Saturday, June 18, 2011

Giving Must Be Balanced With Receiving For The Life You Desire

Once in a blue moon an idea comes along that once heard seems so obvious that you wonder why somebody hasn't written about it before. Amanda Owen's The Power of Receiving: A Revolutionary Approach to Giving Yourself the Life You Want and Deserve presents a new paradigm for the 21st century-a philosophy that values receiving as much as giving and demonstrates that giving is enhanced when receiving is embraced. With the formula: Believe + Receive = Achieve, The Power of Receiving presents a wholly original yet easily accessible road map for people to follow, showing readers how to restore balance to their over-extended lives and attract the life they desire and deserve.

Inspiring stories are featured about people who have experienced life-altering results after becoming skilled Receivers, including Ken who regained his hearing after a devastating hearing-loss, Julie who met the man she would later marry, and Don who received an extra $1,000 a month in his pay check.

Based on over twenty years of research into the nature of receptivity and its link to manifestation, The Power of Receiving offers a unique vision for anyone seeking to create greater reciprocity in their relationships and more harmony and abundance in their lives.

Guest blogger Tiernan McKay shares her Q&A with the author:
As a wife and mother of three, I am constantly trying to figure out how to spread myself a little thinner, even though I constantly feel like I’m at the end of my sanity rope. Although I distinctly recall over-scheduling myself twice just today, I truly cannot recall the last time I thought about receiving.
Receiving is actually a relatively foreign concept for most women, which is why Amanda Owen’s book, The Power of Receiving, was an unexpectedly delightful read. Don’t get me wrong. This wasn’t a completely feel-good read, as there was some serious soul-searching and self-examination going on in the process. Still, Owen provides some valuable food for thought and touches on a topic that is often ignored once you reach adulthood. Enjoy this Q&A with Owen, stop by the Tattered Cover for her book and get ready to receive.
Q: What inspired you to write a book on this topic?
A: The Power of Receiving is based on over twenty years of research. In the early 1990’s, I began to develop strategies to help my clients gain more reciprocity in their relationships. They had been telling me about how frustrated they were that those to whom they were giving were not giving back to them. As I sought for ways to help, I wondered why we are taught about the importance of giving, but hear nothing about receiving. I thought: No wonder people lack balance in their relationships! I ultimately came to phrase it this way: “The only possible match for someone who doesn’t know how to receive is someone who doesn’t know how to give.”
Q: Why is it that we have such a hard time "receiving"?
A: Because we have grown up in a culture that doesn’t teach us this valuable skill, we don’t even have a vocabulary for receiving. You never hear people say, “Wow! Look at that person — what a great receiver!” So, refusing to receive easily becomes a habit. Many people do not even realize that they continually push away what people try to give to them.
Q: I love that you provide practical tips to help readers receive rather than constantly give. What would be your top suggestion? The first thing a woman must do in order to start the process of learning to receive?
A: Step One of my Three Steps to Receiving is: Accept All Compliments. Many people turn away something as simple as a compliment. They don’t see the direct connection between the refusal to accept a compliment and all of things they want to receive in life. Saying “thank you” is simply expressing gratitude, which is a simple yet very powerful exercise.

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