I hope to begin offering Past Life Regressions in October via a friend’s new shop. She still has things that need to be added (like a door on the room I will be working out of), so no date is definite. Keep a close watch though. As soon as I know more I’ll let all of you know here. In the meantime, enjoy the article below…. Calleen _____________________________________________________
Where do you stand on past lives? Religions like Buddhism believe that past lives are possible. Other people believe that it’s just not possible.
No matter what you believe, you can explore your past lives. It’s possible that you carried those lessons you didn’t learn from previous lives into this life.
Do you want to know how to remember your past life?
Keep reading to discover how.
1. TRACK YOUR DREAMS
Do you ever have dreams that seem real? Recurring dreams of the same places and situations are worth exploring.
These dreams could be signs that you’re ready to explore your past life.
2. PAST LIFE REGRESSION
Past life regression is a form of therapy that can help you go back in time, so to speak, and resolve issues that are holding you back.
With past life regression, you enter into a deep state of relaxation and enter your unconscious mind. That’s where most of your past life memories lie.
Learning how to remember your past life has to do with awareness. There may have been thoughts, dreams, and patterns that may be connected to your past life.
All you have to do is pay attention.
For example, if you’re drawn to certain times and places, it could be because of a past experience. You may not be able to turn away from a documentary on ancient Egypt. Your past life may be the reason why.
4. YOU’RE AN OLD SOUL
Has anyone said to you that you’re an old soul? You seem to be on a different level than other people. It’s not that you’re better than everyone else.
You just seem to have a bit more wisdom and experience that you can’t explain.
5. MEDITATE REGULARLY
Evidence of your past life is likely to be within you. It’s in your subconscious mind. Meditation can be used as a tool to access those memories.
You need to be in a quiet room. You also need to limit distractions, and
When you get started, think of distant memories of places and things, along with the places that you’re drawn to. These could be signs of your past life. There may be feelings that come up when you go through this process.
You want to make sure that you take good notes of these feelings and places.
LEARN HOW TO REMEMBER YOUR PAST LIFE
It is possible to discover your past life or even in past lives. There’s a lot of power and energy in your unconscious mind. When you use the techniques listed here, you’re unlocking the power of your mind to learn more about your past life.
When you learn how to remember your past life, you can find out more about the lessons that you were supposed to learn in those times. Those lessons could have followed you into this life.
Rather than repeating history, you have an opportunity to learn those lessons and break the patterns that have been holding you back.
Do you want more articles on spirituality? Check the Spirituality section of the blog often for more insightful articles.
I stumbled upon this article, and these questions, and was a bit surprised myself. They make you really think. I believe there’s a course or something you can order that goes along with these questions, I’ve included the link below. Still, I wanted to share the questions with all of you now. Really Cool! Calleen
But how to know what you want in order to manifest your dream life? With these seven questions you can find out what you desire most in life:
What Would I Wish for Someone I Love?
What Would You Do With Your Life if Money Wasn’t an Issue
What Things Would You Like to Experience if You Have Absolutely No Fear?
A Genie Gives You Three Free Wishes. What Would They Be
What Would Your Ideal Day Look Like?
You Are 100 Years Old and Look Back, What Would You Be Most Happy About?
Many people are beginning to realize that they might actually be an empath. It can be both a blessing and a curse.
Once you learn how to protect yourself, you will find it much easier to traverse this world without being energetically destroyed on a regular basis.
1. You Take On Other People’s Energy
You can’t avoid it. This is the essential trait of being an empath. You innately feel other people’s emotions and energy, then you begin to mirror the same emotion. If someone is crying, it can cause the empath to tear up as well.
If someone around you is angry, you can feel this anger burning through your aura. If someone around you is negative or fearful, you begin to sink low with them and you can’t seem to do anything to stop it. Does this sound familiar?
The up side is that once you become aware that this isn’t the norm (non empaths do none of these things), then you are already halfway towards finding a way to deal with your special abilities.
2. High Natural Intuition
Empaths have unique skills that the average person doesn’t seem to have. You feel things psychically. You know what others are feeling just be seeing them. You can chat with someone and know their intentions without hearing it.
You understand how people feel, as if they were an extension of yourself. Your intuition never shuts down.
