Seven categories grabbed my attention when I started this website. They were
- United States
I had a certain perspective about each category and I had questions too. Over the past two years, I have thought about, researched, and written about each of these categories. As a final ceremony to closing this chapter of my writing, I am looking at each of these seven categories and reflecting upon what I learned during these two years.
Finance – Part Three
Service keeps our minds sharp and our spirit open to the flexibility of change. Service allows us to practice the synergistic energy exchange of love with people in our environment. Service provides opportunity to give out of our abundance and create a void into which we can receive.
The outline of this idea is as follows:
- Each person has many gifts.
- Gifts only benefit other people when they are given
- We would give our gifts even if we didn’t receive payment for them.
- Gifts come from inspiration. This literally means they are from God’s Spirit.
- We deserve to be paid for giving them.
- No amount of payment is sufficient for the gift.
When I wrote about this idea in January and February of 2012, I explained practical ways of practicing this idea and I gave examples of how other people are Living Within the Gift by establishing innovative pricing structures and Paying it Forward.
Since then, I have identified another key part of this process.
It is giving out of our abundance so that we create a void into which we can receive.
I have noticed that when people crave change they look for the new to arrive without making space for it by releasing the old.
The old may be a relationship, possessions, a job, or any other thing that no longer serves a person beyond providing a façade of security. Within this clinging, an individual often experiences two consequences.
First, he becomes stuck in the rut that accompanies that old thing.
Second, she makes it impossible to experience the new thing she desires.
A person experiencing these consequences stagnates. He becomes stuck in a story loop without resolution.
She doesn’t grow.
In this place of scarcity, he shrivels, withdraws, and saves for the future.
This inability to become empty makes it impossible for her to receive. Moreover, her fearful constriction reduces her capacity to receive.
When one lives within the gift, he changes the perspective of what he has.
Whether she has a little or a lot, she considers that she has an abundance out of which she can give.
And, he gives.
This giving changes the focus from herself to another person, another part of herself.
As he empties himself, he creates a void.
Initially, this is a frightening feeling. It is the feeling of emptiness.
Then, because nature abhors a vacuum, because life functions in cycles, because last-minute provision is the natural course of life, the new comes rushing into the void because the void is a landing pad for abundance.
We often ignore this natural order of things because there is another financial paradigm that dominates our world’s landscape.
We find it when we look at the country I call home: the United States. I’ll write about it in my next article.