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Wattle’s Book Part 8

Chapter 7


The illustrations given in the last chapter will have conveyed
to the reader the fact that the first step toward getting rich
is to convey the idea of your wants to the formless sub-
stance. This is true, and you will see that in order to do so it
becomes necessary to relate yourself to the formless intelligence
in a harmonious way.

To secure this harmonious relation is a matter of such primary
and vital importance that I shall give some space to its discus-
sion here and give you instructions which, if you will follow
them, will be certain to bring you into perfect unity of mind with
the supreme power, or God.

The whole process of mental adjustment and attunement can
be summed up in one word: Gratitude.

First, you believe that there is one intelligent substance, from
which all things proceed. Second, you believe that this substance
gives you everything you desire. And third, you relate yourself
to it by a feeling of deep and profound gratitude.

Many people who order their lives rightly in all other ways
are kept in poverty by their lack of gratitude. Having received
one gift from God, they cut the wires which connect them with
him by failing to make acknowledgment.

It is easy to understand that the nearer we live to the source of
wealth, the more wealth we shall receive, and it is easy also to
understand that the soul that is always grateful lives in closer
touch with God than the one which never looks to him in thank-
ful acknowledgment. The more gratefully we fix our minds on
the supreme when good things come to us, the more good things
we will receive, and the more rapidly they will come. And the
reason simply is that the mental attitude of gratitude draws the
mind into closer touch with the source from which the blessings

If it is a new thought to you that gratitude brings your whole
mind into closer harmony with the creative energies of the uni-
verse, consider it well, and you will see that it is true. The good
things you have already have come to you along the line of obedience to certain laws. Gratitude will lead your mind out
along the ways by which things come, and it will keep you in
close harmony with creative thought and prevent you from fall-
ing into competitive thought.

Gratitude alone can keep you looking toward the all, and pre-
vent you from falling into the error of thinking of the supply as
limited and to do that would be fatal to your hopes.

There is a law of gratitude, and it is absolutely necessary that
you should observe the law if you are to get the results you seek.
The law of gratitude is the natural principle that action and reac-
tion are always equal and in opposite directions.

The grateful outreaching of your mind in thankful praise to
the supreme intelligence is a liberation or expenditure of force.
It cannot fail to reach that to which it addressed, and the reac-
tion is an instantaneous movement toward you.

“Draw nigh unto God, and he will draw nigh unto you.” That
is a statement of psychological truth. And if your gratitude is
strong and constant, the reaction in formless substance will be
strong and continuous; the movement of the things you want
will be always toward you. Notice the grateful attitude that Jesus
took, how he always seems to be saying, “I thank thee, Father,
that thou hearest me.”

You cannot exercise much power without
gratitude, for it is gratitude that keeps you connected with power.
But the value of gratitude does not consist solely in getting
you more blessings in the future. Without gratitude you cannot
long keep from dissatisfied thought regarding things as they are.

The moment you permit your mind to dwell with dissatisfac-
tion upon things as they are, you begin to lose ground. You fix
attention upon the common, the ordinary, the poor, the squalid,
and the mean and your mind takes the form of these things.
Then you will transmit these forms or mental images to the form-
less. And the common, the poor, the squalid, and the mean will
come to you.

To permit your mind to dwell upon the inferior is to become
inferior and to surround yourself with inferior things. On the
other hand, to fix your attention on the best is to surround your-
self with the best, and to become the best. The creative power
within us makes us into the image of that to which we give our

We are of thinking substance, too, and thinking sub-
stance always takes the form of that which it thinks about.
The grateful mind is constantly fixed upon the best. Therefore
it tends to become the best. It takes the form or character of the
best, and will receive the best.

Also, faith is born of gratitude. The grateful mind continually
expects good things, and expectation becomes faith. The reac-
tion of gratitude upon one’s own mind produces faith, and ev-
ery outgoing wave of grateful thanksgiving increases faith. The
person who has no feeling of gratitude cannot long retain a liv-
ing faith, and without a living faith you cannot get rich by the
creative method, as we shall see in the following chapters.

It is necessary, then, to cultivate the habit of being grateful for
every good thing that comes to you and to give thanks continu-
ously. And because all things have contributed to your advance-
ment, you should include all things in your gratitude.

Do not waste a lot of time thinking or talking about the short-
comings or wrong actions of those in power. Their organization
of the world has created your opportunity; all you get really
comes to you because of them. Do not rage against corrupt poli-
ticians. If it were not for politicians we should fall into anarchy
and your opportunity would be greatly lessened.

God has worked a long time and very patiently to bring us up
to where we are in industry and government, and he is going
right on with his work. There is not the least doubt that he will
do away with plutocrats, trust magnates, captains of industry,
and politicians as soon as they can be spared, but in the mean-
time, they are all very necessary.

Remember that they are all helping to arrange the lines of transmission along which your riches will come to you, and be grateful. This will bring you into
harmonious relations with the good in everything, and the good
in everything will move toward you.

Many people who
order their lives rightly in
all other ways are kept
in poverty by their lack
of gratitude.

There is a law of
gratitude, and it is
absolutely necessary
that you should observe
the law if you are to get
the results you seek.

… because all things
have contributed to your
advancement, you
should include all things
in your gratitude.


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