Thursday, September 30, 2010

The Leap Of Faith

What is Faith?  There are a number of definitions for it.  So let's look at some of them:

Faith:
  1. religion, faith, religious belief:  a strong belief in a supernatural power or powers that control human destiny "he lost his faith but not his morality"
  2. faith, trust: complete confidence in a person or plan etc "he cherished the faith of a good woman"; "the doctor-patient relationship is based on trust"
  3. religion, faith, organized religion: an institution to express belief in a divine power "he was raised in the Baptist religion"; "a member of his own faith contradicted him"
  4. faith: loyalty or allegiance to a cause or a person "keep the faith"; "they broke faith with their investors"
So for the purposes of this discussion we will break it down and simply say that Faith is the confident belief or trust in the truth or trustworthiness of a person, idea, or thing.

Now, when you hear the word Faith, the first thought that might jump to mind is Religion, whatever religion it may be. It may bring to mind a Deity, whatever deity it may be.  And for some, of a more intellectual and/or scientific bent, it might bring about some skepticism in the idea of having faith in something unseen or unknown, without proof in hand.  And while all of those are interesting, we are not going to explore religion in this blog.  Nor are we going to debate the scientific vs. spiritual mindsets when it comes to faith, because those arguments generally center around religion.

Instead we are going to delve into a broader sense of what Faith is and how we utilize it in a day to day kind of way.  And then we are going to explore the impact Faith has on Empaths.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Nostalgia

"Teddy told me that in Greek, nostalgia literally means, 'the pain from an old wound'."

So let's take a look at nostalgia, old wounds, our memories, and the places we go in our minds.

The definition of nostalgia, according to wikipedia:

The term nostalgia describes a yearning for the past, often in idealized form. The word is a learned formation of a Greek compounds, consisting of νόστος, nóstos, "returning home", a Homeric word, and ἄλγος, álgos, "pain" or "ache".

Sometimes it is brought on by a sudden image, or remembrance of something from one's childhood.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Developing Empathy

On this blogsite, we've talked about all kinds of gifts.  We've shown you ways to enhance those abilities, as well.  So, considering this is a site meant to help teach Empathy,  I thought it'd be a good idea to do a blog on developing the gift of Empathy.

Now, one might ask the question "Why cultivate Empathy?", because some people find the gift of Empathy harrowing and difficult to cope with/manage.  But developing Empathy through these tools does not necessarily mean you will become an Empath who is hypersensitive to the emotions/emotional states of others.  This is simply a means to cultivate what is already within you...your Empathic Nature, which everyone is born with whether they are an Empath or not.

So let's start out by looking at some of the benefits of cultivating the gift of Empathy and move on from there.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Mental Telepathy & The Empath

When one thinks of Empathy and Empaths, sometimes one can not help but move over to the idea of telepathy.  Telepathyalso known as thought-tranference, is the transfer of information through thoughts or feelings between individuals by means other than the five senses. A telepath is a person with the paranormal ability to read others' thoughts and mental contents. 

Now what does this have to do with being an Empath?  Telepathy can be considered another level of Empathy. It is one that incorporates not just feelings and emotions, but also actual thoughts, as well.  So one could surmise that telepathic communication, instead of just empathic communication, gives one a broader and much fuller picture of what is going on inside someone because it is not just a sharing of emotions, which can, at times, seem to have no specific direction.  It is the feelings along side actual thoughts, which tend to include situations from the past.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Video Resources For Empaths

So, as always, I'm on the prowl for information, videos, and tools that can help Empaths in their development and growth. And in that pursuit, I found these lovely videos. This series is called: Empaths: Keepers of the Heartlight. Watch them at your leisure, if you feel like it. ^_^

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Unconscious Motivations: The Secret Life Of An Empath

Let's talk about hidden motivations. What are they? How do they apply to us, as people and as Empaths?

Motivation is defined as the psychological feature that arouses an organism to action toward a desired goal; the reason for the action; that which gives purpose and direction to behavior. In simpler terms, it is what inspires us to act.

This can take specific forms such as incentive, like a prize, or punishment, as in the denial of privileges. It can also be based in less tangible forms like desires, dreams, needs and wants.

Examples:

1. Incentive: If I get good grades on my report card, I will be given money to spend how I wish.
2. Punishment: If I rob a bank, I could end up in jail.
3. Dreams: If I goto school for x amount of time and study these subjects, I can get my dream job.
4. Needs: I must work in order to buy food and have a roof over my head.
5. Wants/Desires: I want a new car, so I must work to save money for that dream.

Motivations can be obvious and straight forward, like these examples, which are aroused in the conscious mind where one is fully aware of them. Or motivations can be hidden.

Now, when we say hidden, what first jumps to mind is that the motivations are completely hidden from self, that is, it exists within the unconscious mind and has no direct impact on the conscious mind's awareness and behaviors. Another way to put it is that the conscious mind has absolutely no awareness of these unconscious motivations which drive them to enact certain behaviors. But, beneath the auspice of 'hidden motivations' which so often lay within the subconscious mind, there are motivations which the conscious mind perceives, if only in a peripheral sense.

So let's explore these ideas and then look at how they can impact someone who is hypersensitive and Empathic.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Self Expectation

I haven't written anything for quite some time. There are several reasons for this, but the main reason is simply that I could not think of anything worthy of writing.

I've also just spent quite a bit of time just thinking. And then I realized something. I had this great view of my next blog, an amazing topic that causes each and every reader to have the biggest epiphany of their life. That's what I wanted. That was my goal. And that was my intent.

And I never felt 'up' to the task of meeting that goal. It was a tough goal to try to meet. And each time I came up with a topic for a blog, it wasn't good enough. It wouldn't have that power I needed and wanted. So the blog was never written.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Personal Responsibility, Accountability & The Empath

Let's talk about personal responsibility, particularly as an Empath. To do this, first we must understand what responsibility is, so lets define it.

Responsibility

1. The state, quality, or fact of being responsible.
2. Something for which one is responsible; a duty, obligation, or burden.

So according to these definitions, responsibility is about accountability. And in the case of personal responsibility, it is about accountability to yourself. What this means is that one takes responsibility for one's life, one's words, one's actions and one's behaviors.