to American
(and other) psychologists: the true relationship of the will and the
imagination, i.e., when to use the will and when to abandon it. They simply
don't understand it. You don't have to abandon your will completely. Coueism
is not self-denial. Self-mastery does not mean, in Coue's sense, to give up
the will, but to replace harmful unconscious autosuggestions (caused by
passively aroused emotion) with conscious autosuggestions (subject to your
own will and choice). It is perfectly
OK to want things. Coueism doesn't teach not to want things, nor does it
teach which things to want. It leaves that up to the individual. But it does
teach how to best obtain the things that you want, whatever they may be, by
entrusting them to your SC mind to achieve, without struggle, effort, or
pain. It is a beautiful thing, and for three decades I have helped countless
people obtain their desires in the easiest way possible.
I hope you have understood the above explanations. If so, you will feel
much better about Coueism. If you still have questions, do not hesitate to
call upon me, for, just as Coue's goal was to help his neighbor, so it has
become mine.
Remember what I said about observing children. Have you made a pendulum
for yourself, so that you can practice making suggestions on it, and also
observe how children make effective suggestions without training or
instruction? To describe a living thing is not as easy as merely observing it
in action. If you observe a child on the pendulum, you cannot fail to hear
the tone of the voice, the lack of conscious effort in all children. If you
asked me to describe the taste of Coca Cola I could spend many words
describing it to you, but you would know far better how it tastes if you
merely sampled some. Coue also uses the example of a litany as said in the
Catholic Church. I have observed on TV that the litany is indeed recited as
Coue says, i.e., without effort. Once you hear it, you will know it.

Best Wishes,

Joseph Moccia


31 march 2003 5:57 AM

Dear A.G.,
Your thoughts re the will, desire, imagination, and effort need further
clarification. No, you should not be apathetic to any idea of your desire.
You first subject your desire to reasoning. Conscious efforts are now being
made. The will is active. By subjecting any desire arising in you to the
faculty of reasoning, you will make a conscious decision as to whether this
desire is beneficial or harmful, good or bad, healthy or not, and you come to
the conclusion as to whether the desire is worthy of pursuit or should be
rejected. Obviously the answer depends on the upbringing, education, and
training of the individual. One person, e.g., a Zen Buddhist, might be of a
mind that desires are harmful, while at the other extreme, an American
business man may have the desire to be the richest man in the world (or at
least in his class or region). This is the first step. If you are the Zen
Buddhist you will in the second step make conscious autosuggestions to the
effect that the desire is passing (and it will pass), while if you are the
American businessman you make conscious autosuggestions that you will become
very rich, in fact, the richest man in the world. Now, these conscious
autosuggestions must be made without effort, without using any willpower, in
order to be effective and efficient. If made with effort and will, the
Buddhist will fail to do away with his desire (but well-trained Buddhists
will not make efforts of the will-they know very well that it leads to
failure). If the person desiring to become rich makes his suggestions with
effort, not only might he fail miserably, but even should he succeed, he
doesn't do so efficiently, he does it at great cost to his health, hence the
occasional saying: "He's the richest man in the graveyard," indicating that
he died from overwork. Effort means tension, and tension disorders are more
common than the common cold. Besides, they are a major cause of our high
death rates (from heart disease and hypertension). But if the person desiring
great wealth makes his suggestions without willful effort, he will succeed in
gaining riches, and he will do so with great efficiency, easily, and without
fatigue or strain. Some who have come to me for that purpose have indeed
achieved wealth, but I have always admonished each one of them: " You must
never think that because you become wealthy you will automatically become
happy. Happiness must come more from within than from without. Some having
huge fortunes are very unhappy, while others with little material goods are
habitually happy." Only then would I train them.
Re the pendulum experiment, have you read "THE PRACTICE OF
AUTOSUGGESTION BY THE METHOD OF EMILE COUE", written by C. Harry Brooks? In
the revised edition he describes it in detail on pages 85 to 87. I must leave
right now and so don't have time for a full explanation, but if you don't
have the book and cannot obtain a copy, e-mail me and I will be glad to
describe it to you, so you will be able to make a pendulum for yourself and:
1) prove to yourself that there is such a thing as autosuggestion, and 2)
practice on it to become more skillful at making CAs.

Best Wishes,

Joseph Moccia



1 April, 2003 12:47 AM

Dear A.G.,
When Coue says you must learn the "little trick", he of course means
that there is a knack to it. You have hit the nail right on the head in
stating that there is a lack of confidence plus lack of good training. Now,
neurasthenia is always accompanied by fears, often enormous. Once you learn
how to do the hand clasp successfully, you will then be ready to make
positive conscious autosuggestions which will be accompanied by confidence,
and this confidence banishes all fears !!! The pendulum is not as effective
as the hand clasp, because in the latter the SC mind knows very well it is
easy to separate the hands, so if you cannot, it means that you have really
made the suggestion "I cannot" which temporarily overcomes the idea that you
can. If you were to continue indefinately to think: "I cannot", then, in fact,
you would not be able to open your hands until you changed your thought to:
"I can." You get the SC to accept the thought "I cannot" while it is holding
the contrary thought:"I can." When you succeed at the hand clasp you can
succeed in overcoming all other obstacles . You do not need confidence in the
method to start. Confidence will be aroused during training and every time a
problem confronts you. You will realize that you have found something which
you have longed for all your life, the ability to entrust to your SC the
surmounting of all obstacles you will have to face on your journey through
life- and you will surmount each one of them easily, without effort, and
therefore without fatigue.
I must leave now to continue training a pistol shooter who until recently was
deathly afraid of his handgun. With just a little training he is already
doing very well handling the powerful .45 caliber. You see, it can be done
!!! Keep working and observe children, who are "naturals" at autosuggestion.

