I recently discovered this website and I find it very interesting and useful. It is not very easy to find people with whom to share psychic experiences or that have information that can help sensitive persons to cope better with this kind of situations.
Since I was litte, I have always been able to sense other people's feelings when they are in a particular context or life situation (at work, at school, at a friends home, in a wedding, at a graduation, etc.) and also how they feel about me or others (happy, sad, envy, angry, loving, lying, etc.). I can sense the emotion clearly throughout all my body, sometimes I can even hear in my head their thoughts or even dream in advance about their reactions to a specific situation or person, but all coming from the fact that I can sense their feelings in the first place. I am particularly sensitive to the feelings of people that are very close or dear to me.
From what I have read in this forum, I think I might be an empath. I want to learn more about this and would appreciate some sources that you could share with me. However, I write today because I have three questions and would like to know if you could help me:
1. Is it possible to sense other people's feelings, even at long distance (for example when they live in another city)?
2. How can I distinguish that I am sensing other persons feelings and not my own? I get very confused about this, sometimes even get depressed or too angry without apparent reason for later getting to know that someone close to me was feeling either too sad or too angry and I could feel him/her in the same moment. After knowing this, these feelings disappear and that is why I think that they are not my own feelings but those ones from a dear one. Many times I even get awake from sensing them as the connection is very strong, despite the time zone differences.
3. How can I protect myself from intense, negative feelings from others and/or learn to live with this high sensitivity? It is often the case that I carry around with me for days the energy of other people's feelings, like if I was sort of an energetic trashcan or so (people even tell me they feel better and lighter after talking with me). I would like to know how to get rid of this energy that does not belong to me.
I would appreciate if you could share your experiences and advices with me.