Empathy: The Power of Connection

Empathy: The Power of Connection

Empathy: The Power of Connection

In recent years, the process of ‘restorative justice’ has been used more and more frequently as a way of dealing with crime. In this article ‘Empathy: The Power of Connection’ Steve Taylor Ph.D says that as a part of the process, offenders are brought face to face with the victims of their crimes, to hear how they have suffered as a result. The aim of this encounter is to bring healing, for both victim and offender. The victim transcends their rage with some understanding and forgiveness towards the offender, and the offender empathises with the victim, becoming aware of the real meaning of their crimes. This process changes lives. Victims feel free of the weight of hatred and are able to move on; offenders have a wider sense of perspective, and are less likely to re-offend. Sometimes offenders don’t meet their specific victims, but just the victims of similar crimes. But this still leads to a new awareness, and new patterns of behaviour.

This highlights the amazing power of Empathy: The Power of Connection. To a large extent, all crime and all cruelty are the result of a lack of empathy. It’s a lack of empathy which makes someone capable of attacking or oppressing other people. A lack of empathy for another tribe or country makes warfare and conflict possible. A lack of empathy towards other ethnic groups, social classes or castes makes oppression and inequality possible.

What is Empathy?

According to the book, Empathy: The Power of Connection, empathy is the ability to ‘feel with’ another person, to identity with them and sense what they’re experiencing. It’s sometimes seen as the ability to ‘read’ other people’s emotions, or the ability to imagine what they’re feeling, by ‘putting yourself in their shoes.’ In other words, empathy is seen as a cognitive ability, along the same lines as the ability to imagine future scenarios or to solve problems based on previous experience. But in my view, empathy is more than this. It’s the ability to make a psychic and emotional connection with another person, to actually enter into their mind-space. When we experience real empathy or compassion, our identity actually merges with another person’s. The separateness between you and the other person fades away. Your ‘self-boundary’ melts away, so that in a sense – or to an extent – you become them.

If you experience this state of connection with another person, then it’s impossible to treat them badly, except unintentionally. You recoil from their experience of suffering in the same way that you recoil from your own suffering. In fact, you feel a strong desire to relieve their suffering and aid their development.

Empathy has powerful psychological benefits for us too. Research shows that people who are more empathic feel more satisfied with their lives, and have better relationships. Some scientists used to belief that human beings are naturally selfish and individualistic, but more and more research is showing that empathy – not selfishness – is ‘hard-wired’ into us. Animals often show empathy towards one another, even to members of different species, and this manifests itself in random acts of kindness. As Lynne McTaggart – author of The Bond – puts it, ‘Animals often partner up with members of unrelated species…There are even instances of an animal from one species adopting those of another.’ And within their own species, animals often share food to make sure that weaker members of their group are fed, even when they have to sacrifice their own food.

Are Women more Empathic?

Studies have suggested that women are generally more empathic than men. For example, studies have shown that women are significantly better at ‘reading’ people’s emotions purely from looking at their eyes. Other research has shown that women’s friendships tend to based on mutual help and problem sharing, whereas men usually develop friendships based on shared interests, such as sports and hobbies. Men and women have also been shown to have different speaking styles. Women’s conversations usually last longer, because of their use of more ‘back channel support’, such as nodding, smiling and other gestures. If they disagree, they tend to express their opinion indirectly rather than making a statement, helping to avoid confrontation. On the other hand, men tend to more blunt and opinionated. They use more imperatives and tend to ‘talk over’ more. As the psychologist Simon Baron-Cohen puts it, ‘men spend more time using language to demonstrate their knowledge, skill and status.’ This makes sense: after all, the vast majority of ‘man’s inhumanity’ throughout history really has been man’s. Almost all wars have been orchestrated and fought by men, and most social oppression has been inflicted by high status men, seeking to protect and increase their power and wealth.

This also makes sense in terms of women’s role as mothers. Surely their nurturing role encourages empathy, because of the need for a strong emotional connection to children. At the very least, you could say that this emotional connection would have made it more difficult for them to lose the ability to empathise.

