What is an empath anyway?


It’s been asked before, and  will be asked many times again. What is an empath? 

In short, an empath is someone who picks up on the emotions and / or feelings around them. It may be the feelings of someone they are close to. It might be the general feelings in a room or even when there is a very strong emotion around the world, such as fear.

I believe that we are all empaths at some level, but it seems the majority are low level so that they aren’t aware of any other feelings but their own. They might be considered the lucky ones.

The ones who are prone to problems are what I call high level empaths. They are the psychic sponges of the universe, absorbing the emotions and any psychic pollution that is around them. Most of the time, they don’t even know they are doing this, and do not understand that the feelings they feel are not always their own.

For instance, you might feel quite good, then suddenly, for no apparent reason, you experience a drop in your emotions. One reason might be due to a friend or partner dropping in their emotions and you are picking up on this. This is a sympathetic attachment, and it’s not unusual for someone to feel down or depressed in sympathy with another. Unfortunately, it’s not healthy, either.

The empaths that are psychic sponges also have a tendency to be ungrounded. This means that they do not wish to be here in the ‘now’, so they try and leave the body. As this doesn’t work, they are stuck in a no man’s land, where they can’t escape, but also can’t be here. 

The key to being grounded is self-confidence. When you feel as though you are out of your element, or that you do not belong somewhere, the tendency is to leave.

This becomes a vicious cycle, as the more ungrounded you are, the more negativity you can pick up, and the less you wish to return to your body.

Grounded people are rarely swayed by another’s feelings, even if they do feel them. Because of their confidence, they have a strong sense of self.

Empaths often suffer greatly because they do not understand what is happening to them. They are not aware  that their feelings are not their own. They do not understand why they are feelings depressed, anxious, desponded or full of guilt, and rarely will they actually connect it to another.

Most high level empaths are prone to clinical depression and are prone to take on the problems and pain of others, as though that will lessen it.
Many are driven by feelings of guilt, feeling bad if they feel good, and others don’t. They will attempt to match their moods in order to show solidarity and sympathy, however, this ends up making things worse for both you and the one you are trying to console.

Being an empath doesn’t have to be bad, though. It can be a very powerful and potent tool for connecting with others and helping them to heal. It can also bring an incredible amount of joy if you are able to control it.

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7 thoughts on “What is an empath anyway?

  1. Dear Gary Leigh, Have experienced being an Empath all my life. Only in the past 5-6 years have I learned to navigate it to work for me, rather than against me. I now see it as a Gift, rather than a curse.
    There are many tools one can use to navigate this Gift. I have developed an Empath Group Coaching program to serve this. There will be 6 of us in the Group. If you know of someone who would do well to join this program and feel that support (as I know you are already supporting people with your book, your forum, and your private support here, please feel free to send them my way.
    Here’s is my Post with the details. See what you think:
    https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/you-empath-corri-milner-cpc-mp-eli-2?trk=prof-post

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      • Thank you so much, Gary. Am fascinated by your posts, will be sure to be checking them out. You have inspired me to go another step further. Just purchased membership to start a NYC meetup group and scheduled a first one the week before Valentine’s Day. It’s called : The Gems Of Who You Are as an Empath. A jumpstart.
        Look forward to checking out all of what you are up to.
        Blessings, Corri

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          • You’re spot on Gary. People are suffering with this as I did years ago. And with what is going on in the world, and things changing so quickly, it helps to learn to utilize this skill set to know one’s next right step — in many different ways, while having a balanced, healthy, and also joyful life. All the best to you. Please feel free to contact me thorugh my website if you ever want to email each other — we could exchange emails.
            If I can ever assist you in any way, please let me know. All the best, Corri
            http://www.corricoaching.com/contact.html

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  2. Même chose pour moi et je peut dire que nous ressentons même les émotions de la nature, la vie et la quête du cosmos qui est super profonde comme jamais personne ne le saura, comme je le sais.

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  3. Je suis empathique . Je prends les émotions , les douleurs , les maladies , même les blessures , des autres , je les libère , j’ éponge , et après je transmue le tout en Lumière divine . C’est un travail de chaque instant . Si je vais à une réception ou meeting , concert ou autre , il faut que je me protège si je veux passer une bonne soirée . Je fais attention de ne pas fréquenter n’importe qui . et ou je vais et ce que je fais ; Pas drôle mais c’est ma vie , alors je continue . JMM

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