There's a fine line between not dwelling on the tragedy of humanity's self-destructiveness and having a lack of compassion. This issue becomes particularly prevalent as our spiritual evolution causes us to become more and more empathic; increasingly able to feel the overwhelming suffering of others.
This increased empathic understanding produces two challenges:
- The overwhelming experience of others' pain makes us retreat — either by becoming physically reclusive, or by shutting down our empathy.
- Understanding the cracks and fissures in the psyche of others, can create leniency towards their unacceptable behavior. In other words, knowing where they're coming from, makes what they do seem okay — even when it's not.
The masterful way to meet these challenges:
If the interaction with others leaves you feeling drained; if leaving the sanctity of your home makes you feel as though you're experiencing a culture shock, your intake needs to be balanced with what you output. I found that if I'm in a giving role (teaching, making life more beautiful or easy for another, etc.), it prevents the discomfort of absorbing the confused thoughts, negative feelings and hidden agendas of others. This contact provides me with lessons and insights, and leaves them with some benefit or another. Make sure to leave lots of time for reflection on what lessons you've learnt from contact with others.
A Lower Reality Is a Mirror Image of a Higher Reality
I have long been astonished at the hostility I provoke in others. Their critical and ungracious actions towards me made me wonder why I had such a polarizing effect. This phenomenon seemed to increase as I progressed along the unfoldment of my spiritual life.
Here's why you may be experiencing this too — this feeling that others are irritated by you and would rather be elsewhere. Reality lies in layers of density superimposed over each other. Very few are at the high level you are. A lower reality is a mirror image (a reflection) of a higher reality. In other words: like all mirror images, it reflects the real thing in a backwards way which makes it antagonistic to that which is being reflected. If you are able to find the few that are in your high reality, the attitudes of love, praise and gratitude will be extended to you (adoration in action).
Because you have evolved beyond the masses, most will therefore avoid or attack you. Understand where they're coming from, but refuse to put up with their hostility. Remember: accepting the unacceptable is not saintly, it is dysfunctional.