The laws of the universe are set and you can fight them or you can work with them. If you fight them, you will lose. If you know how to work with them, you will win.
Gravity is easy to predict. You step off of a two-story balcony, you will fall every time. There is no need to fight against it, or you will simply keep breaking your legs. Financial and personal success are the same.
I believe that God is so organized that He set laws and processes into place from the beginning upon which all things are predicated. Any time we follow the laws and processes he put into place, we receive the benefit He desired when He set that law into motion.
Gratitude is a spiritual law that most people forget. Lack of gratitude is also one of the main stumbling blocks to your success going forward. Wallace Wattles’ masterpiece gives us insight into why gratitude is so important in the Science of Getting Rich. Many of my thoughts below were taken or inspired from this great book along with my own personal spiritual beliefs.
The first step toward receiving spiritual wealth and temporal necessities is to convey the idea of your needs to God using the power of the Spirit in grateful prayer.
In order to do so it becomes necessary to relate yourself to God through prayer in a harmonious way.
It is easy to understand that the nearer we live to the source of spiritual and temporal wealth, the more wealth we shall receive; and it is easy also to understand that the soul that is always grateful lives in closer touch with God than the one which never looks to Him in thankful acknowledgment.
The more gratefully we fix our minds on the Supreme when good things come to us, the more good things we will receive, and the more rapidly they will come; and the reason simply is that the mental attitude of gratitude draws the mind into closer touch with the source from which the blessings come.
If it is a new thought to you that gratitude brings your whole mind into closer harmony with the creative energies of God, consider it well, and you will see that it is true. The good things you already have come to you along the line of obedience to certain laws. Gratitude will lead your mind out along the ways by which things come; and it will keep you in close harmony with creative thought and prevent you from falling into competitive thought.
Gratitude alone can keep you looking toward the All, and prevent you from falling into the error of thinking of the supply as limited; and to do that would be fatal to your hopes.
The grateful outreaching of your mind in thankful praise to the Supreme is a liberation or expenditure of force; it cannot fail to reach that to which it is addressed, and the reaction is an instantaneous movement toward you.
“Draw nigh unto God, and He will draw nigh unto you.” That is a statement of psychological truth.
And if your gratitude is strong and constant, the reaction to the laws created by God will be strong and continuous; the movement of the things you want will be always toward you. Notice the grateful attitude that Jesus took; how He always seems to be saying, “I thank Thee, Father, that Thou hearest me.” You cannot exercise much power without gratitude; for it is gratitude that keeps you connected with Power.
But the value of gratitude does not consist solely in getting you more blessings in the future. Without gratitude you cannot long keep from dissatisfied thought regarding things as they are.
The moment you permit your mind to dwell with dissatisfaction upon things as they are, you begin to lose ground. You fix attention upon the common, the ordinary, the poor, and the squalid and mean; and your mind takes the form of these things. Then you will transmit these forms or mental images which result will be the common, the poor, the squalid, and mean will come to you.
To permit your mind to dwell upon the inferior is to become inferior and to surround yourself with inferior things. On the other hand, to fix your attention on the best is to surround yourself with the best, and to become the best.
The Creative Power within us makes us into the image of that to which we give our attention.
God creates. We are Godlike beings when we are empowered with creative powers, and as creative beings we always take the form of that which we think about.
Also, faith is born of gratitude. The grateful mind continually expects good things, and expectation becomes faith. The reaction of gratitude upon one’s own mind produces faith; and every outgoing wave of grateful thanksgiving increases faith. He who has no feeling of gratitude cannot long retain a living faith; and without a living faith you cannot receive eternal and material wealth by the creative method, as we shall see in the following chapters. It is necessary, then, to cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you; and to give thanks continuously.