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W D Wattles]



THE
SCIENCE OF
BEING WELL

BY
WALLACE D. WATTLES

Author of "The Science of Getting Rich,"
etc.

PRICE, $1.00

PUBLISHED BY
ELIZABETH TOWNE
HOLYOKE, MASS.
1910



COPYRIGHT, SEPTEMBER, 1910
BY
WALLACE D. WATTLES




CONTENTS


PAGE
PREFACE 5
I. THE PRINCIPLE OF HEALTH 9
II. THE FOUNDATION OF FAITH 17
III. LIFE AND ITS ORGANISMS 27
IV. WHAT TO THINK 35
V. FAITH 46
VI. USE OF THE WILL 56
VII. HEALTH FROM GOD 65
VIII. SUMMARY OF THE MENTAL ACTIONS 74
IX. WHEN TO EAT 80
X. WHAT TO EAT 89
XI. HOW TO EAT 99
XII. HUNGER AND APPETITES 108
XIII. IN A NUTSHELL 116
XIV. BREATHING 125
XV. SLEEP 133
XVI. SUPPLEMENTARY INSTRUCTIONS 139
XVII. A SUMMARY OF THE SCIENCE OF BEING WELL 151




PREFACE.


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.

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, 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 conflicting 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,

WALLACE D. WATTLES.




CHAPTER I.

THE PRINCIPLE OF HEALTH.


In the personal application of the Science of Being Well, as in that of
the Science of Getting Rich, certain fundamental truths must be known in
the beginning, and accepted without question. Some of these truths we
state here: -

The perfectly natural performance of function constitutes health; and
the perfectly natural performance of function results from the natural
action of the Principle of Life. There is a Principle of Life in the
universe; it is the One Living Substance from which all things are made.
This Living Substance permeates, penetrates, and fills the interspaces
of the universe; it is in and through all things, like a very refined
and diffusible ether. All life comes from it; its life is all the life
there is.

Man is a form of this Living Substance, and has within him a Principle
of Health. (The word Principle is used as meaning source.) The Principle
of Health in man, when in full constructive activity, causes all the
voluntary functions of his life to be perfectly performed.

It is the Principle of Health in man which really works all healing, no
matter what "system" or "remedy" is employed; and this Principle of
Health is brought into Constructive Activity by thinking in a Certain
Way.

I proceed now to prove this last statement. We all know that cures are
wrought by all the different, and often opposite, methods employed in
the various branches of the healing art. The allopath, who gives a
strong dose of a counter-poison, cures his patient; and the homeopath,
who gives a diminutive dose of the poison most similar to that of the
disease, also cures it. If allopathy ever cured any given disease, it is
certain that homeopathy never cured that disease; and if homeopathy ever
cured an ailment, allopathy could not possibly cure that ailment. The
two systems are radically opposite in theory and practice; and yet both
"cure" most diseases. And even the remedies used by physicians in any
one school are not the same. Go with a case of indigestion to half a
dozen doctors, and compare their prescriptions; it is more than likely
that none of the ingredients of any one of them will be in the others.
Must we not conclude that their patients are healed by a Principle of
Health within themselves, and not by something in the varying
"remedies"?

Not only this, but we find the same ailments cured by the osteopath with
manipulations of the spine; by the faith healer with prayer, by the food
scientist with bills of fare, by the Christian Scientist with a
formulated creed statement, by the mental scientist with affirmation,
and by the hygienists with differing plans of living. What conclusion
can we come to in the face of all these facts but that there is a
Principle of Health which is the same in all people, and which really
accomplishes all the cures; and that there is something in all the
"systems" which, under favorable conditions, arouses the Principle of
Health to action? That is, medicines, manipulations, prayers, bills of
fare, affirmations, and hygienic practices cure whenever they cause the
Principle of Health to become active; and fail whenever they do not
cause it to become active. Does not all this indicate that the results
depend upon the way the patient thinks about the remedy, rather than
upon the ingredients in the prescription?

There is an old story which furnishes so good an illustration on this
point that I will give it here. It is said that in the middle ages, the
bones of a saint, kept in one of the monasteries, were working miracles
of healing; on certain days a great crowd of the afflicted gathered to
touch the relics, and all who did so were healed. On the eve of one of
these occasions, some sacrilegious rascal gained access to the case in
which the wonder-working relics were kept and stole the bones; and in
the morning, with the usual crowd of sufferers waiting at the gates, the
fathers found themselves shorn of the source of the miracle-working
power. They resolved to keep the matter quiet, hoping that by doing so
they might find the thief and recover their treasures; and hastening to
the cellar of the convent they dug up the bones of a murderer, who had
been buried there many years before. These they placed in the case,
intending to make some plausible excuse for the failure of the saint to
perform his usual miracles on that day; and then they let in the waiting
assemblage of the sick and infirm. To the intense astonishment of those
in the secret, the bones of the malefactor proved as efficacious as
those of the saint; and the healing went on as before. One of the
fathers is said to have left a history of the occurrence, in which he
confessed that, in his judgment, the healing power had been in the
people themselves all the time, and never in the bones at all.

