In my last post, I talked about the start of my spiritual journey which was brought about after my first viewing of the movie “The Secret”.
I decided to do this post on what Ronda Byrne’s inspiration was to create such a thought-provoking movie before continuing on with my personal journey. But I have to admit that what inspired Ronda has also added inspiration to my journey.
A little bit about Ronda.
At that time Ronda Byrne was an executive television producer in Australia and she had fallen into a state of depression over the death of her father in 2004.
In the hope of helping her mother get through her depression Ronda’s daughter, Hailey gave her mom a little book. This book was “The Science of Getting Rich” by Wallace D. Wattles.
After reading the book she began to do research and came to the conclusion that all great men in history knew of the laws of attraction. These men included Abraham Lincoln, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Winston Churchill to name a few.
As her research continued she found current proponents of the laws of attraction such as author, entrepreneur, and motivational speaker Bob Proctor, author Jack Canfield, entrepreneur John Assaraf, visionary Michael Beckwith, and the list goes on.
The movie “The Secret” was released in 2006 and the book followed in 2007.
As I suggested in my last post if you haven’t watched the movie “The Secret” give it a look and if you have watched it before watch it again, but be sure to do so with an open mind.
So who was Wallace D. Wattles?
Wallace D. Wattles was born in Illinois in 1860. He grew up on a farm and worked as a farm laborer.
He believed in Christian Socialism and New Thought and started writing articles and books about his personal study and experimentation which he suggested to his readers that they try it for themselves and not take his word for it.
Wattles practiced the technique of creative visualization by forming a mental picture and then working toward the realization of that picture. He wrote almost constantly and it was during his writing that he would form his mental pictures.
Florence, Wattles daughter recalled that “he lived every page”. Florence wrote that “he made lots of money, and had good health, except for his extreme frailty”.
What did Wattles know back then?
I purchased my first copy of his book “The Science of Getting Rich” in 2008. The first time I read the book the question came up “was Wattles truly in touch with the universe?”
Here is an excerpt from his book that had me asking that question:
First, we assert that there is one original formless stuff or substance from which all things are made. All the seemingly many elements are but different presentations of one element.
All the many forms found in organic and inorganic nature are but different shapes, made from the same stuff. And this stuff is thinking stuff —
Later in his book he summarizes this by stating:
There is a thinking stuff from which all things are made, and which, in its original state, permeates, penetrates, and fills the interspaces of the universe.
If you watched the interview in my last post with John Hagelin on “Consciousness and Superstring Unified Field Theory” quantum physics has discovered that at the most basic level is the Unified Field and it is a field of pure potential thought energy that everything in the universe is formed from and here is the rub.
What Wattles described as “one original formless stuff or substance from which all things are made” to me was a description of the Unified Field, but how?
Wattles’ book was published in 1910 and it was just ten years earlier in 1900 that Quantum Theory was developed and Quantum Mechanics wouldn’t be developed until 1925!
Was the universe revealing to Wattles what quantum physicists had yet to discover?
If you watched the interview with John Hagelin what are your thoughts on this? I’d like to hear from you.
The ideas in this little book of around 100 pages that were written over 100 years ago I believe are still prevalent today.
Wallace believed that the object of all life is development, and that “a person’s right to life means his right to have free and unrestricted use of all the things which may be necessary to his fullest mental, spiritual, and physical unfolding”, and in order to have the use of these things one must be rich.
By forming a thought of what one wants in his mind (creative visualization) and holding to that thought with faith and gratitude that it had already happened, it would be brought about by the formless thinking stuff, by whatever means necessary to produce it.
Wallace cautioned that there is enough for all and that one need not try to compete for what he wanted. As soon as you fall away from the creative mind into the competitive mind the process of creating what you want would be hindered or stopped.
He also said that if obtaining wealth meant dealing with people that you were always to give them something of greater value than the cash value that you received from them.
That you need to be continuously great-full for not only what you have at present but great-full for what you have yet to receive.
Even though these principles are straight forward and seemingly simple, because of the complexity of our everyday lives they are not very easy to implement and in the following statement Wallace made sure that we know this:
To think according to appearances is easy; to think truth regardless of appearances is laborious and requires the expenditure of more power than any other work we are called upon to perform. There is no labor from which most people shrink as they do from that of sustained and consecutive thought. It is the hardest work in the world.
I have to omit that at least in my case Wallace is right. Now I don’t know about you, but it’s very hard for me to visualize what I want with “sustained and consecutive thought”.
This little book has added to my life!
Even though some of the principles in Wattles book, such as having and using the things I want or living the way I want to in imagination as if I already have obtained them is very difficult for me to do, I still continue to study these and other principles laid down in his book.
I have read the book numerous times and also have it on audio in my phone and listen to it quite regularly. Bob Proctor has studied this book for decades and has a three-day seminar that he does on the principles of “The Science of Getting Rich” which I recommend you watch. I have linked them here:
Studying this book has helped me become aware of what things to look for when it comes to the changes I’m trying to make in my life such as my new journey I started seven months ago.
When I came across the opportunity to become educated as a digital entrepreneur I weighed what was being offered and who was offering it against some of the principles in Wattles book:
- Were my mentors concerned with creation or competition? They were concerned with creation, not competition and this is self-evident when you’ve meant their community.
- Were they offering me greater value than the cash value I would be paying? Yes, they were.
- In my business dealings with people would I be able to offer them greater value in what they received compared to what they paid for it? Yes, I would.
And I made the choice to start my new journey and I’m very glad I did!
I’m now creating a path that’s leading me to time and financial freedom and that gives me the opportunity to hopefully help others to do the same. I’ve learned a lot in a short amount of time about not only creating a digital lifestyle but also about myself and continue to do so. It’s a journey I look forward to for the rest of my life!
“There is pleasure in the pathless woods.” – Lord Byron –
I invite you to go to my contact page and drop me a line or two with your thoughts, questions, and suggestions as my journey through attraction, self-awareness, and education continues. All by creation and not competition.