Compassion, Life’s Greatest Gift


The atmosphere here on earth can be rather cold. I am not referring so much to temperature but rather  to temperament. Here in our little sector of the Universe we find ourselves shrouded in a blanket of gloom and indifference.


Stop for a moment, look around and observe. How many people are walking around smiling? How many are truly happy? Isn’t it often true that when someone is alive with enthusiasm they stand out like a sore thumb. Others will often look at this person and say, “How childish, foolish, how weird.” Or, “Maybe she should be taking life more seriously. Just wait, soon she’ll see this happiness can’t last forever.” Have you ever noticed when you are feeling joyful and bubbling over with excitement you inevitably push up against someone’s gloom?


You will not have to look very far to see that we have regressed to a point of joylessness. That spark of life, what I call the God flame within, for most of humanity exists as a mere flicker. Suppression lives in our atmosphere, entrancing, hypnotizing and binding us with its tentacles of limitation. Thick and dense thought forms envelop us as a race. If we could only see this, we would change our thought habits quickly.


How do we bring warmth and freedom back to this place that, by its very nature, is cold and indifferent? How do we raise our awareness? How do we break this spell of fear and criticism that’s woven into the very fabric of life? These are the questions that beg answers. The answers will serve as stepping-stones to your freedom.


Did it ever occur to you that everyone has a story to tell, yourself included? We all have a history, a very unique history of experiences that have shaped who we are and the way we express ourselves in this world. There is always a reason, a greater meaning behind our words and actions, and those of others.


Most people do not wish to harm one another. This is a fact.  People who lash out in anger and sometimes in violence do so because they are hurting, they are in pain. When the cause of their pain, which is locked in their subconscious mind, is contacted and erased, then the effect will go away. If they could be heard, if they could be allowed to speak of their pain and be given the opportunity to get it out in a safe way, they would not have a need to harm others.


When we change our inner atmosphere, this means how we react to life, then the outer atmosphere of our life will transform. We can decide not to quickly judge but instead to look beyond the appearance.  When we use our inner sight, what I call looking through the eyes of our soul, then do we open to compassion. Compassion is that sense of understanding what another is going through, and no matter what we love them right on through it.


Look deeper into the hearts and souls of your loved ones, and those that cross your path daily.  Look closer at the ones that seem to irritate you the most, those who constantly annoy you. Begin to realize they have a story to tell. If you could pause long enough to read the book of their life your heart would fill with compassion. Understanding why someone does what they do brings patience, forgiveness and compassion. To understand all is to forgive all. To forgive all brings a beautiful sense of freedom.


Charity begins at home. Then begin by looking deep within yourself. What do you still feel shame and guilt about? You too have a history, a story to tell. The God I know is incapable of judgment and loves you through it, as you yourself shall do for others. Let yourself off the hook and compassionately embrace all of you: the good of who you are, and also those parts of you that you still struggle with.  Once you do this you will find it remarkably easy to let others off the hook. Your spiritual unfoldment will evolve rapidly. See with the eyes of compassion, feel with a compassionate heart and then taste just how sweet life really is.


Namaste, Shastra

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