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  • Tennessee restaurant manager's act of kindness helps Irma evacuees September 13, 2017
    volunteers are the heroes, I’m nobody, I just saw someone in need and I just reached out a hand,” Tamadeoni said. “There are still good people out there!” Deanna Feist wrote on Facebook. “ I promise I will pay it forward! This man is a godsend!”
  • 52 Faces: Myranda Pachlhofer, Gifts of Hope, Centers September 1, 2017
    They were a blessing to my family when we needed it the most, and I wanted to pay it forward ... rocks for Kids First volunteers. She is caring and supportive of the kids and the parents. And I know that we aren't her only area of generosity or responsibility.
  • This Hajj season, teach your kids about charity August 30, 2017
    Children’s personalities and characteristics can be shaped early on and encouraging them to show empathy and generosity ... giving away money and material items, it is also about being kind and compassionate. Paying it forward with small acts of kindness ...
  • Season of kindness December 8, 2015
    It is the spirit of friendship that inspires benevolent action. It is the labor of compassion. For the past few years I have shared a number of accounts of active, caring kindness in my columns: giving away ... goodwill. Paying it forward, backward and ...
  • Kindness: A New Documentary Is Spreading the Word July 17, 2013
    Good Virus: Kindness Is Contagious, by documentary filmmaker, David Gaz explores the idea of kindness as an emotional contagion, and a force for good in the world. Narrated by the bestselling author of Pay ... volunteer and follow these types of caring ...
  • 5 stories of compassion and caring December 22, 2012
    The plan has been a project of the Springhill Avenue Temple Social Action Committee for years and includes volunteers from ... Almighty” (2007) and “Pay It Forward” (2000). The idea is to do an intentional act of kindness for someone – no strings ...
  • Pay It Forward Stories December 31, 2005
    "After losing someone to this awful disease, the only thing that … would be even remotely part of my mom's spirit and her giving and love and caring ... Oprah's Pay It Forward Challenge, she uses the same idea to help more sick children. Ellen—who ...

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Charter Sponsor Packages

Springs of Amethysts - $100

  • Public Recognition as a Laughing Heart Charter Sponsor


Rivulets of Moonstones - $500

  • Amethysts awards plus:
  • Signed copy of Julian Gresser Piloting Through Chaos—The Explorers Mind(2013)
  • 5 free copies of the Intelligent Guide with one year memberships


Sparkles of Opal - $1K

  • All of Amethyst and Moonstone awards plus
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  • Public lecture, webinar, or other program in your honor
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Fountains of Pearls - $5K

  • All of Amethyst, Moonstone, and Opal awards plus:
  • Designation of favorite cause for Paying Forward in Laughing Heart Launch Celebration
  • Three (3)public lectures on Laughing Heart with attribution to benefactor
  • 5 signed copies of Julian Gresser Piloting Through Chaos—The Explorers Mind(2013)


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  • Amethysts, Moonstone, Opal, and Pearl awards, plus:
  • Specially published “smart” book celebrating charter sponsors and their contributions, updated quarterly.
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  • Bi-annual ½ day Laughing Heart Discovery Seminarsat office or transferable as a gift to favorite causes.


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  • Two (2) Bi-annual ½ day Laughing Heart Discovery Seminarsat office or transferable as a gift to your favorite cause.
  • Free advertising as sponsor for Laughing Heart TV SBseries and public acknowledgement at Laughing Heart Community Workshop hosted by the Santa Barbara Center on Lifelong Learning.
  • Promotion and paying forward empowerment for three (3) causes of importance to Charter Sponsor.

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  • All of the Amethyst, Moonstone, Opal, Pearl, Jade, and Sapphire awards plus:
  • 10 hours of dedicated free consulting time to community causes of highest priority to sponsor
  • One full day (1) training program with materials for organization of choice to Charter Sponsor.
  • Special prize award to designated cause of choice

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The Laughing Heart Fund

The Laughing Heart Initiative is establishing a special Fund in collaboration with visionary philanthropists, corporations, and foundations to direct new sources of funding and other forms of support to causes and organizations that are applying Laughing Heart principles to relieve human suffering in all its manifestations. The goal of the Fund is to create compounding beneficial leverage by encouraging effective collaborative among receipts to maximize Laughing Heart Advantage for the largest number of beneficiaries. Financial and other support will be available through:

  • Special prizes
  • Direct Grants
  • Joint financing
  • Mobilizing volunteers and paying forward initiatives to designated beneficiaries
  • Celebrations
  • Client Co-branding
  • Other contributions in kind
  • Support for local communities

 

Move #8
Paying Forward

 

 

A single act of kindness can ripple through a social network, setting off chains of generosity reaching far beyond the original act.(1) What is uncertain is whether simply witnessing an act of kindness, or whether the giver must actually receive and want to reciprocate a benefit. A recent study concludes that the observer effect works up to a point—receiving is not necessarily a condition of giving–but thereafter, especially when paying forward appears to benefit large numbers, it falls off. So called “bystander” or “free-rider” effects take over. Apparently players believe their contribution is no longer needed when simply observing, although they will continue to engage when they are active recipients.

