Each month, and sometimes more often, there is a letter of invitation to support the activities we engage in. And each month, support is gratefully received. However, in the realm of imagination called “everyday life,” the givers can and do “stand back” and evaluate their actions as though they are characters in a nursery rhyme or fable fulfilling a moral concept, allowing themselves to conclude, “What a good boy am I.”
The “givers” I am referring to include everyone: Those who respond to the invitations with their contributions as well as the one who makes the gift of my words—Paul. All of you can and do make this mistake at one time or another, providing room for learning more completely about the meaning of Gift.
And so, let’s take a look.
The making of a gift, whether by you or by Paul, is not about being a do-gooder whose “proper” storybook behavior—which, by design is meant to promote a moral lesson to the unenlightened—has succeeded in its goal, thus demonstrating that the do-gooder is better than before the gift was made. Nor are my invitations a call to be a good boy or girl, implying that one’s goodness is in question if support has not been given—a common thought which obscures the real meaning of Gift even further. But, of course, such misleading suggestions are the nature, method and consequences of the ego.
On the other hand, the real nature and function of Gift, in action, is to bear witness to God. It is the extension or expression of God moving in human experience through the Sons and Daughters of God—every one of us. It is the evidence of co-creation unencumbered by a “sense” of self expressing originality of its own and taking or receiving credit for it—you know . . . the imaginary storybook character manipulatively but almost secretly playing its part in the beneficent promotion of morality which helps it achieve the status of being a “good boy or girl.”
Co-creation is the magnification of That Which is Good, the giving voice to the Voice for Truth. It is sharing and embrace—the presence of Love. And there is no “standing back,” no process of characterizing Brotherhood and turning Life into story, fable or rhyme. The Sons and Daughters of God, when they see God, glorify Him, magnify Him, find ways to give voice to Him, because co-creation is the uninhibited experience/expression of Joy. And this is the Gift.
The Sons and Daughters of God fulfill the Purpose of Being not by being “characterizations” of conscious experience in a “world” out there, but by bringing their mindful attention to the threshold of “Thy will be done, Father” and not abandoning that conscious experience of Being—in other words, by being that presence of Mind in which all conscious experience is going on because it is the Mind of God being All?
When I invite your support for what we are doing, I am inviting your support for what we are being. And I am inviting it by asking you to join in being it, also. And what are we being? Witnesses to God . . . in you, in us, in all. This is worthy of magnifying.
To everyone who supported the meeting of the need in April, whether through contributions, prayers or practicing the two-step, thank you. Although the financial demands were extreme, all of them were met on time with great relief and gratitude.
As we approach the 20th of this month, there is an immediate need, and we once again invite everyone’s help. There is less than $200 in the Foundation’s bank account and the amount needed by the 20th is approximately $5200, with no grace period in which the obligations can be met without penalty. Thank you for joining us in continuing to make the gift available to all.
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