The Giveaway

Doing things for others is a time tested and true way to reach a higher spiritual state. When I was a child, living at an ashram, they called it Karma Yoga. Usually calling mundane daily chores by this name was a way to get people to do things that were unpleasant or distasteful. Although this is not a requirement of Karma Yoga, when we are confronted with having to do distasteful chores for the benefit of others, it is well to realize that our love for others is, in and of itself, a powerful tool for good. Interestingly, we occasionally get too attached to the outcome of our effort to get real benefits from service to others. When we take ourselves completely out of the equation the giveaway has the power to change the world, nearly always for the better.

How often do we do things for someone else? We go to work, or fall in love, give to our church or pay our taxes, but often we do these things more for our own benefit, enjoyment, salvation or feeling of duty rather than out of selfless service. This is the paradox of doing for others that many people overlook. If we truly give, with no attachment to the outcome, the world transforms itself around that event, breaking the limits of the physical realm and rewarding us immeasurably in ways we often cannot fathom.

We used to have events at full moon. Everyone was asked to bring something to give away. I’m sure that we all have a thing or two that is non-essential that we could live without. Remember, most of us reading this live in affluent cultures, basic survival is not an issue. Even if it were, this exercise would gain even more power and the participants would receive even greater rewards. At the start of the event, we would place a large blanket along the path leading away from our circle. As people arrived, they would put their item on the blanket. We asked them to bless it to a higher purpose and release it with love. Then when people would leave, we would cover the first blanket with another, and draw out one by one items that had been left there, giving them to people at random. Only once did someone get back what they had brought and oddly enough, they said that they had not been “ready” to give the thing away.

It is not for us to decipher the mechanism that lies at the heart of this process. We must however rediscover the power of the giveaway if we are to find a sustainable path to the future. Every “primitive” culture knew the value of this important concept. Every person who grasps the possibility of positive change and takes steps to let their love for the world shine through action has experience with this law of nature. As agents of God-ess and through the giveaway, we have the power to change the world. Begin now by taking a few simple steps. Do what you can for another. Do it out of love for them, without any expectation of reward or reciprocity. We are all deserving. We are all worthy. We are all in this together, and we will all benefit from the changes that will come from unconditional love that is reflected in selfless acts.


About otherfishwrap

One of the last of the Baby Boomers, I remember where I was when JFK was shot. Good story. Born during the Cuban Missile Crisis, my life has been spent studying, practicing skills and attitudes that reflect justice and the sanctity of Earth, Air, Fire, Water & Spirit. Trained as an educator, my life has been devoted to cultural development and social justice.
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