“Purity means power. Steel is at once the purity of iron, and the power of iron. Highly refined spirit comes of the purest thought, and is the most powerful thought. Christ felt the evil nature of the woman [who touched his robe]. But knowing the laws, he shook off the evil by his more powerful thought of goodwill toward her. So he could have done so had he been compelled to remain long in contact with her. He would not have remained so save for some special purpose; because the resisting power he would have been obliged to put out to throw off the evil results of her thoughts, might have been expended with far more profit in other directions. If your thought is the superior, there may be man persons to whom you can do only a certain amount of good through association.
“They can only receive a small amount of your thought. They give back in return, and you absorb a large amount of their inferior thought. It is as if you gave them gold and got back iron. You may from them get more iron than is good for you. You give them a great deal of gold they cannot absorb. In this way, both of you are injured.
“You will therefore associate most where your thought most appreciated and also used. Then both of you are benefited mentally and physically.” ~Prentice Mulford
Purity Means Power
I don’t like Mr. Mulford’s choice of the word “power”. That word often has a negative connotation these days. What he is talking about is energy, and that is what he should have called it. But for this post, we will stick with his term, “purity means power”.
What this means, in essence, is that the greater the purity of a thing, the more power (or energy) it has. An LED light gives off more light than an incandescent bulb while using much less electricity. That is because in certain ways it is a purer light source than an incandescent bulb. The incandescent bulb turns an electrical current into a mixture of heat and light, thus more power is needed to get the desired amount of light. The LED bulb converts almost all of the electrical energy to light. So here, purity means power in the way in which the electricity gets used.
Steel and Iron
Mulford uses a different analogy from mine. He compares the purity of steel to iron. Steel being purer has more power in the form of strength and resiliency. We could say the same for nearly any metal oar. Once silver ore has been melted and the pure silver separated from the other elements in the oar, it is a more useful product. In this case, the power of silver isn’t so much in its strength, but in its usefulness and beauty when pure, and purity means power.
Christ Felt Evil
I would not call it evil as to me, the term evil implies intent. I don’t think this woman was intentionally evil, she was simply full of negative energy. Her thought could not have been negative or evil or she would not have reached to touch Jesus saying (and believing) that His touch would heal her. But because Jesus had a very high level of positive, benevolent energy that he drew from the Spiritual Sun, He felt this energy being pulled out of Him and into the woman. Mulford is correct in saying it did no permanent harm to him. It was like using a rechargeable battery. Jesus had merely to turn to the spiritual sun to replenish his Light and Divine Energy. His purity of thought and spirit made it easy for him to quickly regain His power, so again, purity means power.
Back and Forth
Mulford says that when one person touches another, as when the sick woman touched Jesus, there is a two-way flow of “thought”, but her evil thought was too weak to harm Jesus, while His good thought was powerful enough to benefit her. Again, he is saying thought when it should be energy or Light. The woman was Dark, or full of negative energy (which is probably why she was sick). The energy did flow both ways to some degree, but it was mostly the positive energy from Jesus flowing into her, which was able to heal her because purity means power, including the power to heal.
It is true, however, that too much contact with such people could have depleted Jesus’ energy supply to the point where actual harm could have been done. That is even more true of spiritual gurus and healers of today. That is why Jesus would occasionally go off into the wilderness to recharge and why the few real healers of today avoid frequent contact with large numbers of people. Too much contact would allow their negative energy and thoughts to adversely affect the guru. So the gurus don’t withdraw out of egotism, but for self-protection. They must remain pure and energized. Purity means power, or to be more precise, purity means energy.