"Blessed is he that cometh in the Science of Wisdom." ~Phineas Parkhurst Quimby
August 7, 2016
by Phineas Parkhurst Quimby
Suppose every person could disbelieve in another world as it is called. What would be the effect on each individual? Let everyone put the question to himself. Reader, do you suppose that if you could disbelieve in another world that it would put you out of existence as long as you could believe? For as long as you believed, you would be in existence. Now imagine the heavens and the earth and all that in them is, can you doubt that there must be a something that knows more than you do? Then the next question comes up. Where is it? You cannot say in heaven, for you have denied this place. Jesus answered this question of where heaven is by saying it is in you, even in your thoughts. So the kingdom of heaven was in their minds. Now this is my belief. So it is with the other world; it is all in the mind. Now get it out so that the mind does not contain it, then what exists? You exist and that you know if you know anything. You know that you are always learning something new, this you know. You know that matter and mind are always changing. You know that science is progression, and that its truths always have existed and always must. Even if all the people were swept from the earth, still the truth of science would exist. Science in you teaches you that you are a child of science and therefore your identity cannot be lost. So to be a child of science you cannot leave the father and go into a belief of what you can show is nothing but an opinion.
Now where does science look for the God that it worships? In the clouds? No. Does it call it up from the vast deep? No. Then where does it seek it? It looks at the evils of the world and says, How long shall man wander in darkness looking for wisdom when it is in himself and he does not know it? It is the higher principle of our nature. Now let this higher principle rise with me above all the opinions of men about another world, and come up hither and sit on the clouds made by the superstition and look and survey one last space where perfect light and harmony exist. Now turn your eyes to the earth and see men's eyes turned upward to see this world and listen to their stories about it. See them down on their knees begging an unknown God to guide them to this world. So the superstition in regard to it is that the spirits of all those that they have created and believed in come from this vast place, where man never comes, nor ever will come till he breaks the fetters of idolatry, and by the buoyancy of his wisdom, rises by his own wisdom, unfettered by superstitions into the glorious light of science.
All mankind have a kind of reverence for something they call God. No matter what name you give it, most admit it and their fears of it depend on the idea they have of this power. For at the same time that they call it God, they call it a power—supposing that God is in the power, whether it is good or bad. Man in his wisdom has undertaken to give an explanation of God's wisdom and define what is good and what is bad or what is right and what is wrong and has tried to make the people believe that they are the true oracles of God. So they get up certain laws and forms of obedience to God, just as though the father of wisdom had condensed his wisdom into a little shell about as large as a coconut and required of man certain acts for his own gratification. If the child will obey these laws, he holds out to him all sorts of happiness, like a toy shop, where they can get just as many playthings as they desire. This is in one hand. In the other he holds out a direful rod, with all the horrors that a crazy brain could invent.” ~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.
Wood, along with Horatio W. Dresser, was one of two New Thought authors specifically singled out for praise by William James in his Varieties of Religious Experience. Here is what James had to say about New Thought, known at the time as “mind cure”:
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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