7. I Can!
Applied nutrition represents the “I CAN” philosophy of living, a subtle psychological approach, using the psyche positively, which gradually does away with the old erroneous and negative concepts and ideas which limit and constrain the thinking of most clients on first meeting and replaces them with a sense of being in tune with the positive.
Once our clients are fortified with knowledge and provided with a well-marked road to follow, one furnished the start by the practitioner, then, more often than not, they come to see a bright light beckoning to them at the end of the tunnel of darkness and fear which formerly surrounded them.
Through knowledge comes conviction and once a person becomes convinced in his mind of the Tightness of what you teach, more often than not, the doubter becomes the positive thinker. He verbalizes to himself, “Yes I CAN do it! I can bring about these changes! I CAN live in such a way that health MUST happen. This is a way of life. I CAN be, healthier than I now am. I CAN change. I REALLY CAN.
It is so important for clients to understand that, with you to guide them, they will be in charge of their own lives and no longer dependent upon a dispenser of pills nor will they, in their old age, require nurses to burp them and to change their diapers, so to speak. They begin to appreciate the immensity of the possible. They will no longer be required to take pills to elevate or to depress their vacillating moods because they understand that when health replaces sickness, they will feel euphoric with a natural high. They will no longer have to have recourse to hormones to make them into what they should not be.
Instead, the possible is theirs for the doing, for the changing. Through learning the ways of life and understanding the rules of life, they can find their own way, they can take charge of Self.
Understanding the potential behind the I CAN! will often make performers out of the helpless ones who are so because their cells are sick. The mind and the body are one and when the mind contains positive thoughts—thoughts that are capable, ready-to-go thoughts—then these thoughts replace the emotions of fear, anxiety and worry so miracles can indeed happen!
Clients must be given to understand that when we have problems, physical or otherwise, we must find solutions. If we do not, we simply cheat ourselves. If our problem is one of sickness and we do not find a solution, we can cheat ourselves out of life!
We have said elsewhere that attitudes are contagious, both the attitude that we, as practitioners display to the world, and the attitude cultivated in or by our students. We have an outer and an inner attitude. If our inner attitude is a conviction that we CAN attain better health, we WILL because our attitude strengthens our subconscious power and this power pervades the entire body, generating power in our endocrine glands, in our heart, in our brain stem and servicing nerves, in all organs, including our organs of digestion.
This is important, vitally so, for remember all that we are is dependent upon nerve power and upon the efficiency of our digestive powers.
If you believe you can, you will act. This is one of the great, not-well-understood laws of life.
If your inner self is powered by fear, it will soon pervade your being, too. If you fear that health will continue to elude you, fear that life will soon depart from you, you will remain in the sickness rut and more and more pain and suffering will be your unhappy lot simply because your inner fear-packed YOU will slowly, or rapidly, dissipate its power as it fears. Fear and worry are negative attitudes that steal away body power.
Far too many among us think and say, “if only.” If only, I had this or that, I could be rich. If only I could find the right doctor, I could be well!”
Charles M. Simmons reminded us that we need to change that attitude to “if I do this, I will get what I want” attitude. This is a positive attitude which means you have a plan of action and that you will work your plan. When the plan is sound and we go into action, we will fulfill our every dream.
That’s what the I CAN! concept is all about. The Hygienic practitioner who can get this philosophy across to his client and who gives him a workable plan to start him on his road to becoming a self-performer will be the successful practitioner. His clients will change from timid, doubtful, unhappy souls lacking power, souls filled with negative forces that are doomed to cheat and “to fail, into forward-looking, power-filled persons whose positive attitudes cannot help but bring to them the longed-for successful conclusion: the euphoria of superb health.
- 1. What Do You Mean By “Change In Lifestyle?”
- 2. The Need To Inspire The Client
- 3. The Practitioner Presents The Plan
- 4. The Client Must Be In Charge
- 5. What Kinds Of Changes Are Required
- 6. Outmoded Beliefs And Superstitions
- 7. I Can!
- 8. Questions & Answers
- Article #1: The Great Awakener By Dr. Herbert M. Shelton
- Article #2: Overcoming Compulsive Habits By Stanley Bass, D.C.
- Article #3: The Negative Power of “If” By Charles M. Simmons
- Article #4: Excerpt from “In Tune With the Infinite” by Ralph Waldo Trine