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Greetings everyone. I am new on this site and thought it would be a good idea to tell about this odd ability I seem to have, but can't really classify. I'm not sure if I am an empath or something else, but everything in this story is true and as accurate as I can recall.

I find it hard to be in crowds of people. My mother and every other adult in my life says it's because I have anxiety issues, but the doctors cannot really clarify that and it isn't as if I have panic attacks in crowds. It is just that I am uncomfortable and get extremely moody. Every person that I know thinks I'm a freak because I can so accurately tell them what they are feeling and thinking (this is of course based on their feelings). And when I am in a crowd of people, I start having these severe mood swings, one minute calm, the next angry, and even the next depressed. It sometimes makes it hard to go to school and I was just hoping that maybe somebody has some advice on how to control this...

I heard once that psychics tend to have an affinity with animals. Well, I spent the first seven years of my life in my grandma's house, which always had three dogs and four cats at any one time. It was like a zoo, and still is. Even now, I own a cat, and we share this bond that I can actually perceive, not just feel. All the people I meet who have pets seem astounded that I can connect so easily with their animals and then they start treating me like some kind of leper.

The most telling incident happened at the beginning of this school year, September to be exact. It was towards the end of the day, and I was sitting at the lunch table with a bunch of people I know, but they aren't really comfortable around me. I was just sitting there, minding my own business, not really caring what was going on and then I started to feel this unimaginable pain in the region of my heart. I felt so sad and I wanted to cry. I didn't know what had brought it on until, one of the guys I know, Jordan, showed up and sat on the floor looking like somebody had just been murdered in front of him. I sat down next to him, wanting to comfort him, and asked what was wrong. He just kept staring ahead and then, in this really strained voice said, "One of my best friends killed himself last night..." and then he stood and walked away.

This really bothered me, not only because of his sorrow, which I seemed to be sharing, but because I had had this dream last night of my friend Cheyenne, who is away at boarding school, calling me, weeping and telling me that one of her friends had committed suicide. After school that day, Cheyenne called and, crying, told me that one of her friends had committed suicide.

Since I didn't even know this person, I couldn't understand why I would have connected with this. I'd never met the guy and I felt this utter desolation in my dream the night he'd killed himself. I don't understand! Am I an empath? Do I have precognitive powers? I don't know for sure, and though I seem to be able to hang around three or four people at a time if I'm wearing the charm my aunt gave me, I still can't block these waves of feelings that seem to be drawn to me.

Any advice would be welcome. Thanks.

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Timfaraos (426 posts)
8 years ago (2015-02-19)
Just pray for people to Jesus, and relax. GOD will take care of everything! You are not God!
PEMe (2 stories) (60 posts)
11 years ago (2012-03-28)
Also, there was nothing you said in your story that convinced me you were an 'empath'; I felt it the first few lines and merely skimmed the rest.:)
PEMe (2 stories) (60 posts)
11 years ago (2012-03-28)
I had to log on and tell you I just remembered another fun function of my gift. I can remember things I read. If I don't use it I forget but instantly I read it and I can give it back to you verbatim. But it doesn't stop there I understand clearly quickly easily. Holy scripts (bible, torah, quran, etc.) are specially fun because when I read them I understand inside of me. Not like an interpretation but like its written almost alive. It's hard to find the right words. Needless to say this helps me with my job as well. I have people accuse me of memorizing and plagerising and all sort of things. I've learned over time that just because you know something doesn't mean you have to share it. So, I've learned to sense peoples motive and only share what they need. The "blocking" will get better. Meditate. Meditate. Meditate. This allows you to know the difference between surface noise (ideas, fears, memories, paradigms, etc.) and the REAL message and voice. By quieting yourself you will also start to learn to shift your energy AT WILL (much better word than control) and you can give and take energy. You won't feel so overwehlmed by others. Ok. That's my blah blah. Back to work!:)
PEMe (2 stories) (60 posts)
11 years ago (2012-03-27)
Ugh! Once again I meant to say Meditate and not mediate. What a difference that 't' makes!:)
PEMe (2 stories) (60 posts)
11 years ago (2012-03-27)
Annie, I got you IMMEDIATELY. These young gifted have a chance to learn early and have a sounding board and a support base for their gifts which is a great opportunity.

