The Healing Stream

By Eric Butterworth

“Some people get all the breaks!” How often this cry is heard from the self-pitying or the sympathetic! And it would appear to be true. It has been proved that certain people are “accident prone,” while others are always stumbling onto everything from exciting jobs to interesting vacation spots. The Egyptians have a saying about the person who always “falls in the river and comes up with a fish in his mouth.”

Certainly it would appear that some people are always getting into or out of sickness, while others are always in good health. Some people are victims of the seasonal contagions that “make the rounds,” while others are untouched, referring to themselves as “disgustingly healthy.”

… All down through the ages and until comparatively recent times, when sickness appeared in the flesh, the cause was thought to be, almost without exception, in the flesh itself. It was just bad luck or God's will or “the way things are.” So the person made no attempt to be other than what he or she believed himself or herself to be; and sadly, sickness was part of what was believed to be. It has been 3000 years since Solomon said, “for as he thinketh in his heart, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7 KJV), but it has been a long time getting through to man that “bad luck” is simply a “bad mental habit.”

… Today doctors are coming to accept as a fact of life the evidence that many ills are emotionally induced or, at least, influenced. There are those who say that 50 percent of all illness is EII (emotionally induced illness). Others say it is more like 90 percent. However, more and more doctors are accepting the revolutionary idea that “all disease is psychosomatic in origin” and that the secret of healing of any kind is to correct the conditions that are impeding the natural flow of life by altering states of consciousness.

In John 21:1-6, there is an episode in which Jesus teaches through a “living parable.” The disciples, who were mostly fisherman, were plying their trade on the Sea of Galilee. After a whole night of work, they had caught nothing. At daylight they returned to shore, tired and discouraged. They came upon Jesus who suggested they try again, but that this time they should “cast the net on the right side of the boat.” Just image their reaction! After all, they were experienced fisherman. What could the carpenter know? And yet, after all they'd seen, how could they question his insights? So, they cast out their net as he suggested, and now they were not able to haul it in for all the fish.

The story dramatically symbolizes the right and wrong sides of life. …The disciples, in consciousness, were out of the flow of life. By the sheer act of casting from the other side of the boat, they had changed their whole experience. This means that by the device of turning in thought from negative to positive, from moods of insufficiency to attitudes of confidence, one may alter one's whole experience from failure to success. “On the right side” of life you get in tune with the inexorable flow of good.

… The story seems to imply that regardless of the experience or the techniques involved or even the fervency of the desire, if you are on the “wrong side” (negative state of consciousness) there is no help. The need is to get on the “right side,” to get into the flow of the healing stream.

Let's take a look at this healing stream, this universal flow of wholeness. … Certainly a flower beautifully demonstrates the unobstructed flow of the universe. And in the same sense, though we may not all be conscious of it, each of us is a flowering of the universal creative process. Each of us is a flow of wholeness. Each of us is whole wherever we are, and whatever may be the conditions of mind or body …

… Once you catch the idea that you are a whole creature, a child of the universe, the very self-livingness of a universal stream of life, you will never again be satisfied until you find improvement in health.

… God is a circle that is centered in you. All the attributes of the Infinite are in focus as you, flowing forth through you. You are in this flow. You are this flow at the point where you are. Thus you are a child of the universe, a son of God. Meditate on this tremendous insight. It means that you are created in the image-likeness of an infinite idea. You are the only begotten of God from the standpoint that, no matter what other influences may have left their marks on you from the outside, there is that of you that is begotten only of God, which is forever the “flowering” of the divine flow from the inside. This is the fundamental Truth.

Eric Butterworth was an ordained Unity minister and author of numerous articles and books. The following excerpt is from his book In the Flow of Life.