"Blessed is he that cometh in the Science of Wisdom." ~Phineas Parkhurst Quimby
November 13, 2016
by Phineas Parkhurst Quimby
It is a common remark that if Jesus should appear on earth and could hear the explanations given to the remarks which He made eighteen hundred years ago, He never would imagine that He was in any way alluded to. This may be true. Jesus was as any other man, but Christ was Science or God which Jesus tried to teach. There never was and never can be a man who can express his thoughts without being governed more or less by the Scientific Man or Christ, and the masses will receive the ideas as they receive food and will pass judgment upon them according to their taste.
Different opinions will arise from the fact that often the writer is as ignorant of the true meaning of his ideas as his readers are. Not but that he knows what he says, but there is in each person a hidden meaning or truth that he, as a man, does not know. When one hears or reads anything it awakens in him some new idea which perchance the author never thought of, yet the author feels as though he had a similar idea of its meaning. It is the Christ in us that is making itself known through the senses, and as the senses are the only medium the world acknowledges, Wisdom uses them to destroy the darkness which prevents us from knowing ourselves. Thus it is when we read the works of the old authors. They have been misrepresented, from the fact that the readers' minds have been so dull that there was not sufficient light to penetrate through. So the dark explanations which are given become true ones till the world becomes educated up to a higher point when it shall see that the authors have been misrepresented and that even some truths may have been conveyed in the writings which the author himself had no idea of.
Every person is more or less clairvoyant and is in two states of mind at the same time, and when anyone writes he is not aware that he is dictated by a Wisdom that he through his natural senses does not know. On this principle rogues bring their evil deeds to light. Their crimes excite the mind and expose their evils to view, for by their efforts to conceal their crimes, they betray them to others by looks, acts or words, though unknown to themselves. This is as it should be and the better it is understood the more it will bring about the desired effect.
Watch the course of the Rebellion. Almost every act of either side develops something beside that which was anticipated and still it was just what they might have expected would follow the act. Yet no one saw it; still it was all right. The intelligence which is governing the world is as much in the dark to the actors as the plans of Generals are to the rank and file.
So the wisdom of our rulers is as much in the dark in regard to their own movements as the soldiers are of their own movements. Both are mediums of a higher wisdom as much as a mesmeric subject is the medium of the operator. Anyone who has any intelligent idea of mesmerizing is aware that the subject thinks he acts on his own responsibility, and so he does in a measure, though he is also acted upon and controlled by others. The real man is not seen at all, but is always acting upon matter and never will consent to change his course any more than the laws of Science, for Science is the real man; and although the natural man would like to have Science decide in his favor, he ought to know that it cannot act differently from itself. And if we act wrong, Science will expose us by making us expose ourselves. Let man understand this and he will be more likely to act from a higher motive than he does now.
Every act or thought contains the higher Science. The natural man calls it reaction, but it is wisdom. If you put sufficient wisdom in an act, it will see what the reaction will be. You can hardly suppose a person so ignorant but what if he throws a stone into the air, he will know that it will come down again. If you put the wisdom in the stone, the stone would not know what the reaction would be, but if you put sufficient wisdom in the act that made the stone go up, that wisdom will know the stone will come down again with the same force that it went up.
Man's body is just as ignorant as a stone, but there are two motions which act upon it: one ignorance and the other Science. Give a child a looking glass; before the child is educated or receives the intellectual element of reason, its acts are governed by passion or desire, not knowing of reaction, for reaction is the higher element and when that comes, the child's eyes are opened to the light of wisdom. Until then it would throw the glass on the floor, but when it sees the reaction, it is wiser and this wisdom checks it the next time.
In all crimes which man commits, the act embraces the intelligence that is the reaction which will follow sooner or later, for every act of man's must come to light. So the person who commits a crime leaves the evidence against him just as plainly as the thief who steals in open daylight.
The sick expose their ideas of disease, and I know by my feelings what they know by their senses. The more they try to conceal the fact, the more they expose it. Now the reason of this is that disease is a disgrace, although people try to make it fashionable; but they show that they do not believe it so, from the fact that they try to rid themselves of it as they would any bad habit.
Every person has acquaintances whom they would like to get rid of, yet they will put up with their company rather than cause them to feel badly. So with those who use tobacco. You will hear them say, “I know it hurts me and I wish I could leave off the habit, but I cannot.” Their wisdom is not equal to what it should be or they would leave their friend, as they call it, but which is their enemy in disguise. Now if their wisdom could destroy a little of the milk of human kindness which they drink for the traitor who has no respect for their happiness except to gratify their desire, they would cut their acquaintance as they would drop from their lips a cup of poison prepared for them by the hand of a pretended friend, and their sympathy would soon cease.
Assuming that man and his beliefs and all that we see of him are matter and can be changed, I will endeavor to produce a man that is not made of matter, one that you cannot see except through your belief, but whom nevertheless you will admit. You will admit that there is such a thing as memory, yet memory cannot be seen. You will also admit there are certain principles which we call science, but you put no wisdom in them. Now it is just here that we differ. Jesus was a man of matter, but Christ was from God or Wisdom, and no one will say that God is matter or that he can be changed. Jesus' superiority over the natural man came from some wisdom above opinions; therefore if you believe that his wisdom came from God, you must admit that it existed before the birth of Jesus. If so, what was it and what was its identity? It could not be seen, yet it was admitted. We are told that it came into the world and the world knew it not. It came to its own and its own received it not.” ~Phineas Parkhurst Quimby
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