Empathy is the art of putting yourself in another’s place. It is the faculty of transcending the almighty ME and feeling what others are feeling.
Empathy is the lubrication of civil society and of civilization itself. It has been said that an empath can taste salt when another person cries. When you learn to connect with your brother or sister; you have put your feet on the path of spiritual enlightenment.
You have become a spiritual adult when you can be in the moment with another person. Empathy is a Divine Connection that wipes away all human differences and allows us to practice true brotherhood.
A good leader is almost always a person of empathy. Only when a leader has been a servant, either with military service or some other service to others are they really fit to lead. If its all about them, empathy dies by the wayside.
In 2018 empathy seems to be in short supply. Even our spiritual leaders seem to have forgotten the lessons of the Master Teacher. Many are long on condemnation and short on forgiveness and tolerance. Ye among you who is without sin, let him cast the first stone. Sin is a Latin word that means missing the mark. It literally means “without”. We all miss the mark from time to time, I certainly have.
When I take stock of Rev. Dore’ I see a very intelligent person that often lacks wisdom and forbearance. I work on empathy daily for I know that to be empathetic is to practice the presence of God. Conscious knowing that we are all Divine Creations of the Great I AM, the Creator of all things, is vital to the good life, the Godly life.
Empathetic people understand that there is no distance between God and humankind. We swim in the love of God as a fish swims in the sea. God is all around us, in us and everywhere present. The empathetic person knows this, the self absorbed person does not.
The practice of empathy is the practice of Divinity. You are affirming that your brother and your sister are made of the same substance and created by the same Mind that creates all that exists.
Get over yourself for a while and practice the Godly faculty of EMPATHY.
Until we are together again, think well, speak well, love well and live well.
Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian, Sarasota, FLA
(check out my video podcasts on YouTube.com/revdore)