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What comes after compassion in our spiritual evolution? As we move into the Age of Aquarius, we are moving into unity consciousness at a collective level and that requires empowerment. In the Age of Pisces, the focus was compassion, love your neighbor, and turn-the-other-cheek. For those who figured out compassion (not talking about narcissists here), the shadow side of compassion was utter self-sacrifice, martyrdom, powerlessness, no boundaries, and victimhood.
As we move into this new age, there is a quantum jump in evolution which supports a state of empowerment that does not have a shadow side. Empowered humans can live, work and create in harmony with others. This type of empowerment has nothing to do with “power over” another. It has nothing to do with “external power” in the world. When one embodies this known inner-empowerment, there is no need to take or interfere with another’s power, but rather to assist them in finding their own inner power. When one is empowered, there is deep compassion, but it is more of a “tough love” compassion and does not pity, enable or allow the other to continue being a victim of their perceived powerlessness.
I had a bleeding heart and as a child, I could (and still can) feel others’ suffering. When I was three years old, I distinctly remember the crushing feeling when my grandparents came to our home to butcher the chickens. When I was ten, my mom would visit a woman who lived in a room that had no heat (in Minnesota, in the winter). I gave her my only twenty dollars so she could buy another pair of pants at the local store.
I would help anyone who asked and people who did not ask, too. As I got older, the shadow side of the Pisces archetype turned into attracting people who could smell my compassion (i.e. no boundaries, self-sacrifice, enabling tendencies, and “savior” complex). Every situation was an opportunity for me to finally step into my power. In Argentina, a barefoot 10-or-so-year-old girl was crying on the sidewalk. Of course, in my poor Spanish, I asked her, “What is wrong?” She eventually took me on a ride that had me buy her and her family shoes (as they ran screaming around the department store), take them grocery shopping (where they just wanted to buy chips and candy), and give them cash to buy food (that the big sister slyly took and stuck in her bra). It took me quite a while to figure out this was a scam the whole family was involved in.
How about the men (some I dated, others I did not) who would give me a very good sob story and ask me to “borrow” money? It happened four times (with four different men) and finally the fifth time, I said, “No”. Once I said, “No”, it never happened again. Maybe I am a slow learner, but the Universe kept giving me the opportunities until I got it.
For those of you who resonate with any of this, it is time to move on to the next step, which is to be compassionate to yourself (for being such a push-over, enabler, and “savior”) and then find your own inner power. Only then can you be a catalyst for others to help them find their own power, and that is true compassion.
As we enter into this new evolutionary energy, the focus is moving from caretaker to catalyst, from compassion to empowerment, from codependence to sovereignty. What we are moving “from” is self-sacrifice to the point of not having anything left for yourself, martyrdom, resentment, and no boundaries.
When you have true inner-power, you are a catalyst because you are not fixing or taking on others’ problems (as a caretaker does), but rather using your compassion to assist another to find their own inner-power.
When you have true inner-power, you cannot be codependent on another for your security or happiness because you live your life from a place of sovereignty. When empowered people relate to one other, no one is “better than, less than”, no one uses or gets used, and no one feels they need to sacrifice themselves to “save” another.
You ask, “How do I step into my power?” The intelligent Universe will give you all the opportunities you need to remember how to step into your power. Pay attention to the challenges in your life, especially repeating issues or negative feelings. Do you keep getting into the same kind of relationships that fail? Do you keep feeling resentment because you always “do all the work”? Do you feel like you are the “victim” of something? All these situations are encouraging us to change our perspective and step into our own power. We need to choose to change our thoughts, responses, and conditioned beliefs about ourselves and others. Stay awake! Be courageous! Most importantly, be honest with yourself because if you are paying attention, you will know where you are giving your power away. Some of us are slow learners and we get plenty of opportunities, but we will eventually get it.
The next step in our evolution is to live together, empowered, in mutually shared unity. When the majority of people live in empowerment and sovereignty, society will work in harmony. Know yourself. Know your value and know that everything you think and do influences the world around you, whether it be with negative, powerless thoughts or empowered thoughts and actions. Evolution is supporting you and just waiting for you to rediscover your innate power and magnificence as we move into the Age of Aquarius.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.”Marianne Williamson
Krisanne Heinze is now offering evolutionary astrology readings designed to give you an awareness of the energies influencing you based on your birth chart. The hope is that you gain a new awareness around your life situation so that you may fully step into your power and remember your uniquely designed magnificence.