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Are These Empath Abilities Real?


Since I can remember people have called me "too sensitive". I feel what other people are feeling and can easily interpret if someone is lying to me, if they're sad, if I don't like their energy, etc. These are all things I've kind of always known but only truly accepted in that past year or two. I work as a CNA in a hospital and am in nursing school as well so being in the hospital really forced me to figure out how to cope with that stuff. I think I have a good handle on grounding, shielding, clearing my chakras/aura (although I should probably do it more often).

The problem now is that I don't know how to handle these other things I've been experiencing since I was a kid. When I was little I remember hating to sleep in my bedroom alone because there was a dark shadow man that would stand in my doorway across from my bed and stare at me. I would keep my eyes open as long as I could or just cry myself to sleep. I was scared every single night and I still feel things in my room to this day when I try to go to sleep. I hate to sleep in complete darkness because it makes it more intense and scary for me and I'm 23 years old- how am I supposed to explain why I am afraid of the dark to my boyfriend or friends if I am staying with them?

I didn't understand what was going on as a kid and I'm sure I got the whole "monsters aren't real" talk a bunch of times so I just convinced myself that I was making it up. As I've gotten older, I just can't stop feeling like I might have some kind of ability that I've suppressed over the years just because it scares me so much. I can't meditate and truly relax because I literally feel like people are standing all around me and it makes me panic & open my eyes. There have been times where I flat out asked "what do you want?" and was truly surprised when I heard an answer in my head and had a conversation. It was weird because it was so fast- faster than a person speaking would ever be... It was more of an I just know kind of thing... Hard to explain. I honestly don't think I am mentally ill because I wouldn't be functioning at the level I am now, and be able to make it through nursing school if I had schizophrenia. I have also worked with a lot of schizophrenic and bipolar people and I don't think what we are experiencing is the same.

I see images of people I don't know while awake, I have EXTREMELY vivid dreams where I am another person a lot of the time, I always feel the presence of stuff in my house or elsewhere, I hear things occasionally if I address it- but most of the time I either ignore these things or just brush them off as my imagination because it scares me. I'm scared to open myself up to things because there are so many movies and stuff about demonic possessions or whatever and I'm TERRIFIED something like that will happen to me. I have tried to set ground rules and tell things to leave me alone and cleared my house and that has helped some, but I just feel like I need to learn to control this instead of pushing it away all the time. There is a part of me that is terrified and a part of me that feels like something is missing and I want to learn more about this stuff.

What is really hard is the fact that I have no proof of what I am experiencing being real- there's no validation, no one I know who I can talk to about these things, it's just a secret I have to keep. Ideally one day I would like to talk to a medium or psychic to see if this is real for me, but being in school full time and working as a CNA I don't really have the money to do that. I don't know if anyone here has any advice of how to handle this or similar experiences you've gone through, but maybe that would help me. Thanks for reading too because I know this got a little long and rambley!


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strlightbugg (1 posts)
7 years ago (2013-05-01)
Wow. Can I just say I'm there. I've been where you are. I can feel people, or as I say read them. I think it is a very special gift and I love exercising it. I think you should do the same. I think you'll find it will help you a lot as a CNA/nurse.
If you want to open yourself up more, I would encourage it- but set boundaries. For instance, I do not allow darkness into my home. Every night I say "This is a home of Love and Light and no evil shall dwell here.". That's just my thing- but I would encourage you to do something that suits you. I also have ground rules with my "visitors". NO BATHROOMS! I've watched too many horror flicks where freaky stuff happens in the bathroom. So it's off limits. You're a bright light, and that's what attracts your visitors. Help them as you can. Some may want help- others may just be passing through. Either way only do what you feel comfortable with. That's key. Don't be afraid to say "not today, or sorry not right now." Also if you are feeling particularly good- you can always open yourself up.
As far as the vivid dreams, I'm still struggling with that too. I actually stumbled across this sight to try and figure out what it means and how I can help these people I'm seeing. If I'm dreaming of past events, current or future- I just don't know. All I know is that I feel that they are/were real.
I hope that you find comfort in knowing there are others out there who are like you. You are not crazy. You are gifted. Don't ever let anyone tell you otherwise.:-) Blessed Be.
strcrossed (5 posts)
7 years ago (2013-03-28)
I too have been deemed too sensitive... And as a child experienced the shadow people... And sometimes still do. What I have done in more recent years is surrounded myself with crystals and even chant things like "i am surrounded by love and light" I am 30 years old. I just found this website and it sooooo amazing to know that I am not alone (we never truly are, are we!?!) I feel presence but never see them... At least that I am aware but I do see people in bright or dimmed lit. My only advice is really to confront these emotions and channel them or else they will darken your own light and you don't want the negative energies to feed off of your light, since they are attracted to you, maybe because you are an accepting person. I don't know, but I do know that talking to others helps. Maybe you should stop by your local metaphysics shop and look for crystals or guidance on protection either a book or talk to someone behind the counter. Maybe these energies need your help or want to help you. I suppose it is true that knowing is half the battle... The other half is doing. I hope I helped you... May we all find our truest path---Blessed Be!

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