The Right To Be Rich

One of my favorite books on manifestation is The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles.  I’m in the process of re-reading it again (probably my 12th read).  As I opened the book today to the first chapter, “The Right To Be Rich,” I’m opened once again to the gentleness and loving-ness of the universe.

While Wallace doesn’t talk about it this way — as a gentle and loving universe — that’s what I take from my read this morning.

Basically, what Wallace is saying is that each of us, ALL of us (including YOU and ME), has the right to receive whatever we want — including wealth. We were born with that right.  We don’t need to earn our way to what we want.  What we want is what the universe (or Spirit or God) wants you and me to have.

The first time I read “The Science of Getting Rich,” I sat with this first chapter literally for weeks, reading it over and over again.  The mere thought of what he was saying rang out to me like a long lost truth — like words that I knew were true, but that I’d never heard spoken aloud.  Like a song that I couldn’t get out of my mind, I set the first chapter on repeat. It felt like a rejoicing.  An exuberant relief to hear these words again and again.

I suppose this is because piled up over this powerful, deeper truth that “I am supposed to have it all,” were years and years of muckity-muck. Years of NOT having what I want (or that’s how I viewed it anyway).  Years of struggle. Years of pain.

Years of voices (ultimately, my own) telling me things like…

  • You can’t have it all
  • Only the “special” get to have it all
  • Wealth and abundance is not mine —  I wasn’t born with it, so I am not allowed to have it
  • I will somehow dishonor my family if I have more than they do
  • Who do I think I am, anyway?
  • I have to work endlessly hard to have what I want — in order to deserve what I want
  • I have to hold on to what I have, as it will disappear soon
  • Wanting is bad
  • Martyrdom is good
  • I am selfish to want so much
  • I should be happy with what I have
  • I am a big complainer to want more
  • And on, and on, and on…

So when I read Wallace’s words below, I was shocked by the radical — yet TRUE  and OBVIOUS — nature of what he was saying…

“There is nothing wrong in wanting to get rich.  The desire for riches is really the desire for a richer, fuller, and more abundant life; and that desire is praise worthy. The man who does not desire to live more abundantly is abnormal, and so the man who does not desire to have money enough to buy all he wants is abnormal.”

I’ve read this passage probably 100 times or more. Digesting it.  Wishing it.  Wanting to believe it could be true.  Wanting to believe that I’m not bad for wanting wealth.

It turned all my messages that “wanting is bad” and “struggling is good” on it’s side!  At the same time, it points out the glaringly obvious mythology about wealth that so many of us buy into…

In stark white light,

Wallace points out how ridiculous it is — how illogical it is —

to make ourselves WRONG for our wants.

It serves no one.  Least of all our Selves.

By opening ourselves to receive wealth, abundance, love, and comfort, we allow ourselves to explore ourselves and our lives.  We allow ourselves to experience new possibilities, travel to eye-opening places, learn from the masters, and care for our bodies.  We allow ourselves to grow, transform, and evolve into higher-frequency beings filled with inner and outer riches.

What could be wrong with that?

(Are you hearing some kind of arguing voice in your mind? A voice clamoring why money isn’t necessary, wealth isn’t needed, or these desires are trivial? Write down the words of that voice, as it will expose the answer to a question I’ll answer to you a little later.)

When we are stuck in poverty, unable to pay the bills, worried about losing a client, or avoiding the dentist in fear of the bills — we deplete our life force. We divert our energy and attention from expanding our consciousness.

In our commitment to poverty (and I have learned that most people, including myself, committed to poverty or starvation in one way or another at a very young age), we keep our energy low. Our vibration hums at a level of barely surviving.  This vibration impacts everything and everyone we touch.  It restricts and limits not only ourselves, but the planet.

By staying committed to poverty and starvation, we tip our hat to war, genocide, sickness, and environmental decline. Think I’m being dramatic??  While you may not take food away from children in the projects, or shoot a gun at our enemy, or overtly pollute the air — your choice to live in struggle, in poverty, in starvation is an energetic reinforcement of all these things.

You might say — I’m not committed to poverty!”

I would challenge you here today NOT to see how you are NOT committed to poverty, but how you ARE. Seeing how you ARE committed to poverty will expose and open territory of freedom and love. (Or is wanting these things bad too??)

Seeing how you are NOT committed to poverty, gives you nothing. But more of the same.  And that’s fine.  If you want nothing to change.  Nothing to improve.  Stop reading right now and go about your business.

But seeing how you ARE committed to poverty can change everything! If you are willing to bust yourself — and bust OPEN your life — if you are willing to see where starvation lives… you open yourself to the love and gentleness of the universe who wants you to have it ALL.

Here’s how you find out where you’re committed to poverty… Ask yourself this question…

Where do you judge yourself for wanting more?

Maybe for you…

…it’s bad to want nice things (cars, houses, clothing, etc.)

…it’s bad to give yourself physical pleasure (massage, manicures, body treatments, healings, sex, touch, affection, etc.)

…it’s bad to invest in your joy (hobbies, self expression, playing)

…it’s bad to invest in your success (books, trainings, coaching, classes, etc.)

…it’s bad to pay for help (employees, house keepers, nannies, personal assistants, service providers, etc.)

…it’s bad to ask for help (spouse, children, family, friends, strangers, etc.)

…it’s bad to relax (vacation, time off, travel, sleep, nap, watch television, do nothing, etc.)

…etc., etc., etc.

Wallace goes on to say at the close of the first chapter…

It is perfectly right that you should desire to be rich; if you are a normal man or woman you  cannot help doing so.  It is perfectly right that you should give your best attention to the Science of Getting Rich, for it is the noblest and most necessary of all studies. If you neglect this study, you are derelict in your duty to yourself, to God and humanity; for you can render to God and humanity no greater service than to make the most of yourself.”

I love that… “noblest and most necessary of all studies…” — Now THAT is a re-frame if there ever was one…

And it stands only to reason, that we can’t receive what we don’t believe we can have — or don’t believe we are worthy to have. That’s what makes this first chapter so powerful.  It enables us to expose the limited thinking that tells us, “wanting is bad,” so we can give it up.

When we align with the thought that “wanting is good,” we are backed by the power of the gentle and loving universe.

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