Ten days ago I shared a need with everyone, and many added their love to the flow and extension of our Gift and the needs were met. Thank you.
In this day and age, especially in an election year, no one is surprised to receive persistent and frequent requests for the support of worthy causes. It is equally natural, in our case, for those sharing their support to formulate a concept of “helping Paul do a good work.” It is equally unsurprising for those in receipt of the gift to be grateful to Paul “for what he does.” In all respects, however, this completely misses the point. “There is another way to look at this.”
I have set up everything we do on the basis of Gift, and then with great persistence I have made it clear why. It is because it awakens everyone into an awareness of being in relationship with brothers and sisters all over the globe. How? By engaging in the meeting of needs by sharing things which meet needs. In other words, more than just a social encounter, it is a soul encounter, an encounter of the heart. And for the one who stands in receipt of the Gift of an encounter of the heart, it needs to be known that that is what has happened.
Let me put it very simply: You are reading this brief exposition of the meaning of Gift not because Paul has listened for my voice and then shared it on our blog—not that alone—but because many, perhaps including you, have cared enough to want to share these Gifts with others who might find them as valuable as you.
Paul has engaged in a handoff, and many, like you, have joined in extending that handoff. Without everyone’s participation, this Gift would not be made, no matter how willing Paul might be. Why? Because I didn’t set it up that way. I am teaching something here, and it isn’t just about the principles of A Course in Miracles. It is about a way of being with each other which is not self-seeking, and which, by virtue of that fact, promotes an encounter of the soul, an encounter of the heart . . . and heals.
When you turn on your computer or check your smart phone and find one of these messages, you have been gifted by many individuals who have no idea who you are, but want you to have the Gift you have received because it means so much to them. And it’s important for you to be aware of that. The Gift isn’t just “a bit of information” stored on a server somewhere until you happen to Google it! It is an act of love. And whenever it is received, its Wholeness, undiminished, blesses you unless you carelessly reduce it to “a bit of information,” unaware that an idea never leaves its source and that you have been touched by another’s love. I promise you that there are very few people who make contributions without gratitude and love motivating them, and those are the Gifts which you receive.
What I am teaching about Gift in this way is just scratching the surface of a new way of being together—a new way of relating—which needs to be translated into all forms of encounter, of Brotherhood. You could say “Fulfillment is as fulfillment does,” and what we are “doing” uncovers what fulfillment really “is.”
That is the reason we do it!
September 15, 2016
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