is often described as being poor, without a place to lay His head.
But He was welcomed into the homes of both the rich and poor all over
Palestine. He dressed as a rabbi, and His clothing was so fine
that the soldiers at the cross cast lots for His seamless robe. He
could go forth without script or purse because He went back of money to
the idea it represents and dealt with substance in the realm of
ideas. He had discovered the key to releasing the tremendous
power-potential within Him. He found the supernatural natural.
Let us not lose sight of the
great "idea" that Jesus is unfolding - that man is an integral part of an
opulent Universe. All we need to do is "ask" in faith,
believing that we will receive, and we shall receive. Because
asking is receiving. The very moment we stake our claim in
Infinite Mind, that which we encompass is ours, along with the creative
ability to shape it in the form of our material needs." -
Butterworth, Discover The Power Within You
The great Eric Butterworth is reminding us by providing something that
we already know ... so that we can take these words into our mind as the
Truth. Butterworth points out something that should be obvious to
everyone ... "Jesus found the supernatural natural" ... and if
we want to realize our greatest and best, we must discover our way to
realize the supernatural as natural to us as well. We don't have
to go through challenging experiences, struggles, disappointments or
heartache to do so. We can discover the supernatural with joy and
love. We begin by realizing in our mind that to "love G-d
with all our heart and with all our soul and all our mind" means to
make G-d a "priority" in our lives ... that is our communion
with G-d, our recognition of G-d's Presence in our lives ... not just on
Sunday morning or when we are listening to a spiritual lesson on the
radio. Both G-d and faith are ideas. How we see these ideas
as important to us will determine what we can draw to us from them and
When we pray for health or prosperity or
success or that something greater that we desire to experience in their
lives, it will benefit us greatly to contemplate what the idea behind
these are to us. If we pray for health, what is our idea of
health? If we pray for prosperity, or success or something else,
what is our idea of it? As we bring into our mind our idea
of the form; the kind, the sort, and the nature of what it is that we
pray for, then we can gain a greater sense of the "ideal" ...
which is what this "idea" is guiding us to. Too often
people accept the lesser when the greater is available. If our
mind can conceive it, it is available to us and we can receive it
providing we don't get stuck thinking about the symbol rather than the
idea that it represents.
In one of my classes at the church here in Palm
Springs I asked my students what money represented to them. Almost
everyone stated that it represented "security" ... and this is
something that the majority of people, I believe, would say. Yet,
we know that money comes and goes and more than a few people who have
amassed great wealth have ended up with financial loss. And so we
realize that if we pray for "the consciousness of security"
most of us we shall demonstrate, or draw into our experience those
things that give us a feeling of being secure. Money may be one of
these things but it may not. In the Gospel of Matthew 19:16-22, we
find the Master Mind Jesus attempting to explain this to his
disciples: "16 And
behold, a man came up to him, saying, “Teacher,
what good deed must I do to have eternal life?”
he said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is
good? There is only one who is good. If you would enter life, keep the
commandments.” 18 He
said to him, “Which ones?” And Jesus said, “You
shall not murder, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal,
You shall not bear false witness, 19 Honor
your father and mother, and, You shall love your neighbor as
yourself.” 20 The
young man said to him, “All these I have kept. What do I still
lack?” 21 Jesus
said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what
you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven;
and come, follow me.” 22 When
the young man heard this he went away sorrowful, for he had great
In other words, the young man had made "material
wealth" his symbol of "security" and could
not loose this "false idea" from his mind. The
"treasure in heaven" that the Master Mind Jesus was referring
to is "consciousness" ... it is the consciousness of security
that we must see as our "security" not the symbol; the money,
the stocks and bonds, etc. This consciousness is aware of security
as an idea, but contemplates it to the point of its ideal.
Eric Butterworth tells us that; "Jesus
taught that when you have a need, the answer is right where you
are. The miracle may not be in the way it manifests, but in the
ever-availability of "ideas" ... of guidance, of all things
working together for good. You may be guided to go fishing, or to
get a job, or to "break" the loaves and fishes. But
there is abundance for you - if you accept it. ... We may wonder why
some people have so much hardship, whereas for others everything turns
to gold. The rationalization from the confused religion about
Jesus is that the poor will be rewarded in some future heaven.
Jesus puts it very simply: "For whosoever hath, to him shall
be given, and he shall have abundance; but whosoever hath not, from him
shall be taken away even that which he hath" (Matthew 13:12).
This is not so difficult to understand as at first it might seem.
He is saying, "Hold your cup under the faucet of abundance.
The empty cup is filled to running over. If the cup is held upside
down, not only will it not be filled, but anything it had in it is
poured out. ... In this wonderfully accommodating Universe, if you have
the consciousness of abundance - if you feel rich - you will claim
riches and accept abundance and your cup will be filled. ...
Understanding this Truth - much as we resist the thought - "the
rich do get richer, and the poor do get poorer." We may want
to change this principle, but it is universal law. You may not
like all the implications of gravity, but you can't change it. You
can only be mighty careful that you do not step off high places."
And this we must realize in our mind as we bless the "ideas"
that draw into our awareness the ideals of our health, our wealth, our
success, and all things good that come to us as a desire to be
SO IT IS!
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