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.