“When freedom does not have a purpose when it does not wish to know anything about the rule of law engraved in the hearts of men and women when it does not listen to the voice of conscience, it turns against humanity and society.” Pope John Paul II
One of the greatest blessings and/or curses of walking a spiritual pathway are the ongoing opportunities life presents to us to examine who we are and what we stand for. To live with spiritual integrity means to live our lives from the inside out; turning within and seeing the correlation between our sense of the sacred and the manifestation of our daily affairs. The idea of examining oneself regularly is not very appealing to most individuals, to a more significant degree because we don’t like what we see when we take a direct look. It takes courage to turn and face our demons, but it is the only way to true liberation; I did not say blocking them… but to reveal them to the light.
The greatest paradoxes in life to be found in a spiritual pathway are the principles of abundance and the law of circulation. Many churches on Sunday morning might recite something like: ….for the measure you give, is the measure you get back; by your standard of action, it shall be measured to you; for whoever has to him shall more be given; whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him. Metaphorically, it means that if you believe in more than enough, you will receive even more, or if you believe in not enough, the universe will conspire to take what little you may have from you. Therefore, the law of circulation works in this fashion. Practical wisdom noted by Ernest Holmes, “There are no voids because the universe abhors a vacuum.” The universe will fill that void according to our beliefs.
Paraphrasing world-known economics has offered statistics to note; consumer’s circulation of dollars staying in our respective communities enriches that community. We intuitively know we must make room in our lives to receive; it is merely how the universe works, and it never compromises on this point.
So, why do some people give more freely than others do? Why do some give to the beggar on the street corner? Why don’t you give it? Could it be that your thoughts are: the beggar should get a job; I have to work for my money; why should I give them my hard-earned money; they’re lazy; I gave at the office; I’m having a hard time myself,….on and on. The next time this occurs, know that you alone can create that expectancy by your willingness to release the good you hold, to receive a greater good. Once you establish the security of giving, you will never hesitate to give to a worthy cause or a decent person or a beggar on the street. The beggar who seeks a handout from you will represent his/her own consciousness of poverty and lack; but for you, allow emphasizing your faith in abundance, so you give him/her your sense of security in life.
Whatever you desire more of, you need to start giving. Don’t just give around the holidays. Don’t give to get, but give with the right intention – the law of circulation – the cosmic balance. It is how you confirm you are alive and connected to life. Know that money is energy in a specific form. Energy is a universal principle, and you are merely a conduit through which it flows. You may not have much to give but give nonetheless; give time, give smiles, give hugs, give service, give patience, give respect, give forgiveness, give love, give thanks and, most importantly, give thanks to the universal cosmic balance for it all.
There are no voids because the universe abhors a vacuum. Make a commitment to yourself that you will find a way to give that which is meaningful and significant to you. The law of circulation will thank you for it. The universe will fill that void according to your beliefs.
As Catherine Ponder has penned, “If you want greater prosperity in your life, start forming a vacuum to receive it.”