5. Crowds Affect You
This might sound strange, but not to empaths. Crowded rooms, events, streets or parties can send your senses into a huge, overloaded muddle, with simultaneous emotions coming at you from all directions. Sounds like a nightmare, yes? With correct shielding (I recommend the use of protection stones) this energy is all but annulled. You can feel people’s moods or predominant energy as they walk past you. An aggressive person passing can feel like an energetic punch or slap in the face as they pass you. A softer soul will emit no such punch and seem quiet in comparison.
6. Living Location Is Important
Some empaths may feel the pain of the world, like a curse. Others are just aware of the energy of the city or neighbourhood they live in. Many empaths end up living in smaller areas where the population energy is less in their face. Living in a very lively area, like a young and hip area, or a crime area, or a highly populated, dense area, can drain the empath. As an empath, don’t you just love a country walk in a lonely place to recharge those batteries?
7. You Are VERY Sensitive
This is a given. You do not like to see any living thing in pain or suffering because you suffer right along side them. Some empaths might even feel physical symptoms coinciding what others are going through. If violence on TV is extreme, you might just change the channel. If there is an unpleasant scene, an argument or someone is being bullied, you might even leave the room if you can’t help them. You don’t want to see it or feel it.
8. You Can Often See Through Lies
“Liar, liar, pants on fire”. This one gets old, doesn’t it? You know they are lying. You don’t know how, but you know it immediately. Can’t they see you are an empath? Who do they think they are fooling? You put up with it and don’t let on, because you can’t always prove it. But you know who to trust and who not to. It’s easy actually. Those lies are just so juvenile.
9. Emotional Healing Is Your Gift
Through your compassion and time spent understanding the woes of others, you are healing them. Yes, this is one of your gifts. This one ties in with point 4. This is why you attract all those people who want healing. You can really help your loved ones through giving this gift of listening and truly understanding and caring. Not everyone does this for people. Use this gift when it is warranted.
You will learn who to heal and who to leave. Some people will take your healing and then go ahead and kick you in the teeth. Discern who your real friends are before offering this amazing gift. You have something real to offer the world, so understand its worth, because it is worth a lot.
Don’t downplay yourself if you are an empath. People would kill to be your friend and get healing each time they talk to you. But then you know this already. So be careful who your real friends are and who just wants to take your gift.
10. Empaths Ignore Their Own Problems
Lastly, you are an expert in ignoring your own issues, which you need to talk about. You are so busy healing others, you never get to talk out what you need to. You carry the weight of their problems along with your own. When is your healing time?
You know you are strong and great with problems, but are you suppressing all your own stuff, in favour of helping everyone else? You may dismiss this and not even realise. But surely at some point or another, you may find yourself breaking down. All those pent up emotions and problems have to come up for healing at some point.
Learn to take care of your own issues as they emerge. Don’t stuff them down inside so you can take care of others endlessly. Take a day, heck a week, to sort out yourself as you go. This way, you won’t melt down, explode or break down at some point in the future.