"Blessed is he that cometh in the Science of Wisdom." ~Phineas Parkhurst Quimby
September 25, 2016
by Phineas Parkhurst Quimby
Clairvoyance is a state of existence independent of the natural senses. It embraces no matter, it involves no process of reasoning, but is Wisdom itself. Thought-reading is a lower state than clairvoyance, for the former, though still superior to the natural man, is in some degree dependent on mind. It embodies the ideas and reasoning of this world and is called spiritualism.
Clairvoyance, on the contrary, is entirely independent of the natural man. It is a higher state of being, in which we may acquire that wisdom which is superior to the knowledge of this world. It exists as a principle in every man: to understand and develop it is eternal life. In Jesus, whom it characterized above all others of his time, it was called Christ. It has manifested itself, in various forms in all ages of the world. Every new discovery in science is a proof of its presence and power. It is an entity of itself having neither beginning nor end.
Thought-reading should never be confounded with it. Thought-reading dies: clairvoyance rises from the dead. Thought-reading is simply perception of mental states as they actually exist: clairvoyance is perfection of Truth itself.
I will now tell you where I am and how I am leading you along. You are in the old world or testament. I am in the new world or testament, not P. P. Quimby but this truth. It is the light that lighteth everyone that cometh into this world and to make you understand it, it takes upon itself flesh and blood. So when it speaks, it speaks not as man speaks, but it speaks the truth, not opinions. The natural man is opinion, not wisdom; the scientific man is not flesh and blood but wisdom. And where wisdom is recognized by the natural man, then the natural man is not far from the kingdom of heaven. To gain the kingdom of heaven is to gain Science. There are many kinds of science, but they are all from one great wisdom. And science is the name of that particular application of wisdom to a particular phenomenon.” ~Phineas Parkhurst Quimby
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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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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 Clairvoyance that is found on page 168 of Phineas Parkhurst Quimby: His Complete Writings and Beyond.
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