2019 MKE – Lesson 25

Healthy Wealthy and Wise

Most people associate that phrase with Ben Franklin. He published it in Poor Richard's Almanac as "Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise" in the 1735 edition. It turns out that he did not coin this phrase. No matter, it has earned the status of a proverb and has encouraged many a a wit to have fun at Poor Richard's - er - Benjamin's - expense.

In this era of Corona Virus lock-down, I found this excerpt from lesson 25 of the Master Key System very enlightening:

7. The search for the elixir of life has always been a fascinating study and has taken hold of many minds of Utopian mold. In all times, philosophers have dreamed of the day when man will become the master of matter. Old manuscripts contain many, many recipes that have cost their inventors bitter pangs of baffled disillusionment. Thousands of investigators have laid their contributions upon the sacrificial altar for the benefit of mankind. 8. But not through quarantine or disinfectants or boards of health will man reach the long-sought plane of physical well-being; nor by dieting or fasting or suggesting will the elixir of life and the Philosopher’s Stone be found. 9. The mercury of the sages and the hidden manna are not constituents of health foods. 10. When man’s mind is made perfect, then, and then only, will the body be able perfectly to express itself. 11. The physical body is maintained through a process of continuous destruction and reconstruction. 12. Health is but the equilibrium that nature maintains through the process of creating new tissue and eliminating the old, or waste, tissue. 13. Hate, envy, criticism, jealousy, competition, selfishness, war, suicide and murder are the causes that produce acid conditions in the blood, causing changes that result in irritation of the brain cells, the keys upon which soul plays divine harmonies or fantastic tricks before high heaven, according to the arrangement of chemical molecules in the wondrous laboratory of nature. 14. Birth and death are constantly taking place in the body. New cells are being created by the process of converting food, water and air into living tissue. 15. Every action of the brain and every movement of the muscle mean destruction and consequent death of some of these cells. The accumulation of these dead, unused and waste cells is what causes pain, suffering and disease. 16. We allow such destructive thoughts as fear, anger, worry, hatred and jealousy to take possession and these thoughts influence the various functional activities of the body, the brain, the nerves, the heart, the liver or the kidneys. They in turn refuse to perform their various functions; the constructive processes cease and the destructive processes begin.
Emphasis added by me.

It's an Inside Job

Everywhere you read that thoughts become things. Job said "The thing I greatly feared has come upon me." Proverbs 23:7 says "For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he:" That prompted James Allen to writ a book of nearly the same wording: As a Man Thinketh. He expresses the extreme importance of our habitual thought. Jesus said:

33 Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit. 34 O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. 35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.

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