What is an Empath?

Have you ever been told that you are “too sensitive”?
Do you experience intense emotions?
Are you irritated by loud noises, bright lights or busy environments?
Do you feel drained after attending a party or after being around certain people?
Are you prone to feelings of anxiety or overwhelm?

If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, you may be an empath (take my free empath test now to know for sure).

Empaths are highly sensitive people who are known for their ability to sense the emotions of those around them. But an empath's sensitivity goes beyond the ability of feeling emotional energy. Many empaths can also sense the energy of geographic locations and physical objects. Some possess remarkable healing abilities. Others have a natural gift for extrasensory communication including telepathy, mediumship and channeling.

The trademark of an empath is their clairsentient ability, which is the intuitive sense of feeling. Clairsentience is the ability to feel the unseen energy that underlies everything that can be seen.

Everything is Energy

Behind everything that is visible in our physical world is an invisible world of information and energy. In his book, The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire, author Deepak Chopra refers to this world as “the quantum domain”.

In the quantum domain, things have no solidity, and yet they are very real. Examples of energies in the quantum domain include thoughts, ideas and intentions.

The energy of the quantum domain is the blueprint for everything in the physical domain. In other words, the material world is a manifestation of the quantum world.

Think of the quantum world as waves of energy vibrating at various frequencies. The only reason we don’t perceive this world with our physical senses is because it is vibrating too fast. But empaths are born with the unique ability to perceive this subtle energy. They do this primarily through clairsentience as well as other intuitive abilities.

On the spectrum of sensitivity, empaths are the “most sensitive of the sensitives”. They possess the delicate nervous system of the highly sensitive person, with added extrasensory gifts. This can often feel like a burden, especially for those who are unaware of their exceptional trait. 

Why Empaths Feel Out Of Place

One of the most common complaints of empaths is that they feel “crazy”, out of place, or like they don’t fit in. They are acutely aware that they don’t experience life in the same way that others do, and so they mistakenly believe that there is something wrong with them.

But what empaths don’t usually see is that they are trying to navigate life in a world built for non-sensitive people. Empaths are also often raised or surrounded by individuals who don’t understand their sensitive nature, in a culture that shuns sensitivity or views it as a weakness (it’s not!).

Empaths also overlook the fact that because of their trait, they have unique needs that non-sensitives don’t have. These needs may include regular time alone, a quiet or low-stimulating living environment, more sleep, and selective socializing (being discerning about who they spend time with). They might also have physical needs such as eating a specific diet or using chemical-free cleaning or beauty products.

Revealing Your Radiance

Being highly sensitive is not a bad thing, but it can be difficult until you learn how to meet your needs and manage your energy. The key to transforming from an overwhelmed empath into a radiant empath lies in self-awareness.

Self-awareness means that you have to thoroughly understand what it means to be an empath, including these key points:

  1. You have a basic understanding of the unseen world of energy and how you experience it, and are cultivating discernment as to what energy is "yours" and what is someone else's.
  1. You have identified your individual needs and meet them using the tools and resources that work best for you.
  1. You have re-programmed your mind to understand that being sensitive does not make you inferior in any way, and are walking a path that expresses your empathic nature in creative and self-honoring ways.

Once you learn about your trait, meet your needs and shift your perception of yourself, living life as an empath will become much more enjoyable. You will come to know that being an empath is a blessing, not a curse. And with that knowledge, your innate gifts and life purpose will begin to unfold.