Wallace Wattles



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Other Names and Nicknames: 
Wallace Delois Walters (birth name), Wallace Delois Wattles, וואלס וואטלס
Function: 
Spiritual Thinker
Traditions: 
The Science of Getting Rich, New Thought
Main Countries of Activity: 
USA
Date of Birth: 
1860
Place of Birth: 
Illinois, USA
In His/Her Body ("alive"): 
No
Date Left His/Her Body: 
1911

Biography

Wallace Wattles was a New Thought thinker and writer. Wattles' best known work is a 1910 book called The Science of Getting Rich in which he explained how to become wealthy.

He was born in the United States in 1860, received little formal education, and found himself excluded from the world of commerce and wealth. At the age of 20, he was living with his parents on a farm in Nunda Township of McHenry County, Illinois and was working as a farm laborer. His father was a gardener and his mother was a housewife. The original spelling of his last name was Walters (he later changed the spelling of his last name to Wattles).

He was married to Abbie Walters and they had 3 children.

According to his daughter, Florence, he made lots of money, and had good health, except for his extreme frailty in the last three years before his death.

As a Midwesterner, Wattles travelled to Chicago, where several leading New Thought leaders were located, among them Emma Curtis Hopkins and William Walker Atkinson, and he gave "Sunday night lectures" in Indiana;[2] however, his primary publisher was Massachusetts-based Elizabeth Towne.

He studied the writings of Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel and Ralph Waldo Emerson and recommended the study of their books to his readers who wished to understand what he characterized as "the monistic theory of the cosmos."

Through his personal study and experimentation Wattles claimed to have discovered the truth of New Thought principles and put them into practice in his own life. He also advocated the then-popular health theories of "The Great Masticator" Horace Fletcher as well as the "No-Breakfast Plan" of Edward Hooker Dewey, which he claimed to have applied to his own life. He wrote books outlining these principles and practices, giving them titles that described their content, such as Health Through New Thought and Fasting and The Science of Being Great. His daughter Florence recalled that "he lived every page" of his books.

A practical author, Wattles encouraged his readers to test his theories on themselves rather than take his word as an authority, and he claimed to have tested his methods on himself and others before publishing them.

Wattles practiced the technique of creative visualization. In his daughter Florence's words, he "formed a mental picture" or visual image, and then "worked toward the realization of this vision". She said that "He wrote almost constantly. It was then that he formed his mental picture. He saw himself as a successful writer, a personality of power, an advancing man, and he began to work toward the realization of this vision"

Wattles died on February 7, 1911 in Ruskin, Tennessee and his body was transported home for burial to Elwood, Indiana. As a sign of respect businesses closed throughout the town for two hours on the afternoon of his funeral.

His death at age 51 was regarded as "untimely" by his daughter, as during the previous year he had not only published two books (The Science of Being Well and The Science of Getting Rich), but he had also run for public office.

Teachings

From the Science of Getting Rich:
(The book is available below for download (English and Hebrew versions)

There is nothing wrong in wanting to get rich. The desire for riches is really the desire for a richer, fuller, and more abundant life; and that desire is praise worthy.

The ownership of money and property comes as a result of doing things in a certain way; those who do things in this Certain Way, whether on purpose or accidentally, get rich.

You may be the poorest man on the continent, and be deeply in debt; you may have neither friends, influence, nor resources; but if you begin to do things in this way, you must infallibly begin to get rich.

If getting rich is the result of doing things in a Certain Way, and if like causes always produce like effects, then any man or woman who can do things in that way can become rich.

Getting rich is not dependent upon your engaging in some particular business, but upon your learning to do things in a Certain Way.

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.

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 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.

Since belief is all important, it behooves you to guard your thoughts; and as your beliefs will be shaped to a very great extent by the things you observe and think about, it is important that you should command your attention.

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.

Give every man more in use value than you take from him in cash value; then you are adding to the life of the world by every business transaction.

After once forming the thought, have the most absolute and unquestioning faith that what you want is coming; never think of it, or speak, of it, in any other way than as being sure to arrive. Claim it as already yours. If your gratitude is strong and constant, the reaction in Formless Substance will be strong and continuous; the movement of the things you want will be always toward you.

The value of gratitude does not consist solely in getting you more blessings in the future. Without gratitude you cannot long keep from dissatisfied thought regarding things as they are.

The moment you permit your mind to dwell with dissatisfaction upon things as they are, you begin to lose ground.

To permit your mind to dwell upon the inferior is to become inferior and to surround yourself with inferior things. On the other hand, to fix your attention on the best is to surround yourself with the best, and to become the best.

