The Law of Circulation
The law of circulation, or the law of reciprocity, is the golden rule in action. It is acting towards others, as you would ask that they act toward you. It is the concept that the more you give the more you receive.
Every cause has an effect and every effect has its cause.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Go with the flow” is about being relaxed in life like floating down a river on a raft. It’s a state of mind that rejects coercion and aggression and allows that which we are supposed to have to come to us. It is about giving and receiving. It is about being in circulation.
The Bible (and other important works) helps us to understand that “as you give so shall you receive.” The concept of tithing is a reflection of this. The idea of “letting go” (with the flow) of money, which really belongs to God, is blessed and therefore, all that you have left in your possession is blessed. That act will then act as a multiplier and as we circulate money more freely more money flows into our lives.
The Law of Circulation is not simply about money.
In challenging economic times many of us do not have the financial resources to share. But there are other ways to get into the flow and, doing so will multiply the many other blessings that are returned to us. Give of your time to help someone in need. Donate your talents to a worthwhile cause. A simple smile or kind gesture, an act of selflessness or doing something good and unexpected will help bank God or Karma points. Scientific studies have shown that acts of compassion have certain physical benefits. An increase in serotonin (the feel good hormone), an enhanced immune system and relief from stress, chronic pain and insomnia are the results of positive circulation.
Positive circulation results in things getting better and negative circulation has the opposite effect. Givers receive more and takers receive less. It is just that simple. Look at your own life and check and see whether that is true. What is your relationship like with your family, your co-workers, and your peers? When you are having a fun and joyful experience are they? When their life sucks, how does that impact you? If we look around us we can see examples of those that act out and take and take and don’t give back. There is a sense of entitlement and it is obvious among some celebrities, athletes and politicians. As it relates to money it can be a force of good (Bill Gates) or bad (Bernie Madoff)
That principle of circulation requires that we give and take in order to manifest that which we need in our life. Giving freely keeps us in the constant flow. Consider a fish tank with a constant flow of fresh water compared to changing it periodically once we become aware of the foul smelling murky water. In which environment will the fish better thrive and survive?
Whenever you give something to others, you should also allow them to give something back to you if they desire to. The key is to be abundant and happy with you. Then from that space you can reach out and help others. You can only give in proportion with your ability to receive. The best givers are the best receivers. 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.
If you want love, give love.
If you want money, give money.
If you want knowledge, give knowledge.