Heal Now Through Compassion

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You have heard me mention that “acknowledgement” (call it what you want–compassion, appreciation, love, validation–it’s all the same to me) is the foremost way to heal?

Well, today, have a treat for you. Recently I have interviewed, Edward Mannix, who has a similar view.  (I met Edward when he sent me his new book Impossible Compassion to review.) In fact, he has dedicated his life to sharing the healing benefits of “Directed Compassion”.  In reading his literature, I wonder if both consciously and subconsciously this is exactly what I do. It is cool, fun, and simple. And full of self love. Just the way I like healing to be.

This is Edward Mannix.

Here’s the interview:

Possible Compassion

Jodi: What is Directed Compassion?

edward mannixEdward: Directed Compassion is a simple yet powerful healing modality that involves unearthing, giving compassion to, and ultimately healing wounded aspects of our self. When working with Directed Compassion, we use the emotional pain we are experiencing in our life today as a doorway; we trace the feeling of our current hurt back to its root cause.

We then send compassion and loving heart energy to, for example, childhood wounds that have a surprisingly large impact on many aspects of our life – including our key relationships, physical health, professional life, and overall happiness. Once we are able to get back to the root cause and achieve the inner shift as a result of sending our self compassion, our external circumstances begin to change and come into alignment with our improved internal reality.

Transformational healing

Jodi: Tell me how it has effected your life?

Edward: When I was introduced to Directed Compassion, I was in my late 20’s, and while on the outside a lot of things looked pretty good in my life, on the inside I was suffering quite a bit. My outward confidence masked some inner self-esteem issues. I had a lot of great friends, but in my love life I was lonely and looking for love in all the wrong places. Professionally, I was working on what I thought was a really cool socially responsible business project with someone who I didn’t realize would eventually steal from me and lie about my participation in the project to other important professional contacts. I could go on, but I think this gives you a pretty decent idea of where I was at the time.

I can’t say that Directed Compassion instantaneously and miraculously made my life perfect. But I can say that almost 10 years later, my life is pretty great thanks in large part to consistently working with Directed Compassion.

Today, I am married to and have an amazing relationship with my most compatible soul mate. I have replaced overconfidence with healthy self-love, self-compassion and self-esteem. Professionally, I engage in life-giving work I am really passionate about. I have left betrayal programs and unhealthy professional relationships in the past.

Simple healing: Self love

Jodi: What is your favorite story of the transformative powers of directed compassion?

Edward: I have had a number of moving experiences helping others with Directed Compassion. So, it is difficult to choose just one favorite. For now, I will share with you a story that provides a good example of how this work can impact someone’s physical health.

Recently, an old friend of mine told me he was struggling with interstitial cystitis (IC). It is a disease which you may know can be very painful and which medicine says does not have any known cure. Almost half of people with IC cannot work due to the pain, and more than 10% eventually attempt suicide.

I gave him my new book, Impossible Compassion. Working on his own with the book, he has been able to achieve what he estimates is more than 80% healing of his disease. After being in pain every day for over 2 years – often intense pain – he is pain free most days now.

I am particularly fond of this story because my intention for this healing modality and for my book is that many people will be empowered to heal themselves on their own. This simple technique is something that almost anyone can quickly learn and begin applying by themselves. They can immediately experience the benefits of expanding and channeling their own compassion in a very specific way.

Appreciation

Jodi: What is one thing you do everyday to improve your life and why is it important to you?

Edward: I tell my wife with great joy how happy I am that we are together.

Check his website. www.edwardmannix.com. Tweet to Edward. 

What do you think? Can you imagine how Directed Compassion can help you in your healing process? Do you have any questions for Edward? 


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22 Comments

Louise Gallagher

Thanks for this Jodi! Like you, this is what I do for myself too. I compassionately embrace all of me, Beauty and The Beast, with love.

Hugs
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Heal Now

Louise! I don’t think there is any beast in you. All I see is light! <3

Harleena [email protected] Writer

Beautiful interview indeed Jodi!

There is much to learn about being compassionate, and directed compassion sounds so wonderful too. I loved Edwards last line here – I tell my wife with great joy how happy I am that we are together.- couldn’t agree more because that’s exactly how I feel too. 🙂

Thanks for sharing this with all of us. 🙂

Jodi Lobozzo Aman

Wasn’t that line beautiful. I have a hubby like that and I am eternally grateful!

Sapna

HI Jodi

Great interview.