The Creative Power within us makes us into the image of that to which we give our attention. We are Thinking Substance, and thinking substance always takes the form of that which it thinks about.

The grateful mind is constantly fixed upon the best; therefore it tends to become the best; it takes the form or character of the best, and will receive the best.

He who has no feeling of gratitude cannot long retain a living faith; and without a living faith you cannot get rich by the creative method.

It is necessary, then, to cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you; and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.

Many people fail to impress Thinking Substance because they have themselves only a vague and misty concept of the things they want to do, to have, or to become.

When you try to impress your wants upon Substance, remember that it must be done by a coherent statement; you must know what you want, and be definite.

All you need is to know what you want, and to want it badly enough so that it will stay in your thoughts.

The methods herein set forth are for people whose desire for riches is strong enough to overcome mental laziness and the love of ease, and make them work.

Something more is necessary, however, than merely to see the picture clearly. If that is all you do, you are only a dreamer, and will have little or no power for accomplishment.

See the things you want as if they were actually around you all the time; see yourself as owning and using them. Make use of them in imagination just as you will use them when they are your tangible possessions.

When you know what to think and do, then you must use your will to compel yourself to think and do the right things. That is the legitimate use of the will in getting what you want--to use it in holding yourself to the right course. Use your will to keep yourself thinking and acting in the Certain Way.

Use your mind to form a mental image of what you want, and to hold that vision with faith and purpose; and use your will to keep your mind working in the Right Way.

The more steady and continuous your faith and purpose, the more rapidly you will get rich, because you will make only POSITIVE impressions upon Substance; and you will not neutralize or offset them by negative impressions.

First, you believe that there is one Intelligent Substance, from which all things proceed; second, you believe that this Substance gives you everything you desire; and third, you relate yourself to it by a feeling of deep and profound gratitude.

Many people who order their lives rightly in all other ways are kept in poverty by their lack of gratitude. Having received one gift from God, they cut the wires which connect them with Him by failing to make acknowledgment.

The more gratefully we fix our minds on the Supreme when good things come to us, the more good things we will receive, and the more rapidly they will come.

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Books & Media

Recommended Books: 
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The Science of Success: The Secret to Getting What You Want

by Wallace D. Wattles

(Paperback)

THREE prosperity classics in one!
Includes The Science of Getting Rich, featured in The Secret.

Why be poor when you could be rich, mediocre when you could be great, sick when you could be healthy? You have within you the ability to get whatever you want! Prosperity guru Wallace D. Wattles reveals how to tap into this secret power to channel the abundance of the universe and make all your dreams a reality. His method is simple and straightforward, yet it opens up a world where opportunity is limitless, where we control of our own destiny, and where there are scientific answers to life’s great philosophical and religious questions. The Science of Success contains three prosperity classics in a single volume, and all in color, including Wattles’s most famous, The Science of Getting Rich, featured prominently in Rhonda Byrne’s bestselling The Secret. Together, these life-changing books reverse many accepted ideas about attracting wealth, and guide readers along a path to health, success, and fulfillment.

Recommended Audio: 
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The Science of Getting Rich

by Wallace D. Wattles

(Audio CD)

Originally published in 1910, this book takes the mystery out of the accumulation of wealth and breaks it down into a scientific formula.

Here is an excerpt from the Preface of the book:
This book is pragmatical, not philosophical; a practical manual, not a treatise upon theories. It is intended for the men and women whose most pressing need is for money; who wish to get rich first, and philosophize afterward. It is for those who have, so far, found neither the time, the means, nor the opportunity to go deeply into the study of metaphysics, but who want results and who are willing to take the conclusions of science as a basis for action, without going into all the processes by which those conclusions were reached.

It is expected that the reader will take the fundamental statements upon faith, just as he would take statements concerning a law of electrical action if they were promulgated by a Marconi or an Edison; and, taking the statements upon faith, that he will prove their truth by acting upon them without fear or hesitation. Every man or woman who does this will certainly get rich; for the science herein applied is an exact science, and failure is impossible....

....In writing this book I have sacrificed all other considerations to plainness and simplicity of style, so that all might understand. The plan of action laid down herein was deduced from the conclusions of philosophy; it has been thoroughly tested, and bears the supreme test of practical experiment: It works....and if you wish to reap the fruits of their philosophies in actual practice, read this book and do exactly as it tells you to do.
- The Author.

This 2 CD audio book set is unabridged and completely authentic. The narrator reads each word from the book as it was originally written by Wallace Wattles. This audiobook makes it easy to learn the timeless principles found in The Science Of Getting Rich. It also makes a great gift for anyone with the desire to get rich!

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