TITLE: A Competitive Mind is not the Creative Mind
By gene hudgens
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Jesus said, “Whatsoever things ye ask for when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”
Wallace Delois Wattles was a great author with a great mind. He was a master of philosophy and loved Jesus Christ. I often refer to and quote from his book “The Science of Getting Rich”. (which is in the public domain)
The man who can sincerely thank God for the things which as yet he owns only in imagination, has real faith. This man will get rich; he will cause the creation of whatsoever he wants. We, therefore, must force our self to see things we want as if they are actually around us all of the time. We are to dwell upon our mental picture until it is clear and distinct, and then take the Mental Attitude of Ownership toward everything in that picture. Take possession of it, in mind, in the full faith that it is actually ours. Hold to this mental ownership; do not waiver for an instant in the “faith” that it is real.
We do not have to pray repeatedly for things we want. God knows what we want long before we think about them. Our part is to intelligently formulate our desire for the things which can make for a larger life for us and others, get these desires arranged into a coherent whole; and then, with actions, impress God, who has the power and the will to bring us what we want.
We do not impress God with repeated prayers. We impress Him by holding our vision with unshakeable “purpose” to attain it…and with steadfast “faith” and hard work that we do attain it. The answer to prayers is not according to our faith while we are talking, but according to our faith while we are working.
God is not impressed when we have a special Sabbath to pray and then forget Him during the rest of the week. He is not impressed when we have special hours to sit in the closet and pray and then dismiss the matter from our mind until the hour of prayer comes again. He is not impressed with our oral prayer, since oral prayer has the most effect upon our self… and alone will not get us what we want. We need to pray in our mind and heart without ceasing. By prayer we must hold steadily to our vision, with the purpose to cause its creation into a real form. We must hold steadily to our faith that we are doing so.
God knows our every thought, therefore we must feel and insure the proper use of our will, our desire, our wish.
As we work to get rich in a scientific way, we must never try to apply our will ;power to anything outside our self. We have no right to do this. It is wrong to coerce men and women to get them to do as you wish. It is as flagrantly wrong to use mental power as it is to us physical power to coerce people. We never have the right to use our will power upon another person, even “for his own good”; because we are not the judge and do not know what is for his good.
The science of getting rich does not require us to ever apply power or force to any other person, in any way whatsoever. To do so is trying to coerce God, and this is foolish, useless, and irreverent. We can not compel God to give us good things, any more than we can use our will to make the sun rise. God reads our actions through our heart, therefore the reasons for our desires must be for the betterment of mankind.
To get rich, we need only use our will power upon our self. We must use our will to keep our mind working in the Right Way. The more steady and continuous our faith and purpose, the more rapidly we will get rich, because we will make on Positive impression with God.
We must be intelligent enough to believe that things are not brought into being by thinking about their opposites. If we want to get rich we must not waste time studying poverty. Medicine as a science of disease has increased disease; religion as a science of sin has promoted sin, and economics as a study of poverty will fill the world with more poverty.
What concerns us is the cure.
Mr. Wattles would never profess being hard hearted or unkind, and refuse to hear the cry of need, but he felt strongly that we can never eradicate poverty in any conventional way. He felt that the poor need inspiration and not charity. We need to increase the number of poor people with purpose and faith to get rich instead of increasing the number of well to do people who only think about of poverty.
The poor need jobs and inspiration and hope…not charity. A banker from India won the Pulitzer Prize by proving this theory. He offered hundreds of very small loans to very poor people. They did not disappoint him. Most of these borrowers gained inspiration, pride, and learned the first step of climbing out of poverty. Most paid back their loan. These borrowers learned that they too wanted to get rich…and will work to achieve their dream.
Every man who becomes rich by competition throws down behind him the ladder by which he rises, and thus keeps others down. Every man that gets rich by creation opens a way for thousands to follow him, and inspires them to do so.
Give your attention to riches and ignore poverty. This does not equate that we are to be sordid or mean. When we think or speak of those that are poor, think and speak of them as those who are becoming rich. Congratulate them rather than pity them. Then they and others will catch the inspiration and begin to search for the way out.
To become really rich, for the right reasons, is the noblest aim we can have in life, because it includes everything else. Only by richness can we attain the “things” that are needed for services and lofty endeavors to achieve a cure.
Many people remain in poverty because they are ignorant of the fact that there is wealth for them; and these people can best be taught by showing them the way to affluence in our own person and practice.
Others are poor because, while they feel that there is a way out, they are too intellectually indolent to put forth the mental effort necessary to find that way and travel it; and for these the very best thing we can do is to arouse their desire by showing them the happiness that comes from being rightly rich.
On the competitive plane, the struggle to get rich is a Godless scramble for power over other men, but when we come into the creative mind, all of this changes. Moral and spiritual greatness is possible only to those who are above the competitive battle for existence; and only those who are becoming rich on the plane of creative thought are free from the degrading influences of competition.
The very best thing we can do for the whole world is to make the most of our self. We can serve God and man in no more effective way than by getting rich; that is, if we get rich by the creative method and not by the competitive method. In addition to all of this, we shall clearly see that we must live and act in a Certain Way; and in doing so we make God proud.
Prepared by Gene Hudgens
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