If you even think you might be empathic, this is information you need to know if you are are on a self-healing path, in chronic pain and challenged in becoming healthy. This concept is known in some ancient healing traditions, but it is not generally known to an empath.
If you are empathic and you are not using the gifts for healing that come with your empathic nature, you could actually be contributing significantly to your chronic pain. I didn’t know this could happen, until I did healing readings for some people whose illnesses were directly connected to healing energy they had but were not using.
Since many of learned to shut down our empathy as a means of protecting ourselves, you might not even be aware that you are empathic. That is what happened to me, so I was an adult before I discovered I empathized with people’s physical and emotional pain quite deeply.
Here is how it worked. I would be feeling absolutely great and head over to a friend’s house for a social engagement. Because there were new people to meet, my friend would make introductions. I’d shake hands with someone, looking into their cheerful eyes and suddenly feel profoundly sad. Then I might be having a conversation with someone and seemingly out of nowhere feel pain in my chest.
I assumed I was having problems that were being triggered by other people, until my medicine elder explained to me that while it might be my issue alone, it was also possible that I was empathic, picking up their pain.
As I paid attention to my empathic responses, I began to understand how it worked in me. This article provides some great insights about traits of empathy, if you are curious about whether you are an empath.
In later years, as I began doing energy healing work to help others and did some healing readings, I discovered that pent-up healing energy in the body can produce physical, and even chronic pain.
I could sense people stopping the flow of healing energy in their bodies, and as a result, they were suffering.
For example if your empathic response to someone else’s pain is for energy to flow through your hands, and you stop the flow, you could find that your hands, wrists, arms, and joints particularly, ache intensely. Physically, inflammation in the body has many causes including injury, diet, infection, weak immune system, gastric issues, hormones etc. However, if you are empathic, you have one more cause to consider and that is constricted energy flow.
Profound empathy is common for people with healing gifts. Empathy within your own body or emotions is what allows you to deeply understand what is happening for someone else.
I have discovered 5 common areas in which empathic people tend to focus their empathy:
1. Some empathic people connect with other people’s physical conditions
2. Some empathic people connect with other people’s emotions.
3. Still others connect to animals, and
4. There are empaths that connect to Mother Earth and earth based energies
5. Some empathic people connect to the movement of the planets and celestial bodies
Some empaths have profound relationships with combinations of these four primary points of focus, and others are affected by all four.
I find that earth connected empaths are often the least aware that they are living in empathy with nature. This makes sense when you consider that recognizing our energetic relationship to Mother Earth has been socially repressed in many cultures for hundreds of years. A person is often an adult on a spiritual path of awakening that includes conscious connection with the earth before realizing they may have a unique bond with the Mother.
Here is an example. A dear friend of mine would get intense migraine headaches, typically lasting for three days. They seemed to come out of nowhere, and did not seem to be related to stress, sinuses or hormones, or any other usual causes of migraines. As I was doing some healing work on her, I kept seeing a vision of a volcano exploding. This seemed like an apt metaphor for a migraine, but I had a sense it wasn’t a metaphor. After the healing session, and with her permission, I shared with her what I had seen.
This confirmed something she has suspected and researched. She had discovered that a volcano had exploded during the same period she had the headache. After receiving confirmation from me, the very first symptoms she immediately did some healing energy work with the volcano, and the migraine stopped. She has not had a volcano-related migraine since then.
If you are now wondering if you are empathic or what you should do if you are having empathetic responses, here are some recommendations:
1. If you aren’t sure about how empathic you might be, I suggest you begin observing your life very carefully so you can begin to see correlations between events and pain. In the first chapter of my book, “The Root of All Healing,” I teach the readers how to create simple behavioral charts so that you can record what happens prior to an influx of pain, during the painful period and afterwards, so that you can recognize any potential patterns that previously seemed to be hidden.
2. If you notice that there are patterns connected to other people’s physical or emotional pain, animal distress or the Mother Earth, you are going to need to discover your energetic healing gift. You can discover your gifts through internal reflections or with outside assistance from someone else, such as:
Observation—keen awareness about what natural elements or expressions of energy you relate to most and what you have done in the past that made a difference
Meditation—introspective awareness about how energy flows and responds through you
Dream Analysis—Inviting your dreams to show you your gifts and how to use them
Reading—from someone qualified to recognize other people’s energetic gifts and teach you how to use them
Energy Healing—from someone able to identify and show you how to use your energetic talents to help yourself
Once you understand how your energy is responding to the world around you and you know how to properly engage your own energetic healing abilities, be sure to also inquire from a knowledgeable healer about how to use your energy without infringing upon other people’s and animal’s rights to not receive healing assistance. There are ways to engage the energy properly while respecting others’ boundaries.
Then, when your energy is flowing freely, you can enjoy peace and wellness while being in balance with your empathic nature.