If we’re struggling in some area of life, it may be due to the cycles of time, the collective, or unfolding karma. But it’s also useful to look at how we are with circumstances. If we’re resisting or responding with depression or other heavier emotions, we may be offering a sinkhole to the energy of growth.
This is not a suggestion of blame. It’s natural to feel bad when things go poorly. But soon, it’s time to move on. What are we bringing to life? What are we feeding? What is supported now?
An early example for me was Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. He offered everything he did and all his accomplishments back to his teacher. He framed his work as on behalf of his teacher and the tradition. We may say he was a monk and gave away everything as a practice. But there is a deeper art to action here.
You may be familiar with tithing. The principle is you give back a portion of your earnings or crop to what gives you spiritual sustenance. This is embedded in some cultures. For example, in India you didn’t have to pay for spiritual instruction because those that could already supported the teachers and healers. Christianity has similar underpinnings.
Giving a portion is a rule for physical reality where resources are finite. Once we step deeper into energy and flow, resources become infinite. Thus, we can offer everything back. This is where it gets interesting.
Remember the dynamics of consciousness from which everything rises? We are here to have experiences, to be the observer. As we recognize in Self Realization, we are not the doer. As we discover in God Consciousness, the doing happens through the process of creation. More deeply, through the process of experience in consciousness. By putting our attention on these dynamics, we enliven them and they express into forms and phenomena.
By offering back the energy and patterns we receive, we strengthen the aliveness of the related devata (process of experience), they experience recognition and value, and they offer back even stronger results. Offering those back too creates a loop, expanding the results and spreading the benefits widely.
To understand this more deeply, we can refer to the nature of the devas. To quote from the closing lines of the Rig Veda:
“Go together, speak together, know your minds to be functioning together from a common source, in the same manner as the devas [celestial beings], in the beginning, remain together united near the source.“
This is seva or giving service in a much larger way.
Dorothy Rowe uses this approach in her healing process. The group works as a collective, together. By putting attention on the roots of health challenges, we can resolve the cause. But what expands the potency is when we offer those results back to the doers, back to source. This feeds those that support us and expands the results.
This is the art of gratitude, to thank what is supporting us and offer it back.
Our support team works with energy. What we feel is what we give them to work with and live off of. If we grumble and complain at our lot, we’re feeding our staff with disappointment. Not much you can make with that except more of it. How long can they work hard for us in those circumstances?
Again, this isn’t about blame, just understanding.
This is also not something we can manipulate. Fake gratitude won’t cut it. Attempts to manipulate energy will be flavoured with that and will produce results accordingly. As the Yoga Sutra (2:37) puts it, When non-theft is established, all jewels (wealth) rise up.
Also, you have to be willing to receive. If you don’t accept what is given, what do you have to give back? If the acceptance is conditional, giving it back is not an expression of gratitude.
This points back to the value of samadhi or transcendence, a spiritual practice that takes us beyond the mind into source. As we get familiar with source, we can begin to use it in life directly. We can bring unlimited resources to our support team.
As we culture inner peace, we can come to a place of honest thanks. As we experience the limitlessness of Being, we’re able to let it all go. And then we can offer it all back.
For everything that arises, say thanks and offer it back. This will expand it for everyone. As we awaken more laws of nature, this increases functionality but also leads to changes in the age. The number of awake laws supporting us is what determines what we’re capable of experiencing and the height of group consciousness.