In the last four 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. This week we continue with Chapter 3 – Life and Its Organisms. If you have not yet read the last 4 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.
All blue lettering is mine for emphasis, and was not included in Mr. Wattles’ book.
Chapter 3, Life and Its Organisms, 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
I have included the book chapter 3 for your enjoyment!
Until next time – Stay well and have a fabulous week!
Love you all.
CHAPTER III Life and Its Organisms.
The human body is the abiding place of an energy which renews it when worn; which eliminates waste or poisonous matter, and which repairs the body when broken or injured. This energy we call life. Life is not generated or produced within the body; it produces the body.
The seed which has been kept in the storehouse for years will grow when planted in the soil; it will produce a plant. But the life in the plant is not generated by its growing; it is the life which makes the plant grow.
The performance of function does not cause life; it is life which causes function to be performed. Life is first; function afterward.
It is life which distinguishes organic[Pg 28] from inorganic matter, but it is not produced after the organization of matter.
Life is the principle or force which causes organization; it builds organisms.
It is a principle or force inherent in Original Substance; all life is One.
This Life Principle of the All is the Principle of Health in man, and becomes constructively active whenever man thinks in a certain way. Whoever, therefore, thinks in this Certain Way will surely have perfect health if his external functioning is in conformity with his thought. But the external functioning must conform to the thought; man cannot hope to be well by thinking health, if he eats, drinks, breathes, and sleeps like a sick man.
The universal Life Principle, then, is the Principle of Health in man. It is one with original substance.There is one Original Substance from which all things are made; this substance is alive, and its life is the Principle of Life of [Pg 29] the universe. This Substance has created from itself all the forms of organic life by thinking them, or by thinking the motions and functions which produce them.
Original Substance thinks only health, because It knows all truth; there is no truth which is not known in the Formless, which is All, and in all. It not only knows all truth, but it has all power; its vital power is the source of all the energy there is. A conscious life which knows all truth and which has all power cannot go wrong or perform function imperfectly; knowing all, it knows, too much to go wrong, and so the Formless cannot be diseased or think disease.
Man is a form of this original substance, and has a separate consciousness of his own; but his consciousness is limited, and therefore imperfect. By reason of his limited knowledge man can and does think wrongly, and so he causes perverted and imperfect func[Pg 30]tioning in his own body. Man has not known too much to go wrong. The diseased or imperfect functioning may not instantly result from an imperfect thought, but it is bound to come if the thought becomes habitual. Any thought continuously held by man tends to the establishment of the corresponding condition in his body.
Also, man has failed to learn how to perform the voluntary functions of his life in a healthy way. He does not know when, what, and how to eat; he knows little about breathing, and less about sleep. He does all these things in a wrong way, and under wrong conditions; and this because he has neglected to follow the only sure guide to the knowledge of life. He has tried to live by logic rather than by instinct; he has made living a matter of art, and not of nature. And he has gone wrong.
His only remedy is to begin to go right; and this he can surely do. It is the work of this book to teach the whole[Pg 31] truth, so that the man who reads it shall know too much to go wrong.
The thoughts of disease produce the forms of disease. Man must learn to think health; and being Original Substance which takes the form of its thoughts, he will become the form of health and manifest perfect health in all his functioning. The people who were healed by touching the bones of the saint were really healed by thinking in a certain way, and not by any power emanating from the relics. There is no healing power in the bones of dead men, whether they be those of saint or sinner.
The people who were healed by the doses of either the allopath or the homeopath were also really healed by thinking in a certain way; there is no drug which has within itself the power to heal disease.
The people who have been healed by prayers and affirmations were also healed by thinking in a certain way;[Pg 32] there is no curative power in strings of words.
All the sick who have been healed, by whatsoever “system,” have thought in a certain way; and a little examination will show us what this way is.
The two essentials of the Way are Faith, and a Personal Application of the Faith.
The people who touched the saint’s bones had faith; and so great was their faith that in the instant they touched the relics they SEVERED ALL MENTAL RELATIONS WITH DISEASE, AND MENTALLY UNIFIED THEMSELVES WITH HEALTH.
