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Empath In A Hospital


I am a 21 year old college student and I have been having strange encounters for years now, but they seem to be coming more often as I get older. This was the strangest and my most intense experience yet.

Last night, I went with my best friend to the hospital to be there for her since her grandfather was dying. We went up into the Intensive Care Unit, and as soon as we walked in I had the most uncomfortable feeling come over me. My chest got very heavy and I felt like I had 100 pounds hanging off of my body. As I sat waiting for my friend, I even began to shake a little. My hands and fingers were trembling. I could still breathe and had no shortness of breath, and I didn't feel as if I was going to pass out, but I felt this weird mix of sorrow and peace, while my body was feeling very weird and I was uncomfortable. As soon as we walked out of the doors, I felt normal and fine again.

I have been in hospitals many times, but never the ICU and I have never had an experience like this. I had read a book once that says some people can take on the feelings of others (people and spirits) around them (but I can't remember what it is called). And I was wondering if anyone could help me out with this one. Does anyone have any ideas on what I could have been experiencing?

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GlendaSC (5 stories) (1475 posts)
15 years ago (2008-09-14)
Since you are my son's age, this particularly caught my attention because he's a science logic guy, and yet, he asks me things. He is the one of my three probably most like me though... And I laughed about it once when he was very young. My hubby disapproves in general so avoided this area though the hubby talks about it some. But, those around you are not stupid. Take your time and learn then do your chosen profession, but watch. Actual knowledge and this stuff mix in some odd way. If other people really notice, it might matter. I try to stay low key, but still others seem to notice - more than I like usually. I would suggest using it to benefit your chosen field in a good way and if you earn money, fine with me. It's just another aspect of science.
GlendaSC (5 stories) (1475 posts)
15 years ago (2008-09-14)
Scout - odd as it sounds, I do think it's possible to feel others in several ways. I can't explain it, but it happens. It's just one of those mysteries I guess. It's happened to me too. I won't go there...I'm older and it would bore you, but its happened a lot. The proof is in the pudding, I use to hear. I've had proof.
HerbalPsychic (7 posts)
15 years ago (2008-09-13)
Gee, I'm sooo psychic. I just realized that you SAID you were a college student. For some reason I got the impression that you were not quite there yet, but thinking about it. Aren't you glad I don't charge for my advice. 😜
HerbalPsychic (7 posts)
15 years ago (2008-09-13)
Well, first off let me say that it sounds like you are extremely psychic and/or empathic. Again, fine tuning your abilities through research, reading, and classes would serve you well. I don't know where you live but a little web searching should turn up reputable teachers. I emphasize reputable and good spirited because some people think they are teachers when they themselves still need much work. Of course, we all need to continuously work on our life paths but some people just want to cut to the chase and control others. Your gut should tell you who is a good teacher and who is not.

The situation you describe is particularly harsh because you are so close to those people. This could be sort of a cosmic wake-up call for you and your abilities. Harsh and a little jolting because it involves relatives. But try to view this as a learning experience, a coming into your abilities experience. Embrace it and allow your 'knowing' that those close to you may be leaving soon as an excuse to really get close and cherish them.

One of the silly techniques I use when I am dealing with other people's pain or emotionally/energetically draining people (and working in an herb shop I come in contact with those each day) I imagine myself surrounded by mirrors. I simply create this image in my head as the person talks to me and let their energy sucking bounce right back to them. It's theirs to begin with so it's not harming them but at least I am not being robbed of my energy or absorbing thiers.

Here's a tidbit... Just this eveing I was sitting on the couch watch Project Runway...don't get me started... And I started feeling a funny pain in the quad of my left leg. It was an unusual pain and I didn't think it belonged to me. My husband just got home this afternoon from a business trip so I went into the kitchen to see if it was his. I asked him if he had that type of particular pain, in that leg, and he said yes. Knowing that it was his I just told myself to clear it all away and withing a second it was gone.

Oh, and when my grandmother died I was with her and I would swear as she took her last few breaths I saw some sort of light mist leave her mouth. Was it her energy? Her life force? I don't know, but she is still around and although I miss her I am glad she went as quickly as she did. I know that was her wish.

So, like I said, read about Reiki. Or try Check your local herb shop or or metaphysical bookstore for classes on seeing and reading the aura, Dowsing for Healers, or check out Sandy Anastasi's website. Just google Starchild or even John Edward. I've taken Sandy's Psychic Development 6 month course in Atlanta and it was phenomenal!

You have a gift and I truly believe this is a wake up call for you to explore it. Once you do I think you will gain the information you need to not fear the passing of loved ones as well as the strength to move forward quite successfully in your life.

I get the impression that you are considering college. I also have a feeling that you come from a traditional background and that this stuff may be a little out of the ordinary for you and there may be little support from family and friends. I could be wrong. I said I was psychic I never said I was the world's greatest psychic.:)

I'll see if I can find some book titles for you. In the meantime search your area and see what is available regarding classes.

