Helpless . . . hopeless . . . overwhelmed—it’s easy to get drawn into these negative emotions when we see so much suffering in the world around us. Whether through natural disasters or man-made conflicts, the result is the same: we feel people’s pain, but don’t know how to help them.
But there is a way. I read a true story about a man who had a near-death experience after his car was crushed in a huge pile-up along a major freeway in America. At first, as his soul began to move upward above the wreckage, he experienced confusion and fear at having been precipitously thrust from his body.
Then he became aware of a beam of light coming from one of the cars that hadn’t been damaged in the crash. His soul moved toward that light, and there he discovered a woman praying for others. As her prayers continued, the light expanded to touch the entire scene of suffering, and he felt great peace and comfort fill his soul.
Ascending into the astral world, the man was met by an angelic being who told him it wasn’t yet time for him to leave his body. Later he regained consciousness and lived to tell the story of how someone’s prayers brought comfort to those in need.
Swami Kriyananda gave us some beautiful suggestions on how to be a channel for God’s light to relieve other’s suffering:
God is happiest not in our efficiency, but in our increasingly humble attitude. Don’t let thoughts of your own unworthiness hold you back from being a channel for God’s presence. Self-forgetfulness and humility are the doorways through which God enters our consciousness and flows through us to others.
Serve joyfully, even in obscurity. Don’t look to others for endorsement. Be content to seek the Lord’s smile in your heart. In everything you do, try always to please God first. Whether or not others know about or appreciate your service is unimportant. Seeking their approval only puts the focus on you, and diminishes your ability to be a pure channel for the Divine.
Be centered in the inner Self. Don’t let circumstances or people pull you down. Let God’s light fill you when you work with others. Your inner Self is part of God, and remains ever untouched by any negative influences. No matter what happens, if you live in God’s light and joy, you become filled with the strength to share His blessings with others.
Live more and more in that center where God dwells. Radiate this to others, and their lives, and your own, will be changed. Through the practice of meditation and attunement with the guru, you can move towards the divine center of all things, where God resides. When you turn your consciousness there, you increasingly become a sending station for His blessings, which alone can transform anything. Then your prayers, your thoughts, and even your touch can become channels through which God’s light flows to help others.
Towards the One in All,