Conversation with John Randolph Price
on an interview with Pamela Gerloff
of giving is based on "the law of cause and effect." As I
began to study different philosophies and religions, I noticed
that this universal law is a powerful idea that runs through
the sacred literature and ancient wisdom teachings of the
world. The biblical quotation, "Give and it shall be given
to you, pressed down in good measure," expresses it in terms
of giving and receiving. For me, the whole idea of giving
is to activate that great impersonal law of cause and effect.
I first began to understand how it works
when someone said to me, "John, choose what you want, then
give the equivalent of it away. If you want more love, give
love. If you want wisdom, give wisdom. If you want money,
give money." As I considered this, it began to dawn on me
that giving is triggering that universal law. So my wife,
Jan, and I began a practical experiment. We began to give
intentionally, while noting the effect on our income. Each
day, she figured up the totals from the income we had received
via the foundation we had started, as well as totals for
how much we were giving away. We weren't giving with the
intention, "If we give more, we'll get more."
We were giving because the act of giving
was spiritually nourishing to us, and as we expanded our
own consciousness, we naturally gave to others with love.
For example, I had heard that my mother was having dental
problems. I sat down and wrote her a check for $2,500 to
have her teeth fixed, and sent it to her with a note saying,
"I send this with love and joy."
Two days later, Random House called to say
it was doubling the advance on my next book. I realized
that it was a result of this law of cause and effect: Give
and you shall receive.
Frankly, Jan and I were shocked with the
results of our experiment. Our income began to increase
noticeably. Money started coming in from mysterious sources.
We even had $3,000 appear in our bank account. So we said,
"O.K., this works."
I don't think of this as a religious thing,
although I use religious-sounding language. You can take
away the religious connotations altogether. It's not that
God is going to favor us because we give. The sun rises
on the just and unjust alike. We're not bargaining with
God; we're simply working with impersonal law, and it works
If we are not good receivers, however, it
won't work. We need to be open to receive. (The ability
to receive in any area of life can be consciously developed.
Jan and I use the approaches described in my books.)
Seventy percent of lottery winners go bankrupt
because they don't know how to handle the money. The same
thing happens to inheritors. Often, it has to do with not
feeling worthy of having a lot of money. That's why you
have to get in tune with the power within. If you see that
Divine Essence is the reality of your being, then you experience
that you are worthy of having abundance in every area of
your life. When your consciousness shifts and you actually
have that experience, watch out-because the universe sees
that and begins to pour out its riches (material and non-material).
I spent 25 years in the corporate world.
As the CEO of a large corporation, I operated with the philosophy
get more money. Make as much money as you can. Get money
I had known then about the law of cause
and effect and how giving is related to receiving, I would
have taken a very different approach.
I think people are beginning to understand
that money is an instrument of goodwill-it is good energy,
a token of love and service, a symbol of care and integrity.
For the ancient Greeks, money was a medium of exchange;
they thought of it as an exchange of love. When we think
of money as the energy of love, then when we give with joy,
we're really giving love. And we keep experiencing that
love as it comes back to us.
Many people I know feel that in the years
to come, the international economy will be based on that
idea of sharing. It's a concept that is not quite ready
for its time, but its time will come. Jan and I are receiving
emails now from so many people with family businesses who
are applying the law of cause and effect to experience more
abundance in their lives and are then sharing with their
communities the fruits of their harvest of money. As corporations
put money back into their communities, their states, and
their countries, and they see money as an avenue of goodwill,
the outer environment will change.
I used to wonder how people could be very
rich and yet not have integrity, or not be able to enjoy
their money, or have problems in other areas of their lives-until
I realized that such people had a prosperity consciousness
in one area, but they didn't have that same consciousness
of no limitations in other areas of their life.
My wife's and my objective has been to have
"the perfect circle of life," where everything is in harmony.
The ancient texts tell us that the will of God for us is
happiness and joy. Many say we are here to suffer and to
learn, but I believe that we are here on Earth to experience
joy, and to be totally fulfilled in life.
Whatever we give-money, love, joy, wisdom-comes
back to us. But we must give it out of love, for the good
of all concerned; otherwise it's fruitless. If, for example,
you give with guilt, you are inviting punishment or loss
on an unconscious level. It is very debilitating. I work
daily to dissolve guilt, resentment, and other negative
emotions that may get in the way of my experience of abundance
and complete fulfillment.
We must also be willing and able to receive.
If we can give and receive with love, magical things begin
to happen. People can experiment with this, as Jan and I
did at the beginning-with an open mind, not trying to get
anything. (Once a day, send out radiating love to everyone
on the planet, and watch what happens.) And then be open
to share and receive that which comes back as a result of
John Randolph Price was for many years
a corporate CEO in the advertising and public relations
industry. In 1981 he co-founded, with his wife Jan, the
Quartus Foundation, a spiritual research and communications
organization. He is the author of 18 books and in 1994 was
awarded the International New Thought Alliance's Joseph
Murphy Award, in recognition of the contribution his books
have made to positive living throughout the world.
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