If we didn't sympathize , then chances are we would never do anything. Should we heal people simply because we sympathize with them, no, we should use some commmon sence and some judgement. But people make some really poor descisions because of "sympathy" , but on the flip-side people make poor descisions when they don't feel sympathetic. I understand how you feel it could be dangerious, because it could if we do things just because we are sympathetic towards them or allow our sympathy to get out of control. But the same could be said by every other emotions. If we let our anger get out of control, we could hurt or kill someone. If we let our happiness out of control, (and yes, i believe all emotions good and bad could do harm) then we may blow off our responsibilites in order to stay happy. We could also loose touch with sympathy, because we would block pain, ect. This is only a small part of a large whole. But, to be honest, when people ask for prayer and energy requests and healing on this forum, what drives you to respond and send that energy? Do people actually send that energy? I don't think it's all empathy, just because we know how they are feeling or understand what they are going through usually isn't enough to help. It's ususally sympathy, (or selffishnees, depending on how you look at it) that drives us to react. To me, it's a "driveing" emotion, alot like passion. It takes us from feeling to reacting. This is simply one opinion. Thanks for posting, this is a good thread and look forward to hearing yours and other's responces.
I think I got so focused on the sympathy that I think I misunderstood the actual question,lol,. So to rephrase , sympathy is a good tool to use to get us motivated to reach out and help, but Tammie is right, The actual energy used for healing should not come form our own emotions, but from that of the Divine. Thanks for clarifying that Tammie