The path to serenity is through the power of unselfishness.
Note: This blog series investigates twelve attributes I see as conducive to recovery from PTSD (and other past stress) which has become part of our ethos or basic belief system. March seeks serenity.
The state of being calm, peaceful, untroubled. Have you known it? When all is right with the world—even though things are not the way you think you think they should be? There is profound power in such a state, power to create and tolerate, power to abide, to endure, to be sure.
Care to know how to get there?
“When we become hollow bones there is no limit to what the Higher Powers can do in and through us in spiritual things.” (Frank Fools Crow)
The hollow bone was the Lakota medicine man’s metaphor for himself as an empty vessel open to Power to serve others. His description of his methods for clearing himself, of emptying himself, to become ready to help heal someone who had come to him for help, shows us the path to serenity.
His is an old, familiar story. Contrary to the habits of a busy, competitive culture, this is how the universe works, and there is good reason for that.
“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” (Abraham Lincoln)
Selfish men cannot be trusted with power. Bad things happen. Power feeds their egos and their egos thirst for more power in a positive feedback loop of addiction. The more power they get, the thirstier for power they become.
Selfish people are spiritually constipated, so the power does not pass through them. They get drunk upon it, and it destroys them.
That is a familiar story, isn’t it?
Yes, you can have power without serenity, but it is not conducive to health.
Yes, you can have serenity without power, but not for long, because…if you open a window to your soul, light will enter. If you open a window from your soul to others, light will pass through you.
The light is Profound Power, and that really is all there is to it.
Oh, one more thing. If your purpose is to seek power for yourself, you are in danger of spiritual constipation.
If you seek serenity, if you choose to become a hollow bone, power will pass through you to bless others. And, it all starts with the unselfishness of emptying your ego of wants, needs, fears, and resentments, emptying yourself even of the wish for serenity—except as a state of power to serve others.
Next week we will seek this unselfishness within us. It is there.