Before we get into what an Empath is, let’s take a little quiz… Don’t overthink the answer, just go with what intuitively comes first, either it’s a “Yes” or a “No.”
Do people often call you “too sensitive?”
Do you often feel anxious about going out to public places or to social events?
Can you easily pick up on how others are feeling, even before they’ve said anything?
Do you often feel drained after being around certain people?
Are you sensitive to loud sounds, certain smells or light?
Do you need alone time on a regular basis?
Do you feel a strong connection with nature? Eg: animals, plants, crystals?
Do you often feel drained or exhausted after being out in public places or events?
If you answered “Yes” to 4 or more of these questions, you are more than likely an Empath.
So what is an Empath? It’s someone who can pick up on and who absorbs the energy of another person, place or thing. Empath’s have a high sensitivity to energies around them. They can feel what another person is feeling, they can feel the pain of a hurt animal, they can sense a negative energy in a room or place. Because they absorb the energy this can leave an Empath feeling drained emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Empath’s are usually highly intuitive and often have clairvoyant gifts which most of them don’t understand. Because they are so sensitive it means they need alone time to re-charge and time out in nature to ground themselves. Most Empath’s are introverts, but some can be extroverted. Empaths are also very giving in nature and will often give more of themselves than they get in return. This can also leave them feeling drained and exhausted. So why are Empaths like this? It’s because they have a very large and open energy field.
Empaths need time in nature to ground and centre themselves
What is an energy field? It’s the frequency, or vibration given off by any living thing as well as certain objects like electronic devices. Each of us has our own unique frequency or energy vibration which can’t be seen with the naked eye. Imagine an object or person placed in the middle of an invisible circle. The circle represents the energy field of that object or person and can be very small or very large.
For people, the frequency of their energy field can be altered based on a few factors:
-emotional/mental state of mind
-and other people
Often times a combination of these factors play a part in your energy field. For example: your environment can change your energy field based on where you are physically, what objects are around you, or who you are with. Objects such as electronic devices that give of EMF’s (electro-magnetic frequencies) can impact your energy field as well as crystals which have their own unique energy fields. If you are feeling happy, have a healthy diet, and are spiritually grounded your energy field will be vibrating at a higher speed, and that invisible circle will likely be much bigger. If you are sick, sad, or are around negative people your vibration will be slower and your energy field will likely shrink in size. The average person’s base line energy field (that invisible circle) will have a diameter of about 20 feet. This means that from the person, 10 feet outwards in every direction around them they can feel and absorb other energies that pass through this area. Empath’s usually have an energy field at least 3 times that size.
To explain how sensitive an Empath is, let’s me tell you about Ethan who is an extreme Empath and has an energy field of 100 feet in diameter. This means that he feels everything around him with-in a 50 foot radius in every direction. Ethan has gone off to do some shopping at his local grocery store. Keep in mind because he is an Empath, he feels and absorbs everything that comes in contact or passes through his energy field. While he shops he walks past many people and objects and his energy field interacts with all of them.
It’s spring time and he decides to buy some plants for his garden at home. As he walks through their small garden nursery, he absorbs the energy of all the beautiful flowers and planters. After selecting a few he makes his way inside the grocery store. The first person he passes is angry because the store didn’t have his favourite cereal in stock. Ethan is now feeling and absorbing this person’s anger. He walks past the café where there is a TV turned on to relay daily news, and he absorbs the EMF’s from it making him feel sluggish and tired. As he continues shopping, Ethan engages with an employee at the meat counter. The employee just lost a close family member and is feeling an immense amount of grief and sadness. Now Ethan is feeling and absorbing this grief. With all of his groceries he walks up to the check-out, where there a little girl is in front of him. She is feeling happy and excited because her mom bought her a cookie as a treat. Ethan feels and absorbs this spike of joy and happy energy. As you can start to see, an Empath goes through an emotional and energetic roller coaster when they are out in public places. Because they are so sensitive to energy, it leaves them feeling drained or very anxious.
There are ways an Empath can protect their energy field. The easiest way is to incorporate specific crystals into your daily life. Whether it be crystals in your pockets, or in the form of jewellery. I’ve actually designed a jewellery line to support and protect Empaths with 5 crystals and gemstones.
The crystals are:
-Black Obsidian to protect your energy field by bringing it in closer to the person carrying or wearing it.
-Lapis Lazuli to protect from psychic attack and harness intuitive gifts.
-Tigers Eye to bring courage and strength to brave going out into public places.
-Lepidolite which reduces stress and anxiety and assists during panic attacks.
-And finally Green Moss Agate which vibrates a nurturing and grounding natural earth energy. These 5 crystals are combined to assist Empaths in all areas where they would need support.
I also offer Empath Energy Field Readings for anyone who thinks they might be an Empath. This one hour session includes an energy field reading along with an education on how to manage and protect your energy with the use of crystals. Clients who have had a session with me often feel a huge weight lifted from their shoulders when they understand what is really going on and how to move forward.
For more information on the jewellery or a reading, please visit www.spiritual-imprints.com