The Gift of Mercy

"Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your  understanding. Even as the stone of the fruit must break, that its heart may stand in the sun, so must you know pain."

  --The Prophet--  Kahlil Gibran

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  "Empaths and Empathy" --Daniel's brief summation of one of the key attributes of those who have the Orientation towards Consolation (Mercy).   

Traits and Characteristics of The Gift of Consolation--A summation on this gift--its strength and weaknesses (when practiced out of balance).  This is a work in progress.  Your own contributions are welcome.   

Definition:  Grounding Gifts:   That which connects and organizes Reconnection Activity within 3D.  (7 Grounding Tones).  Gifts of Stabilization and Flourishing for the Oneself Body of Earth.

Key Distinction:  There is a difference between performing an activity (which we all do) and having that area of life be the Core Motivation for your life purpose.  Each individual may perform these listed activities--but each performs it from a different root motivation. By determining, through trial and error, what turns you on the most, you can determine the appropriate priorities and community involvements that will best serve you and your unfolding universe.  

  Some Additional Views of Empathy---Here is a collection of various definitions for "Empathy" from various sources.

Mirina Sirtis as Counselor Troi, "Star Trek:  The Next Generation"

  Empathy is predicated upon and must, therefore, incorporate the following elements:

  1. An ability to imagine;
  2. The existence of an accessible Self (self-awareness or self-consciousness);
  3. The existence of an available Other (other-awareness, recognizing the outside world);
  4. The existence of accessible feelings, desires, ideas and representations of actions or their outcomes both in the empathizing Self ("Empathor") and in the Other, the object of empathy ("Empathee");
  5. An aesthetic frame of reference;
  6. A moral frame of reference.

                                               From:  Dr. Sam Vaknin

Inter-Subjectivity (alternate term) "This term refers to the status of being somehow accessible to at least two (usually all, in principle) minds or 'subjectivities'. It thus implies that there is some sort of communication between those minds; which in turn implies that each communicating minds aware not only of the existence of the other but also of its intention to convey information to the other. The idea, for theorists, is that if subjective processes can be brought into agreement, then perhaps that is as good as the (unattainable?) status of being objective - completely independent of subjectivity. The question facing such theorists is whether inter-subjectivity is definable without presupposing an objective environment in which communication takes place (the 'wiring' from subject A to subject B). At a less fundamental level, however, the need for inter-subjective verification of scientific hypotheses has been long recognized". (The Oxford Companion to Philosophy--1995)

  Contrasting Empathy with Other Phenomena:  One must be careful not to confuse empathy with either sympathy, emotional contagion or mind reading. Sympathy is the feeling of compassion for another, the wish to see them better or happier, often described as "feeling sorry" for someone. Emotional contagion is when a person (especially a child or a person in a mob) identifies with strong emotions others are showing and becomes subject to the same emotions themselves. Mind reading is a controversial paranormal phenomenon, which differs in that empathy is based (so far as is presently known) not upon the paranormal but upon sophisticated processing of what is seen and heard in the usual way. (from Wikipedia--Empathy)

The Ultimate Consoler's Movie:  "POWDER"  Starring Sean Patrick Flanery, Mary Steenburgen, Jeff Goldblum, Lance Henriksen.  

"Have you ever listened to people from the inside?  Listened so close you can hear their thoughts--and all their memories?" 

  "The Stolen Child"  This article applies equally to both intuitive feelers and Imagineers.  These traits usually show up in youth, and they are either embraced, shunned, exalted, or driven underground--dependent upon how safe an environment is established in the Family of Origin.   

  "Taking Over the Family Business:  Star Kids and Empathic Healing":  An article which was originally written for Children of the New Earth Magazine.  It seems that our New Kids are so intent upon making sure that WE "get it"......as parents....that they will often wear our "shadows" for us, until we are ready to own them overselves. 

  "Star Kids, Dolphins, and Whales"--The manner in which Consoler's process reality is not too dissimilar to the way Dolphins and Whales communicate in the waters of Earth.


 Empathy and Animals:  Some students of animal behavior claim that empathy is not restricted to humans as the definition implies. Examples include dolphins saving humans from drowning or from shark attacks, and a multitude of behaviors observed in primates, both in captivity and in the wild. See, for instance, the popular book The Ape and the Sushi Master by Frans de Waal.  (from Wikipedia)

 Crowd Sickness:  Empaths and Over-Stimulation:  Crowd Sickness is one of the major causes of illness in Empaths.  Until he (or she) learns how to shield himself, the Empath can become seriously bogged down in OPS (other people's stuff)!  

 Stigmata and Religious Ecstasy:   There are some religious experiences that cross the pleasure/pain barrier, and take on a character that some find a bit scary.  The jury is still out on this one.  Some people believe that this level of empathy is taking things a bit too far!  Others hold that all suffering or ecstasy (like the suffering of Jesus) is a choice, and part of the beauty of the Multiverse. 


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Spiritual Gifts:  Intro

Gifts and Planetary Gridwork

Gathering the Clans and Tribes

Tribe Imagination

The Ungroup: Conciliation

Highly-Sensitive People Web Site (HSP) Great Resource!

Meeting Your inner Genius

Links for Highly Sensitive People (I haven't reviewed them all, but here they are)

Families of the Heart

The Non-Verbal Dictionary of Gestures, Signs, and Body Language Cues

Being Together, Birthing Together

Kundalini Fire

The Star Children

Dreams of the Mass Mind

Living from the Heart (Without Losing Your Mind)

The Age of Communication

Creative Shadow Work

  Bridge People


Dealing With Emotions

Been Feeling Weird Lately?

Dealing With Psychic Disturbances

On Death and Dying

Labor Pains of the New Humanity

Art by Nan Deressa

The Living Language of Light

Principles of Healing

Planetary Alchemy

Ceridwyn's Cauldron

Energy Activations

Disease and Transformation

The Activation of Breath

The Emerald Tablets of Thoth

The Corpus Hermeticum

The Kybalion

Form and Substance

Encoded Digital Messages

About Alchemy

Famous Alchemists

More on the Philosopher's Stone

Healing and Health

Trans-Portals:  Energy Gates in Space and Time

Trans-Portals2:  Travel Within the Multiverse

Trans-Portals 3:  Building Astral Bridges

Trans-Portals and the Disease Process