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Coping With Sensitivity and Empathic Gifts
Last updated on April 26, 2011 at 12:00 am EDT by in5d Alternative News
Empathy is the ability to 'read' and understand
people and be in-tune with or resonate with others, voluntarily or
involuntarily of one's empath capacity. Empathy often works
alongside with telepathy, and this mutually enhances the strength of
Empaths have the ability to scan another's psyche for thoughts and
feelings or for past, present, and future life occurrences.
Many empaths are unaware of how this actually works, and have long
accepted that they were “sensitive” to others.
Empathy is a “feeling” of another’s true emotions to a point where an
empath can relate to that person by sensing true feelings that run
deeper than those portrayed on the surface. People commonly
put on a “show” of expression. This is a learned
trait of hiding authentic expression in an increasingly demanding
An empath can sense the truth behind the “cover” and will act
compassionately to help that person express him/herself, thus making
them feel at ease and not so desperately alone. It’s as
though the empath truly understands, and, in many cases, they do
through personal “firsthand” experience.
Empaths experience empathy towards family,
children, friends, close associates, complete strangers, pets, plants
and inanimate objects. Thus, an empath can feel the emotions
of people and things at a distance. Some are empathic towards
animals (the “Horse Whisperer”), to nature, to the planetary system, to
mechanical devices or to buildings. Others will have a
combination of the above.
Empaths are highly “sensitive”. This is the term commonly
used in describing one's abilities (sensitivity) to another’s emotions
and feelings. Empaths have a deep sense of “knowing” that
accompanies empathy and are often compassionate, considerate, and
understanding of others. Everyone has this natural ability;
however, many never choose to utilize their ability and/or are
completely unaware of their empathic ability.
There are also varying levels of strength in empaths which may be
related to the individual’s awareness of self, understanding of the
powers of empathy, and/or the acceptance or non-acceptance of empathy
by those associated with them, including family and peers. Generally,
those who are empathic grow up with these tendencies
and do not learn about them until later in life.
Empathy is genetic, inherent in our DNA, and passed from generation to
generation. It is studied both by traditional science and
alternative healing practitioners.
Empathy has both biological/genetic and spiritual aspects.
Many will claim that empathy and telepathy are strictly of a “spiritual
nature”. This is an injustice; just as it is an injustice to
focus only on the physical nature of empathy. For indeed,
empathy has very physical, mental and spiritual implications and
It is not unusual for empaths to have experienced many things in their
lives. Often many of their life experiences could be
considered rather extreme, adventurous, or daring, allowing empaths to
be open and receptive to much more. Whereas some people’s
lives may be considered rather “soft or easy” and even enviable, that
of an empath is often more than just challenging, with many a major
roller coaster ride thrown in here and there!
Empaths often possess the ability to sense others on many different
levels. From their position in observing what
another is saying, feeling and thinking, they come to understand
another. They can become very proficient at reading another
person’s body language and/or study intently the eye
movements. While this in itself is not empathy, it
is a side-shoot that comes from being observant of others. In
a sense, empaths have a complete communication package.
While there is much we don’t yet understand about how empathy works, we
do have some information. Everything has an energetic
vibration or frequency and an empath is able to sense these vibrations
and recognize even the subtlest changes undetectable to the naked eye
or the five senses.
Words of expression hold an energetic pattern that originates from the
speaker. They have a specific meaning particular to the
speaker. Behind that expression is a power better known as
“energy”. For example, hate often brings about an intense
feeling that immediately accompanies the word. The word
“hate” becomes strengthened with the speaker’s feeling. It is
that person’s feelings (energy) that are picked up by empaths, whether
the words are spoken, thought or just felt without verbal or bodily
Empaths are creative in many aspects.. Poets, writers,
singers, and artists with a high degree of creativity and
imagination. They are known for many talents as their
interests are varied, broad and continual. They are mother,
father, child, friend, nurse, caregiver, teacher, doctor, sales
people... to psychic, clairvoyant, healer, etc. (That is not
to say that any of these categories are all empaths.) The
list is extensive and really unimportant. It is more
important to notice that empaths are everywhere--in
every culture and throughout the world.
One of the most obvious places for empathic connection is within the
parent/child/family bonds. Mothers show recognizable signs of
empathy in the early days of conception and this rapidly increases
after birth. Children are often mirroring the feelings and thoughts of
their parents and siblings because they are empathically “in tune” with
them and exposed to them on a daily basis. It is wonderful
for children to grow up with parents in awareness of empathy
for the children are less likely to suppress their abilities and accept
their natural talents.
