Science Of Being Great
First Person Adaptations With Word Clarifications...
by Darlene Hedrick-Sartore
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Science Of Being Great
written circa 1903 by Wallace Delois Wattles

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The Science of Being Great
Chapter 8: Consecration

1. HAVING attained to the viewpoint that puts the self into the right relations with the world and with our fellow beings, the next step is consecration; and consecration in its true sense simply means obedience to the soul. Each of us have that within us that which is always impelling each of us toward the upward and advancing way; and that impelling something is the divine Principle of Power which must be obeyed without question. No one will deny the statement that: "If I am to be great, the greatness must be a manifestation of something within; nor can I question that this something must be the very greatest and highest that is within. It (the greatness) is not the mind, or the intellect, or the reason. I cannot be great if I go no farther back for principle than to my reasoning power. Reason knows neither principle nor morality. My reason is like a lawyer in that it will argue for either side." The intellect of a thief will plan robbery and murder, as readily as the intellect of a saint will plan a great philanthropy. Intellect helps us to see the best means and manner of doing the right thing, but intellect never shows us the right thing. Intellect and reason serve the selfish person for their own selfish ends as readily as they serve the unselfish person for their own unselfish ends. A person may use intellect and reason without regard to principle, and may become known as a very able person, but will never become known as a person whose life shows the power of real greatness.

2. There is too much training of the intellect and reasoning powers, and too little training in obedience to the soul. This is the only thing that can be wrong with our personal attitude - when it (our personal attitude) fails to be one of obedience to the Principle of Power.

3. By going back to our own center, you and I can always find the pure idea of right for every relationship. To be great and to have power, it is only necessary to conform our life to the pure idea as it is found in the GREAT WITHIN. Every compromise on this point is made at the expense of a loss of power. This we must remember.

4. There are many ideas in a brain and mind that have been outgrown, and which, from force of habit are still permitted to dictate the actions of life-expressions. Cease all this; abandon everything that has been outgrown. There are many ignoble customs, social and other, which are still followed, although we know they tend to dwarf and belittle us and keep our acting in a small way. Rise above all this. It is not that we should absolutely disregard conventionalities, or the commonly accepted standards of right and wrong. We cannot do this; but we can deliver our soul from most of the narrow restrictions that bind the majority of our fellow beings. Do not give time and strength to the support of obsolete institutions, religious or otherwise; do not be bound by creeds which are no longer believed. Be free. If perhaps some sensual habits of mind or body were formed; abandon them. If there is still some tendencies to indulge in distrustful fears that things will go wrong, or that people will betray or mistreat any of us; get above all of them. If there are still actions which are selfishly done in any way and on any occasions; cease to do so. Abandon all these, and in place of them put the best actions that can form a conception of desired results in the brain and mind. If there is desire to advance, and actions are not doing so, remember that it can be only because personal thought is better than the personal practice. It is vital to "DO as well", along with "think well".

5. Let thoughts be ruled by principle, and then live up to best thoughts.

6. Let attitude in business, in politics, in neighborhood affairs, and at home, be the expression of the best thoughts. Let all manner toward all men and women, great and small, and especially within personal family circle, always be the most kindly, gracious, and courteous that can be pictured in the imagination. Remember the personal viewpoint; You and I are a god in the company of gods, therefore must conduct the self accordingly.

7. The steps to complete consecration are few and simple. To be great requires being ruled from above; we cannot be ruled from below if we are to be great. Therefore we cannot be governed by physical impulses; we must bring our body into subjection to the mind; remembering that the mind without principle, may lead into selfishness and immoral ways. "I must put the mind into subjection to the soul, and my soul is limited by the boundaries of personal knowledge." We each must put it (our soul) into subjection to that Over-Soul which needs no searching of the understanding, but before whose eye all things are spread. That constitutes consecration. Say: "I surrender my body to be ruled by my mind; I surrender my mind to be governed by my soul, and I surrender my soul to the guidance of God." Make this consecration complete and thorough, then has been taken the second great step in the way of greatness and power.

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