Did you ever contemplate what might be called the “Boomerang Effect”?
It reduces to this:
Ask and you will receive, yes — but also: give and you will get what you give, in one way or another (for good or naught).
What we send out, in short, has a “return address” on it. “Curses, like chickens” goes the saying, “come home to roost.”
And a curse isn’t just using a formal curse; you need not hire a witch; it can be little things, like petty gossip, little accusations. In general, negativity.
If you want bad luck, be jealous, be negative, wish bad luck on someone else.
Let’s recall the Golden Rule of Christ: do unto others as you would have them do unto you — because in essence, that’s what occurs: it comes winging back. Bless your enemy, goes another saying, and you rob your opponent of ammunition; in this way you transmute arrows into blessings.
“Bless those who curse you,” said the Lord (Matthew 5:44).
It can even happen with entire nations.
And what it further reduces to is that every adverse situation, every insult, every miff, every social-media tantrum, even viciousness, can be turned around by being undisturbed by it, when it’s directed your way, thereby allowing it to collapse of its own weight.
What you refuse to allow to penetrate, in other words, does not penetrate.
Fear, on the other hand, tears a portal of entry.
When there’s no emotional knee-jerk response to a situation that is inharmonious — that’s irritating, that’s unfair — the situation dissolves like fog as the sun rises in full stead. A heartsome disposition attracts joy… while a dour personality is a magnet for all the clouds in the area.
When we give, it is actually an investment; for this too returns. “There is that scattereth and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdest more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty,” one author quotes Scripture (Proverbs 11:24) as relating to precisely this.
God replenishes those who give what they have received. The more we give, the more “living water” — rejuvenation — flows through us. When we withhold, we’re like a dam. When we are selfish, when we hoard, we watch our resources dwindle or build inside us to the point of bursting. Disease and unhappiness often come from the violation of the law of love. Said a writer, “Man’s boomerangs of hate, resentment, and criticism, come back laden with sickness and sorrow. Love seems almost a lost art, but the man with the knowledge of spiritual law knows it must be regained, for without it, he has become ‘as sounding brass and tinkling cymbals.'”
Be cold and receive frigidity. Be aloof, and meet those who prefer a distance. What a man condemns in others, he attracts as a temptation unto himself. In this way does life often surprise us (sometimes pleasantly, sometimes unpleasantly).
Only by Mercy can you receive what you have never given.
Send forth love and receive Grace. Give perfect unselfish love, and you will gain compassion; do not criticize or condemn, lest you be criticized; yet, demand nothing in return. Make others happy and you will receive: happiness. Life can always be — joyous. Every difficulty is: an exciting opportunity in this light.
It’s God Who is keeping score — Who is watching your “account” — and He is unfailing in rewarding those Who, like a fount, dispense His favor.
[resources: A Life of Blessings]
“Dear children! May this time be for you a time of prayer, so that the Holy Spirit, through prayer, may descend upon you and give you conversion. Open your hearts and read the Sacred Scripture, that through the testimonies you also may be closer to God. Above everything, little children, seek God and the things of God and leave earthly ones to the earth, because Satan is attracting you to the dust and sin. You are called to holiness and created for Heaven; therefore, seek Heaven and the things of Heaven. Thank you for having responded to my call. ”