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Eric Butterworth
(1916-2003)

Popular "Unity" Minister and Author


Eric Butterworth was among the leading spokespersons in modern times on "practical mysticism." Eric was considered a legend and spiritual icon in the Unity movement. The author of 16 best-selling books on metaphysical spirituality, a gifted theologian, philosopher, and lecturer, and for over 50 years a teacher of "practical Christianity," helping thousands of people to help themselves to a more abundant life by the study and application of Truth. He possessed a unique ability to render the most complex metaphysical teachings in simple sound bytes of awareness. He mastered the art of the brief "essayette," of which he has written thousands and is often described as "The twentieth century Emerson."

Born in Winnipeg, Canada in 1916, Eric attended Fresno State University and Capital University in Ohio, where he studied music. He began training for the ministry at Unity Village in Missouri during WWII. He left to join the army and as a lieutenant in the Medical Corps, trained medical personnel and also served as chaplain and counselor. After the war, he returned to his ministerial studies and graduated from Unity Ministerial School.

A scholar and educator, Eric established three powerful Unity ministries. The first was in Pittsburgh. He then moved to Detroit, where his teaching resulted in the building of the Detroit Unity Temple, the largest Unity church at that time, where more that 2, 000 people attended his Sunday Services each week. While in Detroit, he authored his first book, Unity: A Quest for Truth. In 1961, Eric began his ministry in New York City. He lectured every Sunday at Carnegie Hall, then Town Hall, and since 1976, Avery Fisher Hall, where the weekly attendance grew to several thousand.

His devotees include people from all walks and stations of life, all of whom state that his teachings helped to change their lives. Eric was the first Unity minister to appear on Oprah , and speaking about his book Discover the Power Within You she said, "This book changed my perspective on life and religion. Eric Butterworth teaches that God isn't "up there." He exists inside each one of us, and it's up to us to seek the divine within."

Eric reminds us, "Prosperity is one of God's greatest gifts to us. A loving Father/Mother God would not want Its children to be in poverty, and it is an axiomatic universal law that prosperity will occur when we do put spiritual practices into business!" Eric Butterworth passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 17, 2003.

Eric Butterworth Quotes:

"On human levels of consciousness one may emphasize getting and having as the prime goals, in spiritual consciousness he seeks the way of giving and being."

"Go within in a time of silence and get a renewed awareness of God as your resource, and then go about your business affairs in the strong consciousness of the omnipresence of substance."

"Believe that you are always in the presence of limitless substance which you form and shape and release through your faith. Keep the high watch of Truth by knowing that, wherever you are and whatever your experience, you are an inlet and may become an outlet for the flow of God-substance."

"I am secure, for I know who I am: a richly endowed child of God. I am secure in all I do, for I know my oneness with the divine process. I am secure in all I have, for I know my treasure is in my mind, not in my things. I live my life from day to day as if God's supportive substance were as exhaustless and dependable as the air I breathe, which it most certainly is."

"On human levels of consciousness one may emphasize getting and having as the prime goals, in spiritual consciousness he seeks the way of giving and being."

The kingdom of God cometh not with observation ... for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you. (Luke 17:20, 21 A.V.)

"Jesus clearly says that the kingdom of heaven is within you. It is not a place in space but an inner potentiality of imprisoned splendor which is released through you. (Thus the windows of heaven are in you. The windows of heaven are you!"

"Life's inmost secret is the divine pattern in you which you can only really know when you are giving yourself in service."

"I am God's living enterprise, and God cannot fail."

"Within you is a limitless, unborn potential of creativity and substance, and the present experience can be your great opportunity to give birth to it. Thus, if you will, the tragedy can become a blessing, the disadvantage can become an advantage, the failure can become an opportunity, and the disappointment can become "His" appointment...

"So, no matter what the difficulty, the loss, the financial adversity, if you are feeling negative, get busy pearling. By the "all things work together for good" principle, any experience of life can become the best thing that ever happened to you."

"If we plan and conserve, and keep our thoughts centered in God as our limitless resource of good, then our way will be filled with success and fulfillment. It depends on what we are thinking when we do what we do. As the Bible says: Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it. ... (Psalms 127:1 A.V.)"

"Real life isn't made up of great success and great failure, but of an infinite number of levels of living in between. And true greatness depends more on inner overcomings than on outer achievements."

"I am secure, for I know who I am: a richly endowed child of God. I am secure in all I do, for I know my oneness with the divine process. I am secure in all I have, for I know my treasure is in my mind, not in my things. I live my life from day to day as if God's supportive substance were as exhaustless and dependable as the air I breathe, which it most certainly is.")

"You always have within you the inlet that may become the outlet to all there is in God. (As you 'turn the green side up' and become centered in the divine flow, you create the condition in consciousness that makes the result inevitable. You are never further than one idea away from all the wealth in the Universe."

"Prosperity books use as examples tycoons such as Henry Ford and Andrew Carnegie to illustrate how you too can become a millionaire. The fact is, these people did not set out to make money at all. In each case there was the sudden or progressive unfoldment of an idea, which in turn was translated into automobile plants and steel mills. The real substance that made it all possible was ideas. Ideas are the flowing forth into mind of the wealth of the Universe."

"The purpose of life is not acquisition but unfoldment and personal development."

"Your life is God's gift to you. What you do with it is your gift to God."

"In studying mathematics or simply using a mathematical principle, if we get the wrong answer in a sort of algebraic equation, we do not suddenly feel that there is an anti-mathematical principle that is luring us into the wrong answers.....Evil, and evil spirits, devils and devil possession, are the outgrowth of man's inadequate consciousness of God. We must avoid thinking of evil as a thing in itself-a force that works against man or, against God, if you will."

