All things present in the manifested universe, including all living beings, are particularized expressions of a single universal consciousness, the Self. It is possible to expand awareness beyond the sense of being an "individual" and begin to experience the Self in other life forms. Becoming other life forms or objects, and experiencing the consciousness and the sensations of awareness that they experience, is empathic perception.
Empathic perception is made possible through the power of visualization—to sense and become other living things. It is, in a sense, to leave the body and experience the Self in other forms of existence, and also to feel other forms of existence in one's self. It is both of these. It is the ultimate unity of all living things that makes empathic connection, possible. Once learned and practiced, this ability will remain with you, and is not forgotten.
The exercises below will aid you in developing this ability. You will try to sense and become other living things—a leaf, an insect, an animal, etc. As you do this try to set your "human" perceptions and beliefs aside, and allow the alien nature of these different life forms emerge in your awareness. If you find yourself imposing your everyday human awareness on the experience, release the conditioned "thinking" portion of your mind, or the portion of your awareness that seeks to color the experience, and experience these other life forms as they are. Have no expectation or preconception as to what you will experience, for it may be strange to you and outside what you have previously known.
This very powerful technique is covered completely in the Chios textbook Chios Energy Healing: Powerful New Techniques for Healing the Human Energy Field, which includes comprehensive step-by-step instructions of this technique. The book is available on Amazon by clicking on the link.
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