"Blessed is he that cometh in the Science of Wisdom." ~Phineas Parkhurst Quimby
December 4, 2016
by Phineas Parkhurst Quimby
True love is pure above all earthly feelings. It would lead one to lay down one’s life for a friend and what more can one do? It is independent of all we see with the natural eyes. Its attraction is not of this world. That feeling is a part of us, then there is a part of us that exists independent of what we can see. That is the real man. He is eternal. He never can die. Forms may change. He is independent of forms. This is love—a spark from the great love that fills all space and is the beginning and end to all things—from whence all things rise in which we all live and move and have our being. It lights and warms, it comforts and consoles. It is tangible because we can feel it.
Then that which feels it is not the body because this love does not address itself to the body. This proves then that the sense of feeling is not in the body. So all our senses are independent of the body, but we locate them there.
Now this love is the Creator of all things. For his own pleasure he made the world. He created the matter and then put it into form. He gave to everything its own life. The mineral, the vegetable and the animal world all have their allotted spheres or action. They fulfill their destiny and then dust returns to dust and the spirit to God who gave it. But to man, God gave something higher. He breathed his own breath into man and he became a living soul. All other created things have their limit, a circle as it were in which they move and generation after generation they come around to the same spot they started from. But man improves. He investigates and understands science, which makes him a king, a God, so far as he understands it. Now man takes his place as a ruler—and here begins his trouble. He does not know nor acknowledge his higher nature. He reasons as the animal does if he reasons at all, that matter contains all intelligence, that life is in the plant and death the end of life—that all action, all heat and vitalities are generated in the material form. He does not know in the first place that he exists outside his body, that in a world which we cannot see with the natural eyes everything material takes its source and is a shadow of the hidden substance. He not only denies his own higher nature, he denies his God every day of his life as if a plant contains its own intelligence and knows how to take care of itself, what need has it of any other care? So with the body. It is just a machine it is true, but can a machine oil itself? Now the Lord has freed us so that the oil is supplied if we act in accordance with the true principle of life. What is the true principle of life? It is that from Him springs our life, not some other, that from Him we derive heat, action, sensation, intelligence, happiness—everything that we are capable of feeling. That is the real man. God is not ashamed to acknowledge us as a part of himself—why should we hesitate to accept the position? With this mode of reasoning we accept our bodies as a house given us to live in and the intelligence which keeps the house in order is no part of the house itself, but independent of it and which we must try and understand if we desire our own happiness.
[* Originally untitled, this article was published for the first time in Phineas Parkhurst Quimby: His Complete Writings and Beyond.]
Man is just as large as he is wise in Science, so science is that solid that will break in pieces all opinions. There is one development of wisdom that has never been acknowledged by the natural man and when that is acknowledged, the natural man then becomes subject to a higher power. This is the Science of Wisdom whose fruits are health and happiness. This is the foundation of all other sciences. It is the rock of wisdom and man is made of it. Opinion is its servant and when the servant becomes the master, then the wicked reign and the people mourn.” ~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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