Distorted_reality I could feel you coming through my computer and you're definitely an Empath <--- fun word. Lot's of good advice here but the best is the stuff that comes from your inner self. Shift your focus back to you, you, you and the answers will come and your gift will become more clear and 'controlled' (for lack of a better word; I loath the word control there has to be a better one).

Yes, I know the occassional stranger will overwhelm you. But trust your instincts and learn to listen usually there is something you're supposed to do when this happen. When I was in my 20s or so, I was studying mental health and working an internship at a halfway house. I was not liscenced or qualified to take the group to AA but there was the wink nod for me to go with another counselor because we were short staffed. I LOVE being around people so I actively participated even though I wasn't a user and as we went around the table stating who we are I one by one would feel each person. By this age I just learned how to focus my energy and choose what to let in. But, there was one lady in particular that every time she opened her mouth my entire body would vibrate and I was overwehlmed with emotion. I fought back tears to keep from looking like a weirdo. The next person would talk and I would go back to normal. And this lady would talk and the vibrations would begin again. Freaked me out; this went on the whole meeting. So, we're leaving and part of me knew I had to go near her I didn't know what to say or do so I just stood near the door. As she passed it was like something shoved her hand into mine. She looked me right in the eyes and grabbed me and hugged me and started sobbing uncontrollably. I cried too and closed my eyes because the one thing I did learn early was to seek God when I was confused or scared. So I just just began talking to her in her ear. I was talking to her about things in her life and giving her instructions INCLUDING WHERE TO GO and I didn't know where it was coming from. Some of the words I didn't know what I was saying. When we stopped embracing she said Thank you for so much coming and left. It was like she knew and I didn't. Next thing you know my co-working is yelling for me saying we gotta get back to the house you left with they keys and you weren't supposed to. I guess my purpose had been served.

Now, Crowds are now my drug. I open myself in crowds sometimes to get a fix. But, I also withdraw to heal refocus and listen. I've learned to simply live with my gift. Some days I have fun with my kids and just close my eyes and trace around the furniture energy and them without touching because it makes them smile. And, they think its pretty cool. Some days are heavier when I could be out running an errand and a random citizen is just an emotional magnet when I walk by so I'll listen for the message and pass it on. Some days my sister and I will see if we can 'message' each other to call or we'll compare dreams/notes. My aunt (most of our family knows and openly share our gifts) pulled me through when she was in trouble one night. If I get a dream or have a spiritual experience I don't understand. I mediate and ask for clarity and it comes. Other days I just block everything out.

