Compassion must be cultivated upon
the journey through life or
The essence of an
Awakened Heart compassion is not
a sentimental response.
All great religions use compassion as the supreme unifying
principle of life.
Compassion is the key that
unlocks the door which
leads to the
The catalyst of all
coöperation is the
neurochemical oxytocin which bonds human beings and eases the natural
suspicion of alien culture.
Oxytocin unlocks the boundaries allowing
mirror neurons to fire in
When people act
compassionately toward each other oxytocin is released.
a deep, tender, ineffable feeling of
based upon an underlying
sense of oneness
Compassion expands individual
Fear of death is
implicit in objectivist
Compassion breaches the fortress
Large creatures lavish far more care upon
Long lived creatures interact with their own species
over longer periods.
Lengthy nurturing periods for the young helps
created a pattern of social behavior that makes altruistic behavior
advantageous in small groups.
When examining particular social
interactions in ancient times there is a need to assign values appropriate to a
primitive hunter-gatherer society.
We inherited a like for
fatty foods - a behavior that the
'food processing' industry and its
Our instinctive liking for such foods is
probably a remnant of the huge calorific
benefit of these scarce resources for early hunter-gatherers.
Analysis of optimal
behavior patterns applies to
sharing food, exchanging services, exercising care for youth, hunting on behalf
of others, and so forth.
Analysis of behavior patterns reveals tactics
of bartering, and games of
strategy, will be activities for which humans possess a transcultural
When making contact with any culture alien to ours we
assume it evolved from patterns of
behavior naturally selected for
in preference to others.
We should not be
surprised, under nearly every
circumstances, to find cooperative, altruistic behavior at
the root of
most systems of religious
Adoration is possessive.
Ancient Greek has four
distinct words for 'love':
Éros, Storge and
unconditional compassion for all existence.
Éros is passionate 'love' or lust - the
sensual erotic desire of sexual possession of the body of
Storge is familial
loyalty displayed through
affection over time.
Philía has four children: two sets of
twins ~ !
Two forms of inwardly expressed "love" in Philía
suggest two forms of outwardly expressed "love" in Philía.
One can be enamored
be enamored and awed by another.
One can care about oneself or
one can hate oneself.
One can care about another or
one can hate another.
Narcissists gaze longing
into the pool only seeing mask they wear,
never seeing their true
a thinly veiled fear of death,
skating on the thin ice of not-life,
waiting to fall down a
projection of Philía by a
appear genuine but a narcissist
wears a mask.
Philía's evil twin,
living on the other side of the
mirror, then rears her ugly head and
strikes like a Cobra!
The rule of recoprocity does not apply to the
Greeks recognized two forms
of self-love in
In its negative form philautia is
the selfishness with
wants of pleasure,
wealth beyond natural
In its positive form philautia is
feeling secure in
empathy for validation of others.
Agápe is the movement of the Holy
Agápe is manifested in three actions:
romantic affection, the
psyche moves toward the object of its erotic
affections in the hope of merging.
contemplation, the mind contemplates the
reality of nature through the
exercise of reason.
In mystical transformation, the
Walking the Thinspace desires
infinite Union with the Soul of
Confused Christians believe Agápe entails
not as commonly
self-sacrifice of ego, a
release of agency.
Agápe of the Creator and
Sustainer is seen in Creation.
pushes in the direction of true selflessness.
reciprocity humans learned to
favor-giver avoids blatant
cheaters preferring generous
A competition arises between actors wanting to appear
to be generous.
At this time a reputation for fairness and generosity
becomes an asset.
The most effective way to appear generous and fair, is
to be so.
The genuinely generous partners are weaned from
evolve to be genuinely high-minded -
Not one of you is a believer until he loves
for his brother what he loves for himself.
No one of you is a believer until he desires
for his brother that which he desires for himself.
And if thine eyes be turned towards justice,
choose for thy neighbor that which thou choosest for thyself.
This is the sum of
do naught to
others if done to thee would cause thee pain.
Whatever is disagreeable to yourself do not do
Compare oneself to others in such terms as,
just as I am, so are they, just as they are, so am I .
An it harm none, do what thou wilt.
"Is there a single word
to guide conduct through life?"
The Master answered,
"It is shu
This is the sum of duty:
pain is reflected like a mirror.
Hurt not others with that which pains
The heart of the person before you is a mirror.
there your own form.
traditional religion of Nigeria)
One going to take a pointed stick to poke a baby
should first try it on himself to feel the pain.
If you haven't the will to gladden a
then at least beware lest you hurt a heart,
for on our
path, no sin exists but this.
Regard your neighbor's gain as your own
and regard your neighbor's loss as your own loss.
Do for one who may do for you,
may cause him thus to do.
Do not return evil to your
requite with kindness the one who does evil to
maintain justice for your enemy, tolerate your enemy.
the need for mutual respect and the kinship of all humanity.
What is hateful to you,
do not to your fellow men.
the entire Law; all the rest is commentary.
Lao Tze, a contemporary of
Confucius, writes in the 6th
teaches at the dawn of the 5th century BC.
Socrates perfected instructions
to his students as the 4th century closed.
Jesus the Tekton
died for sharing proprietary
knowledge imparted by the
Philo the Pythagorean thus
upsetting the social order.
Freed of the unnatural desire
reality we find sacred
The "Axial Age" is the
fulcrum of cultural awakening from
consciousness into rational
consciousness for humanity
on a whole.
sages experiencing integral consciousness
recognized tempering brute
selfish rationality in Gesellschaft culture required
the participants to abide by the Rule of Reciprocity which worked in
tight knit social
The ancient call of
empathy abandons selfishness and
Compassion is hollow of value as an
Literalist movements are
concerned with promoting doctrine out of
context and work endlessly
to sheild religious dogma from the light of reason.
keeps the concentration on
compassion safely within the
of the chosen circle of believers.
Muhammad ibn 'Abdullāh, operating in
consciousness, wanting to craft a humanity that understood
integral consciousness sung a
In the Garden of
Nirvana where integral consciousness reigns emotional suffering ceases and
dethrones the stifling ego.
Cultural traditions are seen
as the Masquerade they
are by True Prophets.
True prophets understand that
respect for Life brings you into
Ekstasis, or ecstasy, in Greek
Anyone can step
consciousness by "stepping outside"
patterns by recognizing the
limitations of rational dissociation.
consciousness - outside the prison
of primitive emotion supporting
greed and envy - is not
an exotic state of
To do so simply requires
the sacrifice of preconcieved notions.
The way to end hostility is to
learn to think and practice the
We return thanks to our Mother,
the Earth, which sustains
We return thanks to the
supply us with water.
We return thanks to all
medicines for the cure of our diseases.
We return thanks to the
give us light when the sun
was gone down.
We return thanks to the
that has looked upon the
a beneficent eye.
Lastly, we return thanks to the Great Spirit,
Whom is embodied all
all things for the good of Her
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