Where does it all begin? I find myself asking this as I sit before the blank box on my screen now. I suppose the first of my odd experiences comes from what I have been told are premonitions, dreams that have become true down to the very detail. Usually these dreams consist of simple things, like conversations. The most interesting example I can think of is from when I was in grade school. I had a dream where the teacher was passing back tests, and I got a 95. That day, we had a pop quiz. Guess what grade I ended up with? Other instances include getting lost in an entirely unfamiliar area, and able to follow my instincts to find my way home, often finding the fastest path there.
Next, I'll try to explain my brush with healing. This one, I hesitate to share for the simple fact that it is so far untested on anyone other than myself, so part of it could be the placebo effect. It works because I think it works. I essentially feel the flow of energy within myself, and direct it towards one of my hands. Each hand has a noticeably different effect. When I flow my energy through my right hand, the sensation caused feels like a cold breeze blowing between my fingertips. When I then press my hand to a wound, the pain vanishes temporarily. Sometimes for up to a couple hours. When I direct energy to my left hand, and this one I know is not simply placebo, the sensation mimics static electricity, but on a more extreme scale. This hand makes wounds heal faster.
With the latter, I actually did this in the presence of someone very close to me. She was sitting on my left, and when I later told her what I was doing she went quiet for a moment before telling me that her right arm (Which was closer to me than the rest of her body) felt like she had just been shocked while I was "moving my energy". So at the very least, the sensation is real. Of course, in this same instance I was healing a bite mark which was deep enough that it should have been noticeable for days. Less than half an hour after I tried to "heal" it, it was gone without a trace. I have a couple theories about the so called healing, but this may not be the place to write them down. If you would like to know, simply ask.
Finally, and the part I find most confusing, would be my brushes with empathy. I have always been good at reading people when I am calm, but that alone doesn't mean much. At this very moment, I am involved in some sort of emotional link with a close friend of mine. I can often feel what they feel, and they can often feel what I feel, though the feelings do feel slightly foreign. The interesting part about this? We met online, and have yet to even meet face to face. We are separated by close to 1000 miles, and yet thanks to our link we probably know each other more intimately than any other. This actually leads well into another frightening example. While I was talking with this person, someone else made me more angry than I have ever been before. I kept control of it, but looking back that may have actually made things worse. They felt it, but from what I was told it was not simply emotion. It caused pain. Even more than that, they were not the only one to feel it. The person that had made me angry felt it, my girlfriend (who had been asleep until then) felt it too. Two of the three explained what they felt to me, and described it as feeling like a fire had been lit inside of their chest. So apparently I can make people feel my emotions as well, even to the point of causing pain unintentionally. Of course the first has even more basis, where my mother has known I was upset because she "could feel [my] stress coming off in waves". Now lastly for empathy, and perhaps the one that makes the least amount of sense, is that I was once able to taste emotion. Yes, you read right, taste. This one is even difficult to explain. When I had my first kiss, which I somewhat shamefully admit was just earlier this year, I noticed the oddest taste on my girlfriend's lips. Later, when I thought back on this, I tried to identify the taste. It seemed bitter-sweet, with a few other tastes mixed in. Talk about a leap of logic, but my thoughts instantly jumped to tears of happiness. Literally, the thought was "The bitterness of tears mixed with the sweet taste of joy." I asked her about it that night, and she said she actually had tears in her eyes at the time, but blinked them away before I could see.
Now then, doubling back to that link for a moment, me and this friend of mine are not unable to isolate ourselves if we want to. We can shield ourselves from the other, something they do much more often. I cannot speak for what method they use exactly, other than the fact that they have alluded to using the same method I have once or twice. I visualize a wall or tower of stone surrounding myself, and suddenly I am alone in my own mind and feelings. But I must make myself "see" the stone, or else it will not work. But whether this is because I have an easier time believing in something I can see or not, I do not know. There is one problem with this however. When one of us shields, it causes pain in the other. For myself, it takes the form of a headache, affecting just the front of my head, focused towards the middle. I have yet to try and find out what that part of the brain is in charge of, something I have intended to do for awhile. The first time I shielded, I asked if it affected my friend the same way, to which they replied it did.
So questions, comments, suggestions?