”Whatever I am offered in
devotion with a pure heart — a leaf, a flower, fruit, or water — I
accept with joy.” - Bhagavad-Gita
principle of supply, when it is given freely, draws on true generosity.
If you give only because you expect to be duly rewarded, you are merely
fulfilling the law of demand and supply. This works, but it is a
limited concept - a little on the stingy side. When you give
because you want to give, you have really grasped the law of supply and
have come into a higher law, which we call generosity. ... Do what you
want to do because you want to do it. That is generosity. To
say you will give only to the worthy limits your supply. The tree
gives its fruit to any and all. The sun shines and the rain falls
on the just and the unjust. The issue is you, not the worthiness
or appreciation of the recipient. Generosity concerns your law of
prosperity. God SO loved - not just barely, but with a superlative
attitude. Don't let the tithe limit what you want to be. How
much should you pay or tip? These are deeply related to your law
of supply. That extra giving is what makes the difference.
That extra bonus. That extra contribution to your church, etc. ...
Get out of the compulsive. Get away from what is expected of you.
Such conditions bring no growth or fulfillment. Begin to do what
you want to do. Prosperity comes only when you operate from a
consciousness of generosity. Can you afford to do what you want to
do? Your answer to that question reveals your level of supply.
God, or Spirit, does not need your money, nor your affection and praise;
yet you need to give to God - money, affection, and praise. But
remember, you do not give to get; you give to live. Giving is the
measure of your being." - Dr. Robert H. Bitzer, Collected
Essays of Robert Bitzer
The Master Mind Jesus gave us the
"key" to gratitude, "give and be given to" ... not
only is this a principle that will prosper us, but it is a principle
that will give us the joy of gratitude. Growing up as a Baptist
and my young adult years as a Catholic, I was taught to
"tithe" to the church as a matter of faith. It took many
years of observation, personal experience, and spiritual awareness for
me to realize that "tithing" is not limited to money or to a
church. I believe that the authentic "tithe" is to that
which we want to give to, whether it take the form of money or in some
other way of support and assistance. Yet, our "giving"
cannot be perfunctory or habitual, but a "conscious giving" of
our good thoughts and feelings about that which we give to. Dr.
Bitzer wrote that we are to "get out of the
compulsive and get away from what is expected of us" ... and
in so doing we gain a freedom to develop a genuine sense of generosity
and in so doing, we feel a joyful gratitude, not only when we receive,
but as we give too.
Dr. Bitzer reveals a subjective impulse when he
writes, "to say you will give only to the
worthy limits your supply" ... this level of giving carries
with it a judgment; who is worthy and who is not. Some people will
not "tip" or "tip" generously based on the level of
service they receive ... but this is an "exchange" not
generosity. Our giving must never be dependent on conditions as
this will translate into a lack of self-worthiness and self-deserving.
If we choose to live as worthy and deserving of the expanded good that
we seek to experience, we must establish this sense of worthiness and
deserving for everyone. I know it is easy on a material level, to
"tip" less when we have received less than good service in a
restaurant or other service establishment, but our "tip" is
not based on the consciousness of the waitress or waiter, but is based
on our awareness of our own consciousness of supply. The waitress,
waiter or service person is not impacted in consciousness necessarily by
our level of generosity, but we are. We must always remember that
no matter what level of service or cooperation we receive, that everyone
is always doing "their best" based on the consciousness in
which they are doing it in ... and it is up to us to not be
"influenced" by another's consciousness, but to maintain our
own consciousness of generosity and supply in all situations and
It is not always easy to remember that a
"tip" is an integral part of the Law of Giving and Receiving,
especially when our service is at an uncomfortable level. But, as
we have the awareness that both Love and Law are Omnipresent and
Omnipotent, our best is supported by our remembering these things.
If we are to realize the results of our faith in the Good, we must
always remember and never forget that G-d, Infinite Presence, responds
to us, by "corresponding" to our thoughts, all the time and in
A few years ago I was invited to have dinner
with another minister, someone who I didn't know on a personal level,
but was familiar with their work. This minister was in the early
stages of developing a ministry and was seeking my support for their
work. As we were seated in the restaurant, the minister
immediately complained about where we had been seated. Throughout
the dinner, the complaints about the service and the atmosphere from
this minister, permeated our dinner conversation. When it came
time to "tip" the waitress, the minister declined to do so
justifying the failure to "tip" on the perceived lack of
service from the waitress. And so it was up to me to
"tip" for both of us as well as to pay for my own dinner
although I had been "invited" by this minister to have dinner
with her. Upon leaving the restaurant the minister asked me what
words of advice could I give them that would help them to grow their
ministry. My response was simple, "always remember that you
are a minister, all the time." The minister responded by
asking, "what do you mean?" When things go wrong, don't
go with them. We should never take on another's consciousness, but
instead have the consciousness that "lifts them up."
Our soul responds to these words from Dr.
Bitzer: "God SO loved - not just
barely, but with a superlative attitude" ... and in these
words we can realize that as we consciously seek to identify with G-d
within us, and that as we reflect this "G-d
SO loved" nature of the Divine consciously, we shall
experience a joyful gratitude in all things that concern us.
SO IT IS!
Dr. Henry Lee Bates
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