What is an Empath?
Empaths are people who are very sensitive to their environment. Empaths can sense other people’s emotions, energy, and physical symptoms in their own body. This allows the, t o easily relate to other people. Empaths have a broad understanding of life and how things work, and can see things from multiple perspectives.
Empaths are like highly advanced computers. They process data quickly. They are in touch with their inner healing intelligence and allow their subtle energy to guide them..They mirror the emotions and body language of other people subconsciously. They do this without even thinking about it. The neurons in their brain respond and fire rapidly.
According to Medical News Today, MRI scans have previously proved that when an empath observes another person in an emotional state, the empath’s brain fires the same neural circuit, allowing the empath to accurately feel what the other person is experiencing. Their sensitivity to others is extremely heightened.
Empaths are highly in tune with the subtle body, the environment, other people, animals, and energy in general.
The subtle body is a combination of the mind, intellect, and ego. The subtle body controls the physical body. The subtle body is the driver, while the physical body is the car. Because empaths are so in touch with the subtle body, they energetically internalize pain, feelings, and physical sensations of others.
Traits of an Empath:
Though not exclusive, many people who identify as empaths have the following characteristics. It must be stated that even if someone does not have every characteristic below, having a majority of them may indicate that they are an empath.
1. Highly Sensitive
As states above, empaths are sensitive to energy. Everything on this planet is made up of energy. With that being said, you can imagine that empaths are sensitive to just about everything! They are sensitive to smells, touch, pain, food, light, sound, and temperature.
Empaths may experience pain on a deeper level than most. They may also have food sensitivities or food allergies. It is not uncommon for empaths to be sensitive to bright lights or loud sounds. They may also be able to pick up on sounds that other people cannot hear. Empaths are also sensitive to vibes. They can tell whether or not someone has positive energy.
2. Strong Emotional Attunement
Empaths feel other people’s emotions. They are often clairsentient, meaning that they can feel what someone else is feeling in their own body. They also have the gift of clairempathy. This means that they can empathize and understand another person’s lived experience, even if they have not had that same experience in their life.
Empaths are intuitive. In addition to being clairsentient, empaths are typically claircognizant. This means that they have innate knowing of things without understanding why or how they know. They receive hunches from their intuition or inner intelligence that guides them and reveals important information to them. They are closely connected with their sacral chakra, located in their gut,, and also sometimes referred to as the second brain.
4. Spiritually Connected
Empaths tend to have a deep spiritual connection with Source. They connect with all things created by God, including nature and animals. They may experience extraordinary supernatural experiences in their lifetime. This may be communication with those who have passed on, the ability to channel angels, deities, or other supernatural forces.
Those who are empaths have deep love and compassion for all beings. They are kind hearted souls who are often selfless. Empaths are charitable and donate to causes they believe in. They are likely to support their friends, family, or even a stranger in any way that they can. Whether this is offering advice or money, an empath is there to help. Empaths also enjoy volunteering. You can find them at animal shelters, soup kitchens, or participating in local community events.
Empaths often volunteer to take on additional responsibilities at work. They may not expect to be compensated for their extra efforts as they do this from their hearts. They love to mentor others so they will also volunteer their free time to offer guidance or companionship to someone that they believe in. Empaths get joy from being of service, so whenever they are able to spread love or compassion, their cups are filled.
6. Spends Ample Time in Solitude
Empaths enjoy being alone. It is their way of recharging themselves. Because of their extreme sensitivity, they often become overstimulated to the point of overwhelm. To get back into balance, empaths will hide away from the world. They enjoy meditating and sitting in silence. Not only does meditation offer them a chance to equalize their energy, it also helps them to connect with the Universe and gain valuable insight about life and others.
Empaths believe that everyone deserves respect. They understand that people are individually unique and take time to view things from multiple perspectives. They have a deeper understanding of life and individuation so they are receptive to the differences of other people. This allows them to willfully compromise as they know that life requires a bit of give and take.
Empaths are also great mediators because of their ability to view things from a different level. In addition, empaths are supportive of other people regardless of their race, sexuality, gender, or ability. Because they are so conscious, they are able to see the deeper meaning of life and hidden messages of the Universe.
Empaths are very smart. They are like computers. They process data quickly and are usually one step ahead of everyone else. They are able to recognize emotions quicker than other people. They are also gifted in predicting how a situation will unfold before it does. Some may call this precognition. Due to their high intelligence, empaths make wonderful leaders.
