Defining Generosity isn’t as simple as one might think. Generosity is much broader than simply giving people your time or something that they might need. It involves far more than giving away your unwanted items to your local charity store or donating money that you can afford to help someone who is in need. Being generous involves much more than that. One’s underlying thoughts, feelings and motives matter, too. Generosity is one of the three Graces.
Yes, certainly it involves giving of your time and energy to a cause or project for which you don’t expect anything in return. However, true generosity is an attitude. It’s an attitude whereupon giving away something that is valuable to you, you experience no sense of loss and no desire for some kind of personal benefit. It is most powerful when what we’re giving away is something that we haven’t already lost our attachment to. Generosity is also giving without a sense of obligation. Giving for no other reason than the empathic desire to help someone else.
Valuable to Us
Giving away something that we have already lost our attachment to is not really being generous. We are not really offering something of ourselves in the giving. It is only when we give away something that we are attached to that we are truly being generous, because then it is a sacrifice to give it away. It is in that sacrifice that we experience being generous. Our Father, who sees all that we do, everything we say, and every thought we think, will know that the generosity comes from our heart.
Not Counting the Cost
Defining Generosity means the ability to give to another sentient being, be they human or our animal friends, or even a worthy cause, without adding up the cost to ourselves. It’s the ability to continue to be generous when the people with whom we are being generous don’t show any appreciation for what we are doing.
A generous man or woman’s motives in donating have to be primarily altruistic, or concerned with the well-being of those who would be helped, regardless of whether he or she will benefit in the process of donating.
It is also tolerance. For example, when someone is talking about their own life, can you give your attention to him or her when they need to express what is going on for them? Can you set aside your phone when you are face-to-face with someone and listen without having to interject? Can you allow the one with whom you are talking to sometimes say things that you may not agree with? Without the need to correct them if their desire to talk about their life is in some way helping them to heal? Can you project love at that guy or girl (unconditional love) and not judge him or her? Only this kind of listening is true generosity.
Tea With Hitler
My teacher used to say, “Can you have tea with Hitler? Can you sit there knowing how evil he is and not judge him?” This level of generosity is one that we should all aim towards, and only when we have reached it will we have embodied one of the three Graces. When working towards becoming more generous, if we concentrate upon that aspect of ourselves for a good 6 to 12 months we can change that aspect of ourselves relatively easily. It’s simply a matter of making it a priority in our lives.
The Three Graces
To speed up our frequency / vibration we need to embody the three Graces, tenderness, generosity, and respect. Forget religious dogmas… simply give more of yourself. Be more generous of yourself with others. Give more to other people. Don’t listen half-heartedly. Concentrate upon the one whom you are with. Be present. You may have nothing to give other than yourself, but that is more than enough to give. So many people are too busy thinking of what they want to say next when they have a conversation with another. They are not really listening. They are not concentrating upon the other. Defining Generosity is simple really – be present and give your attention to others. Simple, but not always easy.
Generosity of the listening kind is affordable. If you don’t have much money to help a worthy cause or to assist someone who is in need, you can offer yourself instead. Listen when talking with those who need healing. However, also be aware that you need to be sensible too. You need to give freely, but also there will be a need to limit how much you give with certain people. Some are so needy that they will drain you dry. Use your God-given discernment to know how much to give and how much to tolerate. Use situations like this to train you. See it as an exercise in learning to become more generous, but also be aware not to get drawn into plots and schemes that aren’t moral, ethical or a part of your own purpose. Sometimes you need to set boundaries.
What Generosity is Not
Anyway, I hope that this article has helped you with Defining Generosity. You don’t have to be rich to be generous. One might say that Bill Gates is generous, but really he’s not. Firstly, he has more than enough and so what he gives doesn’t really have an impact on him. Secondly, he gives because he wants acclaim and he expects kickbacks and benefits for giving. That’s not true generosity. True generosity is embodied when you can listen and not judge, when you can give of yourself to another in support of their needs. When there is a cost to you for the giving, but one that doesn’t leave you bankrupt, and when you can do it silently, without the need for attention yourself.
Thanks for reading,
Psychic Madeline Rose
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