Empathy with Nature

Empathy can spread beyond other humans, to other living beings and to nature itself. Many of the world’s tribal peoples respect nature because they sense that it’s alive, and because they feel connected to it. They sense that all natural things – not just animals but plants, stones and the whole Earth itself – are not just objects but beings, who are part of the same web of creation as them. They empathise with plants, animals and the Earth, and so are reluctant to damage or destroy them. As the great Native American philosopher Luther Standing Bear wrote, for the Lakota Indians, ‘Kinship with all creatures of the earth, sky, and water was a real and active principle. In the animal and bird world there existed a brotherly feeling that kept the Lakota safe among them.’ As a result, wrote Luther Standing Bear, anticipating the modern animal rights movement, ‘The animals had rights – the right of a man’s protection, the right to live, the right to multiply, the right to freedom, and the right to man’s indebtedness – and in recognition of these rights the Lakota never enslaved an animal, and spared all life that was not needed for food and clothing.’

This attitude brought a sense of responsibility. Many indigenous peoples saw – and still see – themselves as the caretakers of nature, with a responsibility to preserve harmony. As Chief Edward Moody of the Nuxalk Nation says, ‘We must protect the forests for our children, grandchildren and children yet to be born. We must protect the forests for those who can’t speak for themselves such as the birds, animals, fish and trees.’

To a large extent, our environmental destruction is a manifestation of our lack of empathy for nature, and the Earth. Our strongly developed ego means that we experience a sense of ‘otherness’ to nature, that we can’t sense its aliveness, and so don’t feel any qualms about exploiting and abusing it.

Healing through Empathy

Actually, according to the book ‘Empathy: The Power of Connection, just as the lack of empathy makes cruelty and oppression possible, the presence of empathy heals conflict. The wider empathy stretches – from victims to offenders, from one ethnic group to another, from nation to nation and religion to religion – the less brutal and more harmonious a place the world will become.

And perhaps most importantly, as Restorative Justice shows, to some degree empathy can be nurtured. When people are brought together in a neutral context, with an open, trusting attitude, empathy naturally establishes itself. Distinctions of ethnicity, religion and other superficial ‘identity badges’ begin to fade away, as does the sense of grievance and rage derived from past events. The same could be said of nature too: when human beings spend time in natural surroundings, relaxing into its stillness and space, a bond naturally establishes itself.

And it’s this bond which is surely our true nature.  The book, Empathy: The Power of Connection, shows that the concept of separateness is an illusion. Empathy is simply the experience of our true, the exchange of feeling through the channel of shared consciousness which unites not just all human beings, but all living and non-living things.

Empathy: The Power of Connection

Think of someone you love, and be aware of the warm feeling that wells up inside you. Hold on to that warm feeling, and let it spread throughout your body, including to any parts of you body where you feel discomfort. Let it flow into your mind too, so that you feel empathy and compassion to your own thoughts, even the negative ones. Think of all the people around you, in the rooms or buildings close to you, and imagine that warm glow of compassion leaving your body and spreading to them. Think of all the people in your city, in the streets and buildings, and expand the warm feeling to them too. Thinking of all the people in this country, across the towns and countryside, and expand the feeling to them too. Then expand it further, to all the people on this planet, the millions of people in all the different countries. Feel the glow of compassion spreading from your being to the whole world, and into the space above you, rising up into the sky and the whole universe.

Cultivating Empathy

  • Use your imagination to picture how the world looks through other people’s eyes. Think about how other people’s predicaments make them feel, and how their experiences mould their perceptions.
  • When you speak to other people, give them your full attention. Don’t think about other things, look into the distance or look at your i-phone. Giving people your full attention shows that your respect them, and establishes a strong connection, which enables empathy to flow between you.
  • Before you condemn another person for behaving badly, think about the reasons for their behaviour. Is it because of bad experiences they’ve had in the past, or because of personality traits that they have no control over?
  • Be altruistic and kind to others. Make sure that your life contains an element of service, where you part the needs of others before your own e.g. caring for the sick or elderly, charity or voluntary work. Altruism and service help us to transcend separateness, and to connect with others, creating a follow of empathy.

