Why should we?
This moon is Full on Sunday 16 March 2014 in the US, and early Monday morning in Australia.
It’s a Full Moon in Virgo: the sign of devotion, the apprentice, and the mistress/master.
When the Moon climaxes in the sign of service, we feel an emotional pull to take steps towards mastering our relationship to service.
The invitation under this Full Moon is to explore more deeply what service actually means in our own life.
It’s an invitation to explore the giving dimension of service.
It’s an invitation to explore how giving-in-service feels.
‘Service’ is a term that pops up in spiritual, personal development, and entrepreneurial circles (amongst others).
Purported manifestations of service run the gamut from a full devotee-ism, to lip-service appropriation of the concept as spiritual window-dressing for our own base desires, and immediate material gain.
(in saying this, I do not mean that the path of the devotee is a lesser road that of the business woman, nor that spiritualism is necessarily independent of materialism, but that’s for another time: I digress).
Being in service often involves giving before we receive.
But what does this look like, in practice?
Giving to get something back is not quite the point.
We can’t appropriate ‘giving’ like this: the universe sees what we’re trying on, and chuckles.
But if we’re just giving, and giving, and giving: well hey, that’s recipe for burnout.
It’s probably also an indication that we have some work to do around our receptivity.
Ask yourself, and answer honestly: do you give from either of these places?
I know that I’ve done both. One of my intentions for my solar year was to more deeply—and experientially—understand the paradox of giving.
Of course, shortly my wonderful friend Jen Blackstock showed up with her teachings on energy exchange through her Celebration of Abundance program (I hope she runs this again, or writes more about energy exchange in future).
As I followed Jen’s practices, I started to experience from my heart how to give from a place from abundance.
Not having an intellectual thought process about abundance, but physically feeling how to give.
The moon helps us tap into our feeling, intuitive self.
Serving may not come in the form that you expect. It may not accord with your imagination about what your service may be.
This Full Moon, if you are drawn to unravel the complexities of service, understand that being of service is first and foremost a feeling.
It’s a feeling of abundance. An abundant exchange.
And the moon is guiding us to connect with the depth of our feeling.
So this Virgo Full Moon: feel the feeling of service.
Sit in meditation and feel the physical sensation in your body of what it feels like to give, to give from a place of fullness.
Allow yourself to notice how it is that you actually approach giving–is it like this, or do you give just to give back, or just because you think it’s the only way that you will be accepted or liked?
Allow the moon to support you in releasing anything that is holding you back from giving from a place of abundance.
Depending on where your current focus lies, this may be relevant for you in your business. Or, it may play out in other ways. If you set an intention at the Pisces New Moon nearly two weeks back, these themes may emerge in your relationship, too.
Tell me in the comments: what is your understanding of service? How does it feel for you?
And if you sit with this concept for awhile, come back and tell me how it manifests for you. I’m eager to hear.