You gift won't always feel like a curse or burden. Give it time.
MoonFox597 (3 stories) (13 posts)
14 years ago (2009-02-14)
Hey don't worry about it, it's a gift though it can seem like a curse, I know from experience and it took me a while to connect with someone that had this gift also. When I found this sight I thought it was just some stupid sight where people lie about it, because my friends used to do it all the time until I learned how to judge their emotions and see if their lying, I can pick out just about any emotions now even if it's confusing. The way I found how to deal with it so my gift doesn't control me but I control it is that I try to hold on to the most intense emotion I've felt from someone else and use it as my own to fight the others, like supreme happiness that I've felt or a depression that's like a gaping whole that swallows all the emotions around me. You need to practice at it and eventually you'll learn to control it, I know I did after enough practice, I've lost friends over it so I haven't really told many people, and the only one that knows is a guy I've trusted for like ever, and another is my boyfriend because he has the gift too it's just not as strong as mine and he doesn't try to nurture it by caring.
wolfteen (10 posts)
14 years ago (2009-02-07)
Empathy is a very hard gift for people. I would in know I have it really bad. You shouldnt give it up. It might make feel like a part of you is gone.
isisevangeline (3 stories) (172 posts)
14 years ago (2009-01-22)
I have to say it'd be a terrible loss if you go and lose your ability. But I'm also an empathe. Your the emotional type empath. It seems to be you got a lot of power in it too. If being in a crowd affects you a lot.
I have it too. I absolutely hate going to the fair in the summer. Or when some big news happened when I was in school. But when it becomes something big like that can't really tune it away. It's kind of too hard.
But what you can do is build a shield. An aura shield around your body. Or even a mental defense shield for your heart. Either way works.
The reason you dreamt what you did was probably because of your friend. You may not have known him but you care about your friend.
I get that when its about my friends or family. Because I'm a worry-wart and they know it so to me its a relief. Also it helps prepare you to comfort them or what you need so you can focus on their feelings and how to help.
I hope you'll see the good points in your gift someday. Good luck in building that shield. Your going to need it.
Oceangirl091595 (3 stories) (16 posts)
14 years ago (2008-10-06)
Wow a lot of the things that happened to you also happened to me. Like having mood swings in a crowd or letting other peoples emotions effect me. Even the, feeling what people are thinking of you.
Jax (guest)
15 years ago (2007-11-22)
I agree. Don't care so much of what others think. Expound on your wonderful personality and just do what you can. I have a lot of friends that I get to help because I will tell them they have a problem and make them talk before they really admit it. This kind of very intimate talent can do wonders. So use it wisely! Be gentle and sincere, which if you are an empath you should be already. Just keep doing what your doing and don't worry about being accepted. Cause you will. :)
anon (guest)
15 years ago (2007-11-17)
I'm not sure if I'm an empath. I'm here to get some insight into whether or not I am. I have both a very logical and objective side (Aries is my sun side) and a sensitive side (Pisces moon), which I am trying to integrate through self-work and meditation. I've been meditating for over 6 years and I am 24. But anyway, I have very unusual experiences. For example, one day I was sitting in my apartment and I heard this young man screaming. Immediately my eyes started to water and burn. I opened up my door and saw a woman pouring water from a hose into his eyes and I later found out that he'd been sprayed in the eyes with a chemical. This experience didn't freak me out and I didn't take on his full pain, although my eyes watered and burned. The experience wasn't my own. I'm a very healthy person and able to stay protected even though I'm sensitive. I've had other experiences too, like when I've entered people's homes I've felt sad for no reason, but fine when I returned home. I've also had many prophetic dreams. I'm a very healthy person, never sick (which I thank meditation, excercise and good genetics for) but I feel like most people that I meet don't have the same experiences. My brother, who I believe is very psychic (can predict events and has communicated with spirits) and my mother understand my experiences, but when I tell some other people about my experiences they think it's weird. I'd like some insight here. Thanks.
Katie (guest)
15 years ago (2007-10-13)
Hi I go through that all the time having dreams about things happen before they do happen. There just dreaming of the things which are happening in the future really. Some people go through this. I also dream about the spirit world and that. Has this happened only once for you? It happened all through my life it isn't just a one of for me. I have to go through it most of the time. It has happened loads of times for me. 😊
AnneMarie (1 stories) (6 posts)
15 years ago (2007-08-30)
Dear Distorted_reality,

I was at least... Fifth grade when it began for me. I am 42now. I pretended that I was "normal" most of my life. My soul lived inside a tight ox. My chest would take shallow breathes because my chest hurt so much to breath. No space in this box.

I married a mean and controlling man because he told me what to do (how normal people act and what they wear). For ten years I spent denying who I am. But finally I broke open and started becoming me again.

All of the pretending, all of the denying caused me to have chaotic emotions.

I have been told I was manic depressive, bi-polar for years. Dr's, psychiatrists attempted to control me and make me 'normal'.

But you know what is normal? How God made me. I have a friend, a husband, and children I can be honest with. They are ENRICHED by me.

I stopped pretending I was not weird in my 30's. I was at a table of martial artists, and one man whom I was attracted (had incredible empathic awareness of) said, "You are weird". I said,"I know, but it's ok..."

