Compassion as a key to Spiritual Evolution & Ascension

Submitted by Trinity on Sun, 04/10/2016 - 16:59

St Francis, was an incarnated angel of compassion, and has had a special place in my heart throughout the aeons. When I immerse myself in nature, walking in the woods, he'll frequently appear. He'll transform into an earthly presence, as if breathed into being through the breath of the trees. We'll walk together, delighting in the vibrations of light as it flickers through the trees. We'll feel the Angels' chorus singing the birds into life, whilst an ethereal pulse enlivens a gentle breeze that ignites the whole forest with Love. In these moments, time ceases to be. That moment is eternal...

Strength of true compassion

Eventually, he'll fade - he always fades, back into the mists. He'll fade, yet, he will always leave me with an incredible beacon of sentience. He infuses an unmistakable shining light, a message, that ALL beings are worthy of love and compassion. A message that the strength of true compassion is enough to shatter the old world and unleash the light of the earth to birth a new one - a new world based on unconditional love and compassion for all.

The message has come in many forms, encoded, in the space between the spaces, as a story free from dogma, to be touched only by the Soul. It carries with it an untainted innocence waiting to be realised and reborn. The message awaits within the heart of each of us, dormant until stirred, like a hibernating seed, unaware, yet ever yearning for the moment to be set free.

The gift that St Francis brings us holds an important key to our evolution.

    ‘Compassion for all sentient life’.

It holds a crucial part in the earthly ascension into a higher paradigm.

Ascension in a nutshell...

The Ascension Process is complete when our centre of consciousness moves from one paradigm into a higher one. Until that moment of transition we are repeatedly drawn back to resolve, remove and let go of the judgement, attachment and blockages that are keeping the lower paradigm in place. We need to release the self imposed shackles that hold us there. The old paradigm pulls us back until we honour the fullness of who we truly are, with every cell of our being.

When you move onwards through the Gateway of Ascension, the only thing that you can take with you is ‘YOU’ - but first it is necessary to actually realise and remember who YOU are. When you remember, it is much easier to let go of ‘that which you are not’, until all that remains is a boundless, liberated, sentient soul. I see it as one of the most important aspects of the spiritual journey. For when we truly remember who we are, so many other pieces of the puzzle fall effortlessly into place. The shackles fly off!

Ascension it’s about absolute and total commitment to the path of the Soul, without compromise. Whatever it takes!

It’s embracing Oneness, whilst honouring the vehicle of duality. It’s knowing that they are necessary complements of one another whilst being awesomely OK with the paradox. It's bringing in the fullness of our spiritual beingness as a whole, complete incarnated human being. Without one another there is no momentum for Ascension, since the only 'way out' is through.

Mother Earth is moving onwards - She is ascending. There is no time greater in the history of humankind to align with the ascension process.

For more insight and detail about the whole ascension process I highly recommend this article:

Compassion for all sentient beings

One of the most important keys that I have found on the road to Ascension, is “Love and compassion for all sentient beings”. When we touch that space of absolute oneness, compassion is something that arises naturally, as a surge of light from the well of divine consciousness itself.

True compassion holds a particular vibration. This vibration is crucial, as it works somewhat like a key to unlock the higher paradigm within us. It is this vibration that will take us through the Gateway of Ascension, because, as it resounds from our core, it will shatter the entire lower paradigm around us, leaving no other way, than expansive evolution.

The way to access it, is to remove all the blockages that denature and anaesthetise us from the fullness of it’s radiance - which, in a nutshell, amounts to letting go of the entire lower paradigm.

No judgement

To truly understand compassion, it is important that there is no judgement of it and what it means. ALL is the operative word. True compassion does not judge who is worthy or not.

Compassion is not a thought that decides that ‘you’ve got to love all creatures, beings and trees’ - you just do, naturally, because, you touch a space, where you experience no ‘you and them’ anymore, but rather, you are all one of the same. It’s so deep that the entire world falls away at times. It’s an energy at the core of all sentient life.

Be aware, though.... it cannot be imitated. Authenticity is an important ‘test’ on the journey. A difficult challenge at times in a world of countless illusionary bubbles. You cannot raise your vibration sufficiently to ascend unless you radiate from from the core. True compassion is like a razor edged sword. It is a key tenet of the fifth dimensional realm.

When you walk the edge of the blade, you swing open the gates, and the higher paradigm floods in; through you.

Authentic compassion -v- synthetic compassion

I often get asked questions like ‘how do I know if the love and compassion I feel is authentic, real or if I just fabricated it out of my own neediness?’

Really great questions. So how do you know?

If in any doubt, if you care or feel that you care, but are unsure of where it is coming from, I say, keep feeling. Keep unraveling. Watch your motivations. Watch closely within. If it is difficult. Keep holding the space. Keep opening. Notice what is going on...

