‘I give the miracles I have received.’
No one can give what he has not received. To give a thing first requires that you have it in your own possession. Here the laws of Heaven and the world agree. But here they also separate. The world believes that to possess a thing , it must be kept. Salvation teaches otherwise. To give is how you recognise you have received. It is proof that what you have is yours.
You understand that you are healed when you give healing. You accept forgiveness when you forgive.
I’ve had so many discussions about the concept of this lesson, ‘that you cannot give what you haven’t got’. People will generally accept it about physical things, like clothes and money and food, but they find it harder to accept that if they don’t love themselves that cannot love anyone else. I was once in a situation where I was being told how much love someone had for me, but in the same breath accepting that he had very little self love. He could not understand that he could only truly love me when he was able to love himself.
We’ve somehow come to admire people who profess love for others, do great deeds to ‘prove’ the love, become martyrs to their ‘loved ones’ but lack love for themselves. Those who find it hardest to forgive others also find it incredibly difficult to forgive themselves.
We’ve also adopted a belief that self love is selfish and narcissistic, a great way for the ego to ensure that as little love as possible circulates in the world, because in a previous lesson it talked about miracles being expressions of love, so each time you/we/us share love we are creating miracles, giving what we’ve received and opening the stores for more to pour in.
I had a quiet, meditative day, and was hugely disappointed to learn that Birmingham City Council has now reduced to one hour only, the free admission to its leisure centres around the city. Have the citizens ofBirminghamsuddenly become so healthy we can afford to reduce their access to free exercise facilities? Or is it that the leisure department doesn’t want to have to bear the brunt of the budget that it perceives the NHS should be forking out? Well, I guess I’ll be running over the weekend instead…weather permitting.