Giving and Receiving
How Can One Be Better Than the Other?
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
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":
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.
1: greater than half
2: improved in health or mental attitude
3: more attractive, favorable, or
4: more advantageous or effective
5: improved in accuracy or
Now let me give you questions to
Is it better to exhale than to
Is it better to be awake or to
Is it better to talk or to
Is it better to speak to
God/Universe/Creator (affirm/pray) or to listen to God/Universe/Creator
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
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.
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
The seeds contain the gift within
themselves, but if the soil is depleted and cannot receive, where is the
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?
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
When there is a gracious receiver, then the giver AND the
receiver are blessed. Pleasure, contentment and good fortune are bestowed on
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
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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.
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