This change of mind was accompanied by an intense devotional FEELING which penetrated to the deepest recesses of their souls, and so aroused the Principle of Health to powerful action. By faith they claimed that they were healed, or appropriated health to themselves; and in full faith they ceased to think of themselves in connection with disease[Pg 33] and thought of themselves only in connection with health.
These are the two essentials to thinking in the Certain Way which will make you well: first, claim or appropriate health by faith; and, second, sever all mental relations with disease, and enter into mental relations with health. That which we make ourselves, mentally, we become physically; and that with which we unite ourselves mentally we become unified with physically. If your thought always relates you to disease, then your thought becomes a fixed power to cause disease within you; and if your thought always relates you to health, then your thought becomes a fixed power exerted to keep you well.
In the case of the people who are healed by medicines, the result is obtained in the same way. They have, consciously or unconsciously, sufficient faith in the means used to cause them to sever mental relations with disease and enter into mental relations with health.[Pg 34] Faith may be unconscious. It is possible for us to have a sub-conscious or inbred faith in things like medicine, in which we do not believe to any extent objectively; and this sub-conscious faith may be quite sufficient to quicken the Principle of Health into constructive activity. Many who have little conscious faith are healed in this way; while many others who have great faith in the means are not healed because they do not make the personal application to themselves; their faith is general, but not specific for their own cases.
In the Science of Being Well we have two main points to consider: first, how to think with faith; and, second, how to so apply the thought to ourselves as to quicken the Principle of Health into constructive activity. We begin by learning What to Think.
In Part 6 we will address Ch 4, What to Think…….
Hi everyone! Who has not ever come home from their day of sitting, standing, lifting, walking – whatever your day usually entails – and not noticed how tired your legs are? We all have encountered that at one time or another.
This is derived from an article I wrote in 1989 – way back when I used to teach yoga and even before I became a licensed bodyworker! Have fun, and look forward to being reacquainted with your legs:
To refresh tired, heavy-feeling or just plain “beat” legs, try these 3 easy stretches when you get home at night. Be sure that you wear loose, non-binding clothing, and all of the stretches should be done only to the point of feeling a “nice” stretch – no pain or stain! Repeat each of the first three stretches two or three times on each side, alternating sides. The last one should be held as long as comfortable. For a strap, use your imagination – old neckties work well, karate belts are super, a soft piece of rope, a towel, etc.
- HAMSTRING STRETCH – Lie on the floor, pick up your right foot and bend right knee until you can reach your foot with your hands. Place a strap around the ball of your foot. Holding the strap in your right hand, slowly attempt to straighten your leg, working into a hamstring stretch (hamstrings are located on the back of your thigh and you should feel the stretch in the middle of the back of your thigh – if you are feeling it near your buttocks or your knee, you are overstretching – back off the stretch). Keep left leg long and straight on the floor. Maintain this gentle stretch for several breaths, then bend your right knee and lower the leg to the floor. Repeat on the left side.
- INNER HIP/LEG STRETCH – Place the strap on the right foot as described in #1 above. After straightening your leg, rotate the entire leg (from the hip) towards the right. Holding the strap in your right hand with your elbow supported on the floor, place your left hand on the left hip bone (this brings awareness to that area), keeping the left leg straight. Slowly lower the right leg out towards the floor until a gentle stretch is felt on the inside of your right thigh. Strive to keep the left hip on the floor. After several breaths, raise your leg back up, bend your knee and lengthen back to your starting position. Repeat on the left leg.
- OUTER HIP STRETCH – (NOTE: DO NOT DO THIS STRETCH IF YOU HAVE A HIP WITH A PREDISPOSITION TO DISLOCATE, OR A PROSTHETIC HIP UNLESS UNDER THE GUIDANCE OF A QUALIFIED PROFESSIONAL) Place strap on the foot as above and straighten your leg. Rotate entire leg (from the hop) towards the left (i.e., pointing across your body – the opposite of the rotation in #2 above). Hold the strap in your left hand and slowly bring your right leg across body until you feel a gentle stretch along the outer hip and leg. Hold for a few breaths and repeat on the other leg. Strive to keep both hips down, and not roll your raised leg hip over. (Note: leg will not go as far across your body as it did out to the side in #2 above – this is normal and as it should be.
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Sue 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".