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Law of Giving and Receiving Rewards Everyone

The law of giving and receiving has got to be one of the most fun and rewarding principles of life! And it is very basic... you don't need a degree, nor do you need any money. If you are alive and kicking, you are ready to practice the law of giving and reap the rich rewards.

In giving, you cultivate your connection with life by extending yourself, your ideas and your actions. You are reaching out to the world in a gesture of caring or compassion. To truly give you are doing so graciously with no strings attached. The definition for giving after all is "to present voluntarily and without expecting compensation".

The law of giving and receiving explains that by giving, you create an indebtedness to yourself from the world. It seems it's all about the energy of giving. Out of the principle of balance, the world looks to activate a 'return in kind' to you, the giver.

Basically the law of giving and receiving promotes the idea that you cannot give without receiving in return, and some say many times in return. However, the idea is definitely not to give to get!

Life does not seem to care when, where or how you perform an act of giving... you will be in line to receive something back. And it does not necessarily return to you via the same mode that you give. In other words, if you practice giving by helping family, it does not mean that life will give back to you via family.

The gifts you receive back may be from unexpected sources, and at surprising time. This law of giving and receiving is kin to the law of cause and effect and the law of attraction, and all of them encourage us to be a trusting vehicle of life.

When the time comes for you to receive, it is said to be just as important to receive with graciousness. Welcome the gifts that come to you.

Banish any thoughts you may hear of not being worthy, or not deserving it. Whenever you are receiving something it is a great time to practice thanks giving.

And, if the gift is something that you don't appreciate for yourself, look for a way to appreciate some aspect of it. Perhaps you can simply appreciate the caring attitude with which it was given to you. Or maybe your opportunity for joy will be in finding someone to give it to who will appreciate it.

Law of Giving and Receiving Celebrated

Three inspiring personal development books added to my aha moments around the value of giving this week:

  1. The personal development audio book 'Dreams Don't Have Deadlines' by Mark Victor Hansen - Mark shares an inspiring metaphor about a banquet in heaven, and in hell.

    It goes like this....

    A visitor gets to glimpse into a scene from Hell. As he lifts the veil he sees a large table with dozens of people sitting around it. The table is full of glorious sumptuous food. The aroma as well as the appearance is completely inviting. But to the onlookers' astonishment all of the people

    present are seriously malnourished, lacking in color and vitality, and generally listless and enthused. They are starving to death. Attached to every persons hand is a spoon, but the handle is so long that they cannot get the spoon to their mouths to feed themselves.

    Next, the visitor gets to look into Heaven. Once again he sees a huge table with many people seated around it. Again, there is a beautiful banquet laid out on the table. Colorful fresh dishes for their feast. This time, all the people present are happy and joyful, healthy and full of vitality.

    They also each have a spoon attached to their hands with a very long handle which makes it impossible to feed themselves. The difference is... they are using their spoons to feed each other!

  2. 'Go Givers Sell More' by Bob Burg and John David Mann - By the title you might think that this book is all about selling, but when you read it, it's clear that it's much more about giving. One line on page 109 sums up the focus of this inspiring book:

    "It's not about you: it's about them."

    The type of giving that this book largely speaks about is giving of yourself... giving your attention, your caring, your concern. It highlights that the highest form of selling is the act of giving people information that they need in order to make a decision about a product or service.

    Of course we don't need to be selling anyone anything to activate this powerful principle of giving. Apply it to your daily life. Who ever you are in the presence of, make it 'about them' instead of 'about you'. Be bigger than 'needing' and instead give of yourself. In doing so you are giving a valuable gift.

  3. The most highly distributed book in history apparently... 'The Bible' - This personal development book, just like numerous other spiritual texts worldwide, talks extensively about the law of giving and receiving, and it's value in life. One quote that nicely sums up the law of giving is:

    • Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.
      Luke 6:38

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