3. People Drain You Easily
This can be one of the biggest stressors for an empath. When you are around other people, you are so open and giving with your energy that you take on other people’s problems. This leaves you feeling tired as a result.
If you are constantly around other people on a regular basis, willingly handing out your energy, you can find yourself with nothing left for yourself.
The more and more drained you become, the more impossible it becomes to be around other people. Something eventually needs to change.
The answer is to pull back and stop handing out your energy so easily. Only give to those who deserve to have it, like your close tribe. Don’t be afraid to take time for yourself and treat yourself. Put yourself first!
4. You Attract Broken People
People who are searching for energy can sense that you are willing to hand it out for free. People might approach you in public places because you are sending out a message that your are willing to give your time to strangers and offer help.
This is great until you run out of energy. When an empath begins to ignore strangers with problems, they magically stop approaching you. They do not sense your free energy anymore.
You were not put on this planet to heal every person that crosses your path. Refer to #3.
5. Crowds Have A Negative Impact On You
This may sound strange to many people, but not to the empath. Events, cities, crowded rooms or even parties can overload your senses. Nightmare for the empath.
An aggressive person passing by you can feel like an energetic slap to the face.
Do you want to stress less, sleep better, and feel abundantly happier… without drugs or anything crazy?
Empaths tend to feel the pain of the world, whether they want to or not. Many empaths choose to live in areas where the population is much smaller and the energy level is no longer off the charts.
Living in a high activity area can drain an empath. Empaths would much prefer to walk in a lonely place to recharge their batteries.
7. You Are VERY Sensitive
This might seem obvious, but it is one of the most typical traits of an empath. Some empaths might even feel physical symptoms that are connected to what others around them are experiencing.
If there is an unpleasant scene on TV you might leave the room if you can’t bear to see or feel it.
8. You Can Often See Through Lies
You know when someone is lying. There is no need to second guess yourself. You aren’t sure how you know, but you know it instantly.
Empaths know who to trust and who to never rely on. It’s easy for an empath.
9. Emotional Healing Is Your Gift
Due to your endless compassion and time given to the problems of others, you are actually healing them. This is why you attract everyone who is in desperate need of healing. As mentioned earlier in #4.
You should focus this ability on your loved ones, not everyone is deserving of your healing. Only use your gifts when necessary.
Don’t downplay yourself if you are an empath. People would kill to have a friend like you. Not everyone has someone with healing powers. So understand your worth, some people want to be friends and others want to steal your gift.
10. Empaths Ignore Their Own Problems
Empaths are professionals when it comes to ignoring their issues. They get so caught up in healing others, they never get a chance to talk about their own.
You carry the weight of your problems along with you everywhere you go. You know how to handle everyone’s problems but your own. At some point you eventually break drown. All your pent up emotions eventually come out.
You need to learn how to take care of your issues when they emerge. They shouldn’t be stuffed away. Take a break if needed. That way you won’t melt down or explode at someone in the future.
Are you an empath? Do you want to learn more about the secrets of your personality?
The door opens in the upstairs room at Sacred Circle on King Street and the sounds of relaxing Native American flute music float through the room. The shaman can feel her guardian angels, animal guides and star systems in the room. “I feel them; their presence is here.” She says, “I have a number of clients who can feel them as if they are tuned in.”
#Deb Heisel has been a practicing shaman and energy healer for almost 15 years. “I needed to heal from suffering depression that was a lifetime task to cure. I had no intention of being a healer. I am my own walking testimony.”
#Heisel explains to her client she will use a rattle, a drum and stones to open up all of the chakras, lift up the luminous bubble. “This is not a religion; it works with the energy of the body and dates back 50,000 years; it’s in every culture.” She continues, “A lot of people associate it with Reiki, but I feel it goes deeper.” Heisel works with past lives, where parts of the soul have gone into hiding, and seeks to free the person to be what they were intended to be.
#She explains the person may feel tingling sensations to almost convulsions to a filmstrip as past lives march by. Floating, nothing, sinking into the table. It doesn’t matter. The person may feel nothing on the table but be emotional days later.
#The client takes off her earrings, shoes and lies on the table covered with a soft lavender sheet. A bandana is placed over the eyes to block out the light. Heisel sprays a mist of sage back and forth over the table to clear the space so she can begin. The rattle shakes in her hand. “See you at on the other side.”
