The Blessings of Volunteerism
“Wayne Dyer said, “We are divine enough to ask, and important enough to receive.” …we should continue to ask with quiet expectancy. All that we desire is already available to us. Our work is to be willing to receive graciously and lovingly.” – Science of Mind Magazine, January 9, 2022
I’ve been asking Spirit for more close friendships (in addition to a life companion) for a while. Having recently relocated to Prescott, AZ, working full-time from my home, and being cautious with physically meeting with people due to the COVID pandemic, meeting and making new friends has felt limiting and challenging. Compounding that is living in a new, growing development that is off the beaten path a bit, and hence, I feel alone and isolated. I know Spirit is always with me, but as a spiritual being in a human suit, I need other human beings too in my life.
Back in September, I started physically attending Center for Spiritual Living (CSL)-Prescott and recently felt it was about time to start getting involved by being of service. I wanted to support the Center not just financially (which is what I’d been doing up until that point) but in other ways that were needed. In these times, i’s been my lifeline and in gratitude want to be of service to help ensure its longevity. And, I know from experience that volunteering is also a great way to meet people, especially people with whom you share a common interest.
Last week I checked into one volunteer group at CSL and in chatting, found out that Grace not only lives in my development, but across the street! It turns out that months ago I actually passed her while out walking but wasn’t certain she was the same person I’d seen at the Center. Well, she was! We spoke on the telephone during this past week, and I feel comforted that I am no longer alone.
I also spoke to Gary about helping out in another area, and during the week we exchanged some emails. In speaking today at the Center, I found out that he too lives in my development! I had chills—my prayers for removal from isolation, building community, and blossoming friendships are being answered. But Spirit was on double-duty during my interaction with Gary.
You see, Gary offers workshops on family constellations, healing through working with ancestral family systems. I studied Bert Hellinger, the founder of Family Constellations years ago and know a couple of other practitioners. One of them, in Tucson, was a dear friend and client of mine but when my marriage dissolved nine years ago, that relationship became a casualty. I asked Gary if he knew this person, and he did! More chills. I asked him to send my sincerest regards to John when next they were in touch. I feel even more connection now.
I’ve often said that there are not “six degrees of separation” but just one or two. And how fitting that Spirit is bringing new friends into my life while I am giving of myself, but also shining the light on past ones. I feel so blessed and so grateful—and I haven’t even done much volunteer work yet! I’m excited about what is to follow, as I give of myself and receive the blessings of the Great Mystery as It sees fit.
Thank You, Spirit!
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