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Wattle’s Book Part 10

Chapter 9

How To Use The Will

To set about getting rich in a scientific way, you do not try
to apply your will power to anything outside of yourself.
You have no right to do so, anyway. It is wrong to apply
your will to other men and women in order to get them to do
what you wish done.

It is as flagrantly wrong to coerce people by mental power as
it is to coerce them by physical power. If compelling people by
physical force to do things for you reduces them to slavery, com-
pelling them by mental means accomplishes exactly the same
thing; the only difference is in methods.

If taking things from people by physical force is robbery, then
taking things by mental force is robbery also. There is no difference in principle.
You have no right to use your will power upon another per-
son, even “for his own good” for you do not know what is for
his good.

The science of getting rich does not require you to ap-
ply power or force to any other person, in any way whatsoever.
There is not the slightest necessity for doing so. Indeed, any at-
tempt to use your will upon others will only tend to defeat your

You do not need to apply your will to things in order to com-
pel them to come to you. That would simply be trying to coerce
God and would be foolish and useless.

You do not have to try to compel God to give you good things,
any more than you have to use will power to make the sun rise.
You do not have to use your will power to conquer an un-
friendly Deity, or to make stubborn and rebellious forces do your
bidding. Substance is friendly to you, and is more anxious to
give you what you want than you are to get it.

To get rich, you need only to use your will power upon yourself.
When you know what to think and do, then you must use
your will to compel yourself to think and do the right things.
That is the legitimate use of the will in getting what you want –
to use it in holding yourself to the right course.

Use your will to keep yourself thinking and acting in the cer-
tain way.

Do not try to project your will, or your thoughts, or your mind
out into space to “act” on things or people. Keep your mind at
home. It can accomplish more there than elsewhere.

Use your mind to form a mental image of what you want and
to hold that vision with faith and purpose. And use your will to
keep your mind working in the right way.

The more steady and continuous your faith and purpose, the
more rapidly you will get rich because you will make only POSI-
TIVE impressions upon substance, and you will not neutralize
or offset them by negative impressions.

The picture of your desires, held with faith and purpose, is
taken up by the formless, and permeates it to great distances –
throughout the universe, for all we know.

As this impression spreads, all things are set moving toward its
realization. Every living thing, every inanimate thing, and the things
yet uncreated are stirred toward bringing into being that which
you want. All force begins to be exerted in that direction. All things
begin to move toward you. The minds of people everywhere are
influenced toward doing the things necessary to the fulfilling of
your desires, and they work for you, unconsciously.

But you can check all this by starting a negative impression in
the formless substance. Doubt or unbelief is as certain to start a
movement away from you as faith and purpose are to start one
toward you. It is by not understanding this that most people
make their failure.

Every hour and moment you spend in giving heed to doubts and fears,
every hour you spend in worry,
every hour in which your soul is possessed by unbelief, sets a
current away from you in the whole domain of intelligent sub-
stance. All the promises are unto them that believe, and unto
them only.

Since belief is all important, it behooves you to guard your
thoughts, and as your beliefs will be shaped to a very great ex-
tent by the things you observe and think about, it is important
that you should carefully govern to what you give your atten-
tion. And here the will comes into use, for it is by your will that
you determine upon what things your attention shall be fixed.
If you want to become rich, you must not make a study of

Things are not brought into being by thinking about their
opposites. Health is never to be attained by studying disease
and thinking about disease; righteousness is not to be promoted
by studying sin and thinking about sin; and no one ever got rich
by studying poverty and thinking about poverty.

Medicine as a science of disease has increased disease; reli-
gion as a science of sin has promoted sin, and economics as a
study of poverty will fill the world with wretchedness and want.
Do not talk about poverty, do not investigate it, or concern
yourself with it. Never mind what its causes are; you have noth-
ing to do with them.

What concerns you is the cure.

Do not spend your time in so-called charitable work or char-
ity movements; most charity only tends to perpetuate the wretch-
edness it aims to eradicate. I do not say that you should be hard-
hearted or unkind and refuse to hear the cry of need, but you
must not try to eradicate poverty in any of the conventional ways.

Put poverty behind you, and put all that pertains to it behind
you, and “make good.”

Get rich. That is the best way you can help the poor.
And you cannot hold the mental image which is to make you
rich if you fill your mind with pictures of poverty and all its
attendant ills. Do not read books or papers which give circum-
stantial accounts of the wretchedness of the tenement dwellers,
of the horrors of child labor, and so on. Do not read anything
which fills your mind with gloomy images of want and suffering.
You cannot help the poor in the least by knowing about these
things, and the widespread knowledge of them does not tend at
all to do away with poverty.

What tends to do away with poverty is not the getting of pic-
tures of poverty into your mind, but getting pictures of wealth,
abundance, and possibility into the minds of the poor.

You are not deserting the poor in their misery when you refuse
to allow your mind to be filled with pictures of that misery.
Poverty can be done away with, not by increasing the number
of well-to-do people who think about poverty, but by increasing
the number of poor people who purpose with faith to get rich.

The poor do not need charity; they need inspiration. Charity
only sends them a loaf of bread to keep them alive in their wretch-
edness, or gives them an entertainment to make them forget for
an hour or two. But inspiration can cause them to rise out of
their misery.

If you want to help the poor, demonstrate to them
that they can become rich. Prove it by getting rich yourself.
The only way in which poverty will ever be banished from
this world is by getting a large and constantly increasing num-
ber of people to practice the teachings of this book.

People must be taught to become rich by creation, not by com-

Doubt or unbelief is as
certain to start a
movement away from
you as faith and purpose
are to start one toward

I do not say that you
should be hard-hearted
or unkind and refuse to
hear the cry of need,
but you must not try to
eradicate poverty in any
of the conventional

Every person who becomes rich by competition knocks down
the ladder by which he rises, and keeps others down, but every
person who gets rich by creation opens a way for thousands to
follow – and inspires them to do so.

You are not showing hardness of heart or an unfeeling dispo-
sition when you refuse to pity poverty, see poverty, read about
poverty, or think or talk about it, or to listen to those who do talk
about it. Use your will power to keep your mind OFF the subject
of poverty and to keep it fixed with faith and purpose ON the
vision of what you want and are creating.

Think of the riches the
world is growing into
instead of the poverty it
is growing out of, and
bear in mind that the
only way you can assist
the world in growing rich
is by growing rich
yourself through the
creative method, not the
competitive one.


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