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Now, for today’s post! So lately I have been doing a lot of research on what an empath is because I feel as though I probably am one. Empaths are people with the psychic ability to feel others emotions, energy, and pain. Today I am going to give you some signs that I’ve discovered from my research and signs I see in myself that I feel don’t get talked about.
#1 You feel overwhelmed in crowded areas and often feel unexplainable emotions.
So I experience this in anxiety. If I am in any large crowd I get very very anxious and I get very tired very quick. It makes no sense why I would feel this anxiety because there is nothing inherently scary or worrisome about crowds.
#2 You experience other’s pain.
This is one I don’t experience too much. The only thing I really experience in this area is if someone is really sick I experience a very heavy feeling in my chest. It makes it kinda hard to breath.
#3 You feel horrible and maybe even sick watching something horrible (like violence) in real life and even on tv.
So for me I can separate acting with real violence. But I will say watching stuff like wrestling on tv and stuff does make me really uncomfortable. I’ve also never understood people getting joy from watching a fight.
#4 You know when someone is lying.
So this means you are pretty good at knowing when someone is lying to you. It doesn’t mean that you know what the truth actually is however. I feel like I am pretty good at knowing a lie. I can only think of one person who is just so manipulative that I can’t figure her out.
#5 You feel the need to care for anyone in pain regardless of who they are or what they’ve done to you.
I am instinctually a very nurturing person. If anyone is hurting (emotionally or physically), even if they have done me wrong, I have to help them. Something I really struggle with is animals and children in pain. I have spent good amounts of time crying because I can’t bring home all the animals in a shelter, I have a sponsor child that I can’t afford right now and it is going to kill me inside when I cancel that sponsorship.
#6 People open up to you even if you don’t really want them to.
One thing I struggle with is people who I am not overly fond of feeling the need to open up to me and tell me their life struggles. The other day I had someone message me (who I haven’t seen since highschool and have never been a fan of) asking me about student loans and relationship advice. But, because I feel the need to help everyone, I talked to her anyway.
#7 When you experience other’s emotions you feel them even stronger than they do
This is one sign that I haven’t read about specifically but it is definitely something I experience. I am known for getting way more worked up about someone else’s problems then they themselves do. One constant example I have of this, is when my best friend tells me about the struggles she has at work with this one girl. My best friend will be a bit annoyed and I feel that emotion and it comes out of me as anger. This is just one example of this phenomenon
#8 You attract energy vampires
So at some point in your life, if you are an empath you will attract at least one energy vampire. An energy vampire is someone who wants to feed off your high vibrations. They’ll be that person that is super negative, always wants to talk about themselves and their problems. They don’t care about your problems and if you try to talk about what’s on your mind they’ll say you don’t care about them. They drain you of all the energy you have. I can think of a few people from my life so far that were definitely energy vampires.
#9 You are known for being a good listener
This kind of goes hand in hand with #8 and #6. You’re a fantastic listener and that’s why you will find people attracted to you and telling you everything. They instinctively know you’re going to be able to help them.
#10 You’re sensitive to antiques
This is one I really struggle with. I love antiques. I think they are so beautiful but, whenever I go into an antique shop, I leave feeling sad and exhausted. I find antiques tend to have a lot of old energy still attached to them. I also find that negative energy can be very overpowering compared to positive energy. This is probably why I leave sad. I try not to touch too many things when in an antique shop because I find that amplifies the emotions I feel. I now like to bring some crystals with me, in my pockets, to help keep the negativity away and keep my mood up.
#11 You’re an introvert
So if you don’t know, an introvert is someone who thrives being on their own and being with others can be very draining. I think many empaths are introverts because when you can feel others emotions being around others is very taxing. You also need to have time to yourself so you can recharge. Usually being an introvert isn’t too big of a deal but it can be very hard when you are in a situation where you can’t have the space to recharge.
Thank you for reading today’s post! Do you think I’m an empath or are you one? Let me know in the comments along with any other thoughts or questions. Make sure you follow me here and on twitter to get notifications on when I post. Until next time, Merry Meet and Blessed Be!