"The etheric substance which acts as the governing medium for a magnetic or sympathetic flow is of such tenuity that odor particles, which exist in the atomic subdivision, are crude (large) in comparison. The tenuity of the medium of the sympathetic flows, or of the magnetic flow, comes to and above that of sound." [Snell Manuscript]
"Fine as are the unit particles of odor, which belong to the atomic or third subdivision, they are very crude compared to the tenuity of that subdivided substance which acts as the governing medium for a sympathetic or magnetic flow. The tenuity of that subdivision comes to and above sound." [POLAR CURRENT]
"The vibratory velocity governing the magnetic flow ranges from 300,000 to 780,000 per second and comes under the first interatomic. This is the first order above odor and permeates the molecules of glass in the compass cover as air passes through a sieve. Being governed by the full harmonic chord this flow moves in straight lines free from molecular interference." [Snell Manuscript]
"The suspension and propelling of an atmospheric navigator (air-ship) of any number of tons weight, can be successfully accomplished by thus exciting the molecular mass of the metal it is constructed of; and the vibratory neutral negative attraction evolved, will bring it into perfect control, commercially, by keeping it in sympathy with the earth's triune polar stream. There is enough of this latent power locked up in the embrace of the iron ore, that is contained in our planet, which, if liberated and applied to proper vibratory machinery, would furnish force enough to run the commercial power of the world; leaving millions of times more to draw upon, as the needs increase. The velocity of the vibration governing the flow of the magnetic stream, comes under the head of the first interatomic, and ranges from 300,000 to 780,000 vibrations per second; the first order above odor permeating the molecules, of the glass plate of the compass (with the same facility that atmospheric air would go through an ordinary sieve through which it passes), to arouse sympathetically in the needle the concordant condition that harmonizes with its own. The course of this sympathetic flow is governed by the full harmonic chord; and, consequently, moves in straight lines; thus transmitting its sympathy free of molecular interferences.
"If in any way the circle of its rotatory diameter could be reduced to that of its corpuscular structure, then a bottle containing an odorous substance, though sealed as hermetically as an Edison light bulb, could no more confine its corpuscles than an open chimney the smoke ascending from the fire burning at its base." [Snell Manuscript]
"I assume that sound, like odor, is a real substance of unknown and wonderful tenuity, emanating from a body where it has been induced by percussion, and throwing out absolute corpuscles of matter - interatomic particles - with a velocity of 1120 feet per second, in vacuo 20,000. The substance which is thus disseminated is a part and parcel of the mass agitated, and if kept under this agitation continuously would, in the course of a certain cycle of time, become thoroughly absorbed by the atmosphere; or, more truly, would pass through the atmosphere to an elevated point of tenuity corresponding to the condition of subdivision that govern its liberation from its parent body. The sounds from vibratory forks, set so as to produce etheric chords, while disseminating their compound tones permeate most thoroughly all substances that come under the range of their atomic bombardment. The clapping of a bell in vacuo liberates these atoms with the same velocity and volume as one in the open air; and were the agitation of the bell kept up continuously for a few millions of centuries, it would thoroughly return to its primitive element. If the chamber were hermetically sealed, and strong enough, the vacuous volume surrounding the bell would be brought to a pressure of many thousands of pounds to the square inch, by the tenuous substance evolved. In my estimation, sound truly defined is the disturbance of atomic equilibrium, rupturing actual atomic corpuscles; and the substance thus liberated must certainly be a certain order of etheric flow. Under these conditions is it unreasonable to suppose that, if this flow were kept up, and the body thus robbed of its element, it would in time disappear entirely? All bodies are formed primitively from this high tenuous ether, animal, vegetal and mineral, and they only return to their high gaseous condition when brought under a state of differential equilibrium." [More Science]
