Author Topic: The Life of an Empath  (Read 4911 times)

Bear1956

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The Life of an Empath
« on: March 19, 2015, 05:32:48 PM »
(Maybe only of interest to sugarbell but I am what I am.)

Everyone, other than Sociopaths or people with ASD, have empathy. It is just the normal part of being a human being. However, being an Empath goes much further. I have been accused many times of being a psychic because I just know stuff. It might be cool to be able to read minds but this is not my talent. Like ET, I feel what others feel. Recently, a long time forum for youngish widows and widowers, that I frequent, abruptly closed its doors and I called it about a week earlier. I said something about hearing the "death rattle". The PMs started almost immediately. How did I know? I also predicted that the next pope would be from Latin America, to my humanities professor, after Pope Benedict resigned. She just looked at me like I had two heads. For a long time, I avoided crowded places like malls because it was too overwhelming being the emotional sponge that I am.  I even built a wall around myself to those I love, such as my late wife. This is my shame. It has taken me nearly sixty years to accept what I am and learn to control it without going into my shell.

(I am sorry for going all new age.)
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littlebirdie

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Re: The Life of an Empath
« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2015, 06:47:04 PM »
One of my yoga instructors pegged me as an empath years ago. I wasn't aware of the term at the time, but after I read up on it, it made a lot of sense and explained some previously unexplained things, events, feelings, etc. It's an interesting concept.

Bear1956

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Re: The Life of an Empath
« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2015, 07:10:04 PM »
I experience the dark energy before my friend or I knew that the previous owner of the house he had just purchased had committed suicide. I could never bring myself to visit him there, as it was too overwhelming.

littlebirdie

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Re: The Life of an Empath
« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2015, 07:49:10 PM »
My dad is that way too but he's religious, so he always said it was God showing him things that were going to happen.

The freakiest thing for me was the premonition about Brent dying. It was about six months before he got sick. We were in bed, he was asleep and I was wide awake (insomnia). Out of nowhere I had this...vision of him getting sick and dying. It shook me so badly. Even before he was diagnosed, when they were still trying to figure out what was wrong with him, I knew it was not going to end well. I told him I was afraid he was dying. I told my brother when we were at the hospital that he was going to die. It was just something I knew even before anyone told me.

Do you still have a hard time being in large crowds? I've been told it's anxiety I'm feeling, but it has never felt like anxiety to me; it's more of an overwhelming feeling of negative energy pressing down on me, than actual anxiety. It's hard to describe. I know what anxiety feels like, and this isn't that. It's different. I can control it better now, how much energy I take on from other people.
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Bear1956

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Re: The Life of an Empath
« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2015, 08:04:33 PM »
I avoided large crowds for years.

look2thesky

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Re: The Life of an Empath
« Reply #5 on: March 19, 2015, 09:01:38 PM »
Just a thought. Is anyone who made a recent donation to the fated YWBB entitled to their money back ?

Sugarbell

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Re: The Life of an Empath
« Reply #6 on: March 19, 2015, 09:21:39 PM »
Nice Barney!

I dislike crowds and hate driving in big cities. I do like people and most consider me a people person. They are shocked when I tell them I am 50 percent introvert...Which I need quiet time away from crowds to get my energy back up. Cause I absorb it all...and the "knowing" stuff is hard to explain to anyone. I don't discuss it IRL at all.

Sometimes it's been helpful other times it's a curse.

Mine has gotten more pronounced too with age. My son is an empath too...he's my hardest kid of my 3....He absorbs it all and just knows stuff.
B.W.H. 9/24/2007

AC

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Re: The Life of an Empath
« Reply #7 on: March 19, 2015, 09:22:56 PM »
Just a thought. Is anyone who made a recent donation to the fated YWBB entitled to their money back ?

I have not looked into the details of this.  However, I have a couple thoughts that may or may not help.  The YWBB was not a stand alone venture, but was part of the larger umbrella of activities carried out by the nonprofit.  I can't remember, but I assume that when we made donations, we made them to Chapter Two not to the YWBB specifically.  If that is the case, then as long as Chapter Two is still doing what they said they would do in some fashion, I don't think there is a legal argument here.  Possibly a moral or ethical one, but not a legal one.