Best Wishes,

Joseph Moccia


20 April, 2003 2:43 AM

Dear A.G.,
Now you understand why Coue insisted that the hand clasp experiment not
be tried alone, in which case the chance of success would be greatly
diminished, and having failed, many would lose confidence. However, under the
watchful eye of an experienced adviser, it is infinitely easier to succeed as
light is thrown upon the vital point and people are helped past the initial
difficulty.
It is good that you do understand that you cannot succeed in the
experiment by the use of will power. You ask: "Why do I use so much will
power?" For two reasons: first, because in the state of normal waking
consciousness the will is active. This is normal! However, there are some
people who use entirely too much will. The idea, when we are using the will
to accomplish a task, is to use just enough but no more than that. Thus we
gain efficiency. If we use excessive will, we burn too much of our energy
stores (adenosine triphosphate or cyclic ATP), we fatigue ourselves, we lose
efficiency, and last but not least, we develop tension disorders such as
tension headaches, tension neck aches and backaches, esopageal spasm, spastic
colitis, etc.,etc. Better yet, many tasks that people perform could be much
better performed by the subconscious mind rather than using the will of the
conscious mind. Labor performed by the subconscious is not accompanied by
fatigue. Once an adult begins to rely heavily on his conscious mind and makes
conscious efforts, this condition tends to become chronic! He makes excessive
efforts habitually! And must be trained out of it !!!
When your body is tense it signifies that you are making efforts of the
will and when in that state, it is impossible for you to concentrate. This is
because a faculty of the conscious mind known as "association by contraries",
is active, and when that is active if you think a particular thought, e.g.,
that your pain is going away, you will find yourself concentrating on the
contrary thought, the idea that you pain is not going away! Therefore, when
doing the experiment with efforts, you think "I cannot separate my hands",
your next thought will be "I can separate my hands." Now, once the pupil is
taught to rest the will, to no longer rely on it, to no longer try to compel
the SC mind to accept the idea, but merely thinks the idea (without effort)
"I cannot separate my hands", this thought unaccompanied by willpower, will
be accepted by the SC and realized, because association by contraries is no
longer active.
You may continue, of course, working on your own, but I know that it is
infinitely easier to succeed when helped by an experienced adviser. I
certainly wish I could do more for you, but over the internet the above is
the best I can offer.

Best wishes always,

Joseph Moccia


Monday, 15 May, 2003 10:52 PM

Dear A.G.,
You certainly have increased your knowledge of the will. Remember, Coue
did not advocate doing away with the will at all times, for when we are in
the normal waking state the will and reasoning are active, and therefore they
are to be used in consciously and wisely choosing our idea which we desire to
have realized in our lives. That is the first stage in the process. Now, in
the second stage, we must find a way to convey our chosen idea to the SC mind
in such a way that the idea will be accepted (even though the SC mind may be
holding ideas of a contrary nature). In order to succeed at this we must
relax the will, making no conscious efforts to force the SC mind to accept
the idea. If we use the will in this second stage, if we make efforts of the
will to compel the SC mind to accept the idea, we activate the law of
reversed effort, and not only do we not succeed in gaining acceptance, we in
fact magnify the opposing idea, getting results opposite to our desire. Now
the first part of the process is very easy- you know what you want out of
life, and the will is naturally active. But the second part requires the
cessation of willful effort, which is relaxation. Only then do we prevent the
law of reversed effort from being activated and we ensure that our chosen
idea will be accepted. Realization then follows automatically as the SC mind
does the work.
I am now retiring from the practice and teaching of autosuggestion (I am
73 years old), but rest assured I will continue to help you as long as you
need.
Best wishes always,
Joseph Moccia



Re: Reg hand-clasping experiment
Tuesday 3rd June, 2003 9:36 PM

Dear A.G.,
Before giving you a letter I am asking you to perform one more
experiment. I hope you have made a pendulum for yourself and have used it. Well, what I
am asking you to do now is sit down with the pendulum and make
autosuggestions in the usual way. You will note that the pendulum is swinging in a certain
direction in response to your suggestion. Now make your suggestion of the
general formula, as the pendulum continues to swing. Then return to making your
suggestion that the pendulum will swing in the chosen direction. Again repeat
the general formula. In other words, I am asking you to alternate the pendulum
exercise with one repetition of the general formula, back and forth. This would
be the best way to succeed in the absence of a trained instructor, for the
reason that the effortless way you give directions to the pendulum should be
carried over to the way you repeat the general formula. Work on this. This
approach, although not used often, has succeeded in the past.

