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Phineas Parkhurst Quimby: His Complete Writings and Beyond

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Cause of Man's Troubles, The

Do man's troubles arise from his errors? I say that they do, but this is merely an opinion unless I can show more proof than my base assertion. I will try and give some proof of what I say. All will admit that if a person believes he is acting rightly to himself, he is. But if his acts are condemned by the world, he must suffer the penalty of them. This is true of every act in man's life. It is true also of the sick in every stage of disease from a lame ankle to a confirmed cripple. Their belief is the cause of their trouble. Man never acted at all unless his acts were a combination of these two same laws. Sometimes they are separate and sometimes they are not and when they are not, then comes in the mystery as the interposition of God. Now if man knew what he was composed of, that is the identity called man, then his wisdom would put a different construction on his acts. Man is a combination of ideas and opinions and beliefs arranged into a form called man. The owner is not seen except by the representative which acts outside the real man. The true scientific man is not known by either of the other two. The scientific man is the one that deals out to the natural man and he moves the figure or machinery called the natural man. Now the figure or machine is the thing to be studied for it is the facsimile of the owner. And if the owner owns his body or machine independently, then all will go well and he will be happy. But if some one has a mortgage or claim on the body, then he shows it by complaining.

If consumption gets a claim on a person, it will not let him off till it saps the very foundation of the vineyard. For the body is like a vineyard and the owner is responsible to himself for his acts. If he buys anything, he must pay for it and there is no escaping from it. It is like buying an article that we do not want merely because some person will trust us for it. But the pay day will come and if we cannot pay, we shall have to be cast into prison till the debt is paid. As Christ or Science is the Savior, when he comes and explains his truth, it pays the debt and sets the debtor free and he tells him to beware how he gets into debt again. Now every person knows that there are thousands of ways of getting a person's money for some trifling object which is of no use whatever. So that if a person is not on his guard, he is liable to spend more than his income. This is only the emblem of the spiritual man. His spiritual body is the vineyard; his errors are his debts; his wisdom is his riches. The world is the merchandise and the peddlers and traders are the ideas that are asked to be bought or believed.

Now every person is thrown into the community where all these hawkers and peddlers are. And their ideas are the articles of the world which every one wishes to buy, for they think they cannot get along without them. The doctor brings out his sign and puts in a card of what he keeps on hand. All kinds of diseases are hung out for sale. Here is a pattern: a thin face, sunken eyes, poor skeleton, all ragged like an automaton. Speak to it and you will see that it coughs and throws itself into a variety of forms. This you are asked to purchase and your curiosity is excited so that you pay the proprietor to explain how it is made. He begins to say that the first thing is to go out into the cold till you begin to shiver. He explains, and the image represents the feelings till you get so worked up that you buy the idea and give your note or belief and return home, with the assurance that if you manufacture any more or let it to your children, you must pay for the patent. So you give a claim to the disease and home you go, and now you have sold yourself for life.

1864

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