What an incredible example of the power of one thought, one seed of an idea, intent, focus & action! The fundraising day on 17 January was the idea of Teresa Corso who simply wanted to do something to give back to those whose teachings have been so important to her journey. The seed was planted & in 4 weeks the appropriate people came in to being to assist & support her in her endeavour. In just one day $2532 was raised! Mahalo nui loa to Teresa & to all the ‘ohana who were either there on the day or who donated items for raffles, doorprizes, money, food & teas. You are all extraordinary! The money will help in Sacred Halawa Valley to get such things repaired as the brakes on the truck, the pipes which carry water from the dam to the house & the lo’i, &d if we can raise even more – maybe hot water for showering!
This brings me to the concept of tithing or donating, whatever phrase you want to use. Many spiritual practices & universal ‘laws’ talk of the concept of tithing, often using the figure of 10% of income. Many of you know I donate regularly to RSPCA, IFAW, World Vision Child Sponsorship, Aloha International and Halawa Valley & collect towels for various animal shelters ( which reminds me, the Xmas bundle went to Victorian Dog Rescue – mahalo to those who contributed). That’s what I choose to do & of course everyone is different & has their own journey & priorities. The thing with tithing or donating, It’s not the amount that is given, it’s about the intent with which it is given. Neither does it need to be money, it can be time, volunteering, all sorts of things.
I often hear people say such things as’ I can’t afford to’, ‘ I don’t have the money’ etc . Perhaps it’s time to revisit ‘The 7 Principles’ of Huna, ‘The Secret’, ‘The Law of Attraction’ – all spiritual concepts of manifesting just under different labels.
To quote some Hawaiian phrases regarding manifesting & prosperity :
- Ana’ole, kea au, ka po ( there are no limits to the outer world or the inner world)
- O ka pono ke hana ‘ia a iho main a lani ( do good until the heavens come down to you/ Blessings come to those who persist in doing good)
- Aia ke ola I Kahiki ( Life is in Kahiki/ Success comes from the inner world)
- A’ohe wawae o ka i’a: o ‘oe ka mea wawae, ki’i mai ( a fish has no feet: you who have feet must come & get what you want/ thoughts must be reinforced by action)
- Ko Koa uka, ko koa kai ( those of the upland, those of the shore / share so that everyone’s needs are met)
And to quote Serge: “ Fear is the only problem: love is the only solution.”
“ Tithing is a way of sharing resources & expanding prosperity. You get back according to how it makes you feel, not according to how much you give”
& here’s Serge’s great little ditty to sing : Life is An Adventure
Be aware of what you are & what you want to be:
You can turn your life around from A to Z
Nothing is Impossible, belief is all you need;
You don’t have to trust to luck just plant the seed.
(chorus) Oh, Life is an adventure, life is all a dream;
Everything is flexible & not what it would seem
Dare to give yourself a chance to do the best you can;
Plan the way to live your life & walk your plan!
When the world is getting dark & you are full of fear.
Remember to turn on the light & make things clear.
When you are unhappy, & when you’re full of doubt.
Fill yourself with energy & then begin to shout
There’s a little secret that’s as old as can be;
Faith can make a mountain move & love can set you free
So bless the world each morning, & by it you’ll be blessed;
Trust the power deep within & then expect the best!
Are you Singing & Smiling yet? You could even put a little dance with it to energise even more!!