“Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.” —Albert Schweitzer
Compassion from the soul level happens when we spiritually embrace another soul without reservation or judgment. Compassion validates people in a profound way . . . it is a deep heart connection that heals by overcoming the feeling of isolation and separation we all carry. When we offer compassion to another, we activate a connection that tremendously expands our sense of self, and in doing so, our happiness and sense of wellbeing grows as well.
As we explore the depths of our consciousness, we come closer to the essence of our shared humanity. This private journey of self-realization actually leads us to a most intimate compassion for all people. Our meditation today takes us to that inner space of universal compassion and joy.
Our centering thought for today is:
I radiate sympathy and acceptance.
Our Sanskrit mantra for today is:
“Karuna Hum.” I am compassion.
“What I know for sure is that we really are all the same. We’re all the same inside, all wearing different costumes, representing different cultures, traditions, beliefs, and when you open yourself up to feel somebody elses journey without judgement or blame, but with kindness and compassion, you’re opening up a path of light for yourself. Welcome to day 18 Radiating Compassion. Compassion, quite simply, is seeing, hearing and feeling someone else as if they are one with you. It is what bonds us. It is what we seek from one another. From 25 years on the Oprah Show, every guest wanted to know the same thing – did you see me? Did you hear me? Did what I say matter to you? When you listen and see and feel from a place of compassion, you build a connection from your soul to someone else’s soul from the inside out. A whole new dimension of happiness awaits.” ~Oprah
Karuna is pure compassion borne of the knowledge of our absolute connection to everyone. Karuna hum elicits compassion for all from this place of shared consciousness in every person.
Compassion, which is sympathy for those who are suffering, has always been a spiritual quality.
The Buddha is beloved as the compassionate one. All of us want to have sympathy with someone else’s suffering. It comes naturally to be sympathetic but there are also challenges. There will always be pain and suffering in the world and seeing this can be overwhelming. How can you and I, as individuals, make a difference?
There are acts of charity we can perform but at a deeper level, suffering is caused by separation of the soul from our source. We can’t really make a difference in lightening the suffering in the world until we first heal the separation in our soul.
In the Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna says that fear is borne of duality. This may be a new idea to you but there is a fascinating truth here. If people are in fear because they are disconnected from their true self, then in spiritual terms, no one deserves to suffer.
By finding the true self, it is possible to go beyond the level of suffering to find the level of peace, contentment and joy. You can be a living example that this is so by radiating compassion and sympathy from your own being. It shows a kind heart to sit and comfort those who need comforting. I don’t agree, however, with the root words of compassion which means to suffer with rather than suffering along side someone else, it’s better to uplift them. In whatever way you can inspire someone else, you are showing compassion by helping someone to see that there is a way out of pain, bringing the first taste of freedom.
At the deepest level, we are inspired by those who have walked the path and become totally free.
They are the spiritual guides of humanity. By finding your true self, you will radiate the same compassionate energy because it is a quality of the true self. Separation means that you feel alone and isolated. When you come out of separation, you are united with everyone else. How can you not feel compassion when other people are as close to you as you are to yourself? This is the secret wisdom hidden inside the quality of compassion.
The expansion of happiness is the expansion of our soul. As we move deeper into our existence, we make more soul connections to others. We feel and know others from the inside out without judgement or blame. This is the embrace of our compassion. It is not an exercise. It is the recognition and feeling of yourself in the divinity of others. This compassion is a kind of communion of the soul that enlarges us. This may be what the Dalai Lama means when he says, ‘My religion is very simple. kindness is my religion’.
Now, let’s consider our centering though, “I radiate sympathy and acceptance.”
Now, let’s prepare to meditate. Make yourself comfortable and close your eyes. Become aware of your breath and breathe slowly and deeply. With each breath, allow yourself to become more deeply relaxed. Gently introduce the mantra, Karuna Hum. This mantra develops deep compassion for all living beings. Repeat it silently to yourself. With each repetition, feel your body, mind and spirit open and receive just a little more.
My Thoughts & Experience
This meditation really got me thinking. About a lot of things. About compassion. And about Karuna. Specifically Karuna Reiki.
It got me to think, since the main principle of Karuna Reiki is compassion, that as a Master practitioner, I could just create my own type of Reiki just like all the rest.
I could call it Ananda Reiki (Bliss Reiki), Shanti Reiki (Peace Reiki), Prema Reiki (Love Reiki), Lila Reiki (Play Reiki), Sarva Reiki (Wholeness Reiki), Shree Reiki (Joyful Reiki), Dharma Reiki (Purposeful Reiki), Mitraya Reiki (Helpful Reiki), Kleem Reiki (Laughter Reiki), Rabhasa Reiki (Passionate Reiki), Seva Reiki (Selfless Reiki), Vira Reiki (Strength Reiki), Purna Reiki (Fullness/Whole Reiki), or Aham Reiki (I am Reiki).
I am very partial to the way Sarva Purna Reiki, Seva Reiki, Dharma Reiki, and Aham Reiki sound.
Okay, now…on another note, compassion.
I agree with Deepak that I don’t agree with the “root words of compassion which mean to suffer with rather than suffering along side someone else,” it really is better to uplift them.
There need to be boundaries laid down. As a counselor and as a healer/Reiki Practitioner, there will always be people who will try to pull you into their gloom. There will always be those people who do so without even realizing it. There will always be those darkest darks that people go through that we will hope to try to help and save. But they must want to be saved.
We must be aware of Secondary Gain. The hidden pleasures and gains that people grow to appreciate as a result of pain and dis-ease.
We may love them, but we needn’t suffer along with them.
We may sympathize with them, but we needn’t be drained or take upon their burden.
We are there to help, to heal, to excite, to tickle, to joke, to cook, to wash, to hug, to kiss, to love, and to raise up.
We are there to be compassionate.