November 8, 2015
by Phineas Parkhurst Quimby
Jesus was a medium, and through him, that is his natural body, some laws were developed to man that never had been before. Franklin and Napoleon were mediums, far above the errors of the age. So it is with all others who show some knowledge superior to the errors of their own time.
The development of man is to correct some error that exists in the natural man, for if he did not develop himself, he would be but little above the brute, but the undeveloped man is full of error, superstition and ignorance. Now to develop oneself is to unlearn that which superstition and ignorance have bequeathed to him. Now as this is spurring man forward to develop himself for some wise purpose, the ignorant oppose it like all other science, calling it by various names. Some oppose it as the works of the devil, others as proving their old theory of spirits, etc. Each of these classes only act as a clog to prevent investigation.
I will now try to explain where the error lies. Those mediums who undertake to explain lose their own consciousness, so how can they then be responsible for what they say while in this state? Their opinions are founded on the opinions of others. As for myself I have no opinion. What I see I know; if I cannot believe my own senses I cannot believe others. One great fault in mankind is this. There are certain ideas admitted to be true which exist only in the mind, among them the idea of a located Hell. Now to admit the idea independent of man's mind is to admit its inhabitants. Admit this and I see no reason for opposing anything they can bring forward. Their foundation and arguments are good, but I for one cannot see their reason. I admit the fact and will show that they can be brought about by the living.
When I first commenced mesmerizing, I often saw experiments that I was not able to account for in any other way than to believe it came from the dead; but since I have become a medium I have changed my opinion. I can see where I was deceived by my early education. I was not aware that man had this power to create ideas so that they could be seen by another. I had no idea of what was called imagination, but I found that the word imagination could not cause all the phenomena. Therefore I was left to find some other way to account for all I would see and on investigation I found that ideas were something.
The next thing then was to find out what they were. This I did, and found that ideas when condensed into a form contained a portion of our own natural body. It is the heat that arises from the fluids of the body under a nervous excitement. For instance, a lady came to see me who was sick. She appeared like a person who had the dropsy. I took her by the hand. Her mind then left the body (as it appeared to me) and I followed it, although it seemed as though I was in two places at the same time, for I was still sitting in my office and at the same time I could see a scene which I will now describe. I seemed to follow her some distance over the water, the wind blew a gale, the water seemed very much disturbed, the sun looked as though it was near 11 o'clock A.M. At last I saw a brig under full sail; my attention was then fixed on that. I saw a man on the bowsprit dressed in an oil cloth suit; at last he fell overboard, the vessel hove to, but the man sunk. This seemed as plain to me as though I had seen it with my natural eyes. I have asked spiritualists to explain this. They all say it is the spirits of the dead. My explanation is this: The lady lost her husband five years before. He was in a brig off the Bahamas and lost as I described. On hearing of the death of her husband, it produced a nervous shock, producing a chemical action upon her system, which threw off this heat and in this heat, as vapor, she created the cause of her trouble. This was to her the remembrance of some trouble which she could not be reconciled to. This heat is the secret of all the phenomena that has heretofore been a mystery to mankind. It shows itself in a thousand ways. It is the foundation of all superstition and ignorance. Out of this men form images that frighten them. Persons in fevers create all the scenes that trouble them. It is the material used to create all the ideas and forms of all our false ideas. This is taken for the spirits of the dead. This the spiritualists jump over.
[To be continued next week.]
Daily Quotation of Phineas Parkhurst Quimby for Sunday, November 8, 2015
There is another class who mind their business. To them the world is merely a mechanical workshop and they allow everyone to follow their bent. This is not a small class, but it does not make any one noise in the world. Now all the above classes and many more besides are liable to be sick. They almost always call a physician, and from these, I have had a chance to learn the causes of most of the ills that flesh is heir to. When I first commenced investigating mesmerism, the phenomena were rare and scarcely any one believed, even in the sleep. It was so mysterious that it roused the minds of the masses to that degree that men took sides with considerable feeling. The first experiments were of that peculiar kind that they confounded the learned as well as the unlearned, and I was looked upon by some as a deceiver and by others as a humbug and by still others as ignorant but honest.” ~Phineas Parkhurst Quimby
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