Whether the story is true or not, the conclusion applies to all the
cures wrought by all the systems. The Power that Heals is in the patient
himself; and whether it shall become active or not does not depend upon
the physical or mental means used, but upon the way the patient thinks
about these means. There is a Universal Principle of Life, as Jesus
taught; a great spiritual Healing Power; and there is a Principle of
Health in man which is related to this Healing Power. This is dormant or
active, according to the way a man thinks. He can always quicken it into
activity by thinking in a Certain Way.

Your getting well does not depend upon the adoption of some system, or
the finding of some remedy; people with your identical ailments have
been healed by all systems and all remedies. It does not depend upon
climate; some people are well and others are sick in all climates. It
does not depend upon avocation, unless in case of those who work under
poisonous conditions; people are well in all trades and professions.
Your getting well depends upon your beginning to think - and act - in a
Certain Way.

The way a man thinks about things is determined by what he believes
about them. His thoughts are determined by his faith, and the results
depend upon his making a personal application of his faith. If a man has
faith in the efficacy of a medicine, and is able to apply that faith to
himself, that medicine will certainly cause him to be cured; but though
his faith be great, he will not be cured unless he applies it to
himself. Many sick people have faith for others but none for
themselves. So, if he has faith in a system of diet, and can personally
apply that faith, it will cure him; and if he has faith in prayers and
affirmations and personally applies his faith, prayers and affirmations
will cure him. Faith, personally applied, cures; and no matter how great
the faith or how persistent the thought, it will not cure without
personal application. The Science of Being Well, then, includes the two
fields of thought and action. To be well it is not enough that man
should merely think in a Certain Way; he must apply his thought to
himself, and he must express and externalize it in his outward life by
acting in the same way that he thinks.




CHAPTER II.

THE FOUNDATIONS OF FAITH.


Before man can think in the Certain Way which will cause his diseases to
be healed, he must believe in certain truths which are here stated: -

All things are made from one Living Substance, which, in its original
state, permeates, penetrates, and fills the interspaces of the universe.
While all visible things are made from It, yet this Substance, in its
first formless condition is in and through all the visible forms that It
has made. Its life is in All, and its intelligence is in All.

This Substance creates by thought, and its method is by taking the form
of that which it thinks about. The thought of a form held by this
substance causes it to assume that form; the thought of a motion causes
it to institute that motion. Forms are created by this substance in
moving itself into certain attitudes or positions. When Original
Substance wishes to create a given form, it thinks of the motions which
will produce that form. When it wishes to create a world, it thinks of
the motions, perhaps extending through ages, which will result in its
coming into the attitude and form of the world; and these motions are
made. When it wishes to create an oak tree, it thinks of the sequences
of movement, perhaps extending through ages, which will result in the
form of an oak tree; and these motions are made. The particular
sequences of motion by which differing forms should be produced were
established in the beginning; they are changeless. Certain motions
instituted in the Formless Substance will forever produce certain forms.

Man's body is formed from the Original Substance, and is the result of
certain motions, which first existed as thoughts of Original Substance.
The motions which produce, renew, and repair the body of man are called
functions, and these functions are of two classes: voluntary and
involuntary. The involuntary functions are under the control of the
Principle of Health in man, and are performed in a perfectly healthy
manner so long as man thinks in a certain way. The voluntary functions
of life are eating, drinking, breathing, and sleeping. These, entirely
or in part, are under the direction of man's conscious mind; and he can
perform them in a perfectly healthy way if he will. If he does not
perform them in a healthy way, he cannot long be well. So we see that if
man thinks in a certain way, and eats, drinks, breathes, and sleeps in a
corresponding way, he will be well.

The involuntary functions of man's life are under the direct control of
the Principle of Health, and so long as man thinks in a perfectly
healthy way, these functions are perfectly performed; for the action of
the Principle of Health is largely directed by man's conscious thought,
affecting his sub-conscious mind.

