"Blessed is he that cometh in the Science of Wisdom." ~Phineas Parkhurst Quimby
February 18, 2018
by Phineas Parkhurst Quimby
I answer, yes. You may ask, Who is the founder of that science? I answer, Jesus Christ. Then comes the question, what proof have you that it is a science? Because Jesus healed the sick, that of itself is no proof that He knew by what means He did it.
If He healed in the manner reported He must have done it under the laws of science, for there can be no such thing as accident with God. And if Jesus was the Christ or God, He must have known these laws and the way He performed His cures under them. When He was accused of curing the disease through Beelzebub or ignorance, He said, “If I cast out devils (or diseases) through Beelzebub or ignorance, my kingdom (or science) cannot stand; but if I cast out devils (or disease) through a science or law, then my kingdom or law will stand for it is not of this world.” When others cast out disease, they did it by ignorance or Beelzebub, and there was no science in their cures. The effect produced was the same, but not knowing the cause, the world was none the wiser for their cures. At another time when told that one had been seen curing or casting out devils in his name, he said, “Forbid him not, for he that is not against us is on our part, but he that is not with us or is ignorant of the laws of curing, scattereth abroad, for the world is none the wiser for such cures.” Here Jesus makes a difference between His mode of curing and theirs. If Jesus’ cures were done by the power of God and Jesus was the Christ or God, He must have known what that power or science is and the difference between His science and their ignorance. His science was His kingdom; therefore it was not of this world, and theirs being of this world, He called it the kingdom of darkness. To enter into the kingdom or science is to enter into its laws and thereby remove from us the evils of this world. Disease is an evil; it belongs to this world of darkness.
To separate one world from the other is to separate truth from error, and as truth is life and error death, the resurrection of the one is the destruction of the other.
This life was taught to man by Jesus and called Christ instead of science, and to know this science or Christ is to know eternal life which is eternal progression in the science of God. This science teaches man how to break off from all errors or bad habits that lead to disease; for as disease is in his belief, to be good is to be wise. But health does not always show itself in science for the fool in his heart says there is no Science or God. Therefore the fool is happy in his knowledge. So are a great many persons happy, according to Paul's idea, who are wise in their own conceit and are puffed up with the flattery of the world. But their wisdom comes to an end.” ~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.
The present volume is based on a long series of weekly columns commenting on Wood’s thought over the course of ten books. It includes the Suggestions and Meditations from Wood’s flagship work, Ideal Suggestion Through Mental Photography, and the Suggestive Lessons from The New Thought Simplified.
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