Monday, May 15, 2006

Giving and Receiving - Revisited

I believe from the Absolute/Reality all Good is freely given and all I have to do is receive. Therefore, the following passage from the Bible is absolute truth:

"Ho, every one who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Hearken diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in fatness."
(Isaiah 55: 1-2)
Then you have Jesus in the same Bible saying:

"Give, and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For the measure you give will be the measure you get back." (Luke 6: 38)
This seems to be contradicting Isaiah's realisation. Isaiah is saying receive without conditions while Jesus is saying you receive with conditions i.e. what you give is what you receive. Hmmm! Curious!

Elsewhere Jesus teaches:

"Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For every one who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened." (Matthew 7: 7-8)
This passage is very clear. It is saying "ask, and it will be given you." There are no conditions. You don't have to give anything in return, all you have to do is receive. Is Jesus contradicting himself? Curiouser and Curiouser!

Now let us examine two miracles in the bible. In one story of a blind man calling out to Jesus for healing:

"What do you want me to do for you?" He said, "Lord, let me receive my sight." And Jesus said to him, "Receive your sight; your faith has made you well." (Luke 18: 41-42)
In a story of another blind man, the healing isn't that straightforward.

"[Jesus] he spat on the ground and made clay of the spittle and anointed the man's eyes with the clay, saying to him, "Go, wash in the pool of Silo'am" (which means Sent). So he went and washed and came back seeing." (John 9: 6-7)
Now, the Intelligence which Jesus refers to as "Father" that he knows he is at one with is perfect, unchanging, impersonal Power, Love and Wisdom. However, the Intelligence expresses through individuals in a personal way according to belief. In other words, the "Father" knows that there are humans who are open to receive without conditions and there are others who believe in exchange. Many people, for instance, feel guilty when someone gives something to them without expecting anything in return. Others find that what is freely given has no value.

Back to the miracles, we see that the blind man who received without conditions received his sight; while the blind man who expected to take some action received according to his belief. It also makes sense why Jesus teaches in different ways according to different needs. Those who are open to freely receive can resonate with "ask and receive." Those who are comfortable only with exchange can resonate with "give and you will receive."

If you feel comfortable giving/receiving something in exchange for what you've been given/received then do it.

If you're happy about giving/receiving without needing to receive/give in return then do it.

In the Absolute sense all Good is freely given.

The kingdom is already yours whatever your beliefs.


Related article: Supply and Demand and One