Susan made an excellent point that we all have missions if we are willing to find and accept them, but allow me to make another point. Many, who are seeking greater light, yearn for a calling from God or a Master and none seems to come. After a period of time some get discouraged and feel that God does not want them or perhaps feel insignificant. What is needed is understanding, not a calling.
We are entering an age where initiation will be a keynote and those who will be seen as worthy servants will be those who call themselves and initiate beneficial work of some kind through their own free will. Would you like a calling to some great and glorious work? Then imagine a great and glorious work and call yourself to it, and God will honor that call if your heart is pure.
Along this thought I found the words of Jesus in the Aquarian Gospel inspiring:
"Whoever will may come; but he who comes must will to prune himself of every evil thought; Must overcome desire to gratify the lower self; must give his life to save the lost.
"The nearer to the kingdom gate you come, more spacious is the room; the multitudes have gone.
"If men could come unto the kingdom with their carnal thoughts, their passions and desires, there scarcely would be room for all. But when they cannot take these through the narrow gate they turn away; the few are ready to go in and see the king."
The key phrase here is:
"The nearer to the kingdom gate you come, more spacious is the room; the multitudes have gone."
One of the keys to this gate is the initiation of good works, but such initiates are such a rarity that, at the kingdom gate, the room is spacious, the crowds are left behind. There is no need for so many aspirants to feel like they are being left out of some loop. If they want a great calling all he has to do is call himself and then do the work.
Of course, doing the work is what trips up the many with egos to prove. Instead of them doing the work, many want to be called and exalted, but have others do the work, recognize their greatness and serve their own little needs.
Xavier was right in questioning my motives. He is aware, but not obsessed with finding fault; he always seems to make the right judgment in the end. Any sincere questioning should be responded to, but attack for attacks' sake is another matter.
I liked Benjamin's words on the subject of egos.
Between the extremes of "ego inflation" and "false humility" lies the middle way of simply being yourself. I saw a quote from Osho recently which said something like: "The enlightened person is not humble. He is neither humble nor proud. He is simply himself." And "being yourself," for many of us, involves recognizing that we have a purpose for being here. Our obligation - our opportunity - is to discern what that purpose is, and then surrender to whatever it requires of us to fulfill. It can be a source of deep joy: service to humanity, in whatever form, is deeply satisfying.
Djwahl Khul said that true humility is recognizing your place on the path and acting accordingly.
I would also add that part of being humble is just being you. I personally can't stand to be around others who are trying to be someone else. A lot of politicians fit in this category. The life of Abraham Lincoln is a great example of one in a great position who is merely being himself. The common people loved him for it but the proud and arrogant were threatened by him.
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