The Nature of Giving

As one approaches the spiritual path, one begins to realize that there is a value in the act of giving. Too often this is mistaken in many ways and causes blocks rather than establishes or promotes a "pattern" or situation in which real gain may come through real giving. One of the first questions to deal with therefore is, what is real giving?

It has been said in the Christian Bible and attributed to Jesus that one should "not let the one hand know what the other hand is doing". In a way this points out the proper attitude that comes about as a result of "right giving". That attitude is simply one of giving - extending something - putting something forth - after which there is no need to consider or look back or add to what has been given. For in truth, when one tries to "add to" what has been given, one really takes away some of the qualities or spirit that is inherent in the selflessness that is implied in the biblical statement.

Now many times people will "consider" what they have done in so-called giving. They will analyze or justify their action as having or going to have certain results. However, if that giving has started from or been inspired in a selfless manner, what takes place may be far removed from what the "giver" interprets it to be. To consider what has been done generally results only in wasted time and takes away from further service. Thus it hinders the giver from advancement.

In addition, as everything is connected in subtle ways, and since through activity an energy or vitality is spawned which carries characteristics of the giver and the source, when one "considers", one really taints the original act with a perception - a coloring - which is added to that act. Thus it will carry the mental overtones of the "consideration" in addition to the original intention. It does not matter whether the consideration is done in another "place" or "time" because it is still connected.

Thus we can see, if we pay careful attention to acts, and to their causes and effects, that when one gives and then puts further attention on that act or gift, it takes on the characteristics of whatever is carried by or generated through that "attention". Thus it is that one can "strengthen" a gift if one is in proper attunement (a technique used at times consciously), but one can also "weaken" or "color" a gift, a situation which is more often the case when one is not aware of the real purposes for the gift, is not able to see all its ramifications, or has given outside of a consciousness of unity.

Thus, until a person develops that awareness, it is best if that person simply gives and then leaves it alone. There is no need to try to figure out why or what is happening. Later on, when the person awakens to "what is happening" and is able to see it from a point of view of unity and from there the corresponding functions on many levels, one will no longer have the desire or need to meddle in the workings of the gift and will consciously avoid referring to it. Only when one gets to the point where it is "natural" to give and "forget" the gift, will that person have the ability to really consider what is taking place and be able to "alter" or "strengthen" or "weaken" the gift consciously. And even then, when it is done, it will not be for personal reasons.

Part 2, Approaching Giving.

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