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The Spiritual Practice of Giving

Definition of the word give: “Freely transfer the possession of something to someone; to hand over.” Spiritual practices often don’t make logical sense and are paradoxical. Giving is one of these non-sensical practices. In the realm of Spirit, we can only give what we have. So, if we experience lack in any area of our life, we are taught to give or hand over that which we fear is lacking in order to experience more. Giving, then, becomes the plug that unleashes a stuck energy. I just moved. I don’t have friends where I currently live. If I want to have them, what do I do? I practice giving friendship to others. This looks like becoming active in the community I moved to. Volunteering, meeting neighbors, participating in a spiritual center. I am also discerning and have many friends other places in the world. I choose then, invitations I give and accept. In metaphysical prosperity teachings and in all religions, financial giving to the location you practice your faith...

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A Twenty Year Friendship Crescendo

I fell in love with my friend,¬†almost twenty years ago,¬†at a task force meeting for our spiritual community. We each had a styrofoam cup of coffee with powdered creamer in one hand and a day old donut swaddled in a napkin, in the other. We were in a small Las Vegas church in an even smaller room filled with voted-in leaders from across the country. Our eyes met as if to agree this continental breakfast was lame for a volunteer group who took vacation time from work traveling far distances to make a contribution to this organization. Our eye language became an instant and lasting part of our relationship. On our first break, we briskly left the building walking to the nearest grocery to buy some fresh food. We bit into a fresh apple, drank from our sweating water bottles and giggled our bond into existence. I learned my new friend was thirty five years my senior, although she didn’t look it and her energy didn’t convey it. She...

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