Updated: Mar 29, 2020
An empath is a person who experiences the thoughts, emotions, and often even the physical pain of another person within their own being. This ability is one manifestation of a spiritual ability known as clairsentience – the ability to sense the energy of people, places, and situations through feeling it in the body; its also known as a “gut instinct.” This ability comes with advantages and disadvantages. So, it’s helpful know if you are an empath so you can learn how to work with this ability optimally.
So, how do you know if you’re an empath? Here are 15 common signs:
You take on the energy, mood, and/or emotions of other people as if they were your own. This is called matching or mirroring. Your physiological, emotional, and mental reactivity match the vibration of the other person.
You’re sensitive to “vibe” in the room or environment you’re in. On a semi-conscious level, you are always scanning and tuning-in to the subtle cues of the energy shifts and vibrations of the people and the interactions going on around you.
You’re highly intuitive. You have the ability to sense what another person is trying to say even if they’re struggling to express it clearly.
You have an ability to perceive what is imperceptible to others – a type of psychic or extrasensory perception.
People often turn to you for advice. This is because you tend to be a compassionate, caring person who typically provides valuable insight.
You are easily overwhelmed by another’s strong emotions.
You seek to avoid conflict and are often over-accommodating. It may be difficult for you to stand your ground, or advocate for your needs.
Pleasing others feels safer than expressing your authentic feelings or opinions.
You may feel the physical pain or symptoms of another and have trouble un-matching from them.
Violent, tragic, or scary events overwhelm you. You tend to avoid the news and violent, scary, or tragic entertainment.
Harsh, ugly, or discordant environments are challenging for you.
You care deeply about others and feel hurt, baffled, or overwhelmed when another behaves insensitively.
You may periodically experience sudden overwhelming emotions while in a public place or group setting.
You need regular amounts of down time to recharge. You find yourself easily depleted, overwhelmed, or even ill without it.
You’re drawn to therapeutic and/or service professions. You have a strong need to help others.
If you can relate to many of these statements, you are most likely a natural empath. As you can see from this list, this sensitivity provides you with some wonderful strengths, but also comes with some challenges.
Strengths Empathic sensitivity provides you with naturally heightened intuition, penetrating insight into people and situations, a deep well of compassion, and genuine concern for the welfare or comfort of others. These traits naturally draw people to the you and provide fertile ground for meaningful connections with others. Empathic souls tend to naturally have an innate ability to accurately sense what needs to be done and this supports positive, effective outcomes both at home and at work.
Challenges The sensitive soul often struggles is in knowing how to establish or maintain healthy boundaries both professionally and personally. As a result, they often end up depleting their vital energy and are left feeling drained, overwhelmed, and burnt out. This is because they need to spend a lot of energy managing their conscious and subconscious reactivity. All too often, the sensitive soul ends up manifesting challenging issues of their own in one form or another – physical, emotional, mental, or behavioral – as a result of the extra strain placed on their system.
The Importance of Proper Training In my own life I have benefited from the advantages that my sensitivity gave me, but I have also struggled with the challenges. My empathic nature has made me a good friend, and an effective spiritual counselor. It has also led to anxiety, fatigue, illness, over-accommodating behavior, and other issues. Because it has been such a powerful force in my life, I had no other choice but to invest in specific training on how to work more effectively with this ability.
My training taught me:·
How subtle energy affects us all.·
How to use effective tools for managing and working with that energy. This has enabled me to enhance the strengths and minimize the challenges.·
How to understand the larger psycho-spiritual context of what was happening to me and why.
This knowledge has empowered me and I’m very grateful for it. Knowing I have the ability to choose how I work with this ability has given me the necessary space I need to process my experiences with compassionate understanding. I am more grounded, present, and happy.
Major questions empaths grapple with:
How to deal with difficult people and situations.
How to set expectations and maintain healthy boundaries.
How to cleanse, restore, and balance the body-being energy system.
Common symptoms include
Time management issues
Difficulty in detaching from the other’s issues
If any of these symptoms pertain to you, learning how to work effectively with energy will benefit you.
That’s why I launched a new course! Practical Tools for the Natural Empath will cover tools and techniques to help you create a strong, fluid conduit through which your higher intelligence can flow into your mind, body, interpersonal communication, and interaction with others.
Learn how to:
Increase and protect your body-being connection.
Establish a safe energetic sanctuary to work within.
Establish grounded, safe and inspired communication.
Navigate challenging situations with the help of your higher intuitive intelligence.
Establish and maintain healthier boundaries with more ease.
Heal yourself as you heal others.
Clean and release unhealthy energy patterns from your space.
Protect your health, vital energy, and wellbeing.