I listened to a podcast with Matthew Maconnaughy yesterday talking about his book, Greenlights. He talked about how giving to charity and helping people are truly selfish acts because they make you feel so good. I used to think that too. But now I think selfish is the wrong word to use here. Helping one another is our highest form of self-actualization and happiness and evidence of our God-like nature. It’s why the Bible says man was created in the image of God. Selfishness has a negative connotation and does not begin to describe the sublime nature of this beautiful and elegant design.
Are we here to help others? It seems that’s the highest form / source of happiness. Giving to others makes us feel abundant, God-like. It’s redemptive, cathartic, serene. If it’s not out of ego, it brings our hearts together. Kindness can connect us and raise us up to our higher selves. So yes, in a way, it’s selfish to give to others if we are seeking that feeling. And yet, being selfish is ok if it’s connecting you to your higher self. Keep going. Keep being selfish in that way. Go higher and higher. Others will naturally come with you. And yet they are not your responsibility. Focus on your own ascension. That’s all you can do. The more focused you are on this, the better for everyone. Be selfish in this way for the good of all.
Giving is not a way to manipulate getting in return. However, in giving, I unblock the energy and allow it to flow. Don’t hold on too tight. Give, and the energy starts to flow again. Give, receive. Exhale, inhale. You cannot inhale if you don’t exhale. You have to make space for it.