By Wayne Teasdale
This book is a serious read from a seriously devoted man. Its direct and practical spirituality speaks about shifting the mental concept we have of the Divine into one of necessary, sustained action in real time and space: where our rubber meets the road of the world. It speaks about how we interact with the spiritual realm in such a way as to build the right attitudes and habits that allow us to be of true service – while living our everyday lives.
We have to take the focus off ourselves: our agenda, our judgment, and even our own self-consciousness and doubt. To become the right kind of vessel, we have to have as much focus on the ‘Other’ as we do ourselves to contribute any lasting effect. We do this by changing the energy and expectation of the reason we interact. We give and serve for its own sake, because there’s a need and because we are more able to meet it.
Naive idealism doesn’t drive true spiritual contribution. Our motives and methods must become more pure.
From the place of a more pure devotion and authenticity, each sphere – our soul and the soul of the world – gains access to real, transformative power. Which doesn’t mean our world becomes a utopia. We still have to chop wood and carry water, but we don’t resist it, resent it, or prematurely judge the process of it. And that kind of transcendence (that hovering above) is what tips the scales, enabling our honest spiritual efforts to actually start infecting the world.
My takeaways so far:
- Let your desire to serve be the means of transfiguration. Give yourself over to it.
- Just get involved. When you notice a need, move to meet it. It doesn’t have to be 24/7 devotion, but spiritual people need outlets of spiritual service. Find yours.
- When you get in the service groove, you’ll notice extraneous habits and neurotic, self-sabotaging energy start to just drop away. Because it’s not all about you. And also because you’re really doing something, and it’s okay that it isn’t perfect.
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