Random Acts of Kindness and Service to HumanityGord Riddell and Kathy Ryndak RSS November 2, 2015
On Being of Service to Humanity
When we are on the spiritual path there is no cause more noble than that of “being of service.” Too often we view time spent in meditation, courses taken in spiritual development, and hours spent in psychotherapy as ends in themselves. However, these pursuits are actually only the beginning; it’s a given in spiritual circles that the fastest way to evolve is through giving back and being of service.
Through meditation, we can deepen our connection to the soul, but the soul’s inherent nature is to live its higher purpose and to serve. As we serve we become altruistic, deepen our connection to others and ourselves, let go of the illusion of separateness, and experience the concept of interconnectedness or “all is one.” We gain a broader perspective of the world and can identify our higher mission of helping to make the world a better place.
Law of Service
It is spiritual law that all knowledge gained must be shared with wise discrimination before further progress can be made. Another facet of the Law of Service is that our powers of manifestation are increased significantly if our life is focused on serving God and humanity. An ancient proverb states: “One who is pure of heart has the strength of ten.” If we dedicate our lives to service, our spiritual support system will come to our aid upon every pure request made.
The book, A Course in Miracles, states: “To have all, give all.” When the universe knows we have dedicated our life to being of service we will be well looked after. We are given more support, assigned extra angels and guides for more direction and protection. Also, in A Course in Miracles, Christ states that: “Helping my brothers and sisters is my true church.” Sai Baba stated: “Hands that help are holier than hands that pray.”
Being of service is the best way to release karma and build our spiritual bank account. With so much flowing out of us through giving, we create a large vacuum in which we can receive back the plenitude of the universe. We may have taken spiritual classes and asked for help in manifesting the things we want in our lives. After asking for such gifts over time and receiving such bounty as healing, eventually it behooves us to give back; if we do not, our growth may stagnate. Choosing to share the knowledge we have gained may even help us come to a deeper, more thorough understanding of it is what we have learned. As Sai Baba famously said, “To whom much has been given, much is expected.” We will receive much of what we desire from the universe but we need to be willing to give back to serve our highest purpose.
You Don’t Need To Be Perfect
One of the biggest misconceptions is that we need to be perfect before we can be of service or cast ourselves in a healing or spiritual role. On the contrary, one begets the other. The more we serve, the more opportunity we’re given to grow and transform.
Putting oneself into a leadership position will bring ample soul learning and tests, helping to refine our spiritual nature throughout the journey, and help others grow spiritually as well. As we grow in service, we will also grow in our capacity to love. We mustn’t allow ourselves to use the excuse that once we’ve become whole and healed, then we’ll be ready to serve. Buying into this notion will ensure that we never serve.
No Perfect Teachers
No spiritual teacher, counsellor, or healer is perfect. There is an adage that says, “If God demanded that all our spiritual teachers be perfect there would be none.” No teacher will be clear on all levels. Some may be charismatic and dynamic, but are ruled by a negative ego; others may be spiritual but have not done enough emotional healing. Still others may have gifts of spirit such as clairvoyance and be great energy healers, yet have personal lives that are not in order.
Don’t Become a Martyr and Practice Self-Sacrifice
Another common misnomer is the belief that by serving we take on the role of martyr and practice self-sacrifice. The fact is, we do not need to become a Mother Teresa. In fact, in order to serve, we need to come first from a healthy sense of self and ego. Remember that we cannot transcend an ego of which we have never taken ownership. We must learn how to serve the self before we can serve others.
Another way of putting it is that we need to become potent in our personality expression, as the soul needs an integrated vehicle through which to express its higher purpose.
Then, while we are in the course of being of service, we need to remember to look to our own needs as well. We will not be effective healers or teachers if we are giving so much that we burn ourselves out. That would just serve to have us trapped in the role of caretaker rather than caregiver.
Also, if the Martyr archetype is ruling your intentions, be cautious as its powerful energy can take you into a spiritual bypass that can allow others to take advantage of you.
Let’s also disavow ourselves of the notion that in order to be of service, we have to give up our earthly life. On the contrary, we can have the best of both worlds. The idea is to find balance and integrate your everyday life with the act of being of service.
Simple Ways to Be of Service to Humanity
We need not have spiritual careers to be of service; there are simple things we can do each day – random acts of kindness like helping an elderly person cross a street, or doing volunteer work for the needy. Be compassionate, loving, and kind to your family and friends. Do your job with great dedication and care so that, not only do you benefit, but your company benefits from your every effort. Get active in the nearest community centre to make your neighbourhood a better place. Smile at strangers.
It’s time to rise to the occasion and be of service. Pope Francis is a stellar example of humanity, as witnessed during his recent trip to North America. He moved so many people to tears (including the U.S. congress) with his ability to give with compassion and joy. Let’s look to him as a role model to enhance the way we too can serve humanity.
Gord Riddell and Kathy Ryndak are co-founders of the Transformational Arts College of Spiritual and Holistic Training. The College offers professional training programs in Spiritual Psychotherapy, Spiritual Director, Holistic Health, and Coaching. For more information or for a course calendar, call 416-484-0454 or 1-800-TAC-SELF, or visit www.transformationalarts.com. To receive their monthly e-newsletter, email firstname.lastname@example.org