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Forget About Poverty

Thursday, March 05, 2009

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.

And here the will comes into use; for it is by your will that you determine upon what things your attention shall be fixed.

If you want to become rich, you must not make a study of poverty.

Things are not brought into being by thinking about their opposites. Health is never to be attained by studying disease and thinking about disease; righteousness is not to be promoted by studying sin and thinking about sin; and no one ever got rich by studying poverty and thinking about 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 wretchedness and want.

Do not talk about poverty; do not investigate it, or concern yourself with it. Never mind what its causes are; you have nothing to do with them.

What concerns you is the cure.

Do not spend your time inh charitable work, or charity movements; all charity only tends to perpetuate the wretchedness it aims to eradicate.

I do not say that you should be hardhearted or unkind, and refuse to hear the cry of need; but you must not try to eradicate poverty in any of the conventional ways. Put poverty behind you, and put all that pertains to it behind you, and "make good."

Get rich; that is the best way you can help the poor.

And you cannot hold the mental image which is to make you rich if you fill your jmind with pictures of poverty. Do not read books or papers which give circumstantial accounts of the wretchedness of the tenement dwellers, of the horrors of child labor, and so on. Do not read anything which fills your mind with gloomy images of want and suffering.

You cannot help the poor in the least by knowing about these things; and the wide-spread knowledge of them does not tend at all to do awsay with poverty.

What tends to do away with poverty is not the getting of pictures of poverty into your mind, but getting pictures of wealth into the minds of the poor.

You are not deserting the poor in their misery when you refuse to allow your mind to be filled with pictures of that misery.

Poverty can be done away with, not by increasing the number of well-to-do people who think about poverty, but by increasing the number of poor people who purpose with faith to get rich.

The poor do not need charity; they need inspiration. Charity only sends them a loaf of bread to keep them alive in their wretchedness, or gives them an entertainment to make them forget for an hour or two; but inspiration will cause them to rise out of their misery. If you want to help the poor, demonstrate to them that they can become rich; prove it by getting rich yourself.

The only way in which poverty will ever be banished from this world is by getting a large and constantly increasing number of people to practice the teachings of this book.

People must be taught to become rich by creation, not by competition.

Every man who becomes rich by competition throws down behind him the ladder by which he rises, and keeps others down; but every man who gets rich by creation opens a way for thousands to follow him, and inspires them to do so.

You are not showing hardness of heart or an unfeeling disposition when you refuse to pity poverty, see poverty, read about poverty, or think or talk about it, or to listen to those who do talk about it. Use your will power to keep your mind OFF the subject of poverty, and to keep it fixed with faith and purpose ON the vision of what you want.

From: The Science of Getting Rich, by Wallace D Wattles

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Thinking back over the last year - what can you honestly say you've been making a study of? on what has your mind been focused?


Anonymous said...

Is this sentence correct? "If you want to become rich, you must make a study of poverty." It seems like he would be saying NOT to study poverty. I think for the last year, at least a good part of it, the study has been about changing energy and moving away from thoughts of debt. This is in a large part thank to this project, so I am grateful to be able to hop on here and re-read stuff when the icky fear creeps in. I think avoiding the media has helped lately. NOT studying current events. I used to subscribe to the paper, and I usually just did the crossword, but still, images and phrases pop out at you about the negative STUFF going on. My daughter bought me a crossword book and I cancelled the paper. Media drives doubt about it!
I liked what he was saying about charity work. It's crucial to be able to show people who are struggling ways of moving forward and being powerful in sterring their lives to prosperity. The fact that many people have been given handouts without direct is bogging down the energy for creative growth. I see this vision in my mind of hundreds of zombie-like people with their hands out and STUFF being placed in them (piles of cast off clothes, vouchers for generic food), and yet they don't move and stand there looking confused. I'd like to change that visual to watch them put their STUFF down gently and watch as others come and take their hands and lead them away, quietly assuring them that the STUFF is really not needed and that soon, all they require will be available, and earned in a positive, powerful and productive way.

Shirley Twofeathers said...

Good catch Karla - that was a typo! And I've now fixed it. Thanks!

I think that what I've been making a study of over the last year has been something along the lines of ... does my life have a meaning and a purpose?

I do, howver spend an inordinate amount of time whining, complaining, and just plain freaking out about my problems - most of which could be easily solved if enough money was thrown at them.

As for television and the media - I'm getting off that wagon too. Partly because I don't want to fill my head with hype and advertising - and partly because once TV goes all digital, I'll be down to just one channel - and besides, I have the Sims for entertainment - but I digress...

I'm trying an experiment to see if it will work... every time I am remotely tempted to think about not having hot water - or not having money to get a hot water heater - I'm going to simply STOP IT.

A hot water heater is inevitable... no need to even discuss it. Soon enough it will be installed. So... I'm shutting up about that. It's a done deal.

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