Chapter Six: How Riches Come to You
Of course one way to be rich is to offer great value in return for the money that you earn or receive for your services.
It’s an obvious truism that different resources are of different value to different people. If you, therefore, have some kind of skill or talent or ability which is highly valued by other individuals, you can charge accordingly for it and this, as Wattles rightly says, is a fair transaction – you have given something of great value in return for money, and both parties have benefited.
This is what he calls “adding to the life of the world by every business transaction” – i.e. giving every man more in value than you take from him in cash.
One of the most important things Wattles says in The Science Of Getting Rich is that most people “retain something of the old idea that poverty and self-sacrifice are pleasing to God. They look upon poverty as part of the plan, the necessity of nature…. They have the idea that God has finished his work, and made all that he can make, and the majority of men stay poor because there is not enough to go round. They hold so much of this erroneous thought that they feel ashamed to ask for wealth; they try not to want more than a very modest amount, just enough to make them fairly comfortable.”
Well, few of us would nowadays disagree with that!
Chapter 7 of Wattles’ book is headed Gratitude
Video – Gratitude and Manifestation
The moment I saw that I thought “Aha! So now I understand where the emphasis on gratitude – the emphasis so prevalent in later writings on the subject of wealth creation – has come from!”
Wattles go so far as to say: “The whole process of mental adjustment and atunement can be summed up in one word, gratitude.”
Truly, everything in the world is derivative – I hadn’t realized so many writers on the Law of Attraction were getting so much of their theory (and practice) directly from Wattles, without giving it any coloring with their own experience.
However, leaving that point aside, I think Wattles is saying that while everything derives from the Intelligent Substance, we needs to have complete belief that the Substance can give us everything we desire (note to self: here’s the importance of desire and belief, as written about by hundreds of authors in this field).
In addition, he says, you must “relate yourself” to the intelligent substance by feeling deep and profound gratitude.
But of course the point really is that you need to connect yourself to the formless Intelligent Substance by means of any profound feeling – because it is strong feeling which drives the process of wealth creation – not just gratitude.
When Wattles says that gratitude alone is the emotion that will keep you looking towards the source of everything, he’s wrong – this may be one very helpful way to do this, but the truth is that any other strong emotion will work equally well.
Wattles sums up Law of Attraction beautifully when he says that if you fix your attention upon higher things, that’s what you’ll get in life; and if you fix your attention upon the “ordinary” or the “poor”, then you’ll be transmitting those images to the universal intelligence and you’ll get those things.
It’s absolutely true – always has been, and always will be. Like Attracts Like!
In the same chapter, Wattles talks about the mechanism by which expectation can generate belief.
He says that a grateful mind continually expects good things, and expectation becomes faith.
In other words, gratitude itself produces faith, and every “wave of grateful thanksgiving” increases faith – by which, he means belief.
And he makes the point, the essential point, that without faith or belief, no one can get rich by this or any other creative method.
Law Of Attraction
In Chapter 8, Wattles goes into the technique by which manifestation can actually happen.
And there’s nothing surprising about it either! It’s exactly what we know as visualization – as Wattles puts it, “getting a clear mental picture of it as you wish it to look when you get it” – whatever “it” may be!
And he then goes on to say that you must have that clear mental picture continually in mind – never losing sight of it. In fact, Wattles is so keen on the idea of keeping the mental picture in the mind all the time that he says specific exercises in concentration, or setting apart special times, or “going into the silence”, or “occult stunts”are not necessary for manifestation!
Manifestation Depends on Attracting Reality
Interesting he said that, because as the years have gone by I think we’ve realized that some things make manifestation very much easier – for example, I believe focusing on the desired objective in a special way at special times adds an element of ceremony and ritual to the whole process, thereby making manifestation somehow more sacred and important.
Nonetheless, as Wattles points out, anybody who really wants something doesn’t really need to indulge in special exercises to keep his or her mind on what is wanted.
In fact, as he says (and I agree), it’s the things you don’t care about which require effort to fix your attention on them!
Desire Attracts What You Want
That’s a rather sobering reminder of the fact that desire is absolutely critical to getting anything by manifestation – indeed, he says you must really want to get rich, with a desire so strong it can keep your thoughts focused on your purpose.
Otherwise, it’s not even worthwhile trying out his instructions.
How similar this is to the idea of desire, intense desire, passionate desire, the quality we’ve spoken about so many times as being absolutely essential for manifestation by the Law of Attraction.
You’ll recall the formula I’ve set out somewhere else on this website:
Desire + Belief + Expectancy + Action = Manifestation
And that’s absolutely right, for without all of those elements in considerable measure, manifestation will never happen.
