The Spiritual Law of Giving and Receiving
The Law of Giving and Receiving is one of Deepak Chopra’s Seven Spiritual Laws that resonates with me most. It resonated with me so deeply some 20 years ago when I read his book because I thought of all spiritual practices, I surely had this one correct. I freely gave for most of my life. I remember giving gifts to my teacher in the third grade, and to a girl in the neighborhood, Cheryl Neal, just because giving felt good, and the smile that I received in return was priceless.
There could be no possible way that I had this law wrong because I was the type of person who would give the shirt off of my back. In the late 1990s to the early 2000’s, during the Y2K scam, I came into vast amounts of money, working as a traveling systems consultant, a road warrior. Since I had little social time, I ‘did it up’ on the weekends.
All of the friends around me seemed to wait for my return anxiously, for they knew that I was a free giver, and I had money. During this period, though I made a few million dollars. I would use my debit card, and had over $ 50 K in only one of my checking accounts! In spite, I didn’t have much to show for it. I paid for others’ international trips, cars, extravagant gifts, concerts, loans, you name it.
I did not really give with expectation. Well, at least I thought I didn’t. I just gave to be nice. I really didn’t need all that money. But in reality, I had this entire law all wrong.
I gave mainly because I wanted others to like me. I wanted my family to love me. So, I kept priming the pump. It got me into trouble, though.
In an effort to prove, ‘that I didn’t forget where I came from’, I supplied and funded what friends desired so that my weekends were not empty. That would ultimately lead to me being the one to buy the drugs, weed, coke, and alcohol. I was giving, with the intent of gaining acceptance. It destroyed a season in my life until I got wise to the Law of Giving and Receiving. That was over 15 years ago.
Ironically, the same people, including family, who betrayed me or turned their backs on me in the end, when I was either sick or experiencing trials, were the same ones to whom I gave to so generously. That really hurt, and it caused me to go to the other extreme of becoming reclusive, and less trusting for a period. I am still pretty cautious in that regard.
Though I thought I gave without expectation, I was expecting something… acceptance and love. Sometimes, I expected praise or an expression of gratitude for being so generous but didn’t even receive a thank you.
The exception was with my mother, and with God. I gave to her and God, expecting nothing in return. In both cases, I felt as though I had already received their blessings and that I was actually repaying them. I guess that’s why in these scenarios, I received so much more in return, mainly wisdom and knowledge, and this minor thing call transformation.
The biggest part of my thinking about the Law of Giving and Receiving that I had incorrect, was believing that Giving and Receiving are separate acts. They are not separate, and the law only works if you do both. I gave freely, but, I thought it was kind to not receive, gracious even. But I was breaking this law, and stunting my flow. I didn’t realize this like most people probably don’t.
In one of the articles below, it refers to Giving and Receiving as depending on each other. They are both seasons, within the same flow of spiritual energy. I find this to be true. So, I knew that I had to humble myself to receive, while still generously giving.
The post went further to state that there is no receiving, only giving, for when one gives to another, the receiver gives a proper place or use for the gift given. Both parties are actually giving. That’s an interesting way to look at it.
When I gave service to my mother as her sole caregiver, I did it right. By that time I was quite familiar with the law. I gave everything to her or up for her, without expectation: money, investments, business, credit, reputation, health, and peace of mind (battling my siblings), and I did not worry about the consequences. And, I received royally, gaining discernment on every virtue that I believe God admires.
In return, I was spiritually transformed, bestowed with priceless gifts.
Today, I keep Giving and Receiving united, practicing the law as I believe God desires. But I still recognize those who are like I once was or worse off. Most people are Givers or Takers, but not both. Either can be disappointing.
So, what I now do, is take personalities out of the picture. Whoever I give to, I regard it as giving to God, giving to the universe, or as making a Karmic Deposit.
I see our deeds as either deposits or withdrawals from a Karmic or Spiritual bank. I try to make deposits into this figurative bank account every day. I rarely make withdrawals, but I am paid dividends and interests unexpectedly, usually when I need it most. God is the comptroller of the Karmic Bank and decides when I Receive blessings.
I don’t give with expectation of any specific gift in return anymore. I know that in doing so, I am in tune with all of the universe. I am part of the same exchange that nature participates in, as with the different cycles of weather, seasons, day and night, and all things that God has created.
Therefore, outside of the individuals or personalities involved in this exchange, I focus on what I Give and Receive from God and the universe, and know that according to law, it will be returned to me, ‘blessed and multiplied’.
