The Unconditioned Power

By Eric Butterworth
The Unconditioned Power

There is a great need in the world today for a religion that is practical and livable. We need a philosophy that leads us to a sense of unity with the Infinite and with the infinite number of human personalities with whom we live and do business. We need a concept that leads to the release of our innate potential for wholeness of mind and body, serenity of spirit, happy and prosperous living, and for the creative fulfillment of the persons we are intended to become. Actually, we need go no further than the teachings of Jesus, but we must go further with these teachings.

Many persons have gotten caught up in worship of the man, Jesus. Some Christian sects have emphasized the divinity of Jesus, while Jesus Himself taught the divinity of man. He clearly demonstrated that the power of God is limitless, and He taught that man is endowed with this power by which he can do all things.

Jesus clearly distinguished between God-power and the power of the human: “… the Son can do nothing of his own accord ... " (John 5:19). “…  the Father who dwells in me does his works" (John 14:10). He did say, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me" (Matt. 28:18). But lest we think this indicates a special dispensation of

God-power, He also said: "... he who believes in me will also do the works that I do … " (John 14:12). All power is given to every person. However, though we may be the channels for great spiritual creativity, we should never say, "This is my work." There is only one true power, and that is God, who works in us, creates through us, and manifests as us.

The power of God is infinitely greater than the instrument through which it expresses.

Of itself it is unconditioned. The conditioning element is our faith, our attitudes. People of supposed limitations have displayed phenomenal power in times of crisis, doing things that appear to be contrary to the laws and limitations of their physical condition. Mushrooms are known to lift a pavement several inches from the ground, and oak trees have grown through solid granite. The power inherent in all nature is unconditioned and can unconditionally meet all the special requirements of man or the world of nature around him.

Hearing of amazing accomplishments of someone, often we say or think: "That is all I good for him. He is a genius; I am ordinary person." This is the reason for our so-called mediocrity. So we condition the power as to just fill our self-image and expectancy.

Sam Walter Foss points this out in his poem, “Confessions of a Lunkhead." He tells of a country boy who is a self-styled "lunkhead and lummox” who is puzzled over the fact that other young men, not knowing that they are also lunkheads, go out and become governors, army generals, and multimillionaires. He reasons: Where would I be if I didn't

Know I am a lunkhead? I might be settin' in the presidential chair. As long as we continue to think of ourselves as average or limited, we will continue to condition the God-power that dwells in us.

Paul gives us the key to appropriating this great power when he says we should be "absent from the body and present with the Lord." This means that when our minds dwell on the human and its limited resources, we can only do certain limited things, and we appear to have no strength in reserve. But when we are "absent from the body," when we get our minds off the problems and obstacles, and focused on God, the unconditioned power that dwells in us, nothing will be impossible to us.

There is only one Presence and one Power, God, the good omnipotent. This is a staggering statement when we really comprehend its meaning. Power, God-power, is with you and in you every moment. Whenever you turn your thoughts to God, you become one with power without limit.

This excerpt is from Eric Butterworth's book, Celebrate Yourself!. He was a Unity minister in New York City and conducted services at Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center for more than 35 years. For more about his teachings, visit EricButterworth.com.