Super Charge Your Compassion!
Hi! Welcome to the member video blog entitled “Creating a Compassion Force Field.” This video blog is designed to go with the public video blog entitled “Superhero Syndrome.” In that video I talked about how our mind can use our compassion to distract us from the work we have in front of us. It can convince us that the right thing for us to do is to rescue other people instead of doing our own work.
The greatest impact we can make on the world is by doing our own work, not only so that we can create abundance for ourselves, but because in doing that work we are actually changing the energetic patterns of the world around us. That being said, I don’t want to suggest that the experience of compassion is worthless or useless. In fact I think we can use compassion as a way also of elevating the energy field around us. We just need to do it in a way that actually empowers us, not distracts us.
Loving-Kindness Meditation To the Rescue!
Today’s tool is one that I’ve used for many years. I feel like it’s a really effective way of channeling our compassion in a way that recognizes its true impact. The tool is called the loving-kindness meditation and it’s offered by Thich Naht Hanh.
When he offers this meditation Thich Naht Hanh suggests that we might visualize the world as a pool, with the loving-kindness meditations falling like pebbles into the pool. As the ripples of water spread out from that pebble, so our intention flows out like those ripples embracing everything in its path. Another image I like is that of light pouring from my heart center and flowing into the world, bounding over mountains and rivers and encapsulating the person to whom the intention is directed.
Feel the Power
The important thing to realize is that this intention has impact, that as you are offering it you are elevating the energy field around you. You’re creating possibility and real opportunity for people in a way that you can’t do if you rescue them. The energy isn’t intrusive; it’s inviting.
I can say that from having used this several times myself – particularly when I use it with people who are difficult for me – that my interactions with them are altered. It’s lighter, it’s easier, it flows more gently as though we are both elevated above the anxiety and into a realm of more creative potential.
Thich Naht Hanh suggests that we use the loving-kindness meditation as a way of expanding our own heart center. He recommends that we do this as a practice by first directing the intention toward ourselves. Second we direct it towards an acquaintance, someone that you might feel a bit neutral about. Third by directing it to someone you love. And fourth by directing it to someone who you have problems with.
That combination of practices helps to create flexibility in our compassion center. Of course you can use it with anyone to whom you want to extend compassion and loving-kindness. These are the words I use for my own loving-kindness meditation, starting with myself. You simply adjust the words as you direct it towards others:
May I be peaceful happy and light and body and spirit.
May I be safe and free from injury.
May I be free from anger, fear oppression and anxiety.
May I learn to look at myself with the eyes of compassion and love.
May I learn to touch and see the seeds of growth and prosperity in my life.
Develop Your Mantra
You can use those words, add new verses, write your own words – however you feel led. I think it is a really good idea to have the same words for each time you do the intention. There’s something about creating a mantra effect that deepens the ritual.
As you use this practice, be sure and imagine the force field that you are creating in the world. Take seriously the fact that you have the power to do this. See what you notice with the people around you. See what you notice about how your interactions with people change. I would love to hear how this goes for you so feel free to share!