Everyday emotions such as anger, joy, fear, frustration, love, happiness, pain and sadness are all energies. Some or all of these energies surround us at one point or another in our day, week, year they are all part of our own individual journeys and help us learn lessons, grow, heal and find balance within.
So how to recognize an empath or their traits....
Empaths are often quiet people at heart and love their alone time. As an Empath myself I find when i'm alone, I am in tune with my own energy, how I really feel in the moment and don't have to spend time deflecting others energies left, right and center or feeling everyone's pain, frustration, stress and a myriad of other emotions. My alone time brings me back to balance and allows me the space to breathe.
More often than not it can take a while for an empath to be able to handle a compliment sent their way for they are more inclined to find the amazing in everyone else, and point out other's positive attributes. Empaths are highly expressive in all areas that concern emotional connection, and can talk openly and honestly with care, love and a depth of wisdom that will help even the most confused soul make sense of a situation with ease. Empaths love to help, love to give but more often than not, find it hard to receive that which they give out so easily.
There is a flip side to the Empath however, where they can be almost the exact opposite: extremely reclusive, loving the thought of isolation, off in their own little world that can appear somewhat unresponsive, dismissive and could even appear ignorant to some. Some are VERY good at switching off and blocking out others, which at times is a good thing, especially for the struggling empath who is just learning to cope with the overwhelming emotions of others, as well as trying to sort through their own feelings.
Empaths are extremely sensitive to world, local or national news, TV, movies anything that could possibly broadcast emotion in an extreme negative or positive way. Emotional drama or Violent behaviour depicting heart wrenching scenes of emotional or physical pain inflicted on animals, children or adults can bring an empath to tears in seconds. In my own personal experience I have become violently ill, physically sick or unable to control the tears that pour from my eyes and the pain in my heart is almost crippling. Because of this I have not watched the news in my house or read a newspaper for well over 10 years. Most empaths will struggle to even comprehend the cruelty that is shown on any level, and will have difficulty in being able to express themselves in the face of another's closed mindedness, lack of compassion or even ignorance. There is just nothing within an empath that can justify the cruelty and suffering they feel and see whether it be an adult, group, child or animal.
Empaths seem to have a tendency to feel what is outside of them sometimes more so than what is within them. This as I am painfully aware of can cause empaths to put others before themselves and ignore their own needs, ignore their own self care. In general empaths have the peacemaker attitude, non-violent and non-aggressive. Any environment that has a lot of negative energy or area filled with disharmony creates an uncomfortable feeling for an empath and a need for resolution or quick escape. If they find themselves within this sort of situation or caught in the middle of a confrontation, they will generally intuit the easiest way to settle the situation as quickly as possible, or try to avoid it all together. If the need to defend themselves arises, harsh words expressed or reaction occurs, they are more than likely to resent their lack of control and find steps to move forward in a peaceful matter to resolve the problem as quickly as possible.
Empaths have an innate ability to attract people and animals into their lives through their genuine warmth, love and compassion. Whether the empath is aware of it or not they are beacons of light to those in the dark, and have a somewhat magnetic capability to draw to them the people that need them the most, just at the right time.
This is true for family, friends, acquaintances and even complete strangers, people find it easy to talk to empaths about the most deep and personal things, and before they know it, they have vented and or poured out their hearts without intending to do so consciously. It's as though that person instinctively knows that the empath would listen with wisdom, compassion and an abundance of love, care and understanding and because of that feels safe to express themselves.
Empaths are often the deep thinkers, the researchers, the problem solvers of many things. As far as an empath is concerned where there is a problem there is ALWAYS, ALWAYS an answer. I myself have been known to spend hours problem solving, brainstorming and researching until I find the answer, if nothing else but peace of mind that i've found it. This is an amazing gift for an empath in my opinion, because we feel so so much, to have the space to sit in our own feelings and the ability to search for an answer, also gives the ability to find growth within ourselves very quickly when our gift is finely tuned.
©Rebecca Fox R.M.