Before I knew I was a natural energy healer, I found out what an Empath was. It was a while later when I found out about what I am, a Psychic Physical Empath. And it's all related. The reason I can do what I can do is because I'm an Empath.
Physical Empaths are much more rare and there are degrees of this type of GIFT/Ability.
However, as an EMPATH and then a PHYSICAL Empath, my first Mission:
Identify Fellow Empaths and help Empaths learn what that means in general and for them personally. There is a different set of circumstances and rules/responsibilities TO YOURSELF and YOUR LIFE/MISSION if you are an Empath.
It is very important learn about yourself so you can fully step into your life as an Empath. There is a REASON for being an Empath and having special abilities "normal" non-Empaths people don't.
Most Empaths never think of themselves as an Empath-they have always been an Empath, so they don't see what is so different about them or why it matters (see the Empath Test below) this way and that tends to be more difficult to accept at first.
For me, once I knew there was a thing called an Empath and that that I was one and, evntually learning about what a Physical Empath is-which for me was HUGE as I was in severe pain and hell most of my life.
I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia when I was 25, but the truth is that I didn't have anything "wrong" with me, the truth is that I feel people and their pain, I feel the energy in the world in a different way than most people do and for most of my life it kept me feeling downright HORRIBLE. Chronically ill and tired and none of that was "the real me".
My existence, my life and experiences made SO much sense. EVERYTHING was tied to being an Empath. Just like everything in Superman's life is being SUPERMAN, and it cannot be separated, because of what he knows, feels and his abilities makes it impossible to be "normal" to have an experience in anything outside of that reality. It's exactly the same for Empaths.
From my sudden and long running pains and ailments, to the need to have solitude to being sensitive to noises, to having acne-all of it (and so much more) was tied to being an Empath.
All of it was about ENERGY, and how sensitive I am to it. But being "sensitive" to energy doesn't mean that Empaths are unable to control their lives-it just means that Empaths need to go about LIVING in a different way than other people. Just like Superman...
The first thing to do is to step into your role as an AUTHENTIC Empath. That means that it is really important to know what is your energy and what is everything else and how to manage and deal with it.
Being AUTHENTIC can be extra difficult as an Empath because we FEEL so much more of everything and know more about other things and people than they themselves know, so to be true to ourselves and others we need to stay as honest and authentic as possible, so we can keep our energy as free and clear as possible. Knowing what's YOUR body and energy and not the feelings of others around you is a huge part of the equation.
The more we do this the more our other abilities and gifts are able to shine through.
Unfortunately, as Empaths we tend to not take care of ourselves and not be true and authentic to how we are and what we know and feel and how things are in our world and for those around us.
That's the tough part. However, for those who are able to be on that level of Authenticity and not be fearful of TRUTH and HONESTY and eye contact and feeling other people on a real and authentic level, being REAL and owning your disposition and your vibe and knowing what is YOU, what is NOT ultimately raises the vibration of us all.
This is the reason why it is so important for Empaths to know what and who they are. To take the time to understand Empaths as a whole, but most importantly-how you and your body/energy work. Because it CAN work for you-not against you. It's like learning to drive a very sophisticated spaceship. Everyone's spaceship has their own sensors, controls, alarms, and needs for maintenance and what the SUPER powers are of the craft.
The responsibility of an Empath is to learn about all of this for themselves. It begins with CLEARING and HEALING the Energetic body. This way, you can truly gauge what is your body and what is outside of it.
Understanding exactly what it is takes time, practice and devotion to yourself, but it's not difficult and it truly is the road to a happy, healthy thriving life as a Human, but more importantly-as an Empath. The empowered, strong, SUPER EMPATH is a thing and available for all Empaths with some dedication.
Everything true in our lives is born from that understanding.
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What Is An Empath?
Being an Empath is when you are affected by other people’s energies, and have an innate ability to intuitively feel and perceive others. Your life is unconsciously influenced by others’ desires, wishes, thoughts, and moods. Being an empath is much more than being highly sensitive and it’s not just limited to emotions.
Empaths can perceive physical sensitivities and spiritual urges, as well as just knowing the motivations and intentions of other people. You either are an empath or you aren’t. It’s not a trait that is learned. You are always open, so to speak, to process other people’s feelings and energy, which means that you really feel, and in many cases take on the emotions of others.
Many empaths experience things like chronic fatigue, environmental sensitivities, or unexplained aches and pains daily. These are all things that are more likely to be contributed to outside influences and not so much yourself at all. Essentially you are walking around in this world with all of the accumulated karma, emotions, and energy from others.
Empaths are often quiet achievers. They can take a while to handle a compliment for they’re more inclined to point out another’s positive attributes. They are highly expressive in all areas of emotional connection, and talk openly, and, at times quite frankly. They may have few problems talking about their feelings if another cares to listen (regardless of how much they listen to others).
However, they can be the exact opposite: reclusive and apparently unresponsive at the best of times. They may even appear ignorant. Some are very good at “blocking out” others and that’s not always a bad thing, at least for the learning empath struggling with a barrage of emotions from others, as well as their own feelings.
