Wattle’s Book Part 6
You must get rid of the last vestige of the old idea that there
is a Deity whose will it is that you should be poor or whose
purposes may be served by keeping you in poverty.
The intelligent substance which is all, and in all, and which
lives in all and lives in you, is a consciously living substance.
Being a consciously living substance, it must have the nature
and inherent desire of every living intelligence for increase of
life. Every living thing must continually seek for the enlarge-
ment of its life, because life, in the mere act of living, must in-
A seed, dropped into the ground, springs into activity, and in
the act of living produces a hundred more seeds; life, by living,
multiplies itself. It is forever becoming more. It must do so, if it
continues to be at all.
Intelligence is under this same necessity for continuous in-
crease. Every thought we think makes it necessary for us to think
another thought; consciousness is continually expanding. Every
fact we learn leads us to the learning of another fact; knowledge
is continually increasing. Every talent we cultivate brings to the
mind the desire to cultivate another talent; we are subject to the
urge of life, seeking expression, which ever drives us on to know
more, to do more, and to be more.
In order to know more, do more, and be more we must have
more. We must have things to use, for we learn, and do, and
become only by using things. We must get rich so that we can
The desire for riches is simply the capacity for larger life seek-
ing fulfillment. Every desire is the effort of an unexpressed pos-
sibility to come into action. It is power seeking to manifest which
causes desire. That which makes you want more money is the
same as that which makes the plant grow; it is life seeking fuller
The one living substance must be subject to this inherent law
of all life. It is permeated with the desire to live more, and that is
why it is under the necessity of creating things. The one substance which causes desire – desires to live more in and through you. Therefore it wants you to have all the things you can use.
It is the desire of God that you should get rich. He wants you
to get rich because he can express himself better through you if
you have plenty of things to use in giving him expression. He
can live more in you if you have unlimited command of the means
The universe desires you to have everything you want to have.
Nature is friendly to your plans. Everything is naturally for you.
Make up your mind that this is true.
It is essential, however, that your purpose should harmonize
with the purpose that is in all. You must want real life, not mere
pleasure or sensual gratification. Life is the performance of func-
tion, and the individual really lives only when he performs ev-
ery function – physical, mental, and spiritual – of which he is
capable, without excess in any.
You do not want to get rich in order to live swinishly, for the
gratification of animal desires. That is not life. But the perfor-
mance of every physical function is a part of life, and no one
lives completely who denies the impulses of the body a normal
and healthful expression.
You do not want to get rich solely to enjoy mental pleasures,
to get knowledge, to gratify ambition, to outshine others, to be
famous. All these are a legitimate part of life, but the person
who lives for the pleasures of the intellect alone will only have a
partial life, and he will never be satisfied with his lot.
You do not want to get rich solely for the good of others, to
lose yourself for the salvation of mankind, to experience the joys
of philanthropy and sacrifice. The joys of the soul are only a part
of life, and they are no better or nobler than any other part.
You want to get rich in order that you may eat, drink, and be
merry when it is time to do these things; in order that you may
surround yourself with beautiful things, see distant lands, feed
your mind, and develop your intellect; in order that you may
love others and do kind things, and be able to play a good part
in helping the world to find truth.
But remember that extreme altruism is no better and no nobler
than extreme selfishness; both are mistakes. Get rid of the idea that
God wants you to sacrifice yourself for others and that you can
secure his favor by doing so. God requires nothing of the kind.
What God wants is that you should make the most of yourself,
for yourself, and for others. And you can help others more by
making the most of yourself than in any other way.
Every desire is the
effort of an unexpressed
possibility to come into
action. It is power
seeking to manifest.
The universe desires
you to have everything
you want to have.
Nature is friendly to
your plans. Everything is
naturally for you. Make
up your mind that this is
You can make the most of yourself only by getting rich, so it is
right and praiseworthy that you should give your first and best
thought to the work of acquiring wealth.
Remember, however, that the desire of substance is for all, and
its movements must be for more life to all. It cannot be made to
work for less life to any, because it is equally in all, seeking riches
Intelligent substance will make things for you, but it will not
take things away from someone else and give them to you.
You must get rid of the thought of competition.
You are to create, not to compete for what is already created.
You do not have to take anything away from anyone.
You do not have to drive sharp bargains.
You do not have to cheat or to take advantage. You do not
need to let anyone work for you for less than he earns.
You do not have to covet the property of others or to look at it
with wishful eyes. No one has anything of which you cannot have
the like, and that without taking what he has away from him.
You are to become a creator, not a competitor.
You are going to get what you want, but in such a way that when you get it every other person whom you affect will have more than he has now.
I am aware that there are those who get a vast amount of money
by proceeding in direct opposition to the statements in the para-
graph above, and may add a word of explanation here. Indi-
viduals of that type who become very rich do so sometimes purely
by their extraordinary ability on the plane of competition, and
sometimes they unconsciously relate themselves to substance in
its great purposes and movements for the general upbuilding
through industrial evolution. Rockefeller, Carnegie, Morgan, et
al., have been the unconscious agents of the supreme in the nec-
essary work of systematizing and organizing productive indus-
try, and in the end their work will contribute immensely toward
increased life for all. But their day is nearly over.
They have organized production and will soon be succeeded by the agents of
the multitude, who will organize the machinery of distribution.
They are like the monster reptiles of the prehistoric eras. They
play a necessary part in the evolutionary process, but the same
power which produced them will dispose of them. And it is well
to bear in mind that they have never been really rich; a record of
the private lives of most of this class will show that they have
really been most abject and wretched.
Riches secured on the competitive plane are never satisfactory
and permanent. They are yours today and another’s tomorrow.
You are to become
a creator, not a
competitor. You are
going to get what you
want, but in such a way
that when you get it
every other person
whom you affect will
have more than he has
Remember, if you are to become rich in a scientific and certain
way, you must rise entirely out of competitive thought. You must
never think for a moment that the supply is limited. Just as soon
as you begin to think that all the money is being “cornered” and
controlled by others, and that you must exert yourself to get
laws passed to stop this process, and so on – in that moment
you drop into the competitive mind and your power to cause
creation is gone for the time being.
And what is worse, you will probably arrest the creative move-
ments you have already begun.
KNOW that there are countless millions of dollars worth of
gold in the mountains of the earth, not yet brought to light. And
know that if there were not, more would be created from think-
ing substance to supply your needs.
KNOW that the money you need will come, even if it is neces-
sary for a thousand men to be led to the discovery of new gold
Never look at the visible supply. Look always at the limitless riches
in formless substance, and KNOW that they are coming to you as fast
as you can receive and use them. Nobody, by cornering the visible
supply, can prevent you from getting what is yours.
So never allow yourself to think for an instant that all the best
building spots will be taken before you get ready to build your
house, unless you hurry. Never worry about the trusts and com-
bines, and get anxious for fear they will soon come to own the
whole earth. Never get afraid that you will lose what you want
because some other person “beats you to it.” That cannot possi-
You are not seeking anything that is possessed by anybody
else; you are causing what you want to be created from formless
substance, and the supply is without limits. Stick to the formu-
There is a thinking stuff from which all things are made, and which,
in its original state, permeates, penetrates, and fills the interspaces of
A thought, in this substance produces the thing that is imaged by the
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.
Never get afraid that
you will lose what you
want because some
other person “beats you
to it.” That cannot