Contribution: obligation or choice? Each of us will of course find our own answer to this. I am reminded of the difference between giving freely and giving because it is required. Even if the action is the same in both cases, the outcome is different because of the calibre of intent put into motion. If we consider the gestures of love, appreciation, goodwill, compassion, kindness and so on, we can feel the quality of our intent right there in the state that these gestures create. We can say that the world ‘needs’ love and technically we would be right. But it feels very different when we choose to love, not because it is required, but because it represents the wisest (most knowledgeable) choice for that moment. For me, the very fact that these gestures remain my choice to give is part of the sweetness of giving. And the more we give, the less we consider withholding.
However the quality, effectiveness and impact of our intentions become fine-tuned when we understand the material that we’re working with. Exploring the underlying fabric of life reveals an intelligent, responsive and resilient system that operates effortlessly in diversity, and at scale, without losing its central coordination. That is no small feat! When we understand this experientially, not just theoretically, it allows us to partner with it. This partnership doesn’t allow us to reverse gravity or the trajectory of the sun, but it does mean that we can utilise its inherent qualities and abilities which result in a sense of personal connection, alignment and purpose. And we also access the ability to scale so that the impact of our contribution is far reaching, and universally beneficial.
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