    Where does the energy arise from?
    How does it make you feel?
    Do you need the situation to have a particular outcome?
    Do you need a particular response?
    Do you placate others, in order to ‘keep the peace’, to make everyone feel comfortable whilst losing peace in your own heart or feeling drained yourself?
    Do you judge people as ‘good’ or ‘bad’?
    Do you love yourself?

There’s a kind of aneasthetised compassion, that may appear as brilliantly caring on the surface, yet, underneath, the person could be seething with resentment for putting them selves last, or it could be the ‘programmed dogmatic response’ of compassion, which is rather just placating others, making ourselves feel like we are doing our bit, telling people what they want to hear, in order that no one ever has to confront anything uncomfortable. Look for the signs of masked compassion.

Loving yourself

Above all, love yourself. Forgive yourself. We've all screwed up somewhere down the line! Forgive yourself. You can't even begin to feel true compassion whilst harbouring guilt, resentment and self depreciation. You can only help others to the point you've helped yourself. So, I would say, if you haven't forgiven yourself yet, then go ahead! Love yourself.

Compassion and the comfort zone

True love and compassion, does not seek to placate in order to keep the peace. Nor does it purposefully avoid conflict. True compassion recognises the truth of the situation, holding an open space, and then allowing whatever is divinely given to flow in. It might just be an energy, like a beacon of light that inspires; it might equally be that you are given to bring ‘undesirable’ news, that will invoke a conflict in order to evolve a higher harmony. This often pushes people out of their comfort zone, inviting a deeper exploration and letting go of ‘stuff’.

It’s a gift.
It’s a response from the Soul.

Gandhi was an excellent example of this. He stood with unwavering compassion, non-judgement and love for all sentient beings. He didn’t shrink in the face of adversity. He stood fast with honesty, integrity and an open heart. As the metaphoric walls crumbled around him, an unmistakable light permeated from the centre of his Soul. This light is within us all. It is an unattached, unwavering beacon.

You might feel the most incredible compassion, even when holding up a mirror to another, knowing that it is possible that they’ll blame you for being the bringer of ‘bad’ news or even hate you for it. But you trust. Sometimes the most loving thing to do, is to say something that needs to be said, if it is divinely given to do so, whatever the perceived outcome may be. You can do it lovingly, but at times, there is just no softly softly way to be honest. At times it may create the space to allow a higher harmony to flood in, it to allow an older, outdated energy to fall away. Trust and non-attachment to the outcome is almost always required in these situations. Remember, Higher consciousness knows exactly how to navigate through the chaos.

Sometimes the most loving thing to do, is to walk away. Humility is not needing any particular outcome. Humility is being a messenger from beyond, yet without being attached to the message. Humility is not having to prove our point. It is trusting that if we are meant to walk away, then that is the right thing to do. It is feeling what is divinely given to do, right in that moment.

No two situations ever call for exactly the same response.

Blockages are simply an opportunity to unleash the soul

If you feel that your compassion is tainted in any way, don’t lose heart. See it as an opportunity to unravel the blockages within you, in order that you touch a depth of Soul that will ignite the higher paradigm. Keep chipping away. Break down the walls and unleash the light of your Soul.

Surrender, flow and trust that as each moment arises, you will know what to do. If you don’t know, then hold the space, surrender, let go, until what you are meant to do wells up from the centre of your soul. True compassion is something to be experienced. It is an unmistakable resonance from the centre of your Soul. It will propel you forwards and give you the strength to do whatever is divinely given to do.

Rise Up

The invitation to ascend into the higher paradigm is there for us all.
Rise up my friends. Rise up. Time won’t wait anymore...

Rise Up from Openhand on Vimeo.

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Trinity Bourne

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a soulful article Trinity, it feels like exemplifying what you're writing about. I resonate.

I was thinking recently about more people becoming vegan and getting involved in environmental practices etc.
It seems there's often distortion involved in those expressions e.g. coming from ideas/identity of compassionate action, or getting lost in anger and injustice, but still it does seem like its a positive step towards finding the place you describe. I find that encouraging! :-D

And people expressing their souls (and distortions!) creatively seems more prevalent too, which seems great. I wonder what role the internet plays in that - is there a need to express outward, to be 'seen' to feel validated? or is it about feedback loops?

anyway, great article.


Trinity, once again the chord of synchronicity chimes in your words. Thank you.

Recently one of my employees has gone observationally: "bat shit crazy": yelling, screaming, raging, plugged into some kind of manic drama. He also works on the farm with Peter and I and his craziness reached a crescendo a few days ago when he accused us of sending the FBI to spy on him, and that the carton of fresh farm eggs we gave him were filled with little bombs to blow he and his family up.

This situation has been an opportunity for me to let go of trying to "keep the peace" while illuminating that which I am drawn to speak. So out of my comfort zone. I profoundly recognized how I push the pull away, flail and swim against the current in order to maintain my sense of placation and comfort. Only it isn't very comfortable, deep inside, and in my heart.

