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Self-Improvement: Inspiration 

Giving and Receiving

How Can One Be Better Than the Other?

by Marilyn Jenett


We've heard it time and time again - the widely accepted belief that "it is better to give than to receive."
Since I became a prosperity teacher ten years ago, I've come to the conclusion that most people are quite good at giving. They are not good at receiving. That's especially true with regard to the prosperity they so earnestly seek. I've decided that the primary purpose of my Feel Free to Prosper teachings is to teach people how to receive...

Giving and Receiving...yes, a topic relating to our core values.

Note the capital "G" and the capital "R" I used above. I have given importance to both.

Let's look at the dictionary definitions of "better":

better (adjective)

1: greater than half
2: improved in health or mental attitude
3: more attractive, favorable, or commendable
4: more advantageous or effective
5: improved in accuracy or performance
For our purposes here, I suppose "better to give than receive" probably refers to numbers 3 and 4: favorable, commendable or more advantageous or effective.

Now let me give you questions to ponder:

 Is it better to exhale than to inhale?

 Is it better to be awake or to sleep?

           Is it better to talk or to listen?

 Is it better to speak to God/Universe/Creator (affirm/pray) or to listen to     God/Universe/Creator (meditate)?

Which of the above are more favorable, commendable, advantageous or effective? Think about this for a moment or two, before reading on.

Here's a quote I placed below the title of Lesson Five of the Feel Free to Prosper program:

The Law of Giving

The universe operates through dynamic exchange...giving and receiving are different aspects of the flow of energy in the universe.And in our willingness to give that which we seek,we keep the abundance of the universe circulating in our lives.

Deepak Chopra

So, if giving and receiving are both aspects of the flow of energy in the Universe, then how can one be "better" than the other? How can one exist without the other? How can we exhale if we don't inhale, and vice versa?

My purpose is not to bring a religious discussion to this topic because spiritual law encompasses all religions and no religion. However, the Bible is filled with spiritual law and that's where the idea of giving and receiving originated.
However, the biblical scripture does not say, "It is better to give..." The scripture states, "It is more blessed to give than to receive.

blessed (adjective): bringing pleasure, contentment or good fortune

In teaching about tithing, for example, I teach that one gives in order to set the flow of prosperity energy into motion. It is establishing our connection to Universal supply. It is the farmer planting his best seed to create a harvest. It is releasing (giving up) fear in order to create the space in our consciousness to receive.

The Universe/God is ready and willing to give us our supply. But if we cannot receive, then where is the blessing?
The seeds contain the gift within themselves, but if the soil is depleted and cannot receive, where is the blessing?
If our good wants to get through to us, to reach us, but fear is occupying our thoughts and emotions so that here is no room for it, then where is the blessing?
If we give to someone, but they do not feel deserving to receive, or are ungrateful, embarrassed or feel obligated, then where is the blessing?

So yes, giving IS a blessing and allows us to become individualized expressions of the Creator itself. However, we must come to a very definite realization that receiving is a very important part of giving. With no receiving, there is no giving.

When there is a gracious receiver, then the giver AND the receiver are blessed. Pleasure, contentment and good fortune are bestowed on both.

And a very good way to learn how to be a gracious receiver and open ourselves up to the Universal supply of prosperity is to learn to give to ourselves.


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Marilyn Jenett, an accomplished business owner in the corporate arena, founded the Feel Free to Prosper program to mentor and teach others to become aligned with Universal laws and accept their right to prosper. For more information, visit

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