Here is a subject that may be considered way out there to many, but I feel can be one of the most important unknowns for people to get a better grasp of.
Sacrifice is the act of willingly giving up something in order to affect a change for the positive. Some people would picture an alter high up, possibly on a pyramid where a human life is extinguished for the greater good of a village, city or civilization,
this has happened in the distant past for many different reasons like for promise of good crops or good weather or lack of natural disasters and the such,
the effects of sacrifice are varied greatly depending on the situation and conditions. Power from a sacrifice varies greatly depending on a lot of factors.
I would like to start with the perfect example of a sacrifice that has affected the greatest good on the planet that I am sure most would agree with, and that is the death of Jesus Christ on the cross,
this is a man that voluntarily gave his life so that everyone could be forgiven their sins. Jesus could have made a confession to not being the son of God and his life may have been spared, he could have denied what he had done to save his own life, but he chose to stick to his guns and help everyone else at his expense.
What made this such a powerful event is that this man was perfect, he was without sin what so ever, in his whole existence he never succumb to evil of any sort, he actually had everything to live for but exchanged it all for us to have a chance to be one with his father.
This example would be hard to beat in any circumstance, there is a power in purity, which is why virgins were a prime example of sacrifice subjects, but that is not enough, the subject has to be freely willing to do this or else it would just be considered murder,
also the reason for the sacrifice would have to be good, it couldn't be for a personal gain or to greatly change the cosmic balance, ideally it would have to be mostly a selfless act, so if the subject was sick and about to die anyways, the power of the act would be diminished.
To suffer or to relinquish a right or liberty does not always have to result in death to affect a good thing to happen especially if it is selfless, Gandhi is a good example of this type of act where a voluntary act of starvation would help free a nation, he was not coerced in doing this, it was completely of his own God given free will.
I myself have made sacrifices for a good result that would help many people including myself, I was careful not to make it something that would upset a cosmic balance, but it was a ritual that was not exactly fun, and at times was painful, it drew upon the power of the people of our great nation that freely gave their lives in order for us to enjoy the liberties that we have today,
I cannot go into detail as to what it is specifically, and I will explain later why, but it did not directly profit anyone, only their well being.
This now brings me to prayer, prayer is also a great force that has many levels of effectiveness depending on the subject and circumstances. Prayer is somewhat like sacrifice in the way that it is used,
the most effective types of prayer would have to be totally selfless acts, meaning that praying for someone you know would not be as effective as praying for someone you do not know or even greater if you pray for someone you dislike,
like most people, we pray for our loved ones, and when I say that it is not as effective as praying for someone you dislike, I do not mean to deter anyone from praying for anyone they wish, as all prayer helps,
also prayer is most effective if no one knows that you are praying, also that is not to say that telling someone that you will pray for them is bad, especially if that act would bring comfort to them, but telling other people that you have prayed for so and so will diminish the act as it has just become less selfless,
this is also not to say that praying together in church is bad, but sometimes intention is confused by people thinking that if people see me praying, they will think I am a good person, this would be leaning towards being a selfish act that may end up hurting more than helping.
The most important aspect of prayer is true intention. Jesus has stated that it is best to go into your closets to pray, let no one know what you do as your heavenly father will always know your deeds and intent.
Also if you intend to include some sort of sacrifice on your behalf such as fasting, take care of yourself and not allow others to recognize what you are doing or have done. These acts should be kept as anonymous and secret as possible,
the exception to this is what Gandhi did, where the act was needed to be known by as many as possible to be most effective. Also letting someone know of the benefits that you gain from fasting is not bad either as it may help them in the future.