Best Wishes,
Joseph Moccia


Re: Reg hand-clasping experiment
Thursday, 5th June, 2003 5:08 AM

Dear A.G.,
I am most happy to hear that you have been making progress !!! Re the
pendulum, if you can make it move in any selected direction, then by alternating
your autosuggestions of movement with your autosuggestions of betterment (the
general formula), you should obtain results because you will be making both
types of suggestions in exactly the same way, i.e., WITHOUT EFFORT.
What transpires in Coue's "trick" is this: the subject has learned to
make his autosuggestions without conscious effort, that is without will, without
willpower, without struggle, without force. Instead, he makes them in a
relaxed frame of mind and body. He is calm, cool, and collected, as we say. Think
easy, effortless, casual. To give an idea of this mental state to his patients,
Coue used to ask them: "What do you do when a fly alights on your nose"? Do
you use force, effort, strain to remove it? No, you merely casually wave your
hand across your face, as if it were the easiest thing in the world to get the
fly to leave. That is the attitude you must have when making your conscious
autosuggestions. So, to change any idea from "I can't" to "I can", simply take
the effort out of your suggestions, because effort implies that there exists a
great obstacle to be overcome, and repeat over and over again: "I can.".
You should start immediately to use the general formula ("Day by day, in
every way, I'm getting better and better"), alternating it with the
suggestion of movement of the pendulum, as I have explained. After you have become
expert you won't have to employ the pendulum any more, but simply make any
suggestion you desire. As far as doing away with the will, remember that Coue does
not teach doing away with the will at all times, because the will must be active
when you are choosing a goal you want to achieve. Coue teaches that, once
having chosen the goal, you must now make your suggestions without will, the will
must be relaxed, at rest, in abeyance, while you are making your suggestion,
in order for it to be accepted by the SC mind. Once accepted, the SC realizes
the idea automatically !!! So, you see, you must understand when to use the
will (it is necessary when weighing, analyzing, comparing) and when to
temporarily rest it (this is necessary in order to guarantee acceptance of your desired
idea by the SC mind). I could explain why this is so in greater depth, but it
is unnecessary now. So many patients, including champion athletes in various
sports, have used the above advice to overcome the obstacles in their lives
(which all of us meet in our journey through life). I am certain you will too.
And, if you can arrange it, let a child use the pendulum, telling the child
merely to repeat that it is going to move as he repeats ALOUD the direction in
which he desires it to move. Do not tell the child to repeat without effort,
because such is unnecessary in children. Merely listen to the words of the child,
and you will then hear and understand what it means to make suggestions
without effort (because in children the faculty of will is not as developed as in
the adult).

Best Wishes Always,

Joseph Moccia, M.D.
P.S. In the hand clasp I do not first make a patient apply a lot of will
power, as you say, but first make him suggest that he cannot separate his hands.
Only after this idea has been accepted by his SC mind do I ask him to apply
will power. In other words we deliberately cause a conflict between the conscious
will and the SC imagination or thought, and he cannot separate the hands
because the SC, the imagination,the thought in the SC, always wins out over his
conscious will (Coue's famous law of reversed effort). Then, after seeing that
the will not only fails to separate the hands (but merely serves to unite them
more and more forcefully), I get the patient to stop using the will and merely
to think: "I can," and he separates them. How do I accomplish this? Merely by
telling him: "Now think "I can, I can,..." Sometimes, and this has happened
recently, a patient is using so much will and is so engrossed in using effort
that he initially fails to heed my advice to now think: "I can, I can...", in
which case I merely repeat my advice, I insist, until it breaks through to his
consciousness. Then, as soon as he stops using the will and repeats "I can",
maybe several times, the hands obey the thought and separate. It's all very
simple.


Friday, 13th June, 2003 11:10 PM

Dear A.G.,
Re the pendulum exercise, do not rest your elbows on the table, because
that would limit the movement of your arm (we desire the arm to be free to
move, under the order given by the SC mind). Also, make sure you do not press
your arm tightly against your torso,which would also tend to restrict movement.
It is best to let the upper arm be at least one inch from the body, with the
forearm at right angles to the upper arm. You can hold the pencil with one or
two hands. Theoretically, it is better to use two hands, because you involve the
muscles of both arms, but in practice I have taught subjects to use just one
arm (and in many thousands of cases, the pendulum has always swung freely,
except in two who later admitted to me that they deliberately thought it wouldn't
swing, because they desired to prove me wrong !!! I told them they didn't
prove me wrong, because I didn't say that the pendulum would move, but said it
would move if they thought it would move. The pendulum follows their thoughts,
not mine).
To answer your second letter, go back to using sewing thread (the
lighter the thread, the better). However, I feel the real problem is in the use of a
metal jeans button, which decades ago I found to be too light. I then adopted
a mechanic's nut, the type sold in hardware stores. The nut has a threaded
hole in the center, with a bolt screwed into this hole. Simply unscrew this
bolt, completely separating it from the nut, and then tie your section of sewing
thread string through the hole in the nut. These nuts and bolts come in all
sizes. You don't want one unusually heavy or light. The ones I use (I always carry
6 of them with me when I give a lecture, to allow 6 subjects at a time to do
the experiment) measure one half inch across the face with the hole in it.
Follow these directions and you will succeed, provided you keep thinking
the nut is going to move in a certain direction, and you make no efforts at
all while thinking. In fact, after you succeed, have a child repeat the
experiment, and you will learn as I did many years ago, what it really means to make
no conscious efforts (this, by the way, is what the Zen masters mean when they
use the term "effortless effort", i.e., it is the SC mind that makes the
effort, while the conscious mind makes no efforts. Unfortunately the Zen masters
do not explain the underlying psychological principles to their students, so it
takes some 8 years for the latter to learn how to use bow and arrow. The
students succeed by trail and error, a very slow process at best).
Let me know of your good results.

