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I’m just about to publish another episode of my podcast. This one is on the section in the A Course in Miracles Text entitled Healing and the Changelessness of Mind. It talks about something I am frequently talking about because it’s such a common experience we have in our relationships – giving in order to get something back in return.
Giving to get is the way of the world, but it’s not the way of Spirit. Love gives because it is the nature of Love to share, to extend and to connect. Ego gives in order to get. In this world, we say it’s better to give than to get, but I don’t believe that’s true.
It’s more important to receive because everything we receive we receive from Spirit and that’s what enables us to have something worthwhile to share in the first place. A lot of spiritual students are terrible at receiving. If any one of them is like I used to be it’s because they’ve got strings attached to what they’re giving. When there are strings attached, when someone is keeping score, it’s not Love, it’s manipulation.
“The unhealed healer wants gratitude from his brothers, but he is not grateful to them. That is because he thinks he is giving something to them, and is not receiving something equally desirable in return.” A Course in Miracles T-7.V.7.
The healed healer is grateful, and grateful again.
Everything and everyone in life has a gift to share. Just by being in our lives people are sharing something valuable. Let’s value what’s truly valuable and stop valuing what truly isn’t.
I started calling what I was offering Living A Course in Miracles because it’s so much more than studying it. The Power of Love Ministry programs are living ACIM programs, not study programs. Studying is something helpful, but living the truth is life-changing, not just for us, but for everyone who knows us, for all of our brothers and sisters.
Being introspective, having the courage to look within, is how we can discover that the truth is written in our heart.
It’s already there. When we seek the kingdom within, then we can find it. We can look within and be truth tellers with ourselves.
We can be honest and admit that many times we’ve been wanting gratitude from others, but we’re not grateful to them.
Instead of being grateful, we hold resentments and grudges. And, truly, that’s not helpful.
When we’re looking to receive because we’re giving, and keeping score to boot, we’re actually operating from a lack and limitation consciousness and it’s sure to bring more of the same. It has to.
The way to feel like we’re appreciated is to be loving all the time. To be consistently loving brings a profound sense of gratitude from everywhere in the universe. To love without conditions brings us into alignment with the All in All and that’s our Abundance and Prosperity!
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