GIVING & RECEIVING: THE WAY THE UNIVERSE WORKS
Wayne Dyer (Manifest Your Destiny; Chapter 9).
Every single time that you take in a breath and then exhale, you’re engaged in a process of giving and receiving that is vital to the material and spiritual world. With each inhalation you take in the oxygen and nitrogen that you must have in order to exist, and with each exhalation you send back the carbon dioxide that supplies the entire plant world. The cycle of generous giving and receiving is exactly the same as the very act of breathing.
Look around you and notice how everything in our universe is a result of giving and receiving. The entire food chain represents a giving of life and a taking of life, and then a giving back in an endless cycle of material manifestation.
There is no place for any of it to go other than here in the universe. It does not leave and then re-enter. It is all simply a process of giving and receiving different forms of energy. The iron in your bloodstream is a part of the finite supply of iron that will return in another form after your departure from the physical world, perhaps in the wings of a bat. You give of your iron supply and you take from the same supply. Giving and receiving are a natural function in life.
The natural flow of giving and receiving can be stopped by stinginess and hoarding. The process works in the same way on the spiritual level. You send out love and kindness and it returns to you tenfold. The old saying, “What goes around, comes around,” is much more than a pithy homily. It is a fact of the universe at all levels of awareness. In fact, it is what the whole business of manifestation is all about.
You put out loving energy to connect to that which you desire and it returns to you. It is a giving and receiving action. You can, however, interfere with this natural progression of give and take by selfishly hanging onto that which manifests in your material world, and stopping the flow of energy that brings abundance. This scarcity consciousness is the work of the ego which always feels incomplete because it is convinced that is it separate from God.
GENEROSITY AND SERVICE: THE FINAL STEP IN MANIFESTATION.
The natural extension of being grateful is the development of a generous heart. Perfect generosity is a willingness to give of yourself and all that you have manifested without any expectation of a return. You may find it paradoxical that the final phase of manifesting your heart’s desire is to generously share what you receive and to move your attention away from what you have asked to manifest.
Manifesting is about connecting to the universal spirit, which is infinite and abundant in supply. It is not about seeing neediness in yourself, but is rather about feeling complete with that radiant abundance. It is not about craving and demanding.
It is concerned with unconditional love and attracting that abundant love to your individual life. As long as you are in your physical body, you will have desires. There is nothing to be ashamed of or feel nonspiritual about. Your body and the physical needs of your material self can and will be met with abundant gifts providing that you do not let your ego take you back to being in charge of your life.
When you feel the presence of that abundance, your feeling of gratitude will push you in the direction of generosity. It is in the expression of your generosity that you will feel most connected to the unconditional love of the universal spirit.
The more you feel a desire to share what you receive unconditionally, the more you will experience it flowing into your life.