The Spiritual Practice of Conscious Giving is an invitation to deepen our
connection with Spirit and know that Its infinite good is already within us;
to give with an open, joyful, loving heart; and grow by stretching our
consciousness in the arena of giving.
In the words of Ernest Holmes, “There is an Infinite Law of the Spirit, or
Law of Life, which tends to multiply our gifts, because in so doing It
multiplies Its own experience, Its own pleasure, Its own fruition.” This
quote reminds us that, in giving, we are avenues of Divine distribution,
and Spirit experiences the fruits of Its givingness through us.
How wonderful is that!
Ahiah Center for Spiritual Living offers many ways for each of us to explore Conscious Giving. One way of giving is to give your time. We hope you find an area of service that opens your heart, as you share your gift of self with others.
We may expand our understanding of prosperity to take us beyond money alone and truly reflect the abundant nature of Life itself, and our right to live abundant lives by exploring the truth about money and what it stands for in our lives. We have the opportunity to gain freedom from money having power over us through challenging ourselves to give from the heart with love.
Traditionally, tithing is giving 10% of your gross earnings to your spiritual source.
If 10% inspires you then go for it. However, any amount that stretches you and makes you examine and move through your beliefs around lack and limitation is the percentage with which we encourage you to begin your tithing practice. If that is 5%, 8% or 20%, it is yours to take into prayer to know the right amount for you.
Be sure to consider not only where you are giving to, but where you are giving from. One thing that is absolutely necessary: whatever the amount, it must be given with love. If a tithe is given with underlying motives of trying to get more - then you will not experience the gifts and freedom of this amazing practice.
We teach that tithing is not a practice we should do out of a sense of obligation, but something we choose to do out of a generous spirit of love and giving. We promote the message that your tithe is to be given freely and joyously to whatever feeds you spiritually. Most importantly tithing is a demonstration of faith that God is our source of abundance.
"No one has ever become poor by giving." - Anne Frank
“Deeds of giving are the very foundations of the world.” ~ from the Mishna, Pirkei Avot 1:2
“What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal.”
~ Albert Pike (1809 – 1891)
“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.” ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt (Second Inaugural Address, 1937)
“What is the use of living, if it not be to strive for noble causes and to make this muddled world a better place for those who will live in it after we are gone?” ~ Winston Churchill (speech in Dundee, 1908)
“The highest use of capital is not to make more money but to make money do more for the betterment of life.”
~ Henry Ford (1863 – 1947)
“If there be any truer measure of a man than by what he does, it must be by what he gives.”
~ Robert South (1634 – 1716)
“I would rather have it said, ‘He lived usefully,’ than, ‘He died rich.’”
~ Benjamin Franklin (letter to his mother, 1750)
“The proper aim of giving is to put the recipients in a state where they no longer need our gifts.”
~ C.S. Lewis (The Four Loves, 1960)
“But history will judge you, and as the years pass, you will ultimately judge yourself, in the extent to which you have used your gifts and talents to lighten and enrich the lives of your fellow men. In your hands lies the future of your world and the fulfillment of the best qualities of your own spirit.”
~ Robert F. Kennedy (speech at Berkeley, 1966)
“If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.”
~ John F. Kennedy (Inaugural Address, 1961)
“Is the rich world aware of how four billion of the six billion live? If we were aware, we would want to help out, we’d want to get involved.” ~ Bill Gates
“Riches, power and fame last only for a few years! Why do people cling so desperately to these transitory things? Why can’t people who have more than they need for themselves give that surplus to their fellow citizens? Why should some people have such a hard time during their few years on this earth?” ~ Anne Frank (diary entry, 1944)