Circulating Gratitude

Learning to Use the Law of Circulation in Your Life

A Talk Given by David Jones on Oct. 10, 2010

Today I would like to talk with you about learning how to use the Spiritual Laws of Circulation in Your Life to create more happiness and wisdom and understanding of spiritual laws. These spiritual laws were given by Ernest Holmes, Founder of the Science of Mind Organization, and although written in the 1950’s are still vibrant, interesting and true in today’s world.

First, I would like to define what spiritual laws are and then spend some time with interesting examples on the Law of Circulation.

Spiritual laws have three constants which I will define.

First, they are inviolable. Secondly, they are immutable and thirdly they are Universal.  Let’s define each with Webster’s Dictionary definitions.

Inviolable means it is something that cannot be broken or harmed.

Immutable means not capable of change or unalterable.

Universal means all-reaching, cosmic, complete, total, whole, unlimited, catholic,  encyclopedic or in  other words very, very huge, universal and all-reaching without limits with time or space.

So these laws are very important and sacred and if we understand them we can

learn to live more in harmony with all divine, universal laws. Before getting into the Law of Circulation, I would like to discuss briefly the Law of Reciprocity.

It is this law that should always be borne in mind when trying to understand spiritual laws more fully because without understanding the tenets which underpin the whole notion of manifesting, one is likely to experience haphazard and inconsistent results.

Reciprocity is the act of giving and receiving in mutual measure. This does not necessarily denote exchange of the same medium, but it does mean that whatever you give is equal, by your personal measure, to what you have received. This is demonstrated beautifully in the axioms ‘Do to others as you would have them do to you.’ or ‘You reap what you sow.’

A more user-friendly name for this law might be The Law of Circulation. Giving, to the place where you are receiving, keeps you constantly in the flow of circulating energy and keeps you in the flow of circulation, both giving and giving. It means not being stagnant or stuck or giving so much that you become depleted.

Remember the story from last week wherein we discussed the story of the tree and the boy.  The learning from that is that some give and some only take and this is not in harmony, and although the tree, for whatever psychological reasons gave and gave until it was only a stump, and the boy, who became an old man still took and sat on the stump of the tree, they were happy with each other.

But upon deeper introspection, we see that they were really quite dysfunctional.  Who wants to sit on an old stump in life when you could have an entire garden of trees? But, the man (grown up boy) had not given in return and thus in the end nothing was growing or vibrant in the relationship between the boy and the tree.  The tree gave until it was empty and the boy took only.

Let’s examine what actions and behaviours we may express when we are feeling like the tree – or like the boy. When we are feeling like the tree and feeling empty or we may try to numb it out. We may feel depressed, we may feel lethargic, and we may procrastinate. We may also feel used but not know what to do about it.

When we are feeling like the boy who is constantly given everything we may act out in countless ways and feel the world owes us everything without giving back. Can you think of movie stars, athletes, politicians or even friends who do this?

In this example, both the tree and the boy who later became a man were out of harmony because harmony requires giving and receiving, not giving only or receiving only.

Positive circulation is when things increase as a result. Negative circulation is when things diminish as a result. What you hold on to will keep slipping away until there is nothing left. You can never escape the law of circulation. If you try to stop the circulation of things, it will still circulate but in a negative manner.

It will be circulated through unexpected expenses such as paying for repairs and replacements of things that are damaged, stolen or lost. Look at areas in your life where you are prevented from keeping your money or being forced to spend it.

You proclaim that everything you have belongs to God when you give away a portion of it. The portion represents the whole. God accepts the portion as the whole. The portion that you give to God is blessed and therefore the remaining of all that you have is also blessed. As we circulate our money freely, more money flows into our lives.

We are all stewards of the universe resources. If you do not circulate what you have for the work of the universe, what you have will be taken away and given to another who is doing so. Don’t worry about people who are selfish and do not give. If you keep giving and being in flow, even what others hoard from you will somehow be made by the universe to be given to you. So you can rest in the truth that you will always have whatever you want and no one can hold it from you. You never have to withhold from giving others what they want just because they withhold from giving what you want.

