SOS BOOK (Chapter 4.15) Gifting our Service – a strategy for success
THE GIFT OF GIVING IS MORE VALUABLE THAN THE GIFT!
Giving is not just a one-way transaction! If the gift is wisely and mindfully given, the recipient is not the only one that benefits. A far greater reward can be conferred on the donor and perhaps others too! How can this be?
In the previous subchapter 4.14, we discussed how giving to others could further enhance our feeling of sustained happiness. The giving of our own personal ability and talent similarly builds permanent joy & fulfillment. This giving of our-self is even more valuable & precious than the gift itself. We might call this form of giving ‘our service’. Being of ‘service to others’ in this way, is the final strategy for consolidating our success long term.
GIVE WITH THE RIGHT MOTIVATION FOR LASTING EFFECT.
Remember, the inner benefit from ‘our giving’ does not rapidly devalue. The more we give or serve, the more we fill that ‘empty feeling’ within. But it must be done with the correct motivation. If the giving is motivated by ego, then it does not have this lasting effect.
Only certain kinds of wealth can be added to this empty inner vault. This includes permanent happiness, inner peace, joy and fulfillment. This inner reserve is however not subject to degradation or devaluation. This store has permanent value or sustained high worth, which does not diminish.
GIVING OUR SPECIAL TALENTS BUILDS TRUE INNER WEALTH.
Through offering our special ability or talents in service to others, we rapidly accumulate more inner wealth. This deposited ‘bullion’ is of a particular high value. It’s analogous to holding precious metals like platinum, gold or silver. The ‘currency’ in this secure inner vault is not subject to destruction, depreciation, theft, or other demise. It’s like having holdings of gold & precious metals for enduring financial security.
What’s the ‘gold standard’ for permanent personal well-being? It is our permanent happiness, contentment and inner peace. Only these assets offer true long term security.
SERVICE ADDS JOY & FULFILLMENT TO OUR INNER VAULT.
The strategy of ‘gifting our service’ is like adding additional precious metals or rare collectables to our deep inner vault! Our service adds precious fulfillment, lasting joy and bliss to our vault. This is what gifting our service does. Unlike financial investments, we can build this inner wealth naturally and without undue risk. The gifting of our highest talents and abilities spontaneously generates the fulfillment, lasting joy and bliss that we can take to the bank.
EVEN IN BUSINESS, GENEROSITY CAN PAY DIVIDENDS.
We might initially think that giving away or tithing a considerable proportion of our material success would deplete our working capital. We might also think, that offering our time, ability & talent would also diminish our worth!
This would normally be the case in the conventional business sense. But even in business there are exceptions if the application or award is done with sufficient wisdom. In a business setting, bequeathing a scholarship or sponsorship may reward a company its monetary value many times over. There is positive publicity, goodwill, and enhanced image. A corporation may then be viewed as more sensitive, responsible, or caring. It’s seen as a good way of returning profits back into the community. Awarding money for a scholarship or for research may also pay huge dividends to society. The company may then bask in the glow of this further achievement, which it sponsored. Such generosity from a business or company’s perspective, can manifest returns both tangible and intangible benefits.
From a business perspective, contributing effort or finances to some environmentally friendly project may even mean the survival of that operation in the future. Other less eco-friendly ventures might be forced to close or are viewed as harmful. Helping and supporting others even from a business perspective can thus have remarkable and unexpected positive long-term outcomes.
GIVING TO OTHERS DOES NOT SUBTRACT FROM YOUR INNER WEALTH.
This reciprocal benefit applies even more so to the ‘inner corporation’ of our personal mind. The gift of personal service does not at all deplete our working capital. This is because lasting happiness, inner peace and deep fulfillment have real & permanent value in the deepest realms of our mind. Sharing your happiness with others does not subtract from your personal balance.
SELFLESS SERVICE ATTRACTS FURTHER OPPORTUNITIES.
In fact, the opposite is true! Inner wealth increases in value and can generate interest. It also attracts further investment opportunities! This is achieved with a minimal of effort. Further opportunities are effortlessly attracted to us through the spiritual universal law of attraction. They are attracted by our selfless service to others. This is especially so when we freely & joyfully give of our talent and ability.
THE BENEFITS WE GAIN THROUGH GIVING ALLOW US TO GIVE EVEN MORE!
So, by giving and being of service to others, we grow and prosper even more. We are then able to give even more! This ‘giving cycle’ is a self-sustaining and self-enhancing process.
Giving and service become like a permanent mountain spring, providing ongoing benefit to so many. This water eventually recycles back, through the evaporation of water into clouds and then falling as rain to complete the full cycle.
This continuous cycle benefits the local ecosystem. More rainfall means more luxuriant growth and more forest growth. This local ‘microclimate’ retains more moisture and triggers even further rainfall. The cycle of local growth and prosperity can advance.
DEDICATING OUR DESTINY IS THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF SERVICE.
Is there an even higher expression of our gratitude and giving? This is a level of service that is only possible when we have evolved sufficiently in higher consciousness. This commitment is to surrender our entire existence & purpose to the benefit of all humanity and ‘All That Is’. It is to freely give and bequeath all that we are, have been, or will ever achieve, to the greater good.
WE CAN FREELY OFFER OUR POTENTIAL TO THE WHOLE.
This is the dedication of ‘our service’ for the ultimate benefit of ALL that exists. This is experienced as one common existence at that high spiritual level! We then freely surrender and dedicate our entire existence and future potential to the WHOLE. If done with appropriate motivation, wisdom, compassion, & unconditional love, then great benefit results. This benefit is conveyed to all humanity, all existence and all that sustains this.
We might not yet be ready to surrender our entire existence to the service of all others! But we can start by dedicating just a part of our mindset and success to this mission. The mental ‘attitude of gratitude’ and being of ‘service to others’ is one of the most positive and beneficial states. This indicates a high state of consciousness and a high level of devotion to our quest.
GRATITUDE & UNCONDITIONAL LOVE REWIRES OUR BRAIN.
Expressing our compassion and unconditional love also re-sculpts our brain’s neural networks. This upgrades the hardware in the organic super-computer of our brain. The whole operational system can then work at its highest level! New neuronal pathways are laid down that will support future projects. The whole system is then at supreme optimal functioning for future success.
IS APPLYING ALL THIS YOUR ULTIMATE QUEST?
This state of ‘deep gratitude’ and selfless giving in ‘service to all’ is SO powerful. It’s the final component in this book’s multifaceted strategy for ultimate ‘success’.
This whole experience and journey may be thought of as our Ultimate Quest! With the right intent and sufficient wisdom, compassion & unconditional love, we can achieve that ‘ultimate success’! We can apply these strategies to this life and beyond.
Is this our Ultimate Test? Is there any greater Quest?