November 27, 2016

What Is Disease? Part III—Its Process and Cure

by Phineas Parkhurst Quimby

In the above article I asked the question what is disease and in that I gave the causes. Now I will describe how it is brought about and the cure. I said that God was the embodiment of man's belief or opinions. These opinions have been forced on man like burdens till the people have had to yield to their weight and make the best of it. Yet they murmur and complain but dare not raise their voice in support of the God of wisdom. Opinions embrace nothing but false wisdom. They of themselves have no element of adhesion, therefore their life depends on coercion or force, so laws are established and penalties attached and if the people grumble, laws and penalties are applied, sanctioned by God, and God being only the embodiment of these opinions reduced to law. You are told of the laws of God. Disease is the result of disobeying these laws. So man is made to believe a lie that he may be condemned by sickness. For instance, we are told that if we go out and expose ourselves to God's cold or law, we shall be sick. Here man makes God the author of his own act that he sometimes cannot help and then punishes him for disobeying it. If he exposes himself, he dare not find fault with the punishment, so he lives all his life subject to a tyrant that will take every advantage of his ignorance to torment him. This belief makes him a servant to sin and to man's opinion. So his life is in the hands of the priests and doctors to be handled to suit their convenience. Thus man is a mere lump of clay in the hands of these blind guides and whatever they say the people believe; their belief disturbs the mind and the doctors sow the seed of disease which they nurse till it grows to a belief. Then comes the misery.

Now the God I worship has no fellowship with man's opinions. So to cure the disease is to break in pieces the opinions. This places man on his own wisdom independent of man's God or opinion, then he sees the one living and true God who rewards everyone according to his acts, not his belief. To believe in this God is to know ourselves and is the religion of Christ, it is Christ in us, not opinions that we are in. Just as we know this truth, we are of and a part of God, then we become joint heirs of God and will be guided by the wisdom of the father of all truth. This purifies and cleanses our minds from all opinions and leads us into the world of science where opinions never come. Then one man shall not lead us by his opinions, but if one says, here is the truth, let him prove it. This raises man to a higher self-respect, and if man does not respect himself he cannot find fault if others do not respect him.

[1861]


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My object in introducing this work to the reader is to correct some of the evils that flesh is heir to. During a long experience in the treatment of disease I have labored to find the causes of so much misery in the world. By accident I became interested in what was then called mesmerism, not thinking of ever applying it to any useful discovery or benefit to man, but merely as a gratification for my own curiosity. In this way I went into the investigation of the subject. Being a skeptic I would not believe anything that my subject would do if there was any chance for deception, so all my experiments were carried out mentally. This gave me a chance to discover how far Mesmer was entitled to any discovery over those who had followed him. I found that the phenomenon could be produced. This was a truth, but the whys and wherefores were a mystery. This is the length of mesmerism; it is all a mystery, like spiritualism. Each has its believers but the causes are in the dark.” ~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 What Is Disease? Part III—Its Process and Cure that begins on page 603 of Phineas Parkhurst Quimby: His Complete Writings and Beyond.

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