“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.” ~ Plato
Believe it or not, compassion is a consciousness. A floor level on which we must raise our elevators to. Compassion can become a practice, and a vibration with which we tune ourselves in to.
Much like a radio dial, everything in this universe has a certain frequency and once we tune ourselves in the first few times, we can easily recognise the sensations we experience from residing in that particular station.
But compassion is a powerful thing. It’s no coincidence that masters of life the world over teach that compassion is the highest goal we can achieve. Compassion cuts through density and shadow like nothing else, and for those who have had a hard time of it, it can literally save your life.
If you take just one step to pull yourself out of the sludge (or over-complexity of life) and into bliss, then make it this. Make it your task to see the world through a compassionate lens.
Once we practice seeing through the lens, we may discover that the lens was actually our true and unaltered selves in the first place. This ‘consciousness’ is inside every one of us literally waiting to be unlocked.
Here are three good places you can begin your transformation and search for that inherent compassion consciousness waiting for you within:
Have compassion for yourself and the rest will follow
Our inner voice can be transformed from a critic into a loving, nurturing parent once we practice compassion for ourselves. Seeing yourself as a third person or taking it upon yourself to ‘enter’ memories of hurt as your new compassionate adult self to stand up for the child who was wounded, can be fun ways to practice compassion.
If compassion begins as the radio station we tune to during meditative practice, then after a while it becomes second nature. And that is when we realize that compassion is our true nature.
In fact, observing the breath or focusing on a sound like the hum of the air conditioning is another fantastic way to switch off the mind precisely because it allows the true self and pure consciousness to flood back in. In halting the flow of thoughts we allow compassion consciousness to say ‘hello there, I thought (excuse the pun) you’d forgotten about me’.
The true nature of mind IS compassion consciousness, and when we practice operating from a place where time dissolves and our fight or flight is silenced, then we automatically tune to the radio dial of compassion. A radio station that actually IS our innate and ever-present selves.
“Sex is the seed, love is the flower, compassion is the fragrance.” ~ Osho
Remember the human behind each face you look in to
Although it may seem like doing this removes the complexity and colour surrounding each soul, we can unlock compassion consciousness through shedding the layers of judgment that attach themselves to material appearance.
A practice is to suspend all attachments entirely; to the rudeness of the person in front of you, to their anger, to their dismissal of you, to their dislike of the world around them. Part of the path to compassion is in becoming so unimaginably sensitive to this web of intricate non-verbal signals that we slurp them up like a sponge and become unable to see where we end and the other begins.
Many people across the globe play the victim or the wounded ego and become awful people… just awful terrible people who are unkind, selfish, unfriendly and what those who haven’t put down their duality lens yet might even describe as evil.
Is this ‘evil’ a portrait of their personality; a fixed archetypal-like montage of their past lives to date? Or could it be a collection of traces from the experiences they have attracted in their current life, ones which are doggedly following them about no matter how hard they try to shake free of them?
Are they carrying these traces because they ARE evil or have they just not found a way to put down that burden yet? Is there even such a thing as personality, or is there simply alignment or non-alignment with the Whole and pure consciousness?
In making the choice to see the raw human in everyone we look into, we chose not only compassion for those with leprosy or those who are obviously persecuted in an attempt to make ourselves look good to the external or the crowd.
We also chose to reflect back to them their authentic self, which is perfect and loved and in alignment with the universe. Without preaching or becoming didactic, we chose the simplicity of compassion and love even those people we perceive as having the densest and most difficult energy.
“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened.” ~ Buddha
Smile and the world will smile with you
Humour is often the sparkliest treasure to be found in the chest of compassion consciousness. If existence can be discovered to reside on the knife edge between survival and everything being a joke, then laughter helps us come back down to earth. What IS, is the perfect balance between the ridiculous and the solemn, and without both simultaneously juggling on the rope of direct experience, we fall off.
Not taking yourself too seriously extends to even smiling in the face of our own death. And we invariably do, because that is one of the few times we get so close to pure compassion consciousness.
When the veil is thinnest. Imagine crossing back over into non-physical experience only to kick yourself that you let yourself become too serious and forgot the flippancy of the whole thing. When time gets too important for you then that’s a sure fire sign that you need to meditate on death a little to get your perspective back in place.
Laughter dissolves time and allows you to swim in the beauty of pure presence. Being like a child allows you to align with (or remind yourself of) compassion consciousness; you tread that fine line between reverence and irreverence at the world around you as it comes spinning towards your face. This is why it can help to view the universe as holographic or an illusion… or as a simulation of your choosing.
Take your eye off it for a second and the whole thing will get too big for its boots and creates only more worlds of suffering. The simulation knows that the brighter you chose to shine, the better you thin the veil between physical and non-physical.
Compassion consciousness is something we pass on, because the moment you start living it, is the moment it spreads through those non-verbals. Everyone is like a sponge, whether they’re aware of it or not, and energy vampirism is just a way of explaining the opposite of what we really want to happen.
What we really want to do as a species is share and expand and unlock the consciousness that we know is waiting there to be discovered.
Like a ripple of light we are all egging each other on to GO THERE. Ironically, it’s only a matter of time.