I really liked how an IC patient through reading, his 80% of healing is done. Amazing!

Thanks for sharing this.

Sapna

Jodi Lobozzo Aman

Anything can happen! WE do have the power to heal ourselves, but we must not get stuck on only the physical way. For this mane though, he is much relieved!

totsymae1011

I give myself quiet time at the start of my day. I also read something positive. Well, some days.
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Jodi Lobozzo Aman

I hope it is something to make you laugh!

Justin

Hi Jodi,
I love the idea of direct compassion because it is the best tool for healing at the root cause. It is known that many of the “wounds” we carry around with us were created in childhood due to our smaller level of awareness.

We all could use some healing and the world will be a better place because of it.
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Jodi Lobozzo Aman

Thanks Justin, We could all use some healing!

Tina Barbour

Thanks for the great interview! Directed Compassion sounds so wonderful and helpful. Is visualization a part of it? How does one send the compassion to the wounds?
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Edward Mannix

Hi, Tina.

Thanks for your question about Directed Compassion. In response to your question and Stanley’s below, I have just posted a page on my site with the basic instructions of how to do the technique (the instructions are too long to include in a discussion post here). If you take a look, you will see that visualization is definitely a big part of it, and the instructions include info on how to send compassion to wounded aspects of yourself.

It is here:

http://edwardmannix.com/#!/my-books/pith-instructions-for-directed-compassion-technique-excerpt-from-impossible-compassion/

If you try it, feel free to contact me with any follow-up questions you might have, or just to let me know how it went.

Many Blessings,

Edward

Stanley

I’m still trying to grasp the idea of embracing “unearthing, giving compassion to, and ultimately healing wounded aspects of our self. When working with Directed Compassion, we use the emotional pain we are experiencing in our life today as a doorway; we trace the feeling of our current hurt back to its root cause.” I still find myself very reluctant to embrace the pain of my childhood. Instead I want to escape it as if it never happened.

I do however love Edwards words, – “Once we are able to get back to the root cause and achieve the inner shift as a result of sending our self compassion, our external circumstances begin to change and come into alignment with our improved internal reality.” – In my journey toward healing I have found a shift in my life toward self-worth and self-love. I feel I have, even it the past, been able to love others unconditionally and to see their worth. Once I am able to love myself I can only imagine what I will be able to do for others. I feel my mission in this life is to bring healing to others and thus to our world!

This was a wonderful post Jodi!

Edward Mannix

Hi, Stanley.

Thanks for this comment. The idea here is not really to “embrace” (i.e., hold onto) the pain, but rather to be present with it and dissolve it with the healing force of your own compassion. By doing this, we can get to a place of healing where it is as if “it never happened”; in fact, we can get to a place where we re-imprint ourselves today as if we had in fact experienced a better version of reality back then… then external circumstances can begin to re-align around the new imprint.

Inspired by yours and Tina’s question above, I have just put up a page with the basic instructions on how to use this technique if you are interested in learning more and possibly trying it on your own.

It is here:

http://edwardmannix.com/#!/my-books/pith-instructions-for-directed-compassion-technique-excerpt-from-impossible-compassion/

If you try it, feel free to contact me any follow-up questions you might have, or just to let me know how it went.

Many Blessings,

Edward

Monica

Jodi, so many of us carry wounds from our childhood. There’s a certain period of mine that I don’t like to think about, but when I do, I feel like I’m picking at a scab and when that happens, the tears come. It’s never been quite resolved and never will as my parents are gone, and I can’t rewrite history. But I love the idea of this Directed Compassion. Great interview!
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Jodi Lobozzo Aman

Try it and see how it goes. Without going to the painful place, just send love there. xoxo

Shorya Bist

Hi Jodi,

Very interesting interview with Mr. Edward.I never knew about Directed Compassion technique to heal. I am thankful to you that you have gave a very interesting thing.I know when a person is hurt from inside then there must be some reason so finding that reason is very important then only one can take some actions.So i think this technique is worth as it is working on right way.

Thank You
Shorya Bist
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Jodi Lobozzo Aman

You can go wrong with trying to love yourself!

Galen Pearl

This sounds like one of four radical practices I discussed at a retreat I led before–radical compassion. I believe that these practices can indeed affect our lives in miraculous ways. Thanks to you both for a wonderful interview.
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Jodi Lobozzo Aman

I am sure radical forgiveness is one also. You and I are of like mind!

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