It is only natural
that we be concerned about the welfare of other people
and want to help them,
but it is a rule of wisdom for the mystical student
to learn to mind his own business
and not interfere in the lives of others.
There is considerable difference in
offering to help those who are in need,
and in urging others to follow our advice.
We must encourage others
to look within and seek their own solutions,
which will bring them a much greater
sense of satisfaction.
Service to others
must be placed in a common sense perspective.
We should try always
to help those who want to help themselves,
but we should not do for others
that which they must learn
to do for themselves.
... In our attempts at humanitarian service,
we make them all the more helpless...
thus we must avoid
to prevent others from standing upon their own.
It is often asked,
“If the Cosmic is infinite
in its knowledge and power,
why doesn’t it do more to help
the cosmic powers
to whom we look for guidance
are fully aware of the needs of humanity.
But they cannot
and do not
impose their will upon mankind.
They need willing souls
here on Earth
who will become
channels for service,
so that the cosmic powers
can be expressed
here on this plane.
Our first task is to
at all times,
the harmony of the Cosmic
radiate from us.
A word of comfort and encouragement,
a smile or a thought,
is often all that is needed
to help those who seek greater understanding
to bear the burden
has place upon them....
- Robert E. Daniels, F. R.C.
I've got a lot of work to do in attaining this. I tend to get very pushy about things when I'm trying to "help" someone, and I know it. But I like the idea that really, the only way someone can get help is by helping themselves. So all of my copious advice won't help anyone in the long run, because they need to look within and find their own solutions to their own problems.
Now, I just have to remember that!