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The Power of Belief

The Power of Belief

The Power of Belief

In this short 10 minute video The Power of Belief Eduardo Briceno explains how failure is the way to the greatest success. He explains that the way we understand our intelligence and abilities deeply impacts our success. Based on social science research and real life examples, Eduardo Briceño articulates how mindset, or the understanding of intelligence and abilities, is key. When students or adults see their abilities as fixed, whether they think they’re naturals or just not built for a certain domain, they avoid challenge and lose interest when things get hard. Conversely, when they understand that abilities are developed, they more readily adopt learning-oriented behaviors such as deliberate practice and grit that enable them to achieve their goals. But this belief is itself malleable, and there are clear actions we can all take to establish a growth mindset and enable success for our children, our peers and ourselves. 

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How To Believe in Yourself

How To Believe in Yourself

How to Believe in Yourself

It is sometimes really hard to believe in yourself when everything is upside down and falling apart. You don’t seem to be able to get ahead and it looks like your efforts are making no difference.  And indeed people look at you as if you have already failed in life and what is worse you start to believe them. Pulling yourself out of this all too familiar scenario can be tough, but it is possible as this short video explains.  How to believe in Yourself.

Jim Cathcart thought he would never make a difference. An average student from a working class family with no athletic or special skills, he expected an unremarkable existence. But one radio message in 1972 changed the direction of his life & authored his belief in his potential. Today, he’s a Hall of Fame Speaker, and has authored 16 books. While changing himself, Jim also discovered how to help others believe in themselves, too. In this 9 minute video Jim Cathcart explains How To Believe in Yourself and you can do that by first Knowing Thyself and working from there plus then applying what he suggests.

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Manifestation Make it Happen

Manifestation Make it Happen

Manifestation Make it Happen is from the article: “Why Do Things Take So Long To Manifest?” written by Jason Demarkis. In this article Jason says that the Short answer is: Regardless of what types of goals you’re attempting to achieve, it’s absolutely imperative that you become the type of person who exemplifies the qualities, characteristics, habits, and behaviors of someone who’s already there. And the Long answer: A very large reason for most of the aggravation people experience when approaching goal setting isn’t due to a faulty plan or strategy. It’s their approach all together. Manifestation Make it Happen

Intentions are Fuel

When we say “your thoughts create your reality”, we’re not implying that if you start thinking about a sandwich, one will appear right in front of you instantaneously. Most people understand this, but there are still plenty who genuinely believe that this is what the LoA is all about. You can immediately tell such people’s largest barrier is that of patience; they want it now, now, NOW!

State of being is like the temperature control on your water faucet. Our neutral state is like having the cold water on; it’s there instantly and doesn’t take any time at all. When we start turning on the hot water however, we start feeling a gradual shift from one temperature to the other. On most sinks this shift is very gradual, and you can still be feeling icy cold water for several seconds even while the hot water is completely open.

The reason this is a great example is because it illustrates creating an intention – turning on the hot water – and knowing with full faith that it’s on its way, despite not feeling a shift in temperature immediately.

This is exactly the way our physical reality works.

Why Do Things Take So Long to Manifest?

Our thoughts, desires, and intentions are instantaneous. Their unfoldings, however, are not so instant.

What time actually is is the intrinsic measurement that naturally takes place between the distance of two events, represented as points.

An easy way to illustrate what time actually is, is to first assume time doesn’t exist at all. It has no value, no worth; pretend you’ve never heard of the concept at all.

Now, you’ve got two points. At one point you were standing on one side of town, and at another point you were on the opposite end. What took place between you being at location A and location B was time. You can’t escape linear time while inside of it, because it’s a naturally occurring tool for measurement. You cannot physically move an inch in space without time elapsing. They’re relationship is intrinsic and intertwined.

