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An Empath With Questions

 

When I was eleven, a buddhist monk for whom my mom had been volunteering for many years told her after he met me that I was an empath. I thought it was cool, but didn't give it much thought until high school, when I started struggling with normal human interaction and my self esteem started to plummet, most likely due to my sensitivity to energies and fear of negative energies directed towards me.

It wasn't until a few months ago, however, that I really started to take my abilities seriously after an inspirational bonding moment I had with one of my good friends who recently realized she was an empath. I started reading about it a lot, and every article seemed to describe reasons for the development of the exact problems I've been having for years with this sensitivity. Yet, despite my strong belief in what I can do, I'm still uncomfortable describing myself as psychic...

When most people think of psychics, I feel like they think of those who use their abilities to help people, or simply put their abilities to good use. For me, although I am sensitive to other people's emotions and energies, interpretation of those energies can be really difficult. I feel like I have this ability, but it goes to waste because I can never communicate these feelings clearly without simply restating what the other person already said they felt. No one is going to believe I'm psychic if I just repeat what they already know. People who go to psychics are looking for answers they haven't found yet.

So what do I need to know in order to learn how to correctly interpret energies?

What can I do with empathy when I have fulfilled the achievement? How can I use this to enlighten others?

Also, are there any good tips for distinguishing external from internal emotions?

Finally, do many empaths smoke cigarettes? It's a random question, I know, but I feel like smoking creates a barrier of sorts between myself and others, albeit a negative one... I just want to know if others understand what I'm feeling, too. I ask for the truth though, not a formulated answer to help me quit, if you're thinking about doing that... O.o

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sparkle (1 stories) (28 posts)
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12 years ago (2011-05-09)
"I feel like I have this ability, but it goes to waste because I can never communicate these feelings clearly without simply restating what the other person already said they felt. No one is going to believe I'm psychic if I just repeat what they already know. People who go to psychics are looking for answers they haven't found yet."

Hmm... I understand what you mean. Everyone wants a little recognition for their gift every now and again.

But I want you to consider this: your gift is YOURS. It is there to help YOU first and foremost. I have learned from experience that my empathy works very well for "people-reading." So reading someone's energy tells me whether they're good/bad and if I can trust them or not.

Your gifts are never a waste if you figure out why you have them and use them properly.
PathR (4 stories) (1274 posts)
 
12 years ago (2011-05-09)
windswept eagle, even an acknoledgement to a person can mean so much.

Most of our interpretation are senses, people refer to clairessence-feeling, clairaudio-hearing, etc.
These are how we as individuals get our info.
I've found that when I sense stress off an individual there is prickly sensation as they walk by.

When around other people we can also sense the heaviness of their heart, and many times confuse this with ourself. Such as items as Headaches, or depression. One way of checking is just to ask if it is not yours, for it to go away. Then acknowledge it and address the person. Many people hold depression and feel a release once they tell someone else, so you ear, and ability to open to other is healing. Healing is not just energy.
melann (1 stories) (3 posts)
 
12 years ago (2011-05-08)
My thought is that (most of the time), feeling someone's emotions and energy does not necessarily need be told to the person. It is how we react/interact with them that is the real gift. Someone with a heavy heart, for instance, may have their energy go unnoticed by others. But you can approach the person with openness and compassion that can have an impact on them. I think it's also important to stay in tune with your energy and your well being! And I don't know about your smoking question? I am a smoker, and I am actually embarrassed that I have not been successful long term at quiting. It's so hard. I hope it's not creating a negative energy around me. But... I know it does not define me, or diminish my stengths. Hope you feel the same!
kraken (guest)
 
12 years ago (2011-05-08)
The best way to push out negitive energies and remain focused enought to keep te out is to drink a sufficient mount of water to exercise regarly and to meditaite. ❤
angrycupoftea (2 stories) (5 posts)
 
12 years ago (2011-05-07)
I smoke occasionally, it gives me something to focus on allowing me to disconnect. I'm currently trying to improve my abilities as well though when it comes to pure interpretation I'm just using practice. I've heard meditation and prayer can help, as well as cleansing your body. Things like no drinking, smoking, overall healthy choices which I am currently pursuing to see if they help enhance my abilities or if it has any affect at all. Also a shield is important to develop.
Sunspotter (6 stories) (109 posts)
 
12 years ago (2011-05-06)
I'm empathic, and I don't smoke cigarettes. I get the same feeling about them.
The thing about feelings is that the person who has those feelings KNOW they have certain feelings and DENY them. You don't have to try to tell someone something they don't know; most of the time the best thing for them is reassurance on the feelings they already have and what they can do to improve/get rid of certain feelings.
Healing and empathy are two abilities that match up nicely, and it sounds like you want to help and heal others. Look into healing.

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