E M P A T H
(The Extra-Sensitive Being)
Written by: Tyler J. Hebert
An Empath is a person that is hypersensitive to the emotions and energy of other people, as well as animals. They have the ability to physically feel the emotions of a person/animal standing within their Auric field.
Empaths have this sense of “knowing” and very strong intuition.
Empaths are the people who feel their way through life. They are born highly sensitive with the ability of empathy to help them understand their surroundings on a deeper level than the physical. This ability grants them the opportunity to help people heal. This is done through means of stepping into the shoes of a person to gain a better understanding of the situation. Most Empaths are born with a ‘knowing’ that aids as a proper form of guidance. They intuitively seem to ‘know’ there is more to a story than what meets the eye. This is why it is impossible to lie to an Empath. They are also very in-tune with their intuition, as it is very strong. This is why Empaths are sought to be more spiritually evolved than most, because they are born with a connection to their higher consciousness. They live a life through their soul without the need of development.
Empaths have this energy that influences self-reflection onto other people.
They feel every emotion and energy that vibrates in their presence. When someone is angry, an Empath will feel the anger throughout their body. The anger feels to them like a speed train carrying chaos on a track that is unstable. This is why an Empath might sometimes hold in their emotions until they just bust. If a child screams at the parent that is screaming, this is why. Empaths don’t understand the feeling of anger, nor do they understand the feeling of fear. They are usually always happy. Their energy influences optimism onto others, along with feelings of deep thought and self-reflection.They are often very bright, independent, imaginative, creative and adventurous as children.
Empaths are the people one can’t help but love.
Empaths are generally very understanding of other people and their positions. They will never pass judgement on someone without their own opinion from an encounter through experience. They often times will ask questions to gain their own perspective on someone or something. When someone justifies something about someone, it means nothing to an Empath, because how someone views another person is only one side of the story. This is why most Empaths are looked at as being Fake, or two-faced, as they have a liking for everyone. Empaths are people-pleasures. They can’t help it.
Empaths are extra sensitive to violence and sadness.
Empaths are sensitive to television, books, videos, movies, news and broadcasts. Violence, chaotic news, obscene behavior, emotional dramas and depressing stories depicting shocking scenes of physical, or emotional pain, inflicted people and animals can easily bring an Empath to tears. They do not tolerate injustice and speak on behalf of their perception of what is and what should be.
Empaths absorb emotions from others unconsciously.
At times, they can even feel the emotions of a person that is located miles away. This happens when an Empath, when in contact with a person, unconsciously makes a connection with that person. When an Empath is undeveloped they don’t have the knowledge to understand the importance of distinguishing which emotions are theirs and which are absorbed from other people. Often times this will leave the Empath to experience different and random levels of emotions and energy. They might experience feelings of being drained, moody, depressed, angry for no reason, unsure about life and self-conscious. It’s hard to understand the identity of an Empath when they aren’t even able to familiarize themselves with their own emotions. This is why it is important for an Empath to development their ability in order to master their gift.
Empaths are born with a natural skill of observation.
Accompanied with the ability to feel is the ability of observation. It comes naturally to them to study the body language and tone of voice of people. This is often how they identify people. Their liking for one depends on one’s choice of words, body movement and/or facial expressions.
Empaths are born innovators.
Most Empaths are the born writers, singers, musicians and artists of the world and quite often exhibit a high degree of creativity and imagination. They are known for many talents as their interests are diverse and varied. They often have interests in many cultures and religions and view them with a broad-minded perspective.
Empaths are the sponges of the world.
They are the psychic sponges of the world. They soak up all the psychic and emotional static that other people give off. Being an Empath is one of the most common psychic abilities, but it is also the most challenging.
Most Empaths go through a suicidal stage.
