First off yes Empaths are very real and the abilities we have are very real. Having the capability to experience another human and what it’s like to be them is very real. I’m an Empath and I’m still not 100% sure if this is a blessing or a curse, but what I do know is that this gift has been given to me so that I can help make the world a better place. So what is it like being an Empath? Well that is what this article is all about, I’ll be giving you a glimpse into my world and what it’s like to have the ability I do. Now as most of you know I’m an Holistic Therapist, this is what I do for a living, I chose this ‘career’ path specifically because of the gift I have and it’s a the perfect way for me to help make the world better. So knowing who and what I am lets look at what my day to day life is like.
Let’s start with my younger years, in particular my teens. I suffered quite heavily from depression, I would have some seriously outrageous moods. I would be sad or down for no specific reason, I would swing from one mood to the next in a matter of seconds and it was like living on a permanent emotional roller coaster. Unfortunately I didn’t come realise what I was until a few years ago, so heading into my adult years I suffered a few nervous breakdowns, suffered heavily from depression. I tried various anti depressants, was placed on tranquilizers a few times. I just constantly felt exhausted, unwell and very unhappy. It was only when I came to understand who and what I am that my life has turned around for the better.
I have taught myself various coping mechanisms and I tread lightly around certain personality types. I need to keep myself guarded as much as possible, which is a bit of a challenge considering I need to use my gift in order to do the work that I do. These coping skills have help immeasurably, but I still get caught off guard, I still have mornings where I will wake up feeling anxious or depressed or overly happy and I’ll have to assess whether or not these are my emotions. I have to ask myself questions like “is there an actual reason to feel this way?’ ‘Who have I been around lately and how are they feeling?’ “Is one of my close friends or family going through a difficult time?’ “Is this my stuff or does it belong to someone else?’ Having the capability to actually psychically feel another persons pain, to feel the discomfort of their physical aliments, to experience another persons headache or illness, this is what it’s like being an Empath. You experience someone else’s emotions as if they where your own. I know what it’s like to live someone else’s life. To be able to look both up and down their Life Path and know where they have come form and what they have been through and where they are heading. Being an Empath goes beyond being able to feel another persons emotions for me I get to experience exactly what that other person is experiencing. It’s almost as if I get to live their life for them. Sure I sound like super hero, but in all seriousness this is what I am able to do. Most days I don’t actually get to experience my own life I don’t get to be just me.
But I know that I am an Empath for a reason. I’ve been handed this incredible gift for a reason. I’m here to make the world a better place and how I do that is by experiencing another human being, what it’s like to be them. As an outsider though I am able to be objective about their situation. Being able to understand another person the way I do gives me the gift to give clarity to them on who and what they are and why. I get to see people for who and why they are. I can understand their hopes, desires, their fears and their full capabilities and potential. This is the upside to my ability, this is why I love what I do because I get to fully know and understand someone and help them to see what I see and from there I get see how they have flourished.
So yes there is a definite down side to being who I am and choosing to use my gift as part of my every day life is no easy task, but it has a massive up side as well. I get help people along their Life Path I get to give them clarity and peace of mind about who they are and what they have experienced and will experience and that everything is actually okay. So yes I will have my days where I wobble and fall off the tracks for a bit because of another being off center, but I would rather have the wobbles and understand why I am having them so that I can give guidance to them so that they might understand themselves better.