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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 III

I will show the sick how I make myself known to them in the clouds. A sick person is to himself one person but is looking for his Messiah or Saviour to come and save him. The priest tells him to pray to this unknown God; the doctor also comes to administer to his wants. Each, having no wisdom, are false guides leading the sick and blind till they all fall into the ditch or error together. Now in the clouds of their belief, while wandering around their prison, starving for the bread of life, sick and in despair and given up to die, a voice is heard that speaks, not as man speaks but in that still small voice of wisdom saying, Be of good cheer, your sins or errors shall be explained or forgiven. Then comes a crash of the whole prison, the doors are thrown open, the walls of the prison fall to the ground and the keeper trembles for fear. For he sees the shackles and bolts drop from the prisoner and he hears a voice saying, Come hither! This is the way that this truth acts upon the sick. The prison is the belief, the cords and shackles are the pains and the keeper their belief. My wisdom is the Science or the Saviour. It sees and feels their woes and comes to the rescue, and if they understand this truth, it is wisdom to them; but if not, it does not prevent the cure. It is like a criminal listening to his counsel. If he understands, he is the wiser and better, for he knows better how to keep out of trouble; but if he does not understand, it does not prevent his counsel from getting his case, for the criminal can of himself do nothing. So it is with the sick; nothing is expected of them except to be patient and answer such questions as their counsel shall ask, but if they wish to be posted up so as to keep clear of these deceivers, they must give their attention to the argument of the counsel. But so far as the cure is concerned, it makes no difference, only the counsel will take more interest if he sees his client is interested in his case. But if the criminal takes no interest in his case, it gives the advantage to the opponent which is the disease, for it looks as though the prisoner felt that he was guilty. I find that if the prisoner places all confidence in me or this truth, he excites it more in his favor than if he looked upon me as though I had no higher motive than to plead his case for the little fee I get without regard to his getting clear. When I see this, I take no interest in his case and feel as a counsel does when he knows the prisoner is guilty and has no feeling about his case. Of course, the counsel cannot manage his case with as much zeal as if it were otherwise.

June 1862

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