#Heisel carefully places rocks of different sizes and shapes in a line up the person’s body. In a moment Heisel waves a large feather through the air to open up all of the person’s chakra points to clear out the body first before moving into past lives. It takes just a few moments to pull it out. Then Heisel connects with the ankles to show what is going on with the aura. She explains, “There is heavy energy in the feet.”
#Heisel shuts her eyes and stands still in the room. Back to the rattle. “It is still clearing. I like to do a deep clean and pull healing energy to the chakra points.”
#The large drum begins slowly … boom boom BOOM “to shake a lot of stuff free that doesn’t respond.” Heisel’s left hand is raised in the air to bring in the good energy. “You don’t want to leave the chakras empty. This takes out the bad and replaces it with a beautiful light.” If the body is balanced the energy will come through.
#The second part of the ceremony is the trauma timeline ceremony “with all of these old souls to help move through the timeline as quickly as possible so you can get as many swaths as possible.”
#Heisel waves a smoky quartz over the client’s body and places large deer antlers tightly wrapped with copper over the abdomen. “Copper is a good conductor. I just learned about this part of the ceremony several years ago. Guides come in to teach me something for a year and then move on. A lot of people are working right now. Breathe out.”
#Heisel waves the crystal in circles above the antlers. Fffffft. The wind blows through the room, which helps move the trauma up and out. Heisel strikes a tuning fork and holds the reverberating sound near the person’s head to help balance the brain. Finally she shakes the rattle up from the stomach with a final burst. An essential spray ends the ceremony to leave a nice smell at the end.
#The person’s toes wiggle under the sheet. Heisel brings her back into the room and asks what she has experienced.
#“My arms and fingers were so heavy.” Heisel says, “You are going deep.”
#“When you placed your fingers on my body, they were hot like fire. I could feel the energy moving down through my body.”
#The person stares at the deer antlers. “I couldn’t imagine what was on my body.”
#“I felt ooooooooh I was going up in the air. I had two bodies, one was above me. I fought it because I wanted to keep control.” Heisel says, “Your body is floating.”
#The client added the boom boom BOOM wasn’t very pleasant. Heisel says, “It was shaking things loose.” Heisel advises the drum takes a lot of stuff out so drink a lot of water. She adds, “Your guardians go out with you and continue to work on you the next few days. Heisel says, “The goal is to give them the healing they are meant to get. I’m just the conduit.”
Well, it’s not as tricky as you might expect. You don’t need to be a spiritual healer, a psychic intuitive or have your third eye wide open to see the light which emanates out beyond every human’s physical body.
Training yourself to actually perceive the colors of people’s energy fields just takes the right approach and a little time. But first of all, let’s talk about what auras actually are…
WHAT IS AN AURA?
The definition of this elusive energetic body is usually the “energy field” or “electromagnetic field” which surrounds a physical form. In humans it’s comprised of seven different layers of light – you can learn about these HERE – extending outwards in all directions. It is usually made up of a beautiful array of different colors, from golden yellows, through to reds, blues, grays and sometimes even murky browns and black. Closely connected to the chakra system, in its entirety, it forms a large, cocooning oval, or egg-shape which extends out around 90 cm from the surface of the skin.
FEELING INTO THE AURIC FIELD
Whilst most of us may not have the ability to see into the energy body straightaway, it’s likely that you can already feel into it, without being consciously aware that’s what you’re doing! If you’ve ever walked into a room full of people, and had the sensation of a certain “vibe” or atmosphere, then you were probably intuitively tapping into the auras of others. Or if you’ve ever been in a crowd, at a music festival or public event and had a sense of your emotions lifting (or dropping), the energy you were feeling came from a collective auric field!
Seeing the energy body, however, takes just a little more concentration.
Here’s a quick and super-simple method you can use to see your OWN aura. And afterward, we’ll share a technique you can try with a friend.
METHOD 1: HOW TO SEE THE ENERGY AROUND YOUR HANDS
First, sit somewhere comfortable with both feet touching the floor. This is important as it will help to ground you.
Close your eyes, still your mind and take a few deep breaths.
Next, bring your hands up in front of your heart and rub them together firmly and quickly for about 30 seconds.
Open your eyes and pull your hands slightly away (about a hand’s width) from each other and gaze through the space between them. This is important. You’re not looking at your hands and you’re not looking at what’s behind them. Soften your gaze so that your eyes are unfocused and see the blurred space which lies between.
