Better to Give Than to Receive?
“It is better to give than to Receive.” Most of us were taught this as part of our upbringing. As children, we might have taken this admonition as just that: an admonition, something that one must learn to do because it is somehow “good” or “right” to do so. But when thoughts of Santa Claus were in our heads, we might have thought that we really like the receiving more!
As we matured, however, most likely we began to see and then to actually feel the wisdom and deeper truths in these words, that somehow we felt good when we gave. Sometimes we gave too much – we gave in order to receive; we gave in order to feel good about ourselves; or we went into sacrifice. But when we give someone something from our hearts, when we truly give, we notice a good feeling that comes over us.
GIVING IS RECEIVING
Consider the possibility that giving actually is receiving, and that might be why it feels so good. As Chuck Spezzano, creater of “Psychology of Vision,” writes, “Giving is one of the best feelings in the world. … When we are giving, we are truly feeling our greatness. … This is why so many of the early native tribes were so generous. Giving allowed them to feel their greatness of Spirit.”
Spezzano further explains that “Giving is really a form of receiving. … In giving we recognize what has been in us all the time. We get to receive the very gift or feeling that we are giving. We give, experience and receive our greatness of spirit.”
GIVING YOUR GIFTS
How might giving be felt as receiving by us? How do we recognize our “greatness of spirit.” In her book, “Light Emerging,” Dr. Barbara Brennan explains that giving our “gifts to the world” through the creative process also allows us to see ourselves reflected in the mirror of our creations. The creative pulse rises out of our core, our “essence,” or who we are, up through our energy field, or the “aura” surrounding our bodies. “The creative pulse then manifests fully in our lives as our life creations. … We paint a painting, write a book, build a house…. When we are finished, … we have great feelings of accomplishment….” With our work, we hold up a mirror to ourselves so that we might recognize our individual essence – our “greatness of spirit.”
Furthermore, Dr. Brennan explains that in creating “we enjoy a tremendous amount of outward-going energy, and we feel great about ourselves. … We feel high as we look into the creative mirror that reflects ourselves.”
GIVE YOURSELF THE GIFT OF YOUR SPIRIT
Whenever you give gifts - at the holidays or at other times - remember to pause and see and feel “the greatness of your spirit” reflected in the joy and recognition of those to whom you've given. And don’t forget to give to yourself, as well!
Krysti Brice, BHS® Practitioner, is a personal mentor, author and energy healer serving an international client base.