Tuesday, March 24, 2009

The Bountiful Possiblities of Empathy

'....in your own Bosom you bear your Heaven And Earth and all you behold; tho' it appears Without it is Within,
In your Imagination of which this
World of Mortality is but a Shadow.'

- William Blake

What does this mean? Simply put, this world is created and sustained by our imaginings. Everything that surrounds us is born from within us. It is illusion. Pain, suffering, sorrow....all the imaginings of the mind. But truth....infinite truth...lays bound within you, because everything was born from your imagination.

'Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.
All things are bound together. All things connect.'
- Chief Seattle

And this? This means that we are a single piece in the grand puzzle that is life. And because all things are connected, what we do to this world, is also what we do to ourselves.

Does it sound contradictory? Do these statements bring a paradox of confusion to mind? Are you thinking, WTF is she talking about?

The truth is that we as Empaths, have the ability to perceive the thread which bind us to every living thing. It is sustained through us, and damaged by us, as well. We are the place from which all threads connect and intertwine into one.

You work with these threads when you connect yourself to another person, animal, or plant. You do this when you connect with a crystal. You do this when you feel at one with nature. You are feeling the place at which you are one with all things.

As the place which binds these threads together, when we are damaged and hurting, so to is all that is connected to us. Our energy feeds those connections, bringing destruction to our corporeal world.

But when we are whole....complete...and unified....we bring the blessings of our own joy and unconditional love to this world. It does not matter if you do it with a single person at a time or with a large group. Healing one person brings healing to all, in some small measure. Even a thing as simple as a smile and a nod of hello brings this healing.

But as Empaths, we also have the capability to take that healing as deep as we wish, and as deep as others will let us go. As a conduit, and if we are healthy, we have the ability to be symbiotic with all living things. This is what calls you into nature to revitalize yourself. This is what compels you to heal, even at the expense of yourself. This is your gift and your blessing, but only if you perceive it as such.

Your thoughts and your actions, based on your perception and imagination, are what allow you to do this. So if you see the world through darkness, it will be dark and the connections will falter. But if you see the world with light in your eyes, it will bring the brilliance of a miracle to life both within you and without.

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