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Service as Self-Transformation

What is missing? Why don’t I feel enthusiastic and inspired about my place in the world? Where is the inner joy that I seek in my life?

From deep within us arises an inner desire to make a difference in the world by contributing to the wellbeing of our planet.  Innately, we want to share ourselves and our talents with others through work, relationships, creative expression, and the alleviation of suffering.

Many of us recognize that despite all of the learning, accomplishments, skills, and opportunities to serve that we have gathered throughout our lifetime, we continue to feel discouraged, overwhelmed, and joyless. We ask, “What is missing? Why don’t I feel enthusiastic and inspired about my place in the world?  Where is the inner joy that I seek in my life and in my service?”


When we truly serve, we draw upon the spiritual strength, the wisdom, and the directing power of our own soul and that of the person we are serving.

Joy eludes us when we hold fearful, judgmental, and limiting beliefs and behaviors and when we are self-absorbed, materialistic, and have expectations of outcome.  These beliefs and behaviors reduce the vibration of our energy because they separate us from the source of joy.  We experience energy drain, lack of concentration, and an inability to apply what we know.

While it is through our personalities that we serve, when we truly serve, we draw upon the spiritual strength, the wisdom, and the directing power of our own soul and that of the person we are serving.  The task is always too big for our personality selves.

If we do not experience joy in our life, we cannot experience it in our service.  When we give our life completely to joy, we give it to service.  When we can give our life completely to service, we experience a sense of joy.  Viewed in this way, service transforms our view of the world. And, we begin to see that joyful service exists in every action in our life.  The transformational nature of service is selfless service.  In Western traditions, selfless service is union with Christ.  In Eastern traditions, selfless service is called seva.

The spiritual benefits of seva are often unexpected and difficult to put into words.  Selfless service is not tinged with inertia, boredom, or negative emotions of selfishness, pride,  or judgment.  Every tiny action of service, be it a smile, picking up straw from the floor, peeling potatoes, cleaning the house, leading a company, being an environmental activist, is offered for the sake of service – because we want to – and not for any other purpose.  Offered in this way, service cleanses the heart and the mind.  As the heart and mind are purified through selfless service, our service becomes a spiritual journey of Self-transformation.

Reference: Susan S. Trout, PhD, Born to Serve: The Evolution of the Soul Through Service. Alexandria, VA: Three Roses Press, ©1997.

Copyright © Susan S. Trout, June 2014. All Rights Reserved.

Adding Light to the World: An Urgent Call

We had forgotten who we are
And why we had come
A clarion blast
Awakens us to our injured world
Together we answer an urgent call
To add Light to the world


~ Susan S. Trout ~

A crisis of epidemic proportions blankets the world. Devastating natural disasters, wars between nations, financial uncertainty, misused technology, political disturbances, terrorism, and threats of global destruction shatter our reality. As the chaos of our world intensifies, we search for ways to help and bring love, care, and compassion into the world, wondering:


The greatest need in today’s world is that it needs
more Light.

What is the greatest need in our world today? How do we connect with our inner strength? What is the highest service we can extend to humanity?  The answer to these questions is clear:

  • The greatest need in today’s world is that it needs more Light.
  • We experience inner strength when we connect to the Sacred Within and trust our willingness and ability to be a Force of Light.
  • Our highest service to humanity is to breathe Light into the world.

The Gift of the Hamsa Mantra

The Hamsa mantra is a balance between the outbreath and inbreath of God.  Our inbreath is from God; our outbreath (from God) adds to the Light of the world. We thereby extend God’s Life Force into the world, serving the highest good of humanity and the planet. This is true for every breath we take.

Hamsa means I am That – That I am.  “I” is individual self-awareness. “That” is the unlimited consciousness of the Universal Self, also referred to as the I AM Presence, Divine Source, God Within, Father-Mother God, Unknowable Absolute, and Life Force. The Hamsa mantra affirms our connection with the Divine and thereby supports our remembering that we are not alone.

The Hamsa mantra (also called the natural or prana mantra) goes on continually in all living creatures. It is due to the Hamsa mantra pulsation that we are alive. In a human being, the breath comes in and goes out 21,600 times a day, and each time it repeats this mantra. This process goes on continuously day and night in a living being – Ham on the inbreath, sa on the outbreath – again and again: Ham-sa... Ham-sa…

In real time, we add to the Light of the world and thereby reflect back to God our gift of life. By adjusting our awareness about every breath we take, no matter where we are or what we are doing, thinking, or feeling, we add Light to the world. With our outbreath, we ask that every thought, feeling, and deed be consecrated with Divine Love for the purpose of adding to the Light of the world every minute of every day. In this process, we become Lightbearers, those who show another way – a way to learn, grow, and serve with love and compassion.

Hamsa Mantra Meditation Practice

Acknowledge trust in your ability to be a Force of Light by affirming from your heart:  “I breathe in the Light of God.  I breathe out God’s Light to the World.”

Hamsa mantra meditation is a simple technique of quietly watching the breath come in and go out, without doing anything else. As the breath comes in, it makes the sound Ham (pronounced as h-ah-m), meaning I breathe in the Light of God. As the breath goes out, it makes the sound sa (pronounced s-ah), meaning I breathe out God’s Light to the World.

Sit upright with your feet on the floor or in a cross-legged position on the floor or in a chair. Join the index finger and thumb of each hand and rest your hands on your knees. Keep your spine straight and comfortable.

Close your eyes. Breathe naturally.

Repeat the mantra silently: Ham on the in-breath, sa on the out-breath.

Concentrate on the mantra. Become absorbed in it. Move into meditation, bringing your attention back to the mantra when you are distracted by thoughts, feelings, or noises.

Meditate for 20 minutes or for a period of time that is comfortable for you.

Note: The secret of the Hamsa was first revealed in 
the great Kashmir Shaivism treatise,
the Vijnana Bhairava
.



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