If this is deemed to be inappropriate to post here in any way - my apologies and I will delete immediately.

Sorry to stray so far from the topic of empaths - I will probably chime in on topic tomorrow.  Fascinating topic!

Kamcho

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Re: The Life of an Empath
« Reply #8 on: March 19, 2015, 09:24:48 PM »
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widowat33

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Re: The Life of an Empath
« Reply #9 on: March 19, 2015, 09:47:17 PM »
Before my husband died I used to picture his funeral and what I would say..it always seemed morbid, but I knew he would die young, even though he was healthy and strong, and he died when he was 34 in a car accident.
Weirder still, about two months before he died he was talking about a friend who had passed away and referring to him as being "right over there" he also talked about his dreams and how he dreamt of how people were going to die. He mentioned his own death, now looking back I wish I had asked him about it...
I think there are all sorts of people with different abilities in this world.. I wouldn't consider myself an empath, but sometimes I have a feeling before things happen.. I can usually pick up on others energies as well and it can be draining..

maddalena

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Re: The Life of an Empath
« Reply #10 on: March 19, 2015, 10:22:38 PM »
I'm an empath too; but i sure didn't expect this to happen when it did. ywbb forum has been on the skids for a long time. Remember how hard it was to get someone's attention when we were getting all that spam?

i hope this new site works out.

look2thesky

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Re: The Life of an Empath
« Reply #11 on: March 19, 2015, 11:08:11 PM »
When I joined the other site, I  got multitudes of 3rd party emails from companies ie donations wanted.
The admin denied any disclosures, but it was ironic it happened and coincided at the same time.
The lack of admin never bothered me, too much moderation is never a great idea, but it was obvious the ship was sinking.
Anyway it is a new day.

Empathy.
Is that like sympathy?
; )
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littlebirdie

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Re: The Life of an Empath
« Reply #12 on: March 19, 2015, 11:46:48 PM »
I avoided large crowds for years.

Sorry, I meant do you still have trouble? My fingers type too fast for my brain sometimes.  :P

I had to learn to shield myself from absorbing other people's energy in crowds. I still can only last a certain amount of time in a big group before I need to retreat and recharge.

Sugarbell

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Re: The Life of an Empath
« Reply #13 on: March 20, 2015, 07:26:45 AM »
In the past few years I have learned more about shielding myself. Also being in recovery...I knew I had to.

I am into minerals/stones/crystals. I have black tourmaline stones in bowls of sea salt (tiny bowls) in a couple of rooms in my house. Black tourmaline absorbs negative energy so I won't feel it. And lots of green plants...plants naturally absorb negativity. I sage my house about once a month. My boys roll there eyes at my "nonsense"

I see dark and light energy..Sometines I see auras...but it's rare. I know it is "new age " stuff....I sometimes wish I could do/see things as the rest of the world-trust me my life would be easier...but I can't change my make up.

I knew there was Sonething "odd" about me when the man my Mom had a long term affair with moved to our town. The first time my family met him I was 9 years old. I saw through him. I saw things...physical things between him and my Mom at age 9. (Nothing had happened then..we all just met). I felt dirty having those thoughts and thought something must be wrong with me. Over the next few years our families became good friends and I thought I must be a sick person for seeing or thinking g these things. At age 15.... It all came crashing down (I caught them knew where to find letters, etc). I knew then I wasn't crazy...I never told anyone except my high school bf who is now dying of cancer.

But I can control it now....but it took years to make peace with being an empath. It's not fun most of the time.
B.W.H. 9/24/2007

littlebirdie

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Re: The Life of an Empath
« Reply #14 on: March 20, 2015, 08:59:26 AM »
Yes to all that you wrote, SB. I learned through meditation how to shield myself. I also have bowls of salt in my house and burn sage.

My paternal grandma, Birdie, (nonreligous side, kinda witchy) told my mom when I was little that I had lived a previous life and had some psychic gifts, but I never put much stock into what she said until I was older.

I don't see energy, but I definitely feel it. It radiates off of everyone I come into contact with. And yes, it can be exhausting.