New Thought: Current Beliefs in Mind-Driven Healing Trace to Maine Spiritualist Phineas Quimby

Jan 3, 2020


This is a rebroadcast of an earlier show (original air date August 16, 2019); no calls will be taken.

Current trends in mentally aided healing include what is known as the Law of Attraction — the idea that you can make good things happen in your life through positive thoughts. This popular belief traces back to Phineas Quimby, a spiritual teacher known as the father of the New Thought movement who lived in Maine in the 1800s. We’ll learn about Quimby’s belief system and how it manifests itself in some of today’s popular approaches to wellness.


Rev. Dr. Duncan Newcomer, historian, psychotherapist, author, poet and Labyrinth facilitator; ordained minister, United Church of Christ.

Rev. Patricia Bessey, Unity minister, master prosperity teacher, church consultant, spiritual counselor, certified life coach.

Dr. Amy Wood, licensed psychologist; author, "Life Your Way."

John S. Haller (by phone), author, "The History of New Thought," professor, history and medical humanities, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

Dr. Robyn Ostrander (by phone), psychiatrist, Maine Medical Center