I was walking in downtown Asheville last Monday, and it was cold.
There were two young men playing their guitars and singing, and they were pretty good, and dedicated to their art, considering the weather.
But as I stopped to enjoy their music, I noticed that their tip jar was a TINY expresso cup, sitting on top of a saucer. There was one lone dollar bill rolled up, sticking out of the cup about halfway, and maybe a few quarters.
Instantly, a wave of repulsion washed over me, surprising me with its strength.
I turned away from them and walked on to my next destination, stunned at how I felt energetically about the paucity of that small cup meant to receive appreciation for their music.
And it has stayed with me all week.
What size is your receptacle for receiving? It's a question I have been considering all week.
I want to address my feeling of repulsion that was so overwhelming I had to walk away from the music.
The moment that wave hit me, was the moment I understood that they had little to no value for what they were presenting to the world with their particular gift of making music.
Before I saw the tiny cup...I was charmed by their music, and felt that it was good. After I saw the cup, my initial attraction to what they were offering went the opposite way.
It turned to repulsion. I was very uncomfortable in their presence because of the lack of value they put into their offering as it pertained to receiving.
There was no room in their cup for me to show my appreciation. They were, in effect, telling me to shove off.
As artists, whether we write, draw or manipulate metal, how big is our receptacle for receiving?
Do you have a container that is large enough to receive appreciation for the things you put out into the world so that it continues to attract prosperity?
Or does the small size of your container repulse others from supporting you?
I've thought about how I value my own time and output, and whether or not my capacity to receive needs a serious overhaul.
Self deprecating comments about what you do, energetically, will attract those that feel the same way, and repulse those that think your work is good and valuable enough for them to want to purchase.
Sellers that don't offer numerous ways for compensation, like offering to take credit cards, often lose out on valuable sales.
I needed dog food last week, and ran down to my local pet store. For whatever reason, there was a poorly written, handmade sign on the door letting people know they would only be taking checks and cash.
I felt, energetically, the lack of respect and value of the service they provide, in both the content and delivery of that message.
And it made me think also about the receptacle the pet store uses for the check out process. I always feel uncomfortable checking out because the check out area is in an awkward position at the front of the store.
It is like it is trying to hide.
And there is always confusion about which register I am supposed to go to in order to check out.
I walked away, and went next door to a health food grocery store instead because their receptacle for me to give them money for what I needed was bigger, more joyful and always appreciated by the staff they employ.
On a personal level, I've been thinking about the receptacle I've been building lately to receive more support for my work on a physical, as well as personal, level.
Moving into a larger space is sure to help me attract those that want to learn about making jewelry and purchase handmade jewelry that is made from my own inner explorations and excavations about my life experiences.
I now have the space to receive them physically, as well as heart-fully, too.
I opened up a Square account last week to better serve my customers that would rather pay with their cards in person and not shop online.
With a bigger space, we get to connect offline and I'm grateful for the opportunity to share what I do with the people that wear my jewelry...in person. I am now in a much better position to connect with them on a deeper level.
The house that Shayne and I will eventually purchase must have either a big guest room or even a mother-in-law apartment, so that I can receive guests. I want them to have a comfortable, warm experience staying with me in my home.
If I have the space to receive them, I am confident they will come.
For prosperity to flow, gratitude and love for what one receives, as well as what one can give, is paramount to the equation.
Having gratitude, love and value for what you do and what you bring forth acts as an energy attractant to others.
But once you attract them, make sure you offer them a way to continue that back and forth flow of energy by having a receptacle big enough to handle it.
Otherwise, stagnation and repulsion happens...
And what is trying to be built, won't.
Applying this line of thought to my relationships with others has been enlightening too...if our heart space isn't big enough to gracefully handle and receive love and appreciation from others, it can repulse them like that expresso cup did to me on Monday.
A lot to consider during this season of reflection as it pertains to giving and receiving.