How Is Your Prosperity Attitude?
By Eric Butterworth
Charles Fillmore shocked the religious establishment of his day (and ours) when he said, “It is a sin to be poor!”
He wasn't referring to moral turpitude, but rather to “the frustration of potentiality.” He believed and taught that, when we establish ourselves in the consciousness of God, the whole Universe moves to flow into us with its abundance of life and substance. This is obviously what Jesus had in mind when he said, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well.” (Matthew 6:33)
It has been commonly assumed that in times of economic reverses we are all victims of a strange malaise about which there is little that can be done other than to wait and see. However, the study of the laws of spiritual economics reveals that there is much we can do, personally for ourselves, and in concert for our country and our world.
The belief is all too common that financial limitation is simply a quirk of bad luck (“I have been down on my luck lately”) or the result of the capricious will of God. So the average person may hope for better things, and he may even try to change his luck by playing the lottery. He may also fantasize about happy and abundant living. But he will make little or no attempt to be other than what he believes himself to be—and financial limitation is part of what he believes himself to be. …
Let me make it clear at the outset that I am in complete disagreement with the emphasis in the metaphysical movement on money and things as the object of the study and practice of Truth. I agree with John Ruskin who said: What right have you to take the word wealth, which originally meant “well-being,” and degrade and narrow it by confining it to certain sorts of material objects measured by money ….
The word prosperity comes from the Latin root which literally translates: “according to hope,” or “to go forward hopefully.” Thus, it is not so much a condition in life as it is an attitude toward life. The truly prosperous person is what Rollo May calls the fully functioning person, one who is experiencing what Jesus calls the life more abundant. …
Considered in the broadest sense, prosperity is “spiritual well-being.” This involves the whole experience of healing life, satisfying love, abiding peace and harmony, as well as a sufficiency of what Aristotle called the furniture of fortune. Too often the tendency is for teacher and student to become so preoccupied with the demonstration of jobs and bank accounts as to forget that the person is a whole creature in a whole Universe. While in this work we are focusing on spiritual economics, we are forever conscious of a backdrop of spiritual ecology, the Truth that sets us free form all the problems of human experience.
It is consciousness that sets all the limits in life, if there are any limits. We have been erroneously conditioned to believe that our lives are completely shaped by what happens around us and to us. But life is lived from within-out. It is not what happens “out there,” but what we do or think about what happens.
The starting point in realizing prosperity is to accept responsibility for your own thoughts; thus, taking charge of your life. You are not responsible for what is said in The Wall Street Journal®, or what comes out of Washington in the form of economic indicators; but you are very much responsible for what you think about these things. You cannot afford to let the so-called experts decide how you are going to think and feel. For how you think and feel about the economy in general and your financial affairs in particular will unvaryingly determine what you experience.
You will want to make a commitment to get yourself and keep yourself in the positive stream of life. Refuse to indulge in casual conversation about the bad economy, the high cost of living, or about anything you really do not want to say “yes” to. Eliminate such thoughts as I can't; I'm afraid; and There is not enough, from your consciousness. Talk only about the things you want to see live and grow. Keep your thoughts centered in the idea of abundance, sufficiency and well-being. And occasionally give yourself a consciousness booster by affirming something like: God is my instant, constant and abundant source of supply.
This article is excerpted from the introduction of Eric Butterworth's classic Unity book, Spiritual Economics: The Principles and Process of True Prosperity
, published by Unity House®. This book has helped thousands of people shift their perception of money and begin to see true prosperity in their lives.
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