Gently move your hands together again, and then pull them apart, still gazing at this in-between space. You should start to see something fuzzy, cloudy, misty or even like tiny specks of dust in the sunlight. Don’t forget that your perception is unique to you, so there is no right or wrong way to see.
Experiment with direct and peripheral vision (many people report that it’s much easier to see the invisible emanation when looking out of the corners of the eyes, and not directly at something).
This new way of seeing (whatever form it takes) may take a little practice so don’t worry if you can’t ‘see’ anything yet. Practice again. Don’t put any pressure or expectation on yourself and most importantly, trust what you are being shown.
This method is great training for the next step, which is to see the aura of somebody else.
METHOD 2: HOW TO SEE THE AURA AROUND ANOTHER PERSON
For this practice, you will need a partner and a plain white wall.
Get your partner to sit or stand in front of the wall, in such a way that they’ll be comfortable (this may take a little while!).
Stand or sit some distance away from them, so that you’re able to see their whole body. Ensure that your feet are both flat on the floor, to help you to ground.
Now using the same technique of softening your gaze and seeing into space, direct your attention to the top half of your partner’s body and their head, and simply let your eyes rest there.
Don’t focus. Don’t look AT your partner and don’t look AT the wall, simply see into the space around them. Allow whatever comes into your field of perception. Again, try not to put any pressure or expectation on yourself and really try to trust what you are being shown, however it looks.
Keep practicing, but be sure not to overdo it. Be aware that your perceptive abilities are growing and evolving by simply doing this, so don’t force it. Before long, you will start to see shimmers of energy around your partner and then colors will also start to emerge before your eyes!
*Note: It IS possible to use this technique to see your own aura, by using a mirror. Simply sit in front of a white or plain background, and place the mirror facing you, far enough away so that you can see your whole body. And repeat the method above.
AURA COLORS EXPLAINED
Once you start to actually see the energetic vibrations of your own and others auras, it’s highly likely that certain colors will appear. It’s vital, especially if you offer aura readings to others, to understand that aura colors will change and shift according to the present mental and emotional state, and the environmental experience, of an individual. So the colors that you see in any one moment are not a definition of their personality! It’s better to perceive them as a snapshot, much as the famous Kirilian photography technique is a single moment, caught on paper.
The shade of an aura color also has a bearing on its meaning, so always consider it’s tone and density when giving readings.
YELLOW AURA COLORS
Yellow relates to spirituality, learning, and ascension. A bright, vibrant yellow can indicate the onset of a spiritual awakening. This color is connected to the solar plexus chakra.
ORANGE AURA COLORS
Orange relates to personal power, health and creativity. It is connected to the sacral chakra.
RED AURA COLORS
Depending on its tone, red can indicate strength, belonging and rootedness; or negativity, anger and an inability to let go. Connected to the root chakra
PINK AURA COLORS
Pink is closely aligned with love, but a very dark shade can indicate feelings of mistrust or deceit. Connected to the heart chakra
PURPLE/VIOLET AURA COLORS
Purple relates to higher consciousness and visionary states. It’s connected to the third eye and crown chakras.
BLUE/INDIGO AURA COLORS
Blue is related to connectivity: both to other realms, through clairvoyant or psychic abilities, or simply through honest and truthful communication here on the earth plane. Blue is connected to the throat chakra.
GREEN AURA COLORS
Green relates to healing. It can be found in abundance emanating from natural and gifted healers. But a dark or murky shade can indicate stored resentments. Also connected to the Heart.
GOLDEN AURA COLORS
Gold is a highly spiritual shade and can indicate angelic protection. A golden glow is often seen around those who are truly aligned with their life’s work and being generously rewarded for it.
BLACK/GRAY/BROWN/MUDDY AURA COLORS
These colors all indicate blocked or stagnant energy and often precede physical illness.
THE ETIQUETTE OF SEEING AURAS
When you get good at perceiving auric fields, you may find that you can see them without even trying. You may see the aura of the person packing your shopping, or the aura of your neighbor as she leaves the house in the morning.
