Friday, April 19, 2013

Q = Phineas Quimby


Phineas Quimby described himself as a mind-healer. He also has been called a spiritualist, mesmerist and philosopher. His work led to the establishment of the New Thought Movement.

Quimby was mesmerized by Charles Poyen, a French mesmerist who toured America in the 1830s. He felt that he could become a mesmerist himself and followed Poyen until he had learned how to hypnotize.

Partnering with Lucius Burkmar, who was easily hypnotized, the pair set out on a demonstration tour. Quimby was disappointed when mobs formed to chase him from towns because the townspeople thought his show was too much like witchcraft.

Mesmerism was known as a form of faith healing. Quimby was featured as a healer in several scientific papers on the subject. One of his students, Mary Baker Eddy used Quimby’s philosophy that disease was rooted in a mental cause. This thought was instrumental in the founding of Christian Science.

Interested in more about Phineas Quimby? http://www.nndb.com/people/269/000203657/

13 comments:

John said...

Interesting!

Lucy said...

I bet not all towns where welcoming during those years. Very interesting.
Lucy from Lucy's Reality

Raymond Alexander Kukkee said...

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Life in a Small Town said...

Another interesting post!
Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

Francene Stanley said...

Interesting how the whole thing began. I wonder who first hypnotized someone? I can imagine how the action would be suspect. Witches were burned at the stake. He got off lightly.
Francene.
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Linda Roy said...

Hi Kate! I'm a new follower and I really like your blog. Interesting post about Quimby.

Mark Means said...

Sounds sort of like a huckster, but those were different times, to be sure :)

Left and Write

loverofwords said...

Phineas Quimby The name is wonderful, calls for a poem.

IT (aka Ivan Toblog) said...

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Kristen Dyrr said...

I remember my mom telling me about this. She used to be a hypnotherapist, so it was part of her study. Hypnotherapy, when used properly as a tool along with psychotherapy, is now a much more scientific tool.

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C. Kirk said...

How interesting. I am terrified of being hypnotized, and I think that my mind is too skeptical to allow it. But I do believe that thoughts can bring up diseases. Like the bible says, as a man thinks in his heart, so is he.

Chontali Kirk
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Dawn Embers said...

Hmm... good to know. Good post with interesting information.