Your response and your emails have touched my heart.
I’d like to post one, if I may:
“Steve, This donation comes with one stipulation. You must keep at least $XXX and do something for you. Anything that brings you joy and a break from the grind.
“Looking forward to your article on what you come up with. We all need to remind ourselves that self care, self love is not selfish but a first step. Wayshowing self love – what a concept. Bless You and all who serve. Your friend, MB”
MB, I am blown away. I nearly broke down in tears.
I think you hit the nail on the head, dear heart. I need a vacation. That’s what I’d do for myself. I haven’t had one in a decade.
And with your kind help, I’ll take one for sure.
Since giving money can be giving love (hopefully, always is), may I say something about love itself, from my own experience? And I know you know that I mean higher-dimensional or transformative love.
I’ve found myself in the experience of higher-dimensional spaces like love, bliss, and peace by two avenues.
The first was by sensing the presence of love (or bliss or peace) when it was there, recognizing it for what it was, and feeling it totally fill me up. Love, when recognized, has a habit of expanding to fill up the space. This avenue appeals to me as a follower of the awareness path.
The second is as the gift of an archangel. Or an angel, a seraph, an ascended master, the Mother herself.
Drowned in the Ocean of Love, one sees beyond the shadow of a doubt that love is everything. That experience came as the gift of a higher source.
Leaving aside the second avenue and concentrating on the first, if we want to connect with or recognize the transformative love that is always-already there in very subtle flows, then I suggest that we may want to sharpen our sensing, our discernment.
Several ways of being, in my opinion, contribute to that. They include blessing, thanking, forgiving, helping, asking, giving, receiving, and acknowledging. Pillaging, burning, and torturing do not.
Sharper powers of discernment allow us to recognize the subtle currents of love that flow within us, in our hearts. When love is recognized, it expands. That’s what sages mean, I think, when they say that love will come through any crack it can find. It also takes up any space it can find. And it transforms us and the space.
Giving money is one way of helping or serving. All the ways bring a subtle flood of higher-dimensional love. If we recognize it and allow it to fill us up, we find ourselves in a … well, I want to say another world.
It isn’t true to say that there’s an amount of money we can have that would take away all our cares in the world. But it is true to say that there’s a type of love we can have that will take away all our cares in the world.
So, in my view, giving is one way of inducing this flow of love and sharpening our discernment so that we can feel and recognize the subtle current.
MB, I gladly accept your offer to take a vacation. I deeply appreciate the loving gesture. I’m happy to tell you what I decide.
Thank you and thanks to everyone for their kind and generous response, which allows us to carry on.
A vacation…. Hmmmm….