If you should ever find yourself in a situation Where you have to swallow three large frogs,
It is best to swallow the biggest one first.
Kind of revolting, isn't it? I heard it years ago from prosperity guru Stretton Smith,who called it a 'west Texas saying', which I can well believe. Revolting as the metaphor may be, I do think thereis some truth in it. The others are sure to be easier after the big ‘un's down, right? This froggy metaphor was on my mind as I finished up Chapter Three of our Science of Getting Rich this week. I had a hard time swallowing a number of the concepts in this chapter. For example:
I was puzzled by this: Since things have changed so much since The Science was written in 1910, are there still wealth-opportunities today? What about in the future? If so, what are they? (Feb. 16)
Next, I baulked at the claim that there’s opportunity available for everyone, regardless of our circumstances, backgrounds, training, etc. Really, Mr. Wattles???(Feb. 24).
This week, I've had some trouble with the idea that the Underlying Energy of All and Everything(my phrase) is "Intelligent", as the author claims.
Perhaps it's because I think of Intelligence as a strictly human attribute - intellectualism, if you will. Attributing this sort of intelligence to the underlying energy of the universe smacks of mistaking that energy for some sort of God, a “Grand Old Deity”. That Grand Old Deity inherently includes the idea that there also exists a something which is not said Diety. Universal Energy, on the other hand, is ALL. That’s it, that's all there is, there ain't nuttin' else. All of which is a fine and dandy argument, and ...
...One that gets me exactly nowhere! fudge.
It's no help at all with this business of swallowing Wattle’s premise of this Energy as “intelligent”. That being the case, let’s see if I can come up with a diffeent way of seeing this little ol’ froggie. I got to get myself wrapped around it somehow! Hmm ... Let's try this: Let's say that Intelligence is a human attribute in the same way that maternal love, for example, is an attribute of most critters *. It IS, but no one would say that because animal mothers love their offspring, humans don’t. That's pretty much the equivalent of my saying that human intelligence precludes Universal-Intellige. I'm going to say instead that while humans are intelligent, Universal energy is - gosh, maybe even more intelligent! Now there's a thought!
*NOTE: I am well aware that the above is arguable. My purpose, however, is not to convince YOU, but to convince ME. I’m making a case for Wattles’ idea of an intelligent, ‘thinking’ energy, a case that will convince me to accept his perceptions at least for the duration of this year’s studies.
Here we are at last, at the end of Chapter 3. The frogs are all gone. We can move on.
Just before we do, however, I have to say that I love the final paragraphs of the Chapter. This Intelligent, Universal Energy, we learn, uses its intelligence to invent and create new forms, as an artist might use her intelligence to make a painting, or a mechanic use his to make a new configuration of a machine. This Energy is an ever-expansive, ever-creative supplier of resources which are available for our use IF we are skilled enough to use them - and Wattles promises to teach us the necessary skills. Got it! Got it, and I'm so ready to dive into Chapter Four, "The First Principle". Are you as excited as I am about finally finishing all the preliminaries? NOW, we'll begin to learn how to apply this Science. Bring it on! See you here next week. Until then,