WHAT ARE YOU GIVING AWAY?
A wise woman was traveling in the mountains, and she found a precious, extremely valuable stone in a stream.
The next day she met another traveler who was hungry, and the wise woman opened her bag to share her food. The hungry traveler saw the precious stone and asked the woman to give it to him. She did so without hesitation.
The traveler left rejoicing in his good fortune, because he knew the stone was worth enough to give him security for the rest of his life. But, a few days later, he came back to return the stone to the wise woman.
"I've been thinking," he said. " I know how valuable this stone is, but I want to give it back to you in the hope that you will give me something even more precious.
"And what is it that you want?" the wise women asked.
And the traveler replied "I want whatever you have within you that enabled you to give AWAY this stone."
This morning we are going to look at -- AND MORE IMPORTANTLY WE ARE GOING TO EXPERIENCE -- Secrets Three and Four of Wayne Dyer's Ten Secrets for Success and Inner Peace. And over this month, we will address all ten secrets.a
So, again . . . the traveler said: "I want whatever you have within you that enabled you to give AWAY this stone."
This morning we are going to take a look at:
What do you have within you to "give away"? and
How do you get what you want within you so that you can give it away?
I am actually not going to speak as long as usual this morning, because we have something important to do together today -- something that will do two things: solidify these two secrets by experiencing them and, at the same time, send some healing/revealing energy to our world.
But first we'll look, briefly, at these two ideas:
What do you have within you to "give away"? and
How do you connect with what is already there so you can give it away?
1. WHAT DO YOU HAVE WITHIN YOU TO "GIVE AWAY"?
Dyer's Third Secret is entitled: "You can't give away what you don't have!"b Pretty self-evident, wouldn't you say?! "You can't give away what you don't have."
The wise women in our opening story had a precious stone to give away. Yes, she couldn't have given it away unless she had it. But she had something much, much more valuable; much, much more precious. And the hungry traveler recognized it. She had something in her that allowed her to give the stone away.
What did she have? Possibly: love; kindness; deep caring for her fellow traveler; certainty/faith/trust that she was taken care of; generosity; reliance on God for all her needs; unattachment; self-confidence; and self-worth.
I wonder how many of us could have done that? You don't have to answer that -- it's a rhetorical question. But think about it.
The only things we can give away are what we already have -- and the only things we DO give away are what we already have.
Jesus expressed this when he said, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."c In other words, unless you have love within you and love yourself you cannot love your neighbor or anyone else.
Let's look at it another way. A great example in Dyer's book: Think about squeezing an orange. When you squeeze an orange, what do you get? Orange juice. This is true regardless of :
Who does the squeezing,
What time of day the squeezing is done,
What instrument is used to do the squeezing;
What circumstances surround the squeezing;
Whether the squeezing is done with an attitude of love & peace or anger & frustration!
What comes out is what's inside. The same logic applies to you.
When someone squeezes you, in some way puts pressure on you, or says something unflattering or critical -- what comes out?
Well, my friends, if anger, frustration, bitterness, resentment, tension, depression, etc. come out, then that is what's inside.
When life squeezes you -- financially for example -- if fear and feelings of panic and anxiety come out, then that is what's inside.
And then a cycle is set up. The more we give that out, the more we get it back. And the more we get it back, the more we take it in. And the more we take it in, the more we give it out. I believe this is known as a "vicious cycle."
Everything we put out into the Universe - we attract back to us - in the same form.
Whatever energy we are putting out we attract back to us. It is as simple as that!
If you find yourself attracting people and situations that don't serve you - what energy are you giving to life?
Dyer (and many, many others) suggests that there are low energy thoughts/feelings/beliefs/etc -- like anger, fear, revenge, retribution, shame, guilt AND there are high energy thoughts/ feelings/beliefs/etc - like love - harmony - peace - kindness. The kind our wise woman had.
I don't think it takes a rocket scientist to figure out that we would all like to be living from a high energy place. Am I right?
And what can you do to get there? Really that question isn't correct - more correct is "what can you do to connect with what is already there?" OR. . . .
2. HOW DO YOU CONNECT WITH WHAT IS ALREADY THERE SO YOU CAN GIVE IT AWAY?
It's my belief that one answer lies in Dr. Dyer's Fourth Secret - By Embracing the Silence.
So what's the big deal about the silence? We're told in Psalm 46 - "Be still and know that I am God."d - Be still - and in the silence - in the quietness of your being - connect with God.
