Generosity begins at the level of the soul, which never runs out of the two things totally necessary to life: energy and awareness. When you feel secure that you as a person won’t run short of those two things, you can afford to be generous in spirit. That is a greater gift to the world than money. The two don’t preclude each other. Once you are generous of spirit, giving on any level becomes natural and easy.
In practical terms, generosity of spirit comes down to the following things:
Offering yourself first. Here “yourself” means the real you. Flow from the inside out is what generosity of spirit is all about. The real you is open and vulnerable. It feels sympathy with the human condition. It recognizes no divisions between one soul and another.
Don’t withhold the truth. As life unfolds, you can only represent your truth, and it will change over time as you evolve. The important thing is not to withhold your truth, whatever it may be. Every time you speak your truth, you are advancing your own evolution, you are showing your trust in truth to prevail. Speaking the truth opens up options. It shows caring.
Be force for harmony and coherence. Instead of adding to turmoil, you can bring in peace, not just because it sounds moral and good to do that, but because without an influence of peace, no productive change can occur.
Place your trust in abundance. When you see abundance as the infinite resource of spirit, you trust that there will always be enough of what your soul has to give. Abundance is about trusting the flow, knowing that wholeness doesn’t have holes in it and never leaves a void. You can be generous with anything the soul gives you, and more will flow in. You will be evolving every day, as the soul, in flowing through you, transforms you at the same time.
All of these points fit our overall purpose of giving you a lifestyle that you can pursue privately while creating real change all around you.
Adapted from Reinventing The Body, Resurrecting The Soul, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2009).