I am an empath. My grandfather was an empath and my mother is an empath. I started noticing that I was an empath at about 12 years old. Before than I didn't even know that they existed or that my mother was even an empath. I am older now and feel that my abilities are growing quickly. I can feel people's emotions as well as pick up on their thoughts. The problem is I don't know how to control it! I feel extremely overwhelmed when I enter a room full of people, I get nervous, excited, sad, it's like I'm picking up all of their emotions all at once! I tried meditating and that didn't even work at all, when I meditate I can hear and feel others' thoughts, feelings, I can't concentrate.
Another problem is that it's hard to control and concentrate on one person when I want to. If I want to feel someone's emotions I can kind of pick it up it feels fuzzy (I can't get very far only feel a little bit). If the person is feeling extreme feelings though I pick it up as soon as they enter the same room as me. So, can anyone give me any advice as how to control this or if anyone knows of a way I can get passed "a barrier" I feel when trying to feel others' emotions. It's also difficult to distinguish between MY feelings and another person's feelings.