Practicing the Law of Giving and Receiving

Last week, I mentioned that I was feeling some lack that I had not experienced the previous weeks.  For some reason, it was not until I began studying for this post until I grasped at least one of the reasons why I may have been experiencing it.  I kept forgetting to do something.

Practicing the universal law of giving and receiving is hard.  It sounds easy on the surface.  You have to give in order to receive.  Sounds easy, right?

If only our brains were to let us perform this so easily!  Especially if we have been brought up focusing on the lack in our lives.  After all, I can’t give what I don’t have.  Right?

And we all have needs.   We have bills that need to be paid, clothes that need to be replaced, food to buy to fill our bellies, shelters to maintain to live in, and on and on.  With all the money leaving our hands every day, we hardly have enough to save for ourselves, much less to give away.  Right?

As I listened to this lesson in the 11 Forgotten Laws, I saw myself in Mary Morrissey’s story about kicking a penny.  I related so much to the story that I almost heard a voice inside me say “Pay attention here, because this is you!”  Then Mary told of the voice that told her “You’re giving of your time; your giving of your talents; but you’re not giving of your money.”  Uh oh.  ”Did you get that?” my inner voice asked.

Unfortunately, I got the message loud and clear.  I, too, was willing to give of my time and my talents, but I have not been giving of my money.

But even when we do give of our money, are we doing it with the right attitude?  Do we give, and then start expecting the good to come our way?

When we give, we must give with no thought of return.  We can’t expect an immediate benefit.  When we properly give, we will receive, and receive abundantly.  But we must make sure that our attitude is not one of getting something because we’re giving, or we could miss the abundance that would come to us.

Now, this does not mean that we shouldn’t prepare to receive.  In the book Working the Law, Raymond Holliwell tells the story of the 3 kings who came to Elijah to pray for rain for their troops and animals before a battle.  Elijah told the kings to prepare for the rain by digging a ditch.  Are we digging our ditches in the desert preparing for the rain?  Or are we just going along, expecting the good to come our way?  In order to receive, we must be prepared to receive when the good starts coming our way.

He also brings up an interesting question.  ”Can we ask too much of the Law? Does the Law withhold things from me which are not for my good?” Holliwell tells us that we cannot ask too much:

True desire represents the urge of life, seeking a fuller expression, and is kept alive by continuous expectation of its fulfillment. It brings to us ways and means for its manifestations. The principle explains, “No desire is felt until the supply is ready to appear.”

This last week, I came across a video on Bella Life on what to do with your big scary dreams. In this video, she gave some really good advice, but what I really liked was the quote at the end.  You’ll have to watch the video for the full quote, but the part that relates here was “No heart has ever suffered when it comes in search of  its dreams.”

So, how can we give in a way that opens up the receiving?  One of the most effective ways is to do so in a systematic way, such as tithing.  If you go to church, you probably have heard of this concept, but do you do it?  I know that I have not, over time, done so as well as I should.  But when I have tithed, I usually have had plenty of money.

For those who may not have heard of the concept, a tithe is setting aside a portion of your income for giving.  It actually comes from a specific amount: 10%  Most people would be able to do so if they try, and I know that I can myself.  If you belong to a church, this would be a great place to give your tithe.  But what if you don’t go to or belong to a church?  How can you tithe?

Remember, it’s the concept that is important here, not necessarily the institution benefiting.  So any organization who depends upon charity for their operations would work.  Salvation Army, Red Cross, and Goodwill are several that come to mind that many have nearby.

As I was thinking about this post, I was wondering if there were any organizations who dealt with children that had similar goals to this site as far as helping people to become successful.  I’m sure there are several, but I came up with 2 that I think would be great places to donate to, and my giving this week will go to one of them.

The first is the Boy Scouts of America.  I have been involved with this organization off and on throughout my life.  One of the primary purposes of the group is to turn young boys into young men who will become leaders in our communities.  As an Eagle scout, I can tell you that this is a great organization for your boy to be a part of, whether it is through the Cub program, the scouting program, the Venture program, or the Explorers program.

If you would like to learn more about or donate to the Boy Scouts of America, Click here!

