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When the Path Isn't Visible

So much has happened over the last year. I'm not exactly sure where to begin. So let me start by saying that for the first time in my life, I had lost my faith.

For me it wasn't a drastic shift. It was the long, slow feeling of being abandoned by my deities when I needed them the most. When my path had become the most difficult to tread and I was feeling alone and scared. I had left Lexington KY and moved to St Louis without a job, and with the hope that after two chaplain residencies I would be able to find work as a chaplain in my field. Two opportunities presented themselves only to fall through at the last minute. Eventually, with no work to keep me grounded I took a job at Starbucks just for the benefit of social interaction with other humans and to keep me sane. Me--working at Starbucks. Ten years of training and two post graduate degrees and I'm serving coffee for a living. The buck stopped here.

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  • Anthony Gresham
    Anthony Gresham says #
    I have three college degrees and I am currently doing manifest in a warehouse. I might be depressed or angry about it, but when I

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(Re)Learning Empathy from Levity

So I came across this Onion article earlier today that gave me quite the chuckle, and yes, many of my colleagues found it entertaining as well. I love finding tiny bits of levity, especially these days, because it somehow makes everything a little bit better. It's the core reason why Saturday Night Live has been a thing since I was saying my first words.

Mom: Look, Dave, she's saying something!

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  • Dragon Dancer
    Dragon Dancer says #
    So true. Every bit of this.

My Dear Fellow Empaths,

I know it can seem overwhelming to live in a world with so much cruelty and violence. Especially when you're so sensitive that your heart breaks for even the most passing challenging emotions experienced by your fellow creatures...I feel your pain--literally! Because I'm an empath too.

But it's important that we learn to overcome emotional paralysis and live fully in this world. Not just with tolerance, but with actual joy.

Why? Well, first, because we're here anyway so we might as well make the most of it. But on a grander scale, consciousness is contagious, and compassion transforms challenges into blessings. So our fellow humans, animals, and plants need nothing more at this particular time than for us to spread our compassionate and loving state of being.

That's why I thought I'd share the three main things I've learned about living comfortably in this modern world.

First, it's important that we recognize that our empathy is a gift, not a curse. Yes, it can be overwhelming at times, but our capacity for grief is exactly equal to our capacity for transcendence. The very sensitivity that can pierce our hearts with excruciating pain can also elevate our consciousness to the realm of the miraculous. Would we willingly renounce our ability to connect with other creatures at the deepest of levels, or to see infinity in a raindrop? Never. I'll take excruciating emotion over a more mundane, less painful level of consciousness any day.

Second, it's important that we clear, shield, and recharge our energy field on a regular basis. Employing the gift of empathy effectively and sustainably requires that we wield our power consciously. This way, we can recognize what feelings are coming from us, and what feelings are coming from others. And, we can shift feelings in a positive way rather than letting ourselves get bogged down in the negative. To do this, we must clear and shield our auras regularly and be sure to recharge our energy fields by spending time in nature, taking sea salt baths, and devoting plenty of time to rest, play, and loving self-care.

Third, it's important that we use our superpower for good. Once we follow the two guidelines above, we are empowered to shift the overall energy of the planet to greater harmony, rather than letting it shift us into greater discord. And doing so regularly takes us from a place of overwhelm to a place of joy. We no longer feel buffeted about by the negativity in the world and instead notice the ever-increasing positive. Yes, we will still feel the pain of others and even weep from the depths of our soul on occasion, but it will be different. Because we will know that we are an important piece of the growing wave of energy that is even now transforming cruelty into compassion, and violence into peace.

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  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis says #
    It is so important for we empaths to have perspective on our talents and tools to deal with them!
  • Tess Whitehurst
    Tess Whitehurst says #
    Francesca, I am so glad you agree!
PaganNewsBeagle Watery Wednesday Community News Sept 17

Today is Watery Wednesday, the day we share stories for and about our many communities of Pagans (however widely defined.) Today we have  ideas on how to boost empathy -- on the internet; two Pagan-themed internet campaigns; Reclaiming events in Minnesota, and finding a Pagan Pride event near you.

The internet provides us with many opportunities to create community -- or tear it down. This article from Yes! magazine offers suggestions of how we can create more empathy in our online connections.

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