Being an Empath -- the gifts and woes.

What is an Empath? According to the American Empath Association: “An Empath is someone who understands the mental or emotional states of others in a way that defies conventional science and psychology. Empaths have the ability to sense the feelings, thoughts, and energies of people, plants, animals, places, or objects. In addition to sensing, Empaths absorb the energy of those around them. Empaths often experience stress or illness if they are bombarded by too many negative emotions. Empaths can also use their abilities to help others by imagining themselves in someone else’s situation and connecting with them on a deep level.”

There are benefits to being an empath. They can be great friends to have, because they are great listeners! They have big hearts and love to help those in need. Empaths are emotionally attuned and very intuitive. They can read the energy of a room, they can detect dishonesty a mile away, and are very connected to nature. We have an innate ability to know what other people need and want.

There are also some down sides to being an empath. An empath can often feel drained after spending time with people, and it can be difficult to say no or to create boundaries with others. Because empaths have a tendency to feel what their family or friends are going through, they can often be overwhelmed by painful emotions, such as fear or negative emotions.

Empaths are usually introverted, so they require a lot more alone time that most people. It is important for them to recharge their energy on a daily basis to prevent exhaustion or a healing crisis. Recharging could be a relaxing bath, a walk in nature, meditating, reading, and just alone time.

Empaths and sensitive people can be triggered by numerous things like: Crowds, loud noises, constant chatter, scary movies, seeing a traumatic event, strong smells, chemicals, artificial lighting, certain tones, and repetitive noises.

Does this sound like you? Would you like to attract like minded people who understand your unique way of life? It is refreshing to connect to others who understand what you need, and who are not offended by your knowing, or boundaries that you have created. Your unique gift and skills are needed in this world. You are here to heal others and to be a role model for the increased number of empaths and intuitives!

I love empowering other empaths to step into their power! Schedule an Intuitive Healing session to clear any blocks you may have around your divine path!

Chessa Winter, Intuitive, ThetaHealer, Theta Instructor, Holistic Living Guide