Monday, June 20, 2016. There are perhaps more words in this post online at The Mind Unleashed – Uncover Your True Potential website than what anyone needs to read who already KNOWS they “are an empath” – but every so often even we can use a booster shot of reality. Those who have never considered such a state-of-being-alive might also enjoy taking a look at this post:
Scroll down through the article to find the numbered list of these 30 traits –
While everyone needs to find and utilize soothing, nurturing, supportive and restorative people, places and experiences in order to maintain health on all levels, I think this process has to me MUCH more pronounced for “Empathic People.” As world population grows by billions, as the environment deteriorates for living beings, the more complex the “inform-ation” empathic processes accumulate.
Because empathic abilities can be fatiguing it is even more important than ‘usual’ to find ways of making sure we are always getting stronger, not weaker. This can all be tough going in a materialistic culture where it seems most people are running around like so many animals (birds, fish, etc.) accumulating goods while enduring few empathic interactions in the process. Do these conditions create an overbearing overload on the most sensitive – including infants and young children?
Today I am simply pondering some of these things in terms of two images as I compare and contrast them: Feather and stone.
In both cases I don’t imagine (image in my mind) either of these in individual terms as being full of SOUND. I find this implication of silence interesting. Do we receive empathic information silently?
What can “act upon” us – or act upon a feather or a stone, to move us? How passive are we during these processes?
Do I receive information “in a feather mode?” Can I proceed to protect myself in ways that make what I experience stone-like – for good reasons – without losing the information as it might be useful? Which mode, then, is my “take in” mode and which mode is my “use it” mode?
What other images might arise for you when you think about the benefits, risks and processes of being on the very, very sensitive end of a spectrum of being-in-the-world?
What new universes of information are we being faced with in this time of rapid global changes? Who is paying attention to what? We really are information processors. Our responses? Tender, gentle, loving and kind. At the same time our species is learning about justice, without which mayhem rules – and that is NOT a good thing.
We are all, globally forging a new world. Humanity is growing up. In the meantime the ride is bumpy and risky at best. Perhaps what I need to do is visualize myself as an Iron Canary working in the mines of change.
Yeah. I’ll try that image on awhile.
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