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The question now becomes: How does one give to God what is God's? There needs to be no doubt or argument about how one is to do this. We do it exactly as the Christ Light lived and taught. “To Caesar and to God.” Ministers give the spiritual bread of life to the congregation. The metaphysician who talks to his or her friends about the wonders of Truth in his personal affairs is doing the same—in different words and in a different context, but these two actions, the minister's and the metaphysician's, are the same.
Such giving is precisely what Jesus meant. He lived this activity with a ministry everyone is familiar with. Then, that Light of Life told those who could hear this voice to go and do as he had done: to tell the Story and “heal the sick.”
The objectivist churchman gives freely of his tangible wealth, but often he doesn't give so freely of his own inner glimmers. In the world there is a great reluctance to talk about things so personal and meaningful. If there is talk at all, it is usually expressed in the words of some respected spiritual authority or quoted as scripture until one becomes little more than a walking anthology for the words of other people. This is hardly being a spokesman for one's own gift of Light. One's own Light is left unwritten, unstated and sadly unreflected. As a matter of fact, the churchman often has little he can say about the “sweet glimmering joys of the inner Gift” because those sparks come primarily from giving them.
The orthodox schools are more likely to make moral, psychological and ethical gift-statements to others or statements from scriptures that support an organizational view of salvation. These statements, from object to object about objective experiences, are the first step. Ah, but when the subjective idea dawns and we realize that the world lives within the Awareness that sees it, our gift to the world become quantum in their power. It may appear we are giving to one needy man or woman, but we are giving subjectively to the universe of Man.
On the other hand, having heard of Oneness and having experienced some intimation of the power of subjectivism and his affairs, the student of Truth is more likely to give that aspect of Truth to his acquaintances; but Glimpses do not continue to come from that activity either, unless one is giving his substance to the world as well—and here we have the strange blind bind of Metadelphia and its extreme position in Absoluty.
Nothing in metaphysical literature to this point in time tells of the Child or the Child's Equation. The whole wonder of “giving” becomes most remarkable when one does both kinds of giving and receiving. A divine synergism develops, as one quickly finds when he puts this double-barrelled action to the test.
This is a difficult concept for students of the Truth, especially those who are hanging tightly to the absolute position that decries the reality of matter in all of its appearances. The metaphysician within myself was certain the charities for human ailments and disasters headed the list of illusions that weren't happening and
shouldn't be supported.
The absolute position insists that broken hearts and cancer are not real and do not exist. The paradox is, they don't actually, but that is not the point here. They seem to exist and we are all dealing with the seeming, however absolute and isolated we think we've become. The consciousness of need appears in the same “seeming” world the metaphysician denies and ignores. Wherever one has been able to move beyond this peculiar-to-metaphysics barrier sufficiently to get up, get out and give to a charity or needy family anyway, that one begins to receive in ways he never thought possible!
Still, that much giving is only the first part of it. There remains the other part—and even that is only a bit of the Equation.
I liken the second kind of giving to the seed's inexplicable gift to the sunlight. It shoots a tiny stem up into sheer nothingness—and when it does, the entire universe gives back to the seed. Even so for the seeker when he finishes the transaction. And gives to God what is God's. In this arena, the objective view of things surrenders before the least Glimpse of subjectivism.
Nothing is more basic than the following “spiritual” truth. Giving the spiritual truth is the door-opener to Light, just as giving one's substance is the door-opener to worldly riches. I do not believe one receives the real glimmers of Truth until that one has given of his storehouse to others—and, most certainly, he doesn't continue to receive them unless he does.
BEYOND THEORY AND SPECULATION
These exchanges must be made in actual fact, not merely thought about and considered and judgmentally debated as to their merits. The gift goes “out” from our tangible bodily hand into the hand of someone else “out there,” in Caesar's world. And our own words of stories and events when the Light of Life has done something in our affairs is spoken out of our present body and listened to by someone at hand to receive the essences, the spiritual light, which, essentially, is giving God what is God's! The interface with Light/light is not complete until this is done in actual fact. Oh, but when we have done it, we feel it and know it is right!
The “gift to God” is most quickly accomplished with words to men, written or spoken. But both gifts are made and both exchanges are completed right here by oneself, out of his own wealth (external) and his own Glimpse, himself (internal)
Excerpt from "The Child Within Us Lives! A Synthesis of Science, Religion and Metaphysics"
By William Samuel
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