3. Earth Empaths
Earth empaths are attuned to the earth and the changes in her body. Sensually and energetically, they can feel the power of a thunderstorm, the loveliness of the moon and the warmth of the sun. If you are this type of empath, what happens to the earth is intimately connected to your body. The beauty and health of the earth nourishes and sustains you. The ocean and tides affect everyone, but especially you. You are sensitive to changes in the weather and daylight. Earth empaths may be more prone to seasonal affective disorder, becoming depressed in the winter, when the days are shorter and darker.
If you are this kind of empath, your body is intimately connected to the natural world. You can feel how much the earth loves us. You experience her changes as if they were happening to you. That’s why you may feel hurt, anxious, or experience health problems if she is harmed. When the earth is happy, you’re happy, and when she is in pain, you are too.
To stay vibrant and maximize these abilities, you need to frequently connect with the earth. Spend time in forests, by the ocean or in the mountains, where you can commune with the elements and feel at home. To deepen your bond with the earth, also eat clean, healthy, organic foods—better yet, grow them yourself. A diet of junk food separates us from the earth because we’re not ingesting her energy.
You can also use the earth as an oracle and ask her questions about yourself or others. She will answer you through your intuition, and when she does, follow her guidance. In native traditions, Mother Earth is revered and cared for. This is part of our purpose, and an important way for an earth empath to feel happy, healthy and whole.
4. Precognitive Empaths
Precognitive empaths have premonitions about the future, either while they’re awake or in their dreams. They may receive these premonitions spontaneously or when they intentionally tune in—a skill that can be developed with practice. You may receive premonitions about someone’s health, relationships, career or other issues. For instance, you might know if a friend will become ill, pass away, get married or be accepted into college long before others do.
Precognitive empaths must be clear about how to use their foreknowledge with integrity. Sometimes, you can warn others of a stressful or dangerous situation so that they will be more cautious or avoid it. With happier events, such as a couple becoming pregnant, you can say in a light tone, “My intuition tells me you will have a child soon.” Know that the information about the future you’re sensing is just a probability; there’s always a chance you could be wrong because most futures aren’t fixed. So, don’t think of yourself as an all-knowing authority.
Also realize that often the events you pick up can’t be changed. Sometimes, it isn’t appropriate to mention what you intuit to someone. How do you make this decision? The answer is always about what will serve the person. Check in with your intuition and ask, “Is this information appropriate to share? Would it help this person to know?” Then, listen for an intuitive yes or no, and follow that guidance. If you are unsure, keep your insights to yourself until a stronger message comes. I share about half the intuitions I receive about my patients with them. Some I never disclose because I sense it wouldn’t benefit them. And with others, I wait until the time feels right for them to hear it. Well-meaning intuitives can scare people if they aren’t mindful of their presentation or are motivated by ego and a desire to impress people with their talents. Always keep the other person’s welfare foremost in your mind. To maintain the integrity of this gift, you must practice constraint and humility.
Intuitive empaths can manifest in different forms. Sometimes, you can begin as one type and, with practice, go on to develop the traits of other types too. Whether you believe intuition comes from your subconscious, your highest self or a higher power, remember that it facilitates the sacred art of connection, with yourself, others and the universe.