How to Reverse Financial Adversity Part 1

By Eric Butterworth
How to Reverse Financial Adversity

It is sometimes said of a person that one is "into the market." Usually, this indicates that the person has an investment portfolio of stocks and bonds. In a very real sense, we are all "into the market," for unless we are living as a hermit in a cave, we require goods and services in order to live and a source of income to make it possible, which is very much affected by the fluctuation of the economy...

People may be talking about supply-side economics; perhaps what is needed is Truth-side economics. Psalms 1:1-3 has a great prosperity lesson for contemporary times: "Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers."

The Psalmist clearly states that if you refuse to agree with the gossip of negative people (the council of the wicked) and keep yourself in tune with the divine law of prosperity, then you can be certain that substance will flow as easily to you as substance flows to the tree planted by the river of water. A very important realization!

The great discovery of the new insight in Truth is that consciousness is the key to all things that happen to us, certainly the key to personal prosperity. The starting point in changing your life from financial reverses to an experience of abundance is the realization that you can change your life by altering your thoughts. You begin by taking responsibility for your own life. As long as you are hung up on paranoid thoughts such as "It is what they are doing," "It is what is happening in Washington," "Office politics!" and "The IRS is harassing me" then you cannot find help of any kind through Truth...

In every attempt in life, there must be the possibility of success and failure. We must have the stability and the perspective to deal with both success and failure in spiritual poise. You see, to become too elated with success and too crushed by defeat is indicative of an imbalance. In every setback, we should be buoyed up with the realization that nothing is ever a complete loss. There is always some gain, some growth. And in every success, we should be humbled with the realization that without the action of forces greater than ourselves, we could not have succeeded.

Life is fundamentally a matter of growing, a growth experience. Missing the mark is one of the ways in which we learn to hit the target. Failure is a vital part of achieving success. We have erroneously thought of success as "getting there," while actually success is "earning the right to be there."

And earning means learning. Setbacks, even failures, may be an important part of that learning. This may include a stock that didn't perform as expected, a brief fling in a business that failed, or even an occasional experience of unemployment. They are all ways in which we earn the right to achieve the prosperity and success that we all dream about.

Any education that prepares people only for success and not for coping with the frustration of things going wrong is sadly deficient. It simply succeeds in inhibiting a large number of people from attempting ventures where failure is a possibility, which severely cripples this creativity and imagination...

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Excerpted from Spiritual Economics by Eric Butterworth. For more about his teachings, visit