My name is Chris and I am an Empath: one with the ability to sense and feel the emotions and feelings of others around him or her. It was fortuitous enough for me to be born with my ability from my mother; she is primarily innately clairvoyant, but I guess she had just a touch of clairsentient ability in her being, and thus I was lucky enough to receive that little bit of Empathy.
So, I've been reading for a long while, ever since I was about 12, and I used to be such a sponge; I would just sit there and absorb every little flicker of emotion that came my way. Eventually it got to the point where I just couldn't take it anymore. So, I started looking into shielding, grounding and centering myself to lessen the overflow of emotions that was gradually becoming me.
And as I did that, I discovered that it really does help to ground and center every now and again. So to all Empaths and psychics alike, seriously do meditate because you will discover a whole new world away from all the negativity and moral decay that you feel on an almost daily basis from people. As I got older, I noticed that my ability began to grow stronger and more accurate.
And sooner or later, I began to just have to focus my thoughts on an individual in order to read them. It's quite nice being able to harness such an incredulously accurate, innate tool for being able to psychically scan a person's psyche and see (or sense) what's really on their mind.
So now that I've read through this post in its entirety, I understand now that it is simply a booster to any Empath that feels like their gift is a curse. It is only a curse if you choose to continue to see it as that. But if you take the time to understand it and harness it, then you will see a whole other side to what you can do.