It's been a frustrating week for me. All set to move forward with my business, renovating my website, creating art, when I woke up one morning and my my beloved Photoshop Elements had disappeared from my computer!!!! No amount of rebooting, reinstalling or purchasing new editions seemed to work. What was I to do? On top of that the computer screen in my brand new car which had been replaced due to malfunction had been recalled for more "fine tuning" and programming. So no car and no computer (well not strictly true, I do have my trusty laptop).
The perfect time to rest, restore and paint. And it occurred to me this morning after a conversation during a class last night, that there are some lessons to be learned here - and not the ones that you might think.
It seems that my computer was infected with malware and viruses that had managed to creep in under the radar. The Malware when removed from the system had taken with it parts of the program it had attached itself to. Hence the disappearance of my Photoshop.
It occurred to me that this is much like what happens to an empath when we unintentionally absorb other peoples crap!! Much of it attaches itself "under the radar" and buries itself so deep that we don't know that we are carrying it around. It becomes part of us (or so we think) until we finally figure it out and clear it from our system. Sometimes when we release this piece of other peoples stuff, it feels like it has taken a part of us with it and it can take us a while to reboot, and restore all of the missing parts. Luckily we are all still intact - it's just that we have forgotten where to look for those missing pieces of us.
A little bit of TLC and it all comes back to us. Empaths have an amazing ability to bounce back if you know how.
It's been a massive couple of months for me. So glad I had a holiday in the middle of it, but even so I feel that I'm still suffering a little "overwhelm" from contact with others. As an empath it is so important to try to incorporate some form of release and clearing into your everyday routine. Walking in nature is my number one go to for this, and my art comes a close second (as long as I'm painting for me and not for others). You might like to try writing/journalling, dancing, singing. Of course laughter is still one of the best medicines around. Learn to know your body and where you are holding energy blockages, learn to recognise what is yours and what belongs to others around you. If it's not yours, hand it over to the universe and to the earth to deal with. If it's yours then listen to your needs, Take care of yourself. You are the most important person to YOU.
Today I need some time to myself to get out in nature - gardening might be the answer. Plenty of sunshine, fresh air and contact with the earth.
Discover the strength and peace
that comes from quiet contemplation
of the world around you.
Silent thought, prayer and devotion
brings peace to the mind body and spirit
What does that even mean?
Empaths are people who are highly sensitive to the energies and emotions of the people, animals and spiritual imprints that exist around them. Sometimes they are even sensitive to the energies of plants and the world and universe itself. This senisitivity applies to those that are familiar to the empath and to those that are not. Empaths experience the world around them and feel what others are feeling through extremely heightened senses and powerful intuition. This can often happen without any knowledge and may then lead the empath to internalising other peoples feelings as their own. This can happen especially during teenage and young adult years. The untrained Empath is unconsiously influenced by the thoughts, moods and desires of others around them. Much more than just being highly sensitive, the Empath is not limited to emotions, they can percieve physical sensitivieis, illness and pain as well as motivations and intentions of others..
Unlike the virtue of empathy, being an Empath cannot be learned. You are born this way. You either are an Empath or you aren't. It is considered a gift in the same way that clairvoyance, mediumship and healing are. Indeed an Empath will often also posses one or more of these other gifts.
Left untrained, Empaths can often experience chronic fatigue or environmental sensitivities, unexplained aches and pains on a daily basis.
Through this blog, I hope to share some of my journey, valuable information and healing strategies for the Empath.
I have just returned from the ultimate holiday for an empath. I,like many empaths crave connection with rainforests and trees, to be outdoors and away from the "madding crowd". Add to that the roar of water over a waterfall, the crystal clear water of a mountain stream, smell of fresh cool air and an empath could be in heaven. To find myself in my perfect place - the one I go to when I meditate - where I could feel my free spirit rise, enjoying peace and tranquility. To be able to spend that time with my partner was pure bliss. I didn't even need to be alone to begin to feel my energy recharging.
The "Energy Recharge" Mandala is from The Mandala Oracle:
The spark that was lost is now restored and burns brightly from deep within. Your connection to the elements brings renewd vitality. Every fibre of your being awakens as it becomes fuelled by the light. You have the persistence and patience required to endure. You have the strength and determination to see you through.