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DIFFERING GIFTS

by

Zane Maser

We cannot do your work; neither can the brother or sister
by your side give your particular service to life,
for you all have your own contribution
to make to the whole of God's creation….

White Eagle


One of the great maxims in life is that we are all equal in the eyes of God. Thus, we are all manifestations of the same universal divine nature. Every act, every thing is imbued with God, with holiness. At a higher rung of spiritual evolution, the homeless person and financial tycoon, construction worker and head of state, churchgoer and priest, thief and saint are all equal recipients of respect and worthiness.

Too often, however, we measure what is important or significant by the size, by the flashiness, by how much press it gets, or by how much money it brings in. So in the world's curriculum, the thinking and judging becomes that person's work, contribution, or gift is more important than another's because we are accustomed to giving value to what is material and can be seen.

We quickly forget that each has a sacred calling, and that each is placed where he or she has the opportunity to give the most nourishment to life in his or her unique way, while learning the lessons chosen for that incarnation. Each person is here for a 'special appointment,' and it is impossible for that purpose to be missed. Sometimes that purpose is to live a simple life of gentle obscurity, quietly persevering in kindly service unknown, unseen, unnoticed.

There is a whole thriving industry today derived from books, lecturers, and workshops on 'how to find the work you love.' So many people are driven by the next culturally-in sensation and are searching outside themselves for outside answers to the correct, acceptable thing to do, rather than going within to their own heart altar of Light to find inner answers to inner searching. Thomas Merton once wrote of a monk's challenge as the nonheroic intimacy with his or herself, with others, and the world. A monk's occupation, then, is soul work—potentially the most difficult, influential work any of us will ever do and the greatest gift we can offer to others and the part of the world in which we reside.

Author Marsha Sinetar, who wrote Do What you Love—The Money will Follow claims that łthe unveiling of our inner person may be the only real work and purpose of our life.˛ When we turn the searchlight inward towards the guidance of the heart, we allow the Divine to awaken and activate our spiritual essence, which contains the beauty of what we are capable of contributing to others and to all life.

If each of us would look inside and become silent enough to hear the ready guidance that unmistakably points us to our distinctive gift(s), then do we become genuine and begin to answer the call to the work or service that has been calling to us. The word vocation comes from the Latin root to call, hence one's vocation is a calling and one becomes ordained by the process of joyfully accepting the labors placed before one in service to others. Finding vocation is finding the authentic self. 'If our true nature is permitted to guide our life,' psychologist Abraham Maslow observed, 'we grow healthy, fruitful, and happy.' Consequently, one healthy psyche, though an unseen force and power, can absolutely transform the world, as did one like the Master Jesus. The key that inevitably unlocks the inner, golden vein of dormant faculties and talents is tender self-understanding and acceptance of the exact person we are in the current moment.

What if it is true, as White Eagle says, that 'the finest discipline ordained by God is the daily round, the common task?' With his characteristic humor he also notes that 'it is the little things in life that put us on a rack!' What if we are here to offer our differing gifts and to find God in the simple common things of daily life just by doing the nearest thing to our hands with kindness and loving gentleness, which is our only task in the present moment? What if we each build our life on the premise that right now, right here what we are doing is our perfect gift? What if we are perfectly who we are because this task right now is how we are to express our love to the world—not what we do in quantity, size, or how public it is, but rather by how much peacefulness and love we infuse into it. The Sufi poet Rumi said, 'Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.' In this incomparable manner we make what we personally do—whether as king or healer or welder—a reflection of who we really are, because in the end it is how we live inwardly in our hearts that makes the lasting impact.

We all know that the greatest tool of influence both on inner and outer levels is the power of thought. White Eagle has impressed on us that the positive thought of a single person counteracts the nebulous, bad, or destructive thoughts of ten thousand others. He has also said that the spiritual life of only one additional Christ person can help to bring all the world nearer to God. And Joel Goldsmith, a popular metaphysical writer, tells us without equivocation that 'the more of a transparency for the Christ we are, the more of a servant we become. …any service we give to our fellow man is in reality our devotion to God made manifest.' The splendor of the unfoldment of our soul and spirit—gifts which carry no outward packaging or overt displays—becomes infinitely greater than the contributions of tasks or of what we do materially.

In this way, each of us in our simple (but not always easy!) daily efforts to think positively, to live with fidelity to our own nature, to overcome ego-centered strivings and selfish desires can literally have a profound and lasting impact by increasing the harmony of the entire global thought environment. And if we treat the quality and purity of our internal thought environment as our primary gift, then each one of us at every moment becomes a humble employee of the Lord Christ in a service that is paramount to all life on this planet. Who, then, could ever foolishly say this one's offering is greater or of more value than that one's?

All you have to do is love your days, to love God, and all
God's creation; just breathe love, live love, think love.
…your contribution towards the great plan for
evolution is to dwell continually on the
love of God.

White Eagle



©

© Zane Maser 2001.

This article was published in Drumbeat, Journal of the White Eagle Lodge (Canada), Volume 9, No. 2, pages 2-3 (August 2001).

For more information, visit The White Eagle Lodge, Canada

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