Posts Tagged ‘empathy’

EMPATH EYES – A Correlation between Eyes and Empathy? ~ Part One

Saturday, January 31st, 2009

Five-year old’s eyes

Is there a way to predict empathy and/or empathic potential within a person based on the appearance of their eyes?  Might a link exist between large pupils and empathy?  Based on anecdotal observation, I suggest considering the possibility.

Without knowing of a confirmed correlation between large pupils and empathy, I’ve thought about a few questions regarding the significance and implications of such a link, should it exist.

As Rupert Sheldrake has done with creative confirmations of prior thought experiments, we may design a statistically-significant study of whether or not a link between eye appearance and empathy exists.  Simple observations may put light on the question in the meantime, but we should remember a few things before drawing conclusions.

Certain physiological conditions can create a apparent lack of empathy, or lack of empathetic display, at least, such as that noted in individuals within the autism spectrum.  Cases of autism continue to rise, so determining whether the autistic individual’s pupil size is significantly different than the non-autistic individual’s shouldn’t be difficult.  Do they have smaller pupils than those with higher degrees of empathy – or might we discover they have the largest pupils?  Whichever the case, that finding would significantly impact the conclusions of the research.

Environmental chemicals and the use of certain pharmaceuticals and street drugs may artificially shrink pupils.  Using acceptable protocol we can possibly show a correlation between chemical and pharmaceutical effects on pupil size and empathic tendencies.

Newborn children, in particular, often (not always) seem to have very large pupils, as I’ve observed in my family and friends’ children.  The pupils of an indigo child or starseed are immeasureable expanses of truth and cosmic understanding, perhaps moreso in an encouraging environment.  I have noted this characteristic in people of all ages who are filled with love and light.

Some have speculated that most children are born empaths.  But, as seems to be the case in certain recent generations, many lose the capacity for empathy over time.  As they grow older, children are conditioned to rely more on sensory and social cues and less on empathetic ones.  Their pupils shrink correspondingly so that ironically they seem to follow the “norm,” until by adulthood, many of them have pinpoint pupils.  A barrage of envirotoxins ranging from food additives to various dehumanising experiences may also lead to pupil shrinkage over time, with an accompanying attenuation of empathic experience.

EMPATH EYES – A Correlation between Eyes and Empathy? ~ Part Two

Saturday, January 31st, 2009

If a correlation exists between eye dilation and empathy, of what significance might this be?  That question currently has no straightforward answer.  Several scenarios would have to be considered and examined.

Might empaths may be generating more endogenous DMT, or perhaps some other self-produced compound, with ongoing dilatational effect on the pupils?  Starseeds, healers, and other empaths filled with love and light would tend to have larger or somehow captivating pupils, and I’ve anecdotally noticed this trend.  We might realise that our pupils dilate when our world is richer – and that correspondingly, when we and our pupils are more open, the world becomes richer.  Empathy would seem to be an attractor for extramundane experience.

What would we do with that knowledge?

Solar Low = Consciousness High?

Friday, December 12th, 2008

Perhaps you’ve seen the recent video of a dog in Santiago, Chile running out across a busy freeway to pull another dog, who’d just been hit and killed in traffic, out of the path of further damage. I can’t help but wonder what is going on in that dog’s consciousness as it dodges speeding cars and trucks, risking its own survival to spare the dignity of a comrade’s lost life. Are the dog’s actions indicative of intelligent reasoning, of empathy? Instinct hardly seems a viable explanation.

Nearly every day now we hear another news piece reporting on [non-human] animal intelligence: a parrot who warns that a toddler has choked and stopped breathing, a dolphin pod that protects a swimmer being targeted by circling sharks, another dolphin who successfully communicates with two beached whales to get them back out to sea after many failed attempts by humans, elephants and magpies who recognise their own mirror reflections…

Consciousness and intelligence, in general, seem to be developing at a rapid rate. Possibly the public’s increasing interest in the subject is prompting a discussion about what has long been known by certain factions and withheld from us. In any case, we’ve seen for a long while that animals evidence extraordinarily intelligent behaviours from time to time, but lately it seems we are witnessing among them an exponential increase of self awareness and newly-observed, undeniably-intelligent acts.

Is DNA being “fine-tuned” in conjunction with the extended, extreme solar minimum?

A similar increase in consciousness is apparent in many human beings. I think if we look back in history, we’ll find a correlation between extreme solar lows and the sparking of human intellect and consciousness development. For instance, the last half of the 17th century through the early 18th century, a period of intensely-low sunspot activity called the Maunder Minimum, corresponded with the well-known Scientific Revolution. And the Dalton Minimum during the early 1800s brought with it some remarkable advances, including namesake John Dalton’s atomic theory – which has, in turn, led to modern-day study of quantum physics.

While the earlier beginnings of atomic theory were significantly expanded by Democritus more than a millennium before Dalton’s lifetime, the subject had never been explicated to the same degree as it was in the early 19th century. This is not to say that atomic theory hadn’t been developed in the extreme distant past – on Earth or elsewhere. In fact, evidence exists (if mostly anecdotal) that advanced civilisations existed on Earth in far-prehistoric times. But formally assigning the beginning of any “new” discovery is fairly arbitrarily linked not to evidence but to proof, which is exceedingly difficult when it comes to prehistory. My point here, however, is that Dalton brought atomic theory to the fore within a timeframe of pronounced acceleration of scientific growth and discovery – and during a remarkably low solar minimum.

Bear in mind that “standard” solar minimums (in relationship to the correlating solar maximums) occur roughly every 11 years. Extremes, on the other hand, happen much more rarely – and by all accounts we’re in the midst of an extreme solar minimum now. Naturally, questions about the impact of solar activity with the development of consciousness are relevant at this time, especially when considered against the backdrop of our radical relationship with cosmic matter (“We are all made of stars,” as Moby wrote).  There seems to be a correlation between our awareness, whether named consciousness or intelligence or otherwise, and incoming interstellar radiation, which is likely infringing our solar system to some degree due to the Sun’s persistently-low sunspot activity and accompanying low solar wind, which has been linked to our shrinking heliosphere, particularly during our current solar cycle.

With the exponential advancement in science and technology and consciousness itself over the last several thousand years, should we not consider that a wave of interstellar particles may be bombarding Earth and contributing to the apparent increase in true mass consciousness by saturating not only the human race, but also other animals and perhaps on some level plants and even quantum particles as well? Could this wave be carrying us headlong into a future we can only begin to imagine, but which may have been predicted during far-previous solar low cycles? (Note: upcoming posts will deal with those clues and/or predictions possibly encoded in ancient megalithic sites.)

I propose no answers, but only questions, from this speculation. I can barely begin to comprehend the questions, let alone formulate the answers…..but like stones dropped in still water, these musings may eventually reach the outer banks of our awareness, leading us even deeper within the mystery – and, ironically, ever closer to the answers encrypted there.