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Wattle’s Book Section 5

Chapter 4

The First Principle in
The Science of Getting Rich

Thought is the only power which can produce tangible riches
from the formless substance. The stuff from which all things
are made is a substance which thinks, and a thought of
form in this substance produces the form.

Original substance moves according to its thoughts; every form
and process you see in nature is the visible expression of a thought
in original substance. As the formless stuff thinks of a form, it
takes that form; as it thinks of a motion, it makes that motion.
That is the way all things were created.

We live in a thought world, which is part of a thought uni-
verse. The thought of a moving universe extended throughout
formless substance, and the thinking stuff – moving according
to that thought – took the form of systems of planets, and main-
tains that form. Thinking substance takes the form of its thought,
and moves according to the thought.

Holding the idea of a circling system of suns and worlds, it
takes the form of these bodies, and moves them as it thinks. Think-
ing the form of a slow-growing oak tree, it moves accordingly,
and produces the tree, though centuries may be required to do
the work. In creating, the formless seems to move according to
the lines of motion it has established. In other words, the thought
of an oak tree does not cause the instant formation of a full-grown
tree, but it does start in motion the forces which will produce the
tree, along established lines of growth.

Every thought of form, held in thinking substance, causes the
creation of the form, but always, or at least generally, along lines
of growth and action already established.

The thought of a house of a certain construction, if it were
impressed upon formless substance, might not cause the instant
formation of the house, but it would cause the turning of
creative energies already working in trade and commerce into such channels as to result in the speedy building of the house.
And if there were no existing channels through which the cre-
ative energy could work, then the house would be formed di-
rectly from primal substance, without waiting for the slow pro-
cesses of the organic and inorganic world.

No thought of form can be impressed upon original substance with-
out causing the creation of the form.

A person is a thinking center and can originate thought. All the
forms that a person fashions with his hands must first exist in his
thought. He cannot shape a thing until he has thought that thing.
So far, humankind has confined its efforts wholly to the work
of its hands, applying manual labor to the world of forms and
seeking to change or modify those already existing. Humankind
has never thought of trying to cause the creation of new forms
by impressing thought upon formless substance.

When a person has a thought-form, he takes material from the
forms of nature and makes an image of the form which is in his
mind. People have, so far, made little or no effort to cooperate
with formless intelligence – to work with the Father.

The individual has not dreamed that he can do what he seeth the Fa-
ther doing. An individual reshapes and modifies existing forms
by manual labor and has given no attention to the question of
whether he may produce things from formless substance by com-
municating his thoughts to it.

We propose to prove that he may do so – to prove that any
man or woman may do so – and to show how. As our first step,
we must lay down three fundamental propositions.

First, we assert that there is one original formless stuff or sub-
stance from which all things are made. All the seemingly many
elements are but different presentations of one element. All the
many forms found in organic and inorganic nature are but dif-
ferent shapes, made from the same stuff. And this stuff is think-
ing stuff – a thought held in it produces the form of the thought.
Thought, in thinking substance, produces shapes. A human be-
ing is a thinking center, capable of original thought. If a person
can communicate his thought to original thinking substance, he
can cause the creation, or formation, of the thing he thinks about.

To summarize this:

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.

All the forms that a
person fashions with his
hands must first exist in
his thought. He cannot
shape a thing until he
has thought that thing.

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

It may be asked if I can prove these statements, and without
going into details I answer that I can do so, both by logic and
experience.

Reasoning back from the phenomena of form and thought, I
come to one original thinking substance, and reasoning forward
from this thinking substance, I come to a person’s power to cause
the formation of the thing he thinks about.

And by experiment, I find the reasoning true. This is my strong-
est proof.

If one person who reads this book gets rich by doing what it
tells him to do, that is evidence in support of my claim, but if
every person who does what it tells him to do gets rich, that is posi-
tive proof until someone goes through the process and fails.

The theory is true until the process fails, and this process will not
fail, for everyone who does exactly what this book tells him to do will
get rich.

I have said that people get rich by doing things in a certain
way, and in order to do so, people must become able to think in
a certain way.

A person’s way of doing things is the direct result of the way
he thinks about things.

To do things in the way you want to do them, you will have to
acquire the ability to think the way you want to think. This is the
first step toward getting rich.

And to think what you want to think is to think TRUTH, re-
gardless of appearances.

Every individual has the natural and inherent power to think
what he wants to think, but it requires far more effort to do so
than it does to think the thoughts which are suggested by ap-
pearances.

To think according to appearances is easy; to think
truth regardless of appearances is laborious and requires the ex-
penditure of more power than any other work we are called upon
to perform.

There is no labor from which most people shrink as they do
from that of sustained and consecutive thought. It is the hardest
work in the world. This is especially true when truth is contrary
to appearances. Every appearance in the visible world tends to
produce a corresponding form in the mind which observes it,
and this can only be prevented by holding the thought of the
TRUTH.

A person’s way of
doing things is the direct
result of the way he
thinks about things.

To look upon the appearances of poverty will produce corre-
sponding forms in your own mind, unless you hold to the truth
that there is no poverty; there is only abundance.

To think health when surrounded by the appearances of dis-
ease or to think riches when in the midst of the appearances of
poverty requires power, but whoever acquires this power be-
comes a master mind. That person can conquer fate and can have
what he wants.

This power can only be acquired by getting hold of the basic
fact which is behind all appearances, and that fact is that there is
one thinking substance from which and by which all things are
made.

Then we must grasp the truth that every thought held in this
substance becomes a form, and that a person can so impress his
thoughts upon it as to cause them to take form and become vis-
ible things.

When we realize this we lose all doubt and fear, for we know
that we can create what we want to create, we can get what we
want to have, and can become what we want to be. As a first
step toward getting rich, you must believe the three fundamen-
tal statements given previously in this chapter, and in order to
emphasize them, I repeat them here:

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 his thought, and, by impressing his
thought upon formless substance, can cause the thing he thinks about
to be created.

You must lay aside all other concepts of the universe, and you
must dwell upon this until it is fixed in your mind and has be-
come your habitual thought. Read these statements over and over
again. Fix every word upon your memory and meditate upon
them until you firmly believe what they say. If a doubt comes to
you, cast it aside.

Do not listen to arguments against this idea.

Do not go to churches or lectures where a contrary concept of
things is taught or preached. Do not read magazines or books
which teach a different idea. If you get mixed up in your under-
standing, belief, and faith, all your efforts will be in vain.

Do not ask why these things are true nor speculate as to how
they can be true. Simply take them on trust. The science of get-
ting rich begins with the absolute acceptance of this.

When we realize this
we lose all doubt and
fear, for we know that
we can create what we
want to create, we can
get what we want to
have, and can become
what we want to be.

We live in a thought
world, which is part of a
thought universe.

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