Now here’s the kicker: the amount of time which elapses between manifestation of your goal and your present moment is going to be equally proportionate to your current state of being.

If you’re naturally optimistic and in no rush, you’ll manifest synchronicity at a faster and faster rate, because your beliefs aren’t creating resistance and blocking immediate environmental responses to your shift.

If you’re impatient (like most of the world is), you’re just feeding the LoA more of what you don’t want. Basically what your state of being is resonating with is “give me more waiting”, which is exactly what you end up manifesting (instead of what you actually want).

Having the awareness to recognize and capitalize on synchronicity, no matter how subtle and seemingly insignificant, is the true “secret”.

This is because…

Your State of Being Determines The Types of Synchronicity You’ll Experience

This is the entire reason the article above was constructed as it was.

Simply put, you can’t just wish for a million dollars and then expect it to all materialize all at once in one transaction for you.

While this is absolutely possible for someone who works in an environment where such quantities of money are moved around, it’s incredibly improbable that a grocery store clerk or bus boy is going to receive a million dollars randomly out of nowhere. This is precisely where most people get lost, confused, and disenchanted with the Law of Attraction – and that’s truly unfortunate.

It’s unfortunate that people don’t realize how powerful their thinking is…because of how they’re currently thinking.

You can’t bake a cake without knowing what ingredients you need – as well as those you don’t need.

People who get distracted by the romanticized, oversimplified “promises” of commonly-discussed LoA material are essentially trying to bake their cake using the cardboard box that it came in.

They bake the cardboard box right into the mix, then get upset when they’re chewing on cardboard. This is what happens when you take information – not just LoA information – at face value without applying critical thinking.

The content is in the ingredients and how they’re used, not the box itself.

When your thinking becomes calibrated with how reality actually presents itself, then you’re in a position to influence said reality because you’re finally playing with the rule set it’s constructed out of.

A huge part of this is becoming increasingly aware of the constraints placed upon you by your life-long social conditioning.

Social Conditioning is Not Your Friend

Our impatience with change is directly due to the fact that we force ourselves to live lifestyles that aren’t us. The difference between who we actually are – and what society has convinced us to be – is the root source of your impatience.

If you’re currently working a job you despise (or even merely tolerate), while spending most of your free time thinking about how you intuitively feel you should be doing something else with your life, rest assured the true you is suffocating underneath layers of social conditioning.

It’s this very conditioning that causes the skewed logic so many approach the LoA with.

This is why so many day jobbers want that million to manifest so badly.

They want to escape the life they’ve created, because they know it’s not truly them.

It’s a shallow, limited, semi-reflection of the darkest parts of themselves. Instead of abundance and self-fulfillment, they’ve successfully manifested the exact opposite.

If you identify with this, use it as an opportunity to recognize how your bodily sensation and interpretation of fear, worry, and doubt constrict your thinking, your behavior, and thus what you’re manifesting.

The LoA is very active and giving you exactly that which resonates with the emotional state of being you’ve been conditioned to adopt as your “primary default setting”.

There is no law (no pun intended here) preventing you from swapping these inputs, and switching out frustration for positivity. Pessimism with optimism. Fear with knowledge and confidence.

When these inputs are consciously adopted in place of your default conditioning, your reality WILL begin to change. It might take a few days or a week, but the shift will occur. Your greatest battle at this point is that of time, and hanging in there and holding that new state of being – despite being locked into your current circumstances.

Your environment is going to try and pull you back down to your old state of being, and this is your first true test.

You must persist through the weight of your environment just like your muscles persist against gravity when lifting a barbell at the gym.

Polarize as Hard and Fast as You Can Tolerate

Most people do not possess the inner strength to persist against opposing conditions until the shift fully crosses over.

