Why Empaths Struggle
Description: There is a term that I have learned these past couple of years, and it has to do with someone that feels other people. It is called Empath. I'm not sure if you have ever heard of it, or if you have and even think that you may be an Empath. It is a simple description for a very complicated idea. It isn't restricted to one religion or even one way of thinking. It is a word that describes something, and also fits perfectly in any personal belief.
An Empath is someone that feels other people. It is based on the word empathy. When you feel a certain way because others feel a certain way. The difference would be that you can either get caught up in the emotion of the moment with a person, or you can actually feel what they feel.
Years ago I found that I was actually feeling what other people felt. If someone was in emotional pain, like a break up, I would actually feel like I went through a break up. If someone was feeling just over the moon because they just got married, I felt like it was me that just got married. It didn't seem to matter whether it was a high energy or a low energy, it felt like I was actually the one experiencing it.
This isn't the same as just being "emotional". This is something that I can not control. It makes it difficult to be in large crowds, or around certain people for too long. It's ok though, because when I am around people, I can really feel them. So it makes the relationship I share with them that much deeper.
Today I want to talk about Why Empaths Struggle. Now that I have laid the basic foundation for everyone to understand what an Empath is, I want to talk about what it feels like.
When I am alone, say barefooted in the woods, I am actually only feeling myself. When I am around someone else, I feel myself, but I also feel like them. So when I am around my family, I feel myself but I also feel the four other people. It actually becomes that my own feelings become 1/5 of what I am feeling, and it is up to me to sort out what is "real or not real". Stacie D helps me with this alot.
It is very easy to get caught up in someone else's emotions. To take them on and then start to live them out....when it wasn't even yours to start with. You have to learn how to see that it isn't yours, and you have to learn how to let it go. This is something I have been working on for a while now, and it is an ongoing process. Once I realize that it is not my own, I can flip it off like a light switch.
In this world Empaths are magnets for people that need something. Not something physical, but something emotional. When someone is struggling with something, they will naturally pour their heart out to an Empath. So the struggle is knowing how to listen, how to speak, and how to respond as yourself...and not as that person. There is another term I use for someone that mirrors someones emotion, and you can see that in the video.
The concept of an Empath or a light worker is something that I can understand. It seems to be the best way to describe something that myself and many others experience. This isn't a condition, and I am by no means a victim. This is a blessing, and something unique that can be used.
For those of you that follow personality types, I am an INFJ. I don't like to put myself in a box with all of these terms, but dang, they make sense. We all have things that we work and grow through while we are living out our experiences. This just happens to be mine.
If you think you may be an Empath, I hope this makes you feel not so alone. If you think you know someone that is an Empath, maybe this gives you a better look at what they sort out in their own mind.
Thanks for joining me today as I drop this bit of myself out there. Life is so amazing, and we all have a different set of tools. I would love to hear yours!!
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