Another thought just occurred to me as I re-read your post. Considering what you described it almost sounds like A.) you are not grounded, hence the exhaustion and B.) You may simply be recieving this information from your guides, again, as a wake up call in response to your questioning what happens after death.

I don't claim to know everything. I am still on my own path. I get cranky at those who think they know how the universe works. I know I don't. These are just suggestions to help you. You can take it or leave it. The choice is yours.

Good luck
Inessa (1 stories) (5 posts)
15 years ago (2008-09-13)
Hi Samantha,

I find that I cannot tune it out. It usually draws me to those people that are sick or going through a hard time. The worst was when my father was in a rehabilitation care facility (and he was in and out of those in the last 3-4 years of his life) and the doctor again told us he can go on like this for another 3-6 years because his heart was strong. But for some reason this time when I looked at my dad and touched his hand I knew he didn't have long. Samantha the only way I can describe it is I felt his "life force" leaving him. My sisters were saying great! Dad has to go through this again and again. I looked at them and said "No, not this time. His life force is leaving him" Sure enough he died within 3 weeks of my saying that. I don't know if that is the right phrase to call it but those were the only words that came to mind. When I speak to my grandmother I feel the same thing that her life force is leaving her although I feel it fading slowly but I do believe it will be within the year. I am very close to her and I always cry when I get off the phone because I hate having that feeling. Of course I've never verbalized it to her but she even knows. I can tell by the comments she makes.

When I absorb people's emotions or state of being I feel drained and worn out. Is that normal? Can you teach me how to tune it out when I'm drained and how to make something useful out of it? Any advise is greatly welcomed. Thanks!
HerbalPsychic (7 posts)
15 years ago (2008-09-12)
Yes, my dear you are empathic. Hospitals and nursing homes are two places I try to avoid as an extremely empathic person. Please do some reading on how to recognize what are your own pains and feelings and which belong to others. Then you will be able to slough them off when you realize they are not your own, or better yet, prepare yourself when going into a highly charged environment like a hospital.

I use my empathic ability quite often as an herbalist. Many people who come into the shop where I work do not know the extent of their own problems or forget to tell me. So when someone is talking to me about a certain issue and I all of a sudden get a pain in another area or have a hard time breathing then I'll know to A.) shoo it away as not belonging to me and B.) ask them about that area of the body.

I can't tell you how important it is to learn about your sensitivity and become in tune with it as well as learning how to keep yourself grounded and protected.

This is a wonderful gift/skill or whatever you want to call it. If you work on it and become in tune with it you will find it a usefull tool in your life. People who are empathic make very good energetic healers. You might consider learning Reiki or other forms of energetic healing. You'd probably be great at it.

BTW, are you a Libra or a Virgo? I find that those of us who are (I'm on the cusp, myself) are especially sensitive to emotions.

The HerbalPsychic:)
Inessa (1 stories) (5 posts)
15 years ago (2008-09-11)
One time when I was in a hospital emergency room for my dad I had something come over me and it freaked my sisters (who were all there with me) out! While we were waiting for the doctor to tell us about my dad's results I felt drawn to this unconscious older lady directly across the way from my dad's station. I walked across the hall and into her "room". She didn't seem awake just laying there with her eyes closed. My sisters were saying "what are you doing? Get out of there! We don't know her" But I couldn't help myself IT WAS SO STRONG. I took her hand and her eyes opened and she smiled. I smiled back and asked her her name and she told me. I told her mine and I took a chair and sat next to her just holding her hand. I sensed loneliness and fear but she allowed me to sit with her and hold her hand. Then one of my sisters came over and asked if I knew her. I said "No. But nobody from her family has come to see her yet and she's alone". My sisters told me I was crazy and to look there was a bag next to her that surely a family member must of brought to her. A nurse finally came in and asked if I was a relative. I told her no. My sisters began apologizing for me. Then the nurse said, "I was hoping that you were. We haven't been able to get a hold of any family member and she's been in here for 1/2 a day". I stayed for a little while longer then I had to leave and the lady looked up at me and thanked me and called me an angel. I almost cried. That was the sweetest thing she could of said. Then my sisters began the third degree - how did you know no one has been to see her? I told them I just knew. They were freaking out. They also told me to never ever tell them if I ever get a bad feeling about any of them they didn't want to know. So I understand how you feel. It's so weird it's like something takes over your body.
YVE72 (5 stories) (212 posts)
15 years ago (2008-09-11)
That's definitely an empathic ability. You're picking up the emotions of the visitors and the sickness of the patients.

I don't know how (because I'm a beginner in all this) but you should learn how to turn that ability off/on. I've read sometimes that carrying around the emotions of others can cause depression.

Peace & blessings.
GlendaSC (5 stories) (1475 posts)
15 years ago (2008-09-11)
It's maybe called being sensitive. I very often have physical reactions to that other place. My mom was in CICU, cardiac intensive care unit, for months. But, I usually react physically the most when surprised and relaxed, not expecting it.

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