How To Help Humanity

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Give a man a fish, you feed him for a day.Teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime.

Do you ever wonder how to help humanity in genuinely lasting and effective ways? How do you try to help the hungry, homeless, depressed, those struggling with problems or otherwise in need who seem deserving of your caring and support?

Through donations, many kind and generous people make a positive difference. But giving to even a fraction of the good causes around the world would leave most of us broke and needing help ourselves. And giving money is like giving a man the proverbial fish. It may help as long as the money holds out, but then he’s back where he was.

Then there are those unintended consequences. If we give a homeless person a few dollars, we don’t really know if this will feed his family, as his sign says, or buy him drugs or alcohol, leaving him weaker and even less able to fend for himself.

Habitat for Humanity and other programs approach the problem more directly, raising homes and prospects for many. Commendable and very satisfying, but not yet teaching a man to fish, or solving his difficulties. How will the recipient furnish this new home and maintain it?

Even personal help is complicated. We think we know just what will help a troubled friend, so we offer advice. But without knowing why he hit this particular snag, or the full nature of the trouble, our advice could easily make a bad situation worse.

We could just listen. This may have more chance of helping than any idea so far, because when he can talk out a problem with a trusted friend or even a sympathetic stranger, often he begins to see how he could tackle it. If this gives him a fresh start he pursues with new enthusiasm, we may really have made a difference.

But even this falls short of teaching him to fish. Because even if he succeeds, where will he turn for support when the next trouble comes along? How can we help people learn to take control of their lives, manage their challenges in ways most beneficial for them and others? In the Teachings of the Masters, we discover many little-known factors that determine how truly effective our efforts to help can be.

The Lemurian manual for superlative living explains universal law and how they apply to all of us. It shows how to use them to enhance our circumstances, create our desires, overcome personal weaknesses, and become stronger, better people. As we do this we make ourselves part of the better world so urgently needed now.

Thousands of people taking the Lemurian training have improved their marriages, work and family ties and friendships; tracked down better jobs; worked out of debt; overcome hindering challenges; become happier by learning how to help humanity and serve God. They’re finding a feeling of purpose, of calm and of peace.

So we think the best way to help anyone with just about any need, want, or trouble, is to introduce him to the Lemurian Philosophy. And then cheer him on!

How to Build Integrity

When I became a Lemurian student, I was a successful lawyer in a fast-paced, high-energy, good-paying position. But the only thing that seemed to matter to my firm was the results I produced, and I had strayed from my moral bearings, not to mention Christ’s Teachings and natural law. To address this predicament would take courage, a virtue I felt I lacked. How to build integrity became my focus.

I feared the changes I wanted to make in myself could jeopardize my job, but I knew pursuing higher values was essential to my personal growth.

So I looked for how to build integrity in my work while trying to meet the goals of my clients and firm, realizing I was not trying to change others, only myself. It was a lonely road at times, but grudgingly, my bosses accepted more of the new me. And holding to my values in even small ways brought a special feeling of accomplishment.

I made many mistakes. When I tried too hard, was too impulsive or “letter of the law,” I found myself in hot water with my superiors. I got frustrated and angry about what I felt was expected of me. Sometimes my courage failed because I could easily imagine the worst possible outcome. When I stumbled, it was disappointing, but at least I was trying. I drew comfort and many practical techniques from my Philosophy, tried to remember that what really mattered was what I, not others, did, and didn’t let myself feel overly discouraged.

Eventually I realized I was more successful with gradual and quiet efforts to change, not pushing. Instead of refusing to do something because it was wrong, it went more smoothly when I just said I was uncomfortable with the idea. Another helpful approach was to speak to my boss ahead of time about an upcoming problem and propose a mutually acceptable solution. But most often, my efforts were known only to me as I followed the thread of integrity through my workplace challenges.

Then came an offer to join another firm. I gratefully accepted, resolving to make truth one of the hallmarks of my new venture. As time passed, though, again I found myself wrestling with integrity. This concerned me because, as a Lemurian student, I had a growing understanding of what to expect from the impersonal operation of God’s laws. When it was clear I could not resolve this conflict within the expectations of my job, it was time for some hard thinking.

I asked myself what I enjoy most about law. It’s helping others. The people part is so much more satisfying than lawsuits over money. Knowing this, with my wife’s support, I went into public interest law. My new job gives greater satisfaction and makes a difference in others’ lives. And clients’ heartfelt appreciation is a great bonus.

Now I know I can be a successful lawyer and stay true to moral values. I’m happier and work with a deeper purpose. And arriving home in a better mood is an unexpected benefit my wife really appreciates. It’s not always easy to walk the narrower path in a world with the emphasis on material accomplishments, but now I know it can be done.

Patience – the Power to Wait

Why am I not inside with everyone else?
“Is it true that patience is its own reward?”

But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire. James 1:4

An advanced truth student said the more he learned, the easier the basic facts seem and the simpler the virtues needed for advancement. He suggested patience be fully investigated — its far-reaching implications thoughtfully considered, and for everyone who truly aspires to advancement along the Path to try sincerely to cultivate it.

One of the greatest obstacles to success in any area is lack of patience. Americans are characteristically impatient. “Right now” seems our main desire, while quality, beauty, harmony and thoroughness come after speed. Look at the faces of those who pass you on any busy street, and you will see the indelible stamp of this false doctrine. Strained, unhappy, anxious, worried faces rush past in their mad dash from here to there. Why? What do we gain by it? No wonder some are so unhappy! And all because of a lack of patience, the greatest healer of all.

Too many people consider patience the same as passiveness, but they are very different. Patience is the power to wait calmly; passiveness is not acting, but being acted on. Think about these two definitions. Passiveness is truly negative— the “do nothing” approach which is the degeneration of patience.

Patience is an outgrowth of mind and soul. It is the power to wait calmly.

Endurance is patience plus physical and mental stamina.

Fortitude combines high courage with the habit and power of endurance.

Forbearance is refraining from an action that seems justified. It does not try to repay insult or injury, not from apathy, unawareness or passiveness, but by choice and the exercise of will. It is tolerance carried to the nth degree.

Patience and forbearance go hand in hand. They are the sine qua non of human understanding and kindliness.

When all else has failed, try patience. It will save you many heartaches. It will solve an unbelievable number of your hardest problems, and most of the time, is actually the shortest path to success. It will bring into your environment a peace that can be experienced in no other way.

The next time you have a tedious job, feel that some problem is beyond your comprehension, or somebody doesn’t jump as fast as you think he should, try patience. The heat of the day will seem less unbearable, the trials and troubles that, like mosquitoes, seem to be driving you frantic, will disappear as when a cooling breeze springs up. Not only will patience restore God to His Heaven, but it will bring peace, contentment and happiness into your environment.

Who does not love the patient, kindly, tolerant person who is always forbearing, understanding and just? Who welcomes us with a heartwarming smile, and who patiently and with fortitude listens to our troubles while withholding any hint of his own?  – Robert D. Stelle