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Offerings: Passing It On

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To learn what 'OFFERINGS: PASSING IT ON' is, click on the OFFERINGS tab in 'The Latest' or go to the web address: http://www.ithou.org/offerings

Offerings: Passing It On

For years as part of the end on many of my workshops I invited the group to participate in a “giveaway”. Objects are given into the circle with each person saying something about the essence of what they have given into the circle. Once everyone has given into the circle they are asked to take a moment and reflect on what they would like to receive from the circle. When they are ready, each person picks up an object and says something about what they would like to receive from the circle. The process of giving and receiving can bring up a surprising amount of “process” for people (but that is another story). I ask each person to give something of what they received during our workshop out to the larger world of their daily life. Also, I ask that they pass on the object they received when they know it is time.

I have here a pendant that I received in such a circle. It is carved shell and came to the circle from a woman who had it for two years and it came to her from a Native American who had carved it. I don’t usually wear much jewelry. I surprised myself by wearing this regularly for almost a year and half until the cord broke. It has been on my “altar” with other reminders for almost 6 years. About two years I repaired the cord. This pendant saw me through some challenging times as a reminder of the persistence of life and aliveness. It is time to pass it on.

In the spirit of experimentation, here is the manner in which I would like to give this to the circle.
First off, I am giving this to the iThou circle. I trust that the person that feels they want/need to receive this will contact me here at this entry and say something of why they are receiving this from the iThou circle (not personally from me).
Second, the recipient can send me a private message with their address and I will send this to them. You must be a member of iThou and no money is exchanged.
Third, the only “obligation” for the person receiving an object is to find something that they would like to give to the iThou circle in the same manner and spirit of this “offering”. If the offerings are entered on this entry the thread of giving and receiving will be intact.

In this way the offerings are given to the community, not to the person, and the gift is received from the community. In this way the gift keeps giving as we keep receiving.

The tradition of making offerings, giveaways, and the like are numerous. Many indigenous cultures have some form of passing on gifts as the basis of community life. We are currently doing some form of this with words, music, and pictures. As we weave the fabric of this community I thought it might be interesting to initiate a thread of offerings that adds to the fabric of this creation.

Note: This is an experiment that has been brewing for sometime. I have had numerous conversations about this idea with Albert before implementing this first round. Since I have not used this form in an on-line community it may be that it will require tweaks to encourage its appropriate adaptations and evolution. Thanks for partaking in the experiment.

Love, Steven

sh – March 11, 2007 – 3:42pm

with the upcoming (next weekend) construction and christening ceremony of a sweat lodge on my sacred land here in virginia i would feel so grateful to have this beautiful necklace to place on the alter during the sweat and to wear for awhile before offering it up for another's healing. if it feels right........i will offer up my gift within two days. i have the first thought yet would like to reflect.

love and blessings.

Dorothy T – March 11, 2007 – 4:02pm

On behalf of the iThou community I will send this on to you. I feel sure it is going exactly where it wants and needs to be. And, thanks for being the first to receive in the rich fabric we are weaving... with love

sh – March 11, 2007 – 4:09pm

as i said in my private message:
thanks be to the iThou CIRCLE, and thanks be to you too!

it will be a treasured, sacred gift during it's stay with me!

love. blessings.

Dorothy T – March 11, 2007 – 4:41pm

What a wonderful new tradition we (as a community) have the opportunity to share here. It is really lovely.

According to Jewish tradition we are required to do mitzvot (good deeds) every day. The mystics believe we should do the number of mitzvot in a day equal to the number of bones in the body (is there a doctor in the house?) plus the number of days in a year. That would keep us busy wouldn't it?

I bring up mitzvot because it is as great a mitzvah to receive as it is to give, for without the recipient there could be no giver.

Special Love to you both as you set the wheel in motion.

Blessings,
Mindy

Kristy Bliss – March 11, 2007 – 8:09pm

The pendant gift is on its way priority mail. The thread of offerings is being woven... thank you for receiving so graciously. Love to you.

sh – March 12, 2007 – 10:18pm

It is heartwarming to see the Offerings off to such a great start. A couple of things to notice and attend to if you participate in Offerings:
1) Albert has added a tab under the Latest call "Offerings" (this is not to be confused with "offering" which is another location on the site and may soon be getting another name). This is where you can find the historic and current offerings.
2) I might be good to cut and paste the basic three-point instructions like Dorothy did in her first offering entry to remind readers what the post is about and the guidelines for it.
3) If/when you receive a gift from the circle, you will need to start a new entry when you are ready to make your offering. Please use the same title and next number in sequence (e.g. Offerings: Passing It On 9, Offerings: Passing It On 10... etc.) In this manner we will be able to follow the thread.
4) Before you submit a new offerings there is a field titled "Topic", if you type in the word "offerings" it should post to the Latest and to the Offering tab.

Thanks everyone for the encouragement and participation in this experiment in giving and receiving. Special thanks to Albert for the quick responses and phone conversations as we learn our way along...

sh – March 14, 2007 – 10:15pm

I thanked I-Thou for my offering under Dorothy's blog I think.

Four means doorway. Three of course is movement of energy (or trinity).
So I thought I'd be offering #3 but Mindy beat me to it. But this is OK. All is well.
Time is not linear so why should offerings be so. Joy, bliss to all who participate
(and everyone else too). :) I (or rather I-Thou circle) will offer 5 things (5 means "power" according to one path). (Five and Four are my favorite #'s along with the #3)

Therefore the offering is: A light greenish rock I found in big Sur not far from Esalen, another rock piece of Amethyst I think; A large Book "What Does Woman Want" strangely signed by Tim Leary with a smile....# 1278 signed too by Joana Leary -- a limited 1st edition, unread by me; a small book read by me "The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius" and last but not least PROGRAM ONE of a CD by Alan WATTS called MP3 Lecture Series 2). Just one cd there might have been a set. To make things more confusing (I'll probably toss in one spiritual phamplet from SRF and a piece of incense to bring it all up to present time)(not that time is real). :) (6 being devotion, 7 is luck, 8 is spiritual)...

Couldn't find my medicine bag that I never used and was never on my alter.
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OFFERINGS TRADITION
First, this offering is being given to the iThou circle. The person that feels they want/need to receive this can contact me Rob Gustaveson here at this entry and say something of why they are receiving this from the iThou circle (not personally from me).

Second, the recipient can send me Robert Gustaveson a private message with their address and I will send this to them. You must be a member of iThou and no money is exchanged.

Third, the only “obligation” for the person receiving an object is to find something that they would like to give to the iThou circle in the same manner and spirit of this “offering”.
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See offering above the above info.

The offering is this stuff.

http://www.geocities.com/ninthnebula10/graphic-illusion-4.htm

http://people.tribe.net/111333

Rob G – March 23, 2007 – 12:44pm