Do you find yourself experiencing an emotion and you aren’t even sure where it came from (you’re angry or sad for no apparent reason)?
Can you sense what other people are feeling even if they’re not in your physical presence?
Do you somehow know what people need to hear or do to feel better? Do you have the ability to facilitate the process of rapid growth in those around you?
Do you instinctively know when someone is lying?
Do you tend to put others at ease, and find that people, even strangers, tend to open up to you?
Do you sometimes use food, sex, drugs, or solitude as a means of coping?
Do you find loud or bright stimuli to be overwhelming?
Do crowds make you nervous or anxious? Do you crave social contacts yet feel emotionally exhausted by close relationships at times?
Do you have to use a masked personality sometimes to protect yourself from others, sharing only your true perceptions with those you trust most?
If many or all of these sound like you, you may be an Empath! All of us are born Empaths, but many of us learn how to ignore or filter out all the information we receive from the world and people around us. Every thought, every emotion, from everyone on Earth is currently generating information and Empaths can be open to receive all of it. When you think about it that way, no wonder many of us feel so overwhelmed, drained, and sometimes flat out crazy!
I remember when I finally realized I was an Empath, it was like O.M.G., that’s what this is called and why I feel this way! I remember experiencing crazy mood swings for no reason, feeling overwhelmed in crowded places, feeling drained around certain people, and just an overall sense of being out of control. It really sucked sometimes – I felt like I was literally going crazy at times. But once I read more about it, I instantly felt better, like there was an answer, and there was hope!
The good news is, once you realize you are an Empath, it instantly becomes easier because you are now aware of what is causing all these things. You can learn to tone the outside noise down and hone your skills to help you and others. It takes a while and some practice, but once you learn to control it, it can help tremendously and is definitely worth the effort.
The easiest method I used to start with was “turning down the volume”. We are constantly receiving information from the world around us, especially as Empaths. The goal is to turn down the “others” volume so that we can hear our own. To do this:
- Close your eyes and imagine two volume dials in front of you that go from 0 to 10. One says “Me” and the other says “Others”.
- Turn the “Me” dial to 10, and the “Other people” dial to 0.
Remember: If it’s hard to visualize this, your mind is giving you feedback that something is in the way! For now, if you can only see the volume going down (but not all the way to 0), that’s fine. At least it’s getting better…Keep practicing!