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

Acting in The Certain Way

1. 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 me, but I 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.

2. We have not yet reached the stage of development, even supposing such a stage to be possible, in which a person can create directly from Formless Substance without nature's processes or the work of human hands. Human Beings must not only think, our personal action must supplement our thought.

3. By thought I can cause the gold in the hearts of the mountains to be impelled toward me, but it will not mine itself, refine itself, coin itself into double eagles, and come rolling along the roads seeking its way into my pocket.

4. Under the impelling power of the Supreme Spirit, people's affairs will be so ordered that someone will be led to mine the gold for me. Other people's business transactions will be so directed that the gold will be brought toward me. And I must so arrange my own business affairs that I may be able to receive it when it comes to me. My thought makes all things, animate and inanimate, work to bring me what I desire; but my personal activity must be such that I can rightly receive what I desire when it reaches me. I am not to take it as charity, nor to steal it. I must give every person more in use value than is given me in cash value.

5. The scientific use of thought consists:

  • in forming a clear and distinct mental image of what I desire and aspire for,
  • in holding fast to my purpose to get what I desire and aspire for, and
  • in realizing with grateful faith that I do get what is desired and aspired for.

6. I do not try to "project" my thought in any mysterious or occult way, with the idea of having it go out and do things for me. That is wasted effort and will weaken my power to think with sanity.

7. In the preceding chapters, the action of thought in getting and being rich is fully explained. I must use my faith and purpose to positively impress my vision upon Formless Substance, which has the same desire for more life that I have. And this vision, received from me, sets all the creative forces at work in and through their regular channels of action, but directed toward me.

8. It is not my part to guide or supervise the creative process. All I have to do with the creative process is to:

  • retain my vision,
  • stick to my purpose,
  • maintain my faith and
  • sustain my gratitude.

9. While doing these I must also act in a Certain Way, so that I can appropriate what is mine when it comes to me; so that I can meet the things I have in my picture and put them in their proper places as they arrive.

10. I can readily see the truth of this. When things reach me, they will be in the hands of others, who will ask an equivalent for them. Therefore I can only get what is mine by giving other people what is rightfully theirs.

11. My pocketbook is not going to be transformed into a bottomless Fortunata's purse which shall always be full of money without effort on my part.

12. 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 desire when it comes.

13. By thought, the thing I desire is brought to me. By appropriate action, I receive it.

14. Whatever my action is to be, it is evident that I must act NOW. I cannot act in the past. It is essential to the clearness of my mental vision that I dismiss the past from my thoughts. I cannot act in the future, for the future is not here yet. And I cannot tell how I will desire to act in any future contingency until that contingency has arrived.

15. IF I am not in the right business or the right environment now, I do not think that I must postpone action until I get into the right business or environment. And I do not spend time in the present, wasting thought as to the best course in possible future emergencies; I have faith in my ability to be prepared to meet any emergency if any should arrives.

16. If I act in the present with my mind on the future, my present action will be with a divided mind, and will not be effective. I put my whole mental self into present action.

17. I do not give my creative impulse to Original Substance, and then sit down and wait for results. If I do, I will never get them. I act now. There is never any time but now, and there never will be any time but now. If I am ever to begin to make ready for the reception of what I desire, I must begin NOW.

18. And my action, whatever it is, must most likely be in my present business or employment, and must be upon the persons and things in my present environment.

19. I cannot act where I am not. I cannot act where I have been. I cannot act where I am going to be. I can act only where I am now.

20. I do not dwell or bother as to whether yesterday's work was well or poorly done. I do today's work to my best ability.

21. I do not attempt to do tomorrow's work now; there will be plenty of time to do the thoughts and actions required when tomorrow is now.

22. I do not try by occult or mystical means, to act on people or things that are out of my reach.

23. I do not wait for a change of environment before acting. I get a change of environment by action.

24. I can so act upon the present environment in which I am so as to cause myself to be transferred to a better environment.

25. I hold with faith and purpose the vision of myself in the better environment, while acting upon my present environment with all my heart, and with all my strength, and with all my mind.

26. I do not spend any time in day dreaming or castle building, except to more clearly define and refine the vision. I hold to the one vision of what I desire, and act NOW.

27. I 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 my actions, at least for some time to come, will be the same ones I have been performing for some time past; but I now perform these actions in the certain way which will surely make me rich (achieve my desired results).

28. If I am engaged in some business, and feel that it is not the right one for me, I do not wait until I get into the right business before I begin to act in the certain way. If I am misplaced, I do not feel discouraged or sit down and lament. No one is so misplaced that he or she cannot find the right place, and no one is so involved in the wrong business that he or she cannot get into the right business.

29. I hold the vision of myself in the right business, with the purpose to get into it, and the faith that I will get into it, and am getting into it, while at the same time I ACT in the certain way in my present business. I use my present business as the means of getting a better one, and use my present environment as the means of getting into a better one. My vision of the right business, if held with faith and purpose, will cause the Supreme power to move the right business toward me. And my action, if performed in the Certain Way, will cause me to move toward the business.

30. If I am an employee or wage earner and feel that I must change places in order to get what I desire, I do not "project" my thought into space and rely upon it to get me another job. It will probably fail to do so.

31. I hold the vision of myself in the job I desire while I ACT with faith and purpose on the job I have, and I will certainly get the job I desire.

32. My vision and faith will set the creative force in motion to bring it toward me, and my action will cause the forces in my own environment to move me toward the place I desire.

33. In closing this chapter, another statement is added 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.

A person can form things in thought, and, by impressing thought upon formless substance, can cause the thing thought about to be created.

In order to do this, requires passing from the competitive to the creative mind. I must form a clear mental picture of the things I desire, and hold this picture in my thoughts with the fixed PURPOSE to get what I desire, and with unwavering FAITH that I get what I desire or something even better, closing my mind to all that may tend to shake my purpose, dim my vision, or quench my faith.

So that I may receive what I desire when it comes, I must act NOW harmonically inspiring the people and things in my present environment.

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