In the physical world of material things, if you give something away you have less. Spiritual economics, however, is a very different economics from the material world. If I choose to give empathy and understanding or compassion and forgiveness, then my storehouse of value does not diminish. Rather it increases and my circle of friends, connections, influence, and support grows. Flip side, if I choose resentment and envy or anger and jealousy as my primary emotions, if I choose to see a zero-sum world of scarcity, then my energy diminishes, my world shrinks, and my universe closes in on me.
Good energy is like a smile: the more you give, the more you get. Everyone likes to be around a genuine positive mindset, an upbeat personality, an authentic believer in people. We bask in the glow of their enthusiasm and we tend to seek them out when we need a lift or an encouraging word.
An abundance mentality is the key. The more love you give, the more love you get. The more ways you are open to receiving love, the more love you will receive.
Once we think about it, the inside-out laws of spiritual economics make intuitive sense. Yet we are so used to applying the scarcity laws of the physical world of limits that we often forget to shift gears when dealing with more spiritual matters, matters of the heart, and issues of humanity.
“The fact that I can plant a seed and it becomes a flower, share a bit of knowledge and it becomes another’s, smile at someone and receive a smile in return, are to me continual spiritual exercises.” – Leo F. Buscaglia; 1924-1998
“And, in the end, the love you take
Is equal to the love you make.”
— “The End,” by Paul McCartney
“The robb’d that smiles, steals something from the thief.” — “Othello,” by William Shakespeare; Act I, Scene III, Duke of Venice speaking to Brabantio