Giving up on “Give and Take”…  And Opening to “Receive and Share”…

Giving up on “Give and Take”… And Opening to “Receive and Share”…

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Giving up on “Give and Take”… And Opening to “Receive and Share”... Just words, you wonder?  What’s the difference, and how can it matter?

Turns out it’s a profound difference….

Give and Take

This model comes out of the world as seen through the eyes of separation consciousness… along with constructs like “rugged individualism” (which is somehow better, healthier and more desirable than more so-called “primitive” cultures that value affiliation and group cooperation)…

But it’s also what comes of fear-based scarcity ways of viewing the world – “I” don’t have enough, so I’m going to find and take what “I” deserve… This separated, me-first view of the world has resulted in raping of our children, and the planet; of wars based on not respecting our differences, and on creating ecological disasters from processes like fracking, clear cutting forests, genetically modifying our foods (so big agro companies maintain higher yields and profits), strip mining and other “big business” practices that are based on greed and taking more, without considering the long term consequences.

All because the “give and “take” model is fueled by fears of “not enough” for me and mine, so I’d better grab as much as I can, while I can.  It’s survival thinking at its worst.

Receive and Share

In stark contrast, “receive and share” puts us back in connection with Nature and each other.  It assumes inter-connectedness.  And balance between the receptive creative principle of the feminine energy, which receives… with the co-creative expansive masculine energies of sharing.

It’s like breathing – first the in-breath, to receive… and then the out-breath to share, or give-back.  Like the ocean waves, flowing infinitely, in… and out… Receiving is based on inter-connection with patterns of natural law, which are evident everywhere around us in Nature – cycles of life, in day and night – sun rises and sun sets… in seasons… in the tides which are receptive to the pull of the far away moon.  To animals that hibernate… or fly south for the winter and north for the summer… in humans in our daily life bio-rhythms of waking and sleeping…

These natural cycles of ebbing and flowing, of receiving and sharing, are everywhere.  They’re what’s natural, what comes of realizing we humans are all also part of Nature - intrinsically, unavoidably inter-connected…

Within this understanding is the realization that we’re one big community, where “the butterfly effect” of one butterfly flapping its wings in one part of the world, influences weather patterns across the world.  Where abundance means enough for all…. And where what we each do, and how we each receive and share truly matters…

In recognizing this, and honoring our essential inter-connectedness, the ABD community takes a stand – for developing a model of community that’s based on receiving and sharing, rather than giving and taking.

One that recognizes the gifts that we each have to offer, within cooperation rather than competition with each other… in celebration of our differences and our uniqueness.

One that’s based on “enough-ness” – that there’s enough for all of us, if we can only learn to receive and share… heart-centric rather than ego-centric.  That means everyone matters.  And is welcome.

Have questions or want to know more?  You can check it out here .

How are you seeing sharing and giving, in your own life?  We’d love to hear where you’re at in your own journey…

 

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