Now as health is the enjoyment of all our faculties, any foreign substance “trigs the wheels”
so as to retard the motion. So error “trigs the mind” or retards the motion. 
~ Phineas Quimby

Phineas Parkhurst Quimby

Dr. Phineas P. Quimby

The Symptoms of Disease

October 1859

I will give the symptoms of a person who called on me to be examined. The upper part of his body above his hips felt so large that his legs were not strong enough to carry the weight. Therefore he complained of weakness in his knees. This idea of weakness, etc., was his mind - for there never was any strength or knowledge in his knees, of themselves, any more than there is power in a lever, of itself. If the lever (or legs) had to create its own power, his body would never move. Therefore, if his body ever moved, it must be by some power independent of his knees (or legs).

There is such a thing as pressure, but pressure is not power; for if it moves, it is not pressure, for it contains motion, and motion is another element, independent of pressure. These two elements together are called “mechanical power;” so mind (or matter) agitated is called “spiritual power.” Neither matter nor mind contains any knowledge. Now as this man's mind (or matter) was in a state that it contained motion (or error) - for error is motion, not knowledge - it was not all pressure.

Now as health is the enjoyment of all our faculties, any foreign substance trigs the wheels, so as to retard the motion; so error trigs the mind or retards the motion. This was the state of this man's body. Now to put this man in full possession of his faculties is to remove the burdens that bind him down. These burdens are the effect of error having control of the mind (or matter). These errors are made of mind (or matter) first formed into an opinion; then comes reason; then comes disease (or death), accompanied with all the misery the idea contains.





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