Empaths have a tendency to openly feel what is outside of them more so than what is inside of them. This can cause empaths to ignore their own needs. In general an empath is non-violent, non-aggressive and leans more towards being the peacemaker. Any area filled with disharmony creates an uncomfortable feeling in an empath. If they find themselves in the middle of a confrontation, they will endeavor to settle the situation as quickly as possible, if not avoid it all together. If any harsh words are expressed in defending themselves, they will likely resent their lack of self-control, and have a preference to peacefully resolve the problem quickly.
Empaths are more inclined to pick up another’s feelings and project it back without realizing its origin in the first place. Talking things out is a major factor in releasing emotions in the learning empath. Empaths can develop an even stronger degree of understanding so that they can find peace in most situations. The downside is that empaths may bottle up emotions and build barriers sky-high so as to not let others know of their innermost thoughts and/or feelings. This withholding of emotional expression can be a direct result of a traumatic experience, an expressionless upbringing, or simply being told as a child, “Children are meant to be seen and not heard!”
Without a doubt, this emotional withholding can be detrimental to one’s health, for the longer one’s thoughts and/or emotions aren’t released, the more power they build. The thoughts and/or emotions can eventually becoming explosive, if not crippling. The need to express oneself honestly is a form of healing and a choice open to all. To not do so can result in a breakdown of the person and result in mental/emotional instability or the creation of a physical ailment, illness or disease.
Empaths are sensitive to TV, videos, movies, news and broadcasts. Violence or emotional dramas depicting shocking scenes of physical or emotional pain inflicted on adults, children or animals can bring an empath easily to tears. At times, they may feel physically ill or choke back the tears. Some empaths will struggle to comprehend any such cruelty, and may have grave difficulty in expressing themselves in the face of another’s ignorance, closed-mindedness and obvious lack of compassion. They simply cannot justify the suffering they feel and see.
You will find empaths working with people, animals or nature with a true passion and dedication to help them. They are often tireless teachers and/or caretakers for our environment and all within it. Many volunteers are empathic and give up personal time to help others without pay and/or recognition.
Empaths may be excellent storytellers due to an endless imagination, inquisitive minds and ever-expanding knowledge. They can be old romantics at heart and very gentle. They may also be the “keepers” of ancestral knowledge and family history. If not the obvious family historians, they may be the ones who listen to the stories passed down and possess the majority of the family history. Not surprisingly, they may have started or possess a family tree.
They have a broad interest in music to suit their many expressive temperaments, and others can query how empaths can listen to one style of music, and within minutes, change to something entirely different. Lyrics within a song can have adverse, powerful effects on empaths, especially if it is relevant to a recent experience. In these moments, it is advisable for empaths to listen to music without lyrics, to avoid playing havoc with their emotions!
They are just as expressive with body language as with words, thoughts, and feelings. Their creativity is often expressed through dance, acting, and bodily movements. Empaths can project an incredible amount of energy portraying and/or releasing emotion. Empaths can become lost in the music, to the point of being in a trance-like state; they become one with the music through the expression of their physical bodies. They describe this feeling as a time when all else around them is almost non-existent.
People of all walks of life and animals are attracted to the warmth and genuine compassion of empaths. Regardless of whether others are aware of one being empathic, people are drawn to them as a metal object is to a magnet!
Even complete strangers find it easy to talk to empaths about the most personal things, and before they know it, they have poured out their hearts and souls without intending to do so consciously. It is as though on a sub-conscious level that person knows instinctively that empaths would listen with compassionate understanding. Then again, for empaths, it is always nice to actually be heard themselves!
Here are the listeners of life. They can be outgoing, bubbly, enthusiastic and a joy to be in the presence of, as well as highly humorous at the most unusual moments! On the flip side, empaths can be weighted with mood swings that will have others around them want to jump overboard and abandon ship! The thoughts and feelings empaths receive from any and all in their life can be so overwhelming (if not understood) that their moods can fluctuate with lightning speed. One moment they may be delightfully happy and with a flick of the switch, miserable.
Abandoning an empath in the throes of alternating moods can create detrimental effects. A simple return of empathic love–listening and caring compassionately without bias, judgment and/or condemnation–can go an incredibly long way to an empath’s instant recovery. Many empaths don’t understand what is occurring within them. They literally have no idea that another person’s emotions are now felt, as one’s own and reflected outwardly. They are confused as to how one moment all was well, and then the next, they feel so depressed, alone, etc. The need to understand the possibilities of empath connection is a vital part of the empaths journey for themselves and for those around them.
Empaths are often problem solvers, thinkers, and studiers of many things. As far as empaths are concerned, where a problem is, so too is the answer. They often will search until they find one – if only for peace of mind. This can certainly prove beneficial for others in their relationships, in the workplace, or on the home front. Where there is a will, there is a way and the empath will find it. The empath can literally (likely without the knowledge of what’s actually occurring) tap into Universal Knowledge and be receptive to guidance in solving anything they put their head and hearts into.
