I read Power vs Force some time back and was recently reminded that one of the powerful shifts that we can choose to make is to think of the successes of others as our own.
It’s a strange concept for most of us, but what if you could think of yourself as being connected to everybody else around you? What if you not only could feel the pains of those less fortunate as if they were afflicting another part of yourself, yet share in the successes and achievements as if they are another “flowering” of our Collective Consciousness?
Perhaps this is one of the wonderous benefits of feeling love and compassion for our fellow creatures?
As I walk through the streets of Shanghai I am regularly approached by beggars. Amid the tremendous wealth and booming development there is desperate poverty. Waiting for the bus near my apartment the other day, while listening to Return to Love on my new phone, I noticed a woman sitting on a step. Within a few moments, she came over toward me and asked for money. As I have come to do, I tried to ignore her.
I feel called to extend compassion towards the people like her. I remain philosophically opposed to giving money to beggars on the street, yet I do feel called to send a private thought, prayer or spiritual wish for her peace… to give myself the opportunity to notice that this woman and I are connected on a deep yet powerfully profound level.