by I M Power
Sunday, 12 May 2013
Published in Abilities, Removing the Veil
Traits of an Empath
by Christel Broederlow
Empaths are often quiet achievers. They can take a while to handle a
compliment for they’re more inclined to point out another’s positive
attributes. They are highly expressive in all areas of emotional
connection, and talk openly, and, at times quite frankly. They may have
few problems talking about their feelings if another cares to listen
(regardless of how much they listen to others).
However, they can be the exact opposite: reclusive and apparently
unresponsive at the best of times. They 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.
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 endeavor 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 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 can develop an even stronger degree of understanding so that
they can find peace in most situations. 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. The thoughts and/or emotions can
eventually becoming explosive, if not crippling. 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 to TV, videos, movies, news and broadcasts.
Violence or emotional dramas depicting shocking scenes of physical or
emotional pain inflicted on adults, children or animals can bring an
empath easily to tears. At times, they may feel physically ill or choke
back the 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.
You will find empaths working with people, animals or nature with a
true passion and dedication to help them. They are often tireless
teachers and/or caretakers for our environment and all within it. Many
volunteers are empathic and give up personal time to help others without
pay and/or recognition.
Empaths may be excellent storytellers due to an endless imagination,
inquisitive minds and ever-expanding knowledge. They can be old
romantics at heart and very gentle. They may also be the “keepers” of
ancestral knowledge and family history. If not the obvious family
historians, they may be the ones who listen to the stories passed down
and possess the majority of the family history. Not surprisingly, they
may have started or possess a family tree.
They have a broad interest in music to suit their many expressive
temperaments, and others can query how empaths can listen to one style
of music, and within minutes, change to something entirely different.
Lyrics within a song can have adverse, powerful effects on empaths,
especially if it is relevant to a recent experience. In these moments,
it is advisable for empaths to listen to music without lyrics, to avoid
playing havoc with their emotions!
They 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!
Here are 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 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,
Abandoning an empath in the throes of alternating moods can create
detrimental effects. A simple return of empathic love–listening and
caring compassionately without bias, judgment and/or condemnation–can go
an incredibly long way to an empath’s instant recovery. Many empaths
don’t understand what is occurring within them. They literally have no
idea that another person’s emotions are now felt, as one’s own and
reflected outwardly. They are confused as to how one moment all was
well, and then the next, they feel so depressed, alone, etc. The need to
understand the possibilities of empath connection is a vital part of
the empaths journey for themselves and for those around them.
Empaths are often problem solvers, thinkers, and studiers of many
things. As far as empaths are concerned, where a problem is, so too is
the answer. They often will search until they find one – if only for
peace of mind. This can certainly prove beneficial for others in their
relationships, in the workplace, or on the home front. Where there is a
will, there is a way and the empath will find it. The empath can
literally (likely without the knowledge of what’s actually occurring)
tap into Universal Knowledge and be receptive to guidance in solving
anything they put their head and hearts into.
Empaths often are vivid and/or lucid dreamers. They can dream in
detail and are inquisitive of dream content. Often they feel as though
the dreams are linked to their physical life somehow, and not just a
mumble of nonsensical, irrelevant, meaningless images. This curiosity
will lead many empathic dreamers to unravel some of the “mysterious”
dream contents from an early age and connect the interpretation to its
relevance in their physical life. If not, they may be led to dream
interpretations through other means.
Empaths are daydreamers with difficulty keeping focused on the
mundane. If life isn’t stimulating, off an empath will go into a
detached state of mind. They will go somewhere, anywhere, in a thought
that appears detached from the physical reality, yet is alive and active
for they really are off and away. If a tutor is lecturing with little
to no emotional input, empaths will not be receptive to such teaching
and can (unintentionally) drift into a state of daydreaming.
Give the empath student the tutor who speaks with stimuli and emotion
(through actual experience of any given subject) and the empath is
receptively alert. Empaths are a captivated audience. This same
principle applies in acting. An actor will either captivate the audience
through expressing (in all aspects) emotions (as though they really did
experience the role they are portraying) or will loose them entirely.
Empaths make outstanding actors.
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 discovery. Those who
get caught up in life, in society’s often dictating ways, in work etc.,
can become lost in a mechanical way of living that provides very little
meaning. All “signs of guidance” are ignored to shift out of this state
of “doing”. A path to being whole again becomes evident and a search for
more meaning in one’s life begins.
These types of experiences appear dramatic, can be life-altering
indeed, and are most assuredly just as intensely memorable in years to
come. They are the voice of guidance encouraging us to pursue our
journey in awareness. Sometimes, some of us require that extra
For some empaths, the lack of outside understanding towards
paranormal events they experience, may lead to suppressing such
abilities. (Most of these abilities are very natural and not a
coincidence.) Empaths may unknowingly adopt the positive or negative
attitude of others as their own. (This, however, can be overcome.)
Empaths may need to follow interests in the paranormal and the
unexplained with curiosity so as to explain and accept their life
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