Then what is an Empath?
There are subtle but marked differences between empathy in an everyday person and empathy in an Empath. Empaths are highly sensitive people or HSPs, but actually very few HSPs are Empaths. Empaths possess a markedly higher degree of sensitivity to another's emotions and feelings. They take empathy to a whole new level.
An empath experiences another emotions as their own and it is not uncommon to therefore feel overwhelmed in crowded, public places. An Empath doesn't consciously connect to others, then feel what he imagines the other person is feeling. An Empath will literally feel it and unless he is trained to understand this, may not be able to separate his own feelings from those around him.
There are of course varying degrees of sensitivity and even different types of Empath and although it seems to have both genetic and spiritual aspects, most Empaths do not learn about their gift until later in life.
How does an Empaths gift work?
Everything has an energetic vibration or frequency and Empaths are able to sense these vibrations and recognise the smallest changes which would otherwise go unnoticed. Feelings, emotions and even words of expression hold an energetic pattern that emanates from each and every one of us. In fact every living creature. It's imprint is left on everything that we come into contact with. It is this energy that is picked up by the Empath.
Are you an Empath?
Take this quiz to see if you are an Empath. Answer yes or no to the following:
If you can say yes to most or all of these, then there is more than a chance that you are an empath. It occurs in less than 5% of the population and with the right training can be a wonderful gift. Stay tuned to learn more over the coming months.
I'm Jane Marin, artist, illustrator, writer, self confessed eclectic bohemian. Follow me and my musings right here on my blog.