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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 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; 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

_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

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 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.
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 order to sever all mental relations with disease, you must enter into
mental relations with health, making the process positive not negative;
one of assumption, not of rejection. You are to receive or appropriate
health rather than to reject and deny disease. Denying disease
accomplishes next to nothing; it does little good to cast out the devil
and leave the house vacant, for he will presently return with others
worse than himself. When you enter into full and constant mental
relations with health, you must of necessity cease all relationship with
disease. The first step in the Science of Being Well is, then, to enter
into complete thought connection with health.

The best way to do this is to form a mental image or picture of
yourself as being well, imagining a perfectly strong and healthy body;
and to spend sufficient time in contemplating this image to make it your
habitual thought of yourself.

This is not so easy as it sounds; it necessitates the taking of
considerable time for meditation, and not all persons have the imaging
faculty well enough developed to form a distinct mental picture of
themselves in a perfect or idealized body. It is much easier, as in "The
Science of Getting Rich," to form a mental image of the things one wants
to have; for we have seen these things, or their counterparts, and know
how they look; we can picture them very easily from memory. But we have
never seen ourselves in a perfect body, and a _clear_ mental image is
hard to form.

It is not necessary or essential, however, to have a clear mental image
of yourself as you wish to be; it is only essential to form a CONCEPTION
of perfect health, and to relate yourself to it. This Conception of
Health is not a mental picture of a particular thing; it is an
understanding of health, and carries with it the idea of perfect
functioning in every part and organ.

You may TRY to picture yourself as perfect in physique; that helps; and
you MUST _think of yourself as doing everything in the manner of a
perfectly strong and healthy person_. You can picture yourself as
walking down the street with an erect body and a vigorous stride; you
can picture yourself as doing your day's work easily and with surplus
vigor, never tired or weak; you can picture in your mind how all things
would be done by a person full of health and power, and you can make
yourself the central figure in the picture, doing things in just that
way. Never think of the ways in which weak or sickly people do things;
always think of the way strong people do things. Spend your leisure time
in thinking about the Strong Way, until you have a good conception of
it; and always think of yourself in connection with the Strong Way of
Doing Things. That is what I mean by having a Conception of Health.

In order to establish perfect functioning in every part, man does not
have to study anatomy or physiology, so that he can form a mental image
of each separate organ and address himself to it. He does not have to
"treat" his liver, his kidneys, his stomach, or his heart. There is one
Principle of Health in man, which has control over all the involuntary
functions of his life; and the thought of perfect health, impressed upon
this Principle, will reach each part and organ. Man's liver is not
controlled by a liver-principle, his stomach by a digestive principle,
and so on; the Principle of Health is One.

The less you go into the detailed study of physiology, the better for
you. Our knowledge of this science is very imperfect, and leads to
imperfect thought. Imperfect thought causes imperfect functioning,
which is disease. Let me illustrate: Until quite recently, physiology
fixed ten days as the extreme limit of man's endurance without food; it
was considered that only in exceptional cases could he survive a longer
fast. So the impression became universally disseminated that one who was
deprived of food must die in from five to ten days; and numbers of
people, when cut off from food by shipwreck, accident, or famine, did
die within this period. But the performances of Dr. Tanner, the
forty-day faster, and the writings of Dr. Dewey and others on the
fasting cure, together with the experiments of numberless people who
have fasted from forty to sixty days, have shown that man's ability to
live without food is vastly greater than had been supposed. Any person,
properly educated, can fast from twenty to forty days with little loss
in weight, and often with no apparent loss of strength at all. The
people who starved to death in ten days or less did so because they
believed that death was inevitable; an erroneous physiology had given
them a wrong thought about themselves. When a man is deprived of food he
will die in from ten to fifty days, according to the way he has been
taught; or, in other words, according to the way he thinks about it. So
you see that an erroneous physiology can work very mischievous results.

