is causing you resistance, but why are you
resisting? Get out of the consciousness of
resistance. If you’re upset, then it’s because
you’re easily upset. Why are you upset?
What’s wrong within you? If he has done
something, you say, “He’s done this to me.
Why does he do that to me? Why does he
say those things to me?”
I always say that “to me” is the little
fishhook. That’s the barb that hangs you
up. In other words, in the first place, get
rid of the fishhook, pluck it out, cut it
off, and then I asked the question again,
“Why did he do it?” Not to me, he didn’t
do it to me. He did it. If it’s to me, it’s
because I got hung up in my reaction, in
my resistance. Why did he do it? If I can
see him objectively and ultimately, I can
see him lovingly and I can see he did it
because he’s confused. He did it because of
certain problems in his own life, a feeling
of lack of love in his own consciousness.
He’s cut off from this inner flow of love
himself, and he’s lashing out at life.
If I can understand that, I keep myself
free. I cut it off, pluck out the eye, get rid
of the limitation in my own consciousness,
and then I can say to myself, “First of all, in
my love flow and out of that love flow, I can
see him lovingly.” It doesn’t mean I condone
what he does, it doesn’t mean that I have to
let him go free if he’d broken the law. It means
that I cannot help the world or anybody and
certainly myself if I try at all costs to cause
someone to pay the last farthing at the expense
of my own self. Then you have two frustrated
people. You have two people out of the flow. The
important thing is I must keep myself centered,
keep myself in tune, and then out of that centering
consciousness, I can be an influence. Then I can
help, then I can radiate the consciousness
of peace to people in the world.
Excerpted from Practical
Metaphysics: A New Insight in Truth
by Eric Butterworth, Copyright ©
2017 and 1981 by Unity Books. To
order a copy, visit shopunity.org.
For more on Butterworth, visit