(Excerpt from made-for-tough-times ebook 40 Easy Ways to Create a Miracle)
I don’t care how bad your situation is, especially financially speaking, properly applied philanthropy can reverse it all so fast you don’t know what happened. Literally. I’ve been through this scenario many times, and never has proper giving failed me – not once.
The paradox of course is that when you have only a little money, you don’t feel like giving it away. You want to hold on to it and put it to the best use possible – maybe even save it so you won’t end up in a scarcity situation again.
But the better impulse is to give it away. It’s better for two main reasons:
- When you give selflessly, you create a vacuum to be filled. Nature abhors a vacuum and so the world at large will react, and fill it for you, one way or another. Usually much more bountifully than the amount you gave.
- We are all here to learn how to share, period. This is the major lesson humanity is facing right now, and it’s just best to embrace it. When you share what’s ‘yours’, by doing so you also open doors for others to share with you. It may come in the same form as what you gave, or it may come in another form, all in accordance with what’s best for you at that time.
To illustrate the latter point, consider this little story:
A man died and quickly got to the pearly gates. He was curious to know what both heaven and hell look like before moving on to his allotted resting place. The gatekeeper obliged, and showed him hell first.
It was a bizarre scene, ten people gathered around a round table with a bowl of soup in it. Each person had an extremely long spoon strapped to their hand, so long that they couldn’t get any of the soup in their mouths. Needless to say, plenty of sorrow, anger and hunger surrounded that scene.
Then he was shown a scene from heaven. To his amazement, it was the same exact scene, with one difference: they were all feeding each other with the extremely long spoons. Everyone was having fun; laughter, warmth and enjoyment filled the room.
Satisfied by this telling vision, the man nodded to himself and moved on…
In practical terms, a good rule of thumb is to give 10% of your personal net earnings. This will keep the wheels turning and fortune on your side. If you want even more support for your ventures and more miracles happening, just give more.
The scale at which you give will always be reflected in your overall scale of achievement. I know many businessmen who for a time gave away up to 50% of their profits, and experienced unprecedented growth. It’s quite the little secret weapon…
The actual amount you give isn’t very important. It’s important that it ‘stings a little‘. That’s because that’s a sure sign that it helps you grow. Every time, it pushes your boundaries a little further, making room for more to enter.
If you want to make sure you get the maximum effect from your giving, consider giving to the highest class of recipient you can think of, or rather the highest source I should say. Think monks and nuns. Think charitable organizations around the spiritual tradition you most feel a kinship with. Anything that has to do with awakening higher consciousness.
The reason this is so important is this: you don’t really know what you need the most. The higher you aim your charitable spirit and action, the more likely the eventual feedback will hit home with you. It’s a peculiar truth, but it’s one I’ve verified countless times over the years. The best place to start with is always the highest!
(Excerpt from made-for-tough-times ebook 40 Easy Ways to Create a Miracle.)