So, here we are, smack dab in the middle of the traditional holiday season and the year-end celebrations, replete with tons of food, mountains of presents, bright lights and candles, bad music and... obligation!

Yes. Obligation, defined in the dictionary as: "an act or course of action to which a person is morally or legally bound; a duty or commitment."

Notice it doesn't say: "an act or course of action about which a person is excited, inspired or joyful to engage in." 

But, if we didn't do things out of obligation, what would that look like? Don't we need to help others, be kind, be charitable, etc?

Well, it is a truth that as a person becomes more self-actualized, "enlightened," if you will, there is a desire to be of service to others, to give back to life. But without moral dictates, what does it actually mean to be of service?

This is a passage from one of the TRUTH ABOUT EVERYTHING posts: "NOBODY NEEDS YOU!"

"One of the basic, higher truths about everything, which I mentioned in the introduction to the first installment of this series, is that we are all one. What that means, among other things, is that we are all of the same singular "body" of consciousness and energy, and that every "individual" is actually a mirrored reflection of an aspect of ourselves and of All That Is. Separateness, therefore, is an idea, a construct, an illusion if you will. Individuality is an experiment in consciousness by the consciousness of All That Is to experience the idea of separation.

"It is only by thoroughly believing in this idea of separation, and by forgetting temporarily the true nature of existence, that we could possibly believe that any one person might "need" another. In other words, one would have to conclude that a particular individual is not connected directly to the source energy of All That Is, and therefore needs us to step in where All That Is is falling short, quite a remarkable arrogance, wouldn't you say? But that was part of the 3D game, which has now come to an end, which is why we're talking about this!"

So, if enlightenment includes both the desire to be of service and the understanding of the nature of our true oneness with each other, what can we actually do for others?

Glad you asked. Here's a passage from "Oneness" by Rasha:

"Your own radiance will help illuminate the path of others who walk beside you, however briefly, simply by being in the authenticity of your own moment. It is not necessary to try in order to help another being who is experiencing a lesson you have learned the hard way. Simply by being present and holding that vibration of transcendence, you can add the much-needed boost to another that enables him to discover what has been right there all along. Just like you did."

Get that? 

"Not necessary to try in order to help another."

That's right. All you need do to truly be of service is to be your true self in someone else's presence, "hold space," as I say to the guides I am guiding, be a mirror, while simultaneously seeing yourself in the person you're offering service to, as well. Then, you're doing it. You're doing the most you can ever possibly do for another.

So, as you move through this holiday season, folks, give the greatest gift you can give. You. Your own most genuine, joyful, radiant self. And give yourself the gift of discovering that being loving isn't doing deeds, sacrificing or buying presents. It's just being yourself.

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