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I used to be an over-giver and I would give to depletion. I saw it all around me in the spiritual community, and the model of the over-giver was that “This is what being super spiritual looks like.” It took me some time, but I realized that this over-giving isn’t healthy and it’s actually affirming the ego thought system of our unworthiness.
No one over-gives who feels good about themselves. That’s a learned behavior that we can let go of.
The easiest way I found was to focus on being generous of spirit.
A Course in Miracles tells us “To have, give all to all.” And that’s a great plan.
We over-give because we’re trying to get something in return. We’re looking to GET some sense of feeling full instead of living with the deep fulfillment of living a balanced life.
In my classes, I talk about giving and receiving because that’s such a fundamental aspect of life. Yet, how many of us were consciously taught about giving and receiving? It doesn’t seem like there are very many who really are conscious about giving and receiving.
For spiritual students, they’ve heard that giving is better than receiving, but I am grateful to report that it can’t possibly be true.
The only place there is to receive from is Spirit.
So, in some ways, it’s more vital to be able to receive well from Spirit.
Without that, we won’t have ANYTHING to give that’s worth having.
I had a number of years where I really focused on shifting my ability to receive from Spirit in terms of direct insight, but also from Spirit in what people were sharing with me.
Let’s live without limits. Limits are artificial, and imposed by the ego thought system of separation. We don’t need them and we can live without them. Let’s do it. Are you with me?
In the comments below, I invite you to share a way that you over-give that you might be willing to let go of so that Spirit can flow in more fully! Thank you!