I have been thinking alot about empathy and egregores. It's one of the lessons that has presented itself in a series of incidents over the last two to three months, which culminated today. More on the specifics of this lesson in a later post.
A tragedy happened just recently. The toddler son of a brother in one of my working groups passed away. I felt extreme sadness, despite my minimal interaction with the brother. The loss of a child is one of the greatest sorrows a human can endure. He is also in my Facebook list so I had remarked about some pictures of his children last week. I told the brother that I felt his children were extremely beautiful. I love seeing pictures of loved ones of my fraters and sorors because it reveals a deeper perspective of them, as humans. Our families and loved ones, in whatever form that may take, inspire, motivate and shape our outlook on life on a daily basis. They have a profound effect on our Will.
In the magickal blogosphere and within our groups, temples, lodges, covens, circles, groves, tribes... or whatever...we call each other frater/soror or brother/sister generally out of mutual respect and magickal kinship, despite any real blood ties. I believe it is something more for me. When I share experiences/resources and tap an egregore, I develop a spiritual familial-type bond, something that goes deeper than an associate within my profession or a fellow student at an institution of learning. I develop an empathy, which molds my understanding of the human condition in a vicarious way. Empathy is truly beneficial because this knowledge augments and enriches my own lessons in a means similar to doing my own Work but definitely stronger than that of an "armchair magician" perspective.
I share their victories... but also their deep sorrows, which is very powerful. I open my heart and REACH OUT in times of need. Any other way would be a disappointment for me.
Tonight, I am sending some compassion and kind thoughts. I will also say some prayers for him and his family.
My dear Frater or Soror Reader... would you say a prayer now for our brother and his family? When you have the need, I will save a prayer for you, as I know you will do for me...