Coming up to Christmas and everything that follows – like customs, obligations, roles, comparisons, not to mention how to make everyone happy – and the guilt feelings.
I feel to invite us all to focus on true giving and true generosity.
Therefore I have selected some passages from the Course in Miracles and from Kirsten Buxtons book “I married a Mystic” … to take all these concepts a little deeper, which might be helpful in the midst of ego tempting you into separation and specialness, comparisons, obligations etc.
I married a Mystic s.225: “Holy Spirit: Generosity in the world’s terms involves time and ownership. When time is not available as a means for demonstrating generosity, it is often substituted by giving material possessions. True generousity involves being who you are and reflects this truth through your actions. In true generousity there is no idolatry, comparisons, financial or time considerations.
Our Father gives unconditionally to all of His sons whether they seem to be aware of His gifts or not. There is no guilt involved when you give as your Father gives. There are only blessings.”
… “Ask me if there is a way to express your desire in form and let me guide you.”
Manual for Teachers 4.VII: “To the world, generosity means “giving away” in the sense of “giving up.” To the teachers of God, it means giving away in order to keep…… In the clearest way possible, and at the simplest of levels, the word means the exact opposite to the teachers of God as to the world.”
The Text Chap. 24 III.1: “Comparison must be an ego device, for love makes none. Specialness always makes comparisons. It is established by a lack seen in another, and maintained by searching for, and keeping clear in sight, all lacks it can perceive.”
Manual for Teachers 25.5: “When investment has been withdrawn from the world’s material gifts, the ego is seriously threatened.”
Manual for Teachers 23.4: “Remembering the name of Jesus Christ is to give thanks for all the gifts that God has given you. And gratitude to God becomes the way in which He is remembered, for love cannot be far behind a grateful heart and thankful mind.”
“God gives me only happiness.”
He has given my function to me.
Therefore my function must be happiness.”
“Does the ego really have gifts to give, being itself an illusion and offering only the illusion of gifts?“
“I will accept my part in God’s plan for salvation.”
“He will do the rest. He will enable you to understand your special function. He will open up the way to happiness, and peace and trust will be His gifts; His answer to your words. He will respond with all His faith and joy and certainty that what you say is true.”