Tithing is a GOOD Thing!
Ernest Holmes explained the concept of tithing very succinctly when he wrote, “Everything in nature moves in circles. What goes out must come back. Unless the seed is sown it cannot bear fruit, there must be planting time for every harvest. Who gives all, receives all. Who refuses to give, limits the possibility of the greater Good returning to him. The seed that is planted must correspond to that which we desire in our experience. If we want more money, we must give more money; if we desire more time, we must tithe more time; if we want more love, we must love more.”
Some of us have been brought up since childhood with the knowledge and concept of tithing – what it is and why this is a tool toward prosperity. It is and was practiced by such people as the Rockefeller family, the founders of Quaker Oats, Heinz and Kraft. Tithing is the giving of one-tenth of our income back to the source of ALL supply. For many of us this may be a real challenge to give ten-cents out of every dollar we receive. But if we do we will find that it becomes easier as time goes by. Our faith expands our consciousness, in turn creating a greater vision for ourselves, and our lives.
In her book Open Your Mind To Prosperity, Catherine Ponder states: “To get spiritual help from one place and tithe to another is like going to one doctor for help and trying to pay another; or like eating in one restaurant, yet paying for your meal in another.”
Many of us wait until the end of the year (now) to see how much income we had and then begrudgingly fulfill a ten-percent tithe obligation for tax deductions; where as if we were to give with an open heart of joy throughout the year we would most likely find our income has increased more than we realized. Our Good comes in many ways and avenues, and I find that giving with gratitude at the moment is more fulfilling than waiting to see what I’m going to get because I gave!
So here is my suggestion: Begin a program within your mind. Each moment of the day give thanks. When you receive a gift, a meal from a friend, or a check, right then set aside your tithe and share your thanksgiving with the source of ALL Good. What has been your source of inspiration? Perhaps you want to make a list of where your tithes will go. Most importantly WHENEVER, WHEREVER AND WHATEVER you give, give JOYOUSLY. This is not a duty or obligation it is your gift to return to the Universe a portion of what It has given to you.
And now for a Christmas and year-end gift to you from Ernest Holmes
The following was published in the 1955 Affiliated Churches of Religious Science News-letter, Issue 4, Volume II, Christmas Issue.
A CHRISTMAS GREETING FROM OUR BELOVED DEAN AND FOUNDER
Dr. Ernest S. Holmes
TO ALL CHURCHES AND LEADERS: GREETINGS!
As the Old Year passes into the New we are reminded of the unborn moment from which everything emerges. The unconditioned whole which constantly takes new form in our lives. Let us then, move forward with new hope and fresh inspiration to a greater influx of divine Power flowing through everything we do, say and think. The Eternal goes forth anew into self-expression through each one of us and beholds Its own glory and delight through our will and imagination. It is our will to become the instrumentality of a power greater than we are. This Power at all times must be to us exactly what we are to It in all of our lives and all of our endeavors.
May new vision and high inspiration attend us on the pathway of unfoldment. May Love, Tolerance and Good Will bind us together with the unbreakable cords of Faith and Affection while Joy takes us by the hand and leads us into the pathways of Peace.
My deep affection goes out to all of you in appreciation for the kindness you have shown me throughout the years – without which I would have had neither the courage nor the vision to continue. May the New Year bring to you the fulfillment of your hearts desire.
ERNEST S. HOLMES
Following The Bliss
I am fascinated with what went on during “the split,” when the IARSC (Internationals) separated, but not completely, from the Institute (Uniteds). Every time I read Dr. Marilyn Leo’s Chronicles of Religious Science, Vol. 1 (Yes, Vol. 2 is coming soon!), I realize the waves of joy and sorrow, and of progress and pain, of the decades finally leading to the unification in 2012.
I first poured over Chronicles looking for the interaction between Ernest Holmes and perhaps the finest of the Internationals, Dr. Raymond Charles Barker, a minister whose work I would love to see brought forth more, and of whom we have many papers, books, and tapes. But because my particular interest is theology, I wonder if there developed any change in direction after the split, even though both factions used the same textbook. Was there a difference in emphasis? Scanning the back issues of Creative Thought provides some clues, but I want to get into the minute details that Dr. Barker emphasized in his writings. Clearly, there is a potential Archives project afoot here, and any support would be most welcome. Please feel free to help.
So, I went to our website and typed in Barker and immediately got 31 citations. (This should have been hundreds, but our search database is limited and many SOM Magazines are not yet scanned (more funds welcome here also). I went for the April 1952 SOMM article entitled “Power is Where We Are,” which I found to be excellent in today’s world too. However, something else also happened.
To explain, Joseph Campbell, in his Companion, and other places, described his 1930’s adventure in Woodstock, NY, a five year long reading of many books, as follows:
I read Joyce and Mann and Spengler. Spengler speaks about Nietzsche. I go to Nietzsche. Then I find you can’t read Nietzsche until you’ve read Schopenhauer, so I go to Schopenhauer. I find you can’t read Schopenhauer until you’ve read Kant. (p62)
The next thing you know, you have a tableful of open books when you follow your bliss this way, as Campbell gladly complains. Importantly, you also find unexpected things off the path, which leads you into other areas altogether. But you know this.
Anyway, in searching out Rev. Barker, which I must continue to do, I also found Dwight Eisenhower’s excellent article, also in the April 1952 SOMM (and 1952 was an election year!), entitled Selflessness And the End of War, where Ike and Generals Bradley and Marshall discuss what “special qualities they would look for in a man to be given a big job.” This article is a classic, and Ernest Holmes himself must have personally approved it. I’ll bet that you will enjoy both articles.