Spiritual Economics Series: The Truth About Substance

“When we are consciously centered in the universal flow, we experience inner direction and the unfoldment of creative activity.” Eric Butterworth

What is the truth about substance? The word substance actually means “stand under.” So, what is standing under all that we see? The presence of God. The truth is that substance is everywhere present—it is present in us and all around us. We are the activity of God—God is expressing as us! Isn’t this amazing? We are actually expressing as God.

Many of us were taught in other religions that God was out there or that we were separate from God. Doesn’t it simply feel true that we are the actual expression of God? How could we be separate from the presence of God? Jesus himself said, “I and the Father are one.” We know Jesus was not speaking of the personal self at all but the cosmic Christ—the I of all. Eric Butterworth describes this as the "isness" of the "allness.”

If it is true that we are the expression of God, why do we not manifest instantly, like Jesus? When we study closely the work and life of Jesus, we begin to see that Jesus lived in two worlds concurrently. Jesus anchored heaven on earth—He brought the Divine (the 4th dimension Christ consciousness) into the manifest realm (the 3rd dimensional plane) by constantly having His consciousness centered in God. Eric Butterworth tells us, “The centering process is the key to prosperity.” The truth about substance is that you are the thing by which substance is made in the world. God cannot bring it to you but God can bring it through you. Once you align your consciousness with the divine, all that you desire will flow from you!

What the Bible says:


“He(Jesus) said to them, ‘When I sent you out without a purse, bag, or sandals, did you lack anything?’ They said, ‘No, not a thing.’" Lu 22:35

"And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work." 2 Co 9:8

“Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his presence continually.” 1Ch 16:11

“Well then, does God supply you with the Spirit and work miracles among you by your doing the works of the law, or by your believing what you heard?” Ga 3:5

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Mt 6:19-21

What Unity says:

“One of the unerring truths in the Universe is that there is already provided a lavish abundance for every human want. In other words, the supply of every good always awaits the demand. Another truth is that the demand must be made before the supply can come forth to fill it.” Emily Cady, Lessons in Truth

“Substance is everywhere equally present, pervades all things, and inspires to action. It underlies all manifestation and is the spiritual essence, the living energy out of which everything is made.” Charles Fillmore, The Revealing Word

“God’s rich supply is all around you universally, as well as innately within you, as talents, abilities, and ideas longing for expression.” Catherine Ponder, The Dynamic Laws of Prosperity

“The physical substance which we call the earth is the visible form of the spiritual substance that pervades all things.” Myrtle Fillmore, How to Let God Help You

Ideas for practice:

  • The last scripture above is about our consciousness—our relationship to things. Take some time in the silence to center your consciousness on God and experience true prosperity. Feel how peaceful and secure you are, knowing that God is the source of all the good in your life and you are the vehicle by which it comes forth. Begin affirming, “The Father and I are one” or “God and I are one.” Affirm this several times a day or all day every day. Do it as much as possible to ground yourself in this truth. As you practice the presence of God in this way, your consciousness will begin to shift in ways you could never imagine. Remember that God’s will for you is good— it is the Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Spend time journaling on the ideas and feelings that came up for you.
  • Gratitude is a guaranteed way to stay in a prosperous space. Below is a gratitude prayer for prosperity. Spend time with this prayer daily: Mother, Father, God, I give thanks for continued abundance in my life. I affirm that it is truly God’s good pleasure to give me the Kingdom. I claim God’s abundance because I am abundance! I give thanks in the name and through the power of Jesus Christ and so it is! Amen.
  • Share this prayer with you prayer partners. Share how the understanding of substance can and will change your life.

Source: Unity Worldwide Ministries