MKMMA 2016 Week 22A – Wealth
Wealth is a relative concept and has many meanings to many people. What does it mean to you?
Here's one meaning: a great quantity or store of money, valuable possessions, property, or other riches: Of note, an obsolete meaning is happiness. I wonder why everybody says money can't buy happiness. If they were once synonymous, have we lost something? Perhaps it is all about how one obtains wealth.
This was a week in being self-directed. The video was a YouTube presentation of Wallace Wattles' book The Science of Getting Rich, which (the book, not the video) you can access here.
In addition we could read (or not) Emerson's essay on self-reliance. These two actually complement each other, although Emerson's essay on compensation also fits the Wattles' concepts.
- 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.
- Intelligent Substance will make things for you, but it will not take things away from some one else and give them to you.
- 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.
- There is a Law of Gratitude, and it is absolutely necessary that you should observe the law, if you are to get the results you seek.
- People must be taught to become rich by creation, not by competition.
- 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 this is changed.
- In order to do this, man must pass from the competitive to the creative mind; he must form a clear mental picture of the things he wants, and hold this picture in his thoughts with the fixed PURPOSE to get what he wants, and the unwavering FAITH that he does get what he wants, closing his mind against all that may tend to shake his purpose, dim his vision, or quench his faith.
- The whole process of mental adjustment and atonement can be summed up in one word, gratitude.
Note that these thoughts reflect the teachings of Jesus. Money is a tool, not an end. With money, you can provide other people with jobs (the farmer). Jesus is all about productivity.