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It's a Two Way Street
by Susan deCaussin
It goes without saying that each of us experiences difficulties during our time here in the physical. After all, this is a classroom where our souls are meant to navigate through challenges in order to discover our own strength and grow in love & wisdom. And, nobody is exempt. Even the most well-known spiritual leaders find themselves having to work through challenges during their lifetimes.
Anyone who has been blessed with the opportunity to help someone navigate through a rough patch knows just how rewarding that can be. Not only do you gain the satisfaction of helping another person, but you also learn some profound lessons, without having to experience those challenges first-hand.
But, you see, in order for everyone to experience the joy of serving others, we must open ourselves to receiving assistance in our own times of need. All too often, the “givers” of this world - those who are always seeking ways to help others - have the most difficult time accepting help for themselves.
Having faced several debilitating health challenges over this past year, I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to learn this lesson for myself. After years of being the “cheerleader” to everyone else, I finally understand the importance of allowing others to step in and help in times of need. I realize that the ego can lead a person to believe that reaching out for help can somehow make a person appear weak and vulnerable. Or, even perhaps, define them as a failure.
In contrast, I’ve learned that by setting the ego aside and openly admitting a need for help, a person is actually displaying strength, not weakness. For it is in understanding our innate connection to each other, and everything around us, that we can tap into the collective energy of the universe and thrive. Everyone – together.
I’ve also learned that by allowing others to serve us in a time of need, we're providing them with a unique opportunity to witness life challenges, without personally having to experience them. Being of service to others, while witnessing their struggles from up-close, blesses us with the joy of giving while providing valuable life lessons on how to navigate through similar circumstances in our own lives.
We are all interconnected and the sooner we begin to release the ego and open to the fact that we are all parts of one energy source, the sooner we’ll all be able to move forward with a sense of selflessness, compassion and love. Namaste'