Service and Sacrifice
I would like you to understand something about the difference between ‘service’ and ‘sacrifice,’ since the first is a word that most of us could accept in a positive way, while the second often brings up frightening thoughts or feelings. ‘Service’ relates to the willingness to help a desired goal be achieved. Within the spiritual realms, there are many who are in service both within form and beyond form. ‘Sacrifice’ involves the willingness to suffer in relation to achieving such a goal, and it is this willingness to suffer that is so feared by the ego-mind and that must be met by a strengthening of the motivation within the soul.
True sacrifice is not chosen by the mind or by the ego, but only by the soul that seeks to fulfill its own purposes for having taken birth.
True sacrifice, used in a spiritual context, is based on love of sufficient potency that it allows pain, deprivation, loss, or limitation to be less important than the accomplishment of a goal or aim. True sacrifice is taken on by many people without their conscious awareness, having been chosen at the soul level prior to having taken birth. True sacrifice involves the capacity to identify with the needs of all rather than with the needs of self. In its deepest root, it is upheld by the conviction that only God is real and that all is God. Awareness of this allows one’s personal pain to be less important, and the goal one is pursuing to be more important.
Beloved Ones, neither service nor sacrifice need to be feared, for what is relinquished of the human desire for comfort is met by the strengthening of Divine union. True sacrifice is not chosen by the mind or by the ego, but only by the soul that seeks to fulfill its own purposes for having taken birth. Thus, it is a very individual matter, and not something you debate about with your mind.
I offer these thoughts to you in order to help dismantle the fear that exists around the word ‘sacrifice,’ so that you can know that beneath what appears to be the pain of great limitation. is the joy of an even greater love.