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Nearness to Oneself - Openness to the World

Love and compassion is related to the ability of being open to oneself and to others. To be open implies to make inner space for experiencing what actually "is", without projecting. The vision we have of the others depends on the relationship we establish with ourselves. Beyond body, thoughts, language and emotions there exists a level of being, which implies the feeling of existing without needing other support than itself. Established in our natural state of being, without need of support from others, we feel strong in ourselves, and can afford to give space to the natural experience of self and others, which in turn decreases projections.


In everyday life love and compassion is related to the ability of being open to oneself and to others. If we close to ourselves we are not relating to the world in a harmonious manner. To be open implies – on a psychological level as well as on an energy level – making inner space for experiencing what actually is, without the projection of expectations and preconceived ideas. In this state of openness positive and negative aspects are not perceived as contradictory; they naturally coexist.

In the Indo-Tibetan tradition it is paramount to know oneself by means of re-entering one’s deeper nature in order from here to relate with the deeper nature of the Other and of the world at large. Thus the vision we have of the Other depends on the relationship we establish with ourselves.

Beyond body, thoughts, language and emotions there exists a level of being which implies the feeling of existing without needing other support than one self. It is from this basic level of being that we have to contact the Other. Thus established in our natural state of being, without need of support from others we feel strong in ourselves and can therefore afford to give the necessary space to the natural experience of self and others, which in turn leads to a decrease of projections in relation with the outer world. This attitude of openness is related with a beginning stage of love and compassion.