Detachment with compassion and without compassion


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One of the “issues” that arises in becoming a detached witness is that we often find it necessary to detach from what we feel to understand exactly what we are feeling. In detaching from what we feel to observe the feelings and their origins, we seem to lose much of the enjoyment of physical life.

This is completely true. One of the primary reasons individuals incarnate as human being is to have the experience of feeling. The joy of the human physical experience is to be in feeling, feeling the passion for life, feeling the passion for living and feeling the fulness of being. In fact as discussed in the various topics, “Fulness of Being,” “Inner Satisfaction,“ ”Internal Compass,” “Calibrating the Internal Compass,” “What Serves One’s Being,” “A life Worth Living,” and the like, a feeling of growth and expansion is key. Yet, as a detached witness we seem to detach from the very thing we need to be experiencing.

It is here the separate concepts and characteristic of energy and consciousness become very important. If we are not careful in how we use these characteristics, we will create a deep separation within our being. It is this issue which has given rise to the whole beliefs systems around the human being a body with a spirit or a spirit having a physical experience in a body and that Physical Creation is separate from, and different from the world of the unseen and the world of the spiritual.

What needs to be realized is that pure awareness has no feeling. It is aware. Feeling arises from a flow of energy and we feel when we are out of mind. Pure awareness is aware of what it feels but it is not attached to what it feel. Feeling is what gives rise to awareness. It is feeling the flow of energy which awaken awareness. The awareness arises when we detach it from the body and energy aspects. Awareness awakens when it feels. But the awareness must detach from what if feels for the awareness to become the pure awareness. Otherwise, the awareness is absorbed in, and by, the feeling but unaware it is not the feeling.

To become a detached witness is to become fully localized in the consciousness aspect of energy consciousness. To be totally lost in what we feel is to be totally localized in the energy aspect of energy consciousness. The issue is to learn to be free to be in both awareness and feeling and to dance between the two. The problem is to become attached to either one. If we are attached to the awareness, we never experience the true joys of creation/Creation, in essence, denying Creation. To be totally attached to what we feel, we become lost in creation/Creation and, in essence, end up becoming a victim and only be able to response to what we feel. We are unable to become the conscious creator of our experiences.

The real issue is to learn to dance between energy and consciousness. When we learn to dance between energy and consciousness we can then realize we can experience feeling with another, in com-passion, and wholeness or experience another without compassion in separation. The difference between feeling with another in compassion and without compassion is the desire to share what the other feels and the desire to be in feeling with the other.

The origins of the word compassion comes from the Latin, com “together” and pati “to feel, suffer.” to be unaware of what another feels is to be in separation. To be aware of what another feels and allowing onself to feel what the other feels is to be in feeling with the other or in compassion. However, unless we can become detached, we will become lost in the other’s feeling and think what we feel is our feeling. Without becoming detached from what we feel, we will be unable to see the origin of what we feel.

Creation is about consciously holding an intention and then surrendering to the flow of energy that gives rise to the desired experience without the interference of mind. This is why so much of our creativity is done subconsciously. It is become mind keeps interfering and we have not yet learned to control our mind.

To share an experience with another is to hold a common intention and then access and surrender to the flow of energy which brings the individuals together into a shared experience. To recognize this fact and be open to what one feels is to be in compassion with the other sharing the experience as each is able to experience. To not recognized this fact is to be with another but not in compassion but in separation.

Colloquially, we see compassion as feeling pity or having the desire to remove someone’s pain or suffering. We see the other in pain and desire to remove their pain. Such action comes from the mind and is often not true compassion. When one is in compassion there only our pain. The pain we feel will not be the same pain the other feels for each experience of pain is unique to the individual. But we know it is a shared pain. Our pain is alleviated as their pain is alleviated. Similarly our joy is their joy. It is not that we feel joyful because they are in joy. Rather we share their joy and their joy is our joy.

It is difficult to fully express in words what we feel in true compassion when we share what another feels and what we call compass when we separate from our mind. The main difference is how we approach the other. When we not separate from the mind’s idea of being compassionate, we do what we think we need to do to alleviate the pain and suffering we see. When we separate from the mind we experience true compassion and we can feel the pain of another we can begin to understand what is giving rise to their pain and, in turn, our pain. We end up acting in ways mind cannot always understand. The actions we take based on what the mind thinks tends to be shallow and don’t often go to the depth of the issue. Actions from true compassion go deep and tend to be focused toward the root of the issue. Actions of the mind tend to have a flavor of obligation and/or satisfy what others desire to seen or expect from us. Actions from true compassion often take us on the left hand path and cause us to step out of mind to become other than we normally or routinely would be lead to do.

Related topic
Detached witness
The human physical experience

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