Pity On None, Compassion For All

AnnieBurnside3 2It is vitally important that we deepen our understanding and outpouring of compassion by first acknowledging a key difference between compassion and pity.

Most of us are taught that pity and compassion are close cousins, if not identical twins.

Whether outwardly stated or not, often the energy behind the healing thoughts, words and actions that we extend toward others in the name of compassion is laced with pity surrounding their unseemly predicament or state of being.

Our assistance is often well-meaning, but usually along with the helping hand, the donor subconsciously doles out an energetic belief that matches the “unfortunate” situation, actually helping to sustain the current energy surrounding the state of affairs.

A true soul to soul perspective, however, is that compassion is not an I can do it for you kinda vibe but rather a YOU can do it for yourself vibe.

In other words, the most healing offering that we can ever freely give to others is to see/feel them as who they really are (Tweet-worthy!) beyond their physical masks and predicament—past their “human suit” and into their true eternal and infinite nature.

It is their highest potential as a self-realized spirit-embodied human being that we hope to ignite through our offerings, not simply a reinforcement of their perceived “stuckness” and misfortune.

It is always the feeling behind the assistance that matters most to initiate true and lasting change in our good works.

Compassion that leads to healing comes through nothing less than a heightened awareness of the other’s divine essence. Acknowledgement of this in our heart and mind, as we offer the warm cup of coffee, the used clothing or the large financial donation is of utmost importance to both the giver and the receiver.

It is the energy exchange that really seals the deal, for upliftment and expanded awareness are truly priceless.

So, give a gift that keeps on giving. Offer compassion to those in “need” sans pity with a powerful punch behind it—an infusion of positive, empowering energy that speaks volumes without opening our mouth.

Really see the individuals before you. Feel their presence. Acknowledge their magnificence as an aspect of infinite divine essence.

For what stands before us, is nothing short of a luminous soul in human form.

We must teach our children the feeling behind loving service—Compassion Unplugged—and make an active healing difference in the lives of those we touch.

Love,

Annie

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A modern bridge between the mainstream and the mystical, Annie Burnside, M.Ed. is a soul nurturer, award-winning author, and teacher specializing in parenting, conscious relationships, authentic living and spiritual development. Her book Soul to Soul Parenting won the 2011 Nautilus Silver Book Award. Connect with Annie on Facebook and engage with her on Twitter.