Empathy is being able to understand and share the feelings of another. Being an Empath is like having empathy on permanent overdrive.
Empaths are highly sensitive people. What do I mean by that?
Typically when people hear the phrase "highly sensitive" they think of someone who is overly emotional. There are those that are highly emotionally sensitive because of the ego, trauma, and self-esteem issues. Those areas of sensitivity stem from the person.
An Empath's sensitivity affects them from things outside themselves. It's like a spidey sense.
We are overly sensitive to the energy emanating around us from both the seen and the unseen (woo woo alert).
Empath's are just really energetically open. Being Empathic seems to be more common these days as more people are waking up.
We're more taped into the field of consciousness. Empaths are spongy to that energy around them whether it's physical or nonphysical (uh oh more woo woo).
Being Empathic is one of an Indigo/Crystal/or Starseed's strongest traits and one of the most challenging to deal with because absolutely everything emanates energy (ahh woo woo overload).
"Every human being emanates an energy field that corresponds to his or her inner state, and most people can sense it, although they may feel someone else’s energy emanation only subliminally. That is to say, they don’t know that they sense it, yet it determines to a large extent how they feel about and react to that person. Some people are most clearly aware of it when they first meet someone, even before any words are exchanged." - Eckhart Tolle
Empath's can pick up on the smallest cues.
Truth has a frequency. So does a lie. An Empath can detect that distinction. They can feel the truth or lack of truth behind other peoples words.
Empath's are very aware of HOW someone else is feeling without the other person needing to speak a word. They may not know WHY someone is feeling a certain way and will persist in finding out what's wrong.
They can feel the energy in a room or place. They know immediately if there are "bad vibes" and may want to leave without being able to explain why.
Now can't most people sense the emotions of others or read the energy of a room? Yes, but usually only when it's extreme or obvious.
Empaths can pick up on even the slightest of nuances that most people are oblivious too.
"Empathy is not a state that is accessible to those that are afraid to feel negative emotion." - Teal Swan
The reason this ability is not active in most people is because they live in their minds, they are perpetually distracted, numbed out, or too narcissistic to notice anyone exists outside of themselves.
Also, many normal humans seem to be detached, disconnected, or disassociated from their own emotions as a coping mechanism from previous trauma or painful events. They have an aversion to feeling their own emotions, let alone anyone else's.
We can sense when something is bothering someone and instead of letting someone suffer in silence, we will often push them into expressing or dealing with what they are feeling.
We understand the necessity of releasing and processing emotion, so much so that we try to do it for others.
The more honest you are about pain, the more it starts to diminish.
Pain is one one of the most powerful tools that we have as humans for transformation.
Sadness is an emotion most people try to escape from. Empaths will let it consume them. If you want relief, the only way out is through.
Emotions are not meant to be suppressed. They are meant to be felt and understood for our Highest Expression and to move through them.
That is the purpose of being Human on Earth - to feel these expressions. Earth is the planet of emotion.
In order to heal it, you must feel it.
Empaths are sensitive and caring. They have trouble functioning when there is any kind of disharmony between people, cultures, or countries.
We stress easily. We don't feel OK being around people who are unhappy.
When we detect something is wrong we feel it is our job to fix it because we can't relax until we do.
If you find yourself being pestered by an Empath trying to get you to talk about what's wrong, it's best to just lay your cards on the table and don't bother lying because we can feel that too.
Empaths struggle being in crowds as it can become sensory overload.
Simple tasks like grocery shopping or sitting in a classroom can cause anxiety attacks or just leave them feeling energetically drained.
They need a lot of time away from people so they can recharge.
Read more: Self-Help for Empaths