I also realize that some of you may have girls or may not be interested in the scouting program.  One of the things I wondered was if a group existed to teach boys and girls how to be successful in life.  Finances are one aspect of our education that is sorely lacking in our current educational system, so I felt an organization that address the financial as well as the mindset of being successful would also be a great fit.  Now, I’ll admit that I still don’t know a lot about this particular program, but Junior Achievement seems to me to be a great program that fits this description.  In fact, if I had known about such a program, I probably would have already tried to get my son involved. I may do so this next year, if I can.  I feel we need to teach our kids how to be financially responsible, and that is one of the goals of this program.

If you would like to learn more about Junior Achievement or would like to donate, click here!

Whatever you decide, remember that to use the universal law of giving and receiving, you must freely give, without condition, if you want to receive.  Good luck as you learn to practice on your way to building your success, one block at a time!

Have you had any experience with the law of giving and receiving?  How has giving benefited you? What has been your experience in preparing to receive?  Share your thoughts in the comments below!

22 comments… add one

  • candice michelle May 8, 2012, 12:51 am

    Hi Grady! thanks for sharing this wonderful article. Very interesting to read!
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  • Grady Pruitt May 8, 2012, 1:40 am

    Thanks, Candice, but what did you like about it? What did you find challenging?

  • candice michelle May 9, 2012, 12:48 am

    Giving with out any condition. We must learn to share what we have and be thankful for everything we have right now whatever it is. Thanks Grady!
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  • rob white May 8, 2012, 7:45 am

    Indeed, Grady. True guidance comes to those who follow the universal laws of nature. You are clearly one of them. The Law of Multiple Returns functions reciprocally. The Law of Multiple Returns states that what you put out in the world comes back multiplied. If you plant an apple seed, it becomes an apple tree, bearing hundreds of apples. When you plant WOW in the world, you not only share your enthusiasm, you also put yourself in a position to receive generously from others. Furthermore, there is always a return within yourself, which makes you a stronger person.

  • Grady Pruitt May 8, 2012, 4:28 pm

    Thanks, Rob. I know it may take some time, but I plan on keeping to sow the seeds until they start to bear fruit! :D

    Thanks for your comment!

  • Holly Jahangiri May 8, 2012, 9:46 pm

    An excellent post, Grady! Boy Scouts of America and Junior Achievement are great organizations to give to – whether you agree with all the Boy Scouts stand for or not, they do help to turn boys into young men who have the skills and understand the importance of taking care of themselves, their families, and their communities – as leaders. If they happen to earn their Eagle rank, they’re already well on their way to being good project managers – even before they enter college. Scouts are always looking for service projects, as well – they give back to their churches and their schools and their neighborhoods in many ways.

    I know less about JA, but have colleagues who volunteer there and it also seems like a fantastic way to help young people set and achieve their goals, learn about business, and become prepared to meet the challenges of adulthood.

    Thanks for suggesting these great alternative ways to give!
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  • Grady Pruitt May 9, 2012, 11:37 am

    Thanks, Holly. I know more about the scouting program, having been one, but I thought the JA would also be a worthwhile organization as well, and one I look forward to getting to know better. Good to see you!

  • James Pruitt May 9, 2012, 4:46 pm

    great post Grady. I have been really bad about giving of my time, but not so much the money. Sometimes it is hard to find the money to give. Giving to something greater than yourself is always important though.

    I have run projects that were specifically set up to give away the profits to a charity, and I was much more willing to follow through for someone elses benefit than I did when I was just pocketing the money for my own personal needs.
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  • Grady Pruitt May 10, 2012, 1:06 am

    I feel I could give more of my time than I do, but I’m far worse about giving of my money. Even when I’ve set money aside for giving, I find it hard to part with. Yet sometimes, that is exactly what we must do.

    I like your idea of having projects set up specifically for giving away profits. Might have to consider that as I start to grow my own efforts.

    Thanks for your comments!

