The Science of Getting Rich – Fact or Fiction?

The Science of Getting Rich, by Wallace Wattles – sounds amusing doesn’t it?Rhonda Byrne states that this publication was one of the major inspirations for her hit film and book, The Secret.I have to admit that I sometimes find it difficult to wrap my head around the Law of Attraction. I want to understand, but some of the explanations of this material are so convoluted I am made to feel like a dog chasing its tail,Wattles states in the preface to his book: “This book is pragmatical, not philosophical; a practical manual, not a treatise upon theories. It is intended for the men and women whose most pressing need is for money; who wish to get rich first, and philosophize afterward.”

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I believe this practical approach explains why The Science of Getting Rich is even more popular today than it was a 100 years ago.Wallace Wattles writes that getting rich is an “exact science”. There are certain laws, that when learned, will lead you to riches with “mathematical certainty”.These laws hinge on one fundamental principle – the power of thought. Wattles explains that anything we desire, be it a house or a large bank account, can come into existence simply by “impressing (our) thought upon formless substance.”However simple this may sound, he says that in order to do this, we must abandon any competitive nature we may have and use our creative mind. Formless Intelligence, as Wattles calls it, is never competitive in spirit.In The Science of Getting Rich, Wattles emphasizes that we must get rid of the notion that there is some Deity in the sky who wants us to be poor. He believes that choosing a life of poverty for altruistic reasons is no better than those who lead extremely selfish lives.

Begin to take action: The vision is formed and nurtured, and your mind is focused on the now. This will begin to drive your actions; it will stimulate you to your best. But this is only the beginning. Out of the “Thinking Substance” which “permeates” the universe and which makes up everything will come ideas and plans. These will bubble into your consciousness and lead you to specific actions that will move you to the fulfillment of your vision. Recall the quote we began with: “By thought, the thing you want is brought to you; by action you receive it.” These ideas and plans are the specific actions for you’re to receive the thing that is brought to you. Again from chapter 12 of “The Science of Getting Rich:”

Consistent, practiced thought will trigger a natural unfolding of people, resources, opportunities and actions that serve to bring your creation into reality. Essentially, when you practise the science of getting rich process according to Wattles formula, you are triggering the Universe to begin conspiring in your favor… almost as if by magic. You will get rich and achieve what you want in the exact proportion to which you have successfully maintained true to the creative process. The more consistently true you are to the practising science, the more effective and powerfully the science will work for you. The less consistent you are, the less consistent your results.

As you can see, there is an elegant simplicity to the science of getting rich principles Wattles describes in his book. Those who have learned to master these principles have achieved remarkable life abundance and success.You’ve got information overload when you know the names, and can quote, Tony Robbins, Zig Ziglar, Jim Rohn, Esther Hicks, Bob Procter, Brian Tracy, Napoleon Hill, Norman Vincent Peale, Dale Carnegie, Jack Canfield, Rhonda Byrne and a thousand others.You’ve literally read the book, seen the film and bought the T-Shirt but has it really altered your life for the better? Or rather, has it really altered your life dramatically for the better? Sure, now your thought process is more focused, sharper, more streamlined and permits you to resolve problems quicker, faster and better. These days you always maintain a positive image in your mind and you always read your goals out aloud before bedtime but what has been the overall net benefit? Not really sure?

Too many cooks have spoilt this broth and we have all gorged on this ‘self-help motivational’ banquet but in the end we just got mentally fatter rather than intellectually fitter. We got too much information and we got paralysed! We tried everything and got nowhere. We baked a cake that had a bit of Tony Robbins, a hint of Jack Canfield and Bob Procter all drizzled with generous amounts of Rhonda Byrne. The cake was a failure, it didn’t rise, it was half-baked! Sound familiar? Know what I mean?

Some cautions and concluding observations – There is no limited supply of wealth. Governments keep the masses in poverty only because the masses allow this to happen by not thinking and acting in a Certain Way. If the masses were to move forward as suggested in this book; all systems would have to modify to accommodate this forward movement. The more men get rich on the competitive plane, the worse for others. Also, don’t spend any time worrying about how you will meet possible emergencies. Concern your mind with doing today’s work in a perfectly successful manner. No possible combination of circumstance can defeat a man or woman who is proceeding to get rich in the Certain Way.

Guard your speech. Never speak of yourself, your affairs, or of anything else in a discouraged or discouraging way. Never admit the possibility of failure. Never speak of times as being hard, or of business conditions as being doubtful. When you operate on the creative plane, you can create what you want. When others are having hard times and poor business, you will find your greatest opportunities. Train yourself to think of and look upon the world as something which is becoming, growing. Never allow yourself to be disappointed. If you do not receive the thing you want, go on in the Certain Way, and you will receive something so much better. You will see that the seeming failure was really a great success. When you make a “failure”, it is because you have not asked for enough! Do not hesitate or waver with fear, go on in full faith.

Chapter 2 is called, “There Is A Science of Getting Rich.” In this chapter we learn that getting rich is achieved by doing things in a “certain way.” Our suggestion reinforces this in our mind causing us to embrace the belief and make it our own. And further, we need not have material wealth to achieve wealth; we need only do things in a “certain way.” This becomes real as we reinforce it using affirmations and hypnosis.So we continue through the book creating affirmations and suggestions for each chapter to make the book a part of our very being so that we don’t just approach it with head knowledge but with a deep understanding because it has become a part of us. Success follows this simple method as you move from chapter to chapter enhancing the words and their effects on your being. You will naturally be happy, naturally be positive, naturally be thankful and this is at the core of applying the law of attraction.

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