Two Masters on Reciprocity: Christ & The Buddha

As spirit-rich entrepreneurs, we already understand a heart-centered gift serves and empowers others through consciousness and love. That is, the offer is made with awareness and a genuine desire to be of service. The divine masculine masters, Christ and the Buddha, each reflect on the reciprocal nature relationship between individuals giving and receiving to one another.

Christ, or Jesus/Yeshua, spoke of the the universal debt of reciprocity in a system of giving in this oft-quoted phrase: “Owe no man anything but to love one another.” In business, often seen as a cycle of debt and repayment, we symbolically incur this debt with our clients, and symbolically pay it in every exchange. (Luke, Helen, Woman, Earth, and Spirit, 92). Love, then, from this perspective, becomes an ebb and flow of every transaction, personal and professional. The object of heart-centered exchange becomes the loving reciprocity between giver and receiver, not the money itself. The money is simply a symbol of the exchange, not the object of the transaction.

There’s one truth in particular that must be part of any loving exchange with our clients, and The Buddha speaks into the importance of our essence, or our true
presence, in interpersonal transactions.

He says, “The greatest gift we can offer anyone is our true presence. Our true presence is our essence. If you love someone, you have to produce your true presence for him or her, you share your essential being. When you gift that gift, you receive at the same time the gift of joy.”

Joy indicates we are in the presence of what we wish to receive. That means that our gifts to others needs to honor and acknowledge their worth. It is through the offer from our essence that we create joy for others, and open the pathway to our hearts so that we can receive it for ourselves.

Your Takeaway

Make decisions from a place of love and desire to be of service.

In the past, I’ve personally heard six figure marketing mentors Elizabeth Purvis and Kendall Summerhawk speak directly to the struggles women have with assigning value and creating reciprocity. For example, lot of women struggle with putting too much information in their offers, thinking it creates value. In coaching sessions, they – may – like me – run over on time commitments repeatedly. And what we need to come to  understand is that if we overgive, it’s usually out of a feeling of lack and fear of not-enough, as opposed to the love of abundant exchange.

Giving from a fear of lack instead of a love of abundant exchange stands to devalue the relationship between coach and client, mentor and mentee, merchant and purchaser, practitioner and client. That’s because it throws reciprocity off balance, which in turn, creates boundary issues. It’s not about information, and we’re no longer in an “Information Age.” We’ve entered the era of “Experience Economy,” and value is no longer measured in terms of dollars for hours, services rendered, or volume of goods.

We find that today, as in earlier times, spirit-rich individuals find value and wealth lies in the free flow of money as love between the spiritual realm and the material realm. The real value in every transaction lies with the loving transformation that becomes possible for the other person as a result of any exchange.

So the final decision is what to leave out of the package to leave room for movement to occur, not what to put in.

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