"Blessed is he that cometh in the Science of Wisdom." ~Phineas Parkhurst Quimby
December 25, 2016
by Phineas Parkhurst Quimby
An illustration of what I claim to have discovered which the natural man has never had any proof of except by a belief, I will take an egg. Man would never have believed it contained a chicken until he had the truth developed before his eyes. Take a pair of doves, when they are first hatched, and keep them separate from all other doves till they come to maturity. Now will anyone deny but that the female dove has a certain knowledge, instinct or something equivalent to it, that there is something contained in the egg similar to herself, and she will act accordingly, and hatch and protect her young to the best of her ability. Now that something, call it what you will, is superior to the natural man. The chicken is not ignorant of itself as being in the world till it breaks through the shell, for it is possessed of life and will peep and peck.
This wisdom in man is like the unhatched chicken trying to break through the shell of error and assume its real character or identity. The chicken is not ignorant of its identity in the shell, nor is the child of wisdom ignorant that it exists. Although it knows that it is in the shell of superstition, it is beating the hammer of science to break the shell or prison and escape from belief into the land of science. Take a person as we see him; place him in a mesmeric state, then he, to the world, is like the chicken in the shell. His natural senses or shell lies cold and clammy as death, for speak to it and it moves not. You touch it and it awakens no response. Now every person has life and intelligence, not of the body nor within the medium of its senses, for the mesmeric sees and describes things at a distance which it would be impossible to do through his natural senses, and still he has all his senses and will taste and smell and describe what no one present knows anything of. Now here you have an invisible being that exists outside of his senses describing things truthfully which you never saw or heard of. Now let it break through the shell that binds it and awake or pass into this world, and at last it begins to act in another sphere. Now what I am trying to teach is to educate man up to that state where he shall know that he exists and can prove to the natural man what the natural man knows nothing of and has never acknowledged.
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.” ~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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