The Law of Give and Receive
My toilet backed up again last night. Somehow, it seemed to be the perfect symbol for how resistant I can be at times. Sound familiar?
If you’re reading this article, chances are, you’re a person with (oh, no)…spiritual inclinations. If you’re like 99% of the rest of us with a spiritual bent, you’re probably very compassionate, forgiving, loving, with all that other jazz that falls in the category of Give, Give and More Give. Let’s face it, it’s your nature. You were born to be a saint. However, on the flip side (like my toilet and me), all give and no take isn’t exactly 100% spiritual.
For a little more insight, try something fun. Get on the Internet and search ‘Spiritual Laws’. You’ll get everything under the sun. The vast perception of spirituality is amazing and, of course, everyone thinks they’re right. Maybe they are.
I was up late one night when I stumbled on this. I read it over and over because it made so much sense. What follows is a poorly paraphrased excerpt from Deepak Chopra’s, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success.
Law #2. The Law of Giving and Receiving – Giving and receiving creates flow
Your body, mind, soul, and the universe are in constant motion, in an ever-exchanging flow of energy. Stopping this circulation of energy is like stopping the flow of blood (or in my case, my toilet). It clots and stagnates. Both giving and receiving are necessary to keep the energy alive and circulating.
The more you give, the more you will receive. The best way to put this into practice is to make a decision that any time you come into contact with someone, you give them something. It doesn’t have to be money, or anything material. Gifts of caring, attention, affection, appreciation, love, a compliment, or a prayer, are as precious and powerful. That’s the easy part for spiritual folks. Just remember, to complete the circle, you must grit your teeth and learn to receive as well.
Last October, I had an inspiration to write my first children’s picture book. The only problem…I’m not an illustrator. So I began the process of seeking one out. To my great fortune, I teamed up with a wonderfully talented and delightful illustrator, named Lili. She was born, raised and educated in Tehran, Iran. She moved to LA about five years ago.
As I presented her a contract to illustrate the book, I felt myself falling back into old patterns of fear and conflict that I’ve often felt during negotiations. In the back of my mind some little voice was telling me, “Watch out, don’t set yourself up to get screwed again.”
Lucky for me, I was able to catch myself early on. I said to myself, “NO WAY. Not this time. This is my deal. It’s going to a positive experience from the beginning—nothing but joyous give and receive.” I sheepishly have to admit, it’s one of the few times in my life I’ve started a project completely based on my own spiritual values.
From that moment on, the stage was set. Since then, it’s been an absolutely remarkable journey of flow. Lili turned out to be far more talented and easy to work with than I could have ever imagined. As we begin the process to seek publication, we’re garnering positive feedback from everywhere we turn. Plus, we just discovered, Lili was contacted out of the blue to showcase our work in Hollywood this October.
Where will it all lead? Who knows? But one thing is for certain. If it all falls apart tomorrow, it will be one of the most remarkable and enjoyable journeys of my life.
So what are you waiting for? Get out your plunger and let things flow.