We’ve all heard the maxim “It’s better to give than to receive.” In truth, however, a balanced life requires both giving and receiving just as a body requires exhaling and inhaling. When you give unsustainably for too long, life forces a correction, often through resentment, stress, or even illness. Depletion may seem noble but self-sacrifice harms both giver and receiver. Depleted giving makes the gift less nutritious and harder to absorb.
Whenever you give, you receive. Whenever you gracefully receive, you give. Immersed in the universal soup of giving and receiving, the lines between giver and receiver blur. Ideally you learn to embrace both giving and receiving until they become as natural as breathing. Of course someone compliments you, of course someone offers you help, of course you find what you need when you need it. Otherwise you breath life through a mask, restricting the flow of abundance and joy.
All your gifts, from your material assets to your aptitudes, bestowed upon you by a Divine giver, allow you to receive amplified goodness. Offering your gifts in service tends to multiply them. Plus when you model celebrating and sharing what you have, you inspire others to do the same. Inspiration slows expiration!
In Jin Shin Jyutsu® Japanese acupressure, the Safety Energy Locks (SELs) on the back of the body support inhaling (receiving) whereas the ones on the front aid exhaling (giving or releasing). SELs 11 and 12 help those who find praise uncomfortable. For “givers” who find receiving difficult, apply both SEL 2 and the Stomach Organ Function Energy. If you either crave sympathy or cannot receive it, SEL 13 and First Depth (Stomach, Spleen, SELs 1-4, thumb) can help. SEL 23 also invites patience which opens you to present-time receiving.
How do you invite receiving? Where does receiving still feel difficult?
Yesterday’s Twitter chat #SpiritChat On Giving and Privilege inspired this post. I recommend reading Leslie Carother’s thought-provoking chat cover post.