Mind as Minefield
Selfless action is the outward expression of selfless love. When the heart is filled with love, it expresses itself in the form of unselfish action. One is a deep inner feeling and the other its outward manifestation. Without deep, unconditional love, selfless actions cannot be performed. In the initial stages of our awakening, the actions we perform in the name of selflessness are not selfless because the love we feel for ourselves is present in everything we do and say.
In fact, at the beginning of our journey, our self-love becomes the driving force for each of our actions, even if we choose to call them selfless. Love for the ego, or oneself, is the predominant feeling in every human being. Unless this feeling withers away, real selflessness will not emerge.
Alertness is necessary to prevent the ego from interfering. It is easier to be in love with the ego than feel truly inspired by the ideal of selflessness. The ego, and not our inner Self, is the source of our so-called love and our actions. That is why saints and sages have said that you should know your own Self before you can love and serve others selflessly.
Selflessness can be the driving force in all your actions. Learn to be thankful to everyone, to all of creation, even to your enemy and to those who insult you and get angry with you because they help you grow. They are mirrors, images of your own mind. If you know how to read and interpret the images properly, you can be successful in getting rid of your mind’s weaknesses.