This is the description of one of the 16 Past Life Patterns. These patterns were developed by Karen Downing, in order to help you understand how past life experiences affect your life today. Each person carries 3 to 5 past life patterns in varying levels of influence. By understanding your unique mix of patterns, you can more easily build up your strengths and transform your challenges. Past life patterns are the key to uncovering your Soul Mission.
The Servant Description – The Servant measures their life on doing a good job, and yet they also have a fear of success and public recognition. This comes from many past lives of being employed by (or sometimes forced to work for) others who were affluent and held power in the community. The Servant feels accomplished when they are performing well in their job duties, but they can have a tendency to put a great deal of pressure on themselves, especially when it comes to the details involved in their job, or even daily life tasks. The Servant feels most confident when helping and assisting others, performing behind-the-scenes tasks, and when they feel their actions are helpful to the world or humanity in some way. Deep down, the Servant has a fear of disappointing others, and also of becoming too prideful, like many of their past life employers were.
The Servant is excellent at understanding what others need, and will often go the extra mile to appease the needs of others. The Servant also is someone who can see the benefit of any tasks or any job, this quality makes them selfless and wonderful people to be in the presence of. However, sometimes the Servant is like a wallflower, coming across as shy and reserved, or appearing like they are afraid to speak up for themselves. Actually, the Servant is able to speak up for themselves, they just have more tolerance for other people than the other past life patterns do. The Servant is here to accept their own gifts, talents and abilities, not to defer their accomplishments away, and to see themselves as equal to others in their life.
Some of the typical past life experiences of the Servant are: working in a household (either paid or not paid), being subservient to another person in their household (spouse or parent), being a deckhand on a ship, having jobs that handle details or jobs that are in service to others. The Servant pattern is typically not one filled with physical trauma, for that scenario containing past life experiences in forced slavery, please read The Victim pattern. If you can get wrapped up in the details of tasks and also have a fear of success, then you hold the past life pattern of the Servant.
Expression of the Servant Pattern in Your Life Now – The Servant fears success and yet wants to be perceived by others as being a hard worker. The Servant is filled with paradoxes, they work very hard, but have difficulty taking credit for their work. They have a drive for higher levels of performance, and yet fear what success will do to them. This comes from past life experiences, where the Servant was in such close proximity to the people whom they worked for (who tended to be affluent and/or misuse their position in society), and the Servant experienced the “other side” of success. This means that they often witnessed the emotional ups and downs and the changes in behavior that so often went along with success, adoration and wealth. Deep down the Servant does not want to become this prideful person, so they have a tendency to hide behind modesty. There is nothing wrong with being humble and modest, however the danger lies in becoming so focused at deferring credit and accomplishments, that the Servant downplays themselves, causing issues with self-confidence. The Servant needs to remember that deferring to others, without accepting one’s own role, is just the other side of the pride coin.
The Servant is a people pleaser, thinking of the needs of others before their own. They have to be careful that they do not base their own identity on how they are helping someone else. For example, someone who exhibits the Servant pattern might define themselves as so-and-so’s receptionist, instead of using their actual job title of Executive Assistant. The Servant is here to learn not put so-and-so on a pedestal above themselves. When that takes place, the Servant defines their own self-image as hinging on this other person in some way, and that is detrimental to the Servant’s own view of themselves. Also, to use their actual job title makes the Servant feel that this title could be too prideful.
There are two ways that the Servant theme reveals itself; The Overextended Servant and the Frugal Servant. If you resonate with The Servant pattern, you might discover that you can possess qualities of one, or even both, of the ways that The Servant pattern is expressed. Often in one area of life you can feel one way, and in another area of life feel another way.
The Overextended Servant – The Overextended Servant is like a whirlwind, running around handling tasks for others. They have to stay busy, busy, busy and much of their time is spent on determining if every detail of a task is “just so”. They will even try to anticipate the needs of others, but sometimes they overshoot and make a miscalculation in what another person needs. Then when the recipient does not appreciate the effort, or states how it was done wrong, the Overextended Servant can become consumed with thoughts of self-punishment. The Overextended Servant also will allow their anger and resentment to build up inside. Much of the time they are not aware of it, until it comes shooting out, like lava spewing from a volcano. If you are someone who stays busy with detailed tasks, anticipates others needs, and has anger outbursts once or twice a year, then you showcase the past life pattern of the Overextended Servant. The Overextended Servant’s biggest lesson is to see themselves as equal to others in their life, and thus to not put so much pressure to perform “perfectly” in the eyes of others.
The Frugal Servant – The Frugal Servant wants to reject anything that is connected to wealth, status or conceit. If they are born into money, the will donate or give away nearly all of it during their life. If they do not have lots of money, they will not seek it out. The Frugal Servant tends to use and re-use items as much as possible, often wearing hand-me-downs and secondhand clothes, or even making their own. The Frugal Servant usually picks one job in some type of service role and will stick to that job throughout their life. The ironic thing with the Frugal Servant is that because they hardly spend any money, they usually have built up quite a savings. The Frugal Servant has a deep down fear of being viewed as prideful, posh or snooty, and so they will act in such a manner to not draw attention themselves. If you are someone who loves to bargain hunt, has disdain for opulence and is considered shy by others, then you showcase the past life pattern of the Frugal Servant. The Frugal Servant’s biggest lesson is to break the mental association they have between wealth and arrogance.
Past Life Pattern Breakdown:
- Extremely hard working
- Has care and compassion for others
- Can get wrapped up in the little details
- Fears success and being judged as prideful
Affirmation – “I will not allow others to determine my vision of me. I have no fear of having a relationship with myself and of seeing myself as equally important as others in my life.”
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