October 13, 2011

The Difference between Compassion and Suffering

This article is derived from a presentation given by Gini Grey during Empaths Shifting into 2012: A Telesummit to Help Energy-Sensitive People Understand Their Spiritual Role on Earth” on September 6, 2011. Get the full transcription and MP3 audio of Gini’s and Kate Garvey’s presentation at http://weare1inspirit.com/spiritual-audios.htm#Kate
During these times of shifting, it is helpful to know how to be in a place of compassion.  I mean compassion and not sympathy.  Sympathy comes easy for us empaths to feel sorry for someone when we see them suffering. We care about people—our loved ones and people in the world—and we want them to feel better.
But the vibration of sympathy is a slow vibration and it’s got victimhood written all over it. You might say or think, “Poor them or poor me” if you’re in sympathy.  But if you rise to a higher level of empathy and into compassion, you’re in a place where you’re looking at people from that centered place we talked about earlier where you see the power and light in them.  Sure, you see their suffering, but you also see that there’s a powerful spiritual being in there who has created this situation for a learning opportunity, and you know they have the resources to heal.  If I say hello to their bigness at the same time I’m saying hello to their suffering, that’s a gift for them. 
It’s about offering caring kindness but not dropping down into a slower vibration of sympathy, which doesn’t feel good to you and it doesn’t serve anyone else either.  So when you see this stuff going on in the world and with yourself and with other people, notice when you’re dropping down into that pity place or feeling sorry for another, and bring your vibration up.  Use your intention to rise to a higher level of compassion. Get centered and look at that person through your spiritual eye. Then, you will see the big picture and know that everything is fine, or is going to be ok. You will feel better and so will everyone else.
On my Web site, there is a complimentary audio session on compassion, which helps you look at the difference between sympathy, or the dichotomy of that (apathy). The audio guides you to rise up to a higher vibration of compassion. 
Gini Grey has created Spiritual Energy Awareness audio programs. These transformational energy awareness courses help you shift the energy dynamics in your life. Programs include topics such as Energy Balancing Tools, Energy Healing Meditation, and Living in Abundance. For empowering articles visit her Insights & Inspiration and Spiritual Transformers sites http://www.ginigrey.com.
What experience have you had where you operated in sympathy? Was it fulfilling or draining? Do you think that raising to the level of compassion would work for you? Why or why not? Feel free to comment about what you experience when you try this exercise.

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