Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Compassion, a most effective technique

What Bhudda thought of compassion as a technique for acheiving liberation from suffering has been very well documented. They actually ended up having a whole massive organised religion over it in a large part of the planet.

The findings on the role of compassion in western psychology somewhat less so. Basically studies have shown that the relationship between therapist and client bears far greater weight on the outcomes of the particular therapy than the type of therapy used, for all of it's citations and acclaim. Let me make the leap here that better relationship means more compasssion.

Compassion is powerful not only when one practises it for others, but also when others practice it for you. It has been shown in other studies on heart patients that patients who are prayed for have far better outcomes (I'm talking double blind study here), than those who aren't, completely regardless of whether the patient knows they are being prayed for or not. Just a photo and a bit of the story for the person who prays will do. It doesn't even matter if the person praying has any particular religious beleif. Now I don't think I'm drawing too long a bow to say a prayer is an act of compassion. There is evidence, however bewildering it may be, that this particular act of compassion acts like a quantum force whereby information is somehow transmitted to another location and acts upon subjects in that location. At least in the study on prayer.

This same force can similiarly be employed on one's self by having the intention of giving it to others and maybe by asking for it. People who really make a big effort of doing lots of it end up happier than us (yes, we have the clinical results on this too) regular folks with lots of great stuff like money, sex and grandification.

So now we have these results, we could make a more effective from of therapy than all the ones presently available to us, which will (I should say should) yeild results in tests of significance when clinically employed, or in other words, it should work so why not give it a go?

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