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 10: Idealization

1. I am a thinking center in original substance, and the thoughts of original substance have creative power; whatever is formed in its thought and held as a thought-form must come into existence as a visible and so-called material form, and a thought-form held in thinking substance is a reality; it is a real thing, whether it has yet become visible to mortal eye or not. This is a fact that I should impress upon my understanding-that a thought held in thinking substance is a real thing; a form, and has actual existence, although it is not visible to me. I internally take the form in which I think of myself; and I surround myself with the invisible forms of those things with which I associate in my thoughts. If I desire a thing, I picture it clearly and hold the picture steadily in mind until it becomes a definite thought-form; and if my practices are not such as to separate me from God, the thing I desire will come to me in material form. It must do so in obedience to the law by which the universe was created.

2. I form a conception of health, making no thought-form of myself in connection with disease or sickness. I make a thought-form of myself as strong and hearty and perfectly well; I impress this thought-form on creative intelligence, and if my practices are not in violation of the laws by which the physical body is built, my thought-form will become manifest in my flesh. This also is certain; it comes by obedience to law.

3. I make a thought-form of myself, as I desire to be, and set my ideal as near to perfection as my imagination is capable of forming the conception. Here is an illustration: If a young law student wishes to become great, let him picture himself (while attending to the viewpoint, consecration, and identification, as previously directed) as a great lawyer, pleading his case with matchless eloquence and power before the judge and jury; as having an unlimited command of truth, of knowledge and of wisdom. Let him picture himself as the great lawyer in every possible situation and contingency; while he is still only the student in all circumstances let him never forget or fail to be the great lawyer in his thought-form of himself. As the thought-form grows more definite and habitual in his mind, the creative energies, both within and without, are set at work, he begins to manifest the form from within and all the essentials without, which go into the picture, begin to be impelled toward him. He makes himself into the image and God works with him; nothing can prevent him from becoming what hem wishes to he.

4. In the same general way the musical student pictures herself as performing perfect harmonies, and as delighting vast audiences; the actor forms the highest conception she is capable of in regard to her art, and applies this conception to herself. The farmer and the mechanic do exactly the same thing. Fix upon the ideal of what is wish to make of the self; consider well and be sure to make the right choice; that is, the one that will be the most satisfactory in a general way. Do not pay too much attention to the advice or suggestions of those around: do not believe that any one can know, better than the self, what is right for the self. Listen to what others have to say, but always form personal conclusions.


5. Do not be misled by a false notion of obligation or duty. i can owe no possible obligation or duty to others that should prevent me from making the most of myself. Be true to myself, and I cannot then be false to anybody. When I have fully decided what thing I desire to be, form the highest conception of that thing that I am capable of imagining, and make that conception a thought-form. Hold that thought-form as a fact, as the real truth about myself, and believe in it.

6. Close my ears to all adverse suggestions. Never mind if people call me a fool and a dreamer. Dream on. Remember that Bonaparte, the half-starved lieutenant, always saw himself as the general of armies and the master of France, and he became in out-ward realization what he held him self to be in mind. So likewise will I. When I attend carefully to all that has been said in the preceding chapters, and act as directed in the following ones, then I will become what I desire to be.

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