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What an awesome thought Lilasnroses. thank you.
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May the Lord bless you and keep you, May He allow His face to Smile upon you and give you Peace. AMEN
Thanks for sharing that...I too had that "aha" moment about a year ago!
Make it a great day!
That was an awesome statement, about depriving others of the joy of giving to YOU! I"m like you, I love to give to others, no matter what form that may take, and knowing the joy it brings me to do that, it only makes sense that others would feel the same way. Lightbulb moment! Thank you for sharing that great insight!
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Just a comment along this same topic of receiving. I took the course called "Boundaries, When to Say YES, When to Say NO, To Take Control of Your Life" by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend. In this course (which you can get on CD's or in a book, or the course is video taped), the authors talk about people who are always giving but uncomfortable receiving. (That would be me). A huge light bulb came on when they said that people who always give (and love to give) but who aren't willing to receive are actually depriving others of the joy that they would have gotten from giving. WOW! Did that ever hit home! I love to give! I never thought of my refusing to let others help me or give to me (including the universe) as depriving them of the opportunity to experience the joy of giving that I feel!
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Well, glad we worked this out together!!!!!!!! I've ready several of Catherine Ponder's books and that sounded like her!
We make a great team!
Thank-you CHANETC for your kindness. After Beachblonde requested the source, I did go back to search through my bookmarks to try to find the source, and could not find it.
After I went for a walk and cleared out the cobwebs (great how that works), I remembered that it was an excerpt as Lisa had thought, from Catherine Ponder's book of the same title, "Opening Your Mind to Receive".
Sorry for my error, and I will not make that mistake again. I know we are all on this team to help and support one another and I thank you and Beachblonde for keeping me on point.
Mary I'm not chastising you at all. Simply, now you know and what you choose to do with the information is up to you.
I have learned with experience from moderating other boards on other websites. It is taken very seriously as it is a federal law with financial penalties involved and if any complaints came in the path of least resistance is to just ban the activity.
Actually I think most writers would be flattered that people find their work inspiring and I think it is a good idea to only post credited sources. If you put the words in google sometimes you can figure out the source/author, just put the text in quotes.
Thanks for sharing.
A cheerful heart does good like medicine, but a broken spirit makes one sick.
Proverbs 17:22 (TLB)
Mary, Thank you for another inspiring post as usual. The cautions that Beachblonde cited are true, but your heart is in the right place. As this is a commercial venue, it may be as critical to the copyright holder as if you published it in a magazine, but most books allow quotes as reviews. This is "virtually" like passing a word document among friends, with no profit motive, except this is a commercial site. Of course, we would love to know the source, because many of us buy books upon the recommendation of friends, including SparkFriends. Thanks again for your generous sharing among friends.
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Well, I guess I've been duly chastized and will be more careful in the future. I understand what you are saying and will refrain from posting any information I have no clear source on.
Just know that my intentions were pure to just share some of the information that has helped me, not to take away any credit from someone. I have gathered lots of information over the years and if anything inspires just one person to make a positive change in their life, I am happy about that. I will limit any future postings to those in which I have saved the source of record.
Mary, just really added that as a gentle reminder that Spark could disallow quotes like this which I do find very helpful and inspiring. It is called copyright infringement. If it was written after 1978 it definitely is protected work, before may or may not be.
It seems most authors don't mind if you quote a portion of something as long as you credit the source as they own what they write. By sharing a portion it can sometimes lead to people purchasing their books, etc.
Some websites don't allow you to post copyrighted materials whether you credit the source or not. I'm happy we have the opportunity to share here and think it is best to cite sources and give credit where credit is due.
Yes, I definitely make up my own mind, changing along the way, and stay open to information from many sources. Each of us needs to decide the true path for ourselves as it is OUR life and OUR decisions that determine our path.
Edited by: BEACHBLONDE at: 3/30/2007 (10:42)
A cheerful heart does good like medicine, but a broken spirit makes one sick.
Proverbs 17:22 (TLB)
BEACHBLONDE, Sorry, I can't give you the web site or author. This was something I had read quite a while ago and saved it in Word, but I don't recall the source. I had just re-read it and was inspired to share it. Like anything, you can take from it what reasonates with you and leave the rest.
Edited by: HAPPYWALKER at: 3/30/2007 (10:13)
Hey Mary...another wonderful post. This was something that was an "aha" moment for me when I learned first learned it. Even small things as being able to accpet compliments...that was something I was never good at, until I learned this truth!
Did this come from the Dynamic Laws of Properity book? Sounds very similar to Catherine Ponder's explanation!
Thanks and make it a great day!
Interesting article, many good points, a few I take exception to. I also prefer to call the source God and pray for things.
You didn't cite the source of this article so I was curious who wrote it or where the link came from? I do love when people put the link or cite the source so further reading can be done and proper credit given to the author.
A cheerful heart does good like medicine, but a broken spirit makes one sick.
