I had a phase where I felt especially open to the energies of others. I could pick up their discomfort, inner struggle, war with themselves. It seems that this is quite common early on in an awakening or opening process. I still occasionally notice this in my life, and I also know it’s just a story.
What’s really going on here?
As with anything else in the world – people, fairy tales, dreams, aliens, God, the universe, reality – these people are perfect mirrors for me.
I may have beliefs about them:
They are crude, unconscious, unaware.
They have inner conflict, they are at war with themselves.
They are disturbing me. They are disturbing my peace. It’s my peace. It’s a problem for me. It hinders my life. I am a victim of their confusion.
And I can inquire into these stories to find what’s more true for me. (I may find that the discomfort I experience is from my beliefs about them and the situation, and the resistance these beliefs create, and not from them or the situation.)
These people also mirror perfectly what’s here.
(a) The images and stories I have about them are my images of stories. They are right here. They are created by me.
(b) These people mirror my own discomfort, tension and unease, my own struggle and war with myself. They mirror my own tension and struggle as I go into my beliefs about them, and my own tension and struggle in other situations in life.
(c) It’s all happening within my world of awareness, within and as awareness itself – as any sensation, sight, taste, smell, sound and any image and story. Even the story of a person out there and a me here happens within and as awareness. There is an image of a person out there, a me here, struggle in the other person, an impact on me, an I observing it all, and identification or not with these stories, and this all happens within this world of awareness.
And this doesn’t preclude common sense. If I feel discomfort in the presence of certain people, for instance on the train, I may move to another part of the train. And I can find ways to release much of the tension in me which is triggered by these people, for instance through TRE – Tension/Trauma Release Exercises.
– open to the energies of others (suffering, tension, inner struggle etc.) (sensitive)
– a perfect mirror as with anything else in the world (people, fairy tales, dreams, aliens, God, the universe, reality etc.)
– beliefs about it (They are crude. It’s wrong. They are intruding in my life/experience. They are disturbing me. They are not clear, in conflict/at war with themselves, confused, caught up in struggle. It’s a problem for me. It hinders my life. It’s unfair. I am a victim of it. There is someone there impacting me. There is an other and a me/an I.
– a mirror for what’s here (the story/images about it is here, the characteristics are here, it’s all happening here – within/as awareness)