The last page of one of my favorite books where Tom Robbins puts the ball back in your court.

The last page of one of my favorite books where Tom Robbins puts the ball back in your court.

Much is written about manifestation, especially in today's mystic circles.  The right way to ask, letting go of desire and learning to receive are all covered at length.  But there is one important idea that seems to get lost, maybe because it seems unbelievable.  That missing link is the idea of outflowing.

The reason I keep on creating is not to simply build a library of content, but because that is my part of the deal with the Universe.  I write, make media and events because that's one way I am really able to give.  Another part of my deal with the Universe is that I take care of my family, friends, community, strangers and the world at large too. 

You have your own way to outflow, your own secret formula.  You have a ratio of magic to give out and when you do it makes room for the world's magic to come back to you.

The truth is, the more we outflow, the more comes in; and there is PLEASURE in the process.  

Here's a bit from Shakti Gawain on the truth of giving and what it really feels like...

"The universe is made of pure energy, the nature of which is to move and flow.  The nature of life is constant change, constant flux.  When we understand this, we tune into its rhythm and we are able to give and receive freely, knowing that we never really lose anything, but constantly gain.

Once we being to learn to accept the goodness of the universe, we naturally want to share it as well, realizing that as we give out of our energy, we make space for more to flow into us.

When, through insecurity (fear) and a feeling that there "isn't enough," we try to hold onto or cling to what we have, we begin to cut off this wonderful flow of energy.  In the process of hanging onto what we have, we fail to keep the energy moving and we don't make space for new energy to come to us. 

Energy takes many forms, such as love, affection, appreciation and recognition, material possessions, money and friendship.  The principles apply equally to all these forms...

True giving happens not from a space of sacrifice, or self-righteousness, or an idea of spirituality, but for the pure pleasure of it - because it is fun.  It can only come from a full, loving place.  

We each have an infinite supply of love and happiness within us.  We have been accustomed to thinking that we have to get something from outside of us in order to be happy, but in truth it works the other way:  We must learn to contact our inner source of happiness and satisfaction and flow it outward to share with others - not because it is virtuous to do so, but because it feels really good!  Once we tune into it we just naturally want to share it because that is the essential nature of love, and we are all loving beings.

As we outflow our loving energy, we make room for more to flow into us.  We soon discover that this process feels so good in itself we just want to do it more and more.  And the more you share of yourself from this spade, the more you seem to get from teh world, because of the outflow-inflow principle.  (Nature abhors a vacuum, so as you outflow you create space into which something must flow.)  Giving becomes its own reward.

When we fully understand and live this principle, we have manifested our innately loving nature.

Remember, however, that giving from a healthy place means being able to say "no" when giving doesn't feel right, that you can't continue to give unless you are equally open to receiving... and that "giving" also means giving to yourself...

When it comes to outflowing, practice makes perfect."

- Shakti Gawain


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