The Vibration of Charity?
One of my favorite GVU contributors recently posed the question:
“If we’re supposed to mind our vibe, close our own gap, respect other people’s ability to close their gap, not empathize and drag our vibe down to suffering, is there a role for tithing and charity?? Or does it perpetuate poverty?”
Giving back in some form or fashion isn’t something I’ve really questioned before. But lately it’s got me wondering.
When you believe another needs your help and you shore up their weakness with your strength, you help them not.
When you expect another to succeed without the benefit of your help, you see them as your Source sees them.
So … that doesn’t necessarily sound like a ringing endorsement of charitable giving!
Then I found an interview where Abe said tithing should be undertaken “by inspiration, not obligation.” The reporter said the Hicks’ don’t recommend charitable giving so he went on to ask what they’re doing with all their money:
“What we are teaching,” Jerry says, “is that you don’t attract through need, but through desire. Like, we were in a little restaurant in San Francisco a while back and the waitress was just so wonderful. We gave her this envelope, with all the cash from that day’s workshop. She yelled: ‘Oh my God, you can’t believe what you have done for me. I was going to lose my apartment.’ We said: ‘If you’d told us that, we wouldn’t have given you the money. We did it because you were wonderful.’ … We don’t do charities.”
Which reminds me of what Kim Falconer recently said on the topic:
From a place of collective consciousness, giving and receiving is the awareness of energy exchange, nothing more and nothing less. It is the universe in action, responding to our collective thoughts.
We, as universe, feel moved to respond … from an energetic match at the same place in time and space as the receiver. We are the universe in action. Giving money, time, old clothes etc is no different than giving a smile. It’s there spontaneously (a match), or it isn’t.
Frank Butterfield shared this perspective from Edwene Gaines (I have no idea who Edwene is, but I highly respect Frank):
“Her belief is based on a biblical passage in the book of Malachi. She says tithing must be done to abundance and not poverty.”
Apparently Edwene strongly advocates tithing 10% of all gross revenue to places where you receive spiritual food. Even if that might be a bit of wisdom from a waitress at the diner (recognizing that God had spoken through the waitress and provided spiritual food).
My current conclusion after thinking on this is that while my habits might not change, the vibration with which I engage those habits will.
Instead of sending money to my favorite non-profits because I think they are in dire need of it, I’ll send it because it feels good. Instead of donating my give-away clothes, books, furniture, etc. because others are worse off than me and it’s my duty to spread the wealth, I’ll donate simply because I like having less stuff and it feels good to recycle and reuse.
I’d love to hear your approach to donating, tithing, and charity … what’s your practice and what’s the vibe behind it?