Julia couldn’t stand being around crowds. A simple conversation, greeting or mere look in the eye would affect her. She would inevitably feel tired, drained and overwhelmed with negative thoughts and feelings in as little as 15’ after socializing with friends or simply strolling through the mall. This justly became her “trademark” and her friends would often call her antisocial. And she was antisocial; but not because she had a choice.You see, Julia is an Empath; a person who can sense, feel and even absorb other people’s energies. Even though it may be deemed “cool” to be able to have such intense psychic abilities, empathic powers are usually difficult to ground and get rid of – they’re just there. Julia herself had no idea how to wield these powers.She thus ended up becoming more than just antisocial – she became agoraphobic. That was when she realized it had gone far enough. Being afraid of actually setting foot outside the house was depriving her of her social life, her personal relationships, even her fun and leisure. When she began turning down things like an invitation to her sister’s baby shower, a her high school reunion party and even a hot date, she realized that all the fun in her life was now becoming scarce. She had to do something about it.
Empathic Signs and Characteristics:
Are you an Empath like Julia? Here are a few characteristics of what an empathic person may be like:
-You hate being around people for too long. When you do, you end up feeling sick or simply exhausted.
-You used to be very lonely during your childhood, didn’t have many friends etc but you frequently enjoyed that loneliness.
-You can’t stand crowded places. When you’re out shopping for instance, you want to get everything done in less than an hour, perhaps even in less than 30’. If you fail to, you feel like collapsing.
-You can sense a person’s thoughts and/or feelings even if they never express them at all.
-Voluntarily, you can help and even heal others by “reading” their thoughts, emotions and even their past, present and future experiences. Involuntarily, you simple absorb whatever thoughts, emotions and energies they are consumed with.
-You sense events before they occur. You think of Hawaii and then an ad of a Hawaiian resort pops up on TV. You think about Jane, who you haven’t seen in over five years, and then she suddenly arrives on your doorstep.
-You can occasionally sense what a total stranger is like; even know what their job, hobby or favorite animal is.
-Your health is affected when you are with too many people for too many days. Your chakras become imbalanced and you feel you need to “cleanse” yourself by being alone.
-You are an active dreamer and have “ties” to the other side / astral plane, simply because you are as open as a book when it comes to energies.
How to Deal with your Empathic Powers:
No one ever said being an Empath is easy; in fact, it does feel like quite of a curse until you learn get the hang of it or, even better, learn how to wield and control it. The trick to reversing such a “curse” is by simply turning it into a blessing!
Empathy is the capacity of sensing, resonating and being in-tune with others. It is a psychic trait, but you can’t actually be called a “psychic” unless you learn how to efficiently deal with it. Here are some steps you can implement in order to stop suffering from something that really is, after all, a gift:
1. Love yourself for your gift Think of it as something you that has been bestowed upon you in order to achieve things, like help others. A person who hasn’t been an alcoholic himself can’t talk about the cons of addiction to a group of anonymous alcoholics and be persuasive about it.
2. Learn to ground yourself Grounding aids us in releasing impure and foreign energies that are attached to us and produces a cleansing, vigorous feeling. Grounding is usually succeeded via visualization in which the Empath imagines him/herself being a tree, with roots that etch deep into the soil, carrying all unclean energies to the Earth, cleansing them and sending them back through the body anew. And this is only one simple grounding exercise. An Empath can benefit from grounding after a strenuous day among judgmental colleagues, a tiresome day out running errands, or even a negative emotion absorbed from another person.
3. Learn to shield yourself Visualizing that you are in a protective transparent bubble can help you get through a noisy crowd, a hoard of rioting teenagers, an austere committee and an awkward family gathering. If you empower your vision with belief and confidence, then no one else’s energies can break through your shield.
Learn to enjoy every facet of your powers, even if they are hard to tame at first. Everything happens for a reason and you signed up to be here in order to work that out while enjoying the ride.