To give and receive are one in truth.
The saying goes “You learn what you teach.” We are attracted to vicariously witnessing and interacting with that which is problematic for us. The saying is “Be careful what you wish for or fear because you just might get it.”
In Alcoholics Anonymous, people are taught that they enhance their own recovery by helping others with theirs. The miracle of AA is not so much the steps, the meetings, the traditions, but the fellowship. We get what we give. It sometimes is called the Law of Karma.
In Unitarian Universalism we covenant together to affirm and promote the acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth. It’s like the difference between singing alone in the shower or singing in a choir, or reading a joke in a joke book and exchanging it in interaction with someone else when both people laugh. To give and receive at a spiritual level are one in truth.
Today we are asked to take five minutes every hour, and as often as we desire, to remind ourselves that giving and receiving are one and to check what it is we are putting out there. Stephen Gaskin said one time that in the end all we have to give another person is our own state of being. What do you need to do to improve your state of being? When you’ve identified it, start giving it to others and see what happens.