Gifting or giving away

It has been a busy week sorting out things I no longer need. I am a great believer in recycling and like to give away those items I no longer need or have a use for. I generally use the Freecycle groups but this time there have been no takers. However I have found other groups so I am hoping that what I have to give away or gift, someone is out there to receive it. But I get many comments about this asking why I am not selling these items but giving them away. I know what it is like to have very little money so I am happy to help others and see what I give away as a gift.

But this brings me to something else about giving away and money. Many years ago when I first became a Reiki Master Teacher I checked out the current level of charges for this. I was amazed at some of the excessive prices charged and the advertising about someone’s teaching being better than another. For me Reiki was and still is a gift, one I am willing to share with others freely. But I still get ‘flack’ from others about this saying that I can charge for my time and get money that way. It is not about money! Healing energy is not about money at all. I have this gift and I wish to share it freely and when I trained Master Teachers myself I always chose students who have what I considered to be an ethical attitude. I remember looking at a web site some years ago and there were so many different kinds of Reiki  all charging a specific sum of money for a distant attunement and a manual. To me that kind of teaching is not teaching at all but this topic can take me down a different road so I will stop there and get back to the giving away theme.

Is it better to give something away to someone who needs it or to throw it away in the rubbish? Our rubbish tips are full of unwanted items so recycling them has to be good. Is it better for me to give away these items now or store them until after I have gone someone else throws them away?


3 thoughts on “Gifting or giving away

  1. I am with you on this…. I am not reiki trained but from childhood I was gifted with what my father called the buzz. I use it predominantly for healing but also for sending light, illumination, love etc. I could no more charge for this gift as I could for my own blood. It lives abd flows through and if nit used in love with integrity will become like a wasted muscle that can not do what it was designed for. Be blessed always. Tynan Elder Oak Druid Priestess /|\

  2. I like giving things away. I won’t sell craft items, I will only gift them to people because I cannot charge for how long they take, and I don’t want them to be an economic activity. I also freecycle. I’ve sold things when i had to, but when I can afford to let things go for free to people who need them, I like doing that. I’m interested in the whole idea of gift economy and what happens when we take money out of the equation. it all raises questions about how we can have less exploitative relationships.

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