Empaths often are vivid and/or lucid dreamers. They can dream in detail and are inquisitive of dream content. Often they feel as though the dreams are linked to their physical life somehow, and not just a mumble of nonsensical, irrelevant, meaningless images. This curiosity will lead many empathic dreamers to unravel some of the “mysterious” dream contents from an early age and connect the interpretation to its relevance in their physical life. If not, they may be led to dream interpretations through other means.
Empaths are daydreamers with difficulty keeping focused on the mundane. If life isn’t stimulating, off an empath will go into a detached state of mind. They will go somewhere, anywhere, in a thought that appears detached from the physical reality, yet is alive and active for they really are off and away. If a tutor is lecturing with little to no emotional input, empaths will not be receptive to such teaching and can (unintentionally) drift into a state of daydreaming.
Give the empath student the tutor who speaks with stimuli and emotion (through actual experience of any given subject) and the empath is receptively alert. Empaths are a captivated audience. This same principle applies in acting. An actor will either captivate the audience through expressing (in all aspects) emotions (as though they really did experience the role they are portraying) or will loose them entirely. Empaths make outstanding actors.
Empaths frequently experience déjà vu and synchronicities. What may initially start as, “Oh, what a coincidence”, will lead to the understanding of synchronicities as an aspect of who they are. These synchronicities will become a welcomed and continually expanding occurrence. As an understanding of self grows, the synchronicities become more fluent and free flowing. The synchronicities can promote a feeling of euphoria as empaths identify with them and appreciate the connection to their empathic nature.
Empaths are most likely to have had varying paranormal experiences throughout their lives. NDE’s (Near death experiences) and or OBE’s (Out of body experiences) can catapult an unaware empath into the awakening period and provide the momentum for a journey of discovery. Those who get caught up in life, in society’s often dictating ways, in work etc., can become lost in a mechanical way of living that provides very little meaning. All “signs of guidance” are ignored to shift out of this state of “doing”. A path to being whole again becomes evident and a search for more meaning in one’s life begins.
These types of experiences appear dramatic, can be life-altering indeed, and are most assuredly just as intensely memorable in years to come. They are the voice of guidance encouraging us to pursue our journey in awareness. Sometimes, some of us require that extra assistance!
For some empaths, the lack of outside understanding towards paranormal events they experience, may lead to suppressing such abilities. (Most of these abilities are very natural and not a coincidence.) Empaths may unknowingly adopt the positive or negative attitude of others as their own. (This, however, can be overcome.)
Empaths may need to follow interests in the paranormal and the unexplained with curiosity so as to explain and accept their life circumstances.
Am I An Empath?
Instructions: Grab a piece of paper and a pen and keep score of your answers. All questions are YES or NO. Please score 1 point for each YES answer, add them up and get your results at the end.
I rely on my intuition a lot. It's usually right on.
I don't really like being in large public crowds. I need my space, and if I go into those spaces, I need time to recharge from it.
I know how people feel without them telling me.
I get really upset when I see violence or injustice, I feel the pull to help.
I usually know when people are being untruthful, holding back or denying things.
I love animals and seem to understand their needs more than the average person.
I'm the person everyone goes to when they need to unload & vent.
I love to rescue people who are in need. It genuinely makes me feel good to help.
I need to spend time alone to recharge after being around people.
I seem to get drained around certain people.
If I'm tired or in pain and I go out into nature-I feel so much better. I have to do it often
I've been accused of being "too honest".
I've been accused of being "too sensitive".
I am very sensitive to noises.
I'm really interested in holistic healing, energy healing, meditation, and all of that stuff.
If I'm not really into doing something, it's near impossible to get me to do it.
If I know someone has been repeatedly dishonest with me, I'll usually just cut ties quietly.
I'm a magnet for narcissists.
I don't like a dirty space, it makes me uncomfortable & I want to clean.
I really don't eat that much, or splurge that much-but I'm still overweight.
I pride myself on being able to listen to people. Sometimes that's all people need.
I'll know to call a loved-one because something is wrong, or they are upset.
I'm a pretty creative/artistic person.
I'm sensitive to bright light.
I'm definitely a truth seeker.
I consider myself spiritual, and connected to a higher source.
I've had metaphysical or spiritual experiences all of my life.
My body feels achy a lot of the time-sometimes it comes on suddenly.
My body feels heavy a lot of the time.
I'm sensitive to weather, but tend to feel better in warm weather than in cold.
Finding deep purpose in my life is really important to me.
My body tingles/vibrates often.
Pain comes and goes throughout my body.
I get anxiety if I know I have to be around a lot of people.
Being intolerant to any particular food is on again off again.
I get bloated often/a lot.
Migraines or headaches have been a thing in my life forever.
I get emotional easily when hearing stories.
I can't watch most TV or Movies as they are too violent or energetically negative.
I tend to know exactly what someone needs to hear to help them.