Saturday, April 16, 2011

The gifts of self

This year many of you are taking a look at your holiday gift giving in a slightly different light. And while some of you bemoan the economy and say, "Look what I can no longer afford. I cannot give in the ways I used to give," we see that you always have beauty, truth, light, and love to share the world and those you love. These gifts reside within you and can never be taken away. They are not dependent upon human economies, nor do they ever run dry.

And so, dear ones, during this holiday season, focus upon the economy of God.

As you think about giving presents to one another, think also about giving your Presence. We do not mean you have to be physically present with someone, although that is always a gift! Simple ask yourself, "How can I give of my heart, my kindness, my words, my talents, my spirit?" "What do I have, inside of me, that I can contribute to this person's life?" And certainly dear ones, if you can and if you like, you can buy each other gifts, but if you do so, do so consciously, in a way that honors what you have and what you don't, and in a way that honors the receiver as well. Do not spend beyond your means because giving in this fashion stresses you and creates a vibration that simply affirms lack. Instead, spend with what you have for the simplest gifts, given with thoughtful and conscious intent mean ever so much more than others bought just for the sake of "something to give."

If you do not know what to purchase or do for someone, sit quietly, breathe, and ask your angels to inspire you. Imagine you can converse with that person's soul and ask them, "What would you like? What would touch your heart," and then wait for the first thought or idea that pops into your head. In this fashion, giving a gift becomes an act of connection, a beautiful moment of your soul touching and honoring their spirit. It is a sharing of energy, and an act of real love. And while this may take a little extra thought than just running out to buy something, it will be far more rewarding for you as well. For it is in giving that you receive, and when you give from the heart, you feel within you the true abundance that can never be taken away, nor will ever be reflected by your bank account - no matter how much or how little you have.

You are all abundant beings. It is your love, your kindness, your spirit, your gifts, and your talents that are most appreciated in this world... and these are the gifts that have eternal value.

So this year by all means, share your presents, but also dear ones, share your Presence with one another.

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