Empaths are often very affectionate in personality and expression,
great listeners and counselors (and not just in the professional
area). They will find themselves helping others and often
putting their own needs aside to do so. In the same breath,
they can be much the opposite. They may be quiet, withdrawn
from the outside world, loners, depressed, neurotic, life’s
daydreamers, or even narcissistic.
They are most often passionate towards nature and respect its bountiful
beauty. One will often find empaths enjoying the outdoors,
beaches, walking, etc. Empaths may find themselves
continually drawn to nature as a form of release. It is the
opportune place to recapture their senses and gain a sense of peace in
the hectic lives they may live. The time to get away from it
all and unwind with nature becomes essential to the empath.
Animals are often dear to the heart of empaths. It is not
uncommon for empaths to have more than one pet in their
homes. They can be veterinarians and animal caretakers.
Empaths make great friends for life, but are crushed if the friendship
is abused. Over time, they will become far more
selective. Though they may have a large circle of friends,
they generally only have a few “close” ones.
Empaths are often quiet achievers. They can take a while to
handle a compliment for they're more inclined to point out another’s
positive attributes. They are highly expressive in all areas
of emotional connection, and talk openly, and, at times quite
frankly. They may have few problems talking about their
feelings if another cares to listen (regardless of how much they listen
However, they can be the exact opposite: reclusive and
apparently unresponsive at the best of times. They may even
appear ignorant. Some are very good at “blocking
out” others and that’s not always a bad thing, at least for the
learning empath struggling with a barrage of emotions from others, as
well as their own feelings.
Empaths have a tendency to openly feel what is
outside of them more so than what is inside of them. This can
cause empaths to ignore their own needs. In general an empath
is non-violent, non-aggressive and leans more towards being the
peacemaker. Any area filled with disharmony creates an
uncomfortable feeling in an empath. If they find themselves
in the middle of a confrontation, they will endeavor to settle the
situation as quickly as possible, if not avoid it all
together. If any harsh words are expressed in defending
themselves, they will likely resent their lack of self-control, and
have a preference to peacefully resolve the problem quickly.
Empaths are more inclined to pick up another’s feelings and project it
back without realizing its origin in the first place.
Talking things out is a major factor in releasing emotions in
the learning empath. Empaths can develop an even stronger
degree of understanding so that they can find peace in most
situations. The downside is that empaths may
bottle up emotions and build barriers sky-high so as to not let others
know of their innermost thoughts and/or feelings. This
withholding of emotional expression can be a direct result of a
traumatic experience, an expressionless upbringing, or simply being
told as a child, "Children are meant to be seen and not heard!"
Without a doubt, this emotional withholding can be detrimental to one’s
health, for the longer one’s thoughts and/or emotions aren't released,
the more power they build. The thoughts and/or emotions can
eventually becoming explosive, if not crippling. The need to
express oneself honestly is a form of healing and a choice open to
all. To not do so can result in a breakdown of the person and
result in mental/emotional instability or the creation of a physical
ailment, illness or disease.
Empaths are sensitive to TV, videos, movies,
news and broadcasts. Violence or emotional dramas depicting shocking
scenes of physical or emotional pain inflicted on adults, children or
animals can bring an empath easily to tears. At times, they
may feel physically ill or choke back the tears. Some empaths
will struggle to comprehend any such cruelty, and may have grave
difficulty in expressing themselves in the face of another’s ignorance,
closed-mindedness and obvious lack of compassion. They simply
cannot justify the suffering they feel and see.
You will find empaths working with people, animals or nature with a
true passion and dedication to help them. They are often
tireless teachers and/or caretakers for our environment and all within
it. Many volunteers are empathic and give up personal time to help
others without pay and/or recognition.
Empaths may be excellent storytellers due to an endless imagination,
inquisitive minds and ever-expanding knowledge.
They can be old romantics at heart and very gentle.
They may also be the “keepers” of ancestral knowledge and family
history. If not the obvious family historians, they may be
the ones who listen to the stories passed down and possess the majority
of the family history. Not surprisingly, they may have
started or possess a family tree.
They have a broad interest in music to suit
their many expressive temperaments, and others can query how empaths
can listen to one style of music, and within minutes, change to
something entirely different. Lyrics within a song can have
adverse, powerful effects on empaths, especially if it is relevant to a
recent experience. In these moments, it is advisable for
empaths to listen to music without lyrics, to avoid playing havoc with
They are just as expressive with body language as with words, thoughts,
and feelings. Their creativity is often expressed through
dance, acting, and bodily movements. Empaths can
project an incredible amount of energy portraying and/or releasing
emotion. Empaths can become lost in the music, to the point
of being in a trance-like state; they become one with the music through
the expression of their physical bodies. They describe this
feeling as a time when all else around them is almost non-existent.
