The Law of Giving
The universe operates through dynamic ex-
change… giving and receiving are different aspects
of the flow of energy in the universe.
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And in our willingness to give that which we
seek, we keep the abundance of the universe circu-
lating in our lives.
This frail vessel thou emptiest again and again,
and fillest it ever with fresh life. This little flute of a reed thou hast carried over hills and dales, and hast
breathed through it melodies eternally new. . . . Thy
infinite gifts come to me only on those very small
hands of mine. Ages pass, and still thou pourest,
and still there is room to fill.
— Rabindranath Tagore, Gitanjali
The second spiritual law of success is the Law of Giving. This law could also be called the Law of Giving and Receiving, because 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. This harmonious interaction of elements and forces
in your life operates as the Law of Giving. Because your body and your mind and the universe
are in constant and dynamic exchange, stopping the circulation of energy is like stopping the flow of blood. Whenever blood stops flowing, it begins to clot, to coagulate, to stagnate. That is why you must give and receive in order to keep wealth and affluence — or anything you want in life — circulating in your life.
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 for money is “currency,” which also reflects the flowing nature of energy. The word currency comes from the Latin word “currere” which means “to run” or to flow.
Therefore, if we stop the circulation of money — if our only intention is to hold on to our
money and hoard it — since it is life energy, we will stop its circulation back into our lives as well. In order to keep that energy coming to us, we have to keep the energy circulating. Like a river, money must keep flowing, otherwise it begins to stagnate, to clog, to suffocate and stran- gle its very own life force. Circulation keeps it alive and vital.
Every relationship is one of give and take. Giving engenders receiving, and receiving en-
genders giving. What goes up must come down; what goes out must come back. In reality, receiving is the same thing as giving, because giving and receiving are different aspects of the flow of energy in the universe. And if you stop the flow of either, you interfere with nature’s intelligence.
In every seed is the promise of thousands of forests. But the seed must not be hoarded; it
must give its intelligence to the fertile ground. Through its giving, its unseen energy flows into material manifestation.
The more you give, the more you will receive, because you will keep the abundance of the
universe circulating in your life. In fact, anything that is of value in life only multiplies when it is
given. That which doesn’t multiply through giving is neither worth giving nor worth receiving. If,
through the act of giving, you feel you have lost something, then the gift is not truly given and will not cause increase. If you give grudgingly, there is no energy behind that giving.
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 receiver, because happiness is
life-supporting and life-sustaining and therefore generates increase. The return is directly pro-
portional to the giving when it is unconditional and from the heart. That is why the act of giving has to be joyful — the frame of mind has to be one in which you feel joy in the very act of giving. Then the energy behind the giving increases many times over.
Practicing the Law of Giving is actually very simple: if you want joy, give joy to others; if
you want love, learn to give love; if you want attention and appreciation, learn to give attention
and appreciation; if you want material affluence, help others to become materially affluent. In fact, the easiest way to get what you want is to help others get what they want. This principle works equally well for individuals, corporations, societies, and nations. If you want to be blessed
with all the good things in life, learn to silently bless everyone with all the good things in life.
Even the thought of giving, the thought of blessing, or a simple prayer has the power to
affect others. This is because our body, reduced to its essential state, is a localized bundle of energy and information in a universe of energy and information. We are localized bundles of consciousness in a conscious universe. The word “consciousness” implies more than just energy and information — it implies energy and information which is alive as thought. Therefore we are bundles of thought in a thinking universe. And thought has the power to transform.
Life is the eternal dance of consciousness that expresses itself as the dynamic exchange of
impulses of intelligence between microcosm and macrocosm, between the human body and the universal body, between the human mind and the cosmic mind.
When you learn to give that which you seek, you activate and choreograph the dance with
an exquisite, energetic, and vital movement that constitutes the eternal throb of life.
The best way to put the Law of Giving into operation — to start the whole process of
circulation — is to make a decision that any time you come into contact with anyone, you will give them something. It doesn’t have to be in the form of material things; it could be a flower, a compliment, or a prayer. In fact, the most powerful forms of giving are non-material. The gifts of caring, attention, affection, appreciation, and love are some of the most precious gifts you
can give, and they don’t cost you anything.
When you meet someone, you can silently send them a blessing, wishing them happiness, joy, and laughter. This kind of silent giving is very powerful.
One of the things I was taught as a child, and which I taught my children also, is never to go to anyone’s house without bringing something — never visit anyone without bringing them a
gift. You may say, “How can I give to others when at the moment I don’t have enough myself?”
You can bring a flower. One flower. You can bring a note or a card which says something about your feelings for the person you’re visiting. You can bring a compliment. You can bring a prayer.
Make a decision to give wherever you go, to whomever you see. As long as you’re giving,
you will be receiving. The more you give, the more confidence you will gain in the miraculous
effects of this law. And as you receive more, your ability to give more will also increase.
Our true nature is one of affluence and abundance; we are naturally affluent because nature supports every need and desire. We lack nothing, because our essential nature is one of pure
potentiality and infinite possibilities. Therefore, you must know that you are already inherently
affluent, no matter how much or how little money you have, because the source of all wealth is
the field of pure potentiality — it is the consciousness that knows how to fulfill every need,
including joy, love, laughter, peace, harmony, and knowledge. If you seek these things first — not only for yourself, but for others — all else will come to you spontaneously.
APPLYING THE LAW OF GIVING
I will put the Law of Giving into effect by making a commitment to take the following steps:
(1) Wherever I go, and whoever 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.