It is naive to think that service means doing whatever you think needs to be done. This has caused most of the suffering in the world throughout history. No one knows with certainty what needs doing. Fortunately, we have the Spirit to direct us in that – the best visions are inspired visions. And what is right action in this moment may be disastrous in the next. Timing is everything. So, the intellect is out of its depth when it comes to decision-making. The best the mind can do is guess. Nor is the heart, strictly speaking, capable of executing right action, because withholding is not in its nature. Only the Spirit knows true balance, and only the Spirit knows when and how much to give.
Like electricity, Spirit (the Power of God) flows in the direction of need. But also like electricity, there has to be a difference in potential before a current will flow. The living symbol of this is the act of kneeling in prayer. We assume a position of helplessness and surrender, symbolizing our inner state of submission to God’s will; symbolic action is powerful when performed consciously and with understanding. But often in our desire to serve others, we “push the river” and attempt to impose our will where no request has been made. Wise as we are in our dispassionate objectivity, we assume to know more about the Power of God than God does. Our action has the effect of running an extension cord out of one wall socket into another (don’t try this. I did, and it didn’t turn out well. I was four). It’s far better to feel the energy and let it show you where it wants to move.
The best teachers teach by raising a question in their students’ minds. Unless and until there is a question, nothing is going to get in anyway. Similarly, unless people ask for your help, don’t try to serve them. They will only get annoyed. The highest form of service you can offer is to get in touch with the God of you (which is also the God of them) and present yourself as the conduit of grace. And if the person requests it, and if you are so inclined, you can lay your hands on them and give them a healing, thus giving the world of Spirit and the world of Matter a way to more immediately connect.
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