Seeing into someone’s aura is peering into a private space, especially if you’ve not been given permission. In which case, don’t tell them what you see! Don’t judge or make assumptions about them based on the colors contained in their aura. Remember, many colors are fleeting so all you are seeing is a momentary snapshot, it is not the same as getting to know somebody as a friend. On the other hand, though, if you develop auric vision as a refined skill, then offering to share it with others – with their consent – can be an incredible tool!
Chakras are considered one of the many energy systems that directly affect and influence our physical body. While Westerners may have you believed that there is no such thing as chakras, Asian cultures state that there is truth to this particular energy system.
Medical practitioners know that should there be any imbalance in one of the seven chakras in your body, symptoms of certain illnesses and diseases will start to show. These energies of specific chakra points should always be balanced to ensure that there is no diminished or increased energy flowing through your body.
Understanding the relationship between your health as well as that of the seven chakras in your body entails that you familiarize yourself with each category. By comprehending each of these categories, you’ll be able to better understand what caused you to be ill and what can cure you.
The Sahasrara is also known as the Crown Chakra. It is responsible for your body’s connection to the spiritual realm. If you have any mental disorders, neurological disorders or light sensitivity, it means that your connection to God, hope and faith has been altered.
Also referred to as the Third Eye, the Ajna pertains to your perception, psychic abilities, mind, thoughts and intuition. This is manifested through any emotional or mental stagnations as well as neurological disorders.
The Throat Chakra is the home of your communication center. It is manifested psychologically through one’s feelings of isolation, fear and anxiety. It is manifested physically through overactivity and may result in jaw dysfunction, sore throat and nasal cavity.
The Anahata is in your heart. Thus, it is considered the Heart Chakra. Any issues with the self are related to this energy point. If you have pneumonia, asthma, breast cancer or heartburn, you should pay attention to matters of the heart.
Since the Manipura is located in the diaphragm and stomach area, its manifestations include eczema, acne, obesity, difficulty in sleeping, allergies, lack of self-confidence, gut feelings and more.
Svadhisthana is located at the base of the spine. Some of its psychological manifestations include unbalanced emotions and low self-esteem. As for its physical manifestations, pay attention to low libido and gynecological problems.
Muladhara, which is located at the base of your spine near your tailbone, is associated with finances, survival and security. Also known as the Root Chakra, the Muladhara, when overactive, may let you experience depression and anxiety.
Love. It exists within all people, places, and things. It is inextricably linked to God or Spirit. It is the most powerful force in the universe.
In the grand scheme of things, Love encompasses all, so why is there a need to distinguish one type of love from another? The answer is that in order to spiritually evolve as individuals, we often need to label what we feel and experience. This helps us to better understand what we’re going through on the physical plane.
Before you continue please know that all unconditional forms of love are no better or worse than each other. They all bring their own unique gifts and lessons. They are equal.
The Difference Between Soulmates, Twin Flames, and Kindred Spirits
Soulmates, twin flames and kindred spirits are all phrases that have been used to describe relationships that touch our souls and change our lives forever.
But what is the difference between all of these terms?
I’ll share my interpretation below.
Please note that I’m revealing my own experience (and yours might differ). In my life, I’ve had the good fortune of experiencing all three types of love. Mateo Sol, my partner and co-writer of this website, is what I would consider both a soul mate and twin flame. So the people in our lives can definitely overlap these definitions!
What is a Kindred Spirit?
Kindred spirits are individuals that resonate at the same level or frequency as us.
As everything in life is composed of energy, we often feel attracted to some people and repelled by others. Have you ever spoken to a person who just seems to “vibe” or “click” with you? That person was probably a kindred spirit vibrating at the same energetic level as you.
Physically, a kindred spirit could be anything: a close friend, a confidant, a family member, a teacher, a lover, a pet, or even a landform.
Kindred spirits often play a very passive role in our lives. In other words, they do not play a very major part in our spiritual growth, but they do comfort and support us. Often kindred spirits share the same personality types as us, as well as similar tastes, interests, and passions. While not all kindred spirit connections are necessarily deep and soulful, some can be (these can be thought of as “soul friend” connections).
What is a Soulmate?
Soulmates are people in our lives whom we connect with on a deep level.
As the name implies, soulmates are primarily friends of the soul. If you have found your soulmate they will likely be the best, and truest friend, you willever have. You’ll be able to share everything with your soulmate, from your wildest dreams to your most shameful secrets. Nothing is off limits.
