What are Empathic Psychic Abilities?
An empathic psychic is also known as an "empath". Empaths have the ability to sense and experience the feelings of others, similar to the way telepaths can sense the thoughts of others. In fact, empathy and telepathy are closely related psychic abilities.
Usually, clairsentient psychics, (psychics with "clear feeling"), possess empathic psychic abilities. Empathic abilities are rare, but not unheard of.
Characteristics of an Empath
Empaths display these characteristics:
The Empathic Spectrum
Not all psychics have the same amount of empathic power. Some psychics have only basic empathic abilities, while others have extremely advanced empathic powers. Most empaths fall somewhere in the middle.
Psychics with the most basic empathic abilities can sense what another is feeling, and can sometimes feel their emotions. These psychics can only understand some of what others are feeling.
Psychics with the most advanced empathic abilities can feel everything that other's are feeling. When engaged in empathic practice, these psychics often become so engaged people's feelings, that they momentarily loose sight of their own identity. Psychics such as these may be able to send emotional signals, and project their own feelings onto others.
Many empaths choose to use their abilities to heal others. Empaths usually place their hands on someone, in order to understand what they are feeling. This way, an empath can focus directly in on what the patient needs.
Powerful empathic psychics can share the feelings of others, in order to relieve their pain. Loss and grief are two common feelings that a powerful empath can share and lessen. To reverse this method, a psychic can also share their own feelings to spread joy and happiness.
A Gift or a Curse?
Because empaths spend so much time worrying about the feelings of others, they can forget to worry about themselves. Empaths may experience poor health as a result of self-neglect, emotional stress, and physical fatigue.
On the other hand, healing and spreading feelings of joy is a rare and wonderful gift!
Hopefully you've learned something about empaths and empathic psychic abilities.
The psychic ability of empathy is often misunderstood. Some people compare it to other related psychic abilities such as clairsentience and psychometry. While clairsentience allows the psychic to “pick-up” the emotions and physical reactions of others, unlike an empath, the psychic doesn't necessarily feel them as her own emotions or physical pain. Many believe that clairsentience is a more highly-evolved form of empathy. Psychometry is the ability to receive information that can include all of the senses by simply touching an object or person without the intensity an empath experiences.
Understanding the Empathetic Nature
An empath feels the emotions and physical pains of others as intensely or more than her own. This barrage of sensations can over-stimulate the empath and even manifest as erratic behavior.
What Does It Feel Like?
An empath is so sensitive to the energies surrounding her, especially the energies of other people, that she can fall victim to tremendous stress and inner conflict. It can feel like an electrical current or simply a nervousness that suddenly overpowers her followed by a flood of emotions. Feelings of sadness or melancholy may come out of nowhere and consume her. This becomes very confusing since the empath may not fully understand what is happening to her and try to own those feelings by attempting to understand why she’s feeling such odd and unfounded emotions.
It isn’t surprising that the majority of empaths at one time or another become highly depressed. In addition to negative emotions, an empath can also pick up on a person’s positive ones. However, this up and down effect creates an emotional roller coaster ride for the inexperienced and untrained empath.
How Empaths Receive Information
No one really knows the true mechanisms of empathic abilities. Many theories have been created as a means of explanation. Not all empaths have just this one ability, and some can garner information from multiple psychic abilities that work in unison as one mega psychic ability. For example, the empath may unknowingly use psychometry abilities to receive information simply by touching a person or object. The empathic ability then processes this information into feelings. Going beyond these two psychic abilities, the person may also have strong clairvoyance, clairaudience and other abilities that assist in the processing of the information she is receiving.
Until the empath stops to examine her individual processes to determine if she’s operating on strictly empathic abilities, or a team of abilities, it’s difficult for her to find ways of controlling the information she receives. It requires time and patience to test herself on each possible ability, but once a baseline is established, it’s easier to see how each psychic ability is connected and how all of them interact and function.
Can Anyone Be an Empath?
Like other psychic abilities, no one is certain how or why these abilities exist, how they work, or why one person might have them while another doesn’t. Some people believe it’s a genetic transference since psychic abilities seem to run in families.
Another theory proposes that many psychic abilities are mysteriously connected to individuals who’ve had a Near Death Experience (NDE). In these cases, it’s believed that a person who has returned from such an experience has opened some kind of door or connection between the physical and spirit worlds. This connection then somehow imbues the person with psychic abilities.
Coping with Empathic Abilities
The inexperienced empath is usually overwhelmed by the sudden flood of information she receives, especially when these experiences happen to her as a child. The feelings and even physical sensations an empath picks up from another person can be stronger than her own. This makes it very difficult to distinguish which emotions are hers and which ones belong to someone else.
A child doesn’t have the coping mechanisms of an adult. This psychic ability can make the child high-strung and overly-emotional. If she doesn’t have someone in her life who understands what is happening, she can be misunderstood. Sometimes, the child can be misdiagnosed as having various emotional or mental disorders. Children can become trapped in this framework early on and remain defined by an illness or disorder their entire adult lives.
Many empaths find a physical solution to the flood of emotions and other sensations by living in sparsely populated areas to have a facsimile of a “normal” life. A rural lifestyle doesn’t mean the empath becomes immune to the emotions and energies of others, but she certainly is able to cope better than she might in a metropolitan environment.
It’s highly helpful for an empath to have a confidant she can confide in and never worry about being judged. Unfortunately, anyone with psychic abilities typically feels isolated and even ostracized for being different. Those feelings are often compounded by the many feelings she experiences from other people, and they can become debilitating.
There are several proven techniques that can help empaths minimize and even shutdown their empathic abilities. The problem with shutting down is that the empath often becomes irritable and nervous since empathy is a normal function for her..
Living as an Empath
The empath must learn how to minimize the personal reaction to information being received. This comes with a lot of practice and eventually, she will be able to distinguish which emotions are hers and which ones belong to someone else.