"By thought, the thing you want is brought to you; by action you
receive it."

Wallace D. Wattles

CHAPTER 11   Acting in the Certain Way

     THOUGHT is the creative power, or the impelling force which
causes the creative power to act; thinking in a Certain Way will bring
riches to you, but you must not rely upon thought alone, paying no
attention to personal action.  That is the rock upon which many
otherwise scientific metaphysical thinkers meet shipwreck--the failure
to connect thought with personal action.

     We have not yet reached the stage of development, even supposing
such a stage to be possible, in which man can create directly from
Formless Substance without nature's processes or the work of human
hands; man must not only think, but his personal action must
supplement his thought.

     By thought you can cause the gold in the hearts of the mountains
to be impelled toward you; but it will not mine itself, refine itself,
coin itself into double eagles, and come rolling along the roads
seeking its way into your pocket.

     Under the impelling power of the Supreme Spirit, men's affairs
will be so ordered that some one will be led to mine the gold for you;
other men's business transactions will be so directed that the gold
will be brought toward you, and you must so arrange your own business
affairs that you may be able to receive it when it comes to you.

     Your thought makes all things, animate and inanimate, work to
bring you what you want; but your personal activity must be such that
you can rightly receive what you want when it reaches you.

     You are not to take it as charity, nor to steal it; you must give
every man more in use value than he gives you in cash value.

     The scientific use of thought consists in forming a clear and
distinct mental image of what you want; in holding fast to the purpose
to get what you want; and in realizing with grateful faith that you do
get what you want.

     Do not try to 'project' your thought in any mysterious or occult
way, with the idea of having it go out and do things for you; that is
wasted effort, and will weaken your power to think with sanity.

     The action of thought in getting rich is fully explained in the
preceding chapters; your faith and purpose positively impress your
vision upon Formless Substance, which has THE SAME DESIRE FOR MORE
LIFE THAT YOU HAVE; and this vision, received from you, sets all the
ACTION, but directed toward you.

     It is not your part to guide or supervise the creative process;
all you have to do with that is to retain your vision, stick to your
purpose, and maintain your faith and gratitude.

     But you must act in a Certain Way, so that you can appropriate
what is yours when it comes to you; so that you can meet the things
you have in your picture, and put them in their proper places as they

     You can really see the truth of this.  When things reach you,
they will be in the hands of other men, who will ask an equivalent for

     And you can only get what is yours by giving the other man what
is his.

     Your pocketbook is not going to be transformed into a Fortunata's
purse, which shall be always full of money without effort on your

     This is the crucial point in the science of getting rich; right
here, where thought and personal action must be combined.

     There are very many people who, consciously or unconsciously, set
the creative forces in action by the strength and persistence of their
desires, but who remain poor because they do not provide for the
reception of the thing they want when it comes.

     By thought, the thing you want is brought to you; by action you
receive it.

     Whatever your action is to be, it is evident that you must act

     You cannot act in the past, and it is essential to the clearness
of your mental vision that you dismiss the past from your mind.

     You cannot act in the future, for the future is not here yet.
And you cannot tell how you will want to act in any future contingency
until that contingency has arrived.

     Because you are not in the right business, or the right
environment now, do not think that you must postpone action until you
get into the right business or environment.  And do not spend time in
the present taking thought as to the best course in possible future
emergencies; have faith in your ability to meet any emergency when it

     If you act in the present with your mind on the future, your
present action will be with a divided mind, and will not be effective.

     Put your whole mind into present action.

     Do not give your creative impulse to Original Substance, and then
sit down and wait for results; if you do, you will never get them.

     Act now.

     There is never any time but now, and there never will be any time
but now.  If you are ever to begin to make ready for the reception of
what you want, you must begin now.

     And your action, whatever it is, must most likely be in your
present business or employment, and must be upon the persons and
things in your present environment.

     You cannot act where you are not; you cannot act where you have
been, and you cannot act where you are going to be; you can act only
where you are.

     Do not bother as to whether yesterday's work was well done or ill
done; do to-day's work well.

     Do not try to do tomorrow's work now; there will be plenty of
time to do that when you get to it.

     Do not try, by occult or mystical means, to act on people or
things that are out of your reach.

     Do not wait for a change of environment, before you act; get a
change of environment by action.

     You can so act upon the environment in which you are now, as to
cause yourself to be transferred to a better environment.

     Hold with faith and purpose the vision of yourself in the better
environment, but act upon your present environment with all your
heart, and with all your strength, and with all your mind.

     Do not spend any time in day dreaming or castle building; hold to
the one vision of what you want, and act NOW.

     Do not cast about seeking some new thing to do, or some strange,
unusual, or remarkable action to perform as a first step toward
getting rich.

     It is probable that your actions, at least for some time to come,
will be those you have been performing for some time past; but you are
to begin now to perform these actions in the Certain Way, which will
surely make you rich.

     If you are engaged in some business, and feel that it is not the
right one for you, do not wait until you get into the right business
before you begin to act.

     Do not feel discouraged, or sit down and lament because you are
misplaced.  No man was ever so misplaced but that he could not find
the right place, and no man ever became so involved in the wrong
business but that he could get into the right business.

     Hold the vision of yourself in the right business, with the
purpose to get into it, and the faith that you will get into it, and
are getting into it; but ACT in your present business.

     Use your present business as the means of getting a better one,
and use your present environment as the means of getting into a better

     Your vision of the right business, if held with faith and
purpose, will cause the Supreme to move the right business toward you;
and your action, if performed in the Certain Way, will cause you to
move toward the business.

     If you are an employee, or wage earner, and feel that you must
change places in order to get what you want, do not 'project" your
thought into space and rely upon it to get you another job.  It will
probably fail to do so.

     Hold the vision of yourself in the job you want, while you ACT
with faith and purpose on the job you have, and you will certainly get
the job you want.

     Your vision and faith will set the creative force in motion to
bring it toward you, and your action will cause the forces in your own
environment to move you toward the place you want.  In closing this
chapter, we will add another statement to our syllabus:--

     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.

     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 to all that may tend to shake his purpose, dim
his vision, or quench his faith.

     That he may receive what he wants when it comes, man must act NOW
upon the people and things in his present environment.

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