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Empathy And Tuning In


I am an Empath. Now for those of you who do not know, an Empath is one who feels what others feel around them; we have the innate ability to tune into and read people's emotions and feelings, however seldom at will. Throughout my time on this site and looking through various posts and stories about Empathy and Empaths, one of the biggest, if not the biggest, questions is "how do I control my ability?" Plain and simple in a nutshell, you can't. Now I know that's a very blunt, conclusive response, but it's true and it's to the point as far as control goes with Empathy.

But if you really, really, desperately seek something that reaches as close to "control" over Empathy as is possible, then you've come to the right post: Tuning in. Sounds simple enough, yea? No, it's not. You're wrong. I know this, and so does any other experienced Empath out there. Tuning into someone's emotions isn't a feasible task, mainly because we are so subjective and impulsive that we lack the innate patience to tune in; when we feel the slightest bit of disillusionment we let our internal (and psychic) insecurities run amuck, starting fights and riots within our minds, making it even harder than how hard it already is to try to attempt to focus on tuning in. And then you just feel like giving up, or I do anyway.

So, in order to tune in, even though this goes without needing to say, you need to 1. Believe in yourself and your ability (if you truly are an Empath, this WILL happen sooner or later... Don't fret), and 2. Center, calm, relax, whatever you want to call it. Just shut up and listen! And by listen I mean you should be shutting your own feelings up, because if you've got those floating around along with other people's emotions, too. Can anybody say Xanax? And by shutting your feelings up I mean you should cast them out for the time being so that you aren't being jaded during your practicing tuning in.

Now, to get straight to the "tuning in" part, to tune in you have to be around somebody or someplace with a high enough degree of already present emotions; if you are not so experienced with your gift, chances are you aren't going to be able to dig too deep down in the place's or person's emotional aura to sense anything underlying just yet, that's for later.

If you are just starting out with practicing to tune into the emotions of others, try walking into a store, any store, and just calm yourself and listen. Not with your ears, but with your heart. What is the aura in here? Is it hustle and bustle, or is it calm and collected? And don't answer that by just looking around, because it's no lie that looks can be deceiving; somebody could be having a really bad day on the inside, while externally looking like they're all good, which causes the emotional energy in the area to writhe and swirl around like traffic on the freeway. Do you get a good feeling from being in here or are you feeling weird around this place?

These are the things that once you get to a certain "level" of experience in working with your abilities you won't have to even pay attention to how you feel, you'll know right off the bat what's up. I used to walk into a department store and felt nothing because I wasn't at that level with my gift yet. Nowadays, you put me in a store and I can tell you what the last customer in there had for breakfast that morning. Why? Because I listened, and with that practice of just listening it became instinctual for me to automatically tune in and listen to the energy with my heart wide open. So I guess I lied: if you can gain the patience to practice, then you can go from nothing to the world's biggest emotional sponge, and you can control your ability. I did.

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exokexomkai (1 posts)
8 years ago (2015-02-03)
I need help... I now know I am an empath and I feel like I have a 'connection' dare I say with someone whom I have never met in my life... I know of them but he doesn't know of me... Like could I possibly feel his emotions? Even if he is halfway around the world? 😕 😭
tlshock1 (1 posts)
10 years ago (2012-12-15)
I will try to make this a short story about myself, but I have a tendency to ramble, so bear with me.
As a child, I was able to see spirits, ghosts, etc. At the age of 8, I had 3 NDE's and I believe that really 'turned on' the rest of my abilities. By the time I was a teenager I was having psychic visions, to the point of knowing when people in my family were going to die. In my 20's the dead started talking to me again. When they would make contact, I would feel their emotions, which would generally result in anxiety attacks.
In my late 20's, every time I would leave the house and go to a store, the gym, etc. I would feel the feelings of those around me, and I literally thought I was going crazy. I would end up leaving and sitting in my car, crying, and having panic attacks.
It progressed to the point that I could no longer leave my house for fear that I would once again be bombarded with the overwhelming feelings of others, and would experience the panic and anxiety again. I ended up at my Dr's office because I could no longer deal with the feeling that I was going crazy. He prescribed something for anxiety, and sent me on my way.
Over the course of the next 10 years (and much research), I developed other abilities, which I embraced, knowing they are a part of me. The empath part of me is still sometimes overwhelming, especially when there is unspeakable tragedy, like the shooting that happened yesterday in Connecticut. I woke up crying this morning (I tapped into myself and discovered it was not my own emotions I was feeling but those of the nation as a whole), bouncing between feelings of fear, anxiety and all-consuming sadness. However, I now allow myself to feel those feelings, and use them to help raise the vibrational energy of the universe, hoping that it will increase people's compassion for one another, instead of trying to block them out, because as any empath knows there is no way of 'not feeling'.
My suggestion to other empaths is this; your not crazy, so don't try to medicate this gift away. We are all connected in the universe, some more than others, so when you feel these energies and emotions, allow yourself to truly feel them. It will make you a better person in the end.
shezza (1 posts)
10 years ago (2012-08-27)
i found this site because I feel what others feeling but not every body it feels weird to me the ones I sense feelings from as strange as it sounds its like they light up to me and then I feel instantly drawn to them its been baffeling my head how all this happens it started a few years ago I met some one who I could feel all their pain fear anxiety etc but not like it was physically feeling it. I can also still sense this person I know for example when they going to pass me its like a feeling I get strong feeling I wish I could write it in words. I do feel it towards others selected few like I say they kind of light up to me and I know instantly I need to help them but there one person that causes my senses to be higher or greater I don't know. It scares me I thought I was going a little crazy until I asked myself what's going on how do I find answers and now I found this site and can't believe there's lots of people with it x
SweetIndigo (1 posts)
10 years ago (2012-08-26)
Hello! I'm so thrilled to have found this site. I just recently discovered that I'm an empath. I thought I was a 'germaphobe' but I now understand that I feel vibrations when I touch things. I have to use things to open public door handles, etc. My kids are just used to opening doors or pushing shopping carts because I can't tolerate the strong sensation I feel in my fingertips. Since I now know I'm empath, I have been able to recognize my mood swings... That aren't mine! Amazing! Thanks for sharing your experiences.
Psychicgirl18 (3 stories) (69 posts)
10 years ago (2012-08-25)
Ok may I just say, great post! I'm an empath too, and I embrace it, I know exactly what you mean! I had a similar experience at a store, I felt horrible it was so bad in there I felt physically ill.
I have to also tell you that we live in the same state, and I'd like to get to know you, do you mind sending me an email? If not that's ok too.
Tyler86 (3 stories) (41 posts)
10 years ago (2012-08-25)
Great POST! Way to embrace all fellow Empaths! It is time we start to allow ourselves to feel again. It is time to tap into our sensitive nature. Being an Empath is a gift. Develop it. Control it. Master it.:)
MindBodySpiritSeeker (1 stories) (7 posts)
10 years ago (2012-08-21)

Hello hun,

I myself have Empathy and other abilities, sometimes when I go to the store it's not just the people it's the objects they have touched. I find it funny that even has a kid I would be touching and felling things just to seance others who were there before me. My mother told me I am just being me and I need to find happens with myself. Now that I 31 my life to me is awesome and my awareness makes it be. We are all as one mind and our connection goes deeper then our 5 scenes. But how I see it we are all one scenes living in a paradox and if we get beyond the paradox then and only then will we find our true self's.

I have to add I love that I found this website to even share this with others who are as I am.:)

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