This is exactly why you observe such stark, contrasting balances in things like wealth and living conditions in this world. The majority of this planet is polarized toward one extreme or the other in relation to scarcity and abundance. Those that neither consciously commit to one or the other end up in the grey zone, where change is the slowest and most subtle of all.

The grey zone is where most middle class people are caught, and with good reason. This is because even though such group might not be in their ideal situation, they have very little to actually complain about. All their needs are met. They have steady paychecks coming in. They can buy food regularly. They can even afford a few luxuries throughout the year.

It’s very hard to consciously admit that your work is uninspiring when it rewards you with so many material trappings.

Would you leave your current job if you genuinely understood how to not only make your current wage – but much, much more – doing work that genuinely inspires you?

With the abundance consciousness, you will work your way to this state progressively over time. The first and most important step is to begin the process of consciously and deliberately polarizing your current state of being. By switching your state of being to one that represents the “end state” of the emotional response you’d be feeling “when you finally accomplish” your goal, you begin resonating with and attracting those like-experiences immediately.

I’d like to bring this article to a close with a very thought-provoking quote:

“Everyone wants a magical solution to their problem, and everyone refuses to believe in magic.” -The Mad Hatter

About the author:

Jason Demakis a frequent Expanded Consciousness contributing writer. Read more of Jason’s articles HERE. Jason is best known for his writings of consciousness and meditation, and has profound knowledge in each.

Credit: Expanded Consciousness

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Consciousness and Intention

Consciousness and Intention

This is part I of Personal Transformation through the Cultivation of One Practice (Consciousness and Intention), by Brandon West the founder of Project global Awakening. The most direct way to make a profound and lasting change in your life is to cultivate a singular daily practice. Pick one practice to work on every day, one habit to establish, and make it your absolute intention to do that one thing each day, without looking beyond this one day. Just say to yourself, ‘If I can do this one thing today, then I will be satisfied and I will consider this day to be successful and productive through consciousness and intention.’

Wayne Dyer explains this perfectly:

“[A]ny resolution that involves you making decisions about long-range upcoming behavior reinforces the self-defeating notion of living in the future rather than in the present moment. In fact, you can go about resolving until the cows come home, and you still have to live your life just like everyone else on this planet—ONE DAY AT A TIME…

What you can do is set up day-to-day goals for yourself, and then resolve to begin living with present moment awareness for the rest of your life. For example, instead of deciding you are going to give up sugar for a year, resolve to go one day without eating sugar. Anyone can do virtually anything if it is for only one day.” (From Resolve To Get Real)

It is this attitude and this perspective which enables us to make progress towards a certain goal or aspiration, and in particular, transform ourselves. Especially if we choose a singular act that helps us live our bliss and act on our passion, talent and creativity; cultivate energy; connect to inner silence (universal consciousness & intelligence); and increase our level of awareness all in one practice, and to do this practice on a daily basis. This is the foundation for long-term and profound personal and spiritual growth.

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And once that essential one practice is deeply established, then we can use this same method for for the cultivation of any future habit and thus consciously direct our growth in any direction we choose, or are inspired to grow in.

THE POWER OF ONE PRACTICE

The act of directing our energy and focusing it onto a singular act or goal cultivates what is known as intention. Carlos Castaneda explains this force as such:

“… in the universe there is an immeasurable, indescribable force which sorcerers call intent, and that absolutely everything that exists in the entire cosmos is attached to intent by a connecting link.”

The power and significance of this force called intention, and of both cultivating and connecting to it, is that it has the power to transform and results in the manifestation of whatever it is which we have intended.

Deepak Chopra in The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success – LINK explains that attention directs energy, while intention transforms it. In other words, attention, such as in deeply concentrating our attention on something through the act of cultivating one practice with a specific purpose or intention established behind that practice, then our energy is directed into this area of our lives which causes it to grow and expand.

Intention however is the universal force of creation which is the power behind the manifestation of everything that we see in the universe, and everything that has ever been created either by Man or by nature, or by the cosmos itself. We cultivate intention, but that is misleading because intention is not a force that we possess. We have the ability to connect to this force and direct it consciously, and with free will, using our attention, and we are unique in all of creation in that sense. But this force is not ours.

