Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
View your shopping cart Shopping Cart | My Account | Help | Become a Fan on Facebook Become a Fan | Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us | Watch Us on YouTube Watch Us | Subscribe to our RSS Feeds Subscribe
Browse ProductsAuthorsArticlesBlogsEncyclopediaNewslettersAffiliate ProgramContact UsBooksellers
LLEWELLYN JOURNAL
Article Topics
List of Articles
RSS Data Feeds
Mission Statement
Use of Our Articles
Writers' Guidelines

Email Exclusives
Sign up to receive special offers and promotions from Llewellyn.

Get the Latest Issue of New Worlds

July/August 2016 Issue

New Worlds Catalog

Get the FREE app for your tablet and mobile device. Now available in the iTunes Store and the Google Play Store

Also available as a PDF File.

Click for more information about New Worlds or to receive issues via mail.


The Llewellyn Journal
Print this Article Print this Article

The Art of Giving & Receiving

This article was written by Carl Llewellyn Weschcke
posted under

This is the time of year we think about giving to other people. We prepare lists of family and friends to whom we will give “presents” at Yule. And sometimes we are asked to prepare lists of presents we would like to receive.

It’s a wonderful opportunity that turns our attention from problems and concerns to what should be a joyful exchange at a special time of review and renewal—the winter solstice, when the old year really ends and the new begins. The sun cycle turns and days become longer—preparing the way for rebirth and renewal. And, for many of us, this becomes a time of review.

Unfortunately, sometimes the very thought of lists of presents becomes a burden. What on earth do you give to old Aunt Martha whom you haven’t seen in years, and even then she mostly talked about her garden? And you’re not into gardening and wouldn’t know a hoe from a spade. Or what about your partner’s Uncle Ed who constantly complains that no one knows how to cook a tasty meal? Aside from compiling lists, the thought of shopping in your busy life is shattering!


The Gift of Books
Of course, when I tell you books are the answer to all your problems it can be perceived as self-serving. I want to sell books. And I want you to buy our books. For goodness’ sake, that’s why we publish them. But, maybe we don’t have the kind of books that Cousin Mabel is interested in, or that your next-door neighbor—who always brings you a gift—reads.

You are not limited to just Llewellyn books. You can try one-stop shopping at your local bookseller and find thousands of different titles, or you can go on-line and find upwards of two million titles with quick delivery and no hassle.

The wonderful secret about books is that each one is much more than printed paper between covers. A book is much more than what the title or cover suggests. Even books intended just for entertainment are filled with information and stimulating ideas. I am reading a mystery novel about Boston as I wind down every evening, and I have learned things I never knew despite having lived there for three years. I never heard about NINA or about GBA, but they are part not only of Boston’s but America’s history. “No Irish Need Apply” was a reality less than half a century ago, and the “Gaelic Benevolent Association” was a response to those discriminatory times.

When I read a new book about angels, I am stimulated to think about matters beyond the moment. To my knowledge, I’ve never seen an angel. Do I believe in angels? Yes I do, and for more reasons than their mention in just about every kind of scripture and sacred lore I’ve encountered. Firstly, I know that our world is filled with life forms I’ve never seen—from minute cellular forms invisible to the eye to large critters living in the depths of the ocean in the most hostile environment imaginable on earth. I have every reason to believe that life manifests everywhere in every kind of circumstance. I have no doubt that intelligent life (and I suspect that all life, even the most minute, is actually intelligent) exists not only elsewhere in the universe but in dimensions other than physical.

Scientists have long speculated about other dimensions side-by-side with the physical one that we know, and religious and occult lore all tell us of beings (angels, demons, spirits, fairies, elementals, etc.) inhabiting the heavenly worlds, or the Astral, Mental, and Spiritual Planes.

Why should I doubt merely because, to my knowledge, I’ve never conversed with an angel? I don’t doubt just because my personal experience doesn’t encompass angelic contacts. I don’t doubt anything that my personal experience hasn’t refuted, and even then I am open to possibilities. Some have said that anything that can be imagined is real. What “real” means in that situation may be another question, but the imagination is the most powerful manifestation of consciousness that we have.


Books Are Real
No matter what you may think of my argument for a broader view of reality, you will not doubt that books are indeed not only physically real but reflective of other dimensions of mind and spirit, of imagination as well as hard fact, of philosophy and religion, of past and present and future speculation. There are books for every interest—including interest in angels, gardening, gourmet cooking, Irish history, spirituality, and thousands more, and every kind of entertainment through fiction and fantasy.

There is no question that books are the easiest solution to your giving needs, and your receiving hopes. Books are gifts from us to ourselves—containing the history, wisdom, and imagination of the entire human race. Every book is a seed stimulating the imagination, a building block for success in every enterprise, a gift showing care and love.

Books are for giving and for receiving. They are carriers of our culture. Your gift of books, and your receipt of books, places you in the most important roster of people—people who really care.

— Carl Llewellyn Weschcke, Publisher


RELATED PRODUCTS

Bringing Your Soul to Light
Bringing Your Soul to Light
Healing Through Past Lives and the Time Between
Linda Backman
$16.95 US,  $19.50 CAN | Add to Cart
Yule
Yule
A Celebration of Light and Warmth
Dorothy Morrison
$14.95 US,  $22.95 CAN | Add to Cart

Please note that the use of Llewellyn Journal articles
is subject to certain Terms and Conditions

Because birds seem so common and exist everywhere, we often take them for granted and even consider them part of the landscape. However, these wonderful creatures can provide us with a simple yet powerful way to stay in tune with the natural world and its seasonal markers. In addition to maintaining this connection, birds can help us access... read this article
The Most Haunted Place You've Never Heard Of: 3 Places to Explore in Revelstoke
Jupiter in the Signs
3 Ways Yoga Changes Your Life for the Better
Reclaiming the Dark Face of the Feminine Nature
The Bath of Self-Care

Most recent posts:
Knowing the Question
Marcus Katz and Tali Goodwin always have something interesting to share. Their ideas range from connections based on intense research and solid...

A Strange Little Place
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Brennan Storr, author of A Strange Little Place. If there is such a thing as a reluctant paranormal...

All About the Star
Anthony Louis is well known for his objective and full understanding of the tarot. That is one reason Llewellyn asked him to author this book,...





Llewellyn's 2017 Witches' Datebook Llewellyn's 2017 Witches' Datebook
By: Llewellyn
Price: $11.99 US,  $14.99 CAN
Llewellyn's 2017 Witches' Calendar Llewellyn's 2017 Witches' Calendar
By: Llewellyn
Price: $13.99 US,  $16.99 CAN
Jasmine Becket-Griffith Halloween Coloring Book Jasmine Becket-Griffith Halloween Coloring Book
A Spine-Tingling Fantasy Art Adventure

By: Jasmine Becket-Griffith
Price: $19.95 US,  $22.95 CAN
Llewellyn's 2017 Astrological Calendar Llewellyn's 2017 Astrological Calendar
84th Edition of the World's Best Known, Most Trusted Astrology Calendar

By: Llewellyn
Price: $14.99 US,  $18.99 CAN
Llewellyn's 2017 Woodland Faeries Calendar Llewellyn's 2017 Woodland Faeries Calendar
By: Llewellyn
Price: $13.99 US,  $16.99 CAN