"Fundamentalists believe Jesus was God becoming man. I believe that Jesus was man becoming God."

"In your spiritual quest, you are seeking to establish yourself in a unitive relationship with the divine flow. You can never really achieve this level of consciousness until giving becomes the main thrust of your life. And when it does, when you discover the wonder of giving, you become, unblushingly, an incurable giver. Meditate long on this point, for it is one of the most important keys of the prosperity law."

"Life for the whole person is a giving process. We are not talking specifically about church giving, giving to charity, etc. There are many channels through which your giving may be funneled. We are talking about attitudes toward life, the basic awareness that life is a matter of developing or unfolding from within. It is knowing that life is not something to get but something to express."

"If you discover the wonder of giving, you will find a great blessing of inner fulfillment in your work, which will lead to better work, and, by the law of causation, to a greater experience of affluence, which may come through your job or through many different channels. The law is exact: If you give, really work in a giving consciousness, you must receive."

"Wait on the Lord means to get yourself integrated in consciousness with the divine flow. It is so very important, before undertaking any project, to wait on the Lord in a conscious prayer experience in which you turn your thoughts inward and establish yourself in the flow of the creative process. It is an important moment, 'God's moment,' before you go to work or before you set out to find a job. Just become very still and centered, sense the creative energy of Spirit tingling in your fingertips, guiding your hands, directing your footsteps, putting words into your mouth, helping you to do the things that need to be done, to do them easily and to do them well."

"I will do what I do better and better and better; And I will do more and more of what I do."

"When you begin to understand this life principle, you will know that there is a wellspring of life, substance, and intelligence within you, and that yours is the privilege at any time of giving way to its flow. This may lead to one of the most important realizations that will ever come to you: If ever there is a lack of any kind, whether it is a need for employment, or for money, or for guidance, or even for healing, something is blocking the flow. And the most effective remedy: Give!"

"There is never a time when you can't find some way to start the giving flow, which in turn will open the way to the receiving of your good. Jesus clearly articulated the divine law: ". . . give, and it will be given to you ... (Luke, 6:38)

"Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again." (Luke, 6:38 A.V.)

"Think give! Say to yourself, "I will think give today. I will think give every day of my life." The law is clear. It promises: Think give, and you will get. It is a fundamental key to achieving prosperity."

"Kahlil Gibran, in his classic work, The Prophet, says: 'You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.' Give as in yonder valley the myrtle breathes its fragrance into space."

"Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse could imply a commitment to work with the law in all aspects of life. Prove me now, God says. Prove the law in action. This involves going the second mile in meeting obligations, turning the other cheek in relationships, and forgiving "until seventy times seven." It means diligence in keeping the high watch of positive thinking, and loving reactions in overcoming the world of tribulations."

"Jesus gave prime emphasis on giving as the way to achieve this degree of consciousness: Give, and you will receive. Get the feeling of being a channel for the flow of good. Think give, and you will receive. Think of your work as giving. Think of every relationship as an opportunity to give. Give to your children. Give to your neighbors. Give to passers-by on the street. think give. Give way. Let!"

"On human levels of consciousness one may emphasize getting and having as the prime goals, in spiritual consciousness he seeks the way of giving and being."

"When you begin to see things from the high perspective of the ever-presence of God-substance, you will be in the creative flow of abundance, which will bless your life with sustained affluence. And it will also go forth from you as a prospering influence in the world."

"Wherever substance is at all, the whole of substance must be; and because substance is omnipresent, the whole of universal substance must be present at every point in space at the same time."

"This is fundamental spiritual law. When you really know yourself as a spiritual being, you experience the fulfilling of the law, which "rushes, streams, and pours into you: in terms of substance and supply and all that is required for success. When Jesus said: '... I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly,' (John 10:10) He was saying that the breakthrough He had made into Infinite Mind prepared the way for what Emerson called an inlet that may become an outlet to all there is in God."

"Go within in a time of silence and get a renewed awareness of God as your resource, and then go about your business affairs in the strong consciousness of the omnipresence of substance."

"Believe that you are always in the presence of limitless substance which you form and shape and release through your faith. Keep the high watch of Truth by knowing that, wherever you are and whatever your experience, you are an inlet and may become an outlet for the flow of God-substance."

"There is no such thing as a lack of faith. We all have plenty of faith, it's just that we have faith in the wrong things. We have faith in what can't be done rather than what can be done. We have faith in lack rather than abundance but there is no lack of faith. Faith is a law."

"Nothing stops the man who desires to achieve. Every obstacle is simply a course to develop his achievement muscle. It's a strengthening of his powers of accomplishment."


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Life Is For Living

Life Is For Loving


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Spiritual Economics

Letting Go of Guilt and Strain


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A COURSE IN PRACTICAL METAPHYSICS (6-hour audio lecture series)



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Discover the Power Within You : A Guide to the Unexplored Depths Within
Spiritual Economics: The Principles and Process of True Prosperity
Celebrate Yourself!: And Other Inspirational Essays
In the Flow of Life
Metamorality
Positrends or Negatrends : Dealing Positively With the Third Millennium
Unity : A Quest for Truth
The Universe Is Calling : Opening to the Divine Through Prayer
The Creative Life : 7 Keys to Your Inner Genius
The Concentric Perspective
Commitment of Love (Audio Cassette)
Up Thoughts for Down Moments (Audio Cassette)



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