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Complaint Review: Dr Eric Amidi

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  • Submitted: Wed, July 23, 2008
  • Updated: Tue, January 05, 2010

  • Reported By:Sydney Other
Dr Eric Amidi
www.BelieveAndManifest.com Internet U.S.A.

Dr Eric Amidi sells a E-Book for 39 dollars and promises to give insight behind The Secret-The law of Attraction.I bought the E-Book and found that it doesnot say anything new at all. It is a rehash of The Secret. In other words it is just a slightly tweaked version of The Secret. It was a complete waste of money. Internet

*General Comment: Erfan Amidi sought a doctor of philosophy in physics degree

*Consumer Comment: the historical background of the New Thought Movement going back to Phineas P Quimby

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DR Eric Amidi claims to be a Quantum Physicist and has written this E-Book called The Secret behind the secret.
I bought this book and have been very disappointed as it is full of motherhood statements like the following, which are common knowledge.

1) Spend a lot of time aiming
2) Exert great will power
3)Control your thoughts and words
4)You are responsible for how you feel.
5)Avoid limiting self-dialogue
6)Control your body and breathing.
7)Be in the NOW.
8) You should get so good at relaxation that you can get the logical mind out of the way.
9)Convert your desires to strong emotions.

The book doesnot have any unique explaination on how to do any of these. Its a complete rip-off.
Can someone confirm if DR Eric Amidi is really a Quantum Physicist, as the book gives no evidence of the same.His website has not much details either. There is no physical address or phone number.

P v isaac
Sydney
Australia

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#1 General Comment

Erfan Amidi sought a doctor of philosophy in physics degree

AUTHOR: Sally Dillon - (United States of America)

I read your complaint and did a little research. I don't know if Dr. Amidi is a quantum physicist or not, but he did a Thesis "A Search of the Top Quark Using Artificial Neural Networks" at Northeastern University, Boston Massachusetts in 1996 according to this pdf of his thesis >>> http://www-d0.fnal.gov/results/publications_talks/thesis/amidi/
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the historical background of the New Thought Movement going back to Phineas P Quimby

AUTHOR: Alwl - (Canada)

Though the demonism of the Middle Ages seems to have disappeared, there is abundant evidence that in many forms of modern thought - especially the so-called "prosperity" psychology, "willpower-building" metaphysics, and systems of "high-pressure" salesmanship - black magic has merely passed through a metamorphosis, and although its name be changed its nature remains the same.
- Manly P. Hall, Secret Teachings of All Ages, pp. 101-2


The New Age Movement is generally traced back to the teachings of Theosophy and Madame Helena Blavatsky (1831-1891). In a similar manner, Phineas Parkhurst Quimby (1802-1866) laid the foundation for what became known as the New Thought Movement. Though less well-known, yet equally as diverse, New Thought has just as many branches and competing systems. In order to get an idea of where the latter came from - where it has been and where it is now - it is necessary to establish a timeline.

1838 - Phineas P. Quimby takes up the practice of mesmerism (mesmeric sleep or hypnotism), after attending a lecture in Belfast, Maine by a traveling French physician/mesmerist, Dr. Collyer.

After a few experiments on willing subjects, Quimby happens upon a most suggestive young man, one Lucius Burkmar. Quimby soon realized that Burkmar, while in a trance, could diagnose disease and prescribe remedies. They traveled throughout New England and gave their own exhibitions - the mesmeric faith-healer and his talented clairvoyant.

Looking for an explanation to Burkmar's success - and not content with the standard mesmeric theory that magnetic fluid was the causative agent - Quimby theorized that healing occurred through the sheer power of the mind. Quimby would say, "Some believe in various remedies, and others believe that the spirits of the dead prescribe. I have no confidence in the virtue of either. I know that cures have been made in these ways. I do not deny them. But the principle on which they are done is the question to solve; for the disease can be cured, with or without medicine, on but one principle."

According to James Webb, "between 1852 and 1855," Quimby wrote, "I then became a medium myself." His own method of healing entailed retaining his own consciousness. "Now when I sit down by a diseased person I see the spiritual form of a vapor surrounding their bodies," Quimby had said. After inducing the patient to tell him where their trouble began, the cure was realized by Quimby's spirit governing their own; consisting "in bringing the spirit of his patient away from the place where the cause of illness occurred." (The Occult Underground, p. 122)

Thus, the Quimby system of mental healing of illness was born.

1862 - After suffering chronic illness and dabbling in homeopathy and alternative healing, Mary Baker Eddy (1821-1910) turns to Phineas Quimby for treatment. Julius A. Dresser said that when Eddy "became a patient of Quimby, she at once took an interest in his theory, and imbibed his explanations of truth rapidly."

A few months after feeling relief, in the Portland Evening Courier, Eddy's testimony on Quimby is recorded:

[...] is it by animal magnetism that he heals the sick? Let us examine. I have employed electro-magnetism and animal magnetism, and for a brief interval have felt relief, from the equilibrium which I fancied was restored to an exhausted system or by a diffusion of concentrated action. But in no instance did I get rid of a return of all my ailments, because I had not been helped out of the error in which opinions involved us. My operator believed in disease independent of the mind; hence, I could not be wiser than my teacher. But now I can see dimly at first, and only as trees walking, the great principle which underlies Dr. Quimby's faith and works; and, just in proportion to my light, perception, is my recovery. This truth which he opposes to the error of giving intelligence to matter and placing pain where it never placed itself, if received understandingly, changes the currents of the system to their normal action; and the mechanism of the body goes on undisturbed, That this is a science capable of demonstration becomes clear to the minds of those patients who reason upon the process of their cure. The truth which he establishes in the patient cures him (although he may be wholly unconscious thereof); and the body, which is full of light, is no longer in disease. At present I am too much in error to elucidate the truth, and can touch only the key-note for the master-hand to wake the harmony.

1863 - New Thought pioneer, Warren Felt Evans (1817-1889), is healed by Quimby:

His health, which had never been good, began to worsen. In 1863 he decided to visit Quimby in Portland, Maine. Quimby's fame had been spreading throughout New England. In two visits, Evans was healed of dyspepsia, which had afflicted him for years. He was thrilled at what he found in Quimby: someone he felt put into practice Swedenborg's approach to healing. Evans felt that because of his Swedenborgian background he understood Quimby's healing secrets, and could employ them himself. Quimby agreed as Evans began the life of a healer.

Evans joined the Swedenborgian Church, and he and his family moved to Boston and then Salisbury, where he became a highly-effective healer. For the rest of his life, he gave healings in the Quimby-Swedenborg approach. He never charged. He wrote many books combining the theology of Swedenborg with the healing techniques of Quimby.

Evans was the first author to proselytize to the masses the techniques of Quimby, marking the beginning of the movement known as New Thought. His books include The New Age and its Messenger (1864), The Mental Cure (1869), Mental Medicine (1872), Soul and Body (1875), The Divine Law of Cure (1881), The Primitive Mind Cure (1885) and Esoteric Christianity and Mental Therapeutics (1886).

1866 - After a fall on the sidewalk caused her to seek her own cure, Mary Baker Eddy says she "discovered the Science of Divine Metaphysical Healing, which I afterward named Christian Science." In reality, this "scientific certainty that all causation was Mind, and every effect a mental phenomenon," was based upon her own understanding of the healing principles of Quimby.
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