How We Can Bring Understanding and Compassion to the World – Inspirations from Neal Donald Walsch

“Every act is an act of love” Neal Donald Walsch once said.

Every action we take, right or wrong,  is an act of love for something, someone, or somebody. Love is the foundation of all of our human experiences, even though some people can have a distorted view of that love. He explains that even people that commit crimes or make bad decisions, are acting from a place of love – they are human just the same. 

A thief may love a car so much that he is willing to steal to get it, a tyrant may love power so much he is willing to kill for it. These are obviously distorted views of love, but it makes us reflect on how these are still human beings trying to find their place in the world just like us. 

Walsch says: “Understanding is forgiveness in the eyes of the master.” Meaning that we can look upon these people with the eyes of humility and understanding and see that they are broken people who have lost their way in life. We can try to understand where they are coming from and the reasons behind their actions. He gives a scenario of a toddler knocking something over because he is so excited to see his birthday cake. The parents don’t get angry or scold the toddler. They knew immediately that their child didn’t mean to knock things over, he was just so excited and happy to see his cake. The parents look on the child with the eyes of compassion and full understanding of his actions. 

In this same way we should not become angry with people who do us wrong, even if it is really hard at the beginning. We need to imagine being in those people’s shoes and picture ourselves in their experiences and circumstances. When people do wrong things, it usually means that something inside of them is hurting, love is lacking in their hearts in order for them to do what they did. By us trying to understand the why, we slowly start to eliminate the feelings of anger and grow more compassion.

So instead of feeling hatred or anger, send them more love, send them compassion. Pray for them, send good energy towards them, or just wish them a good life. They are part of our great Earth family too and deserve happiness just like all of us. 

Now imagine looking at the entire world this way.

Instead of being angry towards family members, politicians, teachers, co-workers etc. we need to be kind and compassionate, knowing that they are hurting or need help in an area of their life. St. Stephen from the Christian tradition is a perfect example of this, praying to God to forgive the people who were stoning him. He knew that they were human beings who were just misguided and forgave them even as they killed him.

Just as Martin Luther King Jr. says;

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

We cannot fight anger with more anger, so we must look on everyone with eyes of compassion, because after all, every act is an act of love.

How can this concept help bring peace to our communities and the world?

Through this practice, we can start to create bridges of understanding in a place where before there was only hate and separation. If all human beings looked upon each other with eyes of love even in their disagreements and conflicts, the world would be filled with so much more compassion and forgiveness.  Imagine if all humans on the Earth were working together to build a connection of understanding between nations and cultures. How much we could all achieve if people of different cultures truly listened and tried to understand each other. 

All of this starts from within ourselves and from showing love and understanding to the people around us. Just like wildfire, it can create a chain reaction and affect so many people around the globe. One by one we can share more understanding and compassion in our world, knowing that every act is an act of love. 

Wishing you a peaceful and beautiful day, 

Kaitlin Siena


To learn more about Neal Donald Walsch and his incredible work, check out his website: or his classes at

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