This week’s discussion introduces you to a terrific little book, The Science of Being Well, authored in 1910, by one of the fathers of personal development, Wallace D. Wattles.
For most of us who have been around personal development for a time, our introduction to Mr. Wattles, if we were introduced to him at all, was by way of his first book in this trilogy, The Science of Getting Rich. The third is The Science of Being Great – a wonderful book, and a personal favorite of mine! Perhaps we’ll focus on that in the future!
The next few discussions will focus on his second one, The Science of Being Well. We will not examine the entire book in excruciating detail, although it is well worth reading in its entirety, and I strongly encourage you to do so, but will focus more on the concepts of wellness that he presents.
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. It is available here: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/search/?query=wattles
I have included the book preface for your enjoyment!
Until next week – Stay well and have a fabulous week!
Love you all.
This volume is the second of a series, the first of which is “THE SCIENCE OF GETTING RICH.” As that book is intended solely for those who want money, so this is for those who want health, and who want a practical guide and handbook, not a philosophical treatise. It is an instructor in the use of the universal Principle of Life, and my effort has been to explain the way in so plain and simple a fashion that the reader, though he may have given no previous study to New Thought or metaphysics, may readily follow it to perfect health. While retaining all essentials, I have carefully eliminated all non-essentials; I have used no technical, abstruse, or difficult language, and have kept the one point in view at all times.[Pg 6]
As its title asserts, the book deals with science, not speculation. The monistic theory of the universe—the theory that matter, mind, consciousness, and life are all manifestations of one Substance—is now accepted by most thinkers; and if you accept this theory, you cannot deny the logical conclusions you will find herein. Best of all, the methods of thought and action prescribed have been tested by the author in his own case, and in the case of hundreds of others during twelve years of practice, with continuous and unfailing success. I can say of the Science of Being Well that it works; and that wherever its laws are complied with, it can no more fail to work than the science of geometry can fail to work. If the tissues of your body have not been so destroyed that continued life is impossible, you can get well; and if you will think and act in a Certain Way, you will get well.
If the reader wishes to fully understand the monistic theory of the cosmos,[Pg 7] he is recommended to read Hegel and Emerson; to read also “The Eternal News,” a pamphlet by J. J. Brown, 300 Cathcart Road, Govanhill, Glasgow, Scotland. Some enlightenment may also be found in a series of articles by the author, which were published in The Nautilus, Holyoke, Mass., during the year 1909, under the title, “What Is Truth?”
Those who wish more detailed information as to the performance of the voluntary functions—eating, drinking, breathing, and sleeping—may read “New Science of Living and Healing,” “Letters to a Woman’s Husband,” and “The Constructive Use of Foods,” booklets by W. D. Wattles, which may be obtained from the publishers of this book. I would also recommend the writings of Horace Fletcher, and of Edward Hooker Dewey. Read all these, if you like, as a sort of buttress to your faith; but let me warn you against making the mistake of studying many con[Pg 8]flicting theories, and practicing, at the same time, parts of several different “systems”; for if you get well, it must be by giving your WHOLE MIND to the right way of thinking and living. Remember that the SCIENCE OF BEING WELL claims to be a complete and sufficient guide in every particular. Concentrate upon the way of thinking and acting it prescribes, and follow it in every detail, and you will get well; or if you are already well, you will remain so. Trusting that you will go on until the priceless blessing of perfect health is yours, I remain,
Very truly yours,
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".