18 LESSONS OF THE LAW OF ONE
Lesson 4: Service To Others (STO) and Service To Self (STS)
Ra of The Law of One says "… there is but ONE service. The Law is One. The offering of self to Creatress-Creator is the Greatest Service, the Unity, the Fountainhead. The entity who seeks the One Creator-Creatress is with INFINITE INTELLIGENCE. From this seeking, from this offering, a great multiplicity of opportunities will evolve depending upon the mind/body/spirit complexes’ distortions with regard to the various illusory aspects or energy centers of the various complexes of your illusion. Thus, some become healers, some workers, some teachers, and so forth.
The best way of Service To Others is the CONSTANT attempt to seek to share the Love of the Creatress-Creator as it is known to the inner self. This involves SELF KNOWLEDGE and the ability to open the self to the other-self without hesitation. This involves, shall we say, radiating that which is the essence or the heart of the mind/body/spirit complex.
The best way for each seeker in Third Density to be of Service To Others is unique to that mind/body/spirit complex. This means that the mind/body/spirit complex must then seek within itself the intelligence of its own discernment as to the way it may best serve other-selves. This will be different for each. There is no best. There is no generalization. Nothing is known."
The concepts of Service To Others (STO) and Service To Self (STS) are the central cornerstone of the teaching of first, Ra (The Law of One), and then Cassiopaea.
Ra said that for the human level, speaking of STO vs. STS was the most appropriate terminology because humans tend to think in terms of action and its ethical basis. At any rate, the principles are beyond words.
Cosmologically, the Cassiopaeans speak of 'dual emergence' from the One.
This is the source of ALL that is, and this is where the first DUALITY comes into being. The principle of FREE WILL, at its various levels of manifestation, mediates between these.
In the most abstract sense, the existence of two dissimilar forces or tendencies plus free will is the simplest basis for an OPEN UNIVERSE. ALL the forms of Creation follow from these.
Depending on the context, the STO/STS duality manifests differently.
Here is a list of different dualities and how they can be seen in relation to STO and STS.
Spirit / matter:
STS beings worship the physical universe.
We could say that all is consciousness but a full half of the consciousness is asleep, in the form of matter. The second half then uses this as a canvas or material for creation.
Pure STS cannot exist without some form of materiality, therefore STS does not occur past 4th Density.
Creation / Entropy:
Creation is multiplicity of forms.
Entropy is sameness or homogeneity.
STS preoccupation with CONTROL is in the end entropic.
Dispersion / Collection of gravity:
Gravity is the fabric that ties all existence together, across all densities.
Dispersing gravity corresponds to STO, collecting gravity to STS.
This leads to a Black Hole being the physical representation of the idea of STS.
Light is the energy expression of gravity, in this sense radiance and the trapping of light inside the black hole allegorically correspond to STO/STS.
Balance / Imbalance:
STO is BALANCE because you serve self through others.
STS is IMBALANCE.
STO flows outward and touches ALL including point of origin.
STS flows inward and touches ONLY origin point.
This is why the terms are sometimes defined as Service To Self through Serving Others (STO) or serving others through Serving The Self (STS).
Since the principle of Service to Others (STO) represents BALANCE through the idea of serving self through serving others, this principle REQUIRES RECIPROCITY in order to work.
Or as Ra puts it, worshiping God in Self or worshiping God in Creation, ALL service is thus of the One in the end.
Light / Darkness:
The darkness is the backdrop into which the light shines. Both are necessary for defining each other.
Radiance / Absorption:
STS corresponds to absorbing or concentrating energy.
STO corresponds to radiating outward.
Freedom / Control:
STS is concerned with CONTROL over all aspects of Self and Others.
STS also believes that by imposing its laws it is helping the Universe to return to the One, thus it thinks its action is a Service To Others.
STO sees creation as inherently limitless and is not concerned with determining what is 'good' for another.
Expansion / Contraction:
Exploring possibilities corresponds to STO.
Imposing LIMITS on others corresponds to STS.
Network / Hierarchy:
In terms of social organization, STS naturally tends towards the hierarchy with internal competition for resources and power.
STO tends towards SHARING and passing around that which is received.
Giving vs. Taking:
A STO being gives ALL to those who ASK.
STS does not eat according to protocol. It takes if it is capable.
Objectivity / Subjectivity:
Wishful thinking is the hallmark of STS. They only see what they want to see.
