You’ve Gotta Give It to Get It!

Your every thought, word, and deed magnetically draws to you more of the same in even greater abundance. So, paradoxical as it may sound, the best way to get what you want is to give away what you’ve already got. The message you are sending to the universe when you give to others is, I have all of this I will ever need, for I have access to an endless supply of abundance. Like attracts like, so the universe responds by bringing you more of it.

To receive everything, one must open one’s hands and give.
Taisen Deshimaru

John Harricharan

I like the example that John Harricharan offers in this interview on his website, Here is an edited excerpt from that interview:

Just as you couldn’t receive without giving, you cannot give without receiving If you give, you certainly will get back, because here’s this strange little thing. You can’t out-give the universe. You plunk a ten-dollar bill down for the universe and say, “Hey, you beat that,” and before you blink, there’s a hundred-dollar bill someplace.

People think that this is really impractical stuff. When they think so, I want to remind them that I’m a scientist, I’m an MBA guy, I’ve been through business, I talk to people at all levels of corporations, and the last time I checked, I wasn’t totally nuts. This is really, really practical stuff. There are examples all over the place.

One day in those what you call “bad luck” days, I had five bucks in my pocket and I was driving to go to the grocery to buy milk and bread for my little kids. Their mom had died. Here we were, no insurance, no anything, and we’re struggling just to be able to eat.

On my way, I saw a man standing with his wife and two kids, with a sign that says, Will Work for Food. I thought, Oh, poor things. Two kids, wife. I don’t know if he made it up, but I passed them. I felt so guilty as I passed them with my five dollars in my pocket, and I drove about a mile. I couldn’t get over this feeling of I’ve got to help them. So I made a U-turn, came back, stopped next to where they were, and I handed the guy the five dollars. And I thought, This is crazy. Now I’ll have to go home and check to see if I have any change.

I checked the little thing in the car and there was some change, so I thought at least I’d be able to get a loaf of bread and I’ll figure out about the milk later on. So I pulled into the parking lot at the supermarket, and as I got out of the car, I stepped on a twenty-dollar bill. Right under my shoe. I picked it up and I said, “Wow, you really can’t out-give the universe.” I gave away five bucks, I got twenty bucks back. I was able to get the milk, the bread and everything else.

Click here to read John’s long and revealing interview with Richard Bach and Leslie Parrish.


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2 Responses to “You’ve Gotta Give It to Get It!”

  1. ArrVee Says:

    sometime back, I’ve come across this amazing product, and it came to mind upon reading this article. This is not intended as an advertisement or endorsement for the product, but for the mechanically inclined, it provides a physical analogy to the message of this article (or even just its title alone): by shaping the jets of air carefully, they are able to induce and multiply the total airflow, to amazing effect.

    in the same way, when we give of ourselves, it induces other positive effects on us and others, resulting in a net effect that is a number of times the amount we initially put in.

  2. Phil Bolsta Says:

    I’ll take your word for it, ArrVee. That’s certainly an angle I never thought of.

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