I wrote this article on July 29, 2010. I thought it was worth a re-post. Enjoy this timeless throw-back about the universal law of reciprocity. -Charlene
There is tremendous power in giving. Great world leaders, high achievers and extremely successful business people have always been the greatest givers. Napoleon Hill said, “I will induce others to serve me because of my willingness to serve others.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “One cannot sincerely help another without helping themselves.”
I am in constant awe of the Divine Universal Laws that play in the backgrounds of our lives. Even though these laws are always consistent, their beauty and magic continue to surprise me. The Law of Reciprocity is one such law.
When we give, we are opening a channel, creating a new energy that can be shared, forwarded, circulated and re-purposed over and over again. In giving, we are creating. And I believe our ultimate purpose for being is to create.
When I refer to giving, I’m not necessarily talking about money. I’m talking about giving of our time, attention, energy, assistance and kindness. All of these things are free and we have an unlimited supply of these things, so why not give them away? When you give, it is then that you receive and not sooner.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not advocating giving to get, but I will say that getting is impossible without first giving… it is Universal Law. I am advocating giving to give for the sheer joy of it. In doing so, you’re creating positive energy on so many levels. On one level, your gift is helping the receiver, and on another level, you are raising your own vibration, which not only benefits you, but benefits everyone around you.
I’ve put this to the test. I love walking at my neighborhood park. There’s a running path around the perimeter of the park and it is usually populated with people morning, noon and night. I’m a friendly and outgoing person by nature and I smile at people as we cross paths. Not everybody smiles back, but most people do and when they do, I feel a surge of energy, and I am certain they do too. I would also venture to guess that they will have a smile to give to the next person they see.
Think about how good it feels when you receive something. Just yesterday I was shopping with my son for a cell phone memory card. While in the electronics department, we could not find one, so we asked one of the clerks. He couldn’t find what we were looking for, so he called over two other clerks. Together, these young men were determined to get us what we wanted. Their customer service was impeccable. Not only did my son walk away with a memory card in hand, but even more importantly, I walked away feeling loved and honored that these young men were passionate about serving us. They didn’t get a bonus or reward for their outstanding efforts, but I could feel their joy and sense of satisfaction in a job well done.
To live an excellent life, we must be excellent givers. Giving truly makes the world go round. Look for an opportunity to give today and notice how good it makes you feel to give freely. Please share your moments of giving and/or receiving kindness. Spread that goodness around.
Psychic and spiritual energy is fragile. It is shy. Spiritual energy is like a little child waiting to be attended and loved.
So often, we are bombarded with unimportant information through television and social media, that we forget to become informed of ourselves. When we experience this detachment from the loving self, we lose sight of the things that need the most attention in our lives. We revert to Facebook instead of focusing on self-expansion, and we read into non-events displayed on the news before we read into our own spiritual needs.
Psychic development begins with being a clear channel so that light and information can be sent and received easily, without restriction. The 7 Chakras are the energy centers in our body through which energy flows. Blocked energy in our 7 Chakras can often lead to illness, depression, discomfort, disease and psychic blockage or confusion, so it’s important to understand what each Chakra represents and what we can do to keep this energy flowing freely.
Here’s my quick summary of the 7 Chakras:
1. Root Chakra – Represents our foundation and feeling of being grounded.
Location: Base of spine in tailbone area.
Emotional issues: Survival issues such as financial independence, safety, money, and food.
2. Sacral Chakra – Our connection and ability to accept others and new experiences.
Location: Lower abdomen, about 2 inches below the navel and 2 inches in.
Emotional issues: Sense of abundance, well-being, pleasure, creativity, sexuality.
3. Solar Plexus Chakra – Our ability to be confident and in-control of our lives.
Location: Upper abdomen in the stomach area.
Emotional issues: Self-worth, self-confidence, self-esteem, personal power, ego, will.
4. Heart Chakra – Our ability to love and be loved.
Location: Center of chest just above heart.
Emotional issues: Love, joy, inner peace, compassion, transparency, healing.
5. Throat Chakra – Our ability to communicate.
Emotional issues: Communication, self-expression of feelings, standing in your truth, speaking up.
6. Third Eye Chakra – Our ability to see clearly.
Location: Forehead between the eyes. (Also called the Brow Chakra)
Emotional issues: Intuition, imagination, wisdom, psychic ability, visualization, clairvoyance.
7. Crown Chakra – The highest Chakra represents our ability to be fully connected spiritually.
Location: The very top of the head.
Emotional issues: Inner and outer beauty, our connection to spirituality, receptivity, pure bliss.
Life is meant to be fun and joyous! When we are in a higher vibration, things come more easily to us. Our spirits come alive, our minds open and our hearts become receptive. When we are in a higher vibration, our psychic senses come alive! This journey is all about tuning out from the noise of the world and tuning in to the beautiful sound of your inner voice – your Spirit. It has much to tell you.
Try any of these things to lift your Spirit:
- Nature: Go for a walk or hike. Nature is a quick fix. Feel the sun on your skin, smell the grass, observe the textures, listen to the different sounds.
- Beauty: I love good architecture. Driving through a historic district and looking at beautiful homes is a sure fire fix for me. Go to a gallery, your favorite antique store…any place visually stimulating.
