A Note on the Law of Giving and Receiving
by Deepak Chopra
The universe operates through dynamic exchange. Nothing is static.
Your body is in dynamic and constant exchange with the body of the universe; your mind is dynamically interacting with the mind of the cosmos; your energy is an expression of cosmic energy.
The flow of life is nothing other than the harmonious interaction of all the elements and forces that structure the field of existence, which operates in your life as the Law of Giving. The word affluence comes from the root word ‘affluere’ which means ‘to flow to’. The word affluence means ‘to flow in abundance.’ Money is really a symbol of the life energy we exchange and the life energy we use as a result of the service we provide to the universe. Another word is ‘currency’ which comes from the Latin word ‘currere’ which means ‘to run.’
Therefore if we stop the circulation of money – since it is life energy – we will stop its circulation back into our lives as well.
Every relationship we have is one of give and take. The more you give in life, the more you will receive, because you will keep the abundance of the universe circulating in your life. It is the intention behind your giving and receiving that is the most important thing.
The intention should always be to create happiness for the giver and the receiver. The frame of mind behind the giving has to be joyful – then the energy behind the giving increases many times over.
The universe operates through dynamic exchange . . . giving and receiving are different aspects of the flow of energy in the universe. And in our willingness to give that which we seek, we keep the abundance of the universe circulating in our lives.
I will put the Law of Giving and Receiving into effect by making a commitment to take the following steps:
1. Wherever I go, and whomever I encounter, I will bring them a gift. The gift may be a compliment, a flower, or a prayer. Today, I will give something to everyone I come into contact with, and so I will begin the process of circulating joy, wealth and affluence in my life and in the lives of others.
2. Today I will gratefully receive all the gifts that life has to offer me. I will receive the gifts of nature: sunlight and the sound of birds singing, or spring showers or the first snow of winter. I will also be open to receiving from others, whether it be in the form of a material gift, money, a compliment or a prayer.
3. I will make a commitment to keep wealth circulating in my life by giving and receiving life’s most precious gifts: the gifts of caring, affection, appreciation and love. Each time I meet someone, I will silently wish them happiness, joy and laughter.