July 23, 2017

Difference between My Belief and Others'

by Phineas Parkhurst Quimby

Where does Dr. Quimby's mode of practice differ from that of others? In every particular. Disease is admitted by everyone, though there may be a few exceptions, as a something independent of the mind. Dr. Quimby denies all this and asks for the proof.

Disease is a departure from life. Now, how can a man lose his life and know it after it has taken place and at the same time not know it? For if health is life and a departure from it is death, how can this change take place independently of the mind? For if the mind is not that which undergoes the change, how can it suffer death if it does not know it? And if it is the mind, mind must be matter and matter, mind. This theory finishes up life by the death of the body by disease. This is man's theory and they prove it by their works. This has been the belief since the world began. Religion is founded on this theory and we are called upon to prepare for this change from life to death or from health to disease, for disease is a departure from life. Therefore we are called upon by this theory to prepare for this change from life to death, or from health to disease, and the people understand it pretty well, for they prove it in a few years to the satisfaction of both parties.

This was the state of the mind when Christ came to destroy this theory of disease and death by showing the truth, which was and is life. And no person was in any danger of hell, except those who were sick, for the well need no physician. Therefore to keep well was to keep clear of hell and to get into it was to get sick, for sickness led to death and death led to hell.

Therefore as long as man is well, according to this theory he is safe. Now as Christ was the sick man's advocate, he warned the people against believing either of the two advocates of health and disease. He said to the people, “Beware of the doctrine or beliefs or theories of the scribes and Pharisees, for they undertake to tell of what they know nothing about and they bind burdens in the form of disease or opinions and leave them on your shoulders, which are grievous to be borne and which must lead to death, or the departure from life or health.” To keep in health and keep clear of death was to understand ourselves so that their opinions cannot harm us. Now, in all the above belief or theory, there is not the slightest intimation of any knowledge independent of mind. It is true that some people have a vague idea of something independent of the mind, but the person who dares express such an opinion is looked upon as a sort of lunatic or fool. Phenomena are constantly taking place, showing that there is a higher order of intellect that has not yet been developed in the form of a theory, but which can unravel the old theory and bring in one that will lead man to health and happiness and destroy the idea of disease and death. Dr. Quimby's theory, if understood, also goes to correct this error that is depriving so many of the life and happiness of mankind. His belief is his practice and his practice gives the lie to the old belief.

Jan. 1860


Quotation by Phineas Parkhurst Quimby


Daily Quotation of Phineas Parkhurst Quimby for Sunday, July 23, 2017

Every disease is the invention of man and has no identity in wisdom, but to those who believe it, it is a truth. All there is of man is his senses and these are nothing in a belief or in wisdom. If everything he does not understand were blotted out, what is there left of man? Would he be better or worse, if nine-tenths of all he thinks he knows were blotted out of his mind, and he existed with what was true? I contend that he would, as it were, sit on the clouds and see the world beneath him tormented with ideas that form living errors whose weight is ignorance. Safe from their power, he would not return to the world's belief for any consideration. In a slight degree, this is my case. I sit as it were in another world or condition, as far above the belief in disease as the heavens are above the earth.” ~Phineas Parkhurst Quimby

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We are continuing our exploration of Phineas Quimby’s Christology. What was his interpretation of the work and person of Jesus Christ in his own words?

Today’s featured article is Difference between My Belief and Others' that begins on page 203 of Phineas Parkhurst Quimby: His Complete Writings and Beyond.

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