Not understanding their ability causes them to become quiet and withdrawn from the outside world. They often times become loners, depressed, neurotic, day-dreamers, or even narcissistic. When an Empath is undeveloped the emotions will overtake their lives. This causes them to become depressed where they lose touch with their feelings by not allowing themselves to feel anything. An Empath going through depression is something that has an influence on the people around him/her. It can be felt by anyone in the Empaths presence. Many suffer from self-medicated addictions such as drugs, alcohol and often food.
Empaths put the needs of others before those of their own.
Empaths are often times very selfless. They put the needs of others before those of their own. This comes naturally to them, as they have a need to cater and nurture those among them. Being able to openly feel what is outside of them causes them to ignore what is inside of them. They are great listeners, which makes them some of the greatest people to talk with. Most Empaths are known as the mother hen of the family, along with being the psychologist amongst peers. Although, some Empaths might be quite the opposite. They might even become narcissistic.
The Two Basic Types of Empaths: Emotional and Cognitive
Emotional Empath, is an Empath that has the ability to physically feel the emotions and energy of the other person, as though their emotions were contagious. This kind of Empathy makes someone well-attuned to another person’s inner emotional world.
Cognitive Empath, is an Empath that has a conscious need to imaginatively put oneself in the place of another. This is done to genuinely understand a person, which requires the consciousness to identify truth with ones immediate perceptions of long-standing thought or belief.
TYPES of EMOTIONAL EMPATHS:
Manifestive Empath: The ability to create their own reality and infuse the reality of others.
Intuitive Empath (Clairempathy): is the ability to sense/feel the attitudes/emotions of others.
Healing Empath: The ability to take in the energy of others and transmute it.
Spiritual Empath: The ability to sense the other persons oneness with their god.
TYPES of COGNITIVE EMPATHS:
Precognitive Empath: The ability to predict a certain outcome and see where paths lead.
Telepathic Empath: The ability to have thoughts, as well as feelings.
Judgement Empath: The ability to distinguish truth from lies and good from evil.
Seer Empath: The ability to see where the emotions are coming from, along with the cause.
RARE TYPES of EMPATHS:
Molecular Empath: The ability to blend their aura with the aura of another person.
Animal Empath: The ability to talk to animals and understand their needs
Shaman Empath: The ability to be one with nature and speak with animals and plant life.
Universal Empath: The ability to possess all of the Empath traits. The psychic-hybrid.
GENERAL TRAITS OF AN EMPATH
1. Empaths are highly sensitive and naturally giving, spiritually open, and good listeners. If you want heart, empaths have got it. Through thick and thin, they’re there for you, world-class nurturers. But they can easily have their feelings hurt. Empaths are often told that they are “too sensitive” and need to toughen up.
2. Empaths absorb other people’s emotions
Empaths are highly attuned to other people’s moods, good and bad. They feel everything, sometimes to an extreme. They take on negativity such as anger or anxiety which is exhausting. If they are around peace and love, their bodies take these on and flourish.
3. Many empaths are introverted
Empaths become overwhelmed in crowds, which can amplify their empathy. They tend to be introverted and prefer one to one contact or small groups. Even if an empath is more extroverted they prefer limiting how much time they can be in a crowd or at a party.
4. Empaths are highly intuitive
Empaths experience the world through their intuition. It is important for them to develop their intuition and listen to their gut feelings about people. This will help empaths find positive relationships and avoid energy zappers.
5. Empaths need alone time
As super-responders, being around people can drain an empath so they periodically need alone time to recharge their batteries. Even a brief escape prevents emotional overload. Empaths like to take their own cars when they go places so they can leave when they please.
6. Empaths can become overwhelmed in intimate relationships
Too much togetherness can be difficult for an empath so they may avoid intimate relationships. Deep down they are afraid of being engulfed and losing their identity.
7. Empaths are targets for energy Drainers
An empath’s sensitivity makes them particularly easy marks for energy vampires, whose fear or rage can sap their energy and peace of mind. Drainers do more than drain an empath’s physical energy. The especially dangerous ones such as narcissists (they lack empathy and are only concerned with themselves) can make them believe they’re unworthy and unlovable. Other drainers include The Victim, The Chronic Talker, The Drama Queen and more.
