Taking a Look at Staying Well
In the last seven blog posts, we have reviewed the preface to Wallace D Wattles’ book, The Science of Being Well, and Chapter 1 – the Principle of Health and Chapter 2 – The Foundations of Faith, Chapter 3 – Life and Its Organisms, Chapter 4 – What to Think, Chapter 5– Faith. This week we continue with Chapter 6 – Use of the Will. If you have not yet read the last 7 parts, please consider doing so, as many of the same terms and concepts will apply here, and will make this chapter considerably easier to understand.
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Chapter 6 – Use of the Will, is included here for your convenience. This is not a commentary on religion, although you could make it be so; it is not intended to place fault or blame, although you could make it do so. It is presented for your consideration and to stimulate your thinking. Please take from it what you will, and feel free to leave the rest! Enjoy!
I recommend that you do acquire this book, which may be found online for a small investment in hard copy, or downloaded electronically, in the public domain in the United States, through the Gutenberg Project, for free here: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/search/?query=wattles
6I have included the book chapter 6 for your enjoyment!
Until next time – Stay well and have a fabulous week!
Love you all.
Use of the Will.
In the practice of the Science of Being
You direct the will upon the
The will should never be used upon any person or thing external to you, and it should never be used upon your own body. The sole legitimate use of the will is in determining
All belief begins in the will to believe.
You cannot always and instantly believe what you will to
These are the statements you must
That there is a Thinking Substance from which all things are made, and that man receives the Principle of Health, which is his life, from this Substance.
That man himself is Thinking Substance; a mind-body, permeating a physical body, and that as man’s thoughts are, so will the functioning of his physical body be.
When you will to believe these statements, you must also begin to act upon them. [In my opinion, this sums it up – you can ‘think’ all you want to, but if you choose to ignore the inspired action to act in concert with your thinking, you are missing the boat!]You cannot long retain a belief unless you act upon it; you cannot increase a belief until it becomes faith unless you act upon it; and you certainly cannot expect to reap benefits in any way from a belief so long as you act as if the opposite were true. You cannot long have faith in health if you continue to act like a sick person. If you continue to act like a sick person, you cannot help continuing to think of yourself as a sick person; and if you continue to think of yourself as a sick person, you will continue to be a sick person.
The first step toward acting externally like a
Form this conception, and then think only thoughts of perfect health in relation to yourself, and, so far as may be possible, in relation to others. When a thought of sickness or disease is presented to you, reject it; do not let it get into your mind; do not entertain or consider it at all. Meet it by thinking health; by thinking that you are well, and by being sincerely grateful for the health you are receiving. Whenever suggestions of disease are coming thick and fast upon you, and you are in a “
While there is no healing power in[Pg 62] the repetition of strings of words, yet it is a very convenient thing to have the central thoughts so formulated that you can repeat them readily, so that you can use them as affirmations whenever you are surrounded by an environment which gives you adverse suggestions. When those around you begin to talk of sickness and death, close your ears and mentally assert something like the following:—
There is One Substance, and I am that Substance.
That Substance is eternal, and it is Life; I am that Substance, and I am Eternal Life.
That Substance knows no disease; I am that Substance, and I am Health.
Do not try to use your will to compel the healthy performance of function within you. The Principle of Health will attend to
Do not try to exert your will upon the Formless to compel It to give you more vitality or power; it is already placing all the power there is at your service.[Pg 64]
You do not have to use your will to conquer adverse conditions, or to subdue unfriendly forces; there are no unfriendly forces; there is only One Force, and that force is friendly to you; it is a force which makes for health.
Everything in the universe wants you to be well; you have absolutely nothing to overcome but your own habit of thinking in a certain way about
Man can cause all the internal functions of his body to be performed in a perfectly healthy manner by continuously thinking in a Certain Way, and by performing the external functions in a certain way.
He can think in this Certain Way by controlling his attention, and he can control his attention
He can decide what things he will think about.
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Alison Sue Adams
Instructor, Coach, and AuthorSue is a Master Life Coach specializing in working with groups to release past trauma and move them forward in life. Sue has nearly 30 years of experience as a bodyworker working with mind-body connections, including visualization and dialogue along with hands-on bodywork, to release emotional trauma in the body and mind. She has worked with infants, children, adults and families in individual and group settings. Sue is known locally as, “the therapist’s therapist.” Her first book is titled, “Muscle Energy Technique Made Easy for Healthcare Professionals”.