MORE ON MESMER AND THE BEGINNINGS OF MODERN MAGNETISM
Mesmer continued to experiment with animal magnetism and its healing
abilities, and, with much success, was able to cure numerous patients of their
illnesses. He conducted individual as well as group sessions. In the latter, he used his own hands to
channel the fluid, as well as other material aids that he had magnetized prior
to the sessions. Mesmer experienced periods of popularity for his cures, mixed with
criticism and opposition. Finally, in 1784, King Louis XVI of
This negation did not stop intellectuals and magnetizers that followed Mesmer and continued the study of animal magnetism. By way of experimentation and observation, they developed techniques, theories, and recommendations for “what works well and what doesn’t” based upon the effects of the variations in techniques. Magnetism is still used today under different names and varying forms of practice. Likewise, it has been adopted, studied and utilized by the followers of Spiritism. The teachings of Spiritism bring additional understanding of its mechanism and the additional element of spiritual magnetism.