My Journey Towards Compassion: For others and myself

Dear reader, I dare say that the main reason we are here, in a world which resembles hell more than anything else because of the appalling suffering that goes on, is so we can be more compassionate. Like Jesus said, “To love and nothing else”. He knew what he was talking about. We just didn’t listen, as Hans Wilhem so masterfully puts it.

Interestingly, we are in a world system which focuses on capitalism as the drive behind all our actions and goals: Me first, you later. Every man for himself, and God for us all is such a paradox because we forget to realize that God is all of us. If we want God to be for us we need to be of service to others. Hans explained that service is the epitome of love. That we cannot learn to love if we focus on our individual needs and wants and prioritizing them each time without regard for the wellbeing of others. In fact, I would go as far as to claim that nobody could be happy if they chose to ignore the suffering of his brother or sister, which we all are to one another. God didn’t intend for us to separate from the whole. He made us so we would live for one another. If we cannot learn this fundamental truth, we might find ourselves suffering until the end of times, God forbid, until we learn to give to others our love and attention without expecting anything in return.

You know how sometimes we get bitter because things are not happening for us? You know how for example, you would look at your blog and notice not a single person reacted to what you had to say? When this happens, which is more often than I can count, the first thing that comes to my mind is a question: When was the last time I read and reacted to what someone else had to say? I have followed some blogs here on WordPress and those people have just as much important things to talk about as I think I have and they deserve likes too. I immediately go on the Reader and read some of the posts there. I would like and react just the same way I would wish someone to do the same for me. In other words, if you are the first to give, you shouldn’t worry about not receiving. It is guaranteed that you will receive what you give.

And this takes me to my final point, which is perhaps the main reason I got up this morning to write. You and I will always get what we give. I don’t mean to be harsh but even God cannot intervene where this principle applies. If you caused someone pain, you would wish to be forgiven and perhaps you would be but you won’t die before you experience the same pain you caused. You could pray a hundred times and be a saint but you must face the same energy you put out. I am saying this because it happened to me and for me many times than I can recall. Every time someone hurt me I would notice them get hurt the same way. Sometimes it would be soon, others would take longer. In the same manner, I get paid back every time I hurt someone by experiencing the same pain, except that it would be even more painful to me because I would have forgotten why this is happening to me. I would feel like the justified victim until the moment I realized I brought this upon myself and no, God is not going to do anything to make it go away. I just need to do nothing and just let the Karma play itself out. It is the harshest truth but truth nevertheless! Which brings me to the conclusion of this point: It is Karma that reminds us to stay compassionate and considerate of other people’s wellbeing. It is not going to be always about me, in fact, my whole life could be about service to others first and foremost, which is why we cannot pass up on caring for others just as much as we would care for ourselves, if not more.

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