Wouldn’t it be fun if we could interview an expert, born over 16o years ago… and have him reveal his little known secrets to creating an abundant life?

In 1910, in his book, The Science of Getting Rich, Wallace D. Wattles wrote, “The desire for riches… is the same as that which makes the plant grow; it is Life, seeking fuller expression.”

And here we are over 100 years later, reflecting on this, as if it were a fresh, new idea!  Truth is, innovative ideas are timeless.  Isn’t it time that we finally reap the rewards of this thinking?

Let’s interview Mr. Wattles post-humously (with quotes from his book!) to figure this all out once and for all…  Maybe along the way, we’ll find some clues on how to accomplish it!

Gladys- So, Mr. Wattles, may I call you Wallace?  I sense that you feel it would be OK.  Wallace, I mean, are we being selfish, self-serving and greedy for even wanting more?

Wallace- There is nothing wrong in wanting to get rich. The desire for riches is really the desire for a richer, fuller, and more abundant life; and that desire is praise worthy… Desire is possibility seeking expression… function seeking performance.

Gladys- Well, we’ve had a few rough years here, in the first part of this century.  People have lost their businesses, their jobs, their homes, even their life savings.  But a lot of us aren’t ready to give up!  I’m glad to hear you say it’s admirable to want to recoup our wealth!

Wallace- WHATEVER may be said in praise of poverty, the fact remains that it is not possible to live a really complete or successful life unless one is rich. No man can rise to his greatest possible height in talent or soul development unless he has plenty of money; for to unfold the soul and to develop talent he must have many things to use, and he cannot have these things unless he has money to buy them with.

Gladys- So, practically speaking, what do we need to do to get rich? Is there a certain profession we should pursue, or a certain state we should move to?

Wallace-  Getting rich is not a matter of environment, for, if it were… the inhabitants of one state would roll in wealth, while those of an adjoining state would be in poverty.

But everywhere we see rich and poor living side by side, in the same environment, and often engaged in the same vocations… Some environments may be more favorable than others, but when two men in the same business are in the same neighborhood, and one gets rich while the other fails, it indicates that getting rich is the result of doing things in a Certain Way.

Gladys- So, it’s not about living a certain state or working in a certain profession…it’s about doing things in a “Certain Way”!  Well, now you really have me curious!  I know a lot of people wanting to obtain more money and willing to take action… but what in the heck is the “Certain Way”?

Wallace- 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
  • the  depth of their gratitude

 Gladys- Let’s take it from the top… But how do you mean “definiteness of vision”?   I know it’s important to distinctly define what we really want.  I mean you have to clearly see the target if you want to hit a bulls eye!  What is your basic premise?

Wallace- 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.

Man can form things in his thought, and, by impressing his thought upon formless substance, can cause the thing he thinks about to be created.

Gladys- Well, given that supposition, I can see that having a very specific, positive vision of what you want is critical here!  Wouldn’t want to put negative ideas in that soup!    Wallace, would you please explain a little more about vision, purpose and faith.

Wallace- You must fix your attention upon your mental picture of riches, to the exclusion of all that may tend to dim or obscure the vision…

When you try to impress your wants upon Substance, remember that it must be done by a COHERENT STATEMENT; you must know what you want, and be definite. You can never get rich, or start the creative power into action, by sending out unformed longings and vague desires…

Behind your clear vision must be the PURPOSE to realize it; to bring it out in tangible expression… The purpose of Nature is the advancement and unfoldment of life; and every man should have all that can contribute to the power… elegance, beauty, and richness of life.

Gladys- There is also purpose in sharing with others.

Wallace- A man’s highest happiness is found in the bestowal of benefits on those he loves; love finds it’s most natural and spontaneous expression in giving.

And behind purpose must be an invincible and unwavering FAITH that the thing is already yours; that it is “at hand” and you have only to take possession of it.

Gladys- So, to sum it up so far… We need to describe the mental picture of what we want, and put it into a “coherent statement”.  Then we need know our “purpose” for having it.  Then, from a position of steadfast, firm faith, we have to claim it as already ours!  And what about “gratitude”?

Wallace- Many people who order their lives rightly in all other ways are kept in poverty by their lack of GRATITUDE

It is easy to understand that the nearer we live to the source of wealth, the more wealth we shall receive; and it is easy also to understand that the soul that is always grateful lives in closer touch with God than the one which never looks to Him in thankful acknowledgment.

The more gratefully we fix our minds on the Supreme when good things come to us, the more good things we will receive, and the more rapidly they will come; and the reason simply is that the mental attitude of gratitude draws the mind into closer touch with the source from which the blessings come…

And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.

Gladys-  What happens when we slip up… when we indulge ourselves in whining and complaining, in resentment and in going victim to what’s happening around us?

Wallace-  The moment you permit your mind to dwell with dissatisfaction upon things as they are, you begin to lose ground. You fix attention upon the common, the ordinary, the poor, and the squalid and mean; and your mind takes the form of these things. Then you will transmit these forms or mental images to the Formless, and the common, the poor, the squalid, and mean will come to you…

Doubt or unbelief is as certain to start a movement away from you… as faith and purpose are to start one toward you.

Gladys- Wow, I guess… stand guard at the gate of your mind, is the best policy!   That’s a big responsibility, but there’s also a lot of power there, and we get to choose how we use it!

I want to thank you, Mr. Wallace D Wattles, for your insights.

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