Energy is a real thing that can cause real problems for people that are sensitive to it. Especially when that energy is coming off of another person!
Here’s an excerpt from my book, Here’s to Not Catching Our Hair on Fire, where I describe my empathic tendencies. How do you compare?
I “feel” things mentally to understand them. It is kind of like a grocery scanner. I mentally hold a thought, idea, or person in front of my stomach and scan it. You can’t imagine the amount of information I receive by doing that. It’s not like it pours slowly in, though. It’s more of an immediate knowing of many things all at once…bam! Information stored for later review. Scanning is just one way I get information and the only one I have total control over. But for the most part, I pick up information I don’t want when I don’t want it. Don’t assume that I know a person’s dirty secrets or what they had for breakfast. It’s mostly feelings. Someone’s negative mood or emotion can hit me in the stomach and just dig and dig and dig until it’s raw and achy, and I have to leave their presence. Even then, the feelings don’t go away completely. They always linger until I stop what I’m doing and focus on getting rid of them. Most of the time, I can’t be bothered to try to stop what I’m doing, so I just deal with the underlying anxiety it causes me that day.
When I’m not at 100 percent mentally or emotionally and unable to block things out, I also pick up on feelings that aren’t directed toward me, but to another person, thought, or idea, which sucks because I can’t distinguish between any of them. I’m like a radar gun picking up every wave in my range. Beep. Beep. Beep. As you can imagine, I basically walk in a world of constantly thinking, “What’s wrong with so-and-so? Did I do something to blah, blah, blah?”
What is an Empath?
An Empath is a person who can psychically tune in to the emotional experience of a person, place or animal. In the paranormal and in some works of science fiction and fantasy, highly developed empathy is a psychic ability to sense the emotions of others and often highly aware of the health and state of mind of their loved ones, no matter how physically near or far away the individuals may be. It can be challenging for empaths to function healthily in society if they are unaware that they have this sensitivity and often opt to be alone.
Most empaths are often in the dark about their innate gifts but the more developed ones are sometimes called in by the police to help track a murderous pedophile or other heinous criminal because they are able to take on the tortured emotions of the assailant. Utilizing Clairempathy, a type of telepathy to sense or feel within one’s self, the attitude, emotion or ailment of another person or entity.
They are sensitive to the visible as well as the invisible and pick up on body language, tone of voice, body movements, the words people choose when they speak, the words they avoid, the logic they use; and the hidden things that only an empath can sense inside another person. It is not uncommon for an empath to “freak out” for no apparent reason, only to discover later that a friend or family member went through some sort of trauma at that exact moment. So essentially an empath is someone whose feeling sensory is extraordinarily heightened, meaning they receive the majority of their psychic input from what they feel.
Since they’re being assaulted constantly by emotions which do not originate internally, they can’t figure out why they feel the way that they do, and therefore can’t address the core issues. Since empathy isn’t something you can really ditch it’s sometimes difficult to sort out what the Empath truly feels in a given situation or what they are taking on from someone else. This can prove to be very confusing!
Emotions that create powers that have been known to be God like in nature. Emotions that build on inside only to be shared with those around you. Emotional empaths are so sensitive that they can absorb the negative emotions of others in their body, and actually take it on. So when an empath is around somebody who is anxious, they can actually absorb that energy into their body, when it isn’t even their own anxiety.
Empaths are born, and they’re born unskilled and are generally very understanding of others and their positions, and often times will ask questions rather than make snap judgments, or intuitively seem to ‘know’ there is more to a story than what meets the eye. They 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.
Empaths are people who don’t “read” the future, or predict it they “read” people, and their energy although sometimes it depends on the person being read, too. They’re often problem solvers, thinkers, and studier’s of many things. As far as empaths are concerned, where a problem is, so too is the answer.
They are the psychic sponges of the world, soaking up all the psychic and emotional static that other people give off. Being an Empath is one of the most common and most challenging of all the psychic gifts.