You may or may not have heard of an Empath, an Empaths is a person who is known for their highly developed ability to sense the emotions and thoughts of the people surrounding them.
I guess then you’ve heard of all the symptoms for an Empath. Symptoms like:
- Finding public places overwhelming.
- Confusing other peoples emotions with your own and absorbing them like an “emotional sponge”.
- Finding films and images of cruelty and violence unbearable.
- Feeling other people’s physical pains.
- You’re a great listener.
- You suffer from fatigue.
- You need solitude to recharge and even experience the emotions of loved ones who are far away.
Most articles can’t even come close as to answer why this occurs.
Did you know, that Empaths only account for about 5% of the worlds population, despite this they are much more mentally predominant, these people who we identify as being Old Souls and Highly Sensitive People.
To better explain, an Empath is someone who has what could be a called a ‘gift’ in being able to better understand the emotional state of another person. There is of course many kinds of empaths. Just as other gifts are used and exhibited, in many different ways, so are there different types of Empaths with certain abilities and talents.
But the most powerful Empaths are the Heyoka.
Heyoka is a Native American term ironically meaning “fool” or “sacred clown”. Which seems like an odd terminology for what we now estimate to be the most powerful type of Empath.
The translation of heyoka gives us a little clue into the true meaning that the Native Americans tried to put behind the word. In English, it would be more appropriate to describe a Heyoka Empath as someone who sees the world differently and acts in a way that is the opposite of normal.
THE OLD SOULS, EMPATHS:
We all have experienced some degree of empathy in our lives. However For an Empath, they struggle to distinguish their own emotions from those of other people.
Highly Sensitive People are born with a physical sensitivity, that is when their brain is overly sensitive to thoughts, activities and even stimuli of emotions. Frequently, these Highly sensitive People end up so sensitive to quality of their state of being within their environments that they can feel the emotional changes within other people as well as themselves. However, not all people who are Highly Sensitive are Empaths.
With these Old Souls there’s a difference; their sensitivity is not physical in relation to the brain, but in spirituality, or it is in relation to their souls. This doesn’t mean that all Old Souls are Empaths, but it does mean that many can easily become spiritually attuned to the living energy around them.
This spiritual attune-meant experienced by the Old Soul is enhanced by their “Old” energy, that is the energy that they’ve possessed since the very creation of matter, which is the exact energy that they have been reborn with many times. The more an energy comes into consciousness and then returns back to its origins, the thinner the veil of identity between “I” and “That” is, and the more it is then purified.
As our individual egos become less defined, our unconscious intuitive receptors are left open to not only experience our own emotions, but the emotional vibrations or frequencies of others around us.
The closest I can get to explaining this scientifically is that somewhere within the frontal lobe of the brain, there is an area responsible for Echopraxia, which not only allows us to involuntary repeat others actions or experiences, but when activated in Empaths, can also allow for emotions of the surrounding environment to be involuntarily absorbed. Although, there aren’t enough studies conducted to determine any of these conclusively
HOW TO FIND YOUR EMOTIONAL CENTRE
Being an Empath, you can be a great asset.. But only if you learn how to centre yourself, by grounding your emotions within your own being and refraining from baring the unhappiness and suffering of your entire surroundings. If you don’t learn how to centre yourself, you’ll just live like a slave to your emotions, rather than to master them.
Once you learn how to master these emotions, you won’t feel so much burden by your empathy, but instead you will be freed by it. You’ll have the ability to control when you want to feel other people’s emotions, only if you wanted, and purposefully understand them. Or you can learn when and how to tune them off, allowing you the space and clarity to act accordingly.
But first, you need to learn how to do this…
IDENTIFY THE ORIGIN
The emotions you feel will not always be from other people; they can be your own too. It’s easy to think all negative emotions are coming from other people, so in order to get things straight, try to constantly analyze whether there is something that may have caused the negative emotion you’re feeling, or not.
APPLY MINDFULNESS TO GROUND YOURSELF
The emotional energies that you absorb and experience from others are usually processed through your unconscious intuitive receptors. When you focus your mind with attention to a specific action, it forces your unconscious mind to tune out of those emotional frequencies and focus conscious attention on something else in its stead. Examples of grounding exercises include focusing on your breathing, visualizing a protective shield around you, and/or focusing on the spot between your eyes where your “third eye” is located.
SEEK SOLITUDE AND DISTANCE YOURSELF
After you have grounded yourself using one of these techniques of the mind, try to leave the area where that persons energy bubble might be affecting (for example, leave for a different room or for a physically distance between yourself and others by a few meters). This will allow you to see whether it really was that person’s emotional energy that was influencing you or not. After that, try make some alone time for yourself to centre yourself again..
We hope you found this information useful, or at least enlightening to some degree.