There is an expression about “having it all.” Usually we think about
material goods, great relationships, and beauty when we hear it. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard it in connection with some famous person who took his or her own life, as in, “what a surprise, (s)he seemed to have it all.” That person’s life, viewed from the outside, included wealth, fame and attractiveness. Is that what “having it all” is? Obviously, something was missing!
Too often we fall into the trap of thinking of prosperity in terms of money and material possessions. With the
outward focus, we can easily slip into ways of thinking that revolve around getting and having, winning and losing. We begin to think that success is having it all. Haven’t we all had the experience of wanting something, finally getting it and thinking we’d be happy? And we probably were – for a little while. In those months that we first drove that new car, we loved the feel, the smell, everything about having a new car. And then it lost its shine. It became normal, and we found ourselves wanting something else! Prosperity isn’t having it all, at least not in material terms.
Charles Fillmore, co-founder of Unity describes prosperity thus: “Prosperity is based on the conscious possession of the idea of God’s
abundance back of all things. Things come and go, but the idea of abundance endures. Things appear at its command. Jesus had no visible possessions, but He could supply thousands of persons with food through praising and giving thanks to the invisible Spirit of plenty.” The invisible Spirit of plenty…. that’s what we in Unity call Substance.
And so we see that prosperity is really a state of mind, a consciousness of anything and everything as being already present. I believe that this is what “having it all” really means.
Please join us in our Sunday
services during the month of July as we explore prosperity and the state of mind that brings true happiness and