Today I wanted to talk with you about a powerful force you can release in your life. That force is called giving. When you and I give, we set into motion a reaction that will bring back to us the same energy of our giving. In other words if we joyfully give to someone our time or help them in some way, that sets into motion that giving or help coming back to us in some form. What we put out comes back to us. The quality of our giving also makes a difference. If you and I give with joy, love, passion, and enthusiasm than our giving will be more powerful. If we give out of obligation and hesitation, the giving has much less force. Money given to an individual or organization that you feel very supportive of and want to encourage their success is a powerful force released to do good both for the receiver and the giver.
What are some ways of giving that can make a difference in the world and in your life? One way of giving is to give money. Money is a very useful commodity and when it is given to support a cause you believe in then it is money you feel good about giving. This kind of giving is most powerful when you charge it with positive thoughts and visualize it being used to make a difference. Giving is best when you feel a strong inner knowing that this is right and what you want to do. When you give from such high intention, you will receive in some way from an equally high place. Does that make sense?
Another way of giving is to give of your time. Volunteering is a wonderful way of giving. When you give your time then you always get back something of equal value. I know many people who have an organization they love to volunteer for because they feel so good for helping out. These good feelings from helping out sometimes seem so much more than they have given. There are many opportunities in your community for giving, just check your local paper to find where the needs are and what you would enjoy doing.
One way of giving is through our thoughts and blessings/prayers/meditations. You can give quietly with intention to those who you feel can use support. If you have a friend who is struggling then sit quietly and send them your love. Do you know someone you feel gratitude towards? You can sit and send them the positive energy of gratefulness. How about a family member in a major transition in life? You can see them in your mind and heart doing well, enjoying their new freedom, being uplifted by life, realizing who they are more fully or having whatever qualities they need to thrive in their life. You can even bless those who have you over for dinner, your employer, your co-workers, your friends etc. All these quiet thank yous are a kind way of giving and appreciating.
As I was writing this I got some insight myself. Giving also gives me an opportunity to value what I give. I write this blog every day to be an inspiration to those that read it. My giving is because I want to make a positive difference in your life and in the world. I just understood in a new and deeper way that this giving through writing is of value, no matter the results or how many people read it, because it is my giving from my heart and my consciousness. I just sat up a little more now realizing that this blog is about me giving the best I know how to give. This writing is of real value because it comes from my purpose that is about uplifting and inspiring the higher realization of you and me. Anything done with passion and purpose and filled with compassion is a great offering to the world.
I was inspired to write this journal entry by the Deepak Chopra’s book The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success. His chapter on giving is a wonderful teaching. Thank you Deepak for the light you send out into the world.
For it is in giving that we receive.
St. Francis of Assisi
There's a great joy in my giving. It's thrilling. It's exhilarating. It's important to be a part of sharing. It is my love. It is my joy.
W. Clement Stone