You should give to where your giving would do the most good so that it would flourish. You should give to someone or some place that contributes to your personal growth or happiness. Give to those places where you receive spiritual nourishment. Give to people who inspire you, help you and love you. Give to where you receive the most joy. Give to where it makes you most happy to give. You should give, most of all, to a place where you are personally involved in.

Positive circulation increases the value of things because it is beneficial to both giver and receiver. Negative circulation decreases the value of things because it is detrimental to one or both parties. Positive circulation occurs when what is received is combined and transformed into something better and given away again. Negative circulation occurs when what is received cannot or isn’t used but is released in a state that is worse than before. An example is the money- making scams of life.

It is better to give in smaller amounts but more frequently than to give in large amounts but less frequently. It is consistency of giving and not magnitude that has the effect. When you give frequently, you are in constant flow and there is no stagnation. When you give only large amounts now and then, you will be in stagnation during periods where you are not giving. Think about constant circulation to keep the water in a tank fresh and clear, compared to changing it completely only now and then.

Whenever you give something to others, you should also allow them to give something back to you if they desire to. If they have allowed you the favour of expressing abundance towards them, you show also allow them the favour of expressing abundance towards you. It is perfectly all-right to set up an exchange of value by having others pay for what you have to offer. It is also a way of allowing circulation to take place that will lead to the increase of your own wealth and the wealth of the world.

We can’t give that which we don’t have. It is a joyful thing to have so that we can share. When you help people by sacrificing yourself to be of service to others, you will feel resentful for it and end up paying a much higher price. That is because correct giving must be a circulation and not just an outflow. When you give, you need to receive something in return in order to enable yourself to continue to give more. You can only give in proportion with your ability to receive. The best givers are the best receivers.

But often we don’t feel good enough about ourselves – to the point that we feel we have little to nothing to offer and don’t feel good enough about ourselves to receive from another. When we believe we are flawed – we feel as if we are not good enough and therefore of no value to others.

The following story illustrates this point.

A water bearer in India had two large pots, each hung on each end of a pole, which he carried across his neck. One of the pots had a crack in it, and while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water at the end of the long walk from the stream to the master’s house, the cracked pot arrived only half full.
For a full two years this went on daily, with the bearer delivering only one and a half pots full of water in his master’s house. Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments, perfect to the end for which it was made. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it was able to accomplish only half of what it had been made to do.
After two years of what it perceived to be a bitter failure, it spoke to the water bearer one day by the stream. “I am ashamed of myself, and I want to apologize to you.”
“Why?” asked the bearer? “What are you ashamed of?”
“I have been able, for these past two years, to deliver only half my load because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your master’s house. Because of my flaws, you have to do all of this work, and you don’t get full value from your efforts,” the pot said.
The water bearer felt sorry for the old cracked pot, and in his compassion he said, “As we return to the master’s house, I want you to notice the beautiful flowers along the path.”
Indeed, as they went up the hill, the old cracked pot took notice of the sun warming the beautiful wild flowers on the side of the path, and this cheered it some. But at the end of the trail, it still felt bad because it had leaked out half its load, and so again it apologized to the bearer for its failure.
The bearer said to the pot, “Did you notice that there were flowers only on your side of your path, but not on the other pot’s side? That’s because I have always known about your flaw, and I took advantage of it. I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back from the stream, you’ve watered them. For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate my master’s table. Without you being just the way you are, he would not have this beauty to grace his house.”
“Often it is our flaws that make us special – when we can learn to give thanks for our flaws – it is then that we truly move to a spiritual state of Gratitude. And remember that when we give and we are imperfect or our giving seems imperfect, still something beautiful, just like the flowers in the story, will grow and give beauty and joy to someone.
So don’t wait to be perfect, or rich or beautiful to give. Learn to give because you want to love and give.  Believe me, all that good will be returned to you ten fold or more.

The key to be abundant and happy with yourself is to learn to give and to learn when to receive.  It is the flow of life, flowing with energy and life and not stagnant From that space you can reach out and help others. Otherwise instead of changing the world, we are just tilting the scale from one extreme to the other.