People of all walks of life and animals are attracted to the warmth and
genuine compassion of empaths. Regardless of whether others
are aware of one being empathic, people are drawn to them as a metal
object is to a magnet!
Even complete strangers find it easy to talk to empaths about the most
personal things, and before they know it, they have poured out their
hearts and souls without intending to do so consciously. It
is as though on a sub-conscious level that person knows instinctively
that empaths would listen with compassionate understanding. Then again,
for empaths, it is always nice to actually be heard
Here are the listeners of life. They can be
outgoing, bubbly, enthusiastic and a joy to be in the presence of, as
well as highly humorous at the most unusual moments! On the
flip side, empaths can be weighted with mood swings that will have
others around them want to jump overboard and abandon ship!
The thoughts and feelings empaths receive from any and all in their
life can be so overwhelming (if not understood) that their moods can
fluctuate with lightning speed. One moment they may be
delightfully happy and with a flick of the switch, miserable.
Abandoning an empath in the throes of alternating moods can create
detrimental effects. A simple return of empathic
love--listening and caring compassionately without bias, judgment
and/or condemnation--can go an incredibly long way to an empath's
instant recovery. Many empaths don't understand what is
occurring within them. They literally have no idea that
another person’s emotions are now felt, as one’s own and reflected
outwardly. They are confused as to how one moment all was
well, and then the next, they feel so depressed, alone, etc.
The need to understand the possibilities of empath connection is a
vital part of the empaths journey for themselves and for those around
Empaths are often problem solvers, thinkers, and studiers of many
things. As far as empaths are concerned, where a problem is,
so too is the answer. They often will search until they find
one--if only for peace of mind. This can certainly prove
beneficial for others in their relationships, in the workplace, or on
the home front. Where there is a will, there is a way and the
empath will find it. The empath can literally (likely without
the knowledge of what’s actually occurring) tap into Universal
Knowledge and be receptive to guidance in solving anything they put
their head and hearts into.
Empaths often are vivid and/or lucid dreamers. They can dream
in detail and are inquisitive of dream content. Often they feel as
though the dreams are linked to their physical life somehow, and not
just a mumble of nonsensical, irrelevant, meaningless images.
This curiosity will lead many empathic dreamers to unravel some of the
“mysterious” dream contents from an early age and connect the
interpretation to its relevance in their physical life. If
not, they may be led to dream interpretations through other means.
Empaths are daydreamers with difficulty
keeping focused on the mundane. If life isn't stimulating,
off an empath will go into a detached state of mind. They
will go somewhere, anywhere, in a thought that appears detached from
the physical reality, yet is alive and active for they really are off
and away. If a tutor is lecturing with little to no
emotional input, empaths will not be receptive to such teaching and can
(unintentionally) drift into a state of daydreaming.
Give the empath student the tutor who speaks with stimuli and emotion
(through actual experience of any given subject) and the empath is
receptively alert. Empaths are a captivated
audience. This same principle applies in acting. An
actor will either captivate the audience through expressing (in all
aspects) emotions (as though they really did experience the role they
are portraying) or will loose them entirely. Empaths make
Empaths frequently experience déjà vu and synchronicities.
What may initially start as, "Oh, what a coincidence", will lead to the
understanding of synchronicities as an aspect of who they
are. These synchronicities will become a welcomed and
continually expanding occurrence. As an understanding of self
grows, the synchronicities become more fluent and free
flowing. The synchronicities can promote a feeling of
euphoria as empaths identify with them and appreciate the connection to
their empathic nature.
Empaths are most likely to have had varying paranormal experiences
throughout their lives. NDE's (Near death experiences) and or
OBE's (Out of body experiences) can catapult an unaware empath into the
awakening period and provide the momentum for a journey of
discovery. Those who get caught up in life, in society’s
often dictating ways, in work etc., can become lost in a mechanical way
of living that provides very little meaning. All “signs of guidance”
are ignored to shift out of this state of “doing”. A path to being
whole again becomes evident and a search for more meaning in one’s life
These types of experiences appear dramatic, can be life-altering
indeed, and are most assuredly just as intensely memorable in years to
come. They are the voice of guidance encouraging us
to pursue our journey in awareness. Sometimes, some of us
require that extra assistance!
For some empaths, the lack of outside understanding towards paranormal
events they experience, may lead to suppressing such
abilities. (Most of these abilities are very
natural and not a coincidence.) Empaths may unknowingly adopt
the positive or negative attitude of others as their own.
(This, however, can be overcome.) Empaths may need to follow
interests in the paranormal and the unexplained with curiosity so as to
explain and accept their life circumstances.
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