8. Empaths become replenished in nature
The busyness of ever day life can be too much for an empath. The natural world nourishes and restores them. It helps them to release their burdens and they take refuge in the presence of green wild things, the ocean or other bodies of water.
9. Empaths have highly tuned senses
An empath’s nerves can get frayed by noise, smells, or excessive talking.
10. Empaths have huge hearts but sometimes give too much
Empaths are big-hearted people and try to relieve the pain of others. A homeless person holding a cardboard sign, “I’m hungry” at a busy intersection; a hurt child; a distraught friend. It’s natural to want to reach out to them, ease their pain. But empaths don’t stop there. Instead, they take it on. Suddenly they’re the one feeling drained or upset when they felt fine before.
Has this ever happen to you? The trademark of an empath is they feel and absorb other people’s emotions and/or physical symptoms because of their high sensitivities. They filter the world through their intuition and have a difficult time intellectualizing their feelings for those of another. Below is a very real situation of empathic sensitivity where the empath literally took on the stress\and symptoms of another then felt depleted.
“Today we had a meeting with our compliance team and the attorney to discuss any questions we may have regarding the process or lack thereof. Basically an open forum.
“Let me just preface that the incident I had was with one of the individuals who is very much unhappy with her role and her superior. She also handles situations on a more emotional level rather than pragmatic level. When she first started with the company, she was a pretty friendly person but since she was pretty much thrust into this role her mood has changed quite drastically. When I asked a question regarding a process she is involved in, she decided to speak up and of course was very defensive. The minute she started speaking I immediately felt a surge of anger and I became defensive and told her to stop being emotional and that it was just a question and did not imply she was doing her job. I became so emotional that I could not speak…literally could not speak. It felt as though my words were being pushed back into my throat. I ended up sounding like an idiot..to say the least.
“By the time the meeting dispersed, I walked out with a headache and drained. I don’t know whether it was my reaction to her or her emotions that I was feeling. You have told me in the past that I exhibit empathic abilities and I wasn’t sure if this encounter was the result of it.“
Unfortunately, empaths can be emotional sponges and take on the literal emotions of others, acting as if they were under the same conditions and feelings of another. It adds to their stress levels and leaves them more vulnerable to physical illnesses such as adrenal fatigue (basically your body feels as if it has to be in the constant state of “fight” or “flight”). Immediately after a stressful empathic situation, you should immediately start a self Reiki session with the intension “to let go of things in your body that is not yours such as others’ tension, stress and anxiety.” Activate your bubbles of protections and then send yourself healing energy.
Adrenal fatigue symptoms are exhaustion, body aches, anxiety, trouble thinking clearly, and insomnia. The theory is that the adrenal glands cannot keep up with the stress and confusion the empath is feeling, so hormones, such as cortisol, that normally keep you energized begin to get depleted and take you down with them.
Here are some solutions for empaths to treat adrenal fatigue that can turn their symptoms around and restore their energy. This is not a one-time fix, remember for an Empath it requires some basic life style changes so that you can manage your energy over the long term.
Strategies to Relieve Adrenal Fatigue
Besides Daily Self-Reiki, you might:
1)Get as much rest as you can on a regular basis as sleep is very restorative.
2)Eliminate or at least limit your time with extremely draining people
3)Eat a natural whole food diet and avoid empty non-nutritious food
4)Try to add Himalayan Pink Salt to your diet as it contains vital minerals
5)Minimize your sugar intake
6)Do some for of daily movement and gentle stretching
7)Eat fruits and vegetables which are hight in Vitamins C
8)Get outside as empaths become replenished in nature. The natural world of green wild things, the ocean or other bodies of water nourishes and restores them. In a sense, they are able to offload everyone else’s feelings in these environments.
Being an empath is a gift in life but you must learn to take care of ourself as Empaths have special needs. It’s important to learn about yours, honor them and communicate what they are to loved ones.
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