Compassion – Oxford Dictionaries Online – Middle English via Old French Latin, from compati ‘suffer with’
For some weeks I have been trying to organise my thoughts around compassion; the importance for each of us to feel compassion for ourselves and for others. For those of us working on our soul’s journey towards spiritual ascension/enlightenment in this lifetime, compassion and love are interlinked. We cannot have one without the other. My concern was how to write on this topic from a secular point of view so as to not cause further pain or offence to people who are suffering. And there it was!
This morning I read a heart-wrenching article in the Guardian newspaper under the heading “What Did I Miss?” Written by journalist Joanna Moorhead, the story is about Charlie Roberts who in 2006 walked into an Amish school near his home in Pennsylvania USA and shot and killed five young girls aged between 7 and 12 years and injuring five others, before turning the gun on himself.
His mother Terri, in her terrible grief, agonised through the minutiae of his life trying to work out what traits her son may have had that could have warned her of his potential to carry out this terrible act.
His traumatised wife and parents found it difficult to organise his funeral as, to quote his mother Terri, “Which undertaker, after all, would want to handle the burial of a man so loathed?”
Joanna Moorhead continued – ‘Eventually, though, it was arranged. The family braced themselves for a media barrage. As they walked through the churchyard, Terri remembers, she could see the telescopic lenses of the media trained on them.’ “We felt vulnerable – we knew everyone was looking at us. Then, from behind a shed, a group of Amish people appeared, men in tall hats and women in white bonnets. They fanned out into a line between the graveside and the road. They were protecting us from the media.” Those who many of us would think should be filled with hate for the massacre of and injuries to their beloved daughters instead were forgiving and compassionate. “We are sorry for your loss” they said.
We are exposed to so many terrible traumas these days. Large numbers of people being massacred or tortured regularly. It is easy to jump to judgement and hate. It is much more difficult to sit with a story or event for awhile and try to look further into the background. Why did this happen? What caused this?
I believe there are no accidents. Everything happens for a reason. We are not always able to know the reason. In eastern religions, they talk of karma. In Christianity, God is blamed. Who knows the truth?
Would you like to be able to do something to help those suffering from within the privacy of your own home? If so, all you need to do is just open your front heart chakra and send love and compassion to those who are suffering, the victims and the perpetrators, knowing that we don’t have to know why, but we can help the healing by sending the energy of love and compassion to all of those affected and in need.
The side effects are love and compassion for yourself. Bonus!
One of our seven major chakras/energy centres which bring life force energy/prana/chi into our physical bodies is located at the front of our torso close to our physical heart. Shaped like an ice cream cone and aligned horizontally out from our body, our front heart chakra is located on the sternum/breast bone between the breasts and penetrates right into the heart.
To feel love and compassion for ourselves and others, our front heart chakra must be open and energised.
close your eyes and take your awareness to your front heart chakra – inhale
with strong intention, exhale while silently stating
“opening and energising front heart chakra now. As I will, so be it.”
feel the expansion of this chakra, as peace, love and compassion, flow out from your heart centre
direct these feelings towards individuals, groups or countries who are suffering
sit in this quiet and gentle space for as long as you can.
With love – Lindsey
“Grand Designs – Reflections of a Soul/Oversoul” Volumes I to 5 by Patrick Francis
“The Tao of Forgiveness – The Healing Power of Forgiving Others and Yourself” by William Martin