The Science Of Getting and BEING Rich
First Person Format by Darlene Hedrick Sartore
adapted from "The Science Of Getting Rich" by Wallace Wattles circa 1903

CHAPTER 8
Thinking in The Certain Way

1. Turn back to Chapter 6 and read again the story of the man who formed a mental image of his house to get a fair idea of the initial step toward getting rich. -- I must form a clear and definite mental picture of what I desire. I cannot transmit an idea unless I have it myself.

2. I must have it before I can give it, and many people fail to impress thinking substance because they have themselves only a vague and misty concept of the things they desire to do, to have, or to become.

3. It is not enough that I should have a general desire for wealth "to do good with." Everybody has that desire.

4. It is not enough that I should have a wish to travel, see things, live more, etc. Everybody has those desires also. If I were going to send a wireless message to a friend, I would not send the letters of the alphabet in their order and let him construct the message for himself, nor would I take words at random from the dictionary. I would send a coherent sentence, one which meant something.

5. When impressing desires upon the thinking substance, remember that it must be done by a coherent statement. I must know what I desire and be specific and definite. I can never get rich or start the creative power into action by sending out unformed longings and vague desires.

6. I must go over my desires just as the man described went over his house. I must see just what I desire, and get a clear mental picture of it as I wish it to look when I get it.

7. That clear mental picture I must have continually in mind. As the sailor has in mind the port toward which he is sailing the ship, I must keep my face toward it all the time. I must no more lose sight of it than the helmsman loses sight of the compass.

8. It is not necessary to take exercises in concentration, nor to set apart special times for prayer and affirmation, nor to "go into the silence," nor to do occult stunts of any kind. Some of these things are well enough, but all I need is to know what I desire and to desire it strongly enough so that it will stay in my thoughts.

9. I wisely spend as much of my leisure time as I can in contemplating my picture. I realize that no one needs to take exercises to concentrate their mind on a thing which is really desired. It is the things I do not really care about which require effort to fix my attention upon them.

10. And unless I really desire to get rich, so that the desire is strong enough to hold my thoughts directed to the purpose as the magnetic pole holds the needle of the compass, it will hardly be worth-while for me to try to carry out the instructions given in this book.

11. The methods set forth here are for people whose desire for riches is strong enough to overcome mental laziness and the love of ease, and to make them work.

12. The more clear and definite I make my picture then, and the more I dwell upon it, bringing out all its delightful details, the stronger my desire will be. And the stronger my desire, the easier it will be to hold my mind fixed upon the picture of what I desire.

13. Something more is necessary, however, than merely to see the picture clearly. If that is all I do, I am only a dreamer, and will have little or no power for accomplishment.

14. Behind my clear vision must be the purpose to realize it, to bring it out in tangible expression.

15. And behind this purpose must be an invincible and unwavering FAITH that the thing is already mine, that it is "at hand" and I have only to take possession of it.

16. Mentally I live in the new house, until it takes form around me physically. In the mental realm, I enter at once into full enjoyment of the things I desire.

17. "Whatsoever things ye ask for when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them," said Jesus.

18. I see the things I desire as if they were actually around me all the time. I see myself as owning and using them. I make use of them in imagination just as I will use them when they are my tangible possessions. I dwell upon my mental picture until it is clear and distinct, and then take the mental attitude of ownership toward everything in that picture. I take possession of it, in mind, in the full faith that it is actually mine. I hold to this mental ownership. I do not waiver for an instant in the faith that it is real.

19. And I remember what was said in a proceeding chapter about gratitude: Be as thankful for it all the time as I expect to be when it has taken form. I know the person who can sincerely thank God for the things which as yet he owns only in imagination has real faith. That person will get rich, and will cause the creation of whatever is desired.

20. I do not need to pray repeatedly for things I desire. It is not necessary to tell God about it every day.

21. My part is to intelligently formulate my desire for the things which make for a larger life and to get these desires arranged into a coherent whole, and then to impress this whole desire upon the formless substance, which has the power and the will to bring me what I desire.

22. I do not make this impression by repeating strings of words; I make it by holding the vision with unshakable PURPOSE to attain it and with steadfast FAITH that I do attain it.

23. The answer to prayer is not according to my faith while I am talking, but according to my faith while I am working.

24. I cannot impress the mind of God by having a special Sabbath day set apart to tell him what I desire, and then forgetting him during the rest of the week. I cannot impress God by having special hours to go into my closet and pray, if I then dismiss the matter from my mind until the hour of prayer comes again.

25. Oral prayer is well enough, and has its effect, especially upon myself, in clarifying my vision and strengthening my faith, but it is not my oral petitions which get me what I desire. In order to get rich I do not need a "sweet hour of prayer;" I need to "pray without ceasing." And by prayer I mean holding steadily to my vision, with the purpose to cause its creation into solid form, and the faith that I am doing so.

26."Believe that ye receive them."

27. Once I have clearly formed my vision, the whole matter turns on receiving. When I have formed it, it is well to make an oral statement, addressing the supreme in gratitude. Then, from that moment on I must, in mind, receive what I ask for.

28. I can live in the new house, wear the fine clothes, ride in the automobile, go on the journey, and confidently plan for greater journeys. I think and speak of all the things I have asked for in terms of actual present ownership. I imagine an environment and a financial condition exactly as I desire them, and live all the time in that mental environment and financial condition until they take physical shape.

29. I mind, however, that I do not do this as a mere dreamer and castle builder. I hold to the FAITH that the imaginary is being realized, and to my PURPOSE to realize it. I remember that it is faith and purpose in the use of the imagination which makes the difference between the scientist and the dreamer.

30. And having learned this fact, it is here that I must learn the proper use of the will.

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