The Science Of Getting Rich
Wallace D. Wattles
In The Certain Way
THOUGHT is the creative power, or the impelling force
which causes the creative power to act; thinking in a Certain Way will
bring riches to you, but you must not rely upon thought alone, paying no
attention to personal action. That is the rock upon which many otherwise
scientific metaphysical thinkers meet shipwreck--the failure to connect
thought with personal action.
We have not yet reached the stage of development, even
supposing such a stage to be possible, in which man can create directly
from Formless Substance without nature's processes or the work of human
hands; man must not only think, but his personal action must supplement
By thought you can cause the gold in the hearts of the
mountains to be impelled toward you; but it will not mine itself, refine
itself, coin itself into double eagles, and come rolling along the roads
seeking its way into your pocket.
Under the impelling power of the Supreme Spirit, men's
affairs will be so ordered that some one will be led to mine the gold
for you; other men's business transactions will be so directed that the
gold will be brought toward you, and you must so arrange your own
business affairs that you may be able to receive it when it comes to
you. Your thought makes all things, animate and inanimate, work to bring
you what you want; but your personal activity must be such that you can
rightly receive what you want when it reaches you. You are not to take
it as charity, nor to steal it; you must give every man more in use
value than he gives you in cash value.
The scientific use of thought consists in forming a
clear and distinct mental image of what you want; in holding fast to the
purpose to get what you want; and in realizing with grateful faith that
you do get what you want.
Do not try to 'project' your thought in any mysterious
or occult way, with the idea of having it go out and do things for you;
that is wasted effort, and will weaken your power to think with sanity.
The action of thought in getting rich is fully explained
in the preceding chapters; your faith and purpose positively impress
your vision upon Formless Substance, which has THE SAME DESIRE FOR MORE
LIFE THAT YOU HAVE; and this vision, received from you, sets all the
creative forces at work IN AND THROUGH THEIR REGULAR CHANNELS OF ACTION,
but directed toward you.
It is not your part to guide or supervise the creative
process; all you have to do with that is to retain your vision, stick to
your purpose, and maintain your faith and gratitude.
But you must act in a Certain Way, so that you can
appropriate what is yours when it comes to you; so that you can meet the
things you have in your picture, and put them in their proper places as
You can really see the truth of this. When things reach
you, they will be in the hands of other men, who will ask an equivalent
And you can only get what is yours by giving the other
man what is his.
Your pocketbook is not going to be transformed into a
Fortunata's purse, which shall be always full of money without effort on
This is the crucial point in the science of getting
rich; right here, where thought and personal action must be combined.
There are very many people who, consciously or unconsciously, set the
creative forces in action by the strength and persistence of their
desires, but who remain poor because they do not provide for the
reception of the thing they want when it comes.
By thought, the thing you want is brought to you; by
action you receive it.
Whatever your action is to be, it is evident that you
must act NOW. You cannot act in the past, and it is essential to the
clearness of your mental vision that you dismiss the past from your
mind. You cannot act in the future, for the future is not here yet. And
you cannot tell how you will want to act in any future contingency until
that contingency has arrived.
Because you are not in the right business, or the right
environment now, do not think that you must postpone action until you
get into the right business or environment. And do not spend time in the
present taking thought as to the best course in possible future
emergencies; have faith in your ability to meet any emergency when it
If you act in the present with your mind on the future,
your present action will be with a divided mind, and will not be
Put your whole mind into present action.
Do not give your creative impulse to Original Substance,
and then sit down and wait for results; if you do, you will never get
them. Act now. There is never any time but now, and there never will be
any time but now. If you are ever to begin to make ready for the
reception of what you want, you must begin now.
And your action, whatever it is, must most likely be in
your present business or employment, and must be upon the persons and
things in your present environment.
You cannot act where you are not; you cannot act where
you have been, and you cannot act where you are going to be; you can act
only where you are.
Do not bother as to whether yesterday's work was well
done or ill done; do today's work well.
Do not try to do tomorrow's work now; there will be
plenty of time to do that when you get to it.
Do not try, by occult or mystical means, to act on
people or things that are out of your reach.
Do not wait for a change of environment, before you act;
get a change of environment by action.
You can so act upon the environment in which you are
now, as to cause yourself to be transferred to a better environment.
Hold with faith and purpose the vision of yourself in
the better environment, but act upon your present environment with all
your heart, and with all your strength, and with all your mind.
Do not spend any time in day dreaming or castle
building; hold to the one vision of what you want, and act NOW.
Do not cast about seeking some new thing to do, or some
strange, unusual, or remarkable action to perform as a first step toward
getting rich. It is probable that your actions, at least for some time
to come, will be those you have been performing for some time past; but
you are to begin now to perform these actions in the Certain Way, which
will surely make you rich.
If you are engaged in some business, and feel that it is
not the right one for you, do not wait until you get into the right
business before you begin to act.
Do not feel discouraged, or sit down and lament because
you are misplaced. No man was ever so misplaced but that he could not
find the right place, and no man ever became so involved in the wrong
business but that he could get into the right business.
Hold the vision of yourself in the right business, with
the purpose to get into it, and the faith that you will get into it, and
are getting into it; but ACT in your present business. Use your present
business as the means of getting a better one, and use your present
environment as the means of getting into a better one. Your vision of
the right business, if held with faith and purpose, will cause the
Supreme to move the right business toward you; and your action, if
performed in the Certain Way, will cause you to move toward the
If you are an employee, or wage earner, and feel that
you must change places in order to get what you want, do not 'project"
your thought into space and rely upon it to get you another job. It will
probably fail to do so.
Hold the vision of yourself in the job you want, while
you ACT with faith and purpose on the job you have, and you will
certainly get the job you want.
Your vision and faith will set the creative force in
motion to bring it toward you, and your action will cause the forces in
your own environment to move you toward the place you want. In closing
this chapter, we will add another statement to our syllabus:
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.
In order to do this, man must pass from the competitive
to the creative mind; he must form a clear mental picture of the things
he wants, and hold this picture in his thoughts with the fixed PURPOSE
to get what he wants, and the unwavering FAITH that he does get what he
wants, closing his mind to all that may tend to shake his purpose, dim
his vision, or quench his faith.
That he may receive what he wants when it comes, man
must act NOW upon the people and things in his present environment.
1 - Preface
2 - The Right To Be Rich
3 - There Is A Science Of Getting Rich
4 - Is Opportunity Monopolized?
5 -The First Principle In The Science Of Getting
6 - Increasing Life
7 - How Riches Come To You
8 - Gratitude
9 - Thinking In The Certain Way
10 - How To Use The Will
11 - Further Use Of The Will
12 - Acting In The Certain Way
13 - Efficient Action
14 - Getting Into The Right Business
15 - The Impression Of Increase
16 - The Advancing Man
17- Some Cautions And Concluding Observations
18 - Summary Of The Science Of Getting Rich