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Phineas Parkhurst Quimby: His Complete Writings and Beyond

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How Does Dr. Quimby Stand in Relation to His Patients?—Part II—Can Dr. Quimby Be in Two Places at the Same Time?

My answer is I can by sitting by the sick, not the well, for a sick person is one beside himself, and to converse with two persons who are not aware of their own presence, one must be in communication with both. A mesmerizer is only in one place at a time according to his belief, having but one identity, but I have two identities: one in matter and the other out of matter. One can be seen and felt by the natural man, and the other can feel and see the sick man's identity which to him is not visible to his natural man. I will illustrate my two identities. When I sit down by a sick person, I have one identity, the sick has two; yet one is not admitted except as their feelings, but this is not the case. The natural man or identity is the shadow of the real man who is in trouble. When the two separate is when the spiritual man is disturbed and makes his complaint to the world through his medium; but when there is no disturbance, there is but one identity apparent, although in reality there are two the same. For instance, when a person is in a mesmeric state, his real self can be hundreds of miles from his body, yet to him he has but one body and one identity; but to another he has two, for one is seen, and the other is admitted from the evidence he gives of his presence at the place he describes. So with me I am conscious of my own identity; then I am equally conscious of conversing with the sick and listening to their complaints as I am of my own senses. I am conscious of their identity which consists of a body with all the senses of the natural man, with all the intelligence they possess. It can travel and show one things that his natural senses know not of. Their language is their feelings which contain their trouble. It is the touch which Jesus felt. It tells you its trouble. This I communicate to their senses to let them know that their very self is outside of the body and all their troubles are in this self or identity which is not acknowledged. For the sick are like persons in a mesmeric state who want to return home having been carried away by false guides and left alone; being strangers they cling to the shadow of their old identity. This is the identity I see while I retain my own senses as a man. They remind me of a person turned out of his own house where he was born by the dissipation of his parents, driven from his own farm or house, where all his ties of earthly life are, into the world among strangers. Believing they shall have a claim on the old estate, they linger around the old place, sometimes driven away and even put into prison for daring to speak of their wrongs. The child becomes the heir of its own vineyard, given to it by the father of all, so it commences like a man and his wife in a new country. The father is opinions (the child being the vineyard), Science the mother. Opinions are the earthly man and the children partake of both parents. As opinions wants to rule, it is arbitrary and wants to dictate. So as the little ideas grow up, the earth becomes peopled with a race of ideas that are obnoxious to the children of science. So a war commences and the earthly man being more powerful in opinions and these being the standard, the child of science is driven from the land and the land is left to the world of opinions.

This is the state of a sick person brought up under the guidance of parents who have reverence for the opinions of the priest and physician and have no wisdom of their own. The children of these blind guides soon become overbearing and make war with their father, and the land passes into the hands of strangers and they seek a home in the rocks and dens. It may be asked if I believe that man might live forever, as it is called. I answer, No, not that it would be out of a true principle of the economy of life but because man is two beings: one of opinions and the other of Science. For instance, suppose a man and his wife go into a new country and purchase some millions of acres of land, and being intelligent, they have a strong desire that the land should descend to their own offspring. Their children grow up and the females marry men from some other country and all the titles are in the female’s (or Science) name, and if the males or opinions marry, their titles are at the will of the female or Science. If this contract or agreement is kept in full force, generations will pass away and still the heirs of the original parents will hold the soil. So it might be with man, if there would be a science that would separate opinions from truth, so that man should not be deceived by false guides whose sole object is to get possession of the science and govern the world; then man would live contented as long as he pleased. But as long as the present theology exists, revolution and misery must follow; there must be a war of opinions against science. Call it aristocracy against democracy, or rich against poor, it is really opinions against Science or progression. Science never makes war; opinions are always making a disturbance and calling themselves the children of wisdom. Jerusalem was called the place where the Lord or Truth dwelt and the Pharisee Jews assumed to be the chosen people of God or Science; this was false science. Paul warned the people to beware of such and avoid those babbling and all opposition of Science, falsely so called.

The Jews had turned the word of God into a false religion and had taken to themselves all wisdom. So to be a religious man was to be a Jew. The Jews being made of opinions were looking for a teacher or ruler who should free them from the Roman yoke or religion. So when this truth made its appearance through the man Jesus and as they claimed to be the wisest people, Jesus went to them, but they could not understand it so he returned to the Gentiles; that is, the truth was first preached to the priests and physicians but they could not appreciate it and condemned it and then it went to the sick who could appreciate it. It is so now. I have tried to make the priests and doctors understand but they have eyes and see not, ears and hear not, and hearts but cannot understand, so they cry out, Crucify it, it is a humbug and they try to set the people against it. Therefore I turned to the sick and found that they can understand what is for their good.

So a new heaven or theory will spring up and a new earth or soil will bring forth from the true vine, for this science is the true vine and its believers are the branches. This science is the stone, which the builders rejected, that will become the cornerstone of the new Jerusalem that came down from heaven and established itself. Then comes the end when opinions must crumble under the tread of progression and their field or false science will be plowed up by the plow of science and their habitation will become a desolate wilderness. The fires of progression will burn up the errors and opinions and the old ideas will become a byword in the land. This is an illustration of the progress of that true science that will free the poor, sick and disheartened beings that have been robbed by the blind guides crying, Peace, peace, when there is no peace.

June 1862

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