The contribution button works and many of you have been using it. As a result, the amount needed by August 20th has been reduced from $6,500 to $3,300.
This is practical evidence of the meaning of the words,
“to have, give all to all”—a radical principle
which illuminates the following:
The only way everyone can have is if everyone gives.
And the pure perfection of this principle
lies in the fact that since everyone is capable of receiving,
inequity becomes impossible.
If this seems unrealistic or unachievable
then I ask you to ask yourself,
“Is this different from love?”
Thank you, everyone!
As you may have noticed, our contribution button has been inactive since August 6th. This was due to the upgrading of our credit card processing system, which caused the normal flow of online contributions to be brought to a halt. We apologize for the inconvenience. The system is now updated, functional and available to use.
As a result of the interruption we are approaching the 20th, when $6,500 of expenses fall due, and the Foundation’s bank account is unable to meet them. Everyone’s immediate support is invited to help meet this need.
August 13th, 2014
Everyone is aware that the constancy of this work is the result of a circle of giving—a gifting of love, generosity, kindness and appreciation which has endured for over thirty years, extending its blessing around the globe for all to enjoy without strings.
The engine that has impelled this circle of giving has not been “obligation” but an impulse from the heart—an actual act of caring from everyone—which has set this work apart, keeping holiness and the true meaning of Brotherhood in sight and always close at hand.
Paul and I had the following conversation last night, prompted by Paul’s difficulty in dealing with his friend’s commitment to dying and refusal of any form of prayer or healing.
PAUL: Why did I go through the day, today, without direction—floating like a leaf on the wind of (so-and-so’s) manipulation? Why did I not feel the gumption to interrupt it, free myself from it and stay joined with you? To say it better, what can I do if this happens again? How can I override the inclination to take no action and just quietly sit with whatever the bad feelings are? Being rudderless is an awful experience. Continue reading
The relative silence during the past four weeks, the absence of updates and appreciation for everyone’s wonderful support (which did indeed meet the needs), and the fact that we have only had one Study Group during that period has been due to Paul’s learning that a very good friend—a student of the Course and of mine—was told he had a terminal condition with only a short time to live, and that he had made a commitment to dying!
This friend’s sudden “sanctification” of disease and death—claiming that he has realized that they are part of the naturalness of life—together with his demand that no one pray for his healing or contradict his new-found revelation, not only ignores the fact that there is no order of difficulty in miracles, it renders miracles meaningless. This change of attitude has been very hard for Paul to deal with, even with my help, and he has not been dealing with it well. Continue reading
Thank you again to those who have joined in confirmation of the extension of Love rather than the “extraction of cost” as the real rate of exchange. Your gifts have reduced the amount needed to $2,500—which is still due two days from now on June 20th.
These funds are not present in the Foundation’s bank account, and I am once again inviting everyone to participate in the practical actual acts of extension which confirm the embodiment of Gift as brotherly love.
Divine idealism must be translated into practical realism—needs met.
Your participation is needed, and it is needed now. And it must be understood that the practical realism of meeting the need is a holy activity because it establishes Heaven on earth. It restores earth to its spiritual original as the Kingdom of Heaven which had been misperceived, and the restoration cannot occur if “the human condition” is overlooked, ignored, risen above or discounted in any way. Continue reading