Category: Conscious Living

EMPATHY DIFFUSES HOSTILITY

Excerpt From Relationships That Work: The Power Of Conscious Living – By David B. Wolf In my communication seminars I am often asked about diffusing hostility. An empathic response is the most powerful means for diffusing aggressiveness. In the mid-nineties I worked as a children and family counselor for the State of Florida Department of […]

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FOUR THREE FOUR FOUR

  Signals before the snap? A chord progression? No- it’s a definition of the material context. If you’re reading this you’re probably a human being- within the material context. Thus, we can consider Four Three Four Four to be the human context, our context for spiritual growth. Four– old age, disease, death, and birth. Three– […]

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EMPATHY: EFFECTIVE IN ALL LIFE DIMENSIONS

Empathy does not mean sentimentally acceding to the demands of others. Knowing how the other person feels and being able to show it does not mean agreeing with them. I can understand and be open to another perspective, while standing for my own viewpoint. This quality of empathy and the skill to express it underlies effectiveness across practically all life dimensions.

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SUSPEND COMPARISONS

It sounds to me like you’re judging yourself, harshly, for the relationship you have with your mother. I suggest that comparing it to what you term a ‘normal’ relationship may not be particularly productive, or healthy. Perhaps a helpful starting point will be to accept your relationship with your mother for what it is, without judging it, without putting expectations on it…

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Creating sacred space between us entails commitment to genuine dialogue. Dialogue means that I listen with a view to understand, rather than to counter or defeat. In a consciousness of dialogue, my intention in expression and hearing is not to manipulate, invalidate or prove that I am right. With true dialogue we create a sanctified environment, unadulterated by barriers to healthy communication. It is an enlightening experience.

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