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How to Think, How to Talk, and How to Attract Money: A Partial Book Review of The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace Wattles

Review and Commentary by Michael Laughrin,

This is an ambitious-looking title, but I will try to give you, the reader, the simple metaphysical rules, as I understand them, relating to prosperity and money.

The universe is made of unseen Mind-stuff, which I will call the Absolute. This mindstuff can be molded into any thing that one may want—a candy bar, a Lexus, a helicopter. "How," you may say? Here we come to Desire and how to desire. The books I have read seem to say that one should clearly want a thing, in a steady, easy way, for 100 days. Now, I know, some people are obsessive-compulsives and they still don't get what they want. I believe that one should meditate every day, pray every day, tithe every week, and do some yagyas (in some form or another) if one can. These actions may be said to be the prerequisites to getting what you want. Then what?

  1. Think about what you want. This seems to work best if you focus on one thing at a time.
  2. Do not think about what you do not want. Let the dirty water of unresolved emotions pass under the bridge of the intellect.
  3. Read "The Science of Getting Rich" or another uplifting metaphysical prosperity manual (such as Katherine Ponder's books) for at least 5 minutes each day.
  4. Be easy about this process. Enjoy life. Be here now while you are desiring for the future.
As far as talking is concerned, it is similar to the thinking part, except that more emphasis is placed on what NOT to say. Do not complain. Do not curse. Develop a positive mental attitude and express it in your words. The world is filled with millions of wonderful things—the rivers, the trees, cars, Nature, art, etc. The wonders of Life are endless and the miseries are few. Focus on the glories of God's creation - at least, most of the time.

In your speech (and in life in general), give more than you get. Praise more than finding fault. Tell jokes—if the people who hear your jokes like them. Be uplifting. Be lighthearted. Everybody gets tired of a sad sack. However, do NOT be a mood- maker who acts like a king while living like a pauper.

This is where affirmations and denials come in. An example of an affirmation is: "Thank you, God, for the $2 million I need to do XYZ deal NOW." A good example of a metaphysical denial would be: "There is nothing in the Universe that can stand between me and my prosperity NOW." A note on denials: many students of metaphysics are quite familiar with affirmations and use them accurately, but not many are as familiar with denials. If you have fixed ideas that are interfering with your happiness or prosperity, you need Denials more than Affirmations. Denials will tend to break up your old, calcified notions that are getting in the way of you getting what you want. For a more thorough explanation of Affirmations and Denials, read "Lessons in Truth" by Emilie Cady.

This pretty much covers what I wanted to say in this article. Simple? You bet. Easy? It often seems very hard at first. Do I walk my talk? Pretty well, at least as far as money is concerned. Another book, The Seven Day Mental Diet, says that if one can go seven days without any complaining or negative talk whatsoever, then it is as if one has permanently cut the negative tapes that seem to be running through one's mind.

What does all this have to do with astrology? Nothing! But many of my clients have brought up these issues with me and therefore I offer these classic metaphysical ideas as possible aids in our search for health, wealth, happiness and Enlightenment.

Getting the book: The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace Wattles is a small book available from Or, you can get the book as a PDF for free (and print it on your printer if desired) at

Review (c) copyright 2007 Michael Laughrin.

From the June/July 2007 issue of Michael Laughrin's North American Jyotish Newsletter. Click to subscribe to this free Jyotish newsletter.

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