As always, my best wishes to you,
Joseph Moccia, M.D.



Re: Reg hand-clasping experiment
Monday 16th June, 2003 3:40 AM

Dear A.G.,
Since, in the case of the pendulum experiment, we are dealing with
movements controlled by so-called voluntary muscles, the first direction is to not
make the pendulum move voluntarily. In other words, don't try to make the
pendulum move. If you do this, that is, you do not voluntarily make the pendulum
move, you use no willpower to make it move, but merely repeat without effort,
without willing it, without trying, the idea of movement, this idea will be
accepted by the SC mind which will then realize the idea automatically. People
are amazed to see that there is another self, namely the SC self, within them,
as proven that the pendulum moves even without their willing it to move. This
demonstrates Coue's first principle: Whatever idea you think (concentrate on),
will be realized.
The 2nd of Coue's principles, the law of reversed effort, can also be
demonstrated by the pendulum experiment, in this fashion. After you have
followed the above advice and have gotten the pendulum to swing nicely, then switch
from thinking and saying: "back and forth" or "around and around" to "I want to
stop it but I cannot, I want to stop it, but I cannot..." After 30 seconds or
so of repeating that suggestion, start trying hard to stop it, all the while
continuing to repeat "I cannot." You will see that the pendulum, rather than
obey your will, swings even more visibly than before.
I must say that, in the vast majority of cases, I employ the pendulum
only to reveal Coue's first principle, and not the law of reversed effort,
because this second law is much more dramatically demonstrated with the hand clasp
experiment and others of contracture.
In actuality, things are a bit more complex than what I have made them
to appear above, but I can assure you that going into greater detail would
serve only to confuse you at this point.
I will make another suggestion. In addition to asking a child or two to
perform the experiment, you should also ask several adults of your
acquaintance. Merely tell them that, while holding the pendulum still, to think and
repeat aloud that it is going to start moving in the direction they choose. I have
found that almost invariably this experiment succeeds almost immediately.
You remove will power not by doing something (you are already doing
something, i.e., making efforts) but by cessation from doing something. Just stop
making efforts. Whenever I have a baseball player in a slump, I shout to him:
"Stop trying so hard to hit the ball", or "Take the effort out." By preventing
the law of reversed effort from activating, the player is immediately able to
concentrate on the ball and starts hitting it solidly!!! Keep me posted on
your progress.

Best Wishes,
Joseph Moccia



Tuesday 17th June, 2003 1:00 AM

Dear A.G.,
From what you write I do not think you have succeeded, and because of
that and the fact that I cannot observe you while you are performing, I must now
simplify the procedure, so that I obtain a clear understanding of what is
actually taking place.
What I am asking you to do is just one thing, and one thing only, then
report the result back to me.
I want you to hold the pencil in one hand only. Then, using the free
hand, place the pendulum stationary at the center (point O). This is your
starting point and you should have no difficulty achieving it. Next, you allow your
eyes to move back and forth along the horizontal diameter AB, i.e., from A to
B and then from B to A. While doing this with your eyes, you repeat in a
whisper: "Back and forth, back and forth, back and forth..." over and over again,
very gently, very softly, without efforts of the will, i.e., without trying to
make it move. That is all. Don't attempt any other variation than the above
experiment. Report to me exactly what happens.

Awaiting your answer,
Joseph Moccia


Tuesday, 17 June, 2003 9:15 PM

Dear A.G.,
"Good", as Coue would say!!! Now we are getting somewhere, even though
you failed to make the pendulum move by your conscious autosuggestion alone. Of
course, I felt certain that you were making efforts, which absolutely must
not be made in order to succeed at autosuggestion, but now we have proof. We
have shown that you are conscious of the fact that you failed to move the
pendulum, and are also aware that any previous movement was due to "pushing", as you
call it, but in reality means that you engaged the conscious mind and moved
the pendulum by means of willpower, i.e., by conscious labor. Also, you state a
great truth when you say that your conscious effort is making you even more
tense, so that your concentration goes to your tense body too. Many years ago I
borrowed from the University of Utah a very sensitive electromyograph (an
instrument used to measure electrical activity which results from the contraction
of voluntary muscles, contractions which are so slight as to be invisible to
the naked eye, but which were recorded by through electrodes placed over
various muscle groups). I used this machine for two years on many subjects and
confirmed that conscious efforts always involve some tensing of muscles somewhere
in the body. In other words, conscious efforts could actually be measured by
electromyography !!! Yes, your muscles are undoubtedly too tense. It cannot be
otherwise.
Re your last sentence, not only should you think about the pendulum, but
the movement of the pendulum back and forth along line AB (not CD). In fact,
concentration means you will have no room in your mind to think of anything
else but this one thought, namely, the movement of the pendulum back and forth
between A and B, while making no efforts to move it. Just whisper in a barely
audible voice: "back and forth, back and forth..." while making no efforts. As
I often say to my athletes trying (and failing) to hit the baseball: "Let your
computer do it", meaning by "computer" their SC mind.
Now for the next step, an important one if you are to succeed without me
being present. I want you to enlist the aid of several subjects. They may be
friends or relatives, it does not matter which. You play the role of the agent
while they play the role of subjects. If you explain the pendulum to them, as
I have explained it to you, I am certain most if not all will be successful.
The value to you is that, as they are experimenting with it, you will be
taking note of their voices, hearing whether they are making efforts or are relaxed.
Thus we employ suggestion by example, a particularly valuable form of
suggestion and autosuggestion, to teach you how to make effective autosuggestions.
You must take this next step !!! Keep me informed.

