"Blessed is he that cometh in the Science of Wisdom." ~Phineas Parkhurst Quimby
April 1, 2018
by Phineas Parkhurst Quimby
Man as we see him combines two trinities, although he is ignorant of it. I will try to condense one into a personal identity. Error is the father, belief is the son or body, wisdom is the Holy Ghost or reason. To make it clear, I must take a person where the trinity is the plainest. I will take a sick man for his is the plainest one. The error is the tyrant, the belief is the son or offspring of the father. The error wants to hold the truth in subjection, for the truth is the wisdom of God in man, not developed. So error disturbs the mind and a belief is formed. This belief contains the penalties and these beget fear. Here you have opinion, the father, the belief, fear or punishment, the son and the knowledge of all, the Holy Ghost. This is the world’s trinity.
The trinity of God is wisdom or God, the father; health, science or wisdom in practice the son; and the explanation of the two, the Holy Ghost. These three are one and the same in power and wisdom. And to be born of the spirit of wisdom is to break from your wickedness or opinions and turn to the truth. The new birth is to put off the old man, that is error, with all his belief and put on the new man or Christ. It is to destroy all the old superstition of the old world and enter into the world of science where opinion and belief never come. In this world there is no more death or sighing, for the old things are explained away. Death and hell and he that hath the power of death called error is cast into the lake of fire or science that will burn up all the chaff or error, and the new Jerusalem shall be established in the hearts of men. Then the sun or wisdom will light up his new world; there will be no more night or ignorance, and all will bow down before the throne of wisdom and sing the song of everlasting life. The error has its creeds and religious worship, for it worships this great truth in a mystery; so it reasons about the other state or world because it does not know what it reasons about. Therefore it makes to itself a God just according to its knowledge. It lays down its articles of belief for opinions have now become a belief. Truth or wisdom is not in its creeds, but a firm belief in the error.
The first article is to believe in a First Cause. Not knowing what it is, it calls it God and believes that the man Jesus is his son, and the Holy Ghost is the power that God gave his son Jesus. So in their blindness, they pray to this unknown God, to whom they have attributed all the faculties of man. They believe that he requires certain duties of man for his own special benefit and if they will fulfill those laws that he has given them, they will be received into his kingdom and if not, they will be cast off. You see there is not the first word of wisdom in all the foregoing but a simple belief founded on someone’s opinion. Long before all this belief, people were religious but their religion had no heaven nor hell, and in fact they nearly all disbelieved in anything after what they call death. There were a few who believed in a resurrection of the dead at the end of the world. Therefore the other world had but little effect on people’s lives for they did not believe that God would reward them after death. If they did wrong, however, they were punished by some plague or evils that would affect the body such as leprosy, scrofula, etc. Their religion consisted in forms and ceremonies, temples and altars, etc. all of which could never explain away their superstition.
But the tide of progression rolled on, and wave after wave swept away some of the old landmarks of superstition and the people were carried off on the waters of science, flowing from the great ocean of truth. Yet they were like fog tossed about by the winds of superstition, not knowing where to fly. In this ocean of progression, the voice of John was heard crying in the wilderness of error, for he had kept up with the current but was not carried into the sea like some others. So he broke the silence by the voice of his reason and exposed the hypocrisy of the priest. Now Jesus being posted up on all the theology of the day went to hear John.
As I have said, the idea of a science to test man’s goodness was never dreamed of by the wise men of his age. The truth had made its way along in every branch of the sciences except goodness, and goodness being what follows our acts, to know how to have it and to attach the wisdom to our acts is a science. So religion is the nursery of disease. The belief made men sick and unhappy but the idea of another world had no hold on the people.
In the earth or natural man is where all seeds or ideas are sown; so it brings forth all kinds of creeping things that have life and the office of wisdom is to keep the vineyard in good order so that its fruits will produce happiness. By the deception of error or ignorance, man has wandered away from science or spiritual life and, like Esau, has made his way into the wilderness of matter and recognizes no life outside of his own little vineyard. So he lives in death, never dreaming that he is the cause of his own misery. Now rise up with me into space, like the odor of the rose, and sit down on the clouds of error and see men walking and blown like trees by every wind of opinion, sometimes torn from the earth by a hurricane and hurled into the air, the tornado being started by some political devil and blown up by his imps.” ~Phineas Parkhurst Quimby
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Henry Wood (1834-1909) can be described as one of the pioneers of the New Thought movement, even though he was neither a minister nor the founder of a church or center. A successful businessman and author, Wood was forced by ill health to retire. He somehow came across the principles later known as New Thought, was healed, and sought to help others learn to heal themselves. He was one of the founders of the Metaphysical Club and at one time served as its president.
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The plain fact remains that the spread of the movement has been due to practical fruits, and the extremely practical turn of character of the American people has never been better shown than by the fact that this, their only decidedly original contribution to the systematic philosophy of life, should be so intimately knit up with concrete therapeutics. (p. 94)
On the same page, James, after describing “a good deal of the mind-cure literature” as “so moonstruck with optimism and so vaguely expressed that an academically trained intellect finds it almost impossible to read it at all”, states in a footnote that he considers Horatio W. Dresser and Henry Wood “far and away the ablest of the group” of mind-cure authors.
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