Have you ever heard the saying "Life is a mirror"? It's a saying that I often repeat in conversations when someone is wondering why things happened as they did.
"It seems that everyone I meet is trying to take something from me, like they don't care about anyone but themselves." one may say after meeting with a prospective client.
"I just love how everywhere I go, people just seem to go out of their way to do something nice for me. And most of them don't even KNOW me!" another might say after coming back from a trip.
In both cases, the people around them are mirroring back to them their own attitudes and behaviors. For one, the attitude of trying to get something for nothing is mirrored, yet for the other, their giving attitude is mirrored in their experiences.
I used to be a timid and shy person. As a result, everywhere I went, very few people would approach me or respond when I approached them. When I started becoming more outgoing and more expressive with others, I found that people were more willing to engage me in conversation.
One way that a lot of people put this phenomenon to work for them to get more out of life is through a practice called tithing.
Tithing is a practice that comes from several references in the Christian Bible about giving back to God a tenth of what was gained through various channels. Today, most people who tithe give to the source of their inspiration, the channel through which God has given most directly to them.
Modern practitioners of this ancient teaching claim that it is the single most important activity responsible for their increased abundance of wealth and happiness. The more they give to others, the more others give back to them.
The fact that wealthy people all over the world donate many millions to good causes is a testament to the value these people give to tithing.
But donating money is only one way to activate the principle behind tithing. You can give of your time, your talents, your wisdom, your insights, your friendship, your love, your encouragement, or anything else that can benefit other people. Whenever you give freely and with a sincere desire to do good, the Universe finds a way to return back to you multiplied many times over.
While I don't tithe in the traditional manner (giving 10% of my income to my church), I do find other ways to benefit others and activate the principle behind tithing. I've found these alternate approaches just as effective.
One way that I tithe is through the free ezine that I publish, PowerKeys Pointers. Instead of the heavy-handed marketing approach that many online business people tend to use, where advertising is more common than content, I decided long ago to offer at least 4 times more content than advertising. In this way, I can give more and activate the principle of tithing.
Currently, I'm working on rebuilding this website, http://www.AlanTutt.com so that it focuses more on giving than on the sale of my products. This too is to activate and use the principle of tithing in order to increase my own prosperity.
But if I were to focus only on my own prosperity, the principle of tithing would not be activated, so the new website will provide everyone the opportunity to activate the tithing principle to increase their prosperity as well.
My vision is that it will become a place where people can come and find inspiring articles and helpful information that they can use in their lives, and also participate in the larger mission to make the world a better place for everyone.
With all this talk about tithing, and the principle behind it, we have not yet addressed what makes tithing work. What is the principle that makes this activity produce so much abundance?
The principle that makes tithing work so effectively is one that has several names. Some call it the Law of Attraction. Others call it the Law of Cause & Effect. Some call it Karma. Whatever you call it, it's a law of the Universe just as much as the Law of Gravity or the Law of Magnetism. Once activate, there's nothing that can stop it.
If there's one thing I can do to help you get more out of life, it's to encourage you to activate the Universal Laws and start focusing on what you can give to others. The more you do to benefit others, the more you get. It's really that simple.