Best Wishes,
Joseph Moccia


Thursday, 3rd July, 2003 3:32 AM

Dear A.G.,
You are absolutely correct in stating that your trouble lies in making excessive efforts. Remember, you are not alone in this. Millions of people throughout the world commit the same fault in lesser or greater degree. This has three bad consequences: 1)failure to achieve your goals; 2) achieving your goals but at too high a cost, i.e., inefficiently; 3) the development of tension disorder, more common than the common cold. Your inability to demonstrate CA using the pendulum indicates you are using great effort. Coue's precepts cannot come to your rescue because you do not know how to act on them. You mean well. Your intentions are good. But the adage applied to these intentions is: "Good intentions pave the road to hell." Remember, Coue actually trained his patients, and working alone, you have not received such training! You are correct in stating that you have been too well trained in using willpower. Haven't we all? The old adage goes: "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again." That is the worst advice that can be given, yet it is so common and causes so much trouble. Coue is a radical departure, for he says "If at first you don't succeed, stop trying and imagine instead." This is the reason for his astonishing the world! What should you do? My dear A.G., I will continue to help you as long as you wish. If at any time you wish to consult me in person, of course I will be happy to train you in the exercises. And under my watchful eye, you will succeed! All you need is training.

Best Wishes always,

Joseph Moccia

A.G. wrote:
> Dear Sir
> Till now I've not been able to find conducive
> situation with relaxed mind and without any
> effort to do the Pendulum experiment. My 2 week
> sick leave period has been over and now I'm full
> of effort, not in situation do the Pendulum
> experiment. However I'll be working on it.
> I'm not able to reduce my will-power further. My
> only problem is effort.
> I don't know, in these real-time life situations
> how to not to apply any effort. Coue's precepts,
> however entrenched in my mind, I don't know, why
> don't come to my rescue.
>
> Pendulum experiment is in contrast to the
> "hand-clasping" experiment. Where in the first,
> mental tranquility is needed while in the second
> mental conflict is needed. The first is which I'm
> not able to achieve.
>
> Now I've started concluding, why I'm not able to
> do away with my will-power and why a subject,
> however worse than me used to understand the
> "trick" and used to do away with his will-power:
> Since in hand-clasping experiments it is
> clearly shown to the confidence of a subject that
> he can open his hands by just changing the idea.
> Due to this confidence he finds no reason to
> apply any will-power.
> However in mine since I've no confidence in
> changing even a single idea consciously and hence
> getting the desired results, I find no reason as
> to why to apply no will power. Hence I can't help
> applying too much of my will-power, making
> mountains out of mole-hills.
> This is how I've been trained ( in using
> will-power). This training is well-entrenched in
> my mind and until I can make myself change an
> idea consciously I think, till then my will-power
> will run unrestrained.
> Dear sir,What should I do?
>
> Regards,
> A.G.


Saturday, 20 December, 2003 10:33 PM

Dear A.G.,
No, I certainly didn't forget you. In fact, I don't think I have ever forgotten a patient (the world is materialistic, but conscious autosuggestion allows one to be no part of it. I am in very good spirits, despite having suffered a setback, which I am sure was brought on partly by overwork. That is why I am taking it much easier than ever. One morning while shaving I suddenly felt a great palpitation, not only in the chest, but also in the abdominal aorta. I became severely lightheaded and started to fall to the floor. I counted my pulse while holding on to the sink as I slid down to the floor. Since it was 130 (but impossible to count every beat) and very irregular I diagnosed atrial fibrillation, so asked to be rushed to the hospital. The diagnosis was confirmed by ECG, but medication failed to convert the arrhythmia to normal sinus rhythm. The doctors then decided to shock the heart to achieve conversion. In fact, the head doctor already had the paddles in hand when I decided to use CA. Just as he was about to apply the paddles the assistant doctor, who had been watching the monitor, called out: "Don't do it. He converted himself." If that is not a great demonstration of the power of CA, then I wouldn't know what is!!! Further studies (echocardiogram, etc.) reveal enlargement of three of the heart's four chambers, mitral valve prolapse allowing 30% of the blood ejected from the left ventricle to flow backwards, and a possible need for open heart surgery to replace the mitral valve at some future time. Well, I felt good about making the diagnosis myself and also converting myself. I am in excellent spirits because I know the power of the SC mind to either cure completely or , where structure cannot be returned to normal, to make such compensation as to return function to normal and to eliminate entirely all symptoms and distress. However, I have had to greatly reduce my workload, actually zero at this moment, and to significantly increase the time I devote to practicing CA on myself. I open my e-mail only one day a week. I am happy to hear you are making progress, even though slowly. Coue preferred the gradual cure, because it is based on methodical application of his two great principles, which a patient, having once learned the knack, will become master of himself and will never forget how it is done (in contrast to instantaneous cures which might be due to emotion, which when it wears off, undoes the cure).

Best wishes always,

Joseph Moccia, M.D.



