November 22, 2015

Spiritualism [II]

Sixth and Final Installment

by Phineas Parkhurst Quimby

The father then interfered and broke up the sitting. The lady went to her room and retired. This was about nine o'clock. About ten she got up, came downstairs, asked her mother where the matches were. “Are you sick?” asked her mother. “Yes, and going to die.” This frightened the parents and they arose. She seemed in great distress and her father went for one of the neighbors. When they returned she was running around perfectly insane. She said if they would leave her alone for a few moments God would take her to heaven. She pleaded so hard that they went out, but looked through the window. She went to her husband's chest and got a large knife. They rushed in just in time to prevent her from taking her own life. She then became a raving maniac. A physician was called but to no purpose. She continued in this way for more than a week, when I was called to see her. After some time I quieted her mind, explained to her the cause of her trouble and she became sane and has had no more trouble from the spirits. She is satisfied that she herself was the cause of all her trouble.

I went to see a lady who had cut her throat under the direction of the spirits. She had become insane and was told to kill two of her children. She resisted and left them and went to a neighbor's house to stay. She retired to bed, but the spirits kept telling her to go and kill the children. She arose and tried to find a rope to hang herself, but could not. She then went to the room where the man and his wife were and entreated them to protect her and keep her from killing herself and the children. They rose, telling her to lie down there in their own room. She saw a pair of scissors, took them and placed them under her apron. She then laid down with her clothes on and covering her head, cut her jugular vein. Her friends thought she had gone to sleep. After a short time she threw off the clothes with her arms and asked where she was. They went to her bed and found her covered with blood. She asked if she was dead. When told no, she asked what she had been doing. The artery had closed so that the blood had stopped. A doctor was sent for and the artery taken up, but the mind was completely deranged.

I was called to her about a week after the deed was done. She was then laboring under a strange delusion, feared she would be carried to the insane hospital and thought I came to kill her. I succeeded in restoring her to her reason and satisfied her that what she saw and heard was the effect of her own mind. She understood it and her understanding was the cure.

Now can any person believe that spirits from the dead came to her persuading her to take the lives of her children? If there is, it is an error of the mind which should be corrected, founded on some false idea.

Some persons would explain these two cases upon imagination, but that is not the fact. The things seen and heard are as real as anything that comes within our senses. Ideas are formed by the mind and as often destroyed before they are put in force or ever developed to our senses.


Quotation by Phineas Parkhurst Quimby


Daily Quotation of Phineas Parkhurst Quimby for Sunday, November 22, 2015

All my writings are the effect of impressions made on me while sitting with the sick so that my book is of the lives and sufferings of my patients, their trials and sorrows, and my arguments are on their behalf. It may seem strange to the well that I write upon so many subjects, but when you take into consideration the great variety of persons and the peculiar state of literature varying from the most cultivated to that of the lowest intellect, it would not be strange if my writings did not excite the curiosity of the reader.” ~Phineas Parkhurst Quimby

Article: To the Reader [II]

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Editor’s Corner

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 Spiritualism [II], begins on page 530 of Phineas Parkhurst Quimby: His Complete Writings and Beyond. This composition is rather lengthy, so I have broken it into six installments. This is the sixth and final part. If you missed last week’s newsletter, you may read it here.

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