It is highly likely that Laughing Heart will fundamentally alter this bystander or free-rider effect. The reasons for this lie in the nature of qi and the unusual economics of Laughing Heart. Qi is the quintessentially free good. Its supply is unlimited. It is never depleted. Moreover, the feeling of Laughing Heart combines a sense of peace and power with ecstasy. This is a potent combination that produces a remarkable infinite progression: the more you pay forward, the greater the bounty that returns to you.

Paying forward can take many forms. Some people associate paying forward with financial contributions. But this is only one form of paying forward. Volunteering is a hugely popular form of paying forward. The extraordinary economic benefits to communities of volunteering are only recently being documented.(2)


Tracking Paying Forward

Paying forward is the most direct way to build Laughing Heart power. All you need to do is track the relationship of the joy and vitality of Laughing Heart and pass this life force (qi and love) outward to help others. Track Paying Forward for one week and see what you can discover when inner and outer processes align.

You can practice playing forward by yourself, or you might experiment with your friends. It doesn’t matter. The key is to have fun and to sense your new power and potentialities. Below is a template to keep track of your discoveries in the field.



Author’s commentary



Field Notes

(Note: You can enhance your Laughing Heart (L/H) power by using these Field Notes to track any L/H move. In this instance we suggest you track Paying Forward)   If you have a printer, download/print this PDF of the below Field Notes template you can use).

Move or Principle: Paying Forward (Date:………)

Goal: To Enhance Laughing Heart Power in one Week by Paying Forward (Record Week/Day:…….)


A. WINNING

Case # 1: I implemented Paying Forward and the result. (Please describe)

1…….2…….3…….4…….5…….6…….7…….8…….9…….10

Case # 2: I implemented Paying Forward and the result. (Please describe)

1…….2…….3…….4…….5…….6…….7…….8…….9…….10

Case # 3: I implemented Paying Forward and the result. (Please describe)

1…….2…….3…….4…….5…….6…….7…….8…….9…….10

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B. FALLING OFF

3 times this week I didn’t bother Paying Forward after a great win and the result.

Case # 1: (Please describe)

1…….2…….3…….4…….5…….6…….7…….8…….9…….10

Case # 2: (Please describe)

1…….2…….3…….4…….5…….6…….7…….8…….9…….10

Case # 3: (Please describe)

1…….2…….3…….4…….5…….6…….7…….8…….9…….10

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C. RECOVERY

3 times this week I didn’t bother paying forward, became conscious, and recovered, and the result.

Case # 1: (Please describe)

1…….2…….3…….4…….5…….6…….7…….8…….9…….10

Case # 2: (Please describe)

1…….2…….3…….4…….5…….6…….7…….8…….9…….10

Case # 3: (Please describe)

1…….2…….3…….4…….5…….6…….7…….8…….9…….10

Comments and Discoveries:

 


Printable PDF for the Above Field Notes


Suggested Pay Forward Opportunities—The following is a list of paying forward opportunities that are especially beneficial to our pilot community, Santa Barbara. There are many paths to paying forward. No one way is preferred to another. Some explorers may seek “strategic” or “high impact” opportunities. Others may simply prefer “random” acts made spontaneously to momentary occurrences in your life.

There is something quite magical about this dance of serendipity. It confirms our sense that we are engaged in a generative process far greater than ourselves—at once profound, mysterious, and wondrous.

How might we materialize serendipities before our very eyes? Let’s have some fun with Move 9, Creating Your Own Luck.


Santa Barbara Pilot—Paying Forward Opportunities to Enhance Community Health and Wellbeing


Emotive Reaction Range? Hints: grateful, generous, kind, charitable, optimistic, powerful, authenticity

  1. A friend brings to us today this passage from Psalm 145 of the Old Testament expressing the spirit of paying forward across 2,500 years.
    ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
    “Thou openest thine hand and provideth to all who are alive what they request, desire, and intend.” פּוֹתֵֽחַ אֶת יָדֶֽךָ, וּמַשְׂבִּֽיעַ לְכָל חַי רָצוֹן.

