I would like to congratulate filmmakers Viv, Anna and Elizabeth for reaching their Kickstarter goal!! The film is now a go and you will be hearing a lot about standinmyshoes.com and the project.
I will be speaking soon for an ABC primetime brief discussion on the science of the near-death experience, what it has to teach us and how it is linked with restoring the empathy deficit.
What follows can be read at www.standinmyshoes.com/blog
I have a few brief comments that I would like to share regarding empathy, compassion and forgiveness, and methods to reach a state of “knowing” about these three key components of the human journey:
There is a way to strengthen the heart-brain connection, to open and balance the heart chakra(s), to reach the understanding that we are all links in the same chain, or, as beautifully stated by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “We are all tied together in a single garment of destiny,” a spiritual clothing, if you will, which we weave together as ONE. Dr. King continued on to say – “I can never be what I ought to be, until you are allowed to be what you ought to be.” The key in this process of understanding is the realization that whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. It is a collective effort: raising our personal consciousness, then that of our neighbors. We can effect a pulling up by our bootstraps that will solve humanities problems. We can, and must, begin the process of collectively waking up and we must do it now! It is true beyond the shadow of a doubt, that this new day is coming, one of peace fueled by love as we see each other with the spiritual eye, recognizing each other as truly brothers and sisters. Stand In My Shoes is a project that will allow us to work together toward this goal.
Viv, Anna and Elizabeth, the motive forces behind this project, asked me to opine on how I reached an understanding of how to practice empathy, compassion and true forgiveness. For me, the process was the school of hard knocks: trials, and tribulations. There are other methods to reach a point of knowing – by meditation, spiritual/religious practices, and perhaps better yet, the use of technological breakthroughs that may provide a shortcut to the process.
This “knowing,” as I see it, is brilliantly put forth in a poem written in 1854 by Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882). We simply need to see the light; when this happens, we may all share in the knowing!
I have been here before,
But when or how I cannot tell:
I know the grass beyond the door,
The sweet keen smell,
The sighing sound, the lights around the shore.
You have been mine before,—
How long ago I may not know:
But just when at that swallow’s soar
Your neck turned so,
Some veil did fall,—I knew it all of yore.
Has this been thus before?
And shall not thus time’s eddying flight
Still with our lives our love restore
In death’s despite,
And day and night yield one delight once more?