by Phineas Parkhurst Quimby
Every person admits the mind has a great deal to do with the body and each one makes a difference between them. To such, the mind is the intellectual part of man and the body the servant. In one sense this is true to them, but to wisdom it is false, for they all admit that the mind can be changed and if intelligence can change, it cannot be wisdom.
Jesus made the real man of wisdom. Wisdom cannot change but it can arrange and classify ideas each in its proper place and show where mind falls short of wisdom. To suppose mind is wisdom is as false as to suppose power is in weight.
The natural man whose intellect is linked with the brute and who cannot see beyond matter reasons this way. He is in matter but thinks he is outside of it. He cannot see his absurd mode of reasoning, but it is shown in disease which is the subject of my philosophy. Man is composed of a combination of fluids and gases and also his mind. The mind being the offspring of his body or brain is virtually the same, although in his conversation he makes a distinction between them, but being in matter his intelligence cannot see beyond it. Therefore, he only believes in a superior wisdom as a mystery.
The fact that he admits it as a mysterious gift or power shows that he does not know it. To make man know himself is to convince him that he, his wisdom, is as distinct from his belief as he is from anything that exists separate from him; then he will give to mind an identity embracing everything having a beginning and ending.
Sickness and disease are contained in it but wisdom is no part of it. The sick embrace what they know and no more. Their wisdom is in their senses. The cause of so much mystery lies in the fact that man cannot understand how wisdom can have an identity and not be seen by the man of matter. We put wisdom in matter and if we cannot see it exhibiting life, then no wisdom represents it. If we see a dead person, we have no idea of a wisdom that exists with all the faculties that were exhibited through the body. We try to believe, but our belief is vague. We cannot describe it.
Man is not developed enough to see outside of his idea matter. He is in the idea prophesying of what may come hereafter. I have developed this wisdom which is the real man till I have broken through the bars of death and can see beyond the world of opinion into the light of Science and Wisdom. I can see what things have a being and how we take our opinions for a truth. The sun I will take as a representation of the man of wisdom. Let the light be his senses and the thing we see, his body. The senses embrace all the light and wisdom even its own identity. The idea sun sees the light and, not comprehending its power, looks upon the light as light, without intelligence, while it is the intelligence embracing everything. This is the spirit world.
The moon is a figure of the natural man. Its light is borrowed, or the light of the opinions of the sun. It thinks it has life of itself but the sun's light knows that it is the reflection of the sun's light. The wise man, in like measure, knows that the light of the body or natural man is but the reflection of the scientific man. Our misery lies in this darkness. This is the prison that holds the natural man till the light of wisdom bursts his bonds and lets the captive free. Here is where Christ went to preach to the prisoners, bound by error, before the reformation of science.
Source: Phineas Parkhurst Quimby: His Complete Writings and Beyond beginning on page 381.
by Phineas Parkhurst Quimby
Are we as individuals governed by any one belief? My answer is, we are not; yet I once thought otherwise and my practice proved the folly of such a belief. Man is the embodiment of public opinion and science is the embodiment of God's wisdom. Each embodiment comes to the world or man's senses through a medium and the medium being man, we give to him the praise. Here is a great mistake, for we are liable to get into trouble by this error. The wisdom of the world is like an ocean surrounded by inlets, harbors and false lights to decoy the traveller into the land of the priests who come and give an account of their pretended country, and men believe their story. The question is, is it his own eloquence that affects us, or does the effect come from some other source? I say it comes from some other source and he is the medium of evil to destroy man's happiness and when we listen, we listen to public opinion in regard to the truth of what he says. So it is with science. The man who talks the science or truth is one thing and the truth is another, and if the man was out of existence, the truth would be the same, but the science would not be known. It is so with every belief.
Now what I say to the sick is not mine as a man's, but as a man, I speak the truth that I have received, not from man's opinion but from those who have been deceived by man's opinion and carried away captive into slavery or bondage, unable to escape. Their groans, sighs and trouble are their language and their misery is the penalty of their belief. Being misled by false theories they believe a lie thinking it true. This belief makes one hemisphere and science the other. So man is only an agent or servant to one or the other, and his pay is what he can get from the masses.
There have always been men, like missionaries, trying to get the people to go to each place. The idea body is the medium or earth upon which they work. So belief or opinion is one man, wisdom and science is the other. The body or idea called man is the medium of both. The man of belief puts his knowledge in the earth or body; the man of science puts his belief in God or wisdom and as he reduces his wisdom to practice it is called science. So that neither of the two is seen, only in their works. The man of opinion is seen through mediums pretending to be wise; the man of wisdom is seen correcting the errors of the man of opinion. One's labor is to make mischief and trouble; the other's is to establish God's kingdom or truth in the earth or natural man, thus driving out the old man of opinion and introducing the new man of science. This was the mission of Jesus and all those that make war with opinions by the introduction of science. This is my whole aim and what I am laboring for. So I speak not as a man of opinions but from what I know.
Source: Phineas Parkhurst Quimby: His Complete Writings and Beyond beginning on page 135.
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