Balance is found not when one is down and the other one is up, but when we’re are all at the same level where in our own personal way, we feel abundance, happy and fulfilled, that we are sharing our talents, resources, and gifts with one another.

Always give away whatever it is that you want. As we have said on other occasions:

  • If you want love, give love.
  • If you want money, give money.
  • If you want knowledge, give knowledge.
  • If you want understanding, give understanding,
  • If you want compassion, give compassion.

You will always have already been provided by the universe with a certain amount of what you want. You just want more of it. If you give out of the little that you have, much more will come back to you. If you want to have wealth, first show others how to have wealth. Whatever you want, if you cause another being to have it first, you will have it in abundance.

You are in vibrational resonance with abundance through your physical acts of giving and receiving. Giving and receiving are the two polarities of the same frequency spectrum of abundance. That is why people who have the most are the ones that give and receive the most. God gives us his all to receive back our all.

The Law of Circulation states that all things in the universe are always flowing in circulation at an ever- expanding rate. What you give to one person, you will receive back from a different source, so you don’t have to give with the expectation of receiving back from the same person you give to.  Just know that what you give will always be returned to you multiplied from other sources. It works according to the law of cause and effect where the universe always mirrors back to you whatever you do.

So, I hope this talk on the Law of Circulation has been interesting and helpful to you in your spiritual journey especially as you learn and practice the principles of giving and receiving in your life.

I would like to add a personal note here and a few reflections.

I am very lucky in experiencing good health, in spite of a bout with my heart, and pursuing a life that centers on helping others. Yet at times, I am haunted with melancholy. Why? I am not sure but one way I combat it, without fully revealing its presence – is with the love, compassion and support of my family and friends. I do not thank them enough. Do you experience this? Does most everyone? I’m not sure but the rollercoaster of life still puzzles me and makes it one thrilling and sometimes frightening ride.

There is a story about an irascible old monk who constantly corrected the other monks on the smallest of matters and would get full of rage at the drop of a hat. A young monk was assigned to him for work. The older monk did everything he could to control his temper around this innocent young man. He went into the chapel and after hours of asking for this awful anger to be removed, he saw a light stream from an Icon and he knew he was cured of the affliction. He ran out of the chapel to find someone to tell the wonderful news.
A bumbling old monk, who was the cook, ran right into him and jabbed him with a walking stick. The cook winced – ready for the expected tirade. Instead, the old monk kissed him and asked where his student was. As he walked over to where the young monks were talking, he heard one make a comment that was sacrilegious. He started right in with one of the youngsters, correcting him with great diligence. The student monk interjected some weak point in the others defense. At that moment the old monk flew into a rage. In the midst of his rampage, he noticed that the anger that was so mercifully removed was back in full force.
With tears in his eyes, he ran back into the chapel and fell down and asked, “God, why didn’t you remove my affliction? I thought you healed me.” God responded, “I did heal you and I allowed every circumstance for you to prove to yourself it was indeed gone. It is you that took the opportunity to take it back.”

I remember reading the Eastern words, “Before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood, carry water.” Written in simpler times, it reminds me that happiness is mostly a state of mind. Even though some of my goals are tantalizingly close, they are still beyond my reach, like the proverbial carrot dangled in front of a work- horse. Near enough to salivate but too far away to taste or nourish, it must mean it’s time to, chop wood and carry water.

To keep on trying because there are so many people in this world who are less fortunate than myself, making the world seem out of balance, a dangerous place for a peaceful life. We owe a lot to those who have too little food, no shelter or security. Most of those people are not within site, so it is mostly out of mind.

There are more than six billion people on Earth and that number is growing. Two billion are under nourished and thirsty for a better life. We owe that to them but how do we delivery? Everyone feeling fortunate needs to make a contribution, there are myriad of ways. They are easy to find, look in the newspaper or on the internet. Easing their pains will make the world a more peaceful place. I do not want to profess how but urge each to take action. Somehow it makes me feel better when I do. Maybe it will for you too.

I would like to end this talk with words from the Psalms:

Open my lips, O lord, and my mouth shall show forth Thy praise. Amen.

And I pray that as you practice the laws of giving and receiving that you will be blessed far beyond your imagination.

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