On the Road to Riches
At long last, here we are ready to roll into chapter 4, hands on the wheel, foot on the gas, read to GO! Chapter Four, The FIRST PRINCIPLE.
What is the first Pinciple? Thought. Thought! I love it!
"Thought is the only power that can produce tangible riches from the Formless Energy."
Take that, all you people who have told me, with an expressive roll of your eyes, “Oh Elaine! You think too much.” Frankly, I doubt that it's even possible to “think too much.” Too-much-ness isn’t the issue. Say, if you will, that my thinking has often failed to serve me, and I’d agree completely .
Do I sometimes think inefficiently? For sure.
Do I fail to think things all the way through? Yes, I fear so.
Do I sometimes put my mind in gear without a sufficient supply of information to fuel it? Yes indeed, guilty as charged.
But thinking too much? How could that even be possible? How? It seems to me that thinking is the human mind’s full-time occupation, as breathing is a full-time occupation for our lungs, or pumping blood for our heart. We are thinking beings, full-time. Is 24/7 too much? Our minds are designed to rattle on along even while we're sleeping, except for our brief dips into non-dreaming sleep. I can't think that's too much.
Why We Do All This Mental Exercise
Thinking, The Science of Getting Rich tells us, is the generative force behind all creations. It's inarguably the underlying reason behind all that we humans have invented. First, we come up with an idea, for example, “I wonder how I could make a light bulb?” Or before that, “What if I cut a hole in the middle of this disc and put a stick through the middle of it ... I think I’ll call this weird thing a wheel.”
Tables, shirts, buttons and rocket ships, they all began as a thought in a fertile human mind. Ah, but there IS a tricky part here:
Not ALL thoughts become things. For one thing, many are pipe-dreams that fizzle out like a puff of smoke, dissipated into nothingness. Others, like seeds that fall on inhospitable ground, start to manifest as things but never come to fruition. (Alackaday, I've had a lot of those sorts of thoughts.)
Moreover, a great many thoughts end up as an unrecognisable something that's a far cry from the initial idea. Example: That dinner I made last night? I had a thought: I'll braise the carrots lightly in olive oil and butter, add a pinch of thyme and a dash of celery salt, then the celery and peas - yummy! What I put on the table: lightly burnt vegies. Again.
Sorry, m'dears, I started thinking of something else while I was cooking, and this is what was produced.
When thinking doesn't work
If “Thought is the only power that can produce tangible riches from the Formless Energy,” our book says, so why hasn’t my thought produced any?
There’s the rub! That’s the uncomfortable mystery.
I suppose it’s a bit like when I learned to drive: My Dad explained at great length how to use the choke (it was 1960; the truck was old even then) and how to work the clutch. After several false starts, I got the engine ‘turning over’. Slowly, very slowly, I lifted my foot gently off on the clutch and exerted a very tender pressure on the accelerator, and ...
The truck lurches forward!
The engine gives an exasperated cough, and stalls out. Dad barks. I try again.
Kind of like that. Vehicles can be driven, thought can produce tangible riches, ...and, I’ve got a lot to learn. Thanks for sharing the journey with me.
All the Best Always, Elaine