A dam will stop water from flowing. Though a beautiful lake is formed and created, the progress of the water is halted. The same thing exists with the homonym of dam. To be damned is to have your progression blocked. As my life continues forward, there are times when I feel like my forward progression has ceased. Its at these times I have to stop and review my life to see if I really am being blocked in my progression by inaction on my part.
I learned a valuable gem in an audio class once. Put simply, there are two forms of action we must always work at in order to live. They were even taught by the Savior Jesus Christ.
First, we must never compare ourselves with others. Of course Jesus never directly taught this. But he did teach ‘Love thy neighbor as thy self’ and ‘Judge not lest ye be judged’. Those teachings combined are in effect us comparing ourselves with others. When we compare we are judging the other person, and that judgement falls back on us. We are also finding fault within ourselves and hating the other person for what we think they have going for them. What a tragedy. Never, never, never compare yourself to anyone else except your former self. And then only do the comparison to check on your progression. Use it as a tool to boost your self esteem when you think you aren’t doing all that well. Look to your past self and see how much more you have grown.
That leads into the second gem. Always work at learning something new. Jesus taught us the same, ‘Be ye therefore perfect’. The church teaches us that what we attain in this life will rise with us. So learning is the second great key. Learning is growth. And just like all living things on this earth, if we are not growing, we are dying.
As Empathic people, we have an even greater reason to follow these two simple rules. Never, never, never compare yourself to other intuitive, highly sensitive or empathic people. Your talents become distracted and shut down. You are of no help to those you serve and you suddenly take on even more emotions and negative energies than you can handle. Talk about an express train to depression land. Remember, just like everyone is progressing at a different pace spiritually, we are progressing at different paces empathically. Empathy is, in my opinion, assigned to most of us at birth. God has given to us what we will need to be of service to others. Take what he has given you and develop it more, so that you can be ready to serve even better as an Empath when called upon by God. Remember the biggest key to developing any intuitive, highly sensitive or empathic talent is LOVE.
Now, about that growth or dying thing. If you are working hard to learn more about your talents and how best to use them, . . . abracadabra . . . this is growth. You are not dying anymore. You are growing. So what if your growth and learning is not Algebra or English or Chemistry. Your growth and learning are instead, in the areas of relationships, spiritual communication, positive energies, empathy for others, charity and most important — LOVE. All of these have one thing in common. They are the activities we will be engaged in after this life. You are getting early training for the next life.
There have been times lately, I am just going along and the sudden realization hits me, “I AM AN EMPATH.” It wakes me up. I am different. I celebrate this. My heart is full of gratitude and happy tears whenever I realize this. I have a talent that intimately brings me more close to Savior. I am more like him. And I love him even more.
Till next time, keep your comparisons to yourself and keep on growing.
Love and Light,
The LDS Empath