Wattles deals with this issue by telling people that this process – which we would call manifestation – is only for certain people.
Those whose desire for riches is strong enough that they will be able to overcome any innate tendency to laziness and what he calls “the love of ease”.
Consider for a moment, dear reader, whether or not you fall into that group. If you’re trying to manifest abundance and wealth, just how passionately do you want it? To what extent are you willing to put up with the status quo, no matter how uncomfortable your situation may currently be?
How much do you really want things to be different?
For desire is the fuel that drives manifestation.
And in addition, as Wattles also observes, the clearer you make your visualization (the picture of what you want), and the more time you spend focusing on it, imagining all of its details, the stronger your desire will be, and the easier it will be to make it manifest.
Yet this alone is not enough. Just focusing on a picture makes you a dreamer.
You remember the old Japanese proverb?
A vision without action is just a dream. Action without a vision is chaos.
The Purpose You Have For The Law of Attraction
To adapt to that philosophy here, we can say that it’s necessary to have a purpose for the realization of wealth.
And of course many of you reading this will be thinking that the purpose is of manifestation is to pay off your debts – and sure, in the end that may well be so.
But how much better it is if you can manifest your objective (making money) by means of some purpose that is meaningful to you at a very deep level.
You see, this gives you the motivation to drive your action forward towards the achievement of your goal.
To recap what we discussed in an earlier section, this equates, for me at least, to the concept of giving great value in return for the money that people pay you.
By giving of yourself, in the area where your special talents lie, you can expect to receive financial rewards in great abundance, leading to great prosperity for you.
Which raises the question one woman asked me – “Is it possible to manifest wealth just by visualizing money arriving in large quantities?” (That is, with no higher purpose…)
And the answer to that is – it’s perfectly possible to achieve this. The idea of having a meaningful purpose is about making the whole process easier and more spiritually fulfilling for you.
For one thing, it maintains your motivation, and keeps your interest in the process high, so you’re much less likely to lose enthusiasm or interest after a few days – which is what happens to most people who try manifestation.
In the end, of course, it is up to you how you interact with the Law of Attraction. These ideas can be no more than mere suggestions for you to adopt or adapt as you feel fit, in the pursuit of your own manifestation of money.
As Wattles said: “Live in your new house mentally until it takes form around you physically. And in the mental realm, enter once into full enjoyment of the things you want.”
If you’re a student of manifestation, you’ll recognize that injunction as an instruction to feel NOW the joy and happiness that the achievement of your goal will give you IN THE FUTURE.
You’ll recognize it as the fuel which drives your wishes out into the universe and makes the cosmic intelligence aware of what you want… and the energy which induces it to produce your desires in physical form.
As though it were necessary to reinforce this for his audience, Wattles reminded his readers of the injunction: “Whatsoever things you ask for when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you shall have them,” said Jesus.
And in this regard, you need to see things as though they are actually already present in your life today – as though you are already using them.
The way this was described in The Science Of Getting Richwas that you should make enjoy your desired objectives in your imagination in just the same way that you will use them when they are your tangible possessions.
In other words, keep your mental picture clear and distinct, refine it and develop it in every detail – and then, when you’re satisfied it really is a detailed image of what you want, take “the mental attitude of ownership” towards everything in that picture.
One of the frequent questions raised by students manifestation is how frequently they need to visualize their objective.
You’ll find a lot of authors – me included – recommending that you focus on it twice a day for up to 20 minutes at a time.
But there are contrasting views: some authors say that you don’t need to do this, that it’s sufficient simply to send your instructions or your demands or wishes (call them what you may) out into the universe once, and this will suffice.
Again, Jesus had something to say on the subject: “Use not vain repetitions as the heathen do, for your father knows that ye have need of these things before you ask him.”
For Wattles, this meant that having a clear vision, with a clear and fundamental purpose behind it, and a total belief (or faith, as he chose to put it) in its acquisition is enough to bring it into reality.
He also made it very clear that he didn’t believe that manifestation was something achieved by focusing on your objective just twice a day for a few minutes – for him, it was necessary that you should keep in mind constantly.
Perhaps in the end, all that matters is the intensity of your faith – the degree to which you believe that you are going to get what you are aiming for.
A lot of people seem to have misunderstood the instruction in the Science Of Getting Rich which says that from the moment you clearly form your vision, you must “live in it” – live in the new house, wear the fine clothes, ride in the car, go on the journey, and confidently plan for greater things still to come.
But Wattles was NOT referring to living beyond your means in the physical world.
Quite the opposite, in fact! What he meant was that you imagine you have these things already.
As he put it, “You do not do this as a mere dreamer and Castle Builder. You must hold to the belief that the imaginary is being realized, and hold to the purpose which will make it come into being.”