Monday 29 December, 2003 3:24 AM

Dear A.G.,
It surprises me the you have not yet conquered your will. Coue thought his method was a simple one and also easy to use, and so do I. One of the reasons you have had trouble is you have not carried out my advice but have done something I counseled against. For example, at one time I told you not to use the handclasp experiment, and you wrote that you taught it to someone else and were attempting to get him to teach it to you !!! When my wife heard that she almost collapsed with disbelief !!! This is my advice:
Take your pendulum in both hands and set the bobbin at rest over the center point, O. Now look at the bobbin and simultaneously repeat over and over again, just loud enough to hear your own voice: "Back and forth, back and forth,..." The only essential is to make the suggestion without effort. If you make the suggestion without effort the bobbin will begin to move along the horizontal line AB, and the less effort you use, the greater will be the excursions of the bobbin. To give you a few imaginative comparisons, make the suggestions like a child, like a litany of the Catholic Church, like a lullaby. Each of these three figures of speech are excellent examples of effortlessness. Since there are children in India just as elsewhere, I see no reason why you cannot find a child to perform the pendulum experiment. I guarantee you a child will not fail, in fact, cannot fail, and then all you have to do is imitate the child. Nothing could be easier. You must not perform any other experiments (only the horizontal movement of the pendulum) !!! I see no reason why you will not succeed. The thought of the movement, guaranteed acceptance by the SC by virtue of effortlessness, is realized automatically as the SC sends nerve impulses to the appropriate muscles. YOU CANNOT FAIL !!! I expect only good news from you.

Sincerely,

Joseph Moccia, M.D.


Saturday, 3rd January, 2004 10:55 PM

Dear A.G.,
I employ hexagonal mechanics' nuts, one half inch in diameter (about 12 and 1/2 millimeters) as most suitable, inexpensive, and readily available at any hardware store.. I'm happy to hear you are going to follow my instructions to the letter. Anyone making excessive efforts of the will is also thinking too much, analyzing too deeply, always doubting (in fact, your inquiry as to whether the weight should be 10 grams or so might be an indication of what is called in French "the folly of doubt," and in English "paralysis by analysis"). That is, when I suggest you do something, you either have not done it or else come back with a question, so that you "never come to an accurate knowledge of the truth," and by making difficult what is actually easy, you set yourself up for failure!!! Therefore, make up your mind you are going to get out of your rut and just do it. As Emerson says, "Do the thing and you will have the power." I am leaving town and will not return until the end of January, at which time I expect to hear from you that you succeeded in making the bobbin move horizontally. Don't ask me any questions- just tell me: did the pendulum swing horizontally or not?

Best Wishes,

Joseph Moccia, M.D.

A.G. wrote:
> Dear Sir,
> One more thing is pinching me is that maybe
> the weight in the pendulum is not right. Could
> you please whether it should be 10 grams or so?
> This time I'm going to follow as you've directed.
> Regards,
> A.G.
>


Thursday, 4th March, 2004 3:17 AM

Dear A.G.,
I am very happy to learn that you are gaining some insight as to how CAs must be made in order for them to be effective. Don't concern yourself at all with the hand clasp experiment for now. Coue advised against using it when working alone, and so do I. Also, it is not an absolute necessity, just the best when under expert care. However, the important point is that you certainly can become master of yourself without it. Autosuggestion is imitative, which explains why children learn the golf swing, various dances, etc. merely by observing!!! As they mature, however the conscious mind's faculties of analyzing, reflecting, doubting, etc. begin to develop more and more, so that when an adult who has never danced before is told to extend his left foot forward, rather than do it he asks: "How far?" This slows the learning process tremendously!!! The child, instead, merely observes and executes the dance step. No questions are asked. The correct result is simply secured. And so I am asking you to become childlike again (not childish, which is a very different thing) and keep on observing a child moving the pendulum. Of course, the important thing you cannot fail to notice is that the child repeats the idea simply, with NO EFFORT. All you must do is imitate the manner of repetition with NO EFFORT, and I will guarantee you that you will not only make the pendulum move by CA, but all other CAs you make (regarding health, happiness, etc.) will also be realized. You know, Christ said: "Unless you become like these little children you cannot enter the kingdom of God." I do not preach religion, but I do know that if you really learn how to make CAs effectively, and become master of yourself, you will feel like you have entered the kingdom of heaven. NOW, GO TO IT!!!

Best wishes,

Joseph Moccia



Sunday, 21st March, 2004 10:32 PM

Dear A.G.,
Coue does not give his complete strategy at the point you refer to. Rather he gives only the first part, that is, his advice is to face adversity squarely and think along these lines: "I am not afraid of you. I can conquer you without the least effort." It is understood that this must be followed by using Coue's method for alleviating distress, be it mental or physical. And what a simple, amazing, and effective method it is!!! You merely repeat as rapidly as possible : "It's going, going, going, etc. until the distress leaves you. Certainly if you merely autosuggested you were not afraid of any distress and then did not follow up with the actual treatment of it, you would be left with greater distress. In other words, you must be able to back up your claim that you have no fear with your treatment ("It's going"). Once you know how to use the power within you, you will actually lose all fear of anything tending to distress you, because CA is capable of relieving all distress, no matter how severe it is. But, as always, you must make your suggestions WITHOUT EFFORT, LIKE A CHILD. That is the essential condition. Remember what Christ states in the Scripture: "Unless you become as one of these children, you cannot enter into the kingdom of the heavens." So, my advice is to observe children, especially on the pendulum. Become child-like (not childish, which is a very different thing) when you make your suggestions. Do that and YOU CANNOT FAIL!! I am leaving on the 23rd of March and do not plan to return home until May 1st. I may need open heart surgery to replace the mitral valve. Final tests will determine that. CA autosuggestion may not be able to correct certain heart lesions, but it allows one to alleviate distress, which is a great benefit!!! If you write in May I certainly will answer and help you, for I would love to hear that you have become fully master of yourself. And remember, if you have a medical condition, you must see a doctor. CA does not replace medicine, but is the best supplement.

