When we observe a problem in someone’s life we often react by trying to fix it through advice or suggestions. We call this response, compassion when actually it is sympathy. One of the important qualities necessary to a worker of the light is detachment about our needs, our desires, and our contribution. Detachment is the ability to see another in pain and ask them if they want or need our help. Detachment is accepting the answer- “No!” Detachment is also letting go of what we cannot change and working to change what we can- about ourselves.
A gift given grudgingly or with the expectation of how it will be used or received is no gift at all. When we are kind to people we believe are inferior, or less than ourselves, what we offer is condescension, not compassion. We are taught that there is merit in serving the poor, the downtrodden, the helpless, and the hopeless. But if we perform those same acts of kindness, assistance, and service because we see others as our brothers and sisters such service becomes an Act of Grace.
Perhaps the greatest wrong of our culture is to see people in pain, and throw money at them to make them go away.
May we remember that we were sent here to make the world a better place than it has ever been before. At the center of the Spirit Path is a loving heart that wants the best for every person. Anything we can do to help foster the intellect, spirit, and emotional growth for our fellow human beings, that is our job. Those of us who hold this great vision must continue against all odds. Our life does not belong to us…it is given to us to make of it a gift to all beings.
May we become at all times:
A protector for those without protection-
A guide for those who have lost their way-
A ship for those with oceans to cross-
A bridge for those with rivers to ford-
A sanctuary for those in danger-
A lamp for those without light-
A place of refuge for those who lack shelter-
And a servant to all in need.
Your heart is calling…Great Spirit is calling…will you answer the call?
Great Spirit, may I learn to go about my ordinary activities
sowing the seeds of happiness.
If others don’t seem to appreciate my heartfelt sharing,
let me release those seeds to the Winds of Spirit
trusting that they will eventually find a place to grow.
My heart hurts when I see the pain of the world,
And I want to do something to make it go away.
Teach me how to drown my pain
in the joy of Great Mother’s song.
Teach me to accept with grace the things
I cannot change.
Help me to understand what I truly need,
and what others truly need.
Help me to humbly serve You in those around me.
Show me my job
and assist me to do it fully.
Great Spirit, help me to be the best worker of the Light
You have ever seen!