Spirit of Unity
Giving and Receiving
Are You Breaking the Law? 
   
Blessings to you!
 
Can you believe that six weeks from now Christmas will be over?

The "giving season" has arrived. To give is a very blessed thing. Until it gets out of hand, which I believe it has. WAY out of hand. At this time of year, I always find myself getting frustrated, because of what I consider to be "holiday abuse." 

Holidays are days set aside to commemorate a person or specific event. In my NTBHO, holiday abuse is taking the meaning away from the holiday, replacing it with something completely disconnected, that usually benefits someone financially. 

Please do not get me wrong...merchants, advertisers, etc. provide a very good service, and they certainly deserve to make money for good service. What I am concerned about is taking advantage.

Two days ago it was Veteran's Day. A day to celebrate those who have committed themselves to serving and protecting our country, which means US! When I saw all of the ads for Veteran's Day Sales, all I could think of is, "What does that have to do with Veterans?" For some merchants, it is just a way to capitalize on our vets rather than thank and respect them. 

I must say that I was delighted with the business that had special gifts or free meals for veterans. But we still have a long way to go.
As a minister, spiritual holiday, aka holy day abuse really gets me going. This is no secret to those who have been following me for a while. 

Thanksgiving will soon be here, and the beginning of the real shopping frenzy. What was once Black Friday has now encroached on Thanksgiving, with many stores starting their specials on the holiday. Listen up...the stores are going to be vying for your business right up to Christmas itself. And there will not be a break until the after-Christmas sales. Trust me, you are NOT going to save all that much, especially when you exchange it for the price of spending precious time with family and friends; relaxing!

You can be a part of the solution to this holiday problem. I have done some research and discovered these stores will NOT be open Thanksgiving. YEA:

REI, Costco, Burlington Stores, T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, Home Goods, Home Depot, Lowe's, BJ's, GameStop, Half Price Books, Mattress Firm, P.C. Richard & Son, Staples, Von Maur, At Home, Nordstrom, DSW, Pier 1 Imports, Patagonia, Marshalls

Two things you can do are 1. Don't shop on Thanksgiving. 2. Shop at the stores that will be closed on Thanksgiving, and tell them you appreciate what they did. 

Unity has a saying, "Where the mind goes, energy flows," and I add "and manifestation follows. So, if we start holding thoughts of Christmas shopping, even if it's June, when the Christmas catalogs go out, we will soon be leafing through them, dreaming and ... yes ... shopping!

It's not magic, it's metaphysics! And might I add, manipulation! When our mind receives an idea, and it connects with our feelings, the combination holds the idea, which manifests. Example:

Even if you are annoyed that it has arrived so early, something inside of you stirs..."Christmas!" The sights, sounds, and experiences we love about Christmas (thinking + feeling) holds the idea. 

We glance through the catalog. We can see ourselves ordering the items...our loved ones receiving them with joy. At this point...we're "under the influence." From this point on, Christmas shopping has commenced. We will not stop until "after Christmas" sales are over. The more we hold the thought, the more we spend.

That would be well and good, until common sense goes out the window. This tends to result in over-extension of our resources, and ultimately letdown. Why? Because in Truth, Christmas is not about the presents. It's about hope, peace, love and joy; it's about family, friends and the birth  of Jesus.

We break the Law of Giving and Receiving when:
           We expect that we will receive. In Truth, we give because we have already received.
     We give what we do not have (on credit). Give from lack, and you will receive more lack.
     We give for the wrong reason or through manipulation
     We give expecting to receive love. It doesn't work that way.
     We buy led by emotion or impulse
     We give with strings or expectations

I do not want to put a damper on your holiday. Give, because it is a blessing to give. Give because in giving you receive a blessing of joy that can not be measured. But give within limits. I want to give you the gift of a wonderful, Spiritual, sane holiday. Thought about and celebrated at an appropriate time.         
 
