Giving and Receiving

by Sophie on April 28, 2011

“And with this chiropractic adjustment I use all the power and energies moving the Universe, to allow my fellow creatures the chance to live, free of disease. I wish nothing in return, only the chance to give. I give with the only thing I have, Love. And I love all by removing that which interferes with 100% life.” Dr B.J. Palmer – Developer of Chiropractic.

I suspect one of the reasons chiropractic has been so successful is that love was at its core from the beginning. I know what Dr Palmer meant: that he only wanted to be a pure channel for Universal Love. And love is the essence of all healing of course!

BUT: I also remember when the giving/receiving balance changed a few years ago and I think that nowadays it is important to receive as much as we give. And this is why:

  • to keep things in balance in the grand cosmic scheme
  • to be replenished always: If we constantly give without receiving, we burn out and can’t help anyone any more
  • because when we accept to receive, we become more vulnerable and so we risk more of ourselves and become more engaged in the cycle of giving and receiving
  • because when we accept to receive, we take deeper responsibility for what is created in the giving/receiving exchange and we experience the fullness of what can be created (much like a woman ‘risking’ pregnancy)
  • because when we give always and don’t receive, we don’t take responsibility for the creation of our material world and I mean that on the deepest level of existence and creation that you can imagine
  • because when we allow ourselves to receive as well as give, we cultivate the all important quality of humility
  • because that is exactly how love works: it increases, multiples and creates through giving and receiving.

I just received the most phenomenal, deep healing today that embodied that point exactly! In the receiving, I was engaging more of creation and giving.

Let me know what you think about all this in a comment below. Does your ability to receive impact your ability to give in the end?

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Marva Weigelt April 28, 2011 at 10:07 am

Well said, Sophie. A friend of mine in her 80s who was raised under the sacrificial giving model, is now setting the intention to become “a generous receiver.” It seems to me that if there is not balance between giving and receiving, flow is less than optimal. I have seen in my own life how giving but not receiving is an insidious form of control masquerading as selflessness. I am now thinking of every situation involving other people as the result of co-creation, which brings with it a sense of both creative freedom and loving responsibility. Thanks for bringing up this very important issue!


2 Sophie May 3, 2011 at 10:09 pm

“A generous receiver”: I like that!
I agree with you that giving without receiving is an insidious form of control. As I mature, I am not so sure about that selflessness thing either. I think we are always in the game for something. I increasingly doubt that there is pure selflessness anywhere in the human realm. Thank you for such accurate and perceptive comments Marva!


3 Lisa Groeninger April 28, 2011 at 3:31 pm

Thanks, Sophie. That is a beautiful message.


4 Sophie May 3, 2011 at 10:06 pm

You’re welcome! Thank you for reading Lisa!


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