Selflessness as Pure Selfishness
Rev. Stephen F. Kaufman
We are constantly reminded by various sources that it is best to give completely of ourselves to others without expectation of reward or special favor as a path of spiritual harmony or, as some may call it, salvation or redemption. Selfless giving, we are told, is something that will keep us grounded while, at the same time, in the good graces of the Infinite, God or, as Self-Revealization Acceptance defines it, the Creative Power of the Universe. This is generally considered to be a good way to be, but we should understand what it means to give totally and completely without expectation, along with the self-gratification and ramifications of such wonderfulness in ourselves.
In Self-Revealization Acceptance, two types of selfishness are discussed: one is impure selfishness and the other is pure selfishness. (Both are discussed in depth in my book, Self-Revealization Acceptance – An Introduction to Your Divine Right to Live in Joy and Freedom.) Self-Revealization Acceptance teaches that impure selfishness is based on doing something for the express purpose of receiving a reward directly or indirectly for the expression of the deed, and pure selfishness is done with the intent of not receiving anything for the expression of giving but rather simply for the personal joy of doing it.
Because we are finite beings and we are human, we have a tendency to think that the true way to salvation is by denying ourselves the true joy and freedom granted to us by the Creative Power of the Universe. However, in order to develop a true understanding and appreciation of our great bounty, it is required to be selfish, to the extent that we also grant ourselves the gift of attempting to not be guilty for our generosity.
Doing something without any expectation of reward limits the intention of the Creative Power of the Universe in Its ability to grant Its intentions. In order to please the origination of the desire within, it becomes necessary to give all of oneself to the higher power, but to do so knowing we ascend to a new reality. When the result of the given gift is returned universally in order for it to be further propagated for all of humankind, this is an expression of the ideal of the highest morality and is an aspect of pure selfishness.
Pure selfishness is based on the idea that, in order to accomplish anything worthwhile, in our own estimation we must and should be able to accept the perfection of our own idea before we are free to give with joy to another. This is a basic tenet of Self-Revealization Acceptance. Essentially, when I do something with wholeheartedness, I want to know and feel that the result of my efforts will be an ability to do even ‘better’ work. Accepting this perfection of being, I will have no problem giving all of what I have attained to anyone (within the constraints of self-defined reason), with the express intent of making a more harmonious gesture for the benefit of all concerned.
Anything done for any reason must be done with an express desire to satisfy an urging. Urging or motivation for accomplishment must therefore include desire as an essential component of the thought received, and accepted before any external result can be expressed mentally, physically or both. This accompanies all that is done as a selfless gift back to the source of the emanated idea. When I take action on an idea, such as writing this paper, I am expressing the intent of the Creative Power of the Universe in Its putting the Spirit of the Thing Itself forth with myself grasping it, even if or when I presume it to be a figment of my imagination, without acknowledging a ‘higher’ power. Then by concentration and sincerity and, with personal gratitude, I offer it to the world, knowing that my intention is pure, and it is for the benefit of all concerned. This is the gift of selflessness. All that I do, I do for the benefit of all concerned, and I do it with the specific intention of providing all who would derive value from it. When this is accomplished, I have fulfilled my obligation to the Spirit of the Thing Itself, by allowing myself to accept the responsibility of correctly putting together the thoughts that are contained herein and freely giving it out to the world.
Quite, in fact, there is a reward for such effort, and it is in the form of knowing that I have used my gifts to illuminate the consciousness of all who come into contact with it. The intention is to have provided a clear explanation of my own reality and one that I have seen proven over and again in my life. And so, I give it to you with the suggestion that you consider the possibilities of the idea.
Whatever you do, be sure to do it with your whole heart. When you are not cognizant of any power or motivation other than to put everything into your work, you will have accomplished a marvelous result … and that is selflessness.
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