Good / Evil:
In human ethical terms, what is generally considered evil most often corresponds to STS. However, the terms are laden with a baggage of subjectivity and what is good for one can be bad for another, therefore these are easily misleading. The polarization to either STO/STS CANNOT be reduced to an external code of ethics only.
From a Cosmic standpoint, both polarities are NECESSARY. However, this does not mean that these can be effectively reconciled at the human level. Thus the Cosmic call on the human is to CHOOSE one or the other.
STO feeds on the positive energy by progression toward union with the one.
STO gives to others and receives from others of the STO. We feed each other. So, by feeding each other we move forward and GROW. When one is pure STO, one does not WANT.
But those of the STS path DO NOT feed each other so they MUST FEED OFF of others.
What is meant by "Giving to ALL who ASK?"
What is meant by "Asking"?
And who TRULY are the parties of the exchange?
The crux of the matter is the difference between ASKING and MANIPULATION. Manipulation seeks to control the manipulated and thus by definition LIMIT the other's Free Will.
ASKING is an open-ended request which leaves the response up to the other party.
MANIPULATION generally implies covert intent whereas asking generally does not.
Distinguishing the two is difficult and not always clear-cut. Furthermore, humans generally neither ask nor manipulate as a single, unified being. More often than not, people are amalgams of contradicting programs and impulses, some of them tending towards STS, some maybe towards STO.
Acceding to manipulation generally AMPLIFIES the STS-ness of the manipulator. So, for STO to be expressed, manipulation should be refused.
Asking by people can be highly ambiguous and contradictory. For example, some people may actually ask to be refused when they make excessive demands.
With proper DISCERNMENT, one can give to the STO-tending parts of another and deny from the STS-tending parts of the same person.
Denying manipulation may be seen to be doing a favor to the part which does not wish to take unfair advantage, should there be such a part.
We may consider for example LIES to be an indirect request for TRUTH. Thus giving all could be said to be giving all things their due, in accordance with upholding the principle of Service To Others. Discerning the TRUE nature of the asking/request/manipulation is key here.
As with any general principle, this cannot be applied mechanically, without AWARENESS of context. While our first connotation for giving is an exchange between persons, the idea is NOT limited to this.
We can speak of giving all to a principle, as in dedicating one's life to a cause.
We could say that making Service To Others oriented esoteric information available is a giving to the principle of Free Will. This is on one hand a response to a Spirit of Spiritual Questing that exists among people often DIS-ILLUSIONED with standard religion or the New Age, on the other hand, a response to the lies and half truths promoted by the control system under the guise of these same movements.
In this world of mixed contents, the motives of giving, whether for personal satisfaction or as an expression of alignment with an impersonal principle cannot always be distinguished nor do they occur separately. Pure expressions of STO or STS are rare.
Ra says "Picture, if you will, your mind. Picture it then in TOTAL UNITY with ALL other minds of your society. You are then SINGLE-MINDED and that which is a weak electrical charge in your physical illusion is now an enormously powerful machine whereby THOUGHTS may be PROJECTED AS THINGS.
In this endeavor the Orion group charges or attacks the Confederation armed with Light. The result, a stand-off, as you would call it, both energies being somewhat depleted by this and needing to regroup; the negative depleted through failure to manipulate, the positive depleted through failure to accept that which is given."
Q: Could you amplify the meaning of what you mean by the "failure to accept that which is given?"
A: I am Ra. At the level of time/space at which this takes place in the form of what you may call THOUGHT-WAR, the most accepting and loving energy would be to so love those who wished to manipulate that those entities were surrounded and engulfed, transformed by positive energies. This, however, being a battle of equals, the Confederation is aware that it CANNOT, on equal footing, allow itself to be manipulated in order to remain purely positive, for then though pure it would not be of any consequence, having been placed by the so-called Powers of Darkness under the heel, as you may say.
It is thus that those who deal with this THOUGHT-WAR must be DEFENSIVE rather than accepting in order to preserve their USEFULNESS in Service To Others. Thusly, they CANNOT accept fully what the Orion Confederation wishes to give, that being ENSLAVEMENT.
Thusly, some polarity is lost due to this friction and both sides, if you will, must then REGROUP. It has not been fruitful for either side. The only consequence which has been helpful is a BALANCING of the energies available to this planet so that these energies have less necessity to be balanced in this space/time, thus lessening the chances of planetary annihilation.