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  • Writer's pictureAndrea Kennedy

Empathy Transforming our World

Updated: Jun 26, 2020

I admit I've struggled over the past months to see a way up and out from the divisive and often hateful atmosphere of these times. And while I can comfort myself in the knowing that there must be chaos and destruction before we can rebuild in a new and higher way, I find some days harder than others to keep this in the forefront of my mind.

My purpose in writing this is to renew hope. Hope for myself and perhaps for you. We need all the hope and reminders we are not defined by these times we can get, in my opinion. So, I offer what occurred to me today for the purpose of knowing and remembering we are on the uprise and a brighter future has been quietly born and is gaining momentum and strength right now in this moment.

All before 1 pm today, I saw three clear validating examples of something I’ve known for awhile. This truth is that empathy will be the way out and up for us across cultures and how the human race decides not to destroy ourselves while we are so busy tearing each other down.

The first of the three uplifting and validating events supporting my theory arrived at 9 a.m. this morning. “Samantha” is a 14 year-old young lady seeking relief for high anxiety and migraines. Like many of the younger clients I see, she is a highly intelligent, aware and an empath . As an empath, she is able to sense how someone is feeling and can use this insight to help her relate to others. Put simply, empaths have the ability to put themselves in someone else’s shoes and understand that person’s feelings and perspectives unlike a “normal” person.

I have noticed an increase of empaths in my Reiki clientele and in the families of my friends and family—not all young like Samantha but it appears to me a larger percentage of the younger population is empathic when compared to the older population. An increase in the number of these gifted individuals results in an army of sensitive, caring people who are able to understand others at deeper levels which leads to acceptance and remembrance of our oneness. And when enough of us remember our oneness, violence will no longer make any sense. Divisions drawn between us out of fears and separation will not stand. As oneness is felt, the out-picturing of our knowing shall transform not only our personal reality but our collective consciousness and humankind on a grand scale. We shall experience heaven on earth which has been available all along but we have not chosen it as our collective experience thus far in our history.

The second event occurred during a meditation group discussion at about 11:30. Our topic was on mindful eating and a woman spoke about her 8 year old granddaughter who feels the consequences of what she chooses to eat in her muscles and mind. For example, when she perceived a quivering in her muscles one afternoon while in gymnastics, she felt it was a result of adding too much sugar to her whole grain cereal that morning. She made note of that result and now adds little to no sugar when she chooses cereal for breakfast. You see, she chooses what to eat based on what her body tells her. Breakfast may be 3 slices of toast one day and mostly protein the next. Fortunately, her family allows her freedom with her diet because she is finely tuned in with herself and is in top physical shape as a gifted gymnast. Her heightened awareness indicates her ability to take her cues from her felt sense and not externally in the messages of what she 'should' or 'should not' eat.

Finally, to my third uplifting example stemming from a conversation I later had with a client. She told me how delighted she was that her meditation group instructor enthusiastically endorsed the idea of bringing her 10 year old granddaughter along to one of their two-hour meetings. During that day's two-25 minutes silent meditations, her granddaughter very quietly read the book she brought along, mindfully turning each page trying to not disturb anyone. As soon as each concluding bell rang, she discreetly put the book away and listened to the adults share about their experiences. Later, over lunch, her grandmother asked her, “What did you hear today?” Very plainly her granddaughter responded, “Clinging to things can make you unhappy.” My client pointed out to me that her granddaughter did not parrot what anyone in the group had said but, rather chose her words herself as a result of her own interpretation.

These young people of 14, 8 and 10 years of age each live from a place of deep connection and knowingness. It is no accident that our institutions created decades ago are now crumbling and offering the opportunity to be reimagined in a higher way at the direction of the youngest among us and those that follow. It is our responsibility to hold space for these gifted souls and do what we can to support their journeys which shall engineer humanity’s future.

Through my experience, I believe more of these young ones are being born energetically cleaner than prior generations. Of course, many adults have had a part in this through their own healing because as we heal ourselves we may also heal our ancestors as well as future generations. This is possible and happening now due to our true nature of connection—our oneness. This is not an American phenomenon but a global one. It is a revolution in the purest form I can imagine and one worthy of celebration, indeed. Hope made manifest. 🙏🏼

P.S. - I wrote this article and before I finished it for publication, the world's youth mobilized and demonstrated in a climate strike--another sign of our changing population leading us to choose higher possibilities through awareness. Yes!!!


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