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Phineas Parkhurst Quimby: His Complete Writings and Beyond

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Disease [I]

The fact that some cures are made outside of the medical faculty is not denied by any person, but how they are done is the problem to be solved. I say they are done by the mind which is acted upon by some wisdom outside of itself.

There never was a cure performed unless some wisdom superior to the cause was brought to act upon the mind. Now I have given over twenty years of my life to this subject and feel confident that my method of curing is entirely new to the world, that it has never been practiced intelligently by any living man. I am the first of my practice while all others are the last of theirs. All will admit that the allopathic practice is the older, except spiritualism, if you please to call it a practice. If spiritualism is admitted to be a mode of practice it is older than the allopathic practice, for there were certain men eighteen hundred years ago that practiced curing and casting out devils by this power.

One man called it the power of good, but Jesus called it the power of the devil. Jesus admitted there were some cures made, for when his disciples told him they saw persons casting out devils in his name and forbade them, he said, “Forbid them not, for those that are with us are not against us, and those that are not with us scattereth abroad.” Now here were persons making cures that were not with Jesus and it was hard to convince the people that Jesus' cures were not made in the same way in which the spiritualists of his day made theirs. Now this false idea of spirits is the foundation of disease and gives rise to all kinds of practice. Until spiritualism can be explained, the world must be humbugged in some way, either by the medical faculty or some of the humbugs of the day. To deny that a cure was ever made by the above is to deny the Bible and all ancient history.

Dec. 9, 1861

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