Stage I Service = Selfish Service

Excerpt from Chapter 2 - Measuring Spirituality

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
      Abraham Lincoln, 1809-1865

For those in Stage I, there is usually major underground resistance to the service of Stage III. Typically, they glorify their small efforts at service. They helped an old lady cross the street once last month and think that qualifies as important human service. They talk excitedly to a few friends about their latest experience and consider that talk to be quality service to the world, instead of recognizing such behavior as being primarily selfish-service.

So, what do Stage I folks have to say about their childishness? What happens when they receive the suggestion that they grow up? They have some excuse(s) that explain(s) everything: "the guru, leader or nagual promotes childishness, they are living a second childhood, it's fun, it's exciting, it's important and useful, I'm doing it my way, etc." They totally deny any possibility that this childishness severely restricts what they accomplish in the world or what they accomplish spiritually. Their spirituality is typically focused upon the lower astral plane, which they often treat as one of the highest forms of spirituality. If the spirituality has a physical component (such as a body buzz, a strong feeling, a strong energy, bliss, ecstasy, etc.), then it is considered more important than a spiritual experience that has little physicality. They judge those tapping into higher planes without such physical manifestations as inferior.

Because of fear, Stage I folks sabotage valuable success, sabotage valuable service and sabotage valuable spirituality. As long as Stage I fear-driven excitement, pleasures and fun are vital to them, they will not highly value the satisfactions of the higher stages, and their sabotage will continue. Until their satisfactions with excitement, pleasures and fun are finally diminished, they will be unready and unwilling to move to higher spiritual stages; they will answer, "yes" if asked if they are satisfied with such childish things. When satisfaction starts to wane with Stage I pleasures, they will be ready to pursue the success of Stage II.

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© 2008 by Thayer White
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