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By Lisa Wechtenhiser

Yesterday, I introduced you to the wonderful Edwene Gaines, author of The Four Spiritual Laws of Prosperity: A Simple Guide to Unlimited Abundance.

Edwene’s work has had a huge effect on my life in such a short period of time and I wanted to share with you the four Spiritual Laws she writes about in the hope that you will find it just as powerful.

ten percentLaw #1: Tithe

The first of the four spiritual laws is to tithe 10% to the place or person where you get your spiritual sustenance.  So, 10% of your income off the top goes out to the Universe.

This is a tough one for many people and I can understand why.  Lots of us were brought up to put the envelope in the basket at church on Sunday.  It wasn’t a matter of whether we were receiving our spiritual food from that church, it was just “what was done” and that’s that.

Tithing, as Edwene explains it, isn’t about need.  Or charity. Or any sort of “supposed to / have to”  kind of thing.

It is given with an open and grateful heart as an acknowledgement that all abundance flows from God (Universe / Source).  And since all abundance flows from the Universe, there is no lack.

Here’s Edwene’s own explanation of how to determine where to tithe and why from Abundant Horizons:

What is Spiritual Food?  Spiritual food is that which inspires us, teaches us, reminds us of the Truth, and causes us to remember who we really are.  It is the infilling of spiritual energy that reconnects us consciously to the awareness of our own innate divinity.

I believe that many people walk around with a hunger – a hunger for a deeper spiritual faith and for a great realization of mission, purpose, and identity.  The spiritual food that can feed this hunger can come in many forms.  For example, it might be the uplifting message of an inspirational book or the feeling of joy from a beautiful piece of music.  Whatever the form, you know you’re being spiritually fed when you feel your heart sing.

What is the purpose of the tithe?  The purpose of the tithe is not to build churches or to pay ministers’ salaries, although tithes do help to do these and other good things.  The real purpose of the tithe is to acknowledge that God is the source of our good and that we are aware and grateful for the good in our lives.

God doesn’t need my money.  Why should I tithe?  Of course God doesn’t need your money.  You need to give because tithing is a beginning discipline in giving and receiving.   It increases our faith and pushes us through conscious fear.  When we tithe, we give back to the universe, and when the universe gives back to us, and more, we learn that we cannot outgive God.

My experience as a beginning “tither”

I  get this whole tithing concept somehow – like, it just makes sense to me, I understand the flow and have no fear about tithing. So this one wasn’t a difficult leap for me.  I created a spreadsheet of what came in, calculated 10% of it and then noted where I was sending it.

Reverend Deborah Johnson and Inner Light Ministries got my first tithes because I just adore her.  (I’ve written about that adoration before on these here pages!)  It made me feel so good to do that because I do get so much from listening to her speak and reading her books.  YEY for tithing, right?

Not a day after I had done that, the wonderful woman who takes care of my doggies all day gave me an envelope as I was dropping the kids off.  She said “I hope you accept this in the spirit in which it’s given.”    I was quite puzzled and when I opened the envelope, there was a card and some cash money inside.  The card thanked me for being a source of “spiritual food” for her.

I was stunned.

And touched.

That I had filled that space for others made me want to fly off to the moon.

Of course, I tithed on that money as well, sending it off to Robert Ohotto – and if ever anyone was spiritual food for me, it’s him.

Next thing you know, I get a check in the mail from someone very dear to me (who has been with me since Practically Intuitive started) thanking me for being “spiritual sustenance” for her.

HOLY COW!

But wait! There’s more!

I got paid for 14 hours that I didn’t expect in my paycheck from the temp job (too convoluted to explain why – trust me, it was totally unexpected!)  And yep, tithed on that whole thing as well.

What’s fascinating for me is not the money so much (but that part IS nice) but how it came in ways I couldn’t have dreamed up if I tried! That’s how it’s done. Leave the ‘how’s” to the universe and just do your part.

But Lisa, is it really that easy?

I think it all depends on your attitude as you tithe. If it’s a no-brainer for you (like me) than yes, I think it can be that easy to start the flow.  If you have some apprehensions about releasing and receiving, it may take a bit longer.  But it WILL work if you commit to doing the work.

And yes, all of this will push buttons about God, money, receiving, giving, abundance and more.  That’s okay.  It’s a good thing to explore how we feel about all of that and why.  This is also where discernment comes into play – this may not be the right path for you.  It’s right for me and I’ve chosen to make this my spiritual practice because I’ve been called to do this.

Don’t feel this is the only way for prosperity to show up. It’s ONE way, yes.  But not the only way. Only you know what resonates with you.

I welcome your comments and thoughts about this – I have a feeling it stirs up a lot for people.   Go ahead, tell me how you feel!

This is not the only piece of the puzzle, though. There are three more parts and each of them challenges us in all kinds of ways.

Join me tomorrow when we look at Spiritual Law #2:  Forgive others and yourself daily.