Making an offering in the form of a gift has been an established spiritual practice for thousands of years. It has been used to demonstrate reverence, devotion and at times, to gain favor. Offerings may take many different forms depending on cultural preferences. From specific types of prepared food, to the light of a candle, or even the scent given from flowers and incenses, all of these are used as symbolic gifts. Yet, no matter which gift is offered. The practice becomes truly spiritual when performed with an awareness of that which is seen as Divine, or held to be sacred.
The practice of making an offering is actually a very special rite of spiritual communication. This is because true offerings empower the individual who performs them. When done with the right intention, an alignment forms that transcends the ordinary into the mystical. The individual enters what is known as ceremonial time that allows for a sense of the eternal to be felt. Within this field of awareness an individual can experience transformational shifts that help to often resolve hidden conflicts and settle unconscious stress.
Making an offering can help to propel self-transformation. As any action that is offered with authenticity in a manner that invokes the sacred will facilitate transformative consciousness. The gift acts like a symbolic anchor to the prayer. The act of giving signifies active faith in the prayer’s answered return. It becomes transformative when the giver, the gift and the act of giving are seen as one energy of the Divine in expression.
Having the right intention is important when making an offering. This means to give freely without attachments. For only something that is given freely without entanglement can be considered a true offering. Everything that is given as an true offering must be given without thought beyond ‘I give that it might be receive’. It’s being given over, released without reserve into the Divine’s care as a gift.
There is a recognition of freedom found in giving what is precious away in faith and love. Often this means finding the reward has already been received through the opportunity to make an offering in gratitude. This is a critical difference when making an offering. True offerings are always expressions of freedom. Offerings are expressions of love and therefore require nothing in return.
Some gifts are offered with attachments. When a gift is given with the expectation that it will gain favor, it is no longer an offering. It has become a sacrifice to acquire something in exchange. This is not bad. It is a form of intentional prayer. Something of value is being energetically exchanged in order to demonstrate intentionality of a specific goal. The gift is sacrificed to gain something through the prayer. Sacrifice uses a feeling of loss that accentuates the focused desire for a requested outcome through empowered attachment.
There is a significant different between making an offering and a sacrifice. The major difference is in the attachment to what is being offered. Before giving, it is therefore imperative to observe what sort of expectations, if any are surrounding the offering. This will allow a mindful awareness within the practice. It will also help to identify where connection is being placed.
As a spiritual practice, it is important to see where the connection is being placed within our experience. If, we are in an exchange with the divine by intending to make a sacrifice. Where will we ground ourselves within the outward experience? Will it be left open to a resolution by divine design, or is there a specific requested outcome attached? And if, it’s a specific goal, can it be offered through surrender?
Taking an inner read on perspective, desires and expectations will reveal what level of letting go is ready to be experienced. Realizing limitations or obstruction prior can assist in creating more ease and freedom for the prayer to be answered. Remembering, we ‘re not locked into finite realities in favor of the divine infinite potentiality.
Letting go and allowing that divine energy of connection to resolve and guide is a studied practice in its own way. Within offering, letting go is more than just releasing an object. It is allowing a sense of non-resistance to enter into the place of attachment and desires. Letting things be without resistance, offers a freedom that has a way of allowing them too, a freedom also to change.
There are secret gifts found within the practice of making sacred offerings. One gains a sense of freedom within a state of non-resistance, harmony in acceptance and gratitude, and a trusting faith that feels more like knowledge attesting, all is well already. These gifts come within the reflection of the practice of giving with humility and authenticity. The understanding the stewardship of giving is also receiving.
We do not become prideful instead a connection echoes throughout our daily experiences. The practice is not limited to the single act of offering. Instead, each act becomes an offering. The energy of the divine offering expands to include each daily task and every nuisance. A beautiful mirror of life’s sacredness lived through the eyes of a humble practitioner.
Each time offering something, reflect on how it is being given. These reflections are useful in our relationships, as well as, our inward relationship to the sacred within ourselves. To wish to give is a divine inspiration of love. Following this desire with intended action brings a greater awareness of that force of Light.
I invite you to begin by giving an offering of love today in some small way to that which is held to be sacred. Perhaps, even finding that spark of divinity within and offering the fragrance of your gratitude and prayers. Embracing what we hold dear allows it to grow with value and honored love.