THE SCIENCE OF GETTING RICH: THE FIRST PRINCIPLE – FULL AudioBook Excerpt (Chap. 4)

THE SCIENCE OF GETTING RICH: THE FIRST PRINCIPLE – FULL AudioBook Excerpt (Chap. 4)


THOUGHT is the only power which can produce
tangible riches from the Formless Substance. The stuff from which all things are made is
a substance which thinks, and a thought of form in this substance produces the form. Original Substance moves according to its
thoughts; every form and process you see in nature is the visible expression of a thought
in Original Substance. As the Formless Stuff thinks of a form, it takes that form; as it
thinks of a motion, it makes that motion. That is the way all things were created. We
live in a thought world, which is part of a thought universe. The thought of a moving
universe extended throughout Formless Substance, and the Thinking Stuff moving according to
that thought, took the form of systems of planets, and maintains that form. Thinking
Substance takes the form of its thought, and moves according to the thought. Holding the
idea of a circling system of suns and worlds, it takes the form of these bodies, and moves
them as it thinks. Thinking the form of a slow-growing oak tree, it moves accordingly,
and produces the tree, though centuries may be required to do the work. In creating, the
Formless seems to move according to the lines of motion it has established; the thought
of an oak tree does not cause the instant formation of a full-grown tree, but it does
start in motion the forces which will produce the tree, along established lines of growth. Every thought of form, held in thinking Substance,
causes the creation of the form, but always, or at least generally, along lines of growth
and action already established. The thought of a house of a certain construction,
if it were impressed upon Formless Substance, might not cause the instant formation, of
the house; but it would cause the turning of creative energies already working in trade
and commerce into such channels as to result in the speedy building of the house. And if
there were no existing channels through which the creative energy could work, then the house
would be formed directly from primal substance, without waiting for the slow processes of
the organic and inorganic world. No thought of form can be impressed upon Original
Substance without causing the creation of the form. Man is a thinking center, and can originate
thought. All the forms that man fashions with his hands must first exist in his thought;
he cannot shape a thing until he has thought that thing. And so far man has confined his
efforts wholly to the work of his hands; he has applied manual labor to the world of forms,
seeking to change or modify those already existing. He has never thought of trying to
cause the creation of new forms by impressing his thoughts upon Formless Substance. When man has a thought-form, he takes material
from the forms of nature, and makes an image of the form which is in his mind. He has,
so far, made little or no effort to co-operate with Formless Intelligence; to work “with
the Father.” He has not dreamed that he can “do what he seeth the Father doing.” Man reshapes
and modifies existing forms by manual labor; he has given no attention to the question
whether he may not produce things from Formless Substance by communicating his thoughts to
it. We propose to prove that he may do so; to prove that any man or woman may do so,
and to show how. As our first step, we must lay down three fundamental propositions. 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; a thought held in it produces the form of the thought. Thought, in thinking substance,
produces shapes. Man is a thinking center, capable of original thought; if man can communicate
his thought to original thinking substance, he can cause the creation, or formation, of
the thing he thinks about. To summarize this:- 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. A thought, in this substance, Produces the
thing that is imaged by the thought. Man can form things in his thought, and, by
impressing his thought upon formless substance, can cause the thing he thinks about to be
created. It may be asked if I can prove these statements;
and without going into details, I answer that I can do so, both by logic and experience. Reasoning back from the phenomena of form
and thought, I come to one original thinking substance; and reasoning forward from this
thinking substance, I come to man’s power to cause the formation of the thing he thinks
about. And by experiment, I find the reasoning true;
and this is my strongest proof. If one man who reads this book gets rich by
doing what it tells him to do, that is evidence in support of my claim; but if every man who
does what it tells him to do gets rich, that is positive proof until some one goes through
the process and fails. The theory is true until the process fails; and this process
will not fail, for every man who does exactly what this book tells him to do will get rich. I have said that men get rich by doing things
in a Certain Way; and in order to do so, men must become able to think in a certain way. A man’s way of doing things is the direct
result of the way he thinks about things. To do things in a way you want to do them,
you will have to acquire the ability to think the way you want to think; this is the first
step toward getting rich. To think what you want to think is to think
TRUTH, regardless of appearances. Every man has the natural and inherent power
to think what he wants to think, but it requires far more effort to do so than it does to think
the thoughts which are suggested by appearances. To think according to appearance is easy;
to think truth regardless of appearances is laborious, and requires the expenditure of
more power than any other work man is 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.
This is especially true when truth is contrary to appearances. Every appearance in the visible
world tends to produce a corresponding form in the mind which observes it; and this can
only be prevented by holding the thought of the TRUTH. To look upon the appearance of disease will
produce the form of disease in your own mind, and ultimately in your body, unless you hold
the thought of the truth, which is that there is no disease; it is only an appearance, and
the reality is health. To look upon the appearances of poverty will
produce corresponding forms in your own mind, unless you hold to the truth that there is
no poverty; there is only abundance. To think health when surrounded by the appearances
of disease, or to think riches when in the midst of appearances of poverty, requires
power; but he who acquires this power becomes a MASTER MIND. He can conquer fate; he can
have what he wants. This power can only be acquired by getting
hold of the basic fact which is behind all appearances; and that fact is that there is
one Thinking Substance, from which and by which all things are made. Then we must grasp the truth that every thought
held in this substance becomes a form, and that man can so impress his thoughts upon
it as to cause them to take form and become visible things. When we realize this, we lose all doubt and
fear, for we know that we can create what we want to create; we can get what we want
to have, and can become what we want to be. As a first step toward getting rich, you must
believe the three fundamental statements given previously in this chapter; and in order to
emphasize them. I repeat them here:- 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. A thought, in this substance, Produces the
thing that is imaged by the thought. Man can form things in his thought, and, by
impressing his thought upon formless substance, can cause the thing he thinks about to be
created. You must lay aside all other concepts of the
universe than this monistic one; and you must dwell upon this until it is fixed in your
mind, and has become your habitual thought. Read these creed statements over and over
again; fix every word upon your memory, and meditate upon them until you firmly believe
what they say. If a doubt comes to you, cast it aside as a sin. Do not listen to arguments
against this idea; do not go to churches or lectures where a contrary concept of things
is taught or preached. Do not read magazines or books which teach a different idea; if
you get mixed up in your faith, all your efforts will be in vain. Do not ask why these things are true, nor
speculate as to how they can be true; simply take them on trust. The science of getting rich begins with the
absolute acceptance of this faith.

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