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Phineas Parkhurst Quimby: His Complete Writings and Beyond

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Your Position in Regard to the World

What is your position in regard to the world or the errors of the world? You cannot embrace both. If you embrace the world you embrace its errors and become a servant to its laws, and the spirit or truth departs to the God that gave it. But if you hold on to the truth, the world is in subjection to you and instead of becoming a servant, you become a teacher of truth to the world and lead other minds to the truth.

Instead of your happiness being in the world, the world's happiness is in you. Here is your true position and this is the struggle you will have to go through. Shall the world lead you, or shall you lead the world? This is the point that is to be settled in your mind.

Now I will give you the signs of the times. Many shall come in the name of the truth and say, do this, or do that—music, dancing, and all sorts of amusements. But truth says, Beware, be not deceived; seek first the truth and all the above will be a pleasure to you. To know whether you are born of the truth, the truth shall show just your position in the world. Then you can take the lead and the world will listen to you. Then the kingdom of this world has become subject to the kingdom of heaven, for error has become the subject of truth.

This is a trying scene to go through. It seems as though you must leave all the world's pleasure and seclude yourself from society. But this is not the case; you will like society all the better. For where the carcass is there will all the eagles be gathered; so where error is, truth will go to lead the captive free. This will make you love amusement for the sake of doing good. Then you will rejoice with those that rejoice and weep with those that weep and your happiness is their happiness. Then you will be loved and respected for your love or knowledge and you will draw around you those minds that are in harmony with yours. Then will the old ideas come and knock at your door for admittance, but the truth will say, Depart from me, ye cursed, for when I wanted truth you gave me no answer; when ignorant or naked, you gave me no truth or clothes; therefore depart ye cursed, into everlasting darkness where ignorance and error dwell.

December 1859

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