Sincerely,
Rev. Alicia Leslie
Spirit of Unity 
 
Spirit of Unity is supported entirely by the offerings and gifts of those who feel they are blessed by it. If you would like to support this ministry, and sharing the wonderful, life-changing Unity message, just click on the PayPal link below! 

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Blessings to you!
 
Can you believe that six weeks from now Christmas will be over?

The "giving season" has arrived. To give is a very blessed thing. Until it gets out of hand, which I believe it has. WAY out of hand. At this time of year, I always find myself getting frustrated, because of what I consider to be "holiday abuse." 

Holidays are days set aside to commemorate a person or specific event. In my NTBHO, holiday abuse is taking the meaning away from the holiday, replacing it with something completely disconnected, that usually benefits someone financially. 

Two days ago it was Veteran's Day. A day to celebrate those who have committed themselves to serving and protecting our country, which means US! When I saw all of the ads for Veteran's Day Sales, all I could think of is, "What does that have to do with Veterans?" For some merchants, it is just a way to capitalize on our vets rather than thank and respect them. 

I must say that I was delighted with the business that had special gifts or free meals for veterans. But we still have a long way to go.
As a minister, spiritual holiday, aka holy day abuse really gets me going. This is no secret to those who have been following me for a while. 

Thanksgiving will soon be here, and the beginning of the real shopping frenzy. What was once Black Friday has now encroached on Thanksgiving, with many stores starting their specials on the holiday. Listen up...the stores are going to be vying for your business right up to Christmas itself. And there will not be a break until the after-Christmas sales. Trust me, you are NOT going to save all that much, especially when you exchange it for the price of spending precious time with family and friends; relaxing!

You can be a part of the solution to this holiday problem. I have done some research and discovered these stores will NOT be open Thanksgiving. YEA:

REI, Costco, Burlington Stores, T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, Home Goods, Home Depot, Lowe's, BJ's, GameStop, Half Price Books, Mattress Firm, P.C. Richard & Son, Staples, Von Maur, At Home, Nordstrom, DSW, Pier 1 Imports, Patagonia, Marshalls

Two things you can do are 1. Don't shop on Thanksgiving. 2. Shop at the stores that will be closed on Thanksgiving, and tell them you appreciate what they did. 

Unity has a saying, "Where the mind goes, energy flows," and I add "and manifestation follows. So, if we start holding thoughts of Christmas shopping, even if it's June, when the Christmas catalogs go out, we will soon be leafing through them, dreaming and ... yes ... shopping!

It's not magic, it's metaphysics! And might I add, manipulation! When our mind receives an idea, and it connects with our feelings, the combination holds the idea, which manifests. Example:

Even if you are annoyed that it has arrived so early, something inside of you stirs..."Christmas!" The sights, sounds, and experiences we love about Christmas (thinking + feeling) holds the idea. 

We glance through the catalog. We can see ourselves ordering the items...our loved ones receiving them with joy. At this point...we're "under the influence." From this point on, Christmas shopping has commenced. We will not stop until "after Christmas" sales are over. The more we hold the thought, the more we spend.

That would be well and good, until common sense goes out the window. This tends to result in over-extension of our resources, and ultimately letdown. Why? Because in Truth, Christmas is not about the presents. It's about hope, peace, love and joy; it's about family, friends and the birth  of Jesus.

We break the Law of Giving and Receiving when:
     We give what we do not have (on credit)
     We give for the wrong reason or through manipulation
     Our giving is out of balance with receiving
     We buy led by emotion or impulse
     We give with strings or expectations

I do not want to put a damper on your holiday. Give, because it is a blessing to give. Give because in giving you receive a blessing of joy that can not be measured. But give within limits. I want to give you the gift of a wonderful, Spiritual, sane holiday. Thought about and celebrated at an appropriate time.         
 
Sincerely,
Rev. Alicia Leslie
Spirit of Unity 
 
Spirit of Unity is supported entirely by the offerings and gifts of those who feel they are blessed by it. If you would like to support this ministry, and sharing the wonderful, life-changing Unity message, just click on the PayPal link below! 

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