What is an Empath? An Empath is, in short, a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) with Extra Sensory Perception (ESP).
They are extra sensitive to their environment but they’re also sensitive to the energetic frequencies of the people around them. This means that they have a heightened ability to understand, which is both a blessing and a lesson in terms of building character and enhancing relationships.
The way they do this is through their supernatural ability to empathize with the world around them, physically and intuitively. They are natural-born healers, great communicators, expert listeners, and even highly skilled lie detectors.
Unfortunately for the Empath, having ESP means that very few people understand the Empath’s needs and the impact that this ability has on their everyday lives.
If you’re reading this, then the chances are you already know what an Empath is and are looking for some support to help you manage this gift.
A dysfunctioning Empath is often running on depleted energy which in turn can make life chaotic.
The physical signs of a dysfunctioning Empath tend to be:
1. Weight issues
Being over-weight is a symptom of needing to feel more grounded and being under-weight is a symptom of feeling a lack of control.
2. Sensitive skin
Your hair, skin and nails are the first parts of your body to be sacrificed when your body is malfunctioning on some level. This doesn’t necessarily indicate anything too serious, but your body sees your hair and nails as the first things to shed when it’s in need of resources and your skin is like a damage reporting system.
3. Constant fatigue
Sleep is a great way to recharge but for the Empath, it can be a source of distress which leads to sleep dysfunction.
Subconscious messages can take place at this time and so even if you managed to nab those elusive 8 hours, you will not feel like you’ve fully switched off. This, in turn, generates anxiety about bedtime and so the cycle inevitably continues.
4. Depression and Anxiety
Depression and anxiety have physical and energetic symptoms and so please make sure you seek medical help in the first instance. Depression and anxiety tend to go hand in hand.
An Empath is more prone to depression and anxiety because not only are they dealing with their own emotions, but they’re also dealing with the influx of other people’s feelings around them too. 24/7.
Suffering from depression and anxiety does not mean that you are weak. Far from it. It means you’ve been strong for so long that now you need some time to rest.
Addiction of any kind is often a maladjusted self-preservation method. It provides either comfort or escapism when dealing with reality and we may even feel that our addiction helps to release us from social restrictions so we can be our ‘true selves.’
Chemical stimulants or sedatives change your brain wave frequencies which means you are less likely to harness the full potential of your own mind.
6. People-pleasing vs attracting toxic people and narcissists
People pleasing comes from your desire to help others but this can also leave you open to abuse. People-pleasing may be a maladjusted response to people constantly taking advantage of your kind and generous nature. The bottom line is that you have forgotten the sacred Masonic word of power aka, “No.”
Toxic people, energy vampires, and narcissists all benefit from your lack of boundaries. Accept that you cannot change them as they are not willing to change. They see no problem with their actions and you being useful to them is no different than them using a disposable fork to eat with. It simply serves their self-centered interests and yes, they view you as disposable.