With the shift in consciousness more people want to know what their life purpose is and how they can fulfill it. The fulfillment of our life purpose is one way to be in service to others and contribute to the betterment of our communities and the world at large.
Whether we choose to be in service by sharing our soul knowledge or gifts or just by helping others when opportunities arise isn’t important, it is our intention to serve that matters.
Being in service can take many forms. There is no right way to be in service or to fulfill your life purpose. Every soul has a different combination of gifts, talents and wisdom to offer that they have accumulated through many previous lives.
For example, if your life purpose is to be a healer and are new to healing, don’t worry about not having sufficient skill. You likely have a wealth of knowledge of which you are not consciously aware or your purpose would not be to heal others. Being a healer can take many forms from just being present with someone to healing them with a skill you possess.
Fulfilling your life purpose will make you feel joyous and provide a sense of accomplishment that you are doing something to benefit others. It may make you feel good about yourself that you have something of value to offer, that your life is not meaningless or filled only with daily routines of going to work and paying the bills, activities that may leave you feeling unfulfilled. Being in service needs to feel good or else it is sacrifice, not service.
To best fulfill your life purpose it is helpful to know what it is. If you do not know what your life purpose is, consider things or activities you are good at naturally like listening to others or talents people tell you are good at even if you have not made these talents your career choice.
These can include some form of creativity like art, music or writing that brings joy to you and others, sharing your knowledge and wisdom, healing, teaching and so on. Sometimes we can be in service through our desire and actions to save the planet, endangered species, making our neighborhoods safer or any number of things. The sky is the limit.
Fulfilling your purpose is often the way people can best serve others, but it is not the only way. Little things like being heart centered and having a loving intent, expressing your love to others, doing random acts of kindness, being generous or helping out in any myriad of ways are all a way to be in service.
Being in service to others does not need to be something that is monumental or makes headlines in the media. Often we hear of people who risk their lives to save others. These people are in the news for a day or two and then their act of heroism is quickly forgotten. I do not wish to minimalize anyone who has the courage to save another person’s life but that is a one-time act of heroism and not an on-going intent of being in service unless you have a job as a fireman or a policeman.
Being paid for fulfilling your life purpose or helping others can vary. Expecting to be always be paid or compensated for being in service may bring disappointment. If your life purpose is to do some form of healing work, teaching or helping others, then you should get paid for your services especially if this is your main stream of income. Getting paid for what you do does not diminish your intent. It is your intent that is important and not the amount of financial or personal reward you receive. The reward may just be feeling good.
Even if you are not paid, appreciated or acknowledged for your service to others, don’t be concerned. There is the big computer in the sky that records all our actions and thoughts and your intention will be acknowledged on your soul record. Remember what goes around, comes around.
If you are not compensated by the person you helped directly, then you will get paid in some other way from someone else. Everything in the universe needs to be in balance, so it will always work out one way or another with time. But remember that your intent should always be on service rather than financial gain, accumulating karmic bonus points or receiving acknowledgement.
Being in service sometimes requires a willingness to put the needs of others in front of your own for a particular task or time but it does not mean you need to martyr yourself. Continually putting the needs of others in front of your own is not necessary, nor recommended.
Being in service does not require sacrifice. It is important that you love yourself, put your needs first and take care of your own needs. Too often I see people who in their desire to heal or help others are not taking the time to care of themselves. The motivation for doing this is often not service to others, but a need to be needed.
Getting your needs met is essential because if you feel short changed by life, you won’t be that much help to others. Loving yourself completely is valuable in and of itself whether you do anything for anyone else or not. Your loving positive energy will radiate out and attract others to you and make the world a better place to live.
The amount of time you spend helping others is not important. There is no correct amount of time you need to commit to being in service in order for your efforts to be meaningful. To know how much is the right amount of time is, I suggest you follow your heart and listen to what feels right to you.
Being in service is not about having your ego stroked or something you brag about even when people appreciate your work. It is an attitude to go through life with. In my own life, I have always had a desire to help people. As a child, I wanted to be nurse, then a doctor but landed up being an Occupational Therapist. I later switched to counselling.
I have brought joy and knowledge to others through my art and writing. Today I help people by using my psychic gifts and sharing my wisdom through teaching and writing. Although my intent to help others never wavered, the way I chose to be in service has changed.
Having a desire to be in service and fulfill your life purpose is a sign of soul evolution and evolving consciousness. When we feel a need to share our soul knowledge and gifts, this is an indication that we have evolved from just being here to fulfill our ego desires to being concerned with our soul’s evolution. This is a huge shift in consciousness.
I have observed that in the past five years, more people are interested in knowing their life purpose. Not only do they want to know their life purpose, they are often willing to change careers to fulfill it, which indicates to me that their life is no longer guided by their ego desires, but by their soul needs.
I would encourage all of you to take a moment to examine your life and see where your intentions lie. Are your actions motivated by material gain, what will benefit you, your immediate family or friends, or do your motivations behind your choices include to how you can help others? Also it would be wise to pay attention to how you feel when you do things strictly for personal gain versus doing things with the intent to be in service.
“Being in Service,” by Sharon Cheney, March 21, 2015 at www.sharoncheney.com