Are You an Empath?

Are You An Empath1The traditional meaning of empathy is basically being able to put yourself in someone else’s shoes. Unless you’re a cold hearted human being, you’ll have the ability to empathize with another person. However, that’s not the kind of empathy I’m referring to. I’m referring to empathy as a psychic gift.

What Is Psychic Empathy?

There are many forms of empathy but I’ll be talking about emotional empathy for the purpose of this article. Empathy as a psychic gift means that you are literally able to merge with another person’s energy. You’re able to experience their feelings as if they’re your own. In fact, you suck up other people’s emotions like a sponge to the point where it can be debilitating. Many people have no idea they have this gift and if you don’t know how to control it, it feels more like a curse. You feel like you’re on an emotional roller coaster. These people are often labeled “hypersensitive.” or “temperamental.” In many cases these people are diagnosed with some form of depression and put on medication.

All empath’s are born with their abilities switched on which can make life difficult when you don’t know how to control it. You can feel when someone doesn’t like you, you can feel what another person’s intentions are towards you, and you can feel when someone isn’t being honest with you. You CANNOT bullshit an empath! They know when they’re being lied to. They know when you’re trying to spare their feelings, whether or not there is malice behind your words, and they will always know you’re intent. Even when they can’t give the exact details of what you’re hiding, they will know whether you mean them well or not. Does any of this sound familiar? Don’t worry. You’re not paranoid or crazy. Empathy is very real!


What Are The Positives To Psychic Empathy?

Empath’s are healers. Whether you’re aware of it or not, you have been serving humanity as a healer you’re whole life. It’s part of your life purpose. Whether it’s helping a friend solve a problem or a Doctor saving lives, an empath is actively helping and healing people on a daily basis. Has someone you’ve never met come to you and offered up their entire life story? The good, the bad, and the ugly? That’s because you unconsciously hold a sacred space for people and you can listen without judging. They immediately feel like they can trust you. That in and of itself offers profound healing. Even when you don’t like someone, you’re empathic nature will take over and you’ll feel obligated to help them heal.

The key to being a healthy, happy empath is learning how to control it. If you don’t learn a technique to shut it on and off at will, you’ll suffer. One simple way to do this is by protecting your energy. Visualize that you’re in a bubble. The positive things can come in but all the negativity has to stay out. You have to do this consciously, on a daily basis, and sometimes several times a day depending on the people you’re around.  Try to start recognizing what belongs to you and what belongs to somebody else. If it doesn’t belong to you, let it go. Establish firm boundaries with people. If you’re not used to boundaries, learn how to develop some healthy ones! Those boundaries are going to be your best friend!

Empathy doesn’t have to be an ugly thing. It really is a special gift, and not one that everybody has. It was given to you so you can help others. All it takes is a little effort to learn how to use it effectively.

What do you think? Are you an empath?


 

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  • So funny-I have totally been researching this lately because when I leave work at the spa, I feel EXHAUSTED. Like so drained. One of my friends said, “It is because you are absorbing negativity.” At first I was like, “No, my clients aren’t negative-They are great and I love them.” But then I realized that they are tired, stressed, etc when they see me and that I am taking that-And really am trying to draw that out of them. So, have tried to be more conscious of removing it from them, but not keeping it for myself. : )

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    • Krissy,
      As an empath, you’ll always pick up that energy. However, if you have a daily “routine” to get rid of it, it’s really helpful. If you keep taking in other peoples’ negative energy, you need a way to release it because you can actually make yourself sick! I do a visualization everyday but I also ask my guides to cut any ties that may have formed between me and anybody I have come into contact with. You can even do a quick visualization in the shower…just set an intention that your releasing any negativity and it’s washing off of you and going down the drain. It sounds weird, but it really does help. I’m actually in the process of writing a course about how to control it. Maybe you can review it for me. :)

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  • I’ve been off work for 11 months due to an injury and subsequent marriage breakdown and consider myself an empath and healer. Its getting harder to be amongst crowds. I’m learning new meditations to help me feel not so alone during times of much needed solitude. I’ve ended up with firomyalgia and a personality disorder in regards to my gift as it ishard to find peace living in the ccity. I meditate and eat well but sometimes it doesn’t work. Some of my friends have turned to alcohol. Anyway I know we can help each other that’s why we have this gift.

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    • This might sound weird Olive, but I think it works well. Before you go into public, imagine yourself surrounded by a bright white bubble, it acts as a buffer against the people who are out there that are so negative. I even do this before I leave my yard in my car, the white light surrounds my vehicle to protect me. Empaths are like sponges in that we suck up negativity, even tho we don’t want to, you have to learn how to protect yourself from those who mean no harm but are energy vampires. So think of yourself in the white light, and visualize that nobody can enter your bubble. You’ll learn how to stay safe and it won’t be so difficult to be around the general public. I swear it works. You don’t need alcohol or illegal drugs, you need to center yourself and find inner peace. With your fibromyalgia you need a good doctor to help you with that very real pain. Don’t let anyone tell you its not real because it is. Before you can heal others, you have to be healed. Otherwise your healing energy is diverted and not effective. This is just my opinion, not that of the owner of this page. I hope it can help you to find a little peace.

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      • Hello maridots!! Yes, the bubble works! Thank you for responding to Olive’s message. I’d also like to add that when we are so out of balance, we end up getting ill. You can’t eliminate disease without addressing the situation in a holistic way. When we’re out of balance emotionally, spiritually, and physically, we need to deal with the whole and not just symptoms, otherwise it will just manifest in another way. Finding a good Doctor is a great idea and preferably one that is open to a holistic approach.

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    • Hi Olive! I’m so sorry I haven’t gotten back to you until now. I have been seriously neglecting my blog lately. I’m so sorry to hear about the issues you have been having. It definitely doesn’t make things easier. But, I know that when we overcome challenges, we come out stronger and wiser in the end. Then, we can help people that are going through similar situations, and in a way, our struggles pave the way to make someone else’s path a little bit easier. Yes, being empathic and being in a crowd can sometimes be a little daunting but even something as simple as setting an intention for protection, can drastically improve the situation. I do something similar to what maridots posted below. When I wake up in the morning, I picture myself in a bubble and set the intention that only positive energy can come in and all negative energy stays out. I also visualize any stale or negative energy going down the drain when I’m taking my morning shower. It sounds crazy, but I know it works and I can definitely tell when I’m not doing it. When it comes to being in the city, even taking a walk through the park is helpful. We move all over the place and sometimes you really have to make an effort to seek out a little nature. But, it’s definitely worth it. I don’t have to tell you this, but be sure to stay away from the alcohol! It will only make the situation worse. I’m glad you’re here and if I can do anything to help, please feel free to send me a message via the contact form. :)

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