In my first column, I mentioned six core spiritual practices: Meditation, Prayer, Sacred Service, Spiritual Study, Tithing and Visioning. This month, we’ll talk about the one that often creates the most impassioned feelings for people – Tithing.
First, Religious Science doesn’t require tithing – nor any other spiritual practice. We believe very much that each person has the right to choose their own spiritual path through life and we honor them all. Having said that, we also offer tools to support people in creating lives they love. And, we would be remiss in not sharing those tools. So, let’s talk tithing.
The Universe works on a give/receive process. In breath & out breath; ebb & flow of the tides; day & night – all is cyclical and each is the complement of the other. Tithing is a specific spiritual practice that activates the “giving” part of the give/receive equation of the Universe. Tithing itself is not “magic.” By itself, it won’t rescue your finances, find you a new love or please a deity which is already pleased with you. What it does do, is engage you with the law of giving/receiving. Eric Butterworth compares tithing to training wheels on a bike. They support us while we learn to work with the laws involved in balancing and riding a bike – but they are only trainers, not the law. Tithing is to help us learn to play in the law of giving receiving.
Ultimately, we need to develop a consciousness of giving to truly activate the law. Jesus didn’t teach tithing – in fact, he mocked the rigid misuse of it that was going on during his time. But, he did teach giving – “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over… For with the same measure that ye mete (give out) withal it shall be measured to you again.” Luke 6:38.
“The great need is to give way to the divine flow, and tithing can be an excellent means of achieving the giving consciousness.” Eric Butterworth, Spiritual Economics. Dive into the flow with wisdom, love and a genuine spirit of giving and watch the Universe naturally return that flow.
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