“Here are helpful articles and videos that dive deeper into this subject.” – Kevy
- The universe is in a constant state of exchange and flow
- Giving and Receiving works within this constant state of exchange.
- They depend on the outward flow of each other.
- Giving and Receiving are actually contrasting aspects of the same energy flow.
- One should not be separated from the other.
- There are 3 types of givers
- Ask yourself, why I give to others to find out your type.
- Always ask yourself, what I can give to others. Then watch carefully what you receive
7 Days 7 Quotes – Giving & Receiving
“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
“The wicked borrows but does not pay back, but the righteous is generous and gives.” – Psalm 37:21
“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” ― Mother Teresa
“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.” ― Charles Dickens
“For it is in giving that we receive.” ― St. Francis of Assisi
“No one has ever become poor by giving.” ― Anne Frank
“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.” ― Lao Tzu
Like the symbol for infinity, giving and receiving are actually one thing with polarized or dualistic aspects. When you look at the symbol for infinity, and imagine energy flowing through it from one side to the other and back again, which side can you say is the giver? Which side is the receiver?
The answer is – they both are!
Giving cannot occur without a receiver. Receiving, therefore, is actually an act of giving. Receiving gives the act of giving someplace to go.
In truth, only giving exists. In the physical Universe, where we experience the illusion of separation, it appears that one person can give an object, such as money, and receive something in exchange, such as clothing or food.
If you examine this “exchange” closely, you will notice that the only action that occurs is giving. One gives money, and the other gives the money someplace to go. The other gives food or clothing, and the other gives the food and clothes someplace to go.
The need for exchange is created by the mind which believes the illusion of separation.
“Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.” – Luke 6:38
“There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and [there is] that withholdeth more than is meet, but [it tendeth] to poverty. The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself.” – Proverbs 11:24 – 11:25
“Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth [it] not, to him it is sin.” – James 4:17
“Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, [so let him give]; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.” – 2 Corinthians 9:7
Passages in this section express the general spiritual principle of giving and receiving. When we give to one another, freely and without conditions, sharing our blessings with others and bearing each other’s burdens, the giving multiplies and we receive far more than what was given. Even when there is no immediate prospect of return, Heaven keeps accounts of giving, and in the end blessing will return to the giver, multiplied manyfold. We must give first; to expect to receive without having given is to violate the universal law. On the other hand, giving in order to receive–with strings attached, with the intention of currying favor, or in order to make a name for oneself–is condemned. See also The Golden Rule, pp. 172-74.
“Those who act kindly in this world will have kindness.” – Islam. Qur’an 39.10
“One must pour cold water on the ground before he can tread on soft soil.” – African Traditional Religions. Yoruba Proverb (Nigeria)
“Giving simply because it is right to give, without thought of return, at a proper time, in proper circumstances, and to a worthy person, is enlightened giving. Giving with regrets or in the expectation of receiving some favor or of getting something in return, is selfish giving.” – Hinduism. Bhagavad Gita 17.20-21
“I first began to understand the Law of Giving and receiving, after reading Deepak Chopra’s book, The Seven Laws of Spiritual Success. I have read this less than 100 page book and continually work to abide by these spiritual laws of the universe, or of God. I have passed copies of this book, as it requests, to many people in many countries.” In my opinion, this law is one of the most important of the seven laws. I will discuss the remaining six laws on future posts.” – Kevy
The Laws of Giving & Receiving – The Power of The Seed – David D. Ireland, Ph.D. – 18,958 views – Christ Church – Published on Dec 12, 2013
This is a highlight moment from the sermon “The Power of The Seed” by David D. Ireland, Ph.D.
“This video uses and analogy of giving and receiving that I used for years. I see giving and receiving as making deposits and withdrawals from a Karmic bank. We build up our balance, and eventually received interest and dividends.” – Kevy
Understanding the concept of sharing.
“Here’s a little humor on the subject!” – Kevy
My favorite Joey!!! Just hilarious!!!!
By Kevy Michaels
I could give you a new car
But eventually it will break down
I could adorn you like royalty
But the stones may fall from your crown
I could give you a cute puppy
But he may have to be put to sleep
What about a flat-screen TV?
Nowadays I can get ‘em cheap
I’d rather give the most valuable gift
That I could ever give to you
You will never have to fix it
It’ll always shine and remain like new
It will forever be with you
…Even after I’m gone
Anybody can give those other things
What I’m offer you, though, I offer alone
Even if I gave you a bunch of money
You and the money will surely part
So I’ll give a gift that will never leave you
The energy of Love
That’s coming straight from
Question: What have you learned about the Law of Giving and Receiving?
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