Give to Receive: Part One

[E]verything you ask and pray for, believe that you have it already, and it will be yours. And when you stand in prayer, forgive whatever you have against anybody, so that your Father in heaven may forgive your failings too.

–MARK 11:24-25


[B]elieve that you have it already, and it will be yours.”

This line appears ad nauseam in almost all self-help/New Age literature.

Very rarely, however, does anyone cite what follows:

And when you stand in prayer, forgive whatever you have against anybody, so that your Father in heaven may forgive your failings too.”

In other words: if you wish to receive, let go.

Make room.

Thinking about receiving is well and good, but giving something up makes us uneasy. We associate it with loss, with being and becoming less.

We are all too willing to utter affirmations, visualize fat bank accounts, and adorn pretty vision boards. Very rarely, however, are we willing to free up space.

All wish to receive; none wish to release:

  • Release the need to control;
  • Release the need to acquire;
  • Release personal stories/narratives;
  • Release the need for peace/money/comfort/anything and everything we think we need;
  • Release perceived slights at the hands of others.

Surrendering is the missing element in Self-Help literature.

To invite more of anything into my life, I must first purge it—purge myself—of all that is unnecessary, burdensome and false.

Nothing new will ever enter my life until the old is left behind for good.

 

 

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