and insights we are receiving from our students.
Recently my wife has said I have no compassion and was like her first husband. This hurt, but I didn't know what to do. That night I had Googled how to be compassionate. The information was confusing. For the past two years, twice a day I have prayed that God will instill in me sympathy, empathy, compassion, understanding and tolerance.
At my next Friday night men's Al-Anon meeting I shared what I just wrote about. The following day I went to a Farmers Market and happened to sit next to several women from around the country. When I asked them they said they were attending a course called Avatar and I also heard the word compassion. I told them I had been in AA for 43 yrs and Al-Anon for 25 years but didn't think I could ever have compassion. One of them reached in her purse and she took out a Compassion Exercise Card. I almost dropped.
I went home and showed my wife the card. We went to Church the next day and in the pew in front of me was a woman who I noticed that really caught my attention. I felt a lot of judgment. I took out the Compassion Card and did the exercise from the back of her head. By the time we were all asked to greet one other, I was completely free to give her a hug and a warm greeting!
That experience, coupled with my Minister saying "Just do it!" when I asked about Avatar, convinced my wife and I to drive to where the course was, watch your video before the introduction and sign up to do the Avatar Course! Thank you for creating Avatar and may you continue to be blessed!
Kerry J. Cannon- USA
It's the most incredible blessing to be part of the Compassion Project. Today I visited a Chinese garden in Sydney. A woman in a wheelchair was looking intently at an area over a ledge. I was curious and went to find out what was happening. Her three children had dressed up in traditional outfits. The husband's phone had gone flat, so pictures could not be taken to recall this happy day. I offered to take photos and email them. It was beautiful to be part of this family briefly.
The woman was in tears with gratitude, saying my kindness had prevented a divorce. I gave her and her husband a compassion card each, telling them how often this exercise had helped me regarding my partner, and the purpose of the project.
It is because of you Harry and your mission, that such extraordinary moments of strangers deeply connecting, are possible. An incredible blessing, thank you.
Fiona Campbell- Australia
I boarded the 14.5 hour flight the other night, and met the guy I who was to be my neighbour for that time. He was drunk and talking derogatorily about Aborigines and New Zealanders. After my initial reaction, I decided to stay in the spirit of the Compassion Project. By the end of the trip we had the most beautiful connection and he was grateful for the Compassion card. Thank you!
Fiona Campbell- New Zealand
Dear Harry and Avra,
I just want to share a magic moment I had yesterday. I am stretching to be at The Wizard Course and inspire my buddies, who have not yet done Wizards, to be there too. I could not see how I could create this, having just come back from Integrity and all sources at their limit. Yesterday morning I was feeling discouraged, again, and decided ENOUGH of sitting in this and the idea came to me to put ALL of my free attention on doing the Compassion Exercise with attention on the buddies I would like with me at Wizards. One hour later another idea came to me to go to the bank. So I just went, said what I wanted and they gave me what I needed without any questions. Wow!
It took me till later in the day to realise IT WAS THE COMPASSION EXERCISE that had created the money. I had no attention on money at the time, all attention on being in service to others. My heart just burst with gratitude. Amazing. Also, everyone I have had to notify so far , 2 managers, the bank, work mates, have been cheering me on, more certain of my success in getting there than I felt. I am certain they are feeling, at some level, what this offers the planet and I have high intention to share it with them more effectively so they can have this experience too. Thank you so very much for just keeping going, never giving up and for these exercises that are allowing so much possibility in my life and on the planet. See you soon. Much love,
Judy Grayson- New Zealand
I want to share Compassion exercise win with you. This morning I noticed my car had a tire going flat, parked at home. While I was creating my daily primary I had a secondary come up about the hassle of having to get that handled ... then a sudden viewpoint shift, realizing that whoever came to fix it was a potential Avatar : )
The guy came to change my tire and we did the paperwork. Then I said I had something for him and I gave him a Compassion Card. I knew he was in a hurry, as he'd said he had heaps of jobs on this morning, but I asked him if he had 30 seconds to do the exercise. He said "yes" and I took him through it. Then he told me that his 2 year old daughter, who was in the car, loves the Avatar movie picture and always calls out "Avatar!" when she sees it. I shared with him about a student of mine whose 2 year old daughter had had a fever and popped out of it when her Mum did the Compassion exercise on her a few times ... and every night at bedtime she would say "Mummy let's do "Just like me".
He gave me his email address so I could email some info to him and his wife. And said he is going to share the exercise with her.This all took less than 10 minutes. Thank you Harry for giving us the Compassion Project, it makes it SO easy to connect and inspire people to compassion and to do Avatar! Love,
Lizzy Mellick- Australia