Best Wishes Always,

Joseph Moccia

A.G. wrote:
> My dear sir,
> I'd like reaffirm my right course. I used to
> stick to various ideas but now these ideas are no
> longer troubling me or causing concern. I'm doing
> better steadily albeit slowly.
> One question I'd like you to elaborate:
> Coue said that (as in case of any idea) if a dog
> growls at you don't just run off but instead look
> into it's eyes and say I'm not frightened of you
> and then the dog would back-off.
> Same thing I've repeatedly failed follow when a
> negative idea presents before me. If, instead of
> running away, I were to counter "face-to-face"
> the idea and try not to be frightened of it, I
> become conscious and the idea increases all the
> more.
> What is the best strategy to face such ideas
> which crop up from no where? Coue's suggestion
> does not seem to be helping me.
>
> Regards,
> A.G.



Sunday, 2nd May, 2004 2:39 AM

My dear A.G.,
I just returned home, mainly because of a bunch of appointments I must keep with doctors and a periodontist, after which I will be leaving again, and hope to train a professional baseball team throughout the summer. (I would really love to train the German baseball team, who really are extremely serious in dominating the world championships and Olympics, but my wife does not like to be so far from home, especially in these turbulent time, and I must make that concession.
Now to you, you say that I talk like Coue, and that is certainly true, because I have an excellent grasp of his method, and it works!!! In fact, there is nothing like it, and it will give results where others have failed, thanks to the discoveries of Coue. Now, you write that you can't understand it. I do not believe that!!! Coue's method won't work with people who can't understand it, but , my good fellow, I know from communicating with you that you most certainly have the intelligence to understand it. Then what conclusion must we come to? I believe you when you say you cannot understand it, but that is because you are making Unconscious Autosuggestions, that is, suggesting to yourself without being aware of it, that you do not understand it. And as every idea we have in mind is realized (within the limits of possibility, be it understood), you actually don't understand it!!! The best advice I can give you is to find a child and have the child demonstrate the pendulum experiment to you. Remember, you do not have to instruct the child to make no efforts while saying aloud: "Back and forth" or "round and round", because the child naturally and habitually makes no efforts. Therefore, the child will succeed. And you will be paying attention to the manner in which the child is repeating the suggestions. You will actually hear the lack of willful effort in the child's voice. You will then merely copy the child's manner of repeating the suggestions. Surely you can do that, especially after repeating to yourself: "I can do that. I can do that just like the child does it. It's easy." And it is easy!!!

Now go to it,

Joseph Moccia



Thursday, 2nd November, 2006 8:26 PM

My Dear Sir
I hope to find you in good spirits and fine
health.
I just thought to remember you and pay my
respects to you after a long period.
Unfortunately I'm still unsuccessful in learning
Coue's "trick".
I've got to learn it in this life or the next.
regards,
A.G.

--- Joseph Moccia <mocjsph [at] azsurprise [dot] com> wrote:



My dear A.G.,
I just returned home, mainly because of a
bunch of appointments I must keep with doctors and
a periodontist, after which I will be leaving
again,and hope to train a professional baseball
team throughout the summer. (I would really love
to train the German baseball team, who really are
extremely serious in dominating the world
championships and Olympics, but my wife does not
like to be so far from home, especially in these
turbulent time, and I must make that concession.
Now to you, you say that I talk like Coue,
and that is certainly true,because I have an
excellent grasp of his method, and it works!!! In
fact,there is nothing like it, and it will give
results where others have failed,thanks to the
discoveries of Coue. Now, you write that you
can't understand it. I do not believe that!!!
Coue's method won't work with people who
can't understand it, but , my good fellow, I know
from communicating with you that you most
certainly have the intelligence to understand it.
Then what conclusion must we come to? I believe
you when you say you cannot understand it, but
that is because you are making Unconscious
Autosuggestions, that is, suggesting to yourself
without being aware of it, that you do not
understand it. And as every idea we have in mind
is realized (within the limits of possibility, be
it understood), you actually don't understand
it!!! The best advice I can give you is to find a
child and have the child demonstrate the pendulum
experiment to you. Remember, you do not have to
instruct the child to make no efforts while saying
aloud: "Back and forth" or "round and round",
because the child naturally and habitually makes
no efforts. Therefore,the child will succeed. And
you will be paying attention to the manner
in which the child is repeating the suggestions.
You will actually hear the lack of willful effort
in the child's voice. You will then merely copy
the child's manner of repeating the suggestions.
Surely you can do that, especially after repeating
to yourself: "I can do that. I can do that just
like the child does it. It's easy." And it is
easy!!!