Mother Teresa described silence and its relationship to God by saying: "God is the friend of silence. See how nature -- trees, grass, grow in silence. See the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence. We need silence to be able to touch our soul."e
It's in the gap between our thoughts that the stillness of God can be found - Dyer writes this: "God is that which is indivisible. There's only one omnipresent presence called God. It can never be divided or cut into pieces. There's only one power in the Universe, not two. But everything in our experience as human beings appears to be in duality. Up exists in relationship to down. Light exists in relation to dark. Right exists because of wrong. You've never seen a person with a front who didn't have a back, an inside without an outside. Our physical world is a world of dichotomies and combinations of opposites, always divisible. Silence, however, is the one experience you can have that's indivisible. You cut silence in half and all you get is more silence. There's only one silence. Therefore, silence is your one way to experience the oneness and the indivisibility of God. This is how you know God rather than having to settle for knowing about God."f
I can speak to you of peace and of harmony and of the presence of God in the silence - but you can't come to know God through my words - you can only do that in the stillness of your own being.
That is what Ernest Holmes meant when he said is his treatise entitled What We Believe: "We believe in the direct revelation of Truth through the intuitive and spiritual nature of the individual, and that any person who lives in close contact with the indwelling God may become a revealer of Truth."g
And it is in the stillness of your own being that you will find your inventory of high energy vibrations - building and growing - and as we build and grow this higher vibration, we elevate the vibration of the planet.
I've told of this scientific experiment before, but it bears repeating here. Several thousand people gathered for the purpose of meditating in a group setting.
Each person in the meditation group had their serotonin levels measured prior to the long meditation session.
Serotonin is a neurotransmitter in the brain. Its presence in higher amounts indicates a level of calmness. The higher the serotonin level, the more at peace you are. After several hours of intense group meditation, the serotonin was measured again and there was a significant increase in serotonin levels in virtually all the participants. As predicted, the participants in this long group session of meditation were more peaceful and clam, as measured by their increased serotonin levels.
The second part of this experiment is even more astonishing. It involved measuring the serotonin levels of people who were not doing meditation but were in the immediate vicinity of the large meditation group. Their serotonin levels were measured both before the meditation and immediately after it. The serotonin levels in the people who were in the immediate neighbor of the group meditation were also significantly increased.
The implications of this kind of scientific research are astounding to contemplate. Just imagine, when you meditate regularly, you not only raise your energetic vibration -- you raise the vibration of everyone in your physical environment.
As you practice filling yourself with God-stuff - with the Divine energy - you'll naturally accumulate more and more of what it is you want to give away.
And the more of the God stuff you have to give away - the more of it you give away - and the more of it you attract back to into your own life. That is called a "glorious cycle."
CONCLUSION Ernest Holmes once said: "One person with God is a totality, is a completeness. One opinion consistent with Truth is not a positive statement, but an absolute fact. One announcement from the mind that knows will set the world on fire. Our time should be devoted to knowing the Truth that sets men free from the problem of ignorance; that Truth which alone can bring enlightenment to the world, that war should cease, that people should live together in harmony because they have recognized the Divinity within each other."h
And so this morning, we are going to spend some time in the silence filling ourselves with and then giving away high energy thoughts/feelings - God stuff.
Just relax in your seat. Close your eyes and go within. Allow yourself to just be in the silence. Then, within yourself, go to that place where you touch God, go to that place where you are known by God and look for that which would allow you to give away a precious stone without a second thought.
Touch into the love and kindness and deep caring within you. Touch into the certainty, faith, and trust that you are taken care of and always will be. Touch into your generosity created by your reliance on God for all your needs. Touch into your unattachment to the things of the physical world. Touch into your self-confidence. Touch into your self-worth.
Relax into the silence and open to God, open to all that is good within you, open to love, open to peace and just allow God to fill you very heart and soul with all good things. Feel the energy of love building inside your heart. Feel the energy of peace building inside your heart.
Then as you fill up with the energy of all that is good in God allow it to release into this room. Know that this room is filling up with peace, filling up with love, and as it fills to overflowing see all of this good flowing out into the community, filling every mind heart and soul in Castro Valley.
And as you allow this to happen your serotonin levels rise. And the serotonin levels of all around you rise and they all become calm, peaceful, and loving. As Castro Valley fills up with love and peace allow it to overflow into everything in this country.
Allow the United States to fill with love and peace. Send healing energy to our country and our world. Allow it to affect everyone in this country, every politician, every person that is influential in any way, send them love. Send them peace and know that this is a way we can change the world. We are the most powerful country in this world, and we will lead in love and peace and all the good attributes of God
Amen and amen
aWayne Dyer Ten Secrets for Success and Inner Peace
bWayne Dyer Ten Secrets for Success and Inner Peace
fWayne Dyer Ten Secrets for Success and Inner Peace
gErnest Holmes What We Believe