Benefits of Being an Empath
1. Creates Positive Change in the World
Empaths have a duty to make the world a better place. They will go out of their way to brighten someone’s day. They enjoy spreading love, peace, and happiness. With whatever path they are on, the end result for them is to create harmony and raise the vibration of humanity. Due to vibrating in the frequency of love, this also allows empaths to manifest easily.
2. Sensitive to Positive Energy
Since empaths are sensitive to all types of energy, this includes positive energy as well. This means that empaths feel positive emotions on an extremely deep level. Their level of happiness compared to a non-empath’s level of happiness will be vastly different. Being around good vibes is a sure way to recharge an empath that is feeling down. They are the type to cry happy tears just from observing a sunset or witnessing a moment of love.
3. Manifests Their Dreams
Empaths are idealists and dreamers. They usually have big visions for what the world can be. They are skilled at manifesting those visions into reality. Due to their sensitivity, connection with Spirit, and creativity, they can manifest with ease. Empaths have vivid imaginations and if they take the time to visualize, they can turn any dream into reality.
4. Connected to Nature
This is a wonderful benefit! Because empaths are so in tune with nature, they are able to recharge just by going outside, or by spending time with animals. They use nature as a natural medicine to revitalize their energy. If an empath is feeling down, they can take a walk, spend 15 minutes in the sun, or sit by a body of water, and in no time they’ll feel brand new.
Challenges of Being an Empath
1. Experiences Burnout Frequently
Empaths are givers. They give their energy to others without thinking twice. People often vent to empaths or go to them for advice. They give excellent advice but after a while, they may become burned out from hearing about so many issues. People tend to expect empaths to have the answers to their problems. This puts great pressure on the empath because their end goal is to help but constantly listening to things that are going wrong takes a toll on them. They may also experience compassion fatigue from working so hard to be kind while others don’t always treat them in the same manner.
2. Easily Manipulated
Empaths wear rose-colored glasses. This means that they see the world as they imagine it. In reality, the world is not full of rainbows or sunshine. There are dark places and dark energies roaming around. Because empaths want to see the good in others and believe that other people are like them, they may not be aware when someone is taking advantage of them. Even when their gut or intuition alerts them, empaths may not always listen and choose to ignore the warnings. Empaths must work on trusting their intuition and going with their gut feeling. People tend to take an empaths kindness for weakness and will use them until the empath understands that they are being used and sets a boundary.
3. Periods of Loneliness
Being an empath can be lonely. Empaths are rare and make up only about 2% of the entire population. They may feel misunderstood by others and because of this, they may isolate. Isolation can also be related to the fact that they are often overstimulated and need alone time to recharge.
4. Attracts People in Need of Healing
Empaths are magnets for people who need healing. These people can have lower vibrations and mounds of negative energy. This can be tough on an empath if they do not know how to set boundaries. They may feel like it is their duty to help every person they come into contact with that needs help in some way. This is a large burden for an empath to bear.
5. Sensitive to Negative Energy
Just as being sensitive to positive energy is a blessing, being sensitive to negative energy is a challenge. If empaths do not know how to protect their own energy, then they can absorb negative energy around them and internalize it. This drains their battery extremely fast and can lead to anxiety and feelings of depression.
6. Has Trouble Asking for Help
Empaths are used to helping other people. They are typically the “go to” person in their family or friend circle. Because of this, they may feel uncomfortable asking others for help. They do not want to burden anyone with their problems and so they tend to keep quiet. Empaths must realize that while they are capable of doing things on their own, life can be less challenging if they reach out for help. Instead of struggling in silence, empaths must find a trusted confidant that will be there for them when they need someone. Likely this person will also be an empath.
7. Must Learn Self-Love
Empaths can be codependent. They may also be people pleasers. Empaths have to learn that the love they seek from others is already within them. Due to their desire to be loved as they give love, empaths may stay in unhealthy situations or relationships. This can be because they lack self-love. Empaths need to learn how to care for themselves and be their first priority. They often care for others before they care for themselves. However, empaths need to put on their life jacket before helping someone put on theirs.
Despite all the challenges, being an empath is a gift. If you are an empath, recognize the beauty and light that you bring into this world. Maybe you grew up thinking that your sensitivity was a flaw and something holding you back. It is my hope that you realize how truly gifted and unique you are. Continue to shine your light in this world and bring peace and love to others. But remember, take care of yourself!
If you are an empath, comment below your favorite thing about your sensitivity!