Now go to it,

Joseph Moccia


Friday, 7 March, 2008 7:27 PM

> Dear Sir
>
> I've observed that I'm indeed applying quite less
> of will power since yesterday.
>
> I'd like to be quite conservative in reporting
> you about any sort of my improvement.
>
> Yesterday night I did the pendulum experiment for
> 15 minutes.
>
> Initially I could make it move "back & forth".
>
> Later I could not move at any side.
> I've no idea why I could not make it move.
>
> Can you please explain me why I could not make it
> move?
>
>
> regards
> A.G.
>
>Dear A.G., I have suffered a terrible setback. The doctor called me in
>yesterday to tell me that my chest X-ray showed two abnormalities in the right
>lung, one in the lower lobe and the other adjacent to it in the middle lobe so I
>am scheduled for a CT scan of the chest today at 3:30 PM. The CT
>scan of the brain also showed an abnormality in the brain itself, so I am
>scheduled for an MRI of the brain next Thursday, March 13. Given the gravity of
>the situation I am ceasing from all training in autosuggestion and therefore
>hope and pray you will show me the same Christian love that I have shown you by
>not burdening me any further with questions. I must devote my full time to
>getting better myself. (In fact, my wife has even forbidden me to even stop all
>investing and I will do it).
>As for your last question, the answer is most simple, and I am shocked that you
>don't know it!!! As Coue would say, you have been making efforts!!! As to why
>you are making efforts after I have given you 15 to 18 hours of training and
>you had definitely succeeded in my presence, I can only hope and pray you don't
>have what is termed in psychiatry as SELF-DEFEATING PERSONALITY DISORDER. As the
>name indicates, such patients invariably defeat themselves!!! The treatment of
>said condition requires a psychiatrist, which I am not. So I could not help you
>anyway, even if I were completely well. You must remember I gave you 15 to 18
>hours of my time in 3 days (which I don't believe Coue himself ever gave to one
>patient) and told you I have given all of myself to you. But I firmly believe
>you have the above condition in which case conscious autosuggestion is
>powerless to succeed. You must see a competent psychiatrist who is expert in
>the field of personality disorders. My best wishes always and I am sorry I can
>no longer communicate with you. Joseph Moccia, M.D.
>


Saturday, 4 June 2011 - 9:00am

My approach has been developed to the point of curing baseball players of slumps immediately, so that as far as I know, I am the only one who refuses compensation if the slump is not broken immediately. In other words, I offer a guarantee: no cure, no fee. The method has never once failed and has been used at all levels, including the major leagues. In addition, it provides the fastest way to develop a player's full potential. Again, it's a little trick, backed by the Coue Method plus anatomical, physiological, and biochermical knowledge. Sincerely, Joseph Moccia, M.D. P.S. All help and advice re the curing of disease by the Method of Emile Coue remains, as always, free of charge.

Joseph Moccia, M.D.


7 June 2011 - 11:32am

A.G. I am still helping cure many persons of their difficulties so am surprised that you didn't contact me to aid in the cure of your wife. Of course, you may do so at any time, remembering that autosuggestion and the usual practice of medicine go hand in hand, each supplementing the other.

Best Wishes, Joseph Moccia, M.D.


Tuesday, 07-Jun-2011
My dear A.G.,

After severe heart disease and recurrent cancer of the bladder necessitating two operations, my cardiologist said to me: "I'm surprised you're still alive!" He asked me how I do it and when I began to explain he cut me short and said:
"Just keep on doing what you've been doing." Good advice!

Why had you not contacted me re your wife's troubles? I am still seeing clients at the Surprise Senior Center and obtaining cures which some say are miraculous (although they are not).

Your trouble, obviously, is that you have a much too willful will. you think that what you do not do yourself does not happen. You must put your trust in the imagination. Napoleon correctly stated: "Imagination rules the world." The secret of the "trick" or knack is to make your suggestions in a singsong, child-like manner. Did not Christ say to the Jews: Unless you become as one of these you cannot enter the kingdom of the heavens. And children have not yet developed the will, therefore rely heavily on the imagination, which is lord of the will.

Also you must cease making harmful suggestions, e.g., "I'm the most unfortunate person alive." I can assure you that you most certainly have been making that negative suggestion WITHOUT effort which is why it is so readily accepted by your SC mind.

The other simple point to remember is to make your suggestions with confidence.
Look any negative thought squarely in the eye and say: "I am not afraid of you.
It is EASY and "I CAN." As RALPH WALDO EMERSON stated: "A FEW SIMPLE RULES SUFFICE US."

Let me know if I can be of any assistance to your wife. I must now get ready to travel to our Senior Center in our town of Surprise to see if we can perform any more "miracles". Some day I will be happy to explain some of the marvelous cures obtained using the Coue Method.

My best wishes always,
Joseph Moccia, M.D.



Tuesday 21-Jun-2011 8:27 PM

I, Dr. Joseph Moccia, have come out of a brief retirement and resumed training subjects in the Coue Method of Conscious Autosuggestion. The great improvement of my very serious heart condition by use of the method caused my cardiologist to exclaim: "I thought you'd be dead by now!" He then asked me how I did it, but before I could get two sentences out I realized he wasn't interested as he cut me off and said: "Well, whatever you are doing, keep doing that." And that is precisely what I am presently doing, for myself and for others, on a voluntary basis. Sincerely, Joseph Moccia, M.D.


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