Welcome back to the conclusion of our Lenten Series, “Thou Shall Not Suffer; 7 Steps to a Life of Joy” by Rev. Mark Anthony Lord.
I really enjoyed this book and I really hope you have also. And just maybe, something resonated with you through these 7 weeks.
I think this chapter titled, “Give Yourself Away” is very appropriate for this Easter Sunday.
The Buddha tells us, “A generous heart, kind speech and a life of service and compassion are the things that renew humanity.”
And really, isn’t that what these 7 steps were about? Steps to bring out the humanity in ourselves by getting to know ourselves and by being better humans to those that we share this world with, all life.
Winston Churchill has stated: “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”
Rev. Lord suggests that we are here on this physical plane to master unconditional love for ourselves and others. It is ours to do, to completely accept ourselves as one with the God of our understanding, and to accept all we are so we can continue our growth to wholeness on earth and connecting to our true spiritual being.
Mark tells us that we must grow to see that every person is the beloved, an expression of God, and it is our duty to help others in any way we can.
He tells us it is our responsibility to remove the suffering of another when we have that opportunity.
Rumi has said, “When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.”
This river is the life of God. God, as life, gave and will give fully and freely forever.
And we, being One with this Divine Energy, can and will only know ourselves when we too, do what that Divine Power has done, give of ourselves.
We feel alive when we make someone else’s life better.
Think about that…when was the last time you helped someone? Pg. 109
Gather that feeling within you and let it grow and expand through your being.
Now, turn to your neighbor and share that feeling that love.
We don’t need big, sweeping acts of heroism and generosity. Simple acts making one person’s life better is just as beautiful and important.
Rev. Lord tells us about karma…that belief that what you put out into the world returns to you.
But he dissects it even further. Physical Karma is when we help others through our words and actions. Right words are words that do not minimize or hurt others. A good intent must be matched by right words.
Right actions are sacred and help others in the simplest ways. Opening a door for another, carrying a package, letting the car ahead in the lane of traffic all make others feel good and you get the benefit of a calm heart.
Psychological karma is earned through right thoughts and emotions. It’s not just “Do onto others as you would have them do unto you” but “think about others as you would have them think about you!”
A negative thought is about another but it is happening in your mind and body…therefor YOU suffer the effect. Remember, every thought is energy in motion…it extends to and affects those around you.
The realm of thought is powerful and creative—thoughts create our world.
Spiritual karma is about helping others to grow spiritually…doing spiritual practices, praying, volunteering at your Center and in your community. All these and more help to move us along our spiritual plane.
The more you give, the more you have and the less you need. We are to be a vessel through life energy flows. Be grateful for all you have….personally and as a member of humanity. It’s so much more than we even imagine.
Our feelings of scarcity are ego based. When we share our gifts with others, no matter how small it seems, your contribution expands into more. That is what BLESSING is all about.
Giving and Receiving
THE DIVINE LAW OF GIVING AND RECEIVING IS ACTIVE IN ME AND MY AFFAIRS. I GIVE FREELY AND RECEIVE BOUNTIFULLY.
THERE IS a definite law of giving and receiving. This law is based upon a consciousness of the Truth that God is the eternal substance in which all things take form. When we invoke love in our giving, we give divinely and we receive richly and abundantly. When we share our good in the spirit of love we are not anxious about receiving; we simply work in accord with the divine law, knowing that there is plenty to supply the demand. Giving in the Spirit we may be assured of having plenty from which to give, for Spirit substance is unlimited and inexhaustible. Enlarging the channel for giving also increases the capacity to receive. The good giver is also a good receiver, for he must give in order to receive. Let us keep the channel of our mind open to receive our blessings from God’s unlimited storehouse of good.
Luke 6:38 (NIV) says, “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”