This weekend I was glancing through the dog-eared pages of Eckhart Tolle's "A New Earth" to remind myself of some of the wisdom I found in that book when I was reading it two years ago. I kind of like that back then I dog-eared the pages instead of underlining like I do now (today I almost refuse to read enlightening books if I can't also have a pen in hand to underline and write notes in the margins of every page). The earmarks forced me to read the entire page to remember what it was that I found so interesting that it merited a folded page. Looking at the various folded pages distracted me, in a good way, for two hours, especially when I came across this little gem on the principle of Abundance:
Acknowledging the good that is already in your life is the foundation for all abundance. The fact is: Whatever you think the world is withholding from you, you are withholding from the world.
Try this for a couple of weeks and see how it changes your reality: Whatever you think people are withholding from you - praise, appreciation, assistance, loving care, and so on - give it to them. You don't have it? Just act as if you had it, and it will come. Then, soon after you start giving, you will start receiving. You cannot receive what you don't give. Outflow determines inflow. Whatever you think the world is withholding from you, you already have, but unless you allow it to flow out, you won't even know that you have it. This includes abundance. The law that outflow determines inflow is expressed by Jesus in this powerful image: "Give and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. (Luke 6:38)"Now that is certainly something worth thinking about. Call it what you want to: karma, the law of the harvest, the law of attraction, the Golden Rule, etc. They all mean the same thing...what you send out to the world through each of the hundreds of interactions every day will come back to you.
I suppose that is why Mara and I have this blog...this is one of many outlets for us to practice offering goodness, respect, kindness, love, etc. I'd say so far we've received just as much in return as we've sent out...if not more.
And what about you readers. Have you ever found this principle to be true for you? If not, are you willing to give it a shot? Will you try giving what you don't have in the hopes of discovering you had it all along? I suppose the Holiday season is as good excuse as any to offer up some joy to someone else who needs it!