Dear soul,

Please love yourself. You are not crazy. But not allowing yourself can drive you to it.

It is my personal theory that perhaps all bi-polar people have something in common. Some kind of hiding, or some kind of psychic ability... I don't know what. Being bi-polar means that one area of your brain is more stimulated than another...

Ok, well. We only use a certain amount so far. (of our brains) but what if we psychic's use more, or OTHER area's. As mankind begins to unfold, we are evolving into these other beings...

But our government (In the United States), which is mathematically (right brained) created. Those minds created the school system, which creates the colleges, which creates the Dr's... So no wonder the professionaols are locking us up and drugging us. They think we are weird.

But maybe the crazy person in the institution who is hearing voices is just hearing thoughts because one part of their brain is open to clairvoyance in that way. And another person hears them, maybe they talk...

I am sorry this is so long. But get it? Understand what I am saying.


Have a couple of loving close people in your life who will not make fun of you. Do not deny your journey.

Believe in God as the living white light within you that is also all around you - the light and the sound of God. The oneness of all things.

I hope you "get me" here. Explore religions, soul travel, meditation, crystal therapy, 'feeling' places, sensing trees and other plants and life.


Good luck,
voises (guest)
15 years ago (2007-08-25)
you are an empath I feel your pain Inknow what your going through cause I also am an empath and have had something very similer happen to me. But ti don't look on it now as I did then now I look to try and help those in need and prevent the bad things I see in my premonitions don't look at it as a curse its a blessin g just figure out a way to embrace it and you will feel great saticfaction in the end just as I have.
anon (guest)
15 years ago (2007-08-24)
yes you are an empath. You need to learn that people don't like being told how they think or feel. Use your abilities to help them in a way that they won't find threatening (you will know how, you should be able to make a sound judgement on how to present things too them based on what you feel from them). Dont become so enamored with your abilities that you start throwing their emotions in their face. Nobody likes that and it benefits nobody
Linda (guest)
15 years ago (2007-08-11)
I also seem to feel the way that you do in a crowd and I have a little thing I keep saying over and over in my head. I tell myself that they are not my emotions. It seems to help me. I used to work in corrections so you can imagine what that was like. At any one time there were at least a hundred or so people around me at all times so I was saying that quite a bit. Sometimes I couldn't help but to pick up on their emotions but most of the time I was able to block it out. Hope that helps
hunnybunny (3 stories) (21 posts)
15 years ago (2007-08-05) well your experinces seem to also be simaler to mine. I can also feel the emotios of my friends and I can't really figure out why. But I'm kind of glad I have them becuz I can help out friends when there feeling bad. I'm sorry about the news your friends got but you feeling there sadness must be a lot worse. If you need more help feel free to email me becuz I also need help I'm still a kid.
brokenheartbleeds [at]
thanks you
anonymous (guest)
15 years ago (2007-07-29)
I would love to say that it is a gift instead of a curse but if your serious and you can feel what I do. Your already know what everybody feels and cares about around you. Most of the world is ugly. The only times I can feel what I call the meaning of life is when I am out in the middle of no where in the woods or when I am around children. I have learned how to distinguish feelings from myself and others but I can't narrow down a feeling in a crowd. I have mood swings inside my head but I don't bring them out (lately). But I'm probably just crazy because I can commune with plant life as well as people and animals. With people you kind of think you are hearing thier thoughts. But is it possible for a plant to think. Meaning big trees more than anything. Sorry to get off track but basically thier is not enough good thoughts in todays world to want to listen. If you feel like I did you might think it was given for you to use. But I think it was given to observe. Not sure why but if it is a gift that would be the reason it has been given. Cause getting called Freak and Nut is not the response a person should get for having to experience how even minor things can greatly effect people. For instance if your psy is sensative try going near pregnant women and try to understand why she feels like she does. That will throw you way off cause what they feel and thier thoughts hardly ever match up. Just something I tried to better understand if I heard thoughts or just felt feelings. By the way the meaning of life is a link between many energies feeling the same and growing together. No where I go in this world is the bond stronger than what I feel in a forrest or any land touched by humans. You know what end will come if you can feel the world like me.
