Empathy & Compassion — Helping Others Without Being Judgmental
Judging others puts you in a position of superiority that no human being can boast to have achieved. If you exercise empathy in all life sit...
The first step to helping another is to refuse to empathize with them
It is noble to want to place yourself in the shoes of another person, feel their pain and experience life from their point of view. This is what is called empathy — a much needed trait in humanity that has the power to transform the world.
The irony of this trait is that it puts you in a position of judgment. It is involuntary judgment because the heart does not want to view the negative in the character of a person, but the negative in their circumstances.
A good person cannot be without empathy and this is how the world expects all of us to be. If you do not seem to understand what another human being is going through, you are viewed as cold and ruthless.
While empathy is meant to understand all human circumstances in the same way, we find ourselves showing the most empathy to our close friends and relatives.
If you allow yourself to feel empathy for everyone you come into contact with, you set yourself up for a bumpy ride of emotions that accompany every situation.
Empathy becomes more pronounced if you see someone going through a situation that you have found yourself in the past. It may be a situation that has still not been resolved completely and this has the power to bring back a flood of emotions.
If a situation you have been happens to another person, you think that you are better equipped to empathize with them because you have risen past the vibrations of that negative energy.
Judgement in Empathy
Judgment in empathy stems from the fact that you had made judgment of a situation when it happened to you and when it occurs again even if it is in another person, the same judgment will be transferred to them.
The business of judging others is not for human beings and it should be avoided at all costs. Trying to empathize with others not only lowers your emotional strength but also makes you lose your connection to divinity, which could actually be helpful in helping the other person to heal.
The human soul equates empathy to compassion which, in reality, is deciding what another person is feeling and then trying to condition your heart and mind into their same exact state.
The universe has a way of channeling positive energies where there is positive thinking. If both the victim and the empathizer were to fall into a state of lower energies and suffer as a result, then there will be no one to help the other to come out of this state.
Just do it!
Being too compassionate will invariably make you think too much about the problems of those that you want to help, which, in turn, will make you analyze the circumstances that led them to where they are. And, sooner or later, you will find yourself judging them for making the wrong decisions.
Not only that you don’t have the complete picture, but it’s not your business to judge them in the first place.
The only way out of this cycle is to deliberately refuse to be over compassionate, empathetic and judgmental. Don’t think too much about helping someone — just do it!
By Dylan Harper, Dreamcatcher Reality
Dylan is a 31-year-old surfer from California. He traveled the world, rode the waves and learned the universal concept of oneness. He is a vegan for over a decade and, literally, wouldn't hurt a fly. He was reunited with his twin soul in Greece, where they got married and settled... for now. Dylan is a staff writer for DreamcatcherReality.com and teaches surfing to children.