My friend Patrice was searching for healing affirmations recently, and she struck gold, I would say. Here is what she sent me, saying, “It deserves all caps”:
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 HEALTH.
EVERYTHING IN THE UNIVERSE WANTS ME TO BE WELL.
ALL I NEED TO FIGURE OUT IS HOW MUCH TO TAKE FROM THE UNLIMITED SUPPLY OF HEALTH.
The quote came from Wallace D. Wattles, a New Thought author of the late 19th and early 20th centuries whose work can still be found on the self-help shelves. On the surface, these words look like basic you-create-your-life boilerplate, but there are a couple of bits here that really struck me between the eyes.
First, “the unlimited supply of health.” How often do we think of health as unlimited and easily available? We tend to expect health to be rare and precious, and illness, injury and debility to be awaiting us around every corner. We don’t necessarily accept good health as our birthright and as our normal condition.
Second, “that substance knows no disease.” It is objectively logical to say that the quantumstuff of which we are made has nothing wrong with it. Are there quarks going around complaining of headaches? Electrons that find themselves fatigued or depressed? Those are meaningless thoughts. I realized, considering this, that fundamentally everything is always OK. The myriad things that go wrong and cause suffering are only on the surface. We can do whatever we want to drive ourselves crazy and to harm each other, but that has no effect whatsoever on the matter/energy the universe is made of, which is never created or destroyed, and which persists all through the genesis and disintegration of human body after human body. At some level, no matter what happens, things really are in Divine Order, contentedly following the laws of physics just as always, and there is nothing we can do to mess that up, no matter how hard we try!
I read a little online about Wattles, whose best-known book is The Science of Getting Rich, and who also wrote a number of books on health, including The Science of Being Well, the source of the quote above. His life story is not known in great detail, but we do know that he lived to be only 51 years old. His daughter, Florence, wrote that “he made lots of money, and had good health, except for his extreme frailty” in the last few years of his life. There was no mention of what killed him, or what in the world would cause “extreme frailty” in a middle-aged person. Whether Wattles’ affirmations ultimately worked for him in the way he wished, I can’t say. Apparently he did do something that I don’t– he wrote consistently and persistently, and kept his mind steadfastly on what he wanted. “There is no labor from which most people shrink,” he wrote, “as they do from that of sustained and consecutive thought; it is the hardest work in the world.” Too true, especially in this age of inefficient, scattered multitasking.