For Happiness, Give Up the Selfishness

Hallelujah ūüôā

 

Joy in life comes from living for the welfare of all.” – Gandhi

How does selfish spoil your happiness?

Isn’t focusing on getting and gaining and experiencing things just for ourselves exhausting?

A neat trick for increased energy, perhaps unlimited, is to let go of all selfish concern and align totally with serving and giving.  In a pure, dedicated, devotional spirit of serving and giving, the human vessel becomes like the Energizer Bunny.  It can keep going on and on and on!  Selfless service, giving, and generosity are incredibly energizing.  Connected with a pure intention, we hardly ever need to sleep.  And, when we do sleep, even that sleep is aligned with the pure intention, and we honor that by sleeping we are serving.  Every moment is an opportunity to align with the pure spirit of serving and giving.

Even eating can be performed in a spirit of service. Enjoying the food and being in a relaxed state of peace while eating is a service itself, and the eating can also be understood to nourish the body so that it can continue to serve, physically and mentally.  The spiritual service is every moment, internally a matter of attitude and awareness, and then whatever acts happen externally on the physical plane of the world are just a way that pure internal intention manifests.  Ultimately, the service is in being joyful and peaceful itself, and only goodness can flow from that internal awareness.

Sometimes, in the moment, we might pose the question, “How can I serve?” and we might find it seems like there is nothing externally to be done. ¬†In moments like those, we can simply direct the awareness within, do our best to abide in a peaceful and loving energy field, and perhaps – if you feel so inclined – send out silent blessings to everyone and everything around us. ¬†Silently blessing is a service opportunity available to us every moment. ¬†And when we bless something, it doesn’t even have to be an animate object, much less a human. ¬†We can always bless inanimate objects like computers, mugs, cell phones, sidewalks, etc. ¬†So, as you can see, the opportunities to bless are limitless! ¬†As are the opportunities to serve and give ūüôā

When we align with the spirit of service and giving, we free ourselves from the limited confines of the small human identity.  We realize we are here not just for our small selves, but we are here for the whole.  What good are we if we are not of service to the whole?  If we are only focused on gaining for ourselves and experiencing pleasure for ourselves, who really cares if we are around, anyway?  It is a joy to be a service, and truly the gift is in giving itself.  The giver of a gift is actually the one who receives, because every time we give is an opportunity for us to get outside of our ego and our selfishness and expand our identity to that of a servant of humanity, a spark of the Divine.

Selfish thoughts and acts are painful. ¬†Selfless thoughts are painless. ¬†The Supreme Truth lies beyond both. ¬†“Unselfishness is God,” says Swami Vivekananda. ¬†If God isn’t Supreme Happiness, what possibly could be?

So forget about being happy – in many ways that is a selfish concern. ¬†Rather, just focus on serving and giving and loving, regardless of whatever brings you – just focus on being a servant of all humanity and loving all of life – and all the happiness will follow. ¬†So yes, you might say you are serving to be happy – and really that’s all fine because it all leads us to the same Supreme Truth, and that pure loving energy that is beyond all thoughts and beyond all selfishness.

“The Dedicated ever enjoy Supreme Peace;¬†therefore, live only to serve.”

Gloria in Excelsis Deo!

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Give Thanks; Love Your Enemies

Hallelujah ūüôā

Realize that the goal of life is something like spiritual growth, which means aligning more and more with Truth and the Power of Love.  The goal, ultimately, is to become increasingly more loving, to the point where our love becomes unconditional.

In times of challenge and adversity, that is when our ability to love is tested most. ¬†Can we love someone who is being mean, even hateful? ¬†Yes! ¬†It is possible. ¬†“Hatred does not cease by hatred; hatred ceases only by Love,” says the Buddha. ¬†Jesus says, “Love your enemies.” ¬†It is perhaps the greatest challenge to love those who seem to wrong us or do ill to us, and the greatest challenge to love in those circumstances is also the greatest gift, because in those moments we have the opportunity to truly be channels for Divine Love, Infinite Love. ¬†In those moments of greatest challenge, we can embody the Pure, Unconditional, Love of God. ¬†Of course, we can embody that Love all the time, but in those moments it becomes particularly clear whether we are divinely loving or not.

How can we be unconditionally, divinely loving in the time when it seems like all our buttons are being pushed at once, when it feels like we’re being hated and wronged in every way?

