Our theme this month at the Center for Spiritual Living Prescott is service to the world. Now, depending on how you read this, it can feel overwhelming or wonderful. There’s a part of me that still hears someone’s desires as my problem to take care of (oh, to be free of the old programming!) so the idea of being “in service” can feel overwhelming. On the other hand, I’ve learned that when I am in service and simply doing what I’m doing in the present moment, with no agenda other than to be there, it’s beautifully relaxing and fun.
It’s not our job to save the world. Let me repeat that – it’s not our job to save the world. The world does not need saving. The world is full of adult children of God that have wonderful, wise souls with wisdom installed at the beginning. Just because I might have dealt with a similar situation or because I feel like I’m in a better place, doesn’t mean that I should have the spiritual arrogance to try to fix or save anyone.
There’s a story told in a TED talk by Ernesto Sirolli about how he learned how to be of service without imposing any of his own “stuff” on those he was serving. When he first started out, he went to a third world country and taught them how to garden. They had a beautiful garden, although getting participation from the community was hard. And then the season changed, the garden flooded and a group of hippos came and ate everything overnight. Ernesto noticed that the locals seemed unsurprised. When he asked why they didn’t tell him that this happened every year, their response was, “You didn’t ask.” And so the talk was titled, Want to help someone? Shut up and listen!
To be in service to the world – whether it’s the Divine world that exists within you or the physical world that is all around you – requires that we first get quiet and listen to what is needed. I might be great at baking bread and want to teach you how to do it. However, if you don’t like bread, or can’t eat it, it is not actually service to you when I teach that. It’s service to my own need to feel good. If your heart is calling for you to be gentler with yourself as you go through changes, yelling “Try harder! You can do it!” in your head may not be as helpful as you think.
n any case, we are called to be in service. We are called to get quiet and listen to our consciousness to hear what is ours to do. If we want to help another person, we are called to first ask, “How can I help?”
How is the world calling you to be of service?