[Excerpt from Michael Speaks: June 2001]
[Anne49] would you define the true nature of giving?
The true nature of Giving is in creating an Exchange without the fear of “being ripped off.” Giving is not just an active offering of something, but a gauging of the recipient’s capability to receive. To be put simply, True Giving is in the comprehension of Other as they are a part of an Exchange.
True Giving, as an example, includes the allowance of OTHERS to Give what is natural to them. For instance, TOUCH. It is considered a violation in many ways to have a stranger touch you, when in reality it is a form of Giving for you to allow social contact from another fragment. We do not mean for you to reduce your boundaries to allow true violations, but a gentle touch, a bump, a brush against you, is not a violation, they are opportunities. Listening to another fragment without using the exchange as a platform to tell your own stories is another example of True Giving.
Many of you are kind listeners, compassionate, and deeply helpful, but this does not mean you are Giving if your intentions are to “earn” another’s love or to be able to “get them” to listen to you. Many with Self-deprecation are prone to do the latter.