I finished reading Spiritual Liberation: Fulfilling Your Soul’s Potential by Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith and it was such an enjoyable read that I still use the powerful affirmations and embodiments presented. Now, I’m back to reading a book I actually started before Dr. Beckwith’s which also happens to be written by someone he mentors. The book is called The Sacred Yes: Letters From The Infinite by Rev. Deborah L. Johnson.
The Sacred Yes is a fascinating read and offers insightful perspective on God/Source from various angles. Its somewhat similar to Conversations With God by Neale Donald Walsch in that the author explains the content was “channeled.” For this, I refer to a great phrase my uncle once told me – TRUTH IS WHERE YOU FIND IT – and I’ve found plenty of it in this book thus far.
I’m currently on the 11th chapter, entitled DIVINE FLOW, and I think you’ll appreciate this analogy on giving:
“In addition to making a seperation between the giver and the recipient, there is also a tendency in your Westernixed cultures to make a seperatin between the acts of givin and receiving. This is a false disctinction. This is a pradigm that is of no use or value in the spiritual realm. It is a fallacious conceptualization that only continues to perpetuate the paradigm of duality. Ther is otherness reeking in this. Why do I say so adamantly that this is fallacious?
Perhaps the best example would be that of breathing. Within the process of breathing there is what you refer to as inhaling and there is what you refer to as exhaling. However, you are not breathing unless you are doing both. It would never occur to you to try to make such a distinction between exhaling and inhaling when speaking of breathing such that you would claim to be doing one without the other. There is totality here. There is a wholeness here. There is an integration here. You are not breathing unless both are happening alternately and interchangeably. So it is with what you refer to as giving. In fact, it is even more so. In the act of breathing you can mark the point in time when you are either inhaling or exhaling, even though they occur very closely together. However, in what is referred to as giving, the so-called giving and receiving are simultaneous. They aren’t even separate. It is all one.”
Feel free to share your thoughts on this book if you’re reading it or have read it in the past.