When we think of giving as receiving, many of us think because it feels so good to give, that we are getting something out of it, or we think of karma and how we are setting the wheel in motion. Both of these things are true, but there is something even greater in the act of giving when you offer your money, your time, your kindness, a gift or charity to another human being, and even to an institution to pay a debt. I’m learning this in such a big way that I feel like I am finally being set free from a static hold in my life that has been keeping me at bay from the bigger waters of giving and receiving.
How many times do you find yourself holding back from paying a bill right away so that you can use your money toward something else? Perhaps something that would make you feel happy, or that feels more worthwhile of your hard earned money? What about in April – for those of us who have to pay the IRS? We do it begrudgingly. Most of us put it off until the last week. We hate to give our money away, especially to certain places. But here’s the secret – it doesn’t matter where or to whom your money goes – the source of everything (of abundance, of life, of all creation) is all made by the same hand.
There is a great illusion that some things are bad while others are good, but this is only our perception. Nothing is born outside the hand of Source. Even institutions like the IRS have been brought forth from a creation of man, which was first given breath by that single source (or God – whatever you wish to call it). All energy is brought forth from one place, so nothing is apart from that source energy. We are all one, and if you haven’t given much thought to this, or come to this understanding, then this blog won’t make much sense to you. The one source has become all things, living and non-living. It is all created from the same energy, so when we give preference to one thing over another, we experience an imbalance in our experience, often manifesting as financial blockages. There is nothing better than another, although it appears so. When we get to a place of knowing that all things, people and places are equal (no matter how corrupt, evil or backwards they may be), we become incredibly open to an acceptance that is pretty much otherworldly in nature.
I had a super-conscious experience a couple of years ago that gave me a clear understanding that I was each person I encountered. I was sitting on a bus in Emeryville to Berkeley at the time. Each person on the bus, although very different from me, I saw very very clearly, as ME. For 24 hours I lived with this cosmic insight. It is only a memory now, but it still effects the way I see people. When I get frustrated with others, I remind myself of the few moments in time where I was that person.
When Jesus said, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” he really meant that “your neighbor is yourself.” There may be two different bodies, and two different homes, and two different minds, but in essence, we are one and the same. We come from the same source of energy, therefore, we are all of equal value. Each creation that man has developed is of equal value. The imbalance of our world is our own distorted thinking that we are separate from God, or from our source. This is why we have a really messed up planet, with institutions and evil people who believe they are not “of God.” Evil comes from the idea that we are separate from our source. Many people defy God, trying to BE God, and this is how things become very screwed up and unbalanced, but no matter how screwed up people, places and things are – they are still from that single source of energy (of love, of abundance, of all that is and all that every will be). When you decide to partake in this understanding, you will suddenly see a shift in how the universe works for you. When you give with the knowing that all things are from one source, without preference for one thing over another, you will understand that you are ALWAYS giving unto yourself, no matter where the money goes. It is always going to one and the same thing and there is plenty to go around because there is no end to that abundant source of energy.
Give with an open heart, no matter who you give to. Pay each bill with a knowing that it all goes to one place, therefore it is pretty much being given to YOURSELF. Your-Self (your higher self) is of that one source. There is only separateness in your perception of being separate. It is not truly so. You are of God. God is of you. Each person you encounter, along with the institutions you pay, are also of that one source. Your preferences of one person, place or thing over another, is the cause of any imbalance or financial blockage in your life. You see, nothing truly comes from any other source, therefore even evil is an illusion. It is a “forgetting” that we are of God.
Once your perception has be opened to this revelation, you will understand that no matter who you give to, you are always giving unto yourself, so there is never a lack of money or of anything. The lack of money comes from your idea that when you give it away, it is gone. NO – it is just being transferred to another version of YOU. The money is always available because it is never apart from that limitless source, which is you in essence. It is only your distorted perception of separateness that causes money to lack in your life. This is the problem that most of us have. This is the essential problem that causes poverty and the imbalance of some people having more than others. If you don’t believe me, just try this understanding on for size, and notice how quickly you feel open to writing out your monthly checks. I just began doing it, and even with things like sharing my food (which I’m really selfish about btw), I am much more open to giving because I’m beginning to understand when I think this way (that everyone I give to, is myself), I will never not have enough. There is plenty for all because there is no end to the source that is everything and expansive.
Think of Jesus out there on the mountain with the two fish and the loaf of bread. He never ran out of food even though there was a multitude of people. Jesus never once gave thought or succumbed to an idea that there wasn’t enough fish or bread. He understood its source and knew without doubt that its source was abundance. This was a beautiful demonstration of how when we give openly, there becomes a limitless abundance. There is no end to this abundance, but the first thing we all need to do, is change our thinking. If you give wholeheartedly, the universe also gives wholeheartedly unto you. We create our experience of money by how we think about money. If you hold yourself back from giving anything because of the idea that there is not enough, then the universe naturally balances itself out by giving you an experience of not having enough. Once you change your perception, you will open yourself up to life the way life is supposed to be lived – in abundance through the source of all that ever was, all there is right now, and all that ever will be.