No Science of Being Well can be founded on current physiology; it is not
sufficiently exact in its knowledge. With all its pretensions,
comparatively little is really known as to the interior workings and
processes of the body. It is not known just how food is digested; it is
not known just what part food plays, if any, in the generation of force.
It is not known exactly what the liver, spleen, and pancreas are for, or
what part their secretions play in the chemistry of assimilation. On all
these and most other points we theorize, but we do not really know.
When man begins to study physiology, he enters the domain of theory and
disputation; he comes among conflicting opinions, and he is bound to
form mistaken ideas concerning himself. These mistaken ideas lead to the
thinking of wrong thoughts, and this leads to perverted functioning and
disease. All that the most perfect knowledge of physiology could do for
man would be to enable him to think only thoughts of perfect health, and
to eat, drink, breathe, and sleep in a perfectly healthy way; and this,
as we shall show, he can do without studying physiology at all.

This, for the most part, is true of all hygiene. There are certain
fundamental propositions which we should know; and these will be
explained in later chapters, but aside from these propositions, ignore
physiology and hygiene. They tend to fill your mind with thoughts of
imperfect conditions, and these thoughts will produce the imperfect
conditions in your own body. You cannot study any "science" which
recognizes disease, if you are to think nothing but health.

_Drop all investigation as to your present condition, its causes, or
possible results, and set yourself to the work of forming a conception
of health._

Think about health and the possibilities of health; of the work that may
be done and the pleasures that may be enjoyed in a condition of perfect
health. Then make this conception your guide in thinking of yourself;
refuse to entertain for an instant any thought of yourself which is not
in harmony with it. When any idea of disease or imperfect functioning
enters your mind, cast it out instantly by calling up a thought which is
in harmony with the Conception of Health.

Think of yourself at all times as realizing conception; as being a
strong and perfectly healthy personage; and do not harbor a contrary

KNOW that as you think of yourself in unity with this conception, the
Original Substance which permeates and fills the tissues of your body is
taking form according to the thought; and know that this Intelligent
Substance or mind stuff will cause function to be performed in such a
way that your body will be rebuilt with perfectly healthy cells.

The Intelligent Substance, from which all things are made, permeates and
penetrates all things; and so it is in and through your body. It moves
according to its thoughts; and so if you hold only the thoughts of
perfectly healthy function, it will cause the movements of perfectly
healthy function within you.

Hold with persistence to the thought of perfect health in relation to
yourself; do not permit yourself to think in any other way. Hold this
thought with perfect faith that it is the fact, the truth. It is the
truth so far as your mental body is concerned. You have a mind-body and
a physical body; the mind-body takes form just as you think of yourself,
and any thought which you hold continuously is made visible by the
transformation of the physical body into its image. Implanting the
thought of perfect functioning in the mind-body will, in due time, cause
perfect functioning in the physical body.

The transformation of the physical body into the image of the ideal
held by the mind-body is not accomplished instantaneously; we cannot
transfigure our physical bodies at will as Jesus did. In the creation
and recreation of forms, Substance moves along the fixed lines of growth
it has established; and the impression upon it of the health thought
causes the healthy body to be built cell by cell. Holding only thoughts
of perfect health will ultimately cause perfect functioning; and perfect
functioning will in due time produce a perfectly healthy body. It may be
as well to condense this chapter into a syllabus: -

_Your physical body is permeated and fitted with an Intelligent
Substance, which forms a body of mind-stuff. This mind-stuff
controls the functioning of your physical body. A thought of
disease or of imperfect function, impressed upon the mind-stuff,
causes disease or imperfect functioning in the physical body.
If you are diseased, it is because wrong thoughts have made
impressions on this mind-stuff; these may have been either your
own thoughts or those of your parents; we begin life with many
sub-conscious impressions, both right and wrong. But the natural
tendency of all mind is toward health, and if no thoughts are
held in the conscious mind save those of health, all internal
functioning will come to be performed in a perfectly healthy

_The Power of Nature within you is sufficient to overcome all
hereditary impressions, and if you will learn to control your
thoughts, so that you shall think only those of health, and if
you will perform the voluntary functions of life in a perfectly
healthy way, you can certainly be well._



The Principle of Health is moved by Faith; nothing else can call it into
action, and only faith can enable you to relate yourself to health, and
sever your relation with disease, in your thoughts.

