Being an Empath is when you are affected by other people’s energies and have an ornate ability to intuitively feel and perceive others.

“Your life is unconsciously influenced by others’ desires, wishes, thoughts, and moods. Being an Empath is much more than being highly sensitive and it’s not just limited to emotions. Empaths can perceive physical sensitivities and spiritual urges, as well as just knowing the motivations and intentions of other people. Empaths have a profound light that can outshine any darkness, leading and guiding others into a realm of peace, compassion, self-love and healing. “

Empaths are born into this world and are genuinely unaware of their ornate abilities, seeing them as ‘the norm’, until they dig deeper into their own pain, suffering and eventual healing.  It often takes an Empath many years to discover that they are indeed ‘an Empath’.

Initial Source: (the mind unleashed)

Empaths are always open, so to speak, unconsciously processing other people’s feelings and energy, which means that they feel things deeply and in many cases take on the emotions of others.  Being an Empath is a true gift that encompasses many healing qualities however; they must consciously protect themselves from the pitfalls this ornate blessing may have on their own aura, psyche or energy field.  Many Empaths experience things like chronic fatigue, environmental sensitivities or unexplained aches and pains daily.  These are all things that are more likely to be contributed to outside influences and not so much from their own doing.

Essentially, Empaths are walking around in this world with all the accumulated karma, emotions and energy from others.

They are highly expressive in all areas of emotional connection and talk openly, and, at times quite frankly.  They generally have few problems talking about their feelings if another cares to listen (regardless of how much they listen to others).

However, Empath’s can also be the exact opposite: reclusive and apparently unresponsive at the best of times. They are the greatest escapists and may even appear ignorant. Some are very good at “blocking out” others and that’s not always a bad thing, at least for the ‘learning’ Empath struggling with a barrage of emotions from others, as well as their own feelings.

An Empath who is ‘aware’ of their ‘gift’ can control it somewhat and protect themselves from ‘energy vampires’ so to speak.  They know how to say ‘no’ and are capable of reading the signs of someone who may drain them prior to engaging in a conversation.

Empaths have a tendency to openly feel what is outside of them more so than what is inside of them.  This can cause Empaths to ignore their own needs.  In general an Empath is non-violent, non-aggressive and leans more towards being the peacemaker.  Any area filled with disharmony creates an uncomfortable feeling in an Empath.  If they find themselves in the middle of a confrontation, they will endeavour to settle the situation as quickly as possible, if not avoid it all together.  If any harsh words are expressed in defending themselves, they will likely resent their lack of self-control, and always have a preference to peacefully resolve the problem quickly.

Empaths are more inclined to pick up another’s feelings and project it back without realizing its origin in the first place. Talking things out is a major factor in releasing emotions in the learning Empath.  Empaths tend to develop an even stronger degree of understanding so that they can find peace in most situations.

Empaths often express themselves using the words “I feel..”

The downside is that Empaths may bottle up emotions and build barriers sky-high so as to not let others know of their innermost thoughts and/or feelings.

This withholding of emotional expression can be a direct result of a traumatic experience, an expressionless upbringing, or simply being told as a child, “Children are meant to be seen and not heard!”

Without a doubt, this emotional withholding can be detrimental to one’s health, for the longer one’s thoughts and/or emotions aren’t released, the more power they build.  These thoughts and emotions can eventually become explosive, if not crippling to an Empath.
The need to express oneself honestly is a form of healing and a choice open to all.
To not do so can result in a breakdown of the person and result in mental/emotional instability or the creation of a physical ailment, illness or disease.

Empaths are sensitive violence or emotional TV dramas depicting shocking scenes of physical or emotional pain inflicted on adults, children or animals.  These images or scenes can easily bring an Empath to uncontrollable tears.

Some Empaths will struggle to comprehend any such cruelty and may have grave difficulty in expressing themselves in the face of another’s ignorance, closed-mindedness and obvious lack of compassion. They simply cannot justify the suffering they feel and see.

However; those who are ‘aware’ of their ‘gift’ often don’t allow themselves to watch such things or may choose to remove themselves from a situation before it truly affects them.

You will find Empaths working with people, animals or nature with a true passion and dedication to help them.

Empaths truly are Earth Angels and are just as expressive with body language as with words, thoughts, and feelings. Their creativity is often expressed through dance, acting, and bodily movements. Empaths can project an incredible amount of energy portraying and/or releasing emotion. Empaths can become lost in the music, to the point of being in a trance-like state; they become one with the music through the expression of their physical bodies. They describe this feeling as a time when all else around them is almost non-existent.

People of all walks of life and animals are attracted to the warmth and genuine compassion of Empaths. Regardless of whether others are aware of one being empathic, people are drawn to them as a metal object is to a magnet!
Even complete strangers find it easy to talk to Empaths about the most personal things, and before they know it, they have poured out their hearts and souls without intending to do so consciously. It is as though on a sub-conscious level that person knows instinctively that Empaths would listen with compassionate understanding. Then again, for Empaths, it is always nice to actually be heard themselves!

They are  fundamentally the listeners of life. They can be outgoing, bubbly, enthusiastic and a joy to be in the presence of, as well as highly humorous at the most unusual moments! On the flip side, Empaths still learning to understand their gifts, can be weighted with mood swings that will have others around them want to jump overboard and abandon ship!   The thoughts and feelings Empaths receive from any and all in their life can be so overwhelming (if not understood) that their moods can fluctuate with lightning speed.

One moment they may be delightfully happy and with a flick of the switch, drained and miserable.

Empaths frequently experience déjà vu and synchronicities. What may initially start as, “Oh, what a coincidence”, will lead to the understanding of synchronicities as an aspect of who they are. These synchronicities will become a welcomed and continually expanding occurrence. As an understanding of self grows, the synchronicities become more fluent and free flowing. The synchronicities can promote a feeling of euphoria as empaths identify with them and appreciate the connection to their empathic nature.

Empaths are most likely to have had varying paranormal experiences throughout their lives. NDE’s (Near death experiences) and or OBE’s (Out of body experiences) can catapult an unaware Empath into the awakening period and provide the momentum for a journey of self-discovery.

An Empath who has experienced a true awakening is one of the most powerful and profoundly influential people to grace the earth.   They lead with love and use it as their weapon of choice.  Love becomes their armour and  a power to be reckoned with.

An ‘Awakened Empath’ is one of the brightest lights you will see in a crowded room

People are drawn to their openness, to their positive expression of self and to the love they radiate from within.  An “Awakened Empath” stands strong against negative influences and knows how to protect themselves in a loving way that not only serves themselves but gives back to others, without draining them of their life force.

“Awakened Empaths” are deeply spiritual and have a direct connection to a higher source.  Some often say that an  Empath has a direct line to heavens and just has to dial in and press ‘connect’.  How cool is that!

They listen to and trust their intuition, always choosing love over fear

 Take it from me, once you embrace the fact that you are an Empath and that it is indeed a beautiful gift and not a burden bestowed on you, you can take the necessary steps to protect your energy and shine your amazing bright light onto the world.

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Initial Source: (the mind unleashed)

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