Monday, February 1, 2016

The Door Swings Both Ways - Week Two of the Seven Spiritual Laws of Success

The Second Spiritual Law of Success is the Law of Giving. It could also be called the Law of Giving and Receiving.

Just like a door that swings both ways, giving and receiving are two sides of the same coin. If it is true that the more we give, the more we receive, you'd think that everyone would be overflowing with all the good in their lives that they can handle. Yet, there are so many people who still find it so hard to receive. Why is that?

Somewhere in our lives, most probably in our childhood, we were told that it was better to give than to receive. Letting people give us things, even if it was just their time or help, was seen as a sign of weakness on our part: "I can do it myself, you don't have to do that, I'll be fine, that's not necessary." What we fail to realise is that by doing that, we stop the flow that is the energy contained in the flow of giving and receiving. It's like stopping the flow of blood. Our energy clots, stagnates. We deny ourselves the abundance that is our birthright.  We also deny the giver the joy they receiving by giving.

I know there are times when we don't allow ourselves to receive because we feel we are unable to reciprocate for whatever reason. We don't need to keep score. Giving and receiving isn't about money. Can you give someone a smile? A prayer? Your time? And can you be open enough to receive those same things from others? Can you walk out of your door each day and be grateful for the sunshine, or the sound of rain, or birdsong, or a flower? Can you look at a tree and thank it for doing its job of helping you breathe?

Why not set the intention that for the next week you will give something to everyone you meet in the course of the day, even if it is only a kind thought, a prayer for their well-being, or a smile, and that you will be open to receive the same from them. You will find that, not only will you become better at receiving, but eventually you will start to see how abundant you really are. In addition, you will be keeping the energy of abundance flowing in their lives as well. The more we are open to the Law of Giving and Receiving, the more abundance will flow into our lives.

And so it is.