Empath2380 (guest)
15 years ago (2007-06-01)
Yeah it sounds like your an empath. I'm one as well and from what you described I'd definitly say your an empath. Its not so bad. I get dreams that come true quite often. The strange thing is that it was only emotions at first, but now I seem to be able to predict things as well. I predicted a friend of mine would get pregnant. I kept feeling baby from her and boom, she was pregnant. I even went as far as to predict the sex of the baby. I strongly felt like she was having a girl and it was a girl. Its freaky when it happens, but I wouldn't call it a curse. After a while you just accept it as a part of you. Its fun.
wiempath (guest)
16 years ago (2007-05-07)
I experienced the same things at school too. Nowadays it is quite hard to block people's feelings and hard to understand mine. But I don't think it is a curse at all. I rather think it was a gift meant to help others. :)
aramasamara (22 stories) (577 posts)
16 years ago (2007-04-27)
Yes, people's emotions are very strong, and should be focused on, your not a freak haha. I myself still find major issues with society in general with feeling other peoples presences and other things at one time in big places... Like my mind just get massive headaches everday, so people can do things to other people without noticing what they do. Thats why it's important for people to be open in communication, much of what this generation has lost today. Another thing I suggest is try's dealing with bodydynamics and what not... And sometimes like I said will power isn't enough, and you need help from another person, it isn't for everyone but look it up and who knows might even give it a try ^^.
john (guest)
16 years ago (2007-04-27)
i have the same problem as you I can't control emotions around me. I can sense others emotions and its hhorrible people think I'm a freak because I know what's rong . I need to block these emotions. It drove me to suciside and I hung myself. I don't know if its a gift of a curse but I feel what your going through
distorted_reality (3 stories) (3 posts)
16 years ago (2007-04-03)
all of this advice is wonderful. Thank you everyone. I've been trying meditation to help keep myself calm whenever I come in contact with a crowd or just someone whose feelings are erratic. It seems to help a little, but I will definately try some of your suggestions.
powerless psychic (guest)
16 years ago (2007-04-03)
My question for you is what do you feel when you are alone. You own emotions right. Okay this is going to be kindof hard to explain. The trick isn't necessarily to block the emotions but to identify them, and to learn to know when they are yours or not. If you can identify them then use them to your advantage. It may be hard but you will get the hang of it. When you learn to control your empathy, you might want to progress to telepathy. And then Telekinesis and so on. That would be my choice, but who am I to speak when I havent so much as had a dream that came true. I would LOVE to learn any and all abilities. I find you rather lucky Empath
peace_angel (4 stories) (18 posts)
16 years ago (2007-04-02)
aramasamara pritty much took the words out of my mouth lol. What you have is a gift and a burden all at the same time. And you do need to block out these feelings if you are feeling uncumfortable. One other good trick is burning insence and encircle it around your self saying I cleanse myself. And keep taking it around you. This way you can feel your feelings and not everyone elses. You will get confused if you don't. Try this before you go out and when you get home. If you are in a croud or don not want to feel others feelings just visualise I white protective bubble around yourself. Use this as a shield that you can open and close at all times. When you wish to feel others emotions. Simple take it away. Hope it works, good luck
rainbow blessings
aramasamara (22 stories) (577 posts)
16 years ago (2007-03-31)
You need to learn how to block emotions or if that doesn't work learn how to absorb them in a postive manner. By no means is it just easy with a snap of a finger, I myself can have horrible issues being in big crowds around people especially if I know someone else is taking energy, thinking they are the sneakest person alive ha-ha. Lots of times I can even get extreme headaches from being around too many people, and sometimes I do have trouble blocking things out. You need to direct your focus, or try mediatation, claming yourself, repeating a certain phrase in your head... Sometimes that works. Find a method, usually simple one that will allow you to still feel people's emotions, but at the same time keep a good distance, so that you will not absorb what the people feel around you all the time. ^^ I hope this helped any at all.

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