Have you noticed how expensive it can be to follow a spiritual path? In New Thought circles we tend to charge for everything including educational literature, meditation training, healing sessions, special events such as workshops, guest speakers and concerts, spiritual counseling and in some cases even prayer.
Even if you attend a more “traditional” church one of your responsibilities will be to help pay the bills which may include a mortgage on the building and salaries. It is even becoming more and more common for members to be required to pay for things like church dinners that are no longer “covered dish” or “potluck” and educational materials. Some churches even charge for children to attend Vacation Church School, excluding those whose families cannot afford to pay. And many churches of all types and varieties now have bookstores where you can buy not only books but a variety of merchandise ranging from t-shirts to prayer cards.
We have erected toll gates on the path to spiritual enlightenment, charging for access to God. What is sad about all of this is that some spiritual seekers are so desperate to find meaning in their lives they gladly pay.
But don’t worry, access to the Creator by whatever name you use is still free to all. Don’t let the toll gates stop you. You don’t have to pay to go down the road to enlightenment. Don’t worry about not saying the “right words” or doing things in the “right way.” Just open your heart to Divine love and light and trust that you will be led down the right path. And as you have freely received pass the love and light of God around.
Today I end with the words of Jesus as he sent his disciples out to minister.
7 “As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ 8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy,[a] drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.” Matthew 10:7-8 New International Version