What does it mean to be an empath? Well, according to an online definition it simply refers to a person with the paranormal ability to apprehend the mental or emotional state of another individual. Empaths are said to be natural healers who understand things on a deeper level than the physical. They are born with a “sense of knowing” on how to help others heal by aiding with a compassionate guidance. They are not quick to judge, but they are quick to love with great care and understanding.
Empaths abhor anything negative, especially violence. It’s difficult for them to comprehend the injustice of the sufferer. For many with this gift (or curse, depending on one’s view), it’s not easy walking into a crowded room or hanging out at large venues due to the fact that there are so many different mixed emotions all jumbled up into one place. For me when I walk into such a place, I tend to get dull, annoying headaches that won’t subside until after leaving the event.
However, growing up with this ability wasn’t something that was so easy for me simply because I didn’t know what it was. I was always experiencing other people’s emotions and thought they were my own.Throughout the years, it has become easier for me to walk into a room and automatically sense if someone is having either a good day or a bad day. Also, I can often “sense” the presence of a spirit. Suddenly, I’ll be able to “smell” a certain odor or fragrance when no one else can. Or I’ll get a “feeling” of a spirit that’s nearby. With any situation, I strongly believe in protecting oneself. With time, I’ve learned to “shield” myself from others’ emotions through meditation and other mental exercises using white light protection with the use of candles.
Since I’ve learned how to differentiate others’ feelings from my own, it’s now easier for me to identify with people and to help them on a compassionate level. It was often difficult for me to openly talk about being an empath because I was concerned with the views of others. It was much easier to shy away from the subject and not discuss it at all. But as I got older, I decided to embrace this ability and share my experiences. I like to consider being an empath as a true gift because it helps me to better understand the world around me.
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~ Sheila Renee Parker on Twitter @sheilarparker.