ARE YOU AN EMPATH?

Today we are going to talk about the extrasensory gift of empathy. And I think a lot of us in this community and in the chronic illness community in general are highly empathic people. We’re highly sensitive, compassionate, and tend to take on the burdens of the people around us. We’re natural-born healers and nurturers. We care about people so deeply. But whenever we are unconscious of this gift, whenever we don’t know how to use it properly, it can become a detriment to us.


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Today we are going to talk about the extrasensory gift of empathy. And I think a lot of us in this community and in the chronic illness community in general are highly empathic people. We’re highly sensitive, compassionate, and tend to take on the burdens of the people around us. We’re natural-born healers and nurturers. We care about people so deeply. But whenever we are unconscious of this gift, whenever we don’t know how to use it properly, it can become a detriment to us.

So here are some signs you might be an empath:

People have called you “highly sensitive” or “too sensitive”

You experience emotions deeply and intensely, perhaps even more so than others

You cry easily

When you walk into a room, you can feel the energy of the room - you can sense if there’s tension even if no one is saying anything

You can feel the emotions of others as if they were your own happening inside your own body

If someone you love is sick, you might start experiencing the same symptoms

You dislike crowded places and loud noises and are prone to sensory overwhelm

You have sensitive skin and prefer to wear soft fabrics

You’re very particular about your home environment and the feng shui of the room you are in. 

You can’t watch the news or watch violent movies.

You have strong intuition and sometimes just “know” things

You’re good at reading people

You may be a trauma or abuse survivor

Everyone is a little different, so you might not have all of these traits, but if you found yourself nodding to most of them, chances are, you’re an empath.

Many empaths also have poor ego-boundaries, which we talked about in the last lecture. If you haven’t listened to that lecture, please go back and check it out.

When empaths have poor ego-boundaries it becomes a huge drain on our energy because we’re walking around without any protection.

Everything in this universe vibrates at a unique frequency, including humans, animals, plants, inanimate objects, food, music, everything. Empaths are highly sensitive to energetic frequencies. A lot of people will describe being an empath as though we’re absorbing the energy of other people like a sponge. But that’s not quite accurate. What’s really happening is that when we have poor boundaries, when we aren’t firmly anchored in who we are, what happens is that we will unconsciously tune our own frequency to match the frequency of what is surrounding us at the moment. And this can be a detriment when those frequencies are lower vibrational frequencies like fear, illness, powerlessness and lack.

Empaths are highly susceptible to fatigue and illness because we’re being constantly bombarded by all of this energy and it can become overwhelming for our bodies. Instead of vibrating firmly in our own frequency, things become disorganized and chaotic. And it feels like we’re taking the weight of the world on our shoulders.

So it’s really important for us to be conscious about the people we’re spending time with. The foods we put in our bodies, the music we listen to and the media we consume.

Our high sensitivity can make us vulnerable, but it can also become a superpower when we learn how to use it consciously. And that’s what we’re going to be talking about a little bit more in the next lecture.