Just as acts of compassion like donations to charities, it is not always as easy to stay anonymous in these cases, especially if you are donating large amounts of money, The extremely rich such as Bill Gates and Warren Buffet have vowed to donate at least 50% of their money in their lives or upon their death,
this is a great thing just for the fact that it is a huge amount of money, a majority of people that make donations to whatever, do it also for tax purposes, which I personally would feel that it detracts from the intent of goodness, this is not to say that giving money to any deserving charity is bad, even if you are getting a financial credit for doing so, but there is much to be said about staying anonymous when making donations, especially if you wish to keep this action totally selfless,
as for helping your soul, the 8 richest people in the world have as much money as worlds poorest 50% of people, so when they give away 50% of their 10's of billions of dollars, it isn't a horrific sacrifice as you might imagine,
but none the less it is a good thing that they do, but for us normal people, giving up 50% of our wealth would leave us ruined, so it is a much more powerful deed for us when we make an anonymous donation.
By staying anonymous, it insures our selflessness and also keeps these charities from selling our names to other charities or even hounding us again and again for even more money,
that is one thing that bothers me and that is when someone makes a donation in my name, I end up being hounded for money from charities I have never heard of,
by making an anonymous donation by money order or certified check, you will insure some privacy and what's more valuable, by not declaring it on your taxes, it becomes a selfless act which has a more karmic value,
this may be a greater problem if you wish to donate more than $5000 as these amounts tend to be tracked by the government but there are also ways to get around this also, I am sure there are a lot of people that would like to have this problem.
Returning to sacrifice, the ultimate sacrifice that can be made is giving your life to save another, a firefighter that enters a burning building to save others is a noble profession and is usually one that is destined for a person that may have an excess of karmic baggage from their previous lives,
people are normally drawn to professions that they are adept at doing or from ones that their soul will advance from, professions that require unusual amounts of sacrifice or ones that help people are not necessarily one's that should be searched for especially if you don't have a calling for it.
There is truly an innate power in any sort of sacrifice that is not readily seen, I am a firm believer in the Michael Teachings, but I have also noticed that this group of entities either are not aware of these benefits or decide not to touch on this subject at all for it's worth,
it seems our human bodies are just expendable tools which are mostly a means to an end, I believe there is much more than this, I believe it is a great privilege to have our bodies, we may feel and have to go through much pain at times to advance in our quest for enlightenment not exactly by our choice,
but that should not deter from the fact that is we decide to forfeit some of our civil liberties and or put ourselves in uncomfortable or painful situations for the good of others known and or unknown to us by exercising our God given rights of free will,
those actions of selfless sacrifice should carry some significant weight when combined with strength of will, some power from the upper planes can be tapped to help the cause of unconditional love to be displayed in the name of God.
There is also sacrifice of your material beliefs and Desires, the sacrifice of your material things also known as charity is a benefit to you and your soul and to God, getting rid of all of that junk will free you and your soul,
charity of your time is of great value especially if you have karmic debt that needs to be resolved.
There is also the sacrifice of your desires, this is a purely spiritual thing that will give you some spiritual power to advance in your incarnation, stopping eating meat, eating only 2 meals a day and fasting are some basic sacrifices that are made by many,
also there is the sacrifice of sensual wants and replacing them with spiritual endeavors, such as cutting out television and games to an extent and all of the addictive pleasures that are from false personality such as smoking, drinking and over eating, celibacy is another sacrifice that brings power to enlightenment.
I personally believe that when I want to fast for any amount of time, I do not just limit my fast to just food, I also include some of my quickly disappearing desires, just for an exercise in the elimination of material desires, I discontinued my subscription to Netflix, in order to decrease my audio/visual desirous options,
I now have been limiting myself to things that are more spiritually enlightening, I have been watching some old episodes of Kung Fu the series as it does give some
tid bits from the wisdom of Lao Tze, but even this is withheld during my fast, mostly I write about enlightenment and read about spiritual subjects to pass my time,
meditation is usually the climax to this activity, hoping to gain a little more knowledge about myself and all there is.
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deities and all encompassing concepts will be hit upon as they are such a part of the worlds beliefs that it would be very difficult to avoid.
There are many sites about positive thinking, and the new age phenomena has crept into today's thoughts and actions so much as it would also be hard to not mention certain aspects of all of these.
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