“The Science of Getting Rich” by Wallace D. Wattles may seem to contain only advices on how to be wealthy but in essence, the book is rooted on the philosophy of Monism that All is One. I think, Jesus can somehow 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 main message is this: since man is one with the Universe and its Creator, God, then it follows, 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 but that’s the gist.
Published in 1910, Wallace had influenced a lot of authors to write on this genre. One of them is Rhonda Byrne, author of the bestseller, “The Secret”, published in 2006 (info from Wikipedia).
The influence continued even after the death of Wallace 105 years ago every time I hear someone preaching about thanking God in advance.
My favorite chapter of the book is when Wallace talked about the importance of doing anything that we can do on a daily basis no matter if it’s trivial. I, myself, have been consciously guided by this wisdom. I then know that all actions when done efficiently will lead me cumulatively to the attainment of my goal, sooner or later.
Have you read this book? If not, you must. It’s free online reading in wikisource.
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