"As regards odor," continues Mr. Keely, "we can only get some definite idea of its extreme and wondrous tenuity by taking into consideration that a large area of atmosphere can be impregnated for a long series of years from a single grain of musk; which, if weighed after that long interval, will be found to be not appreciably diminished. The great paradox attending the flow of odorous particles is that they can be held under confinement in a glass vessel! Here is a substance of much high tenuity than the glass that holds it, and yet it cannot escape. It is as a sieve with its meshes large enough to pass marbles, and yet holding fine sand which cannot pass through; in fact, a molecular vessel holding an atomic substance. This is a problem that would confound those who stop to recognize it. But infinitely tenuous as odor is, it holds a very crude relation to the substance of subdivision that governs a magnetic flow (a flow of sympathy, if you please to call it so). This subdivision comes next to sound, but is above sound. The action of the flow of a magnet coincides somewhat to the receiving and distributing portion of the human brain, giving off at all times a depreciating ratio of the amount received. It is a grand illustration of the control of mind over matter, which gradually depreciates the physical til dissolution takes place. The magnet on the same ratio gradually loses its power and becomes inert. If the relations that exist between mind and matter could be equated, and so held, we would live on in our physical state eternally, as there would be no physical depreciation. But this physical depreciation leads, at its terminus, to the source of a much higher development - viz., the liberation of the pure ether from the crude molecular; which in my estimation is to be much desired. Thus God moves in a simple way His wonders to perform. . . . [More Science]
"As regards odor," continues Mr. Keely, "we can only get some definite idea of its extreme and wondrous tenuity by considering that a large area of atmosphere can be impregnated for a number of years from a single grain of musk, and its weight will not appreciably diminish. The great paradox attending the flow of odorous particles is that they can be held in confinement in glass. Here is a substance of much higher tenuity than the glass that holds it and yet it cannot escape, as a sieve with meshes large as marbles and yet holding fine sand within it, in fact, a molecular vessel holding an atomic substance. But tenuous as odor is, it is crude in comparison to the substance of subdivision governing a magnetic flow, or flow of sympathy. This subdivision comes next to sound but is above sound. The action of the magnetic flow coincides somewhat to the receiving and distributing portion of the human brain giving off a depreciating ratio of the amount received, gradually depreciating the physical until dissolution takes place. The magnet on the same ratio gradually loses its power and becomes inert. If the relation of mind and matter, the brain and the physical, could be equated and so held, we would live eternally in our bodies, but the physical depreciation leads to much higher development, the liberation of the pure ether from the crude molecular." [THE NEUTRAL CENTER]
"You know I have spoken of odor. It is like the odor of any flower or vegetable and is what arises from an idea. Thought is a chemical change in the fluid, caused by a sensation produced on the mind. The mind is under the direction of a power independent of itself and when the mind or thought is formed into an idea, the idea throws off an odor that contains the cause and effect. For instance, a person is affected; the effect is called nervousness; this contains no knowledge to science, only an effect. Error or the natural man thinks knowledge is contained in it and tries to convince the patient of the truth of this science, which to the true science is false. The patient is more disturbed by this theory and by the direction of this blind guide; an idea is formed which is held up to the patient's mind to receive a name. The mind or error of the doctor gives it the name of consumption. This disturbs the mind of the patient which like a galvanic battery throws off sparks or ideas. And these ideas being under a false direction are formed into any disease that ignorance and superstition can invent. Now the idea is formed and as it grows it has a sort of intelligence which is not recognized by error but admitted and called instinct. This odor or instinct contains the cause of the trouble and the answer. But to error this is a mystery. So it calls it a power or instinct and never looks upon it as anything that can be reduced to a science.
"This odor is the trouble called disease, but the doctors know nothing about that odor and think that what can be seen by their eyes is the disease or trouble. This odor is what I come in contact with. It is the spiritual life of the idea and by the doctors it is called mind. This embraces all they can comprehend and this they make independent of the disease and never treat it as having anything to do with disease. In this way they keep the soul in bondage, for fear of death. This odor is the soul's trouble, imprisoned in error. As the soul tries to escape, it becomes subject to error and as long as error holds it in bondage, it is in death. Truth sets it free by destroying the error. All we see of this is in the prison, and that is not visible to the natural eye. Not one-hundredth part of the misery of the human species is in what is called disease. Ninety-nine hundredths of human misery is in prisons not seen by the natural eyes. This misery is confined to the popular opinions of the day. The common opinion is the prison of the soul. Its destruction is the liberation of the soul from its earthly prison or error. From these prisons the smoke of their tormenting belief ascends and when I come in contact with their grief or odor, I know the cause of the trouble. The trouble is a sort of intelligence and belongs to this world. It is a sort of instinct to the natural man and has nothing to do with science." Quimby, July 1860 (underline added)