You may recall the famous sketch in a Morecambe and Wise Show featuring Andre Previn. Eric Morecambe sits down at the piano. The audience is expecting him to play a concerto conducted by Previn, but instead plays a honky-tonk rag. This happens several times until Previn stops the orchestra and approaches Morecambe.
‘You’re playing the wrong notes!’ he says.
Eric Morecambe grabs him by the collar and says emphatically, ‘I’m playing all the right notes – but not necessarily in the right order.’
Viewers probably thought this was an original idea, but actually it wasn’t. The healer and psychotherapist Phineas Parkhurst Quimby had said in the middle of the 19th Century, ‘Take a piano. The same keys that produce discord will produce harmony.’ Were Morecambe and Wise’s scriptwriters aware of Quimby? We don’t know.
What did he mean? That the same metaphysical laws that can produce discord and misery can also produce harmony and contentment. The difference is, of course, one’s consciousness.
Everything in the universe, including every idea, is underpinned by perfect wisdom, but it can only manifest if we apply our mind-power. Our purpose is to align ourselves with this source of wisdom and perfection. Then miracles can happen.
It’s taken a long time – but at last people are waking up to the incredible contribution made by Quimby. Science still hasn’t caught up – but one day it will.
©David Lawrence Preston, 11.5.2017
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