We begin with generosity to ourselves. Generosity is forgiving. Forgiving is powerful generosity, but it’s also in a sense greed. Because when you allow yourself to see, you realize that whatever you are forgiving isn’t something “personal”. You won’t forgive the person for being who they are, and where they are. You realize it wasn’t about you, and you free you from the issue.
Would generosity then be defined as any moment where you part with a piece of yourself for the good of another? I would say yes, and no. Generosity is giving a part of yourself, but it isn’t self sacrifice. What determines “having” really? If you put a lock on it, do you have it? Is it not having the power of distribution that determines having? Having the power to spend or allocate these things you call yours?
Is it that we are forgiving the illusion that was created by the ego, and allowing things to just be? Yes, this is true.
I have heard it said that there is no such thing as sacrifice. Have you heard this? I have heard, and I agree. We do have a purpose in life, and our struggle with greed doesn’t move us closer to it. It moves us further away. Our purpose is to be expressive in the world, to be creative in the world, and to be present. When you are giving a piece of yourself it’s no sacrifice, it’s enriching. You give, because you realize this is what life means. That your support and love, your imagination and ambition, can make a change in the world.
You expect nothing back? Well, expecting something back is tricky. It’s like saying I expect a meteor will hit me. There is always exchange, and desire isn’t the evil. You don’t expect something back for what you give, because you already got it back. If you are forever keeping a ledger of things owed, you will be forever sorely disappointed. The world will rapidly show you it doesn’t owe you anything, but there is another way of looking at it. Life is a big web, everything connected, and as you give you affirm life itself. You give to yourself in giving, in the realization that you can still give, in the realization of the worth of what you give, in the sense of still being connected. Maybe you can even call it love.
What about the rule of three, does it apply? Yes, it does, and we don’t even have to get metaphysical. For one good thing you do it manifests threefold, but the number is symbolic. They say that ultimately we don’t fear powerlessness, but fear that we are powerful beyond measure. To give is an act of power, and it is its own reward. But because we villainize greed we blind ourselves. We say “I must give, but I cannot enjoy“. Is joy not love, and love not God? We judge ourselves, and we judge poorly. They say the sins of the fathers are inherited by the sons, and it’s not confined to men. We don’t inherit spiritual virtue from our parents, because it’s so abundant we don’t need it to come from them, and it’s the one thing we don’t see. Because we inherit the judgements, how many people are truly aware of their strengths? The vibrant living light/life force in them that could make them love life?
And what if we were? If you were then the problems wouldn’t make much sense, and wouldn’t worry you very much. We fear things of a social nature more than we fear for our physical well beings. The survival imperative is beyond fear. We fear social things. We fear judgements.
Human societies are rather cruel. Indeed, and I’m not denying that. But humanity has survived horrors, and still found nobility. Humanity has still found ways to live, and meaning in life, and they have never done it by being judges.
Your thoughts are welcome. Be well friends.