When I spoke what I was compelled to say, the immediate feedback loop was a 50 mile hour gust of wind that knocked out the electricity :-) And then I felt the profound inner shift, molecules rearranging, cells vibrating...the big beautiful a-ha.

love, tigger

In reply to by Spiritpaws

Wow - big deep breathing to that Tigger.

    You wrote: "I profoundly recognized how I push the pull away, flail and swim against the current in order to maintain my sense of placation and comfort. Only it isn't very comfortable, deep inside, and in my heart."

That peace within is totally priceless. It has given me the courage to push way beyond my comfort zone, again and again and again.... with only the peace in my heart to light the way. Ahhhh.
Love your sharing!


I love this article. Deep gratitude. So inspiring. I'm paying attention to the key points that "spike" for me and view them as an invitation to let go of distorted conditioning to flow with ever higher expressions of compassion. My heart melts whenever I read about St. Francis of Assisi, so it's especially uplifting to read about your divine connection to him. I've always felt a special resonance with him. From the first time we met on the Openhand forum, your compassion has continued to shine brightly, lighting the way for me. So grateful for your truly compassionate heart.

Mucho Amor,


In reply to by soulseer

Thank you for the kind words Open, Ben & Catherine.
It touches my heart to be able to reach out and share a little bit of the divine with my fellow Openhanders here.

Thank you Trinity for this beautiful article - it was such a joy to read and feel especially as you described the magic of walking in the woods with St. Francis alighting the path.

"Trust and non-attachment to the outcome is almost always required in these situations. Remember, Higher consciousness knows exactly how to navigate through the chaos." - thank you for this gem that I so needed to hear right now. <3 ...will put that one in my pocket. Lots of love, Jen

Dear Trinity,

I find your voice in this article very earthy and grounding. It feels as if it were coming from underneath the moss in a forest, or from deep beneath the roots of that large oak tree that I once saw in Poland. It puzzles me how it is strong and yet gentle. This earthiness feels curious, but murky and unsettling to me. I am not yet well acquainted with it and feel apprehension when I sense it. I do not like walking barefoot or lying on the ground without a barrier between my body and the Earth. All this is very strange and I don't know if it even makes sense. Since recently, I've been curious around getting acquainted with Gaia (just about time!) and your voice on the Openhand site helps me feel safer with it.

I like this beautiful earthy poem by Mary Oliver and some people here may enjoy it too. It is called "Sleeping in the Forest". When I imagine myself sleeping in a forest, my heart begins to beat fast in a panic almost. I think it would be the ultimate act of trust and surrender to Gaia, and perhaps even an act of compassion towards my-self.

Sleeping in the Forest

"I thought the earth remembered me,
she took me back so tenderly,
arranging her dark skirts, her pockets full of lichens and seeds.
I slept as never before, a stone on the river bed,

nothing between me and the white fire of the stars 
but my thoughts,
and they floated light as moths
 among the branches of the perfect trees.

All night I heard the small kingdoms
 breathing around me, the insects,

and the birds who do their work in the darkness.

All night I rose and fell, as if in water,
 grappling with a luminous doom.
By morning 
I had vanished at least a dozen times 
into something better."


Ahhhw so beautiful to feel you guys here Jen, Jan & Margaret. I feel us walking together barefoot through the woods :) with Margaret leading the way like a true spiritual warrioress.

Margaret This poem you share is one of my favourites. How perfect of you to share it here. It brings me great delight to read it again and again!

Thank you also for your beautiful sharing... the energy behind your words really stirred my soul. There was something in it for me personally, like a reaching out making me feel a deeper purpose in my sharing these things with others in the way I might do in an article.

Interestingly I do also strangely understand the reluctance to step out with barefeet against the carpet of the Earth. Perhaps it is because I don't ever feel at home here on Earth. Yet in the same breath, I long to melt into the Earth. One of my most beautiful experiences involved hiking in Hawaii, barefoot through the muddy river banks. It was impossible to walk with anything other than naked feet. Mother earth massaged my feet the whole way. Bliss.... ahhhhh.

When I embrace my 'being human' I just melt into the arms of Mother Earth. There is indeed a great trust and surrender in that, giving ourselves completely. I love your exploration and how you recognise the act of compassion that surrendering to the Earth would be compassion to yourself.

Thank you for your kind words.
with love

Dear Trinity, Jen and Jan.
It makes me happy how we stir each other, just by expressing ourselves. This is something we can't really plan for and it is out of our human/mind control. And there is such a wisdom behind the energy expressing through us!

I just loved playing with mud as a kid (to the point of a mild obsession)! I imagine the soft ground at the riverbanks in Hawaii... it probably felt warm and alive. Lovely experience and so tangible. Thank you for sharing this memory.

I can totally see us, ladies, having an escapade in the woods! This would call for another quote by Mary Oliver:

"I believe in kindness, also in mischief."