You will continue to think of disease unless you have faith in health.
If you do not have faith you will doubt; if you doubt, you will fear;
and if you fear, you will relate yourself in mind to that which you

If you fear disease, you will think of yourself in connection with
disease; and that will produce within yourself the form and motions of
disease. Just as Original Substance creates from itself the forms of its
thoughts, so your mind-body, which is original substance, takes the
form and motion of whatever you think about. If you fear disease, dread
disease, have doubts about your safety from disease, or if you even
contemplate disease, you will connect yourself with it and create its
forms and motions within you.

Let me enlarge somewhat upon this point. The potency, or creative power,
of a thought is given to it _by the faith that is in it_.

Thoughts which contain no faith create no forms.

The Formless Substance, which knows all truth and therefore thinks only
truth, has perfect faith in every thought, because it thinks only truth;
and so all its thoughts create.

But if you will imagine a thought in Formless Substance in which there
was no faith, you will see that such a thought could not cause the
Substance to move or take form.

Keep in mind the fact that only those thoughts which are conceived in
faith have creative energy. Only those thoughts which have faith with
them are able to change function, or to quicken the Principle of Health
into activity.

If you do not have faith in health, you will certainly have faith in
disease. If you do not have faith in health, it will do you no good to
think about health, for your thoughts will have no potency, and will
cause no change for the better in your conditions. If you do not have
faith in health, I repeat, you will have faith in disease; and if, under
such conditions, you think about health for ten hours a day, and think
about disease for only a few minutes, the disease thought will control
your condition because it will have the potency of faith, while the
health thought will not. Your mind-body will take on the form and
motions of disease and retain them, because your health thought will not
have sufficient dynamic force to change form or motion.

In order to practice the Science of Being Well, you must have complete
faith in health.

Faith begins in belief; and we now come to the question: _What must you
believe in order to have faith in health?_

You must believe that there is more health-power than disease-power in
both yourself and your environment; and you cannot help believing this
if you consider the facts. These are the facts: -

_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._

_The thought of a form, in this Substance, produces the form;
the thought of a motion institutes the motion. In relation to
man, the thoughts of Original Substance are always of perfect
health and perfect functioning. This Substance, within and
without man, always exerts its power toward health._

_Man is a thinking center, capable of original thought. He has
a mind-body of Original Substance permeating a physical body;
and the functioning of his physical body is determined by the
FAITH of his mind-body. If man thinks with faith of the
functioning of health, he will cause his internal functions to
be performed in a healthy manner, provided that he performs the
external functions in a corresponding manner. But if man
thinks, with faith, of disease, or of the power of disease, he
will cause his internal functioning to be the functioning of

_The Original Intelligent Substance is in man, moving toward
health; and it is pressing upon him from every side. Man lives,
moves, and has his being in a limitless ocean of health-power;
and he uses this power according to his faith. If he
appropriates it and applies it to himself it is all his; and if
he unifies himself with it by unquestioning faith, he cannot
fail to attain health, for the power of this Substance is all
the power there is._

A belief in the above statements is a foundation for faith in health. If
you believe them, you believe that health is the natural state of man,
and that man lives in the midst of Universal Health; that all the power
of nature makes for health, and that health is possible to all, and can
surely be attained by all. You will believe that the power of health in
the universe is ten thousand times greater than that of disease; in
fact, that disease has no power whatever, being only the result of
perverted thought and faith. And if you believe that health is possible
to you, and that it may surely be attained by you, and that you know
exactly what to do in order to attain it, you will have faith in health.
You will have this faith and knowledge if you read this book through
with care and determine to believe in and practice its teachings.

