GREAT Morning Beloved!
“Spiritual Economics – The Truth About Substance”
Welcome to our Fall Series! If you have not read Eric Butterworth’s “Spiritual Economics – The Principles and Process of True Prosperity,” you are in for a treat. And you just might want to borrow the book after we complete the series, to read it again, or read along, even better!
Because, as with many great books, they are filled with wisdom that comes true again and again and again.
Spiritual Economics is one of several wonderful books written by Eric Butterworth. Born in Winnipeg, Canada but raised in Southern California, Eric actually followed his Mother into the Unity Ministry. His ministry attendance totaled in the thousands in both Detroit and New York.
He earned high respect for his delivery of universal spiritual ideas. His teaching focused on the divinity of all people, and his desire was that everyone would know their oneness with God.
Get that…UNIVERSAL. That means it’s for everyone. Simple.
SO, this series is for everyone.
We each have an inner urge to live life to its fullest and to share that fullness with others. This book gives us steps to achieve that fullness of life. It’s not necessarily about accumulating ‘things’, as you will learn.
Eric has coined the term ‘wealthful’ to mean “relating to the things that make for a personal experience of wealth.”
And why do we need a new term? To help us turn away from lack, and layoffs and limitations and instead turn our attention toward the omnipresence of universal substance. It is everywhere through all of nature and through the endless flow of creative ideas coming forth from our minds in moments of inspiration.
Are you still in the belief that godliness goes hand in hand with poverty? Lack & limitation go against the Laws of the Universe. The Universe is unlimited. We have not tapped into that Source.
What Charles Fillmore believed is we are ‘frustrating our potential’ when we live lives poor and limited. We believe that it’s all about bad luck. Really!
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well.” Matthew 6:33
SO, how many of us have done that?
Yeah, right. What are we waiting for?
‘We must begin to face the possibility that financial problems may be the outer manifestation of inner states of consciousness. A great idea whos time has come is that there is no such thing as a purely financial problem unrelated to false attitudes and emotions which caused it or a healthy attitude or emotion which can cure it.”
We have to declare independence from those beliefs that tie our personal welfare to the world ‘out there.
The free flow of substance can only be dammed up from within.
No one can keep your good from you but you.
“Affluence’ means ‘an abundant flow’, not ‘stuff’, ‘things’. And ‘wealth’ originally meant ‘’well-being’.
‘Prosperity’ originally meant ‘according to hope’ or ‘to go forward.’ Nothing like we mean it today. So, broadly interpreted, prosperity is ‘spiritual well-being.’ That is the whole experience of healing life, satisfying love, abiding peace, harmony, and sufficiency.
Butterworth reminds us, “It is consciousness that sets all the limits of life.”
But now we know that life is lived from within-out. So, our starting point in realizing prosperity is accepting responsibility for our own thoughts.
Take charge of your own life.
Eliminate “I can’t,” “I won’t,” and “There’s not enough” from your consciousness.
Talk and think only positive things.
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think on these things.” Philippians 4:8
All that is required is that you keep yourself centered in the creative flow, in tune through positive thoughts.
Here’s another term for you – religion’s root word means ‘bind together.’ So, unity, wholeness, oneness.
Unfortunately, it’s become something to join rather than a transcendence experience.
And H. Emily Cady tells us, in “Lessons in Truth”; “God is not a being with qualities or attributes but is the good itself coming into expression as life, love, power, wisdom.”
This is telling us that God is not loving, but the allness of love. God is not a dispenser of divine substance, but the allness of ever-present substance in which we live, and move, and have being.
And this is the subtle but vitally important key which the entire structure of spiritual economics rests.
The term ‘substance’ comes from Latin which means ‘stand under’. There is a substance standing under everything.
This is not the component parts of a thing, but the nonmaterial essence at the root of everything…the space between where a force field holds the particles.
Relating to God and us, we are not just acted upon by God, but we are the activity of God expressing as us.
In our Tuesday class, we have learned that we live in two worlds. The world of our 5 senses, of either or, of love and evil, of lack and wealth, of health and illness.
But we also live in the Universe, the realm of consistency and stability of basic substances that stands beneath every human experience.
In that Universe, God doesn’t come and go; God is present at every point in space at the same time. “There is no spot where God is not.”
The Truth is, despite the appearance of lack in every area, “there is an infinite and eternal energy from which all things proceed.”
When we keep conscious of the Divine flow, substance will find expression through us as “creative ideas, ingenuity, the will to work, and a security of work opportunities.”
And, as the Quakers say, “When you pray, move your feet.”
Know that God can do no more for you than God can do through you.
And it follows that things may happen around you, things may happen to you, but the only things which really count are the things that happen in you.
The sum total of your thought is your consciousness. We need to control what goes into our minds. WE must take responsibility for our lives.
By your thinking, you are either adding to your good or you are taking away from it.
This is the Law. Failure or lack in your life is simply the result of continuously ‘minus-ing’ yourself.
Conversely, success and prosperity are the results of ‘plus-ing’ yourself.
Negative thoughts of worry and fear are depleting your good. And positive, optimistic thoughts add to your good.
Whatever your needs may be, the answer is to uncover and release our ‘imprisoned splendor.’ When we deal with changeless law, your faith is the key to the kingdom of the power within you.
There are no miracles in an orderly Universe. All things are possible under Divine Law.
And there is no such thing as luck in an orderly and Divine Universe. There is no way in which one can get something for nothing.
There is only one way in which you can change your ‘luck’ and that is by altering your thoughts.