of Getting Rich
Chapter 5: Increasing
YOU must get rid of the last vestige of the old idea that there is a Deity
whose will it is that you should be poor, or whose purposes may be served
by keeping you in poverty.
The Intelligent Substance which is All, and in All, and which lives in All
and lives in you, is a consciously Living Substance. Being a consciously living
substance, It must have the nature and inherent desire of every living intelligence
for increase of life. Every living thing must continually seek for the enlargement
of its life, because life, in the mere act of living, must increase itself.
A seed, dropped into the ground, springs into activity, and in the act of
living produces a hundred more seeds; life, by living, multiplies itself.
It is forever Becoming More; it must do so, if it continues to be at all.
Intelligence is under this same necessity for continuous increase. Every
thought we think makes it necessary for us to think another thought; consciousness
is continually expanding. Every fact we learn leads us to the learning of
another fact; knowledge is continually increasing. Every talent we cultivate
brings to the mind the desire to cultivate another talent; we are subject
to the urge of life, seeking expression, which ever drives us on to know more,
to do more, and to be more.
In order to know more, do more, and be more we must have more; we must have
things to use, for we learn, and do, and become, only by using things. We
must get rich, so that we can live more.
The desire for riches is simply the capacity for larger life seeking fulfillment;
every desire is the effort of an unexpressed possibility to come into action.
It is power seeking to manifest which causes desire. That which makes you
want more money is the same as that which makes the plant grow; it is Life,
seeking fuller expression.
The One Living Substance must be subject to this inherent law of all life;
it is permeated with the desire to live more; that is why it is under the
necessity of creating things.
The One Substance desires to live more in you; hence it wants you to have
all the things you can use.
It is the desire of God that you should get rich. He wants you to get rich
because he can express himself better through you if you have plenty of things
to use in giving him expression. He can live more in you if you have unlimited
command of the means of life.
The universe desires you to have everything you want to have.
Nature is friendly to your plans.
Everything is naturally for you.
Make up your mind that this is true.
It is essential, however that your purpose should harmonize with the purpose
that is in All.
You must want real life, not mere pleasure of sensual gratification. Life
is the performance of function; and the individual really lives only when
he performs every function, physical, mental, and spiritual, of which he is
capable, without excess in any.
You do not want to get rich in order to live swinishly, for the gratification
of animal desires; that is not life. But the performance of every physical
function is a part of life, and no one lives completely who denies the impulses
of the body a normal and healthful expression.
You do not want to get rich solely to enjoy mental pleasures, to get knowledge,
to gratify ambition, to outshine others, to be famous. All these are a legitimate
part of life, but the man who lives for the pleasures of the intellect alone
will only have a partial life, and he will never be satisfied with his lot.
You do not want to get rich solely for the good of others, to lose yourself
for the salvation of mankind, to experience the joys of philanthropy and sacrifice.
The joys of the soul are only a part of life; and they are no better or nobler
than any other part.
You want to get rich in order that you may eat, drink, and be merry when
it is time to do these things; in order that you may surround yourself with
beautiful things, see distant lands, feed your mind, and develop your intellect;
in order that you may love men and do kind things, and be able to play a good
part in helping the world to find truth.
But remember that extreme altruism is no better and no nobler than extreme
selfishness; both are mistakes.
Get rid of the idea that God wants you to sacrifice yourself for others,
and that you can secure his favor by doing so; God requires nothing of the
What he wants is that you should make the most of yourself, for yourself,
and for others; and you can help others more by making the most of yourself
than in any other way.
You can make the most of yourself only by getting rich; so it is right and
praiseworthy that you should give your first and best thought to the work
of acquiring wealth.
Remember, however, that the desire of Substance is for all, and its movements
must be for more life to all; it cannot be made to work for less life to any,
because it is equally in all, seeking riches and life.
Intelligent Substance will make things for you, but it will not take things
away from some one else and give them to you.
You must get rid of the thought of competition. You are to create, not to
compete for what is already created.
You do not have to take anything away from any one.
You do not have to drive sharp bargains.
You do not have to cheat, or to take advantage. You do not need to let any
man work for you for less than he earns.
You do not have to covet the property of others, or to look at it with wishful
eyes; no man has anything of which you cannot have the like, and that without
taking what he has away from him.
You are to become a creator, not a competitor; you are going to get what
you want, but in such a way that when you get it every other man will have
more than he has now.
I am aware that there are men who get a vast amount of money by proceeding
in direct opposition to the statements in the paragraph above, and may add
a word of explanation here. Men of the plutocratic type, who become very rich,
do so sometimes purely by their extraordinary ability on the plane of competition;
and sometimes they unconsciously relate themselves to Substance in its great
purposes and movements for the general racial upbuilding through industrial
evolution. Rockefeller, Carnegie, Morgan, et al., have been the unconscious
agents of the Supreme in the necessary work of systematizing and organizing
productive industry; and in the end, their work will contribute immensely
toward increased life for all. Their day is nearly over; they have organized
production, and will soon be succeeded by the agents of the multitude, who
will organize the machinery of distribution.
The multi-millionaires are like the monster reptiles of the prehistoric eras;
they play a necessary part in the evolutionary process, but the same Power
which produced them will dispose of them. And it is well to bear in mind that
they have never been really rich; a record of the private lives of most of
this class will show that they have really been the most abject and wretched
of the poor.
Riches secured on the competitive plane are never satisfactory and permanent;
they are yours to-day, and another's tomorrow. Remember, if you are to become
rich in a scientific and certain way, you must rise entirely out of the competitive
thought. You must never think for a moment that the supply is limited. Just
as soon as you begin to think that all the money is being "cornered"
and controlled by bankers and others, and that you must exert yourself to
get laws passed to stop this process, and so on; in that moment you drop into
the competitive mind, and your power to cause creation is gone for the time
being; and what is worse, you will probably arrest the creative movements
you have already instituted.
KNOW that there are countless millions of dollars' worth of gold in the mountains
of the earth, not yet brought to light; and know that if there were not, more
would be created from Thinking Substance to supply your needs.
KNOW that the money you need will come, even if it is necessary for a thousand
men to be led to the discovery of new gold mines to-morrow.
Never look at the visible supply; look always at the limitless riches in
Formless Substance, and KNOW that they are coming to you as fast as you can
receive and use them. Nobody, by cornering the visible supply, can prevent
you from getting what is yours.
So never allow yourself to think for an instant that all the best building
spots will be taken before you get ready to build your house, unless you hurry.
Never worry about the trusts and combines, and get anxious for fear they will
soon come to own the whole earth. Never get afraid that you will lose what
you want because some other person "beats you to it." That cannot
possibly happen; you are not seeking any thing that is possessed by anybody
else; you are causing what you want to be created from formless Substance,
and the supply is without limits. Stick to the formulated statement:--
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.