Around Christmas and leading up to the New Year I was inspired to focus on the idea: “To give and receive are one in truth.” (Title of Workbook Lesson 108 in A Course in Miracles)
The questions in my mind were:
Why do the words mostly seem like an intellectual concept?
Why do I resist making the law, “you receive what you give”, into a principle that changes my everyday life?
Why do I limit giving love?
As you know I like to ask questions because my openness to hearing answers allows healing.
The Workbook of A Course in Miracles was designed to turn the intellectual concepts of the Text into an experience. The instructions for the practice period in Lesson 108 are:
“To give and to receive are one in truth.
I will receive what I am giving now.”
Then close your eyes, and for five minutes think of what you would hold out to everyone, to have it yours. You might, for instance, say:
To everyone I offer quietness.
To everyone I offer peace of mind.
To everyone I offer gentleness.
Say each one slowly and then pause a while, expecting to receive the gift you gave. And it will come to you in the amount in which you gave it. You will find you have exact return, for that is what you asked.
A Course in Miracles, Workbook Lesson 108
I said to myself “To everyone I offer opportunities to learn how to choose miracles”
I experienced inside an increased acceptance and openness to miracles.
Then I wondered how open I was during 2016 to give and receive miracles.
Did I limit demonstrating and teaching miracle choices?
Then I had an insight.
Choosing miracles leads to an experience of love.
But when I believe:
I don’t deserve love
I’m not worthy of an ongoing experience of love
I’m not ready for love.
What do I do?
I limit my giving.
Yes, the way I limit receiving love is to stop giving.
When I’m fearful of letting more love into my life I stop giving love out.
It’s a simple strategy that works because of the law: I receive what I give.
Do you limit giving love?
If you’re not experiencing (receiving) the peace and kindness you desire, maybe it’s because you didn’t give the peace and kindness you wanted?
I’m ready in 2017 to give more than ever before.
Will you join me?
I sense my resistance to receiving love is much less.
I’m going to experiment what will happen when I give and give!
The answer is, of course, I will receive and receive.
Join me in making 2017 a year where you give others the gift you really want for yourself.