1 How can one help oneself?
2 (1) Use tangible resources to help others the best you can.
3 (2) Resolve to guide others toward goodness when opportunities arise. Set an example by your own behavior.
4 Offerings of wealth and dharma can erase residual bad karma, which resulted from sins we have committed in lifetimes of thrashing about in the cycle of reincarnation.
5 Luckily, we have been given the opportunity to be reborn into a human body. Not having strayed away from our original nature, we wish to cultivate the Dao. Let us hope the Dao mindset is steadfast in us, so we do not fall back into the cycle of reincarnation.
6 To save yourself, you have to eliminate bad karma that remained from other lifetimes. No matter how hard you practice quiet sitting, if bad karma is not erased, many demonic hindrances and obstacles will surely keep you from sitting with a calm mind. This is definitely not superstition. I have over fifty years of personal experience in this.
7 Frankly, helping oneself is saving oneself. You must be saved before you can help others cross to the other shore  or help save them. If you carry evil inside you while advising others, who is going to believe you?
Spiritual Talk about the Practice of Chinese Original Quiet Sitting, July 29, 1979
 This expression came from Buddhism, meaning to help other to cross to the other shore of elevated spirituality.