We do not own it, it simply is available to us for conscious use because we are aware of our own awareness. This is why we are masters of creation and are a privileged specifies, because only we are endowed with this ability to wield the power of intention which is the same force wielded by theone consciousness or mind to manifest reality itself. The supreme mind as some call it. We are the same, with the same power, just on a different scale. That is why Jesus himself allegedly (allegedly … as everything about him is) referred to each one of us as Gods.

Consciousness and Intention

There are two aspects of the universe: intention and consciousness. They are not separate or anything, but rather two different aspects of the same fundamental universal dynamics.  Like two sides to the same coin, if you will. However I have come to believe that these forces are not the same. Consciousness is the awareness of the universe, available on all scales. It is the intelligence if you will that determines and directs the journey of creation, determining the birth of planets, and galaxies, and humans, and trees as it desires the existence of these things and focuses its own attention to manifest them. In the exact same way that we do.

But intention is the force that works through consciousness on all scales, and maybe even makes consciousness possible. And I believe the force of intention is just as unfathomable to consciousness on every scale as it is to us. Intention is the infinite energy and potential of the universe, whereas consciousness arises from the dynamics of this force to direct creation as it goes, exploring the infinitude of possibilities that are available.

Intention is the unfathomable field of infinite energy and information containing all possibility, while consciousness is the other side to intention, and all of creation is simply the byproduct of the creative interplay between the two.

INTENTION THROUGH ONE PRACTICE

So as attention directs energy, and as our attention begins to accumulate in a certain area of our lives, literally concentrating, then the force of intention begins to work through us, through our consciousness and directed to the focal point created by our attention to transform whatever it is that we are placing our attention on and manifest our desires.

This is not only the mechanism behind manifestation, but it is also the mechanism behind creativity.We become available for creativity and creative insights through whatever medium we are inherently tuned to, whether it’s music or poetry or prose, and we make ourselves available through our attention and commitment to an art, or to a pursuit or subject.

In the same way, we don’t actually manifest anything.We just have access to the force that does. Intention manifests, while consciousness simply chooses what to manifest. And there are various levels of consciousness. Our own consciousness is unlimited, and as we expand our consciousness through practices such as meditation and yoga, it becomes apparent that at higher levels our consciousness begins to meld with universal consciousness, with is the source of all other consciousness within all beingssimultaneously; the line between where the universe ends and our consciousness begins is lost because there never was a division in the first place. Separation was only a construct of the ego, an illusion, and a false belief and assumption about the nature reality.

So as we surrender our ego through meditation we become available to this aspect of ourselves. And our higher selves, as they are popularly referred to, are really universal consciousness. So to live in accordance with higher consciousness is to live with a greater degree of universal alignment and an understanding and embodiment of universal order. Yet even that higher level of consciousness is not doing the manifesting, but is still connecting to intention to manifest reality, simply organizing at higher degree of order.

Thus the cultivation of a singular practice then is the art of cultivating attention, while connecting to and becoming available for intention. And if you choose an art which is the embodiment of your bliss or a pursuit which is the object of your bliss, then the cultivation of your singular practice will transform you completely. As your attention becomes more powerful the longer that you sustain this daily practice of your choice, the deeper you can connect to intention, and the greater things that it shall work through you.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Brandon West  is the creator of Project Global Awakening (http://www.projectglobalawakening.com/6-reasons-to-subscribe/. A website dedicated to the research of a variety of scientific and spiritual disciplines, and applying that knowledge to help you live an inspired life and change the world. Follow Project Global Awakening on  Twitter.https://twitter.com/BJamesWest to amazon book Teachings of

Credits: Waking Times

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This is the first part to the series ‘Personal Transformation through the Cultivation of One Practice’, which is both the art of personal evolution and becoming a true creator of reality, one who lives of the source. Read Part II here: Spiritual Growth

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