COMPASSION IN AFRICAN TRADITION

               COMPASSION IN AFRICAN TRADITION

In African Tradition, Compassion (Spiritual Feelings; Spiritual Emotions) for others, is the ultimate Humanity manifestation of the Spiritual Elements. Recall that inside the Ocean of Nun’s Cosmic Circle, said Ancient African Sages, are all God’s creatures in a “Virtual”—i.e. boundless, undifferentiated–‘Becoming Being’ state. Separately but together, each is a product of God’s androgynic protoplast—the ultimate living Spiritual Elements’ metabolic substance having a Spiritual form. Whether resting inside this Circle of Wholism or evolving within it into the Objective realm, each entity stays interdependently in communication with all others by means of Instincts. This: (1) sharing of androgynic protoplast; (2) of being unformed; (3) of being a vital part in and of the same Spiritual Space; and (4) remaining in constant communication represent four aspects which form the concept of Compassion. There is no way to distinguish where one entity ends and the other begins. Thus, when any entity is in disharmony, that same disharmony is experienced by all inside the Cosmic Circle of Wholism. Any threat to the integrity of any part of the Cosmic Harmony stirs all entity family members to instantly do what is within the power of each to re-establish Harmony. Or, if integrity is shattered, each independently works to interdependently recreate or enhance (e.g. “make right”) the Disharmony. Meanwhile, each has the “charge” (obligation, duty, responsibility) to defend and protect the entire Circle of Wholism. Ancient Africans inferred these Laws of Humanity after mathematically determining certain Laws of Nature by studying the sky and noting correspondence on Earth as well as within themselves. These Laws were used to establish the beginnings of African Tradition on Earth.

But they indicated the proper application of Compassion involves good judgment, starting with being able to recognize it. “Felt” Compassion is roughly first, the experience of Ayemhyehye–a burning, churning, or gnawing sensation within the stomach. This feeling is produced when one is confronted with human suffering related to some loss, lack, obstruction, or desolation (abandoned when ruined).  It is triggered in some by anyone who is struggling; while for others, the magnitude of misery must be on par with wars and disasters. Second, Ahummobor is the Compassion mindset of being open to another’s pain and suffering and, because one finds it to be unbearable, having a strong inclination to relieve that misery. Third, Abadai (beneficence) is kind and appropriate gift-giving sufficient to be effective in reducing, stopping, or reversing the condition of need.  This requires the wisdom that springs from Empathy, Observation, and Caring. Whereas Abadai is the act of being propelled to alleviate pain and suffering, Awerekyekyer (being human) is the actuality of personally getting involved in the caring for and attending to a need–whether concerning others or concerning oneself.  One cannot have a satisfying life if one is a “bleeding heart.”

Candidates include: Type I the “blank” minds (e.g. children) along the path of guidance by means of fashioning Standards, Guides, Measures, and Filters for their life’s journey, including how to reduce losses from the dishonorable. Type II–the truly Needy are those who, through no fault of their own, are having really hard times and have no knowledge for how to get out of vicious cycles. Those who bind their broken-hearts or console the needy exhibit the intrinsic qualities of Ma’at–those qualities aimed at restoring wholeness (integrity) and bliss to the sufferer. Type III–creativity needed for aiding those positioned at various points on the Scale of Ignorance. Most do not know or are fearful, not mentally incompetent. Type IV–Normal Human interactions range the scale from the ultimate sacrifice–the giving of ones life for another–all the way down to the simplest form (e.g. giving a smile) or being a good listener. The catch: aid is not for lazy people who knowingly caused their own problems, for they need to learn the lesson of being self-reliant. Even more needy for enlightenment are those saying: “I’m not responsible for those people’s problems and let them handle it as they see fit or deal with things as I do or say to do”; or False Selves expecting return gifts for helping; or False Self people “Too Busy” to take the time to understand the full story. These people are disconnected from the Cosmic Organism and are quite unhappy. jabaileymd.com