What does it mean to be “rich”? Justin Epstein explores what the Unity Movement teaches about prosperity.
Full Video Transcript (Transcription by Victoria Barkley)
When you have God, you have everything. That’s the goal, in my opinion. It’s not just, “yes, I have faith in God. God’s going to meet my…” I am talking about something deeper. I am talking about when you are walking around, knowing that “I am an expression of God,” not just intellectually. You feel it. You know it. You feel your oneness with the universe. That’s what I’m talking about. That’s the goal of life. That is what Jesus Christ taught. That is what Yogananda, Krishna, the great sages have taught.
The goal of life is to know your oneness with God.
And how do we know our oneness with God? We develop our consciousness and we trust God. We rely on God, because, ladies and gentlemen, we can put that aside and say: “You know what? That’s fine. Faith in God, that’s fine. Knowing my oneness with the father…But I want this…That’s going to make me happy…If I just had that right person that would make me happy. If I just had more money in the bank, then I would be happy. If I could just have the right job and doing what I love…You know, it would be so great to do what I love…”
Yes, that would be great. But without God as the center, it will be disillusioning. There will be some letdown. Because she isn’t going to always be happy. He isn’t going to always be sexy. There is going to be paperwork on the job. There are going to be customers you’d rather not have to deal with. There are going to be some aggravations. One sage said, “Behind every rosebush of pleasure, there is a rattlesnake of disillusionment.”
God is the one and only source. And it is so easy to take that for granted. Just acknowledge right now that God is your source…that God loves you…that right now there is an intelligence listening to you…that there is a presence that is seeking to express on your behalf. You don’t have to earn that. You don’t have to read another book. You don’t have to listen to another talk. All you need to do is know it and trust it.
Seek ye first the kingdom and all these things will be added onto you.
Charles Fillmore, the co-founder or Unity said, as you begin to first seek the kingdom, you begin to see good unfold in your life. You’ll begin to see doors opening up. You’ll start to see a flow of greater abundance in your life.
What do you need in your life? God knows…God knows what you need of. The Father knows what you need of before you ask. God knows the good that will benefit you and me. God knows the good that will fulfill the longest, deepest longing of your heart. Ask the Presence to show you, guide you, to be your source. And that Presence will begin to fulfill even the slightest need.
When I was traveling to Virginia—I drive usually—and I like to listen to talks while I’m driving, on my iPod. And one of these messages that I was listening to is a man named Donald Walters.
He was a prolific author. He was a monk all his life. They call them Swamis in the Hindu tradition. He was a Swami. He had not a lot of stuff, although he had written many books. He could have been a multi-millionaire had he been seeking profit from the works that he did. He could have been a multi-multi-millionaire. That was not the lifestyle he chose. So, he lived very simply in a spiritual community. He built these spiritual communities. They are around the world now. I lived in one of them.
He told the story of how every year he’d like to celebrate his birthday. And this one time he went from Northern California, where he lived, to Southern California, to celebrate his birthday. And he didn’t have a lot of money. And he said to God (He called God Divine Mother) you know, Divine Mother, I would really like to celebrate this birthday with you. And it would be nice to just have a nice day in the hotel and so on…but many of them were sold out and they were very expensive. He went into one, hoping that there would be a room he could afford. He walked into the room, walked in to check in. And out of the blue, as he was checking in, a man said, “You know what? I don’t know why I’m going to do this. Why I am going to say this. But tonight’s stay is on the house.” That’s what was needed for him in that moment.
I never had that happen to me. I don’t need that. I could pay cash for a hotel room. But that’s what he needed. And he felt loved. And he celebrated. And he had an awesome birthday celebration. That’s being born to be rich…born to be rich…