The Science of Being Well


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
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._

_That if man will think only thoughts of perfect health, he
must and will cause the internal and involuntary functioning of
his body to be the functioning of health, provided that his
external and voluntary functioning and attitude are in
accordance with his thoughts._

When you will to believe these statements, you must also begin to act
upon them. 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 well person is to begin
to act internally like a well person. Form your conception of perfect
health, and get into the way of thinking about perfect health until it
begins to have a definite meaning to you. Picture yourself as doing the
things a strong and healthy person would do, and have faith that you can
and will do those things in that way; continue this until you have a
vivid CONCEPTION of health, and what it means to you. When I speak in
this book of a conception of health, I mean a conception that carries
with it the idea of the way a healthy person looks and does things.
Think of yourself in connection with health until you form a conception
of how you would live, appear, act, and do things as a perfectly healthy
person. Think about yourself in connection with health until you
conceive of yourself, in imagination, as always doing everything in the
manner of a well person; until the thought of health conveys the idea of
what health means to you. As I have said in a former chapter, you may
not be able to form a clear mental image of yourself in perfect health,
but you can form a conception of yourself as acting like a healthy

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 "tight place," fall back upon the exercise of gratitude.
Connect yourself with the Supreme; give thanks to God for the perfect
health He gives you, and you will soon find yourself able to control
your thoughts, and to think what you want to think. In times of doubt,
trial, and temptation, the exercise of gratitude is always a sheet
anchor which will prevent you from being swept away. Remember that the
all mental healing; it is the whole thing. Here we see the secret of the
great success of Christian Science; more than any other formulated
system of practice, it insists that its converts shall sever relations
with disease, and relate themselves fully with health. The healing power
of Christian Science is not in its theological formulæ, nor in its
denial of matter; but in the fact that it induces the sick to ignore
disease as an unreal thing and accept health by faith as a reality. Its
failures are made because its practitioners, while thinking in the
Certain Way, do not eat, drink, breathe, and sleep in the same way.

While there is no healing power in 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

_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

Exercise your will power in choosing only those thoughts which are
thoughts of health, and arrange your environment so that it shall
suggest thoughts of health. Do not have about you books, pictures, or
other things which suggest death, disease, deformity, weakness, or age;
have only those which convey the ideas of health, power, joy, vitality,
and youth. When you are confronted with a book, or anything else which
suggests disease, do not give it your attention. Think of your
conception of health, and your gratitude, and affirm as above; use your
will power to fix your attention upon thoughts of health. In a future
chapter I shall touch upon this point again; what I wish to make plain
here is that you must think only health, recognize only health, and give
your attention only to health; and that you must control thought,
recognition, and attention by the use of your will.

Do not try to use your will to compel the healthy performance of
function within you. The Principle of Health will attend to that, if you
give your attention only to thoughts of health.

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.

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 disease, and you can do this only by forming a habit of thinking
in another Certain Way about health.

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 by the use of his will.

He can decide what things he will think about.

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