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Updated on June 20, 2013
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Empathy

The development of empathy is the one skill that greatly aids any individual on their spiritual path. Empathy is the deepest of skills. It allows a person to experience and feel the emotions and feelings of another, whether it be a person or an animal (or in some cases even plants, and all the natural world), or at least feel pity for another being.

Spiritual progression comes to a grinding halt without empathy. Before being able to empathize deeply with someone else, beliefs are perhaps based on ideas and thought structures, driven from books or holy book The energy generated through beliefs can carry an individual a long way, through the power of thought alone.

But there comes a time, when a person’s own reality, and the highly subjective nature of it, becomes more and more apparent, and this is also a time when empathy can start to develop truly.

It is time of real reckoning.

Perhaps everything really isn’t as it seems.

Out of empathy comes true compassion. Because empathy envelops that which is under observation, it is also resonant with a sense of oneness - and this sense of oneness is the destination that all beings are striving toward, whether they realise it or not.

Throughout history, books and holy books have been written (and re-written!) to suite the motives of certain people, where placing ideals and beliefs are paramount.

But where are those beliefs without consciousness? How is it possible to believe anything at all, without the reflective nature of consciousness?

The key lies in consciousness, and it is consciousness that permits certain understandings, and empathy is one of these abilities that expand when an individual lets go of precious beliefs and ideas.

With the advent of empathy, a whole range of behaviours, once taken for granted, suddenly look limited in scope and somewhat distasteful.

If empathy was truly in place across the world and in all humanity, many bad things wouldn’t be happening right now, whether it be to humans, animals, or the Earth in general.

(For the psychological approach to empathy, look at this hub http://hubpages.com/hub/Empathy-in-practice as it covers the work by Karl Rogers, who enshrined certain principles for therapeutic practice, including empathy).



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      Charles 4 years ago from Wales, UK

      Thanks for visiting Eric... yes I agree, in some ways it therefor makes life more difficult... I've always liked the analogy that the journey back to the Creator is like a fish swimming upstream!

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      A wonderful hub. I have this to say about empathy which I have worked hard to develop. "Here is the good news and the bad news, you feel everything more deeply".

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      Charles 6 years ago from Wales, UK

      mikeq107- thanks for visiting! - I too was brought up in a fairly religious (Christian) environment, but not too dogmatic. But still, I was still the result of all the stuff I was presented at Church - if I had been brought up in in a different place, maybe I would have been a Muslim instead, or a Hindu...I'd love it if humans realised how we're products of what we think we know, not free, until we take deeper stock of things

      Happyboomernurse - thanks for the comments, appreciated!

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      Gail Sobotkin 6 years ago from South Carolina

      Great hub about an important topic. I totally agree with your last sentence, "If empathy was truly in place across the world and in all humanity, many bad things wouldn’t be happening right now, whether it be to humans, animals, or the Earth in general."

      It is our empathy that leads to compassion and hopefully to treating other living beings and animals with love and respect. Am voting this hub up, useful and beautiful.

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      mikeq107 6 years ago

      Hi elecrto :0)

      Voted up...excellent hub, nail on the head and all that....Love this statement...

      Spiritual progression comes to a grinding halt without empathy. Before being able to empathise deeply with someone else, beliefs are perhaps based on ideas and thought structures, driven from books or holy books.....

      What you have written there is pretty much the basis of all religions...I grew up a religous man and as a member all I had to do was become a droid and follow the rules.

      After many years of searching through trial and error I now have Empathy with a real living agape loving God and all his creation. Man and his religion will and have never acomplished much only nasty crusades, wars and racial Tension...ok I could go,I know you Get it :0)

      Great Hub!!!

      Mike :0)