What is an Empath

What is Empathy?
From Christel Broederlow

Empathy is the ability to read and understand people and be in-tune with or resonate with others, voluntarily or involuntarily of one’s empath capacity.

Empaths have the ability to scan another’s psyche for thoughts and feelings or for past, present, and future life occurrences. Many empaths are unaware of how this actually works, and have long accepted that they were sensitive to others.

Empathy is a feeling of another’s true emotions to a point where an empath can relate to that person by sensing true feelings that run deeper than those portrayed on the surface. People commonly put on a show of expression. This is a learned trait of hiding authentic expression in an increasingly demanding society.

An empath can sense the truth behind the cover and will act compassionately to help that person express him/herself, thus making them feel at ease and not so desperately alone.

Empaths experience empathy towards family, children, friends, close associates, complete strangers, pets, plants and inanimate objects.

Empathy is not held by time or space. Thus, an empath can feel the emotions of people and things at a distance. Some are empathic towards animals (ie: The Horse Whisperer), to nature, to the planetary system, to mechanical devices or to buildings etc. Others will have a combination of the above.

Empaths are highly sensitive. This is the term commonly used in describing one’s abilities (sensitivity) to another’s emotions and feelings. Empaths have a deep sense of knowing that accompanies empathy and are often compassionate, considerate, and understanding of others.

There are also varying levels of strength in empaths which may be related to the individualís awareness of self, understanding of the powers of empathy, and/or the acceptance or non-acceptance of empathy by those associated with them, including family and peers. Generally, those who are empathic grow up with these tendencies and do not learn about them until later in life.

Empathy is genetic, inherent in our DNA, and passed from generation to generation. It is studied both by traditional science and alternative healing practitioners.

Empathy has both biological/genetic and spiritual aspects.

Empaths often possess the ability to sense others on many different levels. From their position in observing what another is saying, feeling and thinking, they come to understand another. They can become very proficient at reading another person’s body language and/or study intently the eye movements. While this in itself is not empathy, it is a side-shoot that comes from being observant of others. In a sense, empaths have a complete communication package.

While there is much we don’t yet understand about how empathy works, we do have some information. Everything has an energetic vibration or frequency and an empath is able to sense these vibrations and recognize even the subtlest changes undetectable to the naked eye or the five senses.

Words of expression hold an energetic pattern that originates from the speaker. They have a specific meaning particular to the speaker. Behind that expression is a power or force-field, better known as energy. For example, hate often brings about an intense feeling that immediately accompanies the word. The word hate becomes strengthened with the speaker’s feeling. It is that person’s feelings (energy) that are picked up by empaths, whether the words are spoken, thought or just felt without verbal or bodily expression.

Written By Christel Broederlow Copyright (c) 2002 Christel Broederlow Shortened Version from The Empath Report 101

About this contributor: Christel is a natural born empath. Webmaster of The Universal Empath 101 and author of numerous articles about empathy through personal experience and continual research.


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Being Empathic

The word empathy derives from the Greek words empatheia meaning passion and pathein meaning to experience, suffer .

According to Miriam Webster’s online dictionary Empathy is the action of understanding, being aware of, being sensitive to, and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts, and experience of another of either the past or present without having the feelings, thoughts, and experience fully communicated in an objectively explicit manner.

As humans our empathic skill are always turned on as with all things we just need to be open to receive the messages. It’s like a radio it may be playing but are you listening?

If you are a healer or psychic you are always adjusting your frequency like an antenna just as an empath does to help others.

Not all empaths are sympathic. Empaths feel emotions of others but do not have to feel sympathy for them. Empaths for the most part are compassionate though with a desire to heal and help others.

One can be an empath from childhood. They are called natural empaths who inherit this ability allowing them to experience in higher frequency of awareness. Some people develop their empathic abilities later in life when they are more aware.

Most are right brained in the sense of using the creative intuitive side of the brain people who use higher frequencies to connect.

Strong empaths must learn how to discern their own emotions from someone else’s.

There are degrees of empathic abilities which vary from empath to empath.

Empaths are always sensitive people.

Empaths not only pick of others emotions they can project emotions as well that will get picked up by those on the same frequency.

Some people in metaphysics believe that people with light eyes are more empathic. This is not true.

We all have certain degrees of empathic abilities. By this I mean – we all have the ability to adjust our emotional bodies with that of someone we are close to especially if there is a love connection. This does not have to be a romantic connection. When you live with someone or just love them you can align your emotional body with theirs and feel their pain. The pain can be physical or emotional.

Being empathic means become one with someone or something else. You can connect with plants, animals, just about anything including the universe itself. It is almost a form of remote viewing. You can read emotions and thoughts through vibrational frequency.

Being able to empathize with people often helps you deal with them. You know what to say and do to keep balanced.

Physical Empathy…

One can take on the pain of another especially in the case of twins – their frequencies are often linked.

When I am reading someone and I want to scan for health issues – I telepathically or empathically connect my body with theirs. I feel what they feel. If I find myself coughing that person either has allergies or smokes cigarettes or other. I quickly sense where I have pain in my body and go there to see what the problem is.

Emotional Empathy

Most empaths are more attuned to emotions than thoughts. To be an emotional empath is to experience the emotions of others the positive and negative pain and suffering and as well as love and compassion.

We become emotional empaths when we watch a film or TV show. This is a vicarious way of experiencing the emotions we came here to explore but are not part of our personal experience.

We return to soap operas TV series such as the latest series of reality shows as part of being emotional empaths. Positive people will hope for a postitve outcome of the storyline. For negative people it will be the opposite.

Most of us can turn our empathic abilities on and off as we tape in to the frequencies. But for others they seem to have no control over what they experience.

Those in control embrace the subject and those not in control feel a loss of power and hate it.

Under stress awareness is heightene as well as empathic abilities.. It is best to pause and go back to the emotions you experienced before the negative ones surfaced then detach.

If you have empathic gifts you also want to understand and control what is happening for you to manage your empathic abilities and not become overwhelmed.

Being an empath is a soul decision.

We often believe that entities who come from higher realms have great empathic abilities. This is due to their higher frequency of thought. They are telepathic and usually have no oral language as they are not physical. Everything is telepathic and empathic for them.

People use their empathic abilities when in other paranormal acitivites such as ghost hunting.

To increase empathic abilities you most open the ‘right side’ of your brain moving the logical mind aside. Begin with something creative art , listening to music, meditation , yoga , writing for pleasure or being in nature or in the water , etc….

Practice your empathic abilities when you are with someone either by being in the same proximity or by gently touching their hand.

You can try this by remote viewing by seeing the person in your mind then becoming one with their emotional body.

Site for Highly Sensitive People http://www.kyramesich.com/News/01Oct-FES_Interview.htm

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