EMPATHY IN AFRICAN TRADITION

                    EMPATHY IN AFRICAN TRADITION

It is fundamental for Black People to have a clear concept of what Unconditional Love does in Empathy and Compassion of African Tradition. Their “ME/WE” nature lacks even the tiniest degree of discontinuity in their respective outputs. Both feature sharing the same life-space and the same Cosmic Organism spirit in such a manner that one cannot know where ones self-Love ends and the Love for the other begins. This is because of what happened, said Ancient Africans, to all humans in their original pre-birth state while being formed in the Ocean of Nun (the Spiritual Elements which flowed out of the Mind of God). There, each lacked any form (unorganized but not disorganized), were inactive, and yet they all shared the Spiritual Elements flowing in and out of them as well as what makes up Cosmic Humanity. Absent from Spiritual Empathy and Spiritual Compassion are any emotional pressures about receiving something in return or “what if” thoughts. Instead, Spiritual Energy “Aliveness” powers them to do Selfless Service–seeking nothing in return and done because it is a Spiritual Instinct, even if rejected or attacked for it. Such full manifestations of Empathy and Compassion are beyond most human minds to grasp. To gift-give in order to seek something in return is Secular Selfishness and, by being outside the Cosmic Circle of Wholism, it is not a loving manifestation in African Tradition. In order to gain a full understanding of their African Tradition concept nature, it is essential to totally disregard ANY European contributions because they always constitute a glob of conflicting and confusing opinions, none achieving a Spiritual status.

To elaborate, one European defines Empathy as the ability to identify with and experience another person’s experiences by, as much as possible, suspending ones own frame of reference in order to enter the perceptual and emotional world of the other. Second: the capacity to understand and in some measure share another person’s state of mind. Third: a cognitive awareness and understanding of the emotions and feelings of another person. Fourth: putting oneself into the psychological frame of reference of another, so that the other person’s thinking, feeling, and acting are understood and, to some extent, predictable. I have a problem with all of these. There is the pervading theme of a separateness by those involved. Also, a “Big Ego” is needed to believe one has the capability/precision/accuracy of identifying with another’s experiences; share another’s state of mind; understand another’s emotion; or put oneself in another’s frame of reference (whatever that means). Though each is impossible, self-declared superior people and “Instant Psychologists”—the rich over the poor; White people over Black People; adults over children—still proceed.

Spiritual Energy which flows through each Cosmic entity via Instincts, under the term “Feelings,” characterizes Spiritual Empathy and distinguishes it from Secular Empathy. By containing God’s Messages within its Feeling nature, Spiritual Empathy—overlapping with Spiritual Compassion–are of the Highest (Divinity) Self nature. Their purpose, as an offspring of the Spiritual Elements, is to help maintain and protect Cosmic Organism Integrity through standards, filters, measures, and guides of the Cosmic Mind. Thus, it can be inferred that inside Spiritual Empathy and Spiritual Compassion those that are like-kind involved with a Cosmic awareness are therefore participating in the same experience and in the same Spiritual Space—what I call and what Black People know as a Primordial Interconnection. Since “Primordial” means first in time, original, elementary (at a basic level), it refers to “the seed of itself” in a human’s pre-birth Natural “Wild” Mindset–the realm of the Cosmic and human Unconscious–both interpenetrating and occupying the same “space.” Here, people are neither distinguished nor distinguishable because all things are “One”. Still, the Secular concept of Empathy has a place of usefulness. As part of taking my patients’ histories, it was important for me to show Empathy and Compassion—and that was natural for me. Because patients sensed I truly understood them meant they were able to trust me with their deeper emotions and thoughts. In turn, their trust removed veils off of otherwise diagnostic dilemmas. However, it was essential to draw a line so that I would not accompany the patient’s more strong and deep emotions into realms whereby I would lose control of my objectivity. jabaileymd.com