Several months ago I was in a situation where a cashier did not ring up an item properly, to my advantage and it was going to save me over $20 on my purchase. It was like I immediately had the Angel and Devil on each shoulder arguing back and forth. "Oh my its just $20 and it would really help you to save on the bill!" versus "This could cause a big problem for this gal who is doing her job to make ends meet like the rest of us. What if she lost her job because of this one item?" It is interesting how our mind starts to rationalize. I brought it to her attention and she had to call over a manager to get the transaction fixed. They were both shocked that I would bring it up. No one ever does they both said. This made me feel happy that I did the right thing and sad that this is not the norm. Is this our world? A world of accumulation, greed and everyone for themselves.
I do believe that our thoughts and our words have energy and expressing lack, only brings more feelings of lack. Thoughts of abundance brings abundance. It is necessary to work on changing the inner belief that leads to what we express. Where does it come from? And why? Expressing lack takes us out of faith. In part one of Meditations from the Mat by Rolf Gates, he mentions the difference between doing a lot of spiritual practice and truly standing in his spirituality. Quote: "An Alcoholics Anonymous text says, 'Either God is or he is not." Each theft, each time we "forget" to return something we've borrowed, each moment we give in to the impulse to covet or to be jealous, we are saying 'God is not.'"
We must say in each moment, with each thought, word and action, "My God is."
For me Asteya is focusing my thoughts on what brings joy knowing that everything I need, I already have within me and in my faith.