I want to share this thoughts with you ATSers.
Compassion (one definition) - Deep awareness of the suffering of another coupled with the wish to relieve it.
Empathy (one definition) - Identification with and understanding of another's situation, feelings, and motives.
So empathy and compassion are not the same but they are very connected.
You feel the other person, you are in his shoes, you know his motives, you feel and understand his emotions and his thinking and you wish him well,
you wish him the best, you wish him his higher good (which is a mystery by the way, we never know if something is right or wrong in the soul path of
someone, we don't know but we wish well, we wish the best, whatever that is...)
We easily do it with a joyful person, we easily empathize with someone full of joy because it is attracting, its alluring, that person is giving good
energy, lets go...
The problem is doing this with people in pain and suffering.
What i call selfish happiness is when someone is ok but he doesn't want to connect to other peoples pain and suffering, and i mean really connect
because that will interfere with his emotional stability.
Someone in selfish happiness is irradiating good energy but he is not receiving, he is closed to others, he is not receptive, he has a wall protecting
What will happen to him?
The very thing he is trying to ignore will attack him strongly.
He his indifferent to other peoples pain and suffering, he is not receptive, he doesn't really want to help (to help you need to understand, to
understand you need to feel, get into the person, which requires empathy and compassion). Because of this, he will be remembered that pain and
suffering exists. How? He will feel it strongly.
While he his in suffering mode he starts being compassionate and emphatic but when he is ok again he forgets it, he is in selfish happiness again.
What will happen to this him? He will feel what he ignores again: pain and suffering.
This cycle will go on until he finally becomes a compassionate person, until empathy becomes part of his everyday life, until empathy and compassion
becomes part of him.
This my friends, for me, is a neptunian lesson.
In astrology, if you have a Neptune/Pisces/12th house lesson to learn, it will be like this until you learn.
I have it, so i am talking about myself here.
I hope i am learning because this cycle is hard and i want to achieve it: to consistently practice empathy and compassion when the occasion arrives, i
want this to become part of who i am, but this task needs determination, patience, repetition, i want it to become a routine, i want it to enter my
unconscious, this is hard, it requires constant vigilance, training and no turning back.
But the main factor for personal change is consciousness and will. I am aware of this, i am vigilant and i want to learn it, and because i am
conscious and i have the will, i am confident that success will happen.
Just sharing, not imposing this to anyone, thanks for the attention.
I wish you your higher good, be fine.
edit on 16-8-2012 by Manula because: (no reason given)