I have been rereading, " The Most Important Thing" by spiritual teacher Adyashanti, and it was on the second reading that this statement really resonated with me. This is a very difficult concept to embrace especially for a spiritual guy like me. Someone who knows that he is spending his life helping people solve some pretty difficult problems. I of course am in service to good, so I thought. This is not something that I would speak out loud yet it was definitely a part of my internal narrative.
What I have found recently is that it is possible to do good work without being entirely clear about why I do it. There is a certain "ideology of the good" that is fairly easy to slip into and the assumption that because you help people, how you do it is not as important.
Now I see that this is not the case as everything we do is in service to either spirit, god, life or it is serving something other than. This is the razors edge referred to in zen teaching , that fine line between willing and willful. "Thy will be done" is after all not my will or adherence to words, it is a deep movement that comes from an inner sense that is aligned with creation.
The challenge for me, is that my internal narrative tends to flip between not good enough and I'm good because of __________(please the rationalization du jour). There is another place that is available beneath this narrative. It is a place of unconditional acceptance, stillness and joy. It is from this place that my action is aligned not with an idea of what it is to be of service, now it is something deeper that guides me. This place is available to anyone of us, who is willing to slow down and listen.
About the Author
Behavior Change Coach and Author James Barfoot CHt holds certifications as a Master Practitioner of NLP and is a Clinical Hypnotherapist who is registered to practice in Washington State. He developed The Primal Toolbox a behavior change and coaching strategy based on a tribal models. James lives in Spokane WA.
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