I recently watched a cute video* about a balloon dog who was traversing the dangerous terrain of a prickly cactus filled trail. Oh, how this gave visual effect to the feeling of walking through the world as an empath. To this empath anyway. As we all awaken to live and experience our purpose in life, we become sensitized to what it takes to embody that role in the world. We are required to get more in tune with the tools and resources that will make us good at our "work."
While the work of a mystic and empath is about amping up our sensitivities, I don't expect that the intensity to be experienced is any different for an CFO who is facing increasing demands for creativity with directing corporate dollars, or a musician who composes a brilliant and complex piece of music that is difficult to teach to the orchestra around him, or the medical researcher who detects a threatening strain of a virus and endeavors to find a cure. Regardless of your chosen field of work, the cosmic energies are setting up for you to get better, more focused, and significantly involved in the calling that is uniquely yours.
What I know best is this empathic journey and how "in my face" it all is right now. Empathy is the emotion that allows us to feel the experiences of others, to "put ourselves in their shoes," prompting the desire to assist or support them. An empath takes this experience a little deeper in that there is an automatic emotional connection with the surrounding world, and an almost undetectable boundary between the the self and others. Which can make a quick trip to Costco a harrowing experience.
Over the years of refining my craft as a mystic, my empathic sense has become a wonderful and generous asset. To be able to feel into a client's experience, to understand beyond the surface into the deep emotional trenches, and to explain some of the "wiring" that is in the works, all make me good at what I do. I am able to feel the physical and emotional pain that sits in another person's body, the emotional entanglements that hold it into place, any DNA or hereditary conditions that support its existence, and the processes that can cut it loose if one is ready to let it go. I get downloads (the equivalent of full feature movies that play out in a matter of seconds) that illuminate the soul's journey and the hows and whys of what is happening in the present experience beyond obvious explanations. This work is the most fulfilling and energizing thing that I do in my life and it is the most amazing, heart opening process I've ever experienced.
This sensitivity can also make relationships and interaction with the world an emotional minefield. With the Universal energies opening more deeply and creating vibrations that align our human experiences with divine purpose, this empathic life feels more challenging. As empaths, we are inclined to not just feel the world's pain, we ingest it. On the functional side of this "gift" we are the helpers, the servants, the promoters and providers and philanthropists. Supporting others within an acute sense of self care preserves and sustains the energy to serve. On the dysfunctional side, we are the enablers, the drug pushers and doormats and dramatists that feed a system of dependence. Rooted only in the world of others, we make ourselves sick from the imbalance of servitude and self sacrifice.
While we may have found our healthy balance between the world's needs and our own up to this point, a recent vibrational increase may have thrown us off kilter once again. This can show up in various ways: finding it increasingly difficult to be in crowds or around certain groups of people, a desire to cocoon or nest at home more than usual, emotional outbursts - expressