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 9
How To Use The Will

1. To set about getting rich in a scientific way, I do not attempt to apply my will power to anything outside of myself.

2. I have no right to do so, anyway. It is wrong to apply my will to other men and women in order to get them to do what I wish done.

3. It is as flagrantly wrong to coerce people by mental power as it is to coerce them by physical power. If compelling people by physical force to do things for me reduces them to slavery, compelling them by mental means accomplishes exactly the same thing; the only difference is in methods. If taking things from people by physical force is robbery, them taking things by mental force is robbery also. There is no difference in principle.

4. I have no right to use my will power upon another person, even "for their own good," for I do not know what is for their good. The science of getting rich does not require me to apply power or force to any other person, in any way whatsoever. There is not the slightest necessity for doing so. Indeed, any attempt to use my will upon others will only tend to defeat my purpose.

5. I do not need to apply my will to things in order to compel them to come to me. That would simply be trying to coerce God, and would be foolish and useless.

6. I do not have to try to compel God to give me good things, any more than I have to use my will power to make the sun rise.

7. I do not have to use my will power to conquer an unfriendly Deity, or to make stubborn and rebellious forces do my bidding. Substance is friendly to me, and is more anxious to give me what I desire than I am to get it.

8. To get and be rich, I need only to use my will power upon myself.

9. When I know what to think and do, then I must use my will to compel myself to think and do the right things. That is the legitimate use of the will in getting what I desire - to use it in holding myself to the right course, and to commitment to completion of tasks begun.

10. I use my will to keep myself thinking and acting in the certain way.

11. I do not attempt to project my will, or my thoughts, or my mind out into space to "act" on things or people. I keep my mind at home. It can accomplish more there than elsewhere.

12. I use my mind to form a mental image of what I desire and to hold that vision with faith and purpose. And I use my will to keep my mind working in the right way.

13. The more steady and continuous my faith and purpose, the more rapidly I will get rich, and the more easily I will stay rich, because I will make only POSITIVE impressions upon substance, and I will not neutralize or offset them by negative impressions.

14. The picture of my desires, held with faith and purpose, is taken up by the formless, and permeates it to great distances - throughout the universe, for all we know.

15. As this impression spreads, all things are set moving toward its realization. Every living thing, every inanimate thing, and the things yet uncreated are stirred toward bringing into being that which I desire. All force begins to be exerted in that direction. All things begin to move toward me. The minds of people everywhere are influenced toward doing the things necessary to the fulfilling of my desires, and they work for me, unconsciously.

16. But I can check all this by starting a negative impression in the formless substance. Doubt or unbelief is as certain to start a movement away from me as faith and purpose are to start one toward me. It is by not understanding this that most people make their failure. Every hour and moment I spend in giving heed to doubts and fears, every hour I spend in worry, every hour in which my soul is possessed by unbelief, sets a current away from me in the whole domain of intelligent substance. All the promises are unto them that believe, and unto them only.

17. Since belief is all important, it behooves me to guard my thoughts. And as my beliefs will be shaped to a very great extent by the things I observe and think about, it is important that I should carefully govern to what I give my attention. Here the will comes into use, because by means of my will, I determine upon what things my attention shall be fixed.

18. If I desire to be rich, I must not make a study of poverty. Things are not brought into being by thinking about their opposites. Health is never to be attained by studying disease and thinking about disease; righteousness is not to be promoted by studying sin and thinking about sin; and no one ever got rich by studying poverty and thinking about poverty.

19. Medicine as a science of disease has increased disease; religion as a science of sin has promoted sin, and economics as a study of poverty will fill the world with wretchedness and desire for evil.

20. I do not talk about poverty, do not investigate it, or concern myself with it. Never mind what its causes are; I have nothing to do with them. What concerns me is the cure.

21. I do not spend my time in so-called charitable work or charity movements; most charity only tends to perpetuate the wretchedness it aims to eradicate. I do not say that I should be hard-hearted or unkind and refuse to hear the cry of need, but I must not try to eradicate poverty in any of the conventional ways. I put poverty behind me, and put all that pertains to it behind me, and "make good." Get and be consistently rich, that is the best way I can help the poor.

22. I cannot hold the mental image which is to make me rich if I fill my mind with pictures of poverty and all its attendant ills. I do not read books or papers which give circumstantial accounts of the wretchedness of the tenement dwellers, of the horrors of child labor, and so on. I do not read anything which fills the brain with gloomy images of want and suffering. I cannot help the poor in the least by knowing about these things, and the wide-spread knowledge of them does not tend at all to do away with poverty.

23. What tends to do away with poverty is not the getting of pictures of poverty into my brain, but getting pictures of wealth, abundance, and possibility into the minds of the poor. I am not deserting the poor in their misery when I refuse to allow my mind to be filled with pictures of that misery.

24. Poverty can be done away with, not by increasing the number of well-to-do people who think about poverty, but by increasing the number of poor people who purpose with faith to get rich.

25. The poor do not need charity; they need inspiration. Charity only sends them a loaf of bread to keep them alive in their wretchedness, or gives them an entertainment to make them forget for an hour or two. But inspiration can cause them to rise out of their misery. If I desire to help the poor, I shall demonstrate to them that they can become rich, and prove it by getting rich myself.

26. The only way in which poverty will ever be banished from this world is by getting a large and constantly increasing number of people to practice the teachings of this book.

27. People must be inspired to learn to become rich by creation, not by competition.

28. Every person who becomes rich by competition knocks down the ladder by which he rises, and keeps others down. But every person who gets rich by creation opens a way for thousands to follow - and inspires them to do so.

29. I am not showing hardness of heart or an unfeeling disposition when I refuse to pity poverty, see poverty, read about poverty, or think or talk about it, or to listen to those who do talk about it. I use my will power to keep my mind OFF the subject of poverty and to keep it fixed with faith and purpose ON the vision of what I desire and am creating.

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