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

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The Science of Being Great
Chapter 17: More About Thought

1. Give place here to some further consideration of thought. A person will never become great until their own thoughts make the self great, and therefore it is of the first importance TO THINK.

2. A person will never do great things in the external world until thinking great things in the internal world; and great things can never be thought until there is thinking about truth; about the verities. To think great things requires being absolutely sincere; and to be sincere requires knowing that personal intentions are right. Insincere or false thinking is never great, however logical and brilliant it may be.

3. The first and most important step is to seek the truth about human relations: To Know what I ought to be to other people, and what they ought to be to me. This brings me back to the search for a right viewpoint.

4. Study organic and social evolution. Read Darwin and Walter Thomas Mills, and when reading, THINK; think the whole matter over until seeing the world of things and people in the right way. THINK about what God is doing until able to SEE what God is doing.

5. The next step is to THINK the self into the right personal attitude. My viewpoint tells me what the right attitude is, and obedience to the soul puts me into the right attitude. It is only by making a complete consecration of myself to the highest that is within me that I attain to sincere thinking. So long as it's known that aims are selfish, or dishonest or crooked in any way in intentions or practices, then thinking will be false and thoughts will have no power. THINK about the way things are being done; about all personal intentions, purposes, and practices, until it's know that they are right.

6. The fact of personal complete unity with God is one that no person can grasp without deep and sustained thinking. Any one can accept the proposition in a superficial way, but to feel and realize a vital comprehension of it (complete unity with God), is another matter. It is easy to think of going outside of the self to meet God, but it is not so easy to think of going inside the self to meet God. But God is there, and in the Holy Of Holies of my own soul I may meet God face to face. It is a tremendous thing; this fact that all I need is already within me; that I do not have to consider how to get the power to do what I desire to do, or to make myself what I desire to be. I have only to consider how to use the power I have in the right way. And there is nothing to do but to begin. By using my perception of truth; I can see more truth today; live fully up to that and I will see more truth tomorrow.

7. To rid the self of old false ideas requires thinking a great deal about the value of Human Beings -- the greatness and worth of a human soul. Look at successes, cease from looking at human mistakes; see virtues, cease from seeing faults. Come to regard men and women as shining souls who are ascending toward heaven, no longer look upon people as lost and ruined beings that are descending into hell. It will require some exercise of Will Power to do this, but this is the legitimate use of the Will --- to decide what I Will think about, and how I Will think. The function of the Will is to direct thought. Think about the good side of people; the lovely, attractive part, and exert Will in refusing to think of anything else in connection with them.

8. Mr Wattles knew of no one who had attained to so much on this one point as Eugene V. Debs, 5 times the Socialist candidate for president of the United States (1900, 1904, 1908, 1912, and 1920). Mr. Debs reverenced humanity. No appeal for help was ever made to him in vain. No one received from him an unkind or censorious word. It wasn't possible to come into his presence without being made sensible of his deep and kindly personal interest. Every person, be he millionaire, grimy workingman, or toil worn woman, received the radiant warmth of a brotherly affection that is sincere and true. No ragged child spoke to him on the street without receiving instant and tender recognition. Debs loved people. This made him the leading figure in a great movement, the beloved hero of a million hearts, and gave him a deathless name. It is a great thing to love people so, and it is only achieved by thought. No thing can make anyone great but thought.

"We may divide thinkers into those who think for themselves and those who think through others. The latter are the rule and the former the exception. The first are original thinkers in a double sense, and egotists in the noblest meaning of the word." -- Sehopenhauer.

"The key to every man is his thought. Sturdy and defiant though he look he has a helm which he obeys, which is the idea after which all his facts are classified. He can only be reformed by showing him a new idea which commands his own." - - Emerson.

"All truly wise thoughts have been thought already thousands of times; but to make them really ours we must think them over again honestly till they take root in our personal expression." - - Goethe.

"All that a man is outwardly is but the expression and completion of his inward thought. To work effectively he must think clearly. To act nobly he must think nobly." - - Channing.

"Great men are they who see that spirituality is stronger than any material force; that thoughts rule the world." -- Emerson.

"Some people study all their lives, and at their death they have learned everything except to think." -- Domergue.

"It is the habitual thought that frames itself into our life. It affects us even more than our intimate social relations do. Our confidential friends have not so much to do in shaping our lives as the thoughts have which we harbor?' -J. W. Teal.

"When God lets loose a great thinker on this planet, then all things are at risk. There is not a piece of science but its flank may be turned tomorrow; nor any literary reputation or the so-called eternal names of fame that may not be refused and condemned." - - Emerson.

17. Think! Think!! THINK!!!

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