Sunday, 4 March 2012


I thought about this concept today, I don't know why, it just was...well there! 

So, I asked my team, "Is this how it was meant to be?" They replied, "No, the concept of sacrifice as you understand it, is a human construct." This conversation went on for quite a while, and I'll tell you now, it was an eye opener.

Sacrifice, in this context, refers to "giving up of" or "giving away of" whether it is time, money, opportunities or anything really. It is where your own needs are put aside for the needs of someone else. It infers suffering for a cause, it infers a great many things such as martyrdom.

At the culmination of this "conversation" there was one thing that stood out for me. Sacrifice, while consciously willing, takes away from the person giving. This is really different from willingly, freely and wholeheartedly committing yourself to an act of service. After all, we do our best work for the universe and the global community when we are happy, spiritually nourished, rested and able to extend our love beyond the narrow bounds of ourselves through selfless acts and sharing...this kind of giving actually costs us nothing, we are not required to suffer or to loose anything in the giving; and by the same token, there is not expectation of anything in return.

The word sacrifice is embedded with a meaning relating to suffering and taking away. We are never asked to do this. After all, a gift not given freely and without expectation of reward, is not really a gift at all.

With love and light

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