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This Week’s Quotation:

There is another dimension to the [spiritual] journey—the mystery of how our individual light relates to the light of the whole. When consciously recognized, this hidden aspect of spiritual life orients the seeker away from a solely personal journey back to God, and turns one’s attention toward service to the whole—a commitment not just to one’s own evolution but to the needs of humanity and the earth.

~ Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee (Sufi teacher and author)

World Service

Jerry Kvasnicka
From Personal to Planetary

At the tender age of twelve and at the conclusion of a church service of worship, some words suddenly leapt into my consciousness and gave me purpose and direction for the rest of my life: Jerry, you are here to serve God and to help God save the world. I gave the next few turbulent years to finding my own God center and reclaiming my essential Divine nature.

But now, having made that personal spiritual journey with some success, I am more ready than ever to focus on world service and planetary healing, recognizing that as long as any are bound, none are free. In other words, I cannot experience true spiritual freedom, nor can any of us, as long as the world body of humanity is in such a state of confusion and division and ecological catastrophe threatens our very existence.

I suspect that many who are reading this have, like me, spent years in spiritual introspection utilizing various exercises and meditation techniques to center the heart and mind in what is Higher. Certainly, it is essential to be spiritually centered in the Divine if our lives are to have any meaning on earth. Still, I now poignantly feel the urge to move in emphasis from residual self-concern and self-service to world concern and world service.

In your everyday spiritual practice, you’ve probably spent a lot of time in the past wrestling with such emotions as shame, guilt, fear, loneliness, anger, etc., seeking to overcome these things and preserve your spiritual centering. But now, as our passionate attention is given to world service and blessing the whole, could it be that negative emotions, no longer diverting our energy, cease to distract? This has been my experience, and maybe it represents a step toward the kind of expanded vision and spiritual maturity that Vaughan-Lee is pointing to.

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We, the authors of this blog, dedicate it to the transparent exploration of the world’s sacred scripture and enlightened spiritual thought. We believe that the original inspiration of all faiths comes from a common source, named and revered in a myriad of ways. With that understanding, the innumerable symbols, beliefs, and practices of faith cease to divide. They become open windows to a common reality that inspires and unifies us. We find deeper insight and nourishment in our own faith and from the expression of faith from others.

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Katie
Katie
1 month ago

Jerry, thank you so much for your beautiful words and the life of service and caring you have led. I am so blessed to be your friend.

Annelise
Annelise
1 month ago

Thank you Jerry, I appreciate what you are saying, as well as Vaughan Lee’s quote.

Jeannie martin
Jeannie martin
1 month ago

Thanks so much, Jerry! The world is a better place because you are in it 🙂

Tom Cooper
1 month ago

Yes, I agree with Katie in thanking you Jerry. What a moment-to-remember when one stops being a spiritual seeker for personal satisfaction and becomes a spiritual teacher, mentor, and leader for all those still seeking. Your example of decades of selfless service is a beacon for us all, Jerry, and I also appreciate the Sufi teaching taking us from being a spiritual “consumer” to being a spiritual torch to illuminate the path. THANK YOU. Tom

Misty
1 month ago

Thanks for your lovely article, Jerry. One inquiry I have is, Where does the balance between being of service to others (and the whole) sit with being true to and honoring one’s own individual needs? Sometimes it seems one is at the expense of the other—although there are many times where they dovetail nicely. Perhaps this paradox is something you’ve figured out? I love hearing your thoughts. Many blessings!

Jerry Kvasnicka
Jerry Kvasnicka
1 month ago
Reply to  Misty

Yes, Misty, it is essential to be true to and honor “one’s own individual needs.” This is basic to our centering in the truth of who we are as representatives of the Divine on earth. This allows our life on earth to have real meaning and significance. But in many of the emails I receive from other spiritual groups this seems to be the primary if not the only emphasis. Very little if any instruction is ever provided for spiritually regenerating the body of humanity.

So I think there is an imbalance here and more attention could profitably be given to restoring the body of humanity and aligning our earth project with the cosmic whole. Each person must find this balance within him or herself. I haven’t figured it out and no formula can be given, though I find in my own experience that they almost always “dovetail nicely.” In other words, attention to world service and blessing the whole seems to automatically sustain a state of balance in my own heart and mind.


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