( or my current take on understanding empathic awareness)
Within ancient cultures ( especially of the indigenous form), animism seems to have been the original belief system adopted by humanity. It’s a little paradoxical however because the ‘practice’ of, and the animist beliefs associated them were never extrinsic to man’s early existence.
“Our original way is not a belief system. It is a lived way of life, being a participant within the whole of the living world”. (Graham Harvey 2014).
We were closer to Nature, creatures, objects and places were all perceived to have a spiritual essence. All was deemed to be animate and alive.
Bearing this in mind it would be quite understandable that the human race had a natural empathic relationship with the world around them.
This may thus suggest that empathy was an organic and naturally occurring emotion in early Man.
Even today, one can still read of other cultures for whom this ethos predominates i.e. Native American and the indigenous Aboriginal let alone historical references including Hinduism and Buddhism to name but two.
The question is, what happened?
It seems patently obvious that currently most of society are happy to act as blind consumers of the Earth’s resources, be it animal, plant or mineral.
Even with each other there is an ongoing one upmanship. Individuals seeking more wealth and power than our peers in order to satiate our ego’s, thus warding off the underlying feelings of insecurity and disconnection.
Have we been socialised and conditioned out of these feelings?
For those of who are genuinely ’empathic’ or energetically sensitive, it would explain much.
Many of us feel :
– a natural loving affinity for all of Nature and the Earth
– an acute ability to feel the pain of others including humans, animals and the environment
– out of place in Western Society, as if we belong elsewhere
– often a sense of loneliness and anxiety eased when in Nature
So if this were the case, what can we draw from this supposition?
I personally feel that we need to remain authentic to ourselves and to individuate as individuals. This way we can be led by Spirit to serve our worldly purpose. We may not know the whole picture but in many ways we do not need to. We can be content in the knowledge that we are here to serve a purpose and to this we must be true. We should not mistake our empathic gift to be something to be used for personal gain or to be seen in isolation as a burden on ourselves as sometimes it may seem.
For being energetically sensitive is all about connection and realising the interconnectivity of all creation.
I have been fortunate in having experiences of feral vision and Advaita which seem to support this scenario.
Therefore the existence of the Oversoul / Collective Unconscious /Paramatman appears to be a defining issue in understanding true empathic feelings.
“I feel it with my body, with my blood. Feeling all these trees, all this country. When this wind blow you can feel it. Same for country … you feel it. You can look, but feeling … that make you. Feeling make you, out there in open space. He coming through your body, look while he blow and feel with your body…because tree just about your brother or father…and tree is watching you. Earth…like your father or brother or mother, because you born from earth. You got to come back to earth. When you dead…you’ll come back to earth. Maybe little while yet…then you’ll come to earth. That’s your bone, your blood. It’s in this earth, same as for tree” (Bill Neidjie 1985).