From: netplaces – by Robert M. Sherfield, Ph.D.
When you give to another person, you are, in essence, admitting that you have an understanding of the grand scheme of human kindness. You are living on a level beyond selfishness, beyond greed, beyond your personal needs. You are living in your higher self. According to educator, writer, and speaker Leo Buscaglia, “You want to be the most educated, the most brilliant, the most exciting, the most versatile, the most creative individual in the world, because then you can give it away; and the only reason you have anything, is to give it away.”
Service to others is about giving something that no other human on earth could possibly give — you! It is about finding what is rare and divine in your soul that you would like to share with the world. Service to others is about digging deep into the caverns of your abilities, your talents, and your personality and finding the gift that you want to share with humanity.
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There are basically two roads that can be taken in Spirituality. One of those is Service to Others. This is the Path of the Lightworker. The other is Service to Self. This is the path of both Darkworkers and the Cosmic woo-wooers, who, mostly unwittingly, wind up aligning themselves with darkness, even though they think they’re walking a path of Light.
Service to Self happens when the concentration is on oneself, whether that concentration is on one’s own personal growth exclusively, or whether it is on the obtaining of wealth, power, energy, phenomena, people, and so on.
The difference, as we’ve seen before, between a Path of Light and a path of Darkness is that one who is a Lightworker works to help others be more themselves, more free, more individuals, whereas a Darkworker incites conformity and uniformity.
These terms, "Service to Others" and "Service to Self" are inextricably mixed up with the idea of "love." On an individual basis, we may say that we Love this or that person, and want to Serve them, but then the question arises: WHICH PART OF THEM are we serving? The higher part that seeks spiritual growth and Union with God, or the Lower part that seeks survival in the Flesh? When we help someone who keeps making the same mistakes over and over again, we are clearly interfering in their lessons. What, then, are we serving?
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The Gaian Army is an alternative whose purpose is to train youth to learn to overcome the brainwashing and programming of the STS (service to self) world in which we live. Beginning with the family, then education, religion and life in general, a child is shaped and manipulated to fit in with the status quo.
The Gaian Army exists to prepare youth to become Real Men and Women who live in Real Moments. It offers a similar sense of belonging and mission, as well as a future.
Related, what are the choices facing young people as they become adults? Leaving aside the choices for men, those for females seem even more limited. In my opinion, an almost universal reason that women decide to have a child is a sense of security that it is commonly believed a child will bring to their life. I believe it is a similar need for security that motivates people to join the army, or become a monk or nun. I also believe that the Dominator society controls people through their children.
In the Dominator's Army, young men (and women) are paid to learn, train and practice at killing.
Nowhere in soceity is there a similar place for youth to go and be paid to learn, quite the contrary in fact — an education must be paid for. In the Philippines, for example, even elementary schools charge for admission.
Once one's education is completed, or once the money runs out to continue, youth must find a job, and spend most of their waking hours "working for a living" which leaves little free time to pursue a higher education, even in self-study.
So, who though up that scheme? The Dominators of course!