Living from the Heart Week 2: Compassion

This week August 12th - 18th at HOA, we move on to the second week of our latest syllabus - Living From The Heart. This new course structure is designed for emotional self-mastery, using a framework that comprises the six heart virtues of appreciation, compassion, forgiveness, humility, understanding and valor. 

This week’s theme is compassion, and we shall learn to feel its weight to express the feeling in tangible form. Many teachers have spoken eloquently about compassion as the deep awareness of the suffering of another, coupled with the desire to relieve that suffering. In the context of the global consciousness shift that has arisen on our planet, compassion is an active desire to assist others to align with the new fields of intelligence that are manifesting in the three dimensional world, aware that their desire and ability to align is distorted by their social enculturation. 

Compassion therefore is extended to both our fellow beings and the planet itself with the realisation that we are part of one another’s destiny - if only for a single lifetime. We are all part of the mysterious overtures and energetic transcendence that is occurring between earth and the universe, and as earth transforms its accumulated densities, each of us will be challenged to transform our own, or become further embedded in our fears and emotional turmoil. The following quote by Albert Einstein perfectly captures the human condition and the necessary role of compassion:  

"A human being is a part of the whole, called by us “Universe,” a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security." - Albert Einstein

At HOA, we feel that it is necessary to remove all notions of separation before we can fully express compassion. HOA content creator Izzy elaborates: 

“From birth, most of us have inherited an identity - one that typically includes categories such as nationality, ethnicity or religion. These definitions ascribe a set boundary for the person, creating a sense of otherness against people that don’t share the same categories. These definitions only serve the power structures that will then use us as pawns for their agenda. These definitions are blatantly divisive and, as we’ve seen throughout human history, can be dangerous. How many wars have been fought in the name of religion? Why do we need passports when border lines are essentially imaginary? How many people have been persecuted for being 'different'? However, a lot of us have been conditioned to feel pride about our constructed identities. We may like the boundaries that we’ve drawn around ourselves, but the sooner we dismantle our sectarian tendencies, the sooner we progress towards a more unified and compassionate human race. There is a Sanskrit mantra I love that goes: Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu, which means “May all beings be happy.” The mantra does not discriminate and wishes goodwill for all living creatures - regardless of species - and I really appreciate that because we all deserve to thrive!” - Izzy Liyana

Come practice compassion with us and emancipate yourself from toxic constructs. Book your spots today

Written by Izzy Liyana, content creator & writer for HOA