Is all this doom and gloom surrounding the economy getting you down? Can we take comfort from the fact that we have been here before and no doubt will be here again? The economy, like most things, behaves in cycles, sometimes up and sometimes down. No doubt, certain other factors have combined to make this period appear worse than others but the real issues are what we can learn from the past and what we can do to improve the present and future?
In 1912 Wallace D Wattles wrote a classic book on wealth creation called The Science of Getting Rich which has inspired generations of entrepreneurs, business owners and free thinkers. It was credited as the inspiration behind the book and movie phenomenon “The Secret”. What follows is a summary of his thoughts. A free copy of the full e-Book is available from The Science of Getting Rich website.
The General Gist
- There is a thinking stuff from which all things are made, and which, in its original state, permeates, penetrates, and fills the interspaces of the universe.
- A thought in this substance produces the thing that is imaged by the thought.
- A person can form things in his thought, and by impressing his thought upon formless substance can cause the thing he thinks about to be created.
Control This Thinking Stuff
In order to do this, a person must pass from the competitive to the creative mind. Otherwise he or she cannot be in harmony with formless intelligence, which is always creative and never competitive in spirit.
This is a key point, when we give up the competitiveness and jealousy of our neighbours or co-workers and concentrate on helping each other we can begin to attract wealth and prosperity into not only our lives but everyone we touch. The concept of a self made millionaire is a false one. Very few get rich on their own without the support of a team.
A person may come into full harmony with the formless substance by entertaining a lively and sincere gratitude for the blessings it bestows upon him. Gratitude unifies the mind of man with the intelligence of substance, so that man’s thoughts are received by the formless. A person can remain upon the creative plane only by uniting himself with the formless intelligence through a deep and continuous feeling of gratitude.
For many this can be a challenge especially during bleak economic times. However by concentrating on the good things in our lives or simple blessings like a walk on the beach or a sunny day we are in a higher vibration and more likely to gain more things we desire.
A person must form a clear and definite mental image of the things he or she wishes to have, to do, or to become, and must hold this mental image in thoughts, while being deeply grateful to the supreme that all his desires are granted. The person who wishes to get rich must spend his leisure hours in contemplating that vision, and in earnest thanksgiving that the reality is being given to them. Too much stress cannot be laid on the importance of frequent contemplation of the mental image, coupled with unwavering faith and devout gratitude. This is the process by which the impression is given to the formless and the creative forces set in motion.
The creative energy works through the established channels of natural growth, and of the industrial and social order. All that is included in the mental image will surely be brought to the person who follows the instructions given above, and whose faith does not waver. What is truly wanted will come through the ways of established trade and commerce. I believe it is Wayne Dyer who said that no-one has manifested a bag of money to fall on their head whilst meditating.
In order to receive when it is ready to come, a person must be in action in a way that causes them to more than fill his present place. A person must keep in mind the purpose to get rich through realization of their mental image and must do, every day all that can be done that day, taking care to do each act in a successful manner.
Continuing the cooperation versus competition theme, a person must give to every other person a use value in excess of the cash value received, so that each transaction makes for more life, and they must hold the advancing thought so that the impression of increase will be communicated to all with whom they come into contact. Millionaires are not made in one off transactions but true wealth is created by delighting your customers and clients time and time again.
Wattles concludes by saying that “the men and women who practice these instructions will certainly get rich, and the riches they receive will be in exact proportion to the definiteness of their vision, the fixity of their purpose, the steadiness of their faith, and the depth of their gratitude”.
Whether you believe in the Law of Attraction or not, it seems clear that thinking negatively will only create bad feelings, despair and more negativity. If this is true then logic would suggest that the opposite may also be true and that positive thinking, optimism and action may set in motion a positive spiral towards health, wealth and happiness.