One of the more interesting axioms in the modern world is the Law of Giving which states that the more you give, the more you will receive. In order for you to get what you want, you must give something of yourself first.
“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” ― Winston S. Churchill
Basically, anytime that you need something, it is important to focus instead on giving first so that you will receive whatever it is that is needed. Such as statement may sound rather paradoxical in nature because the first thought is how you can give something away that you lack in the first place?
However, it is important to understand that you are not giving of what you need, but instead opening yourself to receiving when you give gifts or something of yourself in the process. The more you give, the larger the opening between you and the universe so that you can receive in return.
The Cycle of Giving
The good news is that there are plenty of real life examples of people who have become rich and in turn donated a considerable amount of their fortune for good causes, setting up charitable foundations, and the like. The more money they gave away, the more they seemed to earn in return which meant that they could give away more of what they had. This cycle of giving creates an open channel that allows for greater returns between what they offer as gifts and what they receive from the universe in which they contribute.
Of course, it is important to give in the right spirit and not do so for selfish reasons. The idea of giving because you will receive defeats the purpose of the Law of Giving. You should give because you have something to provide others, not just because you need something in return. The focus should be that you feel good about sharing the fortune that you have and whatever you receive will be something that you need.
By creating the right conditions, you are setting yourself up to receive even more than you could imagine. While you may not get something that you are specifically thinking about when it comes to what you get in return, more often than naught you are receiving something that you really do need.
The Joys of Giving
The reason that you should give gifts to others is out of the sheer joy of giving unconditionally. You should not expect anything in return otherwise you jeopardize the spirit in which the giving was made. Again, this may sound paradoxical as you may indeed be in need of something specific. Yet, you cannot be guided only by the thought of what you need.
Instead, you should look at the larger picture of what you can do for others and allow the reception of what the world gives in return to be one that is out of your control. In other words, you should give because the act of giving is important and what you receive should be viewed in the same manner as those who are getting the gifts you provide. It is something that comes almost out of the blue and provides comfort, hope, and joy to others.
The good news is that what you give in terms of gifts may have results that go far beyond your intentions. By giving a book for example to a friend, you may think that it will be something that they will pass the time and perhaps derive some value. However, it may turn out that giving the right book provides a transformational experience that allows the person to see things in a whole new light. What you give when carefully selected may be something of value that you cannot measure.
“Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.” — Booker T. Washington
Give in All Aspects of Your Life
While the giving of money is arguably the most popular, it is not the only method that you have in terms of providing more from yourself. You can give your time, attention, and even love that offers benefits that go well beyond what can normally be perceived by your eyes. Even when you do not have a dime to your name, you can always give of yourself in terms of the time you have or the love in your heart which is boundless.
It is also important that you love yourself and love those around you from family, friends, the creator of which you believe in and those whom you have not met. By giving love of all things, you are providing something that will benefit all those who surround you. However, this not only applies to love as there are other factors of which you can give.
If you want more respect, then give respect to those around you. The same is true for appreciation and the like. However, it all must begin with you before it can take effect on others. If you do not respect, appreciate, or love yourself then you cannot receive it in return.
“Blessed are those who can give without remembering, and take without forgetting.” – Princess Elizabeth, Asquith Bibesco
It All Comes Down to You
The single greatest of all gifts that you can bestow on others is yourself. This means that you should give of your empathy, understanding, help, support, advice, attention, time, and what you have to your children, spouse, family, friends, and all those who path you will cross. By giving of yourself you are providing the greatest of all gifts that can be cherished by everyone.
If you think about the idea of how everyone would give of themselves what a much better world we would live in as a result. That is why the Law of Giving is so powerful because when more people take up the practice, it benefits everyone to a degree that cannot be imagined.
“In a gentle way, you can shake the world.” — Mahatma Gandhi
If you are looking to transform your life, then start by examining how you can give more of yourself so that others may benefit. The gifts that you provide to others will be those that come from your heart. The result will not only be opening yourself up to receiving gifts, but in benefitting everyone around you which makes the world a better place.