  • Rachel Lavern May 11, 2012, 12:33 am

    Hi Grady,
    I love this universal principle of wealth and prosperity. We reap what we sow. I look at acquiring money without giving back as building up negative karma which will manifest at some stage. If I am generous, altruistic, sincere and modest, not proud or hypocritical, the Universe will, in return, gives me more. So many people limit giving and receiving to material things. But it can be about respect, compliments or admirations of others. I also think that once we receive anything, we should remember to give gratitude and thanks to the Universe for the gift and be grateful for what we already have.
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  • Grady Pruitt May 11, 2012, 4:12 am

    I agree, Rachel (and actually, part of what you said is a preview to next week ;). We must be willing to give of ourselves, our time, and our money if we wish to receive the blessings of life. Personally, I’m finding giving of myself to be fairly easy… it’s the other two that trip me up sometimes :D

    Thanks for your comment!

  • Mitch Mitchell May 14, 2012, 9:21 am

    Good stuff Grady. I figure I’m covered because I’m on the board of an organization that works with disabled people to help them live independent lives, and I donate to different charities here and there. And every time I go to the grocery store when they’re running a “feed someone” campaign, I always pony up a little bit more. Being open with what you can give and donate, even if it’s only a little bit, comes back to in other ways.
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  • Grady Pruitt May 14, 2012, 1:34 pm

    That’s great, Mitch!

    For the longest time, I always kind of thought to myself “When I have it, I’ll give it.” It never really occurred to me, despite hearing it from a number of places, that the principle works best when you start with what you have, no matter how much (or how little) that is.

    Thanks for your comments!

  • Sally Brown May 19, 2012, 5:39 pm

    Hi Grady,

    Nice post about giving and receiving. When am led to give, I do so knowing that my Higher Power will always make sure I am ok, so I don’t worry about being repaid. I do follow the Law of Attraction but not to receive from giving. I just know that by giving, receiving is the outcome if, as you say, it is done with the right attitude. Nice post. Sally
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  • Grady Pruitt May 20, 2012, 1:07 am

    I think you understand that beautifully, Sally :D

  • Daniel Meloy May 27, 2012, 12:06 pm

    So many times I feel that money is the medium people use to give, but they do it unenthusiastically and without heart. People can donate some money or give their change to a man on the streets and feel that they’ve really done some good that day. And to an extent that is true. But giving isn’t just about the distribution of resources, it’s about the merging of different needs and privileges with intention and meaning. For this reason I think that it’s better to donate time than money. Money is useful, but giving your time is personal and meaningful. What do you think?

  • Grady Pruitt May 28, 2012, 3:50 am

    Actually, though I’ll admit that I haven’t been putting this into practice like I should, I believe both are equally important.

    I agree that money is the first thing most people think of. And we should give of our money. When we give of our money, we show that we are not holding on tight to it and allow for the abundance to come to us.

    When we give of our time, we show that we care.

    Another way we forget to give is of our talents. We often think of giving of our time, but usually, we’re thinking of working at a shelter helping to feed people. This is a great way to give of our time, but so many of us could give even more.

    How many of us give of our talents? I know there are many out there who are great painters, singers, writers, filmmakers, web page designers, and so on, but when we give, do we think of giving of these talents?

    If we truly want to become generous people, we need to be willing to give of everything that we have to give.

    Now, as a matter of transparency, I struggle myself to reach this ideal, but I think it is the ideal we should strive for. We should give of our time, our money, and our talents.

  • Nitika Chopra June 8, 2012, 5:18 pm

    Thank you SO much for sharing my video Grady!! You are so sweet and I really appreciate the kindness and support. Have a beautiful night!


    Nitika Chopra

  • Grady Pruitt June 8, 2012, 5:20 pm

    You’re welcome, Nitika! I really enjoyed the video, and I just might have to go back and watch it again :D

  • James Holton July 30, 2012, 11:09 am

    I agree that practicing the universal law of giving and receiving can be difficlut at first. But I beleive that our willingness to give that which we seek, we keep the abundance of the universe circulating in our lives.
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  • Grady Pruitt July 30, 2012, 2:46 pm

    Hey, James. Thanks for your comment. I agree that we need to work on giving more. It’s one thing I struggle with. You’re right, though, that by giving, we can keep the abundance in our lives.

  • Dobrin Georgiev September 12, 2013, 9:03 am

    That’s exactly how I got my job and home. Not by pursuing them with furious intentions, but by giving it a time and doing my best in a more thoughtful way.
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