The Beauty of Receiving
By Lisa Zimmerman
In a world focused on giving, the gift of receiving is not often talked about or understood. Many people aren’t even sure what it means to be a good receiver, that is, to accept love and kindness with grace rather than discomfort.
Some believe the opposite of giving is taking, which has a much more negative connotation than receiving. Have you ever heard someone say, “Can’t you take a compliment?” It’s not taking, it’s receiving!
The beauty of receiving happens when you are able to accept a compliment or any gift with gratitude — without any need to explain, return the compliment, change the subject, or divert attention away from yourself.
When you truly receive you allow the energy into your heart. In order for that to happen your heart must be open and undefended, you must feel emotionally safe.
To experience being in “receptive mode,” picture your self grounded, shoulders back, heart chakra open, arms gently outstretched. You are connected to the earth and your center, breathing fully and deeply, and balanced energetically. This is an expression of Divine Feminine energy – the ultimate in receptivity!
You may be an excellent “giver,” but not a great “receiver.” Why is it so much easier to give than to receive? Because when you’re giving you are in control; when you’re receiving you are vulnerable. And that can be uncomfortable for several reasons having to do with emotional safety, a tendency to self-sufficiency (DIY), or associating receiving with weakness. Or it may just feel wrong to receive attention. If any of these are true, you need a healing!
Receiving is a spiritual practice. When someone gives you a gift, a compliment, assistance, opens a door for you – whatever – no matter what your head tells you, just say a heartfelt “Thank you,” and then when nobody’s looking, you can rub the goodness into your heart.
If you can’t receive, you can’t receive love. To be in the flow, you must learn to receive as well as you give. This is my wish for all.
Lisa E. Zimmerman is a Transformational Consultant, Avatar Master and Spiritual Teacher in NYC utilizing Intuitive Astrology, Deep Coaching, and other energetic techniques to enable clients to connect with their Authentic Self, speak their truth, find their purpose, and step into their power. www.soullevelsolutions.com
Tech Support: Yes, how can I help you?
Customer: Well , after much consideration, I’ve decided to install Love. Can you guide me through the process?
Tech Support: Yes. I can help you. Are you ready to proceed?
Customer: Well, I’m not very technical, but I think I’m ready. What do I do first?
Tech Support: The first step is to open your Heart. Have you located your Heart?
Customer: Yes, but there are several other programs running now. Is it okay to install Love while they are running?
Tech Support: What programs are running?
Customer: Let’s see, I have Past Hurt, Low Self-Esteem, Grudge and Resentment running right now.
Tech Support: No problem, Love will gradually erase Past Hurt from your current operating system. Love will eventually override Low Self-Esteem with a module of its own called High Self- Esteem. However, you have to completely turn off Grudge and Resentment. Those programs prevent Love from being properly installed. Can you turn those off?
Customer: I don’t Know how to turn them off. Can you tell me how?
Tech Support: With pleasure. Go to your start menu and invoke Forgiveness. Do this as many times as necessary until Grudge and Resentment have been completely erased.
Customer: Okay, done! Love has started installing itself. Is that normal?
Tech Support: Yes, but remember that you have only the base program. You need to begin connecting to other Hearts in order to get the upgrades.
Customer: Oops! I have an error message already. It says, “Error – Program not running on internal components.” What should I do?
Tech Support: Don’t worry. It means that the Love program is set up to run on Internal Hearts, but has not yet been run on your Heart. In non-technical terms, it simply means you have to Love yourself before you can Love others.
Customer: So, what should I do?
Tech Support: Pull down Self-Acceptance; then click on the following files: Forgive-Self; Realize Your Worth; and Release Attachments To Belief In Limitations.
Customer: Okay, done.
Tech Support: Now, copy them to the “My Heart” directory. The system will overwrite any conflicting files and begin patching faulty programming. Also, you need to delete Self-Criticism from all directories and empty your Recycle Bin to make sure it is completely gone and never comes back.
Customer: Got it. Hey! My heart is filling up with new files. Smile is playing on my monitor and Peace and Contentment are copying themselves all over My Heart. Is this normal?
Tech Support: Sometimes. For others it takes awhile, but eventually everything gets it at the proper time. So Love is installed and running.
One more thing before we hang up. Love is Freeware. Be sure to give it and its various modules to everyone you meet. They will in turn share it with others and return some cool modules back to you.
Customer: Thank you!