Proverbs 17:22 (TLB)
OPEN YOUR MIND TO RECEIVE
Why should you deliberately open your mind to receive? Because most of us have endured a pinched, narrow existence for no good reason. We have blocked our good from getting through to us in the process. There's nothing divine about a pinched existence. There's nothing divine about a narrow, limited way of life. It proves nothing but the foolishness and ignorance of man who actually lives in a universe of lavish abundance. Anyone who leads a pinched, narrow existence is not expressing his true nature. He is only cheating himself.
If this has happened to you, there is something you can do about it! The word "receive" means "to accept." Psychologists tell us that we can have anything we can mentally accept, but that we must mentally accept it first. A great part of the act of receiving is to accept the good you want mentally rather than fighting it mentally.
"NOTHING IS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE. NOTHING IS TOO WONDERFUL TO HAPPEN. NOTHING IS TOO GOOD TO LAST."
Most of us have heard a great deal about giving but not nearly enough about receiving. Giving is only one-half of the law of increase. Receiving is the other half. We can give and give, but we may unbalance the law unless we also expect to receive. Many people unbalance the law by not expecting to receive and so they do not.
It is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom, and it should be your good pleasure to receive it.
You must be careful what you notice, talk about, or give your attention to, because that is what you are identifying with, and that is what you will bring into your life.
Whatever you notice, you are inviting into Your life.
Whatever you talk about, you are inviting into Your life.
Whatever you identifv with in your thoughts, words and actions, you are inviting into your life.
If you notice, talk about and identify with war, crime, disease, financial problems, in harmony, this is what you a inviting into your own life. Through the law of mind action it will come.
Open your mind to receive by noticing, giving attention to, and talking about what you want to bring into your life -- nothing else.
HOW TO IDENTIFY WITH YOUR SOURCE
Open your mind to receive by telling God what you want instead of constantly telling people.
Telling people what you want can dissipate your good because God is the source of your supply -- not people. Although people, ideas, and opportunities are all channels of your supply, God is the source because He creates those ideas and opportunities. Through the law of mind action, He helps attract the appropriate people and circumstances to you to help expedite those ideas and opportunities through which your good can come to pass.
A statement you will want to use often to help you identify with the source of your good is this:
"I DO NOT DEPEND ON PERSONS OR CONDITIONS FOR MY GOOD. GOD IS THE SOURCE OF MY SUPPLY AND GOD PROVIDES HIS OWN AMAZING CHANNELS OF GOOD TO ME NOW."
THE FIRST KIND OF GIVING
Giving is the first step in receiving. When you want to receive, give! However, there are three kinds of giving. All three are equally necessary to your long term growth and success.
First. Give to God, Put Him first financially. Why? As explained in Buddhism and elsewhere, this is the first quality to be developed in your character on the road to Enlightenment. Many conscientious people study self-help methods galore, yet do not receive the benefits from them that they should because they ignore this first step.
Various schemes have been suggested for getting rich quick. Most of them fail because they are based on "getting" -- not "giving." They have no spiritual basis. The reason many people fail to receive their good in life is because they do not practice giving or returning impersonally to the universe on a systematic basis a portion of all that the universe shares with them.
When any person withholds that which belongs to the universe, his life is thrown out of balance, and he experiences lack in some form. It may be lack of supply, lack of health, lack of love, lack of spiritual understanding, or lack of direction in his life. It is only as we let go of our littleness that we can expand into the larger life.
So it is not enough to say that you believe God is the Source of your supply (as previously suggested). You must prove that you believe God is the Source of your supply by first sharing with Him. This keeps you in touch with a universal source of abundance.
THE SECOND KIND OF GIVING
Second. Give to yourself. Yes, open your mind to receive by giving to yourself, because all progress begins with self-improvement. It is just as possible to overgive to others as it is to undergive to yourself. Overgiving to others and undergiving to yourself unbalances the law and keeps your good from coming through. You must first give your allention to the improvement and development of yourself before you can possibly help others.
You cannot possibly give to others unless you first have something to give. You must first have strength, wisdom, and substance before you can share these qualities with others. There are those misguided people who think it is selfish to emphasize self-improvement first. But it is only after self-improvement that you are capable of helping others.
When you do just the opposite, when you overgive to others and undergive to yourself, you feel depleted and you are. This causes within you a sense of lack which is degrading and limiting. Because of this, overgiving to others is self-defeating. It accomplishes nothing constructive.
The philosophers of old advised, "To thine own self be true." Give something to yourself right away. It might be a new book you wish to read, an item of clothing or jewelry, or something for your home or office. It might be the treat of going out to dinner, to the theater, to a party, or taking a vacation. It might be the deliberate setting aside of some daily time for prayer, meditation and inspirational study. It might be something; big or small, tangible or intangible.
THE THIRD KIND OF GIVING
After giving to God and to yourself, then give something to someone else. After you give something to someone else, bless whatever it is that you give. Bless the person or persons to whom you gave it. Then release both the gift and the recipient. Any man, woman, or child can transform his life by transforming what he gives out -- what he gives to God, what he gives to himself, and what he gives out to others.
