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Phineas Parkhurst Quimby
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Phineas Parkhurst Quimby
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Phineas Parkhurst Quimby (1802 - 1866) is recognized as the founding father of the 19th century mind-cure movement. He was one of the first mesmerists (hypnotists) who practiced in America, from his office in Portland, Maine. He cured over 12,000 clients of various physical and mental infirmities during his time of work, using the power of "mind communicating with mind." He was clairvoyant, telepathic and also involved in Spiritualism. He left behind journals containing articles written from around 1843 - 1865, explaining his methods of treatment and his discoveries on the workings of the mind in relation to disease, health and happiness.

Preface to the Teachings of

Phineas Parkhurst Quimby

Erroll S. Collie

from Volume I, The Complete Writings

Although Dr. Quimby did not believe in the teachings of orthodox Christianity as is usually taught, he interpreted the metaphyiscal teachings of Jesus in such a way as to substantiate and explain his own theory, a theory which he successfully put into practice by healing thousands of people of all manner of sickness and disease, a fact attested to by hundreds of testimonials from his patients and innumerable articles which appeared in the newspapers during his lifetime.
The spiritual world had never been investigated before as a science until Dr. Quimby did so. He reduced the Christian religion to a science which he called "The Science of Christianity," "The Science of Christ," "The Science of Correcting an Error," "The Science of Health and Happiness," etc.
Dr. Quimby said that Jesus healed by this science which he called "Christ" but his disciples as well as the people confused the man Jesus with the science which he taught and called him "Jesus Christ." Just as we might associate the man Franklin? with his discovery and call him "Franklin Electricity."
Dr. Quimby also believed that he healed by this same science which Jesus taught and practiced and to him he gives all the credit for introducing it to the world. He believed this, perhaps because of certain similarities in both his and Jesus' methods of healing, similarities such as these:
They were both clairvoyant.
They both could take the feelings of others.
They both attacked and disagreed with the beliefs and opinions of the priests and doctors.
They both healed by word of mouth and touch.
Finally, he seemed to have followed an injunction of Jesus who said: "I am not come to destroy but to fulfill" and this I think is exactly what Dr. Quimby did. He fulfilled the teachings of Jesus without destroying the structure of his own philosophy, a philosophy which he hoped some day would be understood and acknowledge by the scientific world as a science, which would explain the cause and cure of disease and bring health and happiness to the human race. How he did this can only be learned by reading and studying all of his writings.

Introduction I and II by P. P. Quimby (best summary of his philosophy)
Phineas Parkhurst Quimby (external link)
Quimby's Writings alphabetical (external link)
The Healing Wisdom of Dr. Quimby (external link) (entire content online)
The Quimby Manuscripts (external link) (entire content online)
The Complete Writings (external link) - This title is in three volumes. While it is slow reading because of Quimby's unique use of key terms there can be little doubt Quimby was head and shoulders above every other writer in explaining what Man is as a whole being as Master of his life and destiny. If you never read any other text in your entire life - read these. Dale Pond

Quimby's Science of Happiness
by Collie, Erroll Stafford
DeVorsss & Company, 1980
ISBN: 0-87516-410-2

Quotes in the SVPwiki From Quimby's Writings

Mind to Mind
Quimby - Lecture Notes Book VI
Quimby on Spirit Communication

See Also


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