I'm 19 and also an empath, lately my abilities have increased dramatically, I have always astral projected a lot unintentionally especially at the moment. I like to meditate and clear my chakras because I tend to unintentionally pick up other's baggage, everyone knows me as the person to talk to in a emotional upset because I'm so good at giving advice.
I have been experimenting a lot trying to astral project intentionally and may have caused unwanted attention energetically. Recently I've been waking up at night in a cold sweat and feeling scared. I've had feelings of something pressing down on my chest and other places on my body, just senses of spirits watching me from my door way and feelings of beings stood over me. Also one night I swear something got into bed with me but not sure on that one. I've had experiences such as this my whole life but lately they've been more frequent, I've never been able to sleep that well because sometimes I have strange walking nightmares which creep me out.
I'm sure when I was younger I was contacted by the great grandmother or (spirit guide) who was also empathic, giving me help to block out negative feelings and emotions empaths tend to pick up. Lately it seems that these barriers are failing or my empathic skills are developing in a way that I'm finding hard to control, even the slightest confrontation with anyone or walking into a crowded room, leaves me feeling drained. Someone please help never felt so overwhelmed by negativity in my life.