Wallace D. Wattles: A Certain Way

by Mike Griffin on February 8, 2011

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Wallace D WattlesThroughout time, the rich and the poor have lived side by side. There have been many reasons placed before us as to why this disparity existed. With ever passing generation, there are movements to equalize the socioeconomic gaps that define our society. During the early 1900s, Wallace D. Wattles published a book, The Science of Getting Rich based on his own findings.

He began to use the idea of creative visualization in which he would form a mental picture and work toward the realization of his vision. Before he would publish his books, he would practice his techniques on himself to make sure they were successful. After several experimentations and constant writing, he saw himself as “an advancing man, and he began to work toward the realization of this vision.” This was his mental picture. The “advancing man” would soon become part of The Secret of Getting Rich.

The Science of Getting Rich is based upon what Wattles called living a “Certain Way.” Essentially, man will become rich if he lives a certain way. But, he must follow the rules exactly. The origin of a “certain way” came from a “mental healing” movement during the 1850s. A man, Phineas P. Quimby had suffered from some physical ailments and found relief through Wattle’s philosophy. Now, people were questioning if the same techniques could be applied to their desires (money, happiness, a bigger home, better health, etc.). This led to Wattle’s creation of “Quimbian” healing strategies to financial and physiological situations.

According to Wattles, man will become rich if he adheres to thinking in a certain way. He explained in depth how living a certain way brings wealth and abundance through positive thoughts. In essence, “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.” In his experience, the combination of putting forth the needed effort, visualization, believing in one’s ability, defining goals, and constant gratitude all lead to becoming rich.

Wallace Wattles

Wallace Wattles

While his approach was revolutionary, he wanted to be clear that it was secular in nature. So, he added “science” for clarification. He wrote about prosperity in life, business, mind strategies, the material and spiritual world. Living in a certain way was intended to create a sense of positive thinking, a shift in way we process information, view our world, and react to it.

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