I was at a friend’s house and she wanted to be helpful so she offered me a piece of aloe off her plant to soothe some sunburn. She said that she got a nudge that the aloe plant wanted to help me. I felt its kindness soak into my skin and bring relief.
Before I left, my friend asked if I wanted to take a couple of stalks off the aloe with me.
The Aloe plant spoke its peace through me immediately.
“Don’t offer what is not yours to give!”, I relayed the message. She realized what she had done immediately.
The gift was given from the aloe plant. It was its essence and it’s gift to offer. The human, in an habitual arrogance that humans have, offered up more the plant without a thought to its well-being. If one can hear the whispering of others, isn’t that validation enough to regard them with love and respect? We heard the aloe loud and clear.
That night the friend had an exchange with the aloe plant. It told her that if she was going to take something from someone, she needed to give something back in return. This is actually a very basic yet profound spiritual law. It doesn’t need to be a big demonstrative thing. But giving gratitude is a form of giving back energy to what whom ever you received a gift from. Words of thank you are empty without that energy gift behind them.
The next day, she placed a red flower in the Aloe’s pot. The debt was satisfied and it was content. My friend received a great gift in that reminder. Now the red flower is actually a gift to herself to remember to be grateful.