If we realized it was equally sacred to Give as to Receive, would we practice being more generous with each other? The Earth gives us everything, so abundantly… How grateful are we?
Cynthia Davidson, excerpt from Giving & Receiving card
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As you receive this Law, give yourself as much time as you need, for the next ten days (at least), to generate as many questions as you can about all aspects of Giving & Receiving. What happens when you give your heart, for instance? And by what mysterious Process do we receive someone's Love?
Get intimate as you dig into your psyche. Consider your internal system of weights and measures. Do you believe you have given more than you've received? How did you come to this conclusion? By what method of accounting?
Unfortunately, if our giving has strings, and is not done in a free will way, resentments tend to come back to haunt us, and can poison our relationships as well as our offerings of money, time, and goodwill.
And when the shoe is on the other foot, and we are feeling entitled, and more deserving, where do those ideas and feelings come from? Some of us have difficulty even receiving a sincere compliment. What causes that?
As you explore this Law more deeply, you'll find we have some strange ideas about Giving & Receiving. Obligations, gratitude, favors, we have so many unwritten, unspoken, and unacknowledged beliefs about these transactions. What we assume and what we expect in return, are rarely discussed, only implied.
In these individualistic United States, we don't like feeling obligated. Even when it comes to being generous, most find it easier to donate money to a cause, than to give directly to a person in need. Why do we have organized charities acting as our 'middlemen' when it comes to giving? What makes us feel so uncomfortable when facing poverty, fears and the needs of others?
Don't forget to bring up the concept of Giving & Receiving with family and friends in the coming days. Here's some wisdom about Giving & Receiving for you to share with others.
The universe operates through dynamic exchange . . . giving and receiving are different aspects of the flow of energy in the universe. And in our willingness to give that which we seek, we keep the abundance of the universe circulating in our lives.
Give with pleasure without expecting anything in return… you will be activating the Law of Giving, which will in turn activate the Law of Circle and the Law of Receiving. This means that your good deeds will be making the circle and will be coming back to you tenfold stronger… But for this you need to be in a mode of receiving as well. Be prepared with wide open arms to the abundance that the universe will shower on you. The return might not be immediate and not from the same source that you gave to, but return it will. The energy will return to you because according to the law, the circle must close.
Margo Kirtikar, Ph.D.
A generous man forgets what he gives and remembers what he receives.
If nature has made you a giver, your hands are born open, and so is your heart. And though there may be times when your hands are empty, your heart is always full, and you can give things out of that.
Frances Hodgson Burnett
He has the right to criticize who has the heart to help.
The difference between a helping hand and an outstretched palm is a twist of the wrist.
Laurence Leamer, King of the Night
Whatever you think the world is withholding from you, you are withholding from the world.… Whatever you think people are withholding from you--praise, appreciation, assistance, loving care, and so on--give it to them.…You cannot receive what you don't give. Outflow determines inflow.
Eckhart Tolle German author books include The Power of Now
You cannot hold on to anything good. You must be continually giving - and getting. You cannot hold on to your seed. You must sow it - and reap anew. You cannot hold on to riches. You must use them and get other riches in return.
Water is the life-giver and the death-bringer.
Life is ever giving of Itself. We must receive, utilize and extend the gift. Success and prosperity are spiritual attributes belonging to all people.
Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses.
There are two kinds of generosity - the real and the shadow; the former is prompted by love, the latter by vanity.
Hazrat Inayat Khan, Sufi sage
True generosity consists precisely in fighting to destroy the causes which nourish false charity.
Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed, 1970
All we have to do is to receive what we are given...We are given the naturalness to love someone, to be calm in crisis, to ignore self-defeating suggestions, to be pleasant, forgiving, tender, helpful, unworried, brave, energetic.
Vernon Howard from The Power of Your Supermind
There is a wonderful mythical law of nature that the three things we crave most in life -- happiness, freedom, and peace of mind -- are always attained by giving them to someone else.
Peyton Conway March
Sacrifice is giving up something good for something better.
You may give away your time, for example, and it comes back to you much later from an unexpected source in an unexpected form in a way that benefits you greatly. You cannot insist on a particular way and time it will come back to you, but you can be assured it will come back in the best way for you…. Learn also to receive graciously and happily. Do not feel uncomfortable receiving. You deserve it and by receiving, you are in harmony with the law of giving and receiving.
David Cameron Gikandi in his book A Happy Pocket Full of Money
In ten days we'll take up the Law of Immortality, until then focus upon what you're Giving & Receiving.