One of my favorite ideas around love is the idea of agape. ¬†I understand agape to mean a love for another not based on what they have or what they do or who they are, but a love for the infinite potential and divine essence of the other. ¬†Whether or not that other is currently being a totally open channel for the Holy Spirit and God’s Love and Will is not our issue to discern or not – we simply acknowledge that everything has that capacity, and we love for love everything for that capacity. ¬†The Divinity of all shines forth. ¬†Even if another seems hateful, we Love because we know they have the capacity to be a perfect channel for Divine Love, because they are Divinely created, and even we love them because by being hateful, they are giving us all the greater opportunity to practice unconditionally, universally, divinely loving. ¬†It is easy to love virtuous and happy people, and we know we’re making progress when we find ourselves experiencing immense love and compassion even for those who seem wicked and hateful. ¬†We can have divine compassion for them and for all humans dealing with the human condition. ¬†It is not easy!

Ultimately, we can realize that everyone is our teacher, and they are teaching us love. ¬†We can see that those who have caused us the greatest challenges in our lives are truly the greatest gifts from God. ¬†They give us that crystal clear opportunity to practice unconditional love, or to become all the more brutally aware of our blocks to love. ¬†Are we really going to withhold our love from someone because they are screaming or yelling or cursing? Because they call us names or steal from others or hurt others? ¬†Have we not done the same? ¬†As Jesus said to those who were ready to stone the prostitute, “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.” ¬†We have all trespassed against the natural law of Love, have we not? ¬†So we can have compassion for ourselves and for all – and we can see that none of the sin is really personal – it is just a result of the human condition. ¬†We love and have compassion for all embarked on the journey of life with the human condition – and we can choose to love no matter what, connected with the divine essence present with them always.

We love our enemies because they are our greatest teachers and provide the greatest opportunity to practice unconditional love.  Our love does not have to be dependent on anything.  Even to those that hate us, we can seek to give them something, to be generous toward them, and to love them.  That is true freedom, peace, and joy.

We can always give thanks for the grand opportunity we have to love, to give, to serve.

Gloria in Excelsis Deo!

What is the Truth?

“Put no ahead above your own.” – The Buddha

Whatever is the Truth, know it by your direct experience. ¬†Don’t take anyone’s word for it.

Furthermore, if the Truth means pain and suffering and misery, what’s the point?

So if pain and suffering and misery happens to be the Truth, I might suggest….by all means…defy it!

If Truth doesn’t mean absolute Peace, Happiness, and Freedom, why would we align with it?

So, to pursue the Truth, it might be helpful to operate with the assumption that the Truth is generally positive, even supremely positive.  If you were the Creator of the Universe, what Truth would you create with?  If you have the power to create everything, by what laws would you allow creation to operate with?

Pretend there is no absolute Truth.  Instead, you can pretend you determine the Truth.   What would be the Supreme Truth, according to you?  What would the Supreme Truth be that would really, absolutely and positively serve you best?

Trust that whatever is best for you is actually already the case. ¬†Trust that the Truth of Reality is just that. ¬†Everything that happens is the very best for you. ¬†Test this out with your own direct experience rather than just taking it as mere fact. ¬†How? ¬†Whenever something occurs to you that seems anything less than the very best, question it intensely. ¬†I’m confident that if you dig deeply enough into any event, you can come to se how the event could very well be the absolute best thing for you. ¬†Even stubbing a toe, you can see the benefit in it, and you can see how it served you. ¬†Everything serves you! ¬†Look for it. ¬†Trust in it. Confirm it via your direct experience.

With a certain level of honesty, you can come to agree that it’s best that not everything you wish for comes true. ¬†If everything you thought of instantly manifested in the physical plane, that really wouldn’t serve you.

You’ll find that the way thinking and manifesting and action manifest is actually already perfect. ¬†It is fantastic that our thoughts don’t instantly manifest on the physical plane. ¬†We’d all be in great trouble!

Look for the perfection underlying Creation as it is. ¬†Trust that Creation exists perfectly and serves you perfectly. ¬†It is good it doesn’t give you everything you ask for instantly. ¬†That would be no fun! ¬†See how Creation is optimally fun and optimally conducive for your growth, learning, and spiritual evolution.

“You shall know the Truth and the Truth shall set you free.” Jesus

If Truth binds us, why would we want anything to do with it?  Rather, put absolute freedom, freedom from all fear and worry and anxiety, as the metric for truth.  If it instills fear or worry or anxiety, trust that it is not in alignment with Truth.  Prioritize the Truth РFreedom Рand watch how the fear, worry, and anxiety dissolve.  There is nothing to fear in the Light of Truth.

Gloria in Excelsis Deo!