It is not merely the possession of faith, but the personal application
of faith which works healing. You must claim health in the beginning,
and form a conception of health, and, as far as may be, of yourself as a
perfectly healthy person; and then, by faith, you must claim that you
ARE REALIZING this conception.

Do not assert with faith that you are going to get well; assert with
faith that you ARE well.

Having faith in health, and applying it to yourself, means having faith
that you are healthy; _and the first step in this is to claim that it is
the truth_.

Mentally take the attitude of being well, and do not say anything or do
anything which contradicts this attitude. Never speak a word or assume a
physical attitude which does not harmonize with the claim: "I am
perfectly well." When you walk, go with a brisk step, and with your
chest thrown out and your head held up; watch that at all times your
physical actions and attitudes are those of a healthy person. When you
find that you have relapsed into the attitude of weakness or disease,
change instantly; straighten up; think of health and power. Refuse to
consider yourself as other than a perfectly healthy person.

One great aid - perhaps the greatest aid - in applying your faith you will
find in the exercise of gratitude.

Whenever you think of yourself, or of your advancing condition, give
thanks to the Great Intelligent Substance for the perfect health you are

Remember that, as Swedenborg taught, there is a continual inflow of life
from the Supreme, which is received by all created things according to
their forms; and by man according to his faith. Health from God is
continually being urged upon you; and when you think of this, lift up
your mind reverently to Him, and give thanks that you have been led to
the Truth and into perfect health of mind and body. Be, all the time, in
a grateful frame of mind, and let gratitude be evident in your speech.

Gratitude will help you to own and control your own field of thought.

Whenever the thought of disease is presented to you, instantly claim
health, and thank God for the perfect health you have. Do this so that
there shall be no room in your mind for a thought of ill. Every thought
connected in any way with ill health is unwelcome, and you can close the
door of your mind in its face by asserting that you are well, and by
reverently thanking God that it is so. Soon the old thoughts will return
no more.

Gratitude has a twofold effect; it strengthens your own faith, and it
brings you into close and harmonious relations with the Supreme. You
believe that there is one Intelligent Substance from which all life and
all power come; you believe that you receive your own life from this
substance; and you relate yourself closely to It by feeling continuous
gratitude. It is easy to see that the more closely you relate yourself
to the Source of Life the more readily you may receive life from it; and
it is easy also to see that your relation to It is a matter of mental
attitude. We cannot come into physical relationship with God, for God is
mind-stuff and we also are mind-stuff; our relation with Him must
therefore be a mind relation. It is plain, then, that the man who feels
deep and hearty gratitude will live in closer touch with God than the
man who never looks up to Him in thankfulness. The ungrateful or
unthankful mind really denies that it receives at all, and so cuts its
connection with the Supreme. The grateful mind is always looking toward
the Supreme, and is always open to receive from it; and it will receive

_The Principle of Health in man receives its vital power from the
Principle of Life in the universe; and man relates himself to the
Principle of Life by faith in health, and by gratitude for the health he

_Man may cultivate both faith and gratitude by the proper use of his



In the practice of the Science of Being Well the will is not used to
compel yourself to go when you are not really able to go, or to do
things when you are not physically strong enough to do them. You do not
direct your will upon your physical body or try to compel the proper
performance of internal function by will power.

_You direct the will upon the mind, and use it in determining what you
shall believe, what you shall think, and to what you shall give your

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 to what you shall give your attention, and
what you shall think about the things to which your attention is given.

All belief begins in the will to believe.

You cannot always and instantly believe what you will to believe; but
you can always will to believe what you want to believe. You want to
believe truth about health, and you can will to do so. The statements
you have been reading in this book are the truth about health, and you
can will to believe them; this must be your first step toward getting

These are the statements you must will to believe: -

_That there is a Thinking Substance from which all things are
made, and that man receives the Principle of Health, which is

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