The word for the day is compassion, a word that is often times misunderstood in many cultures. This is especially true in the West, as, well as among people who do not grasp the difference between a spiritual understanding and a religious understanding.
For the mystic, compassion has to do with understanding the passion or state of being of another person. It is not about sympathy or seeing others as victims to or of a circumstance. A mystic understands compassion as the extent to which Divine love will go in surrounding a human being who is suffering. We choose whether or not we will receive this communication of Divine love – the love that listens to the wounded, heals the wounded soul, and demonstrates the lengths that it will go to assist a person in returning to Itself.
There is no compassion if there is no forgiveness. Compassion and forgiveness go hand in hand. What the mystic experiences is that a person is suffering because they have not been clear on the demands that Divine love requires for them. What is needed is for the person to understand that their suffering is producing fruits in his/her character even though they may not understand their suffering or see meaning in it at the time. Often times, suffering leads to a willingness to forgive another or themselves.
Divine love enfolds the totality of the moment and it continues to remind those who are suffering that there is no future and there is no past There is just the Now. In that Now moment, compassion is Divine love and is the mode that Divine love uses to teach human beings that they are understood and loved in spite of the condition or conditions that they find themselves in at the moment.
From Journey with a Modern Mystic written by Rev. Dr. David Kenneth Wheaton Ph.D. Read by Jodi Behan. © Rev. Dr. David Kenneth Wheaton Ph.D.