Spiritually, soulmates usually play a major role in your development. It is possible for soulmates to be platonic, romantic and/or sexual in nature. You can also have multiple soulmates in one lifetime, hence the many love triangles we see and experience.
Soul friends are very similar to kindred spirits. However, the essential difference between the two is that kindred spirits are more personality-based, and soul friends are more essence-based. In other words, soul friends share our deepest dreams, values and drives (not just similar personalities and tastes). This is the most common type of soulmate.
As the name suggests, soul teachers appear in our lives to help teach us vital life lessons. Sometimes these lessons are taught deliberately, and other times these lessons are unintentional. Soul teachers often appear in the form of ex-lovers, family members, friends, and even enemies.
This type of soulmate is a combination of both friend and teacher. In fact, soul companions most closely match people’s perception of what a “soul mate” is. As confidants, soul companions deeply understand, love and cherish us. The depth and blissful harmony that you experience in this relationship will outshine any other that you’ve ever had.
What is a Twin Flame?
Twin flames are our mirrors.
They reflect back to us all the strengths, insecurities, weaknesses, and shadows that we possess. The purpose of the twin flame relationship is to help us undergo inner work, spiritual transformation, and become the best version of ourselves possible.
But here’s the thing, at first twin flame relationships can be intense and tumultuous. This can carry on for many years. But once both egos surrender to their purging and purification, the gifts of humility, empathy and unconditional love are finally obtained.
Our flames reflect the disowned parts of ourselves; they are the yins to our yangs, the suns to our moons, and the light to our darkness. They propel us into shadow work, deep self-discovery and the fulfillment of our potential.
Many people have asked me whether it’s possible to have more than one twin flame. My response is that it could be possible, but I doubt it. As the word “twin” implies, we only have one twin flame in this life. Sometimes we don’t even meet our twin flame in this incarnation, but rest assured, we have always been connected to them on the level of Spirit.
Your twin flame could be your greatest dream or your worst nightmare (or both). They will test you, provoke you and love you fiercely all at once.
Among many tell-tale signs, the greatest proof of a twin flame relationship is its capacity to stimulate the deepest and most beneficial changes within you.
I realize that all the little nuances of soulmate, twin flame, and kindred spirit connections can’t be answered above. So in this section, I’ll attempt to address the most common questions people have asked me.
In a past article, we’ve already explored the most common twin flame questions out there (see our Ultimate Twin Flame Guide to read that). So to prevent redundancy, I’ll just answer the most common questions pertaining to soulmates and kindred spirits below.
If you have any burning questions on your mind that aren’t answered below, do let me know in the comments:
1. What does it mean when someone says you have a kindred spirit?
When someone says you have a kindred spirit, they’re often implying that both of you have a lot in common. This is a great compliment that indicates the person likes you and resonates with your interests and values.
2. Are kindred spirits soul mates?
Yes, it is possible for kindred spirits to be soul mates. In the realm of love and connection, it’s not always easy to make crystal clear distinctions. Some kindred spirits will connect with us on an ego level, while others will connect with us on a soul level. Those who connect with us on a soul level are also known as soul mates or soul friends.
3. What is the difference between a soulmate and twin flame?
Soulmates and twin flame relationships have different purposes. While soulmates are there to provide gentle and stable support, twin flames are there to ignite the fires of spiritual transformation. Soulmate relationships are designed to uplift us, while twin flame relationship are designed to challenge us. I like to compare the two relationships to fire (twin flames) and water (soulmates).
4. Can a soulmate hurt you?
Yes, it is possible for a soulmate to hurt you. No relationship is perfect, and arguments, as well as emotional hurt, can occur in any type of relationship. However, in a soulmate relationship, it is unlikely that your soulmate will intentionally try to harm you. More often than not they unintentionally harm you as a result of their own unresolved wounds.
5. Do we all have a soulmate?
Yes, we all have at least one soulmate on this earth right now. However, not all of us are open to the possibility of connecting with our soulmate due to negative beliefs, self-destructive habits, and other limiting patterns of behavior. Unfortunately, some people are programmed with the belief that they’re not “worthy” of happiness or aren’t “good enough.” Often, those who do inner work find that they’re able to finally connect with their soulmate after years of searching.
