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Wattle’s Book Part 9

Chapter 8

Thinking in The Certain Way

Turn back to Chapter 6 and read again the story of the man
who formed a mental image of his house and you will get
a fair idea of the initial step toward getting rich. You must
form a clear and definite mental picture of what you want. You
cannot transmit an idea unless you have it yourself.

You must have it before you can give it, and many people fail
to impress thinking substance because they have themselves only
a vague and misty concept of the things they want to do, to have,
or to become.

It is not enough that you should have a general desire for
wealth “to do good with.” Everybody has that desire.
It is not enough that you should have a wish to travel, see
things, live more, etc. Everybody has those desires also. If you
were going to send a wireless message to a friend, you would
not send the letters of the alphabet in their order and let him
construct the message for himself, nor would you take words at
random from the dictionary. You would send a coherent sen-
tence, one which meant something.

When you try to impress your wants upon the thinking sub-
stance, remember that it must be done by a coherent statement.
You must know what you want and be specific and definite. You
can never get rich or start the creative power into action by send-
ing out unformed longings and vague desires.

Go over your desires just as the man I have described went
over his house. See just what you want and get a clear mental
picture of it as you wish it to look when you get it.

That clear mental picture you must have continually in mind. As
the sailor has in mind the port toward which he is sailing the ship,
you must keep your face toward it all the time. You must no more
lose sight of it than the helmsman loses sight of the compass.

It is not necessary to take exercises in concentration, nor to set
apart special times for prayer and affirmation, nor to “go into the
silence,” nor to do occult stunts of any kind. Some of these things
are well enough, but all you need is to know what you want and to
want it badly enough so that it will stay in your thoughts.

Spend as much of your leisure time as you can in contemplat-
ing your picture. But no one needs to take exercises to concen-
trate his mind on a thing which he really wants. It is the things
you do not really care about which require effort to fix your at-
tention upon them.

And unless you really want to get rich, so that the desire is strong
enough to hold your thoughts directed to the purpose as the mag-
netic pole holds the needle of the compass, it will hardly be worth-
while for you to try to carry out the instructions given in this book.
The methods set forth here are for people whose desire for
riches is strong enough to overcome mental laziness and the love
of ease, and to make them work.

The more clear and definite you make your picture then, and
the more you dwell upon it, bringing out all its delightful de-
tails, the stronger your desire will be. And the stronger your
desire, the easier it will be to hold your mind fixed upon the
picture of what you want.

Something more is necessary, however, than merely to see the
picture clearly. If that is all you do, you are only a dreamer, and
will have little or no power for accomplishment. Behind your
clear vision must be the purpose to realize it, to bring it out in
tangible expression. And behind this purpose must be an invin-
cible and unwavering FAITH that the thing is already yours,
that it is “at hand” and you have only to take possession of it.

Live in the new house, mentally, until it takes form around
you physically. In the mental realm, enter at once into full enjoy-
ment of the things you want.

“Whatsoever things ye ask for when ye pray, believe that ye
receive them, and ye shall have them,” said Jesus.
See the things you want as if they were actually around you
all the time. See yourself as owning and using them. Make use of
them in imagination just as you will use them when they are
your tangible possessions.

Dwell upon your mental picture until it is clear and distinct,
and then take the mental attitude of ownership toward every-
thing in that picture. Take possession of it, in mind, in the full
faith that it is actually yours. Hold to this mental ownership. Do
not waiver for an instant in the faith that it is real.

And remember what was said in a proceeding chapter about grati-
tude: Be as thankful for it all the time as you expect to be when it
has taken form. The person who can sincerely thank God for the
things which as yet he owns only in imagination has real faith. He
will get rich. He will cause the creation of whatever he wants.

You do not need to pray repeatedly for things you want. It is not
necessary to tell God about it every day. Your part is to intelligently
formulate your desire for the things which make for a larger life
and to get these desire arranged into a coherent whole, and then to
impress this whole desire upon the formless substance, which has
the power and the will to bring you what you want.

You do not make this impression by repeating strings of words;
you make it by holding the vision with unshakable PURPOSE to
attain it and with steadfast FAITH that you do attain it.

The answer to prayer is not according to your faith while you
are talking, but according to your faith while you are working.
You cannot impress the mind of God by having a special Sab-
bath day set apart to tell him what you want, and then forgetting
him during the rest of the week. You cannot impress him by having
special hours to go into your closet and pray, if you then dismiss
the matter from your mind until the hour of prayer comes again.

Oral prayer is well enough, and has its effect, especially upon
yourself, in clarifying your vision and strengthening your faith,
but it is not your oral petitions which get you what you want. In
order to get rich you do not need a “sweet hour of prayer” You
need to “pray without ceasing.”

And by prayer I mean holding steadily to your vision, with
the purpose to cause its creation into solid form, and the faith
that you are doing so. “Believe that ye receive them.”

Once you have clearly formed your vision, the whole matter turns
on receiving. When you have formed it, it is well to make an oral
statement, addressing the supreme in gratitude. Then, from that
moment on you must, in mind, receive what you ask for.

Live in the new house, wear the fine clothes, ride in the auto-
mobile, go on the journey, and confidently plan for greater jour-
neys. Think and speak of all the things you have asked for in
terms of actual present ownership. Imagine an environment and
a financial condition exactly as you want them, and live all the
time in that mental environment and financial condition until
they take physical shape.

Mind, however, that you do not do this as a mere dreamer
and castle builder. Hold to the FAITH that the imaginary is be-
ing realized and to your PURPOSE to realize it. Remember that
it is faith and purpose in the use of the imagination which make
the difference between the scientist and the dreamer.
And having learned this fact, it is here that you must learn the
proper use of the will.

You must know what
you want and be
specific and definite.
You can never get rich or
start the creative power
into action by sending
out unformed longings
and vague desires.

Something more is
necessary, however,
than merely to see the
picture clearly. If that is
all you do, you are only
a dreamer …

Like certain, the word
purpose also has more
than one meaning.
Sometimes here it
means an intended
result, an intention, or
a reason why. And
sometimes Mr. Wattles
uses it in a manner that
was current in his day,
but rarely used today: to
mean determination.

Once you have clearly
formed your vision, the
whole matter turns on


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