Understanding The Expanding Cycle Of Abundance And Gratitude

I had a wonderful experience the other day. One of my private coaching clients who is also a regular reader of Evolving Times noticed the donation page on the blog. She asked if I would like to participate in a joint prayer of gratitude with her if she made a donation. It sounded like a very intriguing idea so I told her I would love to.

She got the idea from a Catherine Ponder book. I forget which book, but if you’re interested I can certainly find out from her.

Our coaching is focused on helping her launch a new transformational practice. When she received the payment from her first client, she tithed me $7 or 10% of her fee. Then, after our next coaching session we took a couple of minutes to share the prayer of gratitude from Catherine Ponder’s book.

As the recipient of the tithing, my job was to be fully present in the experience of receiving. I was there to receive the gift as well as to witness, acknowledge and receive her gratitude in giving.

Often when I receive something, whether a gift or payment for my services, I catch myself taking the gift for granted, not stopping to appreciate the gift. Even when I do stop and take time to offer my gratitude, there can be a desire to rush through the experience, to move on to the next task without fully embracing the gift and deepening into the gratefulness.

When gratitude is connected to abundance they both expand. When gratitude is missing, however, the expanding cycle of abundance is broken. My intention is to be someone through whom the cycle of abundance flows and continuously expands.

My receiving muscle is not one that I have paid much attention to: For most of my life, it has been much easier for me to give than to receive. So this shared prayer of gratitude was a very powerful reminder: it required my full presence in that moment of receiving. I had to be present to receive the donation as well as to witness and acknowledge the gratitude embedded in the giving.

During this prayer I could feel the flow of abundance as it moved into me. I could feel the abundance connecting with my gratitude. And I could sense both of them expanding as they flowed back out into the world.

Do you want to be a conduit for the expansion of abundance? If so, the next time you receive a gift, stop and use this technique (with or without the participation of the giver). Acknowledge your gratitude for the gift. Appreciate the giver. And allow abundance to expand as it moves through you.

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    4 Responses to “Understanding The Expanding Cycle Of Abundance And Gratitude”

    1. bill perry on December 6th, 2006 5:56 am

      Edward, I think most people fall under the category of “atrophy of the receiving muscle”. I am happy to note, however, that blogs like yours are helping to expand awareness in that area.

      I’ve noticed that just by being “open” to receiving more, I’ve actually gotten a surge in traffic to my own blog. Don’t ask me how it happens. It just does. And So It Is.


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    3. Ms. Q on December 15th, 2006 7:53 am

      You made me realize that while I feel gratitude for what I have, I don’t, as you put it, exercise my receiving muscle all that much. Excellent advice on being truly open to receiving a gift and not rushing through the gratitude. This has really made me think. Thank you!

    4. Edward Mills on December 15th, 2006 11:01 am

      Bill: Yes. It’s amazing how many people I meet that are wonderful givers but have an incredibly hard time receiving. It’s great that you have noticed an increase in your traffic just from “being open.” That’s awesome.

      Ms. Q: Yup, it’s a muscle just like all the rest. If we don’t use it, we lose it! This is a great season for exercising your receiving muscle as much, or more, than your giving muscle. Have fun!

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