"Blessed is he that cometh in the Science of Wisdom." ~Phineas Parkhurst Quimby
June 4, 2017
by Phineas Parkhurst Quimby
What is the strongest feeling in man or woman? Love for the sake of love for others. For this love they will lay down their lives when directed by knowledge, for no passion can follow true love. What makes what is called animal passion? Ignorance or error of ourselves, not understanding the truth. Love contains no fear; ignorance puts a false construction on love. Here lies all the trouble. Love and ignorance are the mother and father of all error or disease. Now to know ourselves is to know the truth of this problem. Love is an element of itself without any form; it has no length nor breadth, nor height or depth; it neither comes nor goes; it fills all space and melts all error down that comes within its power. Its power is its heat, its heat is its love, it is heaven. For this love Christ laid down all his animal life or passions for mankind that they might understand themselves and be saved from the endless hell or misery that follows our ignorance of this power or love. On these two powers, love and ignorance, hang all the law and the gospels.
The gospel is love, the law is error; therefore when you are under the law, you become subject to the laws and penalties. When you are free from the law, it has no power over you. This law of love is that love in mankind that is working in us or error to bring us to truth and set us free from the law of sin or death. The laws of love are the destruction of the laws of error, and they make us a law to ourselves. This law of love has no penalties or prisons, but like the bird that flies in the sky is not troubled with earthly laws but is a law to itself. Its purity is its buoyancy; its ignorance is its weight or stupidity. Each is governed by a sort of intelligence, like science and ignorance. As ignorance and superstition are what are under the law of error, science and truth are their opponents; and the mind is the medium of them both, like the telegraph wire, a medium of truth and error. Love is a substance like food that comes from heaven to feed the soul. Error is matter and contains reason and all the faculties. Love is the true answer to our desire; in our desire is our hope, and when we get that which we hope for, it contains nothing but true knowledge or love-no sorrow, nor pain, nor grief, nor shame, nor fear.
Now separate false ideas from the true and then language ceases to have such a sway over the world. But now it is in the hands of the most desperate set of demagogues that ever existed. I am now speaking of that class of words applied to the health and happiness of man. The language of mechanics does no harm, for it means just what it says and so does the language of all science. But when you come to the medical faculty, the clergy and the politician, then language is like that of Babel, a confusion of tongues. It has no application to anything, only the superstition of the world and such superstitious ideas as witchcraft, disease and devils, ghosts and spirits that never have any existence, only in the invisible part of man's being. All of which science will destroy.” ~Phineas Parkhurst Quimby
Article: Language—Part I
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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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