1-23. If the love you give is not acknowledged, do not stop giving. Gifts of love benefit the sender just as much as the receiver.
In many ways, this concept can seem much more diametrically opposed to the general currents of thoughts of this world than any other. The idea of a gift, in this world, involves a one way transfer of physical matter or energy, a delivery from the giver to the receiver, inevitably involving some form of loss on the part of the person giving the gift. This is not actually representative of the Truth of how Gifts work. While certainly this concept of loss applies to physical matter, it is in no way is applicable to Gifts given freely, Gifts offered from the heart of one to the heart of another and Gifts given in the spirit of Love. Gifts of this nature, Gifts that are offered purely from a spirit of Love and of appreciation, reflect a Truth that extends so far beyond the limits of this world that they reach back towards our original Creation. In doing so, these Gifts attest to a Truth that has long been forgotten in this world. While forgotten, this Truth remains forever Real and valid regardless of the level of appreciation that any particular person or our global society as a whole might hold for it. In reflecting so very closely the essence of our Unity through God and our unbreakable connection, forged with Love and sustained forever though Truth, the Gifts that you offer that ask for nothing in return, Gifts that to even the smallest extent reveal a recognition of the Unity of our hearts, even if such a recognition occurs purely in the deeper levels of mind that we generally refer to as the subconscious, raise the level of awareness of the giver to such an extent that they cannot help but be reflected in reverse towards the person giving with such freedom and selflessness. While this concept of a Gift being reflected in reverse, backwards as it were towards the person offering the Gift is not at all an accurate reflection of Reality, is it a useful metaphor in this instance. When it is recognized that there is, in Truth, no direction in which the Gift travels, no path that it journeys along, no destination for it to arrive at, then it becomes easier to understand that because we are all but One Life, that which is offered to another is, in Truth, offered to the giver as well, intractably and eternally. It is a simpler thing to simply accept the concept that what you offer to yourself, you offer to yourself. This would be unquestionable by any rational person. To give to yourself, you cannot possibly be giving to another. This is axiomatic to the thinking of this world. You are you. Other people are other people. This cannot change. But it is not actually True. While they may inhabit separate bodies, living what appear to be separate lives and thinking what for all intents and purposes within the framework of this world are separate thoughts, in Truth there is no separation. Your fate, your life and your heart are forever bound with theirs in ways that you likely cannot fathom or even imagine. Regardless of whether or not you can currently conceptualize of such a concept, it remains True. To Give to another, to offer them Love, to appreciate their existence and to recognize them as present in your life, is a great kindness. You may not be aware that they themselves may not be willing to acknowledge their own existence to any significant extent, instead choosing, whether consciously or unconsciously, to dwell for a great part of each of their days in this world in the darkness of the ego. Such thoughts, such contemplations and such focus on the ego’s mad machinations is without merit. But many choose to occupy such a space in their own minds, most without any genuine recognition of the disservice they do to themselves by allowing such abstractions to distract them from the glorious world that surrounds them. When you offer to them your whole awareness, your kind gaze and your warm and open heart, they cannot resist. They cannot look away. It is not possible for them, to completely resist the Light that you radiate when you see them as they are – as a blessed and beautiful Children of God. Perhaps a Child who has forgotten their nature, at least temporarily. But not one who is without God. No one is forgotten. Many can and do forget themselves. But God knows all of them. In being present with them to even the smallest extent, you offer a great and wondrous Gift. In doing so, you also arise, again and again, as an Awakened Child of God, knowing over and over that you are Loved and that by extension, everyone else that lives is Loved, too. It is easy and commonplace to desire to be acknowledged. This is highly desirable on the part of the giver, as it can serve to validate that they are offering Love and that their Love is being accepted and, by logical extension, appreciated. But this may not always occur. It is of no consequence if it does not. This is not the validation you should seek when offering Love to anyone and everyone. They may not be ready. They may have dwelled in pain and anguish and loss for so long that they are not ready to admit to themselves, let alone to you, that they are even worthy of Love. This is a sad state of affairs to be sure, but it must be recognized. You do not and absolutely cannot know with certainty what they are feeling about themselves or what they are telling themselves about their own self-worth. This is not for you to know, for you do not need to know to offer them Love. The darkness of the ego is without limit, just as the Love of God is eternally unlimited. The dark dreams of others are not for you to dwell on. It is not necessary for you to dive into their minds and to fish them out from the deep chasms of fear and despair they may have cast themselves into. This is of no value to you and it is not possible as the Free Will each Child of God enjoys is without limit. You cannot drag them to the surface of their mind, back up to the Light of Love so that they might return to Peace. They must swim upwards from their abysmal depths of their own accord, in their own time and at their own pace. You cannot rescue another from themselves. But you can offer them a Gift that can shine Light to the very depths of their Souls, a Light that can be considered unreal by their minds but which their hearts cannot fail to feel. This is a truly gorgeous and incredibly honorable and worthy Gift to offer them. This Gift is the recognition that they are Loved and that because they are Loved, now and forever, they are forever worthy of being acknowledged and seen as the absolutely perfect Children of God that they have always been.