#1622 Areté +1° #377: Spiritual Economics

Your New Wealth Vocabulary

Hi, this is Brian.

Welcome back to another Areté +1°, micro-chapter from Areté: Activate Your Heroic Potential.

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Eric Butterworth was a Unity minister in New York City. He wrote a great book called Spiritual Economics that helped me integrate my spiritual and material ambitions. I HIGHLY recommend it.

As we discuss in Abundance 101, the primary theme of his book is the fact that our primary economic goal should NOT be to try to make a ton of money, per se.

As Butterworth so beautifully says: “The goal should not be to make money or acquire things, but to achieve the consciousness through which the substance will flow forth when and as you need it.”

How do we do that?

We know the ultimate game and how to play it well. We forge antifragile confidence. We optimize our Energy, our Work and our Love. We make TODAY a masterpiece. We master ourselves. We dominate our fundamentals. We activate our superpower.

The by-product of that?

“The consciousness through which the substance will flow forth when and as you need it.”

Butterworth also helps us redefine a few words in our abundance vocabulary. Let’s take a quick look at the true meaning of the words prosperity, affluence, and security as we create a new wealth vocabulary.

We’ll start with the word prosperity. Did you know the word literally means “to go forward with hope”?! Yep.

Therefore, prosperity “is not so much a condition in life as it is an attitude toward life.”

Of course, the good news is that as we “go forward hopefully” with a “prosperous” attitude in all things, we are more likely to be rewarded with all the external (and internal!) fruits of true prosperity.

Now… When we think of the word affluence, we tend to think of “cars and houses and baubles of all kinds.”

Know this: “Its literal meaning is ‘an abundant flow,’ and not things at all. When we are consciously centered in the universal flow, we experience inner direction and the unfoldment of creative activity. Things come too, but prosperity is not just having things. It is the consciousness that attracts things.”

Then we have the word security.

Have you ever caught yourself saying that you’ll feel secure when you have $x in the bank or have achieved whatever other milestone such that you can finally relax and feel OK?

Again, Butterworth encourages us to look at the ancient literal meaning of the word.

He tells us: “The word secure comes from two small Latin words: se meaning ‘without’ and cure meaning ‘care’—being without care, freedom from anxiety.”

That sounds a lot like true, antifragile confidence.

Want to feel secure? Do the hard work to create an intense trust in your ability to handle whatever life throws at you.

Boom. No need to wait.

You’re now secure.




Let’s add those words and their true meanings to your Heroic Dictionary.

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