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Phineas Parkhurst Quimby: His Complete Writings and Beyond

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How Dr. Quimby Cures IV

[Originally untitled.]

Every phenomenon in the natural world has its origin in the spiritual world. The world gives credit where it is not due, mistaking noise for substance. No man should have credit over his fellow men unless he shows some superiority over the errors of his age, and to show that he is superior is to reduce to a science some phenomenon which has never been explained, music for an example. Before music was reduced to a science, it was a phenomenon. People could whistle and sing, but no one supposed that the one who made the most noise was entitled to any credit above the rest. Credit was due to him who first reduced it to a science.

Take diseases. The world is full of sickness, arising from various causes; the phenomena exist in the natural world, while the causes originate in an invisible world. Doctoring is confined to the natural world and admits the causes of the disease to be all in the natural world.

Doctor Quimby, with his clairvoyant faculty, gets knowledge in regard to the phenomena which does not come through the natural senses, and by explaining to his patients changes the direction of the mind, and the explanation is the science or cure. To illustrate. Suppose a patient calls on Dr. Quimby for examination. No questions are asked on either side. They sit down together. He has no knowledge of the patient's feelings through his natural senses till after having placed his mind upon them. Then he becomes perfectly passive and, the patient's mind being troubled puts him into a clairvoyant state, together with his natural state, thus being in two states at once when he takes feelings, accompanied by their state of mind and thoughts. A history of their trouble thus learned, together with the name of the disease, he relates to the patient. This constitutes the disease and the evidences in the body are the effects of the belief. Not being afraid of the belief he is not afraid of the disease.

The doctors take the bodily evidence as the disease. Disease with him does not come to the natural senses; therefore he cannot explain to the well his mode of treatment. The well take no interest in it and his theory is of no use to them. Then what use is it to the world? To give the sick such confidence that they will not be frightened by opinions of disease, for disease is itself an impudent opinion. He throws off the feelings of the sick and imparts to them his own which are perfect health, and his explanation destroys their feelings or disease. His belief in this respect differing from any other's is the result of the science of his practice. Therefore when he is with the sick, they feel safe. He is like a captain who knows his business and feels confident in a storm, and his confidence sustains the crew and ship when both would be lost if the captain should give way to his fears.

Dr. Quimby comes to the sick as a pilot to the captain of a ship in a storm or fog when dangers threaten and inevitable destruction seems their doom. He learns the trouble from the captain, and quieting the crew by his composure inspires them with confidence, gives other directions, and brings them into harbor.

January 1860

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