    Further Comment: There is an interesting correlation of hand to power in the image of the Happy Buddha Hotei merging with universe in Move # 2–Finding Your Power–http://alliancesfordiscovery.org/guide/laughing-heart/move-2-finding-your-power-becoming-a-great-wave/

  2. Paying forward in Laughing Heart is a secular expression of the energetic foundation of the Simple Prayer for Peace by Saint Francis of Assisi (12th- 13th Century/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_of_Assisi)
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    Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace.

    Where there is hatred, let me bring love.
    Where there is injury, let me bring pardon.
    Where there is discord, let me bring union.
    Where there is doubt, let me bring faith.
    Where there is error, let me bring truth.
    Where there is despair, let me bring hope.
    Where there is sadness, let me bring joy.
    Where there is darkness, let me bring light.

    O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek

    to be consoled as to console,
    to be understood as to understand,
    to be loved as to love.
    For it is in giving that we receive.
    It is in pardoning that we are pardoned.
    It is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
    Amen
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    Una Preghiera Semplice per la Pace da San Francesco

    O! Signore, fa di me uno strumento della tua Pace:

    Dove è odio, fa ch’io porti l’Amore
    Dove è offesa, ch’io porti il Perdono.
    Dove è discordia, ch’io porti l’Unione.
    Dove è dubbio, ch’io porti la Fede.
    Dove è errore, ch’io porti la Verità.
    Dove è disperazione, ch’io porti la Speranza.
    Dove è tristezza, ch’io porti la Gioia.
    Dove sono le tenebre, ch’io porti la Luce.

    O! Maestro,
    fa ch’io non cerchi tanto:
    Ad essere consolato, quanto a consolare.
    Ad essere compreso, quanto a comprendere.
    Ad essere amato, quanto ad amare.
    Poiché: è Dando, che si riceve:
    Perdonando che si è perdonati;
    Morendo, che si risuscita a Vita Eterna.
    Amen

  3. Does Wealth Reduce Compassion?
    Is it possible that the accumulation of wealth closes the heart and renders us less disposed to paying forward? Berkeley psychologists Paul Piff and Dacher Keltner detect a pattern, as reported in a recent article in Scientific American.

    https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-wealth-reduces-compassion/

    From the perspective of the Laughing Heart Project the researchers’ findings may constitute a valid warning but not necessarily a description of the natural human condition. Rather, the findings appear to confirm the general caveat noted earlier from Emerson to Vivekananda—that too much goodness coming our way has the tendency to “worm worms;” and the remedy to such energetic stagnation (of qi and other forms of energy) is to hasten to pay it forward…line of line, deed for deed, cent for cent.

  4. Paying Forward as a Form of Deep Connecting

    Paying forward is an expression of deep connectedness, often manifesting in small anonymous acts of kindness and generosity.

    The core idea of connecting is of ancient origin. In the Phaedra Plato recalls Socrates’ Prayer:
    “Beloved Pan and all ye other gods who haunt this place,
    Grant me the beauty of the inward spirit
    And may the outer and inward man be as one.”

    Paying forward actually involves three related forms of connecting:
    • Connecting to one’s deep and authentic self
    • Connecting to other members of society
    • Connecting to the entire universe.
    There is an important developing scientific literature linking paying forward with volunteering and enhanced health, happiness, resilience, and longevity. (See the work of Stephen Post, Ph.D. Director of the Center on Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics at Stony Brook University (http://www.stonybrook.edu/bioethics/post.shtml) and the Institute of for Research on Unlimited Love, (http://unlimitedloveinstitute.org/), “Why Good Things Happen to Good People”; also the research report on the immune-supportive effects of volunteering in the Art of Health Promotion, Volume 3, 2017.)

    In his book Dr. Post outlines 10 ways of giving all of which can take the form of paying forward:
    • The Way of Celebration
    • The Way of Generativity
    • The Way of Forgiveness
    • The Way of Courage
    • The Way of Humor
    • The Way of Respect
    • The Way of Compassion
    • The Way of Loyalty
    • The Way of Listening
    • The Way of Creativity
    All these “Ways” when expressed in acts of paying forward help to turn the Wheel of Life, which introduces “Creating Your Own Luck,” the subject of Move # 9. Inter-tidal Connection:See also Move # 7, “Enhancing Your Immunity Through Love.”

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