- Media: Everybody loves music, reading a great book or watching a favorite movie. Media is a fabulous mind break and emotional connector. Indulge.
- Movement: Walk, wiggle, stretch, workout, ride your bike, dance, do yoga! Moving the body releases energy and keeps you young and supple.
- Food: Stimulate your taste buds with yummy, healthy goodness! An orange sounds great right now.
- Animals: What is it about looking into a dog’s eyes? Pets are excellent sources love, compassion and entertainment.
- Creativity: Getting lost in a creative project is directly connecting to your higher self and can be a blissfully imaginative experience. I love it when you finally realize the time and can’t believe how much of it has passed!
- Meditation: Some people sit quietly, pray, walk, sing… you decide the form. Quieting your mind is essential for psychic growth and overall peace.
- Giving: Being of service and giving of your time, money or energy feeds into the never ending flow of well being and comes right back to you in an overwhelming feeling of connection.
- Play! Get down on the floor and play Candyland with your little one or pick up her hoola-hoop and give it a spin. You’ll want your own! Hop on a swing, play tag, go across monkey bars (can you still do it?) Watch children and mimic them. They know how to play very well. Ask if you can play with them and I’ll bet they say, “Yes!”
The bottom line to raising your vibration, increasing your frequency, connecting with Spirit… is to FEEL GOOD! So, just do that and watch your life become magical.
I love what Sonia Choquette says about our planetary evolution. She says, “We are now going from homo sapiens to homo spiritus.” The evidence to support that statement is all around us. Have you seen the number of spiritual groups on Facebook, for example? Just five years ago, we were still fairly quiet about our new thoughts. Now, many people freely share and whole heartily accept the concept that we are indeed spiritual beings having this human experience.
Holding this notion is by far the surest path to psychic development. It is when we release our attachments to our social conditioning and concrete ideas about our physical relationship to the world that we begin to open our minds and hearts to the mystery and magic of our wondrous existence. And when we open ourselves up, we create space for new information – divine information that comes from our Higher Selves, Spirit Guides, Angels, Source.
I have a favorite saying that I tell myself when feeling stuck or stubborn about how a thing is “supposed” to be: “Keep it open at the top.” Whenever I hear the words “supposed to” or “should” I know that I’m being resistant, blocked and that my ego is rearing its self-righteous head. When I find myself in this mode, I know that I’ve been given an opportunity to learn something… to grow. We have a choice in this instant of self-awareness. We can be right and become victimized and angry or we can open up and learn something about ourselves.
Here’s a personal example that I’d like to share with you. Just recently, I was walking home from the grocery store with three heavy bags. I live at the top of a hill, so this trek can be quite a workout. As I’m headed up the sidewalk, two young men are headed down. They are engrossed in conversation and don’t seem to notice me at all. As we got nearer to one another, I realized that if one of us doesn’t move over, there is going to be a collision. At that moment, I thought to myself “they should move, since I’m a woman twice their age and I’m going uphill… that would be the polite thing to do. And I’m tired of always being the one who makes room, yielding to everyone else. I’m not budging.” You can guess what happened next. I pretended not to see them and I slammed right into one of the young men, almost dropping my groceries. Indignantly, I said to him, “Gee thanks!” His response was, “Don’t you think you should say excuse me? ” I was a full blown martyr at this point and said, “You guys are double-wide! You should have moved for me. You’re taking up the entire sidewalk!”
I held onto this one for about two weeks. As the scenario replayed in my mind, I knew there was a lesson to be learned, but for the life of me, I couldn’t see it. I made up my mind that these two young men were just plain rude. Then, just last night, I picked up one of my old favorite books, “You Can Heal Your Life,” by Louise Hay and turned right to the chapter “Resisting Change.” Louise poses the question, “Why do you continue to attract these situations to yourself?” I kept thinking about the sidewalk incident, and while reading my eyes stopped on one word: Invisible. A-ha! That’s it… one of my “lessons” in this life that continues to recur is that I feel angry and victimized when people do not acknowledge me. I have verbally referred to myself as the “6 foot invisible woman.” Another issue that came to surface is my attachment to the rules of politeness. Is it any wonder that I have attracted these situations to myself?
After a short discovery process, I realized that my invisibility issue stemmed from growing up in a chaotic household where everybody else’s drama trumped mine. I was the independent quiet one who observed the insanity around me and moved out of the way when necessary. I felt ignored, unimportant and unloved. I get it (insert heavenly music here)! Okay, so I still have some childhood conditioning to replace. Here is what I have replaced it with: I am wise in moving out of the way of collisions, chaos and drama. I am blessed with acute observation skills and I can see what is before me because I am present and grounded. I am like water: soft and flowing. Is it easy for me to move and adjust myself so that I stay in a flow of peace. Whether people acknowledge me or not has no effect on my self worth. I am compassionate and understanding that other people are occupied with their own thoughts and that everybody has their own definition for politeness. I forgive myself for being stubborn and righteous and am so grateful for this lesson! (And yes, I apologize to the man I slammed into.)
By keeping it open at the top, we receive exactly what we need to learn the lessons that we came here for. What recurring situations are showing up in your life? Believe me, they are here to serve you!
Have fun on your journey.