By Sandra Zimmer
One beautiful California day in 1982, I was
lying on the floor in meditation during a time of struggle
with finances and how to "make money." I heard an
inner voice say very clearly to me, "All you have to do
is receive." I was startled by the clear sound of this
message. My eyes flew open and I sat upright. The energy of
that voice resonated all through my body. It had a ring of
truth that was palpable. I somehow knew it to be true. The
only problem was that I had no idea how to receive.
Twenty-two years later I believe I am on the verge of learning
how to receive. The echo of that voice continues to call to me
and I am drawn to explore the experience of receiving. I am
intrigued by the concept of receiving anything - receiving
love, people, money, support. This little article is my first
attempt to articulate and share my awareness about receiving.
My family patterns are to work hard, effort and struggle to
get what I want. I have built a business on hard work. Yet,
the best things that have ever come to me have come without
effort, in fact, without work at all. When I am deeply relaxed
in my body and open to spirit, good things just show up. I now
realize that I have blocked so much from coming to me by being
tense, fearful and worried that good things would not happen.
My family patterns of working hard have stopped me from great
To receive takes trust that life is set up to support you. It
is a kind of surrender to life and love. Until you trust life
(God), you can't receive easily.
Here are a few ideas that may help you open up your receiving.
1. Get grounded. Everyday, get your physical body into the
state of deep relaxation so you are available to receive.
2. During your relaxation time, connect with infinite
possibilities until you experience a gush of creative energy.
During this gush, you are attracting what you desire.
3. Practice taking in spiritual energy. Imagine your body is a
receptacle for God-force or Love. Allow God or Love to fill up
4. Imagine feeling like a little child who has no cares or
worries. Trust life to take care of you.
5. Take in love energy from other people. Receive other human
beings. Integrate the idea that all receiving comes through
6. If you desire something, for instance a new job, do not say
you want a new job. "Want" means lack. So if you say
you want a thing, you are saying you lack it. Instead say you
would love to have a new job. Your love of that thing will
draw it to you.
7. Destroy, un-create and release any thoughts that you can't
have it, do it, be it. Any thought that you become aware of
that prevents trust and receiving, just say, "I destroy,
un-create and release the thought that ____."
8. Practice gratitude. Everyday, say thank you for everything
you are and have.
9. Be aware that if you open to receive, you must be willing
to receive everything. That means that you may well draw some
yucky stuff to you in the process. When that happens, let it
flow through you and keep receiving until you are receiving
the good stuff again.
Once you start a receiving process, you
will notice that things start coming to you "out of the
blue". They will come through other people. This week I
received referrals from two different people that I have not
even talked to for over ten years. I did not do any work to
receive these new clients. They came effortlessly and easily.
The reason it is so hard for some people to receive is that it
is too easy. If you are programmed to work hard, then nothing
can come easily through your own efforts. So, the solution is
to give up your own efforts and just receive. The hardest
thing to do is let it be easy! Then when it is easy, it will
I hope my musings have helped.
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