(2-5% of population)
An empath is someone with heightened EMOTIONS.
uncanny ability to identify moods and emotions of other people
extremely sensitive to the tone or mood of a room
experiences mood-swings without being able to identify reasons and triggers to cause the change in mood
Empaths feel their own feelings more intensely than most. Happiness is brighter and fuller, sadness is deeper and darker. As a result, empaths are often diagnosed with bi-polar disorder. Many empaths are also sensitive to feel and absorb the feelings and emotions of other people (or places) as well. In rare cases, empaths with highly developed empathic skills are intuitive, clairvoyant, and even psychic.
15 Traits of an Empath
We cry easily, at commercials, at injustices on the news, at someone else's pain.
We feel physically ill when we witness someone in pain.
We can sense the mood of a room even if people are trying to hide it.
We know when someone is pretending (or lying) about how they are or feel.
We attract toxic people, energy vampires, and narcissists because we just want to help.
We are always the first to offer help. This is because we feel the pain inside ourselves, so we want to help to alleviate the pain so we feel better.
We get deeply passionate about social justice issues.
When we are happy, we feel exuberant joy.
We go through bouts of depression in waves that don't seem to be connected to something that happened. We are often depressed about the general state of the world.
We notice micro-expressions in the people around us, and we feel them in our own bodies.
We lose our appetite when we are upset.
We lose our sex drive when we are too disturbed by the state of the world around us, by upsets in relationship, by stress in our own lives.
We are easily inspired and deeply passionate.
We get tired, fatigued, and exhausted easily and don't always understand why, and yet we have difficulty regulating our sleep patterns.
We LOVE BIG!
How Empaths FEEL
I only watched the short version of the George Floyd video once. That was enough. The look in his eye sent a hormone flurry of feels through every part of my being. It was so powerful that just writing this now, I can feel flutters of it in my belly and spine right now. I had empath side effects from that for several weeks after, especially since it kept appearing in feeds, news, and references to it were everywhere.
The night after George Floyd died, I had a nightmare, that recurred for months. In fact, I still have it occasionally. I had a shorter but just as intense version of this nightmare recently, after the first day of opening arguments and witness testimony started in Minneapolis. The very bad dream goes like this.
I'm standing next to the woman who filmed the video. I watch many other bystanders try to intervene, with no results. I decide that no one can change the ultimate outcome for this man, so I decide to do what I can to soften the experience. I lay down on the ground with my face to the pavement in the exact position he is in. I face him and I psychically tell him to look at me. While I say nothing with my voice, I activate the most powerful Reiki, Healing Touch, Shaman Healing energy I know how to manifest and send love to him. I look him in the eyes as he takes his last breaths. After his body goes limp, I watch his aura evaporate into the air, his chakra lights dim until they flicker off. And then, I see little firefly flits of energy spark throughout the intersection, absorbed by almost every person in the vicinity. Then I fall into a pond of water. Sucked under the surface, I panic that I can't breathe. I hold my breath for as long as I can, and then just when I think I can't last a second longer, I remember that I can breathe under water. I take a long slow gulp of water/air through my lung/gills. Then, I wake up.
For at least six weeks after George Floyd died, I had physical reactions to any reference of his death. More than anything, I felt myself suffocated for air. With everyone talking about the corona virus AND Floyd's death, I didn't know if maybe I had the virus or I was feeling sympathy pains. All I knew was that my lungs were tight and my asthma flared all day every day, but moreso when I heard reports on the news or social media.
I also felt phantom unexplainable pains in my neck, shoulders and wrists. For weeks I was fatigued and exhausted, unable to practice yoga except to lay on a bolster and nurse my tender shoulders and avoid the pressure on my wrists from down dog. Hmmm...Floyd was handcuffed (wrists) and kneeled on his neck and shoulders.
At the time of Floyd's death, I was personally very happy. I had just spent a vacation week with my husband's sister and her husband in the beautiful mountains of Virginia.