Indeed. I tithe. It’s a spiritual practice. I’m devoted to tithing and it has transformed my relationship with money in ways that hadn’t happened by doing other things.
I use the KISS — Keep-It-Simple-Sweetheart — approach. Ten percent (or more) of all the money I receive is passed along to wherever I have received inspiration, spiritual food, sustenance, movement forward on my spiritual path, etc.
I do not…
• Tithe to need. (I give to need, and that’s separate from and additional to tithing.)
• Dilly dally. (I keep an active tithing practice, usually tithing weekly or two weeks at the very most.)
• Judge where the inspiration is coming from. (If I get a clear “hit” that spiritual inspiration has come from a particular source, that is where the money goes. No shit no kidding. No questions asked.)
• Have an agenda about what will be done with the money. Once it leaves my hands all attachments to it are gone.
• Tithe consistently. (Religiously, you might say. Since May 19, 2008.)
• Pay very close attention to every penny that enters my life. (This equals big gratitude and presence with the money that comes my way, creating a very healthy relationship with that money.)
• Pay very close attention to where my inspiration is coming from. (Creating the awareness of and appreciation for the lessons I am being provided. It helps me to stay present with and attentive to my spiritual practice.)
• Get surprised every once in a while by what happens as that money circulates out into the world. How it is received (or not). The connections it creates. It allows that money to become very energetic and alive.
When I first began tithing it was the only stone that was left unturned in a long journey of cultivating a healthy relationship with money. I was beyond reluctant and frankly terrified. I was just barely scraping by and there wasn’t any extra, never mind ten percent extra. I began because it was the only thing left and I knew there must be something to it for me. It required a leap of faith. It required that I bring that faith to money. It helps me to stay spiritual with money. Tithing has also proven to me that I am always provided for. My needs are met. The more I let go the more I receive — in myriad ways. That’s why…I tithe. I’m a tither. Yes, I tithe.