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.
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.
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!