I’ve been pondering the idea of Receiving over the last few months. It started when a friend, who is also a great teacher, energy healer and profound wise person, went into the hospital. He realized at that time that he had forgotten – or had avoided – a big life lesson: to receive. He had been so focused on ‘giving’ to others, he had forgotten to receive for himself. He told me that his first few weeks in the hospital he was highly uncomfortable receiving care from nurses, doctors, friends and family. He said he didn’t know how to accept their care. He was astounded to find himself crying for weeks upon discovering he had forgotten how to receive.
Why is it that many of us have trouble receiving? “It’s better to give than receive” we often hear. Giving can often feel absolutely incredible when we are giving from a place of really wanting to give. But can we remember that receiving also feels just as good as giving when we are receiving from a place of Love and Thankfulness?
I realized in meditation the other day that I had a big block about Receiving. I knew something was up when I felt resistance to the idea of allowing money, support and financial well-being into my life. My mind knows that I can only help the most when I am “full up” and when I am in a state of abundance and owning my power. This is when I have the most to give to others – and to myself. But my heart needed to be heard on this subject. And some old, outdated beliefs that were hindering my ability to truly accept abundance with all of my being needed to be released and transformed.
I asked my inner self what was going on and it said there was fear there in my heart. I was afraid of “taking” from another, of “sucking the stream dry”, of hurting someone else if I was to take anything from them. As I focused on this block in a relaxed state with my eyes closed, I gave it a visual. To me it felt like this resistance and fear was looming in front of me like a big black rock. Then I asked Heaven for help with releasing this block and that any lessons I needed to learn be given to me. As I sat with this uncomfortable energy, I received an impression that I had not been honouring “the other” or “the external world”. I had not been trusting that the “outside world” can take care of itself and can be filled up with Goodness and Resources and Flow and Abundance and that I AM NOT IN CONTROL OF WHAT HAPPENS OUT THERE and this flow is in BOTH OF US. Looking at myself in this way I realized that I had been viewing myself with more power than I actually have. I had not been honouring that Great Force Outside myself. It was time to Honour Others’ Connection to the Great Stream and their Power!
That message went straight to my core and I felt relieved, humbled and grateful to have heard its truth. It made so much sense. Honour the power in others. Honour the power in yourself.
And so I take away the message: If I block up the channel due to fear or doubts about another’s Power then I’m doing both of us a disservice. When I KNOW that the Great Flow of Abundance honours both of us, I trust in another’s ability to give and my ability to receive from a place that is good for both of us.
Shakti Gawain writes in “The Path of Transformation” that when you invite more abundance into your life you are channeling more energy. Many teachers and healers have blocked this flow for fear that it is ‘selfish’ or not ‘spiritual’ to be abundant and they have closed off the material world and its gifts. But we are living in a material world! Perhaps we are moving into a time when we are merging more conscious spiritual energy into the material world and remembering it is all Energy and Flow and there is joy and goodness in accepting and flowing greater abundance.
I have decided I am choosing to view Abundance like Health and Happiness; there is enough to go around! It is up to each of us how much we choose to let in and let flow. If you are not feeling the flow as much as you would like, do a little digging into where the blocks are. If something isn’t working as well as you’d like in your life, start on the inside! You have the power to flow abundance – and by flow I mean toward you and away from you – from a place of true authenticity in your heart. From a place where this channeling feels like the Highest Good for You and Others.
I am choosing to Trust in Infinite Supply, for myself and for others. And I’m choosing to consciously live inside The Great Flow.
Thanks Universe, for helping me integrate this lesson everyday!