Man is a thinking center, capable of originating thought; and as he does
not know everything, he makes mistakes and thinks error. Not knowing
everything, he believes things to be true which are not true. Man holds
in his thought the idea of diseased and abnormal functioning and
conditions, and so perverts the action of the Principle of Health,
causing diseased and abnormal functioning and conditions within his own
body. In the Original Substance there are held only the thoughts of
perfect motion; perfect and healthy function; complete life. God never
thinks disease or imperfection. But for countless ages men have held
thoughts of disease, abnormality, old age, and death; and the perverted
functioning resulting from these thoughts has become a part of the
inheritance of the race. Our ancestors have, for many generations, held
imperfect ideas concerning human form and functioning; and we begin life
with racial sub-conscious impressions of imperfection and disease.

This is not natural, or a part of the plan of nature. The purpose of
nature can be nothing else than the perfection of life. This we see from
the very nature of life itself. It is the nature of life to continually
advance toward more perfect living; advancement is the inevitable result
of the very act of living. Increase is always the result of active
living; whatever lives must live more and more. The seed, lying in the
granary, has life, but it is not living. Put it into the soil and it
becomes active, and at once begins to gather to itself from the
surrounding substance, and to build a plant form. It will so cause
increase that a seed head will be produced containing thirty, sixty, or
a hundred seeds, each having as much life as the first.

Life, by living, increases.

Life cannot live without increasing, and the fundamental impulse of life
is to live. It is in response to this fundamental impulse that Original
Substance works, and creates. God must live; and he cannot live except
as he creates and increases. In multiplying forms, He is moving on to
live more.

The universe is a Great Advancing Life, and the purpose of nature is the
advancement of life toward perfection; toward perfect functioning. The
purpose of nature is perfect health.

The purpose of Nature, so far as man is concerned, is that he should be
continuously advancing into more life, and progressing toward perfect
life; and that he should live the most complete life possible in his
present sphere of action.

This must be so, because That which lives in man is seeking more life.

Give a little child a pencil and paper, and he begins to draw crude
figures; That which lives in him is trying to express Itself in art.
Give him a set of blocks, and he will try to build something; That which
lives in him is seeking expression in architecture. Seat him at a piano,
and he will try to draw harmony from the keys; That which lives in him
is trying to express Itself in music. That which lives in man is always
seeking to live more; and since man lives most when he is well, the
Principle of Nature in him can seek only health. The natural state of
man is a state of perfect health; and everything in him, and in nature,
tends toward health.

Sickness can have no place in the thought of Original Substance, for it
is by its own nature continually impelled toward the fullest and most
perfect life; therefore, toward health. Man, as he exists in the thought
of the Formless Substance, has perfect health. Disease, which is
abnormal or perverted function - motion imperfectly made, or made in the
direction of imperfect life - has no place in the thought of the Thinking
Stuff.

The Supreme Mind never thinks of disease. Disease was not created or
ordained by God, or sent forth from him. It is wholly a product of
separate consciousness; of the individual thought of man. God, the
Formless Substance, does not see disease, think disease, know disease,
or recognize disease. Disease is recognized only by the thought of man;
God thinks nothing but health.

From all the foregoing, we see that health is _a fact_ or TRUTH in the
original substance from which we are all formed; and that disease is
imperfect functioning, resulting from the imperfect thoughts of men,
past and present. If man's thoughts of himself had always been those of
perfect health, man could not possibly now be otherwise than perfectly
healthy.

Man in perfect health is the thought of Original Substance, and man in
imperfect health is the result of his own failure to think perfect
health, and to perform the voluntary functions of life in a healthy way.
We will here arrange in a syllabus the basic truths of the Science of
Being Well: -

_There is a Thinking Substance from which all things are made,
and which, in its original state, permeates, penetrates, and
fills the interspaces of the universe. It is the life of All._

_The thought of a form in this Substance causes the form; the
thought of a motion produces the motion. In relation to man,
the thoughts of this Substance are always of perfect
functioning and perfect health._

_Man is a thinking center, capable of original thought; and his
thought has power over his own functioning. By thinking
imperfect thoughts he has caused imperfect and perverted
functioning; and by performing the voluntary functions of life
in a perverted manner, he has assisted in causing disease._

_If man will think only thoughts of perfect health, he can
cause within himself the functioning of perfect health; all the
Power of Life will be exerted to assist him. But this healthy
functioning will not continue unless man performs the external,
or voluntary, functions of living in a healthy manner._

_Man's first step must be to learn how to think perfect health;
and his second step to learn how to eat, drink, breathe, and
sleep in a perfectly healthy way. If man takes these two steps,
he will certainly become well, and remain so._




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 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 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 functioning 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


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