Lady Portia: The Heart of Giving
Friends, after some debate here in the Higher Realms, I have been chosen as the lucky one to bring through your message today. We all enjoy doing these messages so much that we look forward to the times we can come to speak with you. Of course, as we have told you before, we are in agreement in all we send to you through this channel, at the time it is posted. Things change, and our messages evolve accordingly, but you can be sure that whether the message comes from Ra, Sananda, St. Germain, me, or any of the Masters, we have consulted about what information we wish to bring to you at any given moment.
Let me suggest a way for you to read these messages. The earlier information is very informative, and was timely when it was given, so you can consider all the earlier messages to be historically interesting and informative, but not to be used as currently accurate. This is true for all the messages that come from Higher Realms, including the Bible. As Sananda has worked so hard in the past year to make clear, there were many distortions and inaccuracies in the Bible, since it was written 300 years after his life on Earth by a committee whose vested interest was in shoring up the power of the church and eroding the power of women.
In a way that was similar to what you have witnessed in recent decades, the cabal was in full force during those years, and it was their fondest wish to create conflict among the religions and to undercut the true power of Jesus’ message of Love. Some of what he taught remains, but the message has been watered down to present a picture that makes Jesus sound like a 3-Dimensional man with mostly conservative and narrow ideals. This could not be further from the truth. Those of you who have been listening to Sananda and the rest of us are learning that our view of life is joyful, liberal in every way, tolerant, loving and nonjudgmental. This does not mean we do not make judgments. It means our judgments are always based in the Greater Good.
I would like to add a piece to the discussion about leaving behind even the New Age teachings that no longer serve you well. We have already talked about Judgment vs being Judgmental, and the idea that you should forgive everybody (even when you should be protecting yourself instead of welcoming a destructive person into your life). Now I will address the concept of giving, which we have covered more fully in the book, Who Needs Light?
Giving is a complicated concept in the 3rd dimension. Because of the background feelings you have become used to, there is a constant niggling feeling that you will never have enough of what you need, and there is competition for the resources that remain. This is a cabal (dark) idea, based on the strategies which were developed for this very purpose, coming out of the creation of money and the ability of the few to hoard and monopolize the resources of the planet which were intended for all. Private ownership started the grab for more, more, more, while those with less power (money) were availed of less, less, less. This was simply a case of winner take-all, and the winners were the people who were willing to be guided by their own greed and indifference to the needs of others. So, there you were, in the midst of great abundance, feeling lack.
There was no room in this dark program for generosity or kindness. It was simply a philosophy of life which justifies and excuses selfishness. I am not referring here to people who genuinely work hard and bring something useful to the world, and who are paid a reasonable salary or bonus for what they create. There is nothing wrong with having enough – plenty, even. It is the mine-versus-yours attitude that has brought such painful separation and need to those who end up at the bottom of the competition.
In recent years, beginning around the 80’s, there was a great movement toward making money for oneself as an honorable, desirable pursuit. So many were convinced of the worthiness money can bestow that attendance in programs training professionals in social service fields plummeted, losing funding as well as respect in the academic community. Twenty years later, those who gave up their dreams of being of service to others began expressing their regrets and leaving the marketplace in favor of more fulfilling work, even if it meant lower pay. Today, the pendulum is swinging again, and training programs of all kinds will be turning out social planners, artists, writers, dancers, musicians, actors, entrepreneurs, and engineers and architects to build the technologies and buildings of the future.
Now, let us talk about how giving in the 3D world was affected by the obsession with money. Of course, the only people who had massive amounts of money were the bankers, large investors, corporate executives and members of the 13 families. They could make themselves famous and revered by giving 1% of their net worth to charitable causes. For a worker making $40,000 a year, that would be the equivalent of $400. How many people in lower income brackets “lend,” give away, buy food for a friend or think nothing of putting a $10 contribution in the church plate, and do it every week of their lives? Should they not be celebrated more gloriously than the millionaire who creates a great show of giving, for the notoriety it provides?
An even more important dynamic occurs between family members or friends when a person who wants to be known and loved for their personal favors and generosity to others makes it their life’s work to give to others, while creating a private PR campaign to let everyone know how much they love giving, and what a “big heart” they have. This sort of person gives relentlessly, whether the person they are gifting wants them to or not. He/she makes a point of talking about how much they give, how much it cost them, and how the receiver responded, whether they were appreciative or not, and whether the gift was reciprocated in any way.
Dear Ones, this is not giving; it is extortion. The Giver has a reciprocal partner in this scheme of give and take – that is the Taker who is so adept at making people feel guilty about their plight that they play on the heart-strings of every one around them, extracting sympathy and favors of the Givers. What a dynamic! Push, pull, complain, give, take, whine. This is a recipe for misery for everyone, including those who are forced to witness the destructive waltz of self-absorbed egos.
This brings us to the point of the discussion, doesn’t it? What kind of philanthropist or generous friend will you be once you have your blessings? First let’s define what giving really is, and how you know it’s the real thing (and not extortion).
Genuine giving is the same as being of service to others. It is a gesture that comes straight from the heart. There is no contract, no IOU, no ego involved. It is simply an impulse to help, followed by an offer of meaningful assistance. Preferably, that assistance is anonymous, or at least without any expectation of thanks or praise. Otherwise, you are buying popularity or fame, like the billionaires who give out grants with their own name emblazoned in gold, from the back seat of a limousine.
It takes more than money to be of service to others. It takes using your own talents and abilities to create something that will truly make a difference for others because it is something they need, not something you want to give them. A truckload of pork for a Jewish community will not feed anyone. A pallet of Bibles to Mecca will only repeat the insults that missionaries around the world have brought to indigenous people for the past 150 years. Need I say more?
It truly matters how you proceed to be of service once you are wealthy. The wealth you are being given will serve one really important purpose: it will free you from the drudgery of a 40-hour-or-more a week job so that you can use your creativity, your energy and your inspiration to be one of the Lightworkers who joins in, hands on, to create real change, first in your own community, and then around the world.
You are all experts in some way. Look first to the ways you can use your own gifts and talents to make the world a better place. In this way you will touch hearts along the way. This is the path to real change in the world. Together we must overcome despair, and especially the belief that want is an inevitable way of life. Those dark ideas which were connected with beliefs about money and the “modern” economic systems have left a trail of misery in their wake. These are the ills we know you will address, whether you had planned it that way or not. Your spirit of kindness and generosity, Dear Ones, will be the salve that will change the world.
You will carry the Light of Faith, trust in God and in each other everywhere you go. Your inspiration and deep Love for all living beings, human or otherwise, will light up the planet in a brand new way. Mother Terra herself will be the great benefactor of your work to stop the degradation of your environment. She is already smiling.
We are with you in joyful celebration, that you will at last be able to have the time and the resources to share yourselves, make new friendships, and dance. We will be playing your tune for you, as you go forth with Love in your hearts.
I am your Lady Portia, together with the Company of Heaven, sending you Love, Joy, and endless Abundance, that you may give without fear or hesitation, from the deepest
part of your Loving heart.
Transcribed by Kathryn E. May, September 5, 2014, 11 pm, New York
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