YOU must get rid of the last vestige of the old idea that there is a Deity whose will
it is that you should be poor, or whose purposes may be served by keeping you in
The Intelligent Substance which is All, and in All, and which lives in All and lives
in you, is a consciously Living Substance. Being a consciously living substance, it
must have the nature and inherent desire of every living intelligence for increase
of life. Every living thing must continually seek for the enlargement of its life,
because life, in the mere act of living, must increase itself.
A seed, dropped into the ground, springs into activity, and in the act of living pro-
duces a hundred more seeds; life, by living, multiplies itself. It is forever Becom-
ing More; it must do so, if it continues to be at all.
Intelligence is under this same necessity for continuous increase. Every thought
we think makes it necessary for us to think another thought; consciousness is con-
tinually expanding. Every fact we learn leads us to the learning of another fact;
knowledge is continually increasing. Every talent we cultivate brings to the mind
the desire to cultivate another talent; we are subject to the urge of life, seeking
expression, which ever drives us on to know more, to do more, and to be more.
In order to know more, do more, and be more we must have more; we must have
things to use, for we learn, and do, and become, only by using things. We must get
rich, so that we can live more.
The desire for riches is simply the capacity for larger life seeking fulfillment; every
desire is the effort of an unexpressed possibility to come into action. It is power
seeking to manifest which causes desire. That which makes you want more money
is the same as that which makes the plant grow; it is Life, seeking fuller expres-
The One Living Substance must be subject to this inherent law of all life; it is
permeated with the desire to live more; that is why it is under the necessity of
The One Substance desires to live more in you; hence it wants you to have all the
things you can use.
It is the desire of God that you should get rich. He wants you to get rich because
he can express himself better through you if you have plenty of things to use in
giving him expression. He can live more in you if you have unlimited command
of the means of life.
The universe desires you to have everything you want to have.
Nature is friendly to your plans.
Everything is naturally for you.
Make up your mind that this is true.
It is essential, however that your purpose should harmonize with the pur-
pose that is in All.
You must want real life, not mere pleasure of sensual gratification. Life is the per-
formance of function; and the individual really lives only when he performs every
function, physical, mental, and spiritual, of which he is capable, without excess
You do not want to get rich in order to live swinishly, for the gratification of ani-
mal desires; that is not life. But the performance of every physical function is a
part of life, and no one lives completely who denies the impulses of the body a
normal and healthful expression.
You do not want to get rich solely to enjoy mental pleasures, to get knowledge, to
gratify ambition, to outshine others, to be famous. All these are a legitimate part
of life, but the man who lives for the pleasures of the intellect alone will only have
a partial life, and he will never be satisfied with his lot.
You do not want to get rich solely for the good of others, to lose yourself for the
salvation of mankind, to experience the joys of philanthropy and sacrifice. The
joys of the soul are only a part of life; and they are no better or nobler than any
You want to get rich in order that you may eat, drink, and be merry when it is time
to do these things; in order that you may surround yourself with beautiful things,
see distant lands, feed your mind, and develop your intellect; in order that you
may love men and do kind things, and be able to play a good part in helping the
world to find truth.
But remember that extreme altruism is no better and no nobler than extreme
selfishness; both are mistakes.
Get rid of the idea that God wants you to sacrifice yourself for others, and that you
can secure his favor by doing so; God requires nothing of the kind.
What he wants is that you should make the most of yourself, for yourself, and for
others; and you can help others more by making the most of yourself
than in any other way.
You can make the most of yourself only by getting rich; so it is right and praise-
worthy that you should give your first and best thought to the work of acquiring
Remember, however, that the desire of Substance is for all, and its movements
must be for more life to all; it cannot be made to work for less life to any, because
it is equally in all, seeking riches and life.
Intelligent Substance will make things for you, but it will not take things away
from some one else and give them to you.
You must get rid of the thought of competition. You are to create, not to compete
for what is already created.
You do not have to take anything away from any one.
You do not have to drive sharp bargains.
You do not have to cheat, or to take advantage. You do not need to let any man
work for you for less than he earns.
You do not have to covet the property of others, or to look at it with wishful eyes;
no man has anything of which you cannot have the like, and that without taking
what he has away from him.
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.
I am aware that there are men who get a vast amount of money by proceeding in
direct opposition to the statements in the paragraph above, and may add a word
of explanation here. Men of the plutocratic type, who become very rich, do so
sometimes purely by their extraordinary ability on the plane of competition; and
sometimes they unconsciously relate themselves to Substance in its great pur-
poses and movements for the general racial upbuilding through industrial evolu-
tion. Rockefeller, Carnegie, Morgan, et al., have been the unconscious agents of
the Supreme in the necessary work of systematizing and organizing productive
industry; and in the end, their work will contribute immensely toward increased
life for all. Their day is nearly over; they have organized production, and will
soon be succeeded by the agents of the multitude, who will organize
the machinery of distribution.
The multi-millionaires are like the monster reptiles of the prehistoric eras; they
play a necessary part in the evolutionary process, but the same Power which pro-
duced them will dispose of them. And it is well to bear in mind that they have
never been really rich; a record of the private lives of most of this class will show
that they have really been the most abject and wretched of the poor.
Riches secured on the competitive plane are never satisfactory and permanent;
they are yours today, and another’s tomorrow. Remember, if you are to become
rich in a scientific and certain way, you must rise entirely out of the competitive
thought. You must never think for a moment that the supply is limited. Just as
soon as you begin to think that all the money is being „cornered” and controlled
by bankers and others, and that you must exert yourself to get laws passed to stop
this process, and so on; in that moment you drop into the competitive mind, and
your power to cause creation is gone for the time being; and what is worse, you
will probably arrest the creative movements you have already instituted.
KNOW that there are countless millions of dollars’ worth of gold in the moun-
tains of the earth, not yet brought to light; and know that if there were not, more
would be created from Thinking Substance to supply your needs.
KNOW that the money you need will come, even if it is necessary for a thousand
men to be led to the discovery of new gold mines to-morrow.
Never look at the visible supply; look always at the limitless riches in
Formless Substance, and KNOW that they are coming to you as fast as
you can receive and use them. Nobody, by cornering the visible supply, can
prevent you from getting what is yours.
So never allow yourself to think for an instant that all the best building spots will
be taken before you get ready to build your house, unless you hurry. Never worry
about the trusts and combines, and get anxious for fear they will soon come to
own the whole earth. Never get afraid that you will lose what you want because
some other person „beats you to it.” That cannot possibly happen; you are not
seeking any thing that is possessed by anybody else; you are causing what you
want to be created from formless Substance, and the supply is without limits.
Stick to the formulated statement:
There is a thinking stuff from which all things are made, and which,
in its original state, permeates, penetrates, and fills the interspaces of
A thought, in this substance, produces the thing that is imaged by the
Man can form things in his thought, and, by impressing his thought
upon formless substance, can cause the thing he thinks about to be