When you aren't sure what to give to others, that is the time to declare, "I GIVE UNDER DIVINE DIRECTION." Then watch the hunches and ideas that come. You'll be shown what to give, where, and to whom.
Many of the blessings you want most are within your reach! By your acts of giving, you open the way to attract the blessings you desire. These blessings have probably been waiting to reach you, but they were blocked by your own lack of giving. There was no free channel through which they could pass.
By giving under divine direction, you open a channel through which these blessings are freed to arrive. An early prosperity teacher of mine often said, "First give to God. Then give to mankind as God directs."
THE ONE WHO DID NOT PREPARE TO RECEIVE SUFFERED LACK
After you give to God, yourseIf and others, then get read to receive! You can get ready to receive by preparing to receive.
There are those who say, "I give, but I do not expect 1 receive." And they do not.
An unhappy lady explained, "I teach a private prosperity class in in my home, but I do not take an offering. I give, but I do not believe I should expect to receive.'' And she didn't, but she resented not receiving.
She should have resented not receiving, because she was unbalancing the law of increase by giving, giving, giving, and by not opening the way to receive.
It was pointed out to this lady that it was fine to teach such a class, but that she was not only short-changing herself, she was also short-changing her students by giving them the impression they could get something for nothing.
She should either have charged handsomely for her course, or opened the way right there in class for her students to prove the law of increase by extending an invitation to them to give generous tithes and offerings in apprecition for the priceless instruction they were receiving. She was cheating herself and she was cheating them by her fearful attitude.
You can give up any false ideas you may have had about receiving. Your receiving doesn't stop anyone else's receiving. We live in a lavish universe, and there's plenty for all.
PREPARE BY SPEAKING THE WORD OF RECEIVING
Many people's prayers are not answered because they keep asking in prayer, but they do not follow through by getting ready to receive
After you prepare to receive, you are then ready for the next step:
Speak the word of receiving . When you daily declare that you are receiving, your words make a believer out of your subconscious mind which then starts working with you to help make it so.
The way to avoid a pinched, narrow way of life is to deliberately speak the word of receiving. Declare daily:
"I AM RECEIVING. I AM RECEIVING NOW. I AM RECEIVING ALL THE WEALTH THAT THE UNIVERSE HAS FOR ME NOW."
A businessman started doing this, and within one year his income became eight times what it had been.
Another businessman says he has received unexpected checks of $1,000 or more every time he has consistently declared:
"ALL THAT IS MINE BY DIVINE RIGHT NOW COMES TO ME SPEEDILY, RICHLY, FREELY. I AM RECEIVING NOW."
RELEASE IS THE FINAL STEP
As a teacher of practical mysticism recently said, "Students of prosperity need to know when to release the inner work they have done, then relax, so that outer results can come." There are resting places in mental action. "There is a time to fish and a time to dry your nets."
On various occasions in my life, greater good has come to me -- after long periods of inner work -- when I felt guided to release it all to its perfect results. Several books have gotten finished after I did this. Happy changes in location and work, a better income, larger homes, have all appeared after I worked inwardly, then turned loose, relaxed and let go.
So after speaking the word of receiving for a period, then declare that you have received, and release it. Assume that greater good is already yours, since you have claimed it on the inner plane. This helps that good to appear on the outer plane as visible results in rich appropriate form under divine timing.
When you have reached this point of release, declare:
"IT IS FINISHED. 1T IS DONE. I GIVE THANKS THAT I HAVE RECElVED, AND THAT MY GOOD APPEARS IN RICH APPROPRIATE FORM UNDER DIVINE TIMING."
As you then relax and let go, this process can open the way for unlimited results.
1. The word "receive" means "to accept." Psychologists tell us we can have anything we can mentally accept, but we must be able to mentally accept it first.
2. Most of us have heard a lot about giving but not enough about receiving. Many people have a hang-up about receiving.
3. Giving is only one-half of the law. Receiving is the other half. Many people unbalance the law by over-giving. Many people unbalance the law by not expecting to receive.
4. It is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom and it should be your good pleasure to receive it.
5. What you notice and talk about, you are inviting into your life. What you identify with in your thoughts, words, and actions, you are inviting into your life.
6. Open your mind to receive by identifying with the good.
7. Open your mind to receive by telling God what you want, instead of telling people. Telling people what you want can dissipate your good. People are channels, but God is the source.
8. When you want to receive, give. There are three kinds of giving. All are necessary:
a) Give to God. Put Him first financially. This is the first quality to be developed on the road to Enlightenment.
b) Give to yourself. Self-improvement is necessary before you can help others improve.
c) Give something to someone else.
9. Get ready to receive. Prepare to receive.
10. Next, daily speak the word of receiving. This gains the cooperation of your thought and feeling nature which then begins to work for you. Finally, declare that you have received, and then release it. This causes your accumulated good to move from the invisible plane and to become visible results.