Empaths experience the world around them through the precious art of feeling. Because an empath’s experiences are felt at such a high level, there’s a low threshold for various kinds of stimulation. For instance, the necessity for alone time; sensitivity to light, sound, smell, or an aversion to large groups of people for a long period of time. As a result of these sensitives, it takes highly empathic individuals longer to wind down after a busy day, since their ability to transition from high stimulation to quietude is a slower process. Additionally, empaths possess an innate love of nature, quiet environments, and their desire to help others heal.
However, empaths take the experience of the highly sensitive person much further: We can sense subtle energy (called Shakti or Prana in Eastern healing traditions) and actually absorb it from other people and different environments into our own bodies. This capacity allows empaths to experience the energy around them, including emotions and physical sensations, in extremely deep ways. And so we energetically internalize the feelings and pain of others — and often have trouble distinguishing someone else’s discomfort from our own. Also, some empaths have profound spiritual and intuitive experiences — with animals, nature, children, meditation, or with their spirit guides.
Are you an empath? Acknowledging and nurturing the gift of intuition and sensitivity through the experience of feeling are very precious. It can prove to be challenging when everything is felt and taken in on a very deep level, but we must keep opening our hearts in order to break through to new heights as human beings. The world needs these gifts of empathy now more than ever. Continue to feel, protect your energy, and limit stimulation so that the channel of clarity and spirit will continue to soar.