Principle of Health

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.

We are a form of this Living Substance, and have within us a Principle of Health. (The word Principle is used as meaning source.) The Principle of Health in us, when in full constructive activity, causes all the voluntary functions of our lives to be perfectly performed.

It is the Principle of Health in us 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.

We all know that cures are brought by all the different, and often opposite, methods employed in the various branches of the healing art.

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"?

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 acupuncture 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 illustrates on this point. 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, and there is a Principle of Health in us which is related to this Healing Power. This is dormant or active, according to the way we think. We 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 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 vocation, 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 you think about things is determined by what you believe about them. Your thoughts are determined by your faith, and the results depend upon you making a personal application of your faith. If you have faith in the efficacy of a medicine, and are able to apply that faith to yourself, that medicine will certainly cause you to be cured. "Placebo effect" but though your faith be great, you will not be cured unless you apply it to yourself. Many sick people have faith for others but none for themselves.

So, if you have faith in a system of diet, and can personally apply that faith, it will cure you.
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 we should merely think in a Certain Way; you must apply your thought to yourself, and you must express and externalize it in your outward life by acting in the same way that you think.

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