his 1910 classic "The Science of Getting Rich" Wallace D.
Wattles made this bold statement: "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
help the poor, demonstrate to them that they can become rich; prove it
by getting rich yourself."
the surface mind this may seem harsh or cold-hearted but I believe Mr.
Wattles meant it to be just the opposite. He is speaking to the
development of consciousness. The person who relies on charity
or the kindness of others is surely to habituate a weakness in their
consciousness that will perpetuate dependency in their lives.
This is especially important, I believe when it comes to children for
"charity" imposes upon their minds a sense of helplessness
and the beginning of the development of a poverty consciousness.
And by "charity" Mr. Wattles and I both mean the giving of
something to someone without an expectation of any effort or action on
their part other than to accept that which is given to
us would want to give to unworthy causes or to people who use what we
give to abuse themselves or others. Mr. Wattles also wrote
this: "Do not spend your time in
charitable work, or charity movements; all charity only tends to
perpetuate the wretchedness it aims to eradicate."
And this we can see in the world today just as he saw it in
1910. Charities have expanded dramatically in our world.
And in many cases instead of promoting even a sense of gratitude it
has fostered a sense of false-entitlement. There are ways to help
people without diminishing their consciousness or inherent
dignity. An excellent example is Goodwill, which was founded in
1902 in Boston by Rev. Edgar J. Helms, a Methodist minister and early
social innovator. Helms collected used household goods and clothing in
wealthier areas of the city, then trained and hired those who were
poor to mend and repair the used goods. The goods were then resold or
were given to the people who repaired them. The system worked, and the
Goodwill philosophy of “a hand up, not a hand out” was born.
It is this "hand up" philosophy that has inspired countless
numbers of people to rise above their circumstances into something
greater. Organizations that provide education or healthcare
follow this "hand up" philosophy.
Robert Bitzer who founded the Hollywood Church of R.S. stressed to his
congregation that giving to a church was not a "charitable
contribution" as the church is a "non-profit" not a
charity. His church was paid for, including the remodeling and
additions, within eight years and when he passed from this life his
church was one of the most prosperous of all churches in
Hollywood. The word "charity" carries with it an
atmosphere of diminished good and the inability to be self-reliant,
both which contradict the teachings of the science of mind and the
philosophy of the Master Mind Jesus. The person who gives with
the thought of "charity" may feel a boost to their own ego
but there is no principle involved that increases the permanency of
good for both the giver and the receiver.
Money and wealth have been falsely identified by religious dogma as
something far different than that which was stated in the ancient
wisdom, including the Gospels. The Master Mind Jesus gave us the
principle of prosperity in his "parable of the talents" and
the mystics before him gave us their insight into the value of
prosperity thinking: from the ancient wisdom Ecclesiastes
feast is made for laughter, wine makes life merry, and money is the
answer for everything. Do not revile the king even in your thoughts,
or curse the rich in your bedroom, because a bird in the sky may carry
your words, and a bird on the wing may report what you say.” King
be enjoyed and necessary but also tells us not to talk against wealth
and prestige. This is a teaching of consciousness for what we
accept in consciousness manifests in our experience whether we believe
it about ourselves or someone else. There are people who live
their entire lives believing that other people have money and they
don't ... and so they don't. A prosperity consciousness is not
inherited. It is developed through thought, belief and
action. We can control all three with the power of our mind.
Let us bring into our mind that money and happiness go
hand-in-hand, two sides of the same coin so to speak. We
have all heard the expression "money doesn't buy happiness"
... well, poverty doesn't either ... and let us keep this straight in
our mind every day in all things that concern us ...
"dinero, money, felicidad, happiness" in every language,
let's see money and happiness as ours! Please read and
re-read this spiritual affirmation gifted to us by the American Mystic
Ernest Holmes until the thought of financial lack is loosed from your
mind: "My knowledge that the great I
Am is ever available gives me an increasing capacity to draw upon It
and to become inwardly aware of the presence of the Spirit.
Through the quiet contemplation of the
omni-action of Spirit, I learn to look quietly and calmly upon every
false condition, seeing through it to the other side of the invisible
Reality which molds conditions and recreates all of my affairs after a
more nearly Divine pattern.
With a penetrating spiritual vision I
can dissipate the obstruction, remove the obstacle, dissolve the wrong
Standing still, I can watch the
sure salvation of the Law.
I now claim health instead
of sickness, wealth instead of poverty, happiness instead of misery.
Every thought of fear or
limitation is removed from my consciousness.
I know that my word
transmutes every energy into constructive action, producing health,
harmony, happiness and success.
I know there is something
at the center of my being which is absolutely certain of itself.
It has complete assurance
and it gives me complete assurance that all is well.
I maintain my position as a
Divine Being here and now.
I know that in this
consciousness of Reality is the supply for my every need - physical,
mental or spiritual - and I accept that supply in deepest gratitude.
I am thankful that
this is the way Life fulfills my needs, through the doorway of my
inner self, and I am thankful that I know how to use this perfect Law.
I come to this
great Fountain of Supply, in the very center of my being, to absorb
that for which I have need, mentally and physically, and I am filled
with the sense of the Reality of that which I desire.
As I am filled
with Reality I permit It to flow into my world of thought and action,
knowing that It brings peace, harmony and order all around me.
within me limitless faith in the unconquerable Presence, the perfect
Law, and Divine Action."
SO IT IS!
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