|The teachings of Phineas Parkhurst Quimby (1802
- 1866), the Father of New Thought, as explained by Horatio
W. Dresser, son of Annetta Julius Dresser.
of the New Thought Movement
1. The omnipresent Wisdom, the warm, loving Father
of us all, Creator of all the universe, whose works are good, whose
substance is an invisible reality.
2. The real man, whose life is eternal in the invisible
kingdom of God, whose senses are spiritual and function independently
3. The visible world, which Dr. Quimby once characterized
as "the shadow of Wisdom's amusements"; that is,
nature is only the outward projection or manifestation of an inward
activity far more real and enduring.
4. Spiritual matter, or fine interpenetrating substance,
directly responsive to thought and subconsciously embodying in the
flesh the fears, beliefs, hopes, errors, and joys of the mind.
5. Disease is due to false reasoning in regard to
sensations, which man unwittingly develops by impressing wrong thoughts
and mental pictures upon the subconscious spiritual matter.
6. As disease is due to false reasoning, so health
is due to knowledge of the truth. To remove disease permanently,
it is necessary to know the cause, the error which led to it. "The
explanation is the cure."
7. To know the truth about life is therefore the sovereign
remedy for all ills. This truth Jesus came to declare. Jesus knew
how he cured and Dr. Quimby, without taking any credit to himself
as a discoverer, believed that he understood and practiced the same
great truth or science.