Tips for Thought

The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles

Wallace Wattles, image courtesy of Wallace Delois Wattles Publisher Elizabeth Towne

“The Science of Getting Rich” by Wallace D. Wattles may seem to contain only advice on how to be wealthy, but in essence, it’s rooted in the philosophy of Monism that All is One. Jesus can be considered a Monist when He prayed, “That all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you.” (John 17: 21)

The book’s central message is this: since man is one with the Universe and its Creator, then it follows that man can create anything or can make things happen, including being materially rich as long as the mental state is creative, not competitive, and as long as the emotional state is in gratitude. There are some conditions attached to the teaching.

Published in 1910, Wallace influenced a lot of authors to write in this genre. One of them is Rhonda Byrne, author of the bestseller, The Secret, published in 2006. The influence continued even after the death of Wallace 105 years ago, every time you hear someone preaching about thanking God in advance.

Read the words and advice from the author on Wikisource.

Thoughts: My favorite chapter of the book is when Wallace talked about the importance of doing anything that we can do daily, no matter if it’s trivial. I, myself, have been consciously guided by this wisdom. When done efficiently, I know that all actions will lead me cumulatively to attaining my goal sooner or later.