What Serves You?
By Art Ramsay
Do you often
ask or ever think about why you are here? For people
seeking spiritual 'growth', it is a question thought
about frequently; for the 'mainstream' population, it
most likely is rare or non-existent. Those who are
'in-between', probably wonder about this question
occasionally. For this article, I will assume you have
asked this question of yourself at least once.
Another question that may precede, or follow, the first
is 'who am I?'. This question is one that takes deep
thought, and may take years to answer. While the first
question above may seem to come from you, it is more
likely being prompted by a Higher Aspect of you. The
second question may come from you (your ego mind), but
the answer cannot come from you. It must come from a
Higher state of mind from within.
This article is about the first question: why am I here,
or what is my purpose for being here? Since we are
spiritual beings having a physical experience, we must
have planned this Earthly adventure for a reason; it did
not just happen. Most of the world's population,
however, views it this way, and so this idea that we are
born, live so many years, then die with no purpose
whatsoever (and its variations) is what has been taught
and handed down to us.
I have spoken about a question many people ask, mostly
in frustration, 'is this all there is?' often in other
articles. If this question is asked, then the one this
article is about must follow. There may be a single
answer as to why you are here, but it may take sorting
through ideas that come to you about the answer.
The preceding paragraphs may have sounded like my
rambling about the subject, but I wanted you to be clear
about this idea of why we are here, which is different
for each one of us. I discussed this subject in a
different way in a previous article; this one has a
twist. My premise is that we came here to serve each
other in different and assorted ways.
If this premise is true then how can we determine what
our service is, because to serve another is how we grow
and serve ourselves. Service is recognized in almost
every nation, religion, and culture in the world as a
way to happiness and self-fulfillment. So this idea is
not debatable. How we choose what we do is the aspect of
service that fulfills us or not.
Let's look at a few aspects of what you can do to choose
a way to serve. You may
actually already be doing it. First, answer the
* What do I enjoy doing the most right now?
* What have I enjoyed doing the most in the past?
* What would I enjoy doing the most in the future?
Now look for a common thread from your answers. You may
not be able to complete this part of the exercise
immediately; it may take awhile to single out one thing
that gives you the most satisfaction and enjoyment. Once
you have found the one activity that opens your heart
and raises your vibration, write it down. Now let it sit
for a week or two. Then go back and repeat the above
Do you get the same most enjoyable 'activity' as the
first time? If yes, let it sit for another week or two,
and repeat the exercise one more time. Do you get the
same activity the third time? If you get a 'no' either
of the second or third time, then continue to repeat the
exercise until you get the same one three times in a
row. Like I said, it may take some time.
The above process was to flush out your ego mind and get
to the core of what your passion is. Your passion, what
fulfills you is the key to how you can serve others in
your best possible way. If you already know your
passion, and you are sure about it, then you can skip
the above and continue with what follows.
Now that you have found your core passion, mine is
writing, you can look at how it can fuel your service to
others. If what you love to do does not seem to fit
doing it for other people, then look at how a subset of
your passion would. Play with this for awhile, because
somewhere within what you are passionate about is your
You may find that you have what I call subsets or
offshoots of your passion. Playing with these ideas will
uncover what you can be doing that will make you and
others happy. Let's look at a few simple examples; this
will help you get started.
You are a mother of two children, and your passion is
teaching. You can use this passion to teach your
children what they can do to be happy wherever they are
and whatever they are doing. Or if you are a school
teacher, besides teaching the normal curriculum you may
help the kids feel good about themselves.
You discover your passion is music. You work in a legal
office where it can get hectic and sometimes boring. You
come up with the idea of having background music in the
office that is uplifting and sparks people's creativity.
Your passion is writing. You have just retired from an
office where you wrote technical papers and equipment
testing procedures. You begin writing fiction as a
hobby, and then move into non-fiction papers on how to
fix your own electronic equipment.
I could go on with thousands of examples, but the above
gives you an idea about what I am discussing here. You
must first find you passion by using what I outlined in
the first part of this article. Your passion might be
the same as it was when you were ten, or it has shifted
several times throughout your life. But somewhere within
those shifts you have settled on a core passion - one
that is at the root
of all the rest.
Once you have settled on your core passion, finding a
way to use it should be easy. When you start following
your passion and using it to serve others, you life will
get happier and uplifted; guaranteed.
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