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Topic: Quimby Wisdom
Section: 22 - Chapter 07, Part 01 - Healing
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Part II Healing
The minds of individuals mingle like atmospheres.
Introduction Regarding Healing by Doctor Quimby
Editor's note: Here, and in some other instances, Dr. Quimby writes of himself in the third person. This Introduction is quoted verbatim from the Collie Transcription, page nine.
In order to understand Dr. Quimby, it is necessary to give the reader some idea in regard to how he treats diseases and also some explanation as to the way in which he says they were brought about. To do this, I must give his ideas of the cause of disease. This will enable the reader to see some meaning in his otherwise blind writings for he reasons about things that would seem to many persons as having nothing to do with the cure of disease.
His ideas are entirely new to the world and if no explanation or introduction to his writings is made, the reader would, of course, pass over what he says with indifference and condemn it as visionary. It is, therefore, necessary to set the reader right at the outset, lest he should weary in looking for the principle the doctor claims to have discovered.
Dr. Quimby asserts and expects to prove that what is called disease is not a cause but an effect. He says that thoughts are like the shock of a galvanic battery, that they are directed by some wisdom outside of the individual and that these thoughts are deposited according to the direction, and bring about a phenomenon. this phenomenon which he calls an "idea" is named "disease".
He says that every idea, whether of disease or of anything else is a combination of thoughts, and that every person is responsible to himself for his ideas and must suffer the penalty of them.
Dr. Quimby's theory is to correct those ideas which are false and avert the evil that flows from them. He holds that disease is caused by false ideas over which we have no control and that a different mode of reasoning from that which now prevails will eradicate from society the phenomena called disease.
In treating the sick, Dr. Quimby introduces the subjects of religion, politics and all ideas, the discussion of which agitates society. These, he says, contain fear and excite the mind which, by a false direction, brings about the phenomenon called disease. Thus it is evident his ideas are at variance with the belief of the world, so he stands alone, his hand against everyone's and all against his.
He takes every patient as he finds him and commences as a teacher with a pupil destroying his error by correcting every idea that affects his health. He often comes in contact with pet ideas of the patients, like religion for instance, that is so interwoven with the patients's existence that they have become a part of him. If these cause the patient trouble, it is the doctor's business to correct them.
Chemical changes he talks a great deal about. This phrase he makes use of gives the patient an idea of the change in the system which always accompanies a change of ideas. He says that every idea or belief affects people just in proportion to their capacity to understand. He also says that obstinacy often prevents people from taking an interest in what they hear, thus protecting them from disease.
The doctor shows how fear also affects the mind. He says that false ideas contain some bugbear of which people are afraid and this he has to battle with; and in order to destroy this bugbear which terrifies them, he is obliged to destroy the idea which contains it.
Patients, he says, will cling to their ideas as a child to its mother and he sometimes has sharp discussions before they will yield the point. This discussion he calls the remedy so he says that the curing of disease is a scientific mode of reasoning. His theory is to correct man's errors so far as is health and happiness is concerned.
His first principle is that nothing cannot produce something. Life, he says, is not a reality but an idea and in it is the fear of destruction called "death". He claims that life and death are no part of wisdom for the words cannot apply to what never had a beginning or ending. . . .