Balance is key. Empathic maturity. Which blends into compassion. Maybe we can call this empathy-with-understanding. This form of robust empathy comes loaded with kindness, strength, and caring. Your empathy will lead to kind behavior, you will care, you will also be a strong support, not getting burnt out, which means not identifying with the other’s situation though feeling and understanding it all the same. This is important for an overall spiritual evolution, both personally and collectively. The more you can connect within, the greater empathy and compassion are but also the greater their balance. Radiate it from your heart as opposed to it overpowering you. It becomes a self-perpetuating, reinforcing process, deeper within, greater empathy without.
As a careful observer of human behavior, recently I was considering certain human responses to certain people in certain situations (conveniently vague here), and that politeness seemed not be present, kindness was not forthcoming, a lack of understanding of the other’s case was rampant, with little supportive behavior to help the other, whereby a trigger for a whole cascade of positive effects was just lost. It brought up my empathy actually, feeling the lack of this set of behaviors. And of course that hurts the heart as we want to see a world improving. The understanding is, unfortunately, some people behave without an empathic sensibility to others. Though I know there is little I can do about that personally in many people’s cases, I can do something by tuning into it myself, bringing it up in my own practice, delving into forgiveness from there, so whoever I interact with it is present. That in its small way is a shift in the right direction. And it keeps it robust and avoids falling victim to empathic burn out.
Yet it seems it’s easy to forget and fall into situational empathy, when it suits and to whom you feel it is appropriate. But it is something, a ‘muscle’, you could flex everyday as you look around you. It will rise more naturally in how you feel when you see other creatures or people in some uncomfortable situation. And our response? Kind and care. We have a choice in how to respond but empathy is automatic from inside. If it’s not then it can be built, if focused on. And if you believe you feel empathy that involves strong emotionality then a greater understanding of how people behave, the nature of this world as out of balance, its place as a tricky learning ground of a variety of experiences can strengthen, not replace, your empathy.
Come from the heart. Be kind-hearted. In effect, pure of heart. That may be the answer to the final question posed above, communication with other life forms (beyond this planet) are waiting for our collective empathetic levels to rise because then ’they’ know it’s a good time to visit and share their learnings in this universe. But that aside, for now build it into a daily forgiveness practice, as our brief video in this email highlights.
In empathic love, care, and kindness, on earth or amongst the stars, being centered is still crucial.