What is an Empath? Neither the dictionary (Dictionary.com) nor Wikipedia (yes, it IS a source) has the word Empath as a listing. Google the term, and you get 4.32 MILLION results (in 0.49 seconds). But - the first listing is a definition that says this:
GAH! This is not science fiction people!
Why do the "normal" sources fail to acknowledge the existence of such a person as an Empath, and yet there are millions of words written about them?
I leave it to Empaths smarter than me to prove we exist. I hope that a few words about this ability will ring true with someone who has it and doesn't understand what it is. In truth, all humans have it - we call it instinct. That means animals have it too. We humans are the only animals who will override this to be socially appropriate. This causes us stress and anxiety. I genuinely believe that if we can identify more people with a heightened sense of energy - medicating for stress and anxiety will decrease in direct proportion to education in energy management skills.
As a child, I lived with step-mothers (one after the other, not at the same time) who were mean, dark people. I could feel this. All the time. It was like a blanket that smothered me, and I had to learn to close off to this energy, or it would kill me (at least I thought it would). But I didn't know all of this consciously. I was terrified of them for sure, and I felt a heaviness in my chest. No one told me that it was energy that made me feel so terrible.
As I got older, I was able to feel energy directionally - meaning I could feel it in a particular place, coming from a specific person or being. I hated certain situations in high school not for the social awkwardness, but for the energy it generated. Dances were okay for about 30 minutes, the cafeteria SUCKED, and football games were fun.
In my adult life, I hate funerals because I intentionally stay open to be sensitive to others, but it is overwhelming. If we go to a party where everyone is happy and having a good time, I'm on an energy high for a week.
There are two ways to deal with being sensitive to energy - close it all off, or learn to manage it. Since I work with Energy, I manage it. I also close it off if I am going to a concert or an event where emotions can be all over the place.
I spent much of my life pleasing others because it made their energy more comfortable to be around. Now I don't have to do that because I can moderate the energy, so it influences me if it is "good," and doesn't affect me if it is "bad."
You can find lessons on energy management or closing (protection) all over the internet and especially YouTube. Once you know that being an Empath is part of your situation, then you can address it. What if your stress, anxiety, and fear aren't entirely yours? If you learn the basics of energy management, not only do you learn to manage external energies, but you learn techniques that help you manage your internal process. Couldn't hurt - right? Do some research, practice a few techniques, and be open to changing how you deal with the situations in your life by seeing them from an energy point of view.
Also be willing to accept the blessings that abound in the world. Send out love and peace - you'll be fascinated by what returns to you.
Energy, Mediumship, and Akashic Records readings can all help you to see your situations, challenges, and relationships in a different way - from the perspective of your Energy Body, from the perspective of your Loved Ones and Guides, and from the perspective of your Soul itself.
A Reading can also significantly challenge your beliefs and worldview.
I have a suggestion for those who cannot yet reconcile what these practices say about existence with what they currently believe: look at it as an example, a metaphor. Don't make it have to be true or false. Accept the information as an analogy or a play that shows certain human situations in a different place and time with different people. Shakespeare wrote, "All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players."
So if you can't quite believe in past lives yet - it's a play - just for you.
If you have a current life challenge with a co-worker, I will frequently ask your Soul Book to show us three recent past lives where you had some relationship with this person. Go.
Your Book then opens up to different pages and shows me vignettes of your interaction with this person, what the tensions were (same or different), and how or if they were resolved. This information will resonate with you in the form of enlightenment, an understanding, an "Aha!" moment. It allows you to then work through the current situation with some "background information."
Do you have to fully accept the idea of past lives to use this? Of course not. You can be open to the information and take it as a metaphor - as your Soul communicating a problem to you in a way you will understand.
You can also explore curiosities in the Akashic Records. If you are not exceptionally keen on me accessing your Soul Book, we can explore the Temple of Life, or talk to some of the Teachers who have the wisdom of the ages ready for you.
Want to know what makes your house happy or who lived there before you? There's a Book for that. Care to look at the Book for Mount Everest? Let's do it! Events, buildings, and public places all have Books in the Akashic Records.
A Reading can do anything you intend for it to do. If you engage in the process and set intentions - such as connecting with a particular loved one and finding out why you are repeating a particular pattern in your life - you will get a wealth of information that will be practical and meaningful in your life.
I live in California, a block from the beach. Yep - I'm a lucky girl. In the morning, I go out on my patio and have coffee - and I can hear the lions roaring. I have to listen carefully, but it's there. And this is not psychic at all. I live next to a zoo.
Information that comes from psychic perception isn't like they show it in the movies.
I don't see dead people in full blown 3D (although there are some who have this level of awareness). I see them as energy, usually in my mind's eye - like a dream or imagination. When I hear them, it's like a whisper; like ants crawling on the floor. When I smell them, it's a wisp of a scent - a cigar, a perfume, something cooking.
Most of the time, I feel emotions, sensations, temperature changes - and I just "know" things. This skill is not as cinematic as the see, hear, smell skills, so it often gets skipped in explanations of psychic phenomena - but it is likely the most common to all people. It's also known as "trust your gut," "follow your intuition," or having "spidey sense."
The regular world acknowledges that this exists because many people have had at least one event in their lives where it was in stark relief - it was OBVIOUS.
Psychic stuff is usually less than obvious. It is everywhere, but in our overloaded sensory culture, we tune it out as not being useful. If you want to develop your ability to hear spirit - take a few minutes each day to sit quietly and listen to your surroundings. Identify sounds - pay attention. Meditation and paying attention are the two best ways to improve any psychic abilities.
If you had to choose between the following two words for the state of humanity right now - "attentive" or "distracted" - I'm willing to bet we would acknowledge that we are largely "distracted." And yet we want to be engaged, attentive to family, life, and surroundings; but we are overwhelmed by the amount of sensory input we receive. I predict that if this does not change, the market for places that you can go to as a retreat will increase exponentially. We are social creatures, yes, but we are also connected creatures, and the call for this connection to be rediscovered is getting louder and more insistent.
Sometimes this call manifests as a vague knowing that there is more to life or a feeling that "someone" has the answers and you aren't allowed to have them. We can reconnect to the All That Is with meditation, with a quiet mind. If it seems impossible to get there from where you are - start by noticing your world, just your little space. With practice, you can hear the call. You have to pay attention, but you can hear it, faintly, like lions roaring in the morning.