To truly understand another person and what they are going through, empathy is a necessary trait to possess. Empathy allows you to put yourself in the shoes of another, to learn to understand what they are experiencing, from their perspective. Without empathy, you will not be able to facilitate positive relationships in your life.
Empathy is not sympathy; sympathy is feeling sorry for someone else, whereas empathy is about learning to understand the feelings of another. If you are going to be a spiritual teacher, reader or channel, you must learn how to possess and express empathy. Empathy helps you to remember that each person is in their own illusion, and that each person has chosen their lessons. Instead of looking at someone’s life and telling them that the lessons they have chosen are easy, empathy helps you to understand that their life lessons are just as difficult for them as your lessons are for you.