6. Do we only have one soulmate?
No. Many people (including myself) believe we have many soulmates who exist in a multitude of forms. Our soulmates can be our partners, friends, coworkers, siblings, or even animal companions. One thing is for sure: all the soulmates we meet throughout our lives will have a major impact on us. Our lives will be much richer after coming into contact with our soulmates.
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“As empaths, our high level of sensitivity means that we are prone to feeling like eternal outsiders who are in the world but not quite of the world.” ― Aletheia Luna, Awakened Empath
Mateo Sol beautifully explains who an empath is. He describes an empath as a being of immense depth, wisdom, and compassion. He further says that they are a pioneer and trailblazer of humanity, a model for others on how to be sensitive and powerful. “All the strength and love they need is already within them, waiting to be discovered.”
An empath is essentially different from a person who is empathetic. Therefore, while empathy, as Dr. Judith Orloff, author of The Empath’s Survival Guide, explained in a piece on YourTango, is “The experience of understanding another person’s thoughts, feelings, and condition from his or her point of view.” Empath is not just a person who is empathetic towards others; instead they are also highly sensitive souls that often act as an angst-absorbing sponge in different interactions with people throughout their lifetime.
Have you ever felt an instant mental connection with an absolute stranger? Have you met strangers who have absolutely no reason to trust you with their personal information yet they reveal all to you? Have you noticed people dumping their struggle stories at your feet? If the answers to these questions are ‘yes’ then you might be an empath. If you are not familiar with the term and wondering what an empath is supposed to mean, you are about to find out.
Here is a list of 13 qualities that a real empath has:
These traits are innate and not learned. You are either an empath or you are not.
1) They are highly sensitive
Empaths have the innate ability to intuitively sense and perceive others. Being an empath surpasses being just too emotional. It isn’t just about being emotionally inclined towards everything and everyone. Other people’s thoughts, ideas and moods, unconsciously influence these people to a great extent. They can easily process other people’s emotions so in many cases they introject the emotions of others. They are nurturers and healers. Helping others comes naturally to these people.
Though they always stand for people through thick and thin, they find very few people who can reciprocate to their level of care and affection. They are often told that they are too sensitive and need to toughen up.
2) They suffer from chronic stress and fatigue
Empaths can literally sense the energy of the room they walk in, they can soak up the energies and emotions of people around them – mostly the negative energies. They are so affected by the sufferings and pains of other people that they bottle it up in themselves. This often leads to the diffusion of their self-boundaries into that of others. No wonder these withholding of emotional vent, manifests itself through physical symptoms like headache, body ache, extreme fatigued, loss of appetite and other gastrointestinal problems. It is no wonder that they also suffer from chronic stress because they face an onslaught of emotions and energies from all ends. Over a prolonged period of time, their health significantly deteriorates.
Empaths need to learn how to center themselves and distinguish between their own emotions and other’s emotions. They should learn to set a clear sense of self boundaries and stop themselves from spreading themselves too thin.
Learning to prioritize one’s valence and working on it will help the empaths avoid burnout.
3) They absorb other people’s moods and emotions
Empaths not only empathize but they can literally absorb other people’s moods and emotions. This means that they can actually, to the truest sense, experience the same emotional torment that the other person is going through. It is not like they are voluntarily empathizing; it unconsciously and uncontrollably comes to them. They have a tendency of imbibing the feelings of others and projecting it on to them without being aware of their origins. Therefore they tend to feel everything to the extent of living the other person’s experience as vividly as they do. They might undergo the same biological changes as you go through when you feel a particular emotion. They are as affected as you are.
4) They are usually introverts
Empaths can feel overwhelmed in crowded places. They prefer one to one interactions or small group meetings instead of large crowds. Most of the empaths are introverts. They are so overwhelmed by their exploding inner world that the buzzing external environment seems to be too clamorous for them.
Even if an empath is extroverted, he/she likes to limit his/her time in social gatherings to make peace with their inner turmoil.
5) They are highly intuitive
Empaths are highly intuitive in nature. They have experienced the entire spectrum of emotions. Their levels of understanding are way beyond that of the non-empaths. It helps them to efficiently distinguish farce from genuineness. They need to learn to trust their own intuition and gut instincts when it comes to people so that they can avoid energy vampires.
Since empaths can easily take on people’s emotions, it is extremely important for them to be careful of the kind of people they associate themselves with.
