“The laws of God or the laws of love can be summarized by the simple statement of giving and receiving being one in truth. The implications of this statement are far broader than at first might seem indicated. . . .The most essential of these implications is that of relationship for giving and receiving cannot occur without relationship. (The Treatises of A Course of Love: Treatise on the Art of Thought, 2.11)”
Affirmation: “Giving and receiving are one.”
1 – Giving and Receiving
We are very, very familiar with the truth that giving and receiving are one. We are so familiar with this concept that we may have trouble understanding it anew. But to give is to know that what we give will be returned to us in like manner. We will receive that which we gave. This is the old law of cause and effect, or of karma. An Eastern concept, it is not often identified as such by Christianity, but it is indeed a principle of karma.
2 – Relationship
The emphasis in this passage is the fact of relationship. Union and relationship are hallmarks of A Course of Love. We are in relationship to All. And in the All is the giving and the receiving.
3 – Special Transformed to Holy
We understand the most about this law of cause and effect, receiving and giving, in our most significant relationships. If we have diligently followed A Course in Miracles, we will have morphed our special relationships into holy ones. We know from our intimate relationships that when we treat our holy other with love, he/she returns in kind. When we are attentive, we turn the relationship ever more into love.
I ask to create for myself today only good karma, only good cause and effect, only good giving and receiving. May my relationships transform, every one, into the holy. May the specialness that we have all known in relationships be seen anew as a holiness that knows no bounds.
Thank You for leading me to understand that karma is at work in our lives, but in a more benign way than is usually believed. You do not ever “punish” us. We do that to ourselves. May I make certain, within the bounds of my limited human mind, that I create only the good as I walk throughout this day. Thank You for being with me, night and day, and thank You for Your perceived Presence.