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Monday, March 14, 2016

Empathy, Empathic & Sympathy: Definitions and Meanings
Unity Consciousness #642


Sympathy requires being able to see other creations as self.
Sympathy is being able to feel and consider for others what is felt and considered for self.
Sympathy is seeing other creations as equal.
As such, sympathy can be sharing feelings of sadness or happiness or being worthy of the same rights and privileges and the same punishments.
If this is not true, then what is it called to be happy for someone because they are happy?

Empathy is said to be the same as sympathy except it is having the same experience as another, thus being able to feel for others what has been felt for self with a greater degree of understanding.

Empathy (empathic) appears to be a synonym rather than a word with different meaning. Empathy suggests having the same experience is necessary for deeper understanding. This goes against our ability to translate the feelings we've had for any experience into feelings for another experience. It goes against our ability to put ourselves into another person's shoes mentally, emotionally and spirituality and imagine what it would be like by using all information about the experiences of others and the experiences of self. We can do this.
Thus, this makes empathy the same as sympathy, whether or not we've had the same exact experience in the same exact way.

Either you have sympathy or you don't.

The ability to have feelings for another and understand their feelings does not come from having the same experience. It comes from having the same essence. As long as we understand we have the same spiritual essence then we can be sympathetic with or without experience, thus have no need for empathy.

Consider this: If the same experience is required in order to understand at a better, deeper level, then it would not be possible for us to learn from the failures and successes of others unless we had the same experience. We could not learn lessons from the experiences of others.

Empathy, empathic and sympathy have confusing definitions as found in common usage and in dictionaries.
Having the ability to feel sorry for someone is not different from being able to put ourselves in their position. Having the same experience is not a requirement. Having a conscience is.

Decide To Nurture Your Conscience And Let It Be Your Guide, Unity Consciousness #283

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