What Is A Clairvoyant Person?


September 1861


by Phineas Parkhurst Quimby


What is a clairvoyant person?

It is a being conscious of his own existence as a living, thinking, seeing, intelligent creature. All this is not seen by the natural man.

Then what is the natural man?

He is the shadow of the clairvoyant; neither is conscious of the existence of both at the same time.

Why do you speak of two when one is only a shadow?

The clairvoyant is like a man who is just where he thinks he is. The natural man is governed by a belief. Reason does not enter into the combination of the clairvoyant for if he reasons, he is not clairvoyant.

Where is my consciousness? I am conscious of my senses in both states at the same time. I see the substance and shadow at the same time and change the former. I do not see my own shadow, but I see myself as I really am to myself and knowing that I am not as I ought to be, I change that knowledge by comparing myself to health till I feel it. Health is the standard by which we judge ourselves and just as a man deviates from this standard, he is in the dark and makes shadows. These shadows are the feelings of the sick and are called disease.

— September, 1861.

P. P. Quimby

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