Their intuition works as an advantage for themselves. Their gut instinct can be an excellent filter mechanism to keep energy vampires at bay. Their intuition can help them to find their tribe and they can enjoy positive and uplifting relationships.
6) They need a lot of alone time
Empaths have highly heightened senses and they can be easily overwhelmed by the demands of situations and people around them.
They need regular considerable alone time to refill their drained energies.
Even a five minutes break can help them to calm down and prevent emotional overload.
It is important for empaths to create self-soothing rituals that provide them an opportunity to replenish their psychic energy like mindful meditation, walks in nature, reading books, practicing yoga, writing journals, gardening etc.
7) They can feel completely overwhelmed in intimate relationships
Since empaths can take on moods and energies of people around them, being in an intimate relationship can be overwhelming for them. They need space to breathe.
Too much clinginess can suffocate them and their partner has to understand and respect their need for regular alone time for the relationship to flourish. Deep down they fear that they will not be understood or their feelings will not be equally reciprocated with the same fervor.
8) They can be easy targets for energy vampires
Empaths can be very easy targets for energy vampires.
Some people are incapable of understanding the emotionality of other people. They drain you off your positive energies as vampires would drain you off your blood.
Empaths are bound to feel threatened, bored, irritated, hurt, attacked and disrespected by these individuals. The anger, fear, insecurity or grief of the energy vampires can host on an empath’s physical, mental and emotional energy.
They are also highly prone to becoming easy targets to narcissists who can use them as their narcissistic supplier and leave them feeling empty, worthless and devalued.
Being able to use their intuition in this instant will help them stay away from these people.
9) They like to spend time in nature
The fast pace life can be too overwhelming for an empath. They like to slow down every once in a while and head to nature to recharge themselves. The soothing power of Mother Nature helps them to overcome the burnout caused by social interactions.
For them gardening or a silent walk among the lush greenery is more desirable than going to the bar to hang out with friends. Time to time, they like to disconnect themselves from human contact.
10) They can’t stand lies and manipulators
An empath is gifted with very strong gut instinct to identify lies and deceptions. They literally work as human lie detectors.
Empaths are very kind-hearted and helpful but they do not want to waste their gifts on people who are liars and manipulators. They seldom get aggressive or violent, never the less, they strongly detest dishonesty. They can’t stand people who subterfuge to achieve their ends.
Once they find out your deception or lies, they would just walk way and there’s no looking back.
11) They avoid confrontation
Empaths are generally peace loving people and they believe in peaceful coexistence. They do not like to get into unnecessary fights or arguments. They have awareness about what over emotional interactions do to them. They are hugely motivated by peace promoting actions and like to maintain a harmonious relation with fellow beings. If they ever become slightly aggressive while defending themselves, they will readily apologize for it.
They would avoid confrontation of all kinds as far as possible. But this does not mean that they support injustice.
Their sense of value is appreciable. They are courageous enough to stand up for justice and fight to establish it.
12) People are attracted to their wisdom
They have experienced all sorts of emotions under the sun. Especially because they absorb cosmic energies like a sponge over a varied range of human interactions, their wisdom is fine tuned.
Empaths are not only wise and mature beyond their age; they are also great and patient listeners. They will listen to your problems and even respect your perspective instead of implementing their own ideas on you. They are nurturers and healers.
People are attracted to them for their philosophical wisdom and ability to understand. They are kind-hearted and generous; seldom say no to anyone who turns up to them for help. No doubt, they are an angel in disguise.
13) They are extremely kind and always give away too much
Empaths have huge hearts and try to ease the pain and suffering of everyone around them. This is because they are greatly stirred by human suffering.
Be it world poverty, hunger or any other epidemic, empaths can feel the pain of the entire world. They are highly compassionate and want to relieve the pain of the world in whatever way feasible for them.
Most often, their compassionate nature is a source of opportunity for other people to make use of. People misjudge their kindness for weakness and devalue them.
Sometimes they give away so much of themselves that they have no energy left to cater to themselves.
Empaths need to learn to set boundaries, have fierce time management skills and the art of saying no to energy draining people.
“Empaths did not come into this world to be victims, we came to be warriors. Be brave. Stay strong. We need all hands on deck.” – Anthon St. Maarten