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Reflections on the Principle of Goodwill
The Potency of Goodwill
Much will depend upon what you and all men of goodwill and disciples think and what they do. I would like to remind you of another most encouraging thing, and that is that the power wielded by those who are seeking to live as souls and in touch with the soul and the world of spiritual realities, is out of all proportion to their registered sense of power and usefulness. You are, as you endeavour to wield spiritual force constructively and selflessly, far more potent than you realise. If you add to this realisation the recognition that you are not alone in this, but that people with a vision similar to yours, and with the same ideals and spiritual aspiration, are to be found in every country, without exception of any kind, in every religion, group and organisation, then indeed you can go forward in unison with our brothers everywhere, conscious of opportunity, of strength, of responsibility and of the joy of service.
As regards some of the things which you can do, I would suggest the following. Refuse to allow yourselves to be swept by any fear psychosis, or to be stampeded into any attitude through which the anxiety and unrest and distress in the world can overwhelm you. Strive to stand in spiritual being. Each morning, in your meditation, seek to take that attitude with a new and fresh definiteness and to hold it during the hours of service which lie ahead each day. This will not be an easy thing to do, but it can be done if you can get quiet enough for five minutes each morning - completely and interiorly quiet - and if you fill your days with vital occupation and true service, guarding with care all thought and speech.
Goodwill is the simplest expression of true love and the one most easily understood. The use of goodwill in connection with the problems with which humanity is faced, releases the intelligence along constructive lines; where goodwill is present, the walls of separation and of misunderstanding fall.
Love and understanding will eventually follow upon a practical expression of goodwill as a factor in every type of human relation, and as a mode of contact between groups, between nations and their minorities, between nation and nation, and also in the field of international politics and religions. The expression, of true love as a factor in the life of our planet may lie very far ahead, but goodwill is a present possibility and the organising of goodwill an outstanding necessity. (A.A. Bailey - Serving Humanity pp.65-66)
1. Is my reaction to people in general kindly or critical? Do I readily see the good in them more than their weaknesses and error, or vice versa?
2. Is my interest immediately evoked by hearing of someone’s wrong action or temporary failure, and do I then discuss this or lock it up in my heart with love and compassion?
3. Do I achieve more through the impulse of competition or cooperation?
4. How much am I really aware of the situation and needs of those I come in contact with, through” entering my brother’s heart”?
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