O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
——->> For it is in giving that we receive; <<—–
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen
Prayer For Peace – Saint Francis of Assisi
I was raised Catholic and as a child would sing this prayer as a song. I remember singing the words and never questioning their meaning. To have peace, you should treat others as you would like to be treated. Pretty basic. But there was one line that I didn’t quite get. For it is in the giving that we receive. How can I receive something that I gave away?
This line, however, is not referring to physically giving a gift. The laws that operate in the physical world are very different than the laws that govern the mind. Once we give a physical object to someone, it is gone. The opposite is true for the mind though, whatever we intend for another person, we experience ourselves. Whatever we give, we gain.
If you feel/intend hatred toward someone, that hate bounces back and fills your mind, burning it. However, if you feel/intend love toward someone, that love bounces back and fills your mind, healing it. The negative desire to hate and hurt then starts to diminish, while the positive desire to love and help begins to grow.
Gratitude evokes happiness which dissolves negative feelings such as anger and jealousy, as well as reducing fear and defensiveness, all barriers against love. Gratitude can be cultivated and strengthened by reflecting on what we already have. When we are happy, we like to make others happy, which makes us kind and generous. We can be grateful because we are happy, but we can also be happy because we are grateful. In the universe there is no such thing as getting something for nothing. Even though it is a physical act, tithing is a way of intending our gratitude for all that has been given to us. We must acknowledge the source of our spiritual nourishment, by generously and cheerfully giving a portion of what we have received to that source, which is not always a church. Tithe literally means one tenth, however, we should give according to our prosperity and intuition. Our gratitude to the universe is a very powerful and positive force, that when it bounces back to us, the universe’s gratitude is abundant.
“As you give so shall you receive” is a profound statement about the way our universe (and our mind) works.