Giving Service

Giving frees us from the familiar territory of our own needs by opening our mind and our heart to the unexplained worlds occupied by the needs of others.  In giving service we move beyond our personal ego selfishness and into a space that allows for our soul energy of compassion to be shared freely with others.  As we are able to give of ourselves we become truly ethical in our actions with others.  For we are only truly ethical when we obey the compulsion to help all life and when we shrink from injuring anything that lives.

We live in a world that often teaches us that it is important to only look after ourselves - no matter what is the plight of those around us.  But, in many ways we each are at least some of our "brother's keepers".  There are those that come into our lives that cry out for our help, our nuturing, our assistance - a call to be of service to them becomes a moral obligation.  None of us can live our lives alone.  Our lives are connected by invisible threads across a web of collective consciousness - a web of oneness.

In many ways service is the rent we pay to be alive on the planet.  It is at the core of the very purpose of life and not something that we can choose to only do in our spare time and only when it is easy.  It is part of the purpose of humanity that we each live lives that bring improvement not only to ourselves, but that enhances the lives of those around us and helps to diminish the suffering of the world.  In large part service is what life is all about.

Usually you don't have to look very far to find those in your circle of living who are in need of your attention.  The service doesn't have to be large and grand in scale - sometimes it is a kind word, loving support, a shoulder to cry on or a willing hand in every day living.  Giving service is an attitude that should permeate each and every action and become the intention behind our interactions with others.  Genuinely caring enough to lighten the burden of another is at the heart of compassionate service.

There is the saying that "those who bring sunshine into the lives of others, cannot keep it from themselves".  As we engage in giving compassionate service to others it brings rewards to us in the form of happiness and personal healing.  Happiness never comes from without, but from within.  It is not what we see and touch or what others may do for us that make us truly happy; it is that which we think, feel and do for others that opens our heart and brings in its own reward of happiness.  As we offer healing service to others we may also be healed ourselves.  It is one of the most beautiful truths in life, that no one can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.  And the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.

In peace...........Margie