Sunday, August 16, 2009
Giving in a Time of Lack
These are difficult times for many people. Millions have lost their homes, or are in danger of doing so. Millions have lost their jobs. Many businesses have gone under. Uncertainty and fear about the future have become pervasive. Everywhere in human affairs, we see apparent lack.
The Universe will have none of this. Everywhere in the Universe is abundance. Everywhere there is Love. Everywhere there is Unity.
Our illusions and our fears are what create the lack in the first place. There is lack largely because people agree there is lack. This is true all the time, not just during a recession. People are starving, people are living in the streets, and wars are being fought, because of the widespread perception of lack. If we could agree on abundance instead, we would make this world a paradise.
Let’s start with ourselves. Realize that you have everything you need. Realize that the Universe, which is totally aware of you, which loves you, and which you are part of, will provide you with everything you seek. Then decide to give and give regularly.
Giving will send a powerful Message of Love to yourself and to the Universe. You will be saying, in a sense, “I believe in and expect abundance. I have so much that I am free to give to others.” Give to other people, people you know, people you don’t know. Give to causes that help others, and the planet. Also give because you want to, and not with the expectation of return. When you give with an open heart like this, the Universe will respond in kind.
2,500 years ago, the ancient Hebrews were already well aware of the power of this principle. The Lord they spoke of was simply the way they understood Love, the Universe, the creative force that is and makes all things. The word “tithe” meant “tenth.” In other words, they were encouraged to give ten percent of their harvest back to the source from which it came.
From the Book of Malachi, 3:10:
“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this," says the LORD Almighty, "and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.”
If you want to access abundance, live abundance. You don’t have to give ten percent of what you make, but do give something. And remember that not all gifts are material gifts, and not all material gifts cost money. Time, attention, understanding, a flower from your garden, a meal cooked with love, these are all powerful gifts.
Now is the perfect time to start giving.