Giving is receiving

There are so many philosophies on the art of giving.  I recently found a beautiful one in ACIM “Today we try to understand the truth that giver and receiver are the same...for giving is receiving…You will need help to make this meaningful because it is so alien to the thoughts to which you are accustomed”.  This is so alien to the thoughts we are accustomed.  Often when the idea of giving is receiving comes up in my workshops, usually when we are speaking of the abundance in the Universe,  someone asks me what to do when they feel like they are always giving yet never receiving anything in return.  I always tell them to turn inward and look at themselves.  Why are they giving to the point of resentment?  Are they really giving, or manipulating a situation so they can get what they want from the other party? Are they giving or are they taking an opportunity to feel good about themselves, which quickly turns into anger if asked for more? Is there a sense of “guilt” in their giving?  Where is this giving coming from? At it’s purest and most authentic for, giving is receiving.  Anything else that does not produce this, is just a game being played out by our ego and fear (more on this here).  Here’s a great clip that came across my desk recently…who is really the one receiving here? :) The video is precious!