Tuesday, April 12, 2022

How do we give?

Only those who have a real and lasting sense of abundance can be truly charitable. This is obvious when you consider what is involved. To the ego, to give anything implies that you will have to do without it. When you associate giving with sacrifice, you give only because you believe that you are somehow getting something better, and can therefore do without the thing you give. “Giving to get” is an inescapable law of the ego, which always evaluates itself in relation to other egos. It is therefore continually preoccupied with the belief in scarcity that gave rise to it.T-4.II.6: 1-6

A Course in Miracles . Foundation for Inner Peace. Kindle Edition. 

Giving to get is often the name of the game. We give with “strings attached.” Giving is based on the ego’s principle of conditional love, “I’ll love you if…..”

The higher principle upon which to operate is unconditional love. I give just because I want to give with no strings attached, with no expectations, demands, implicit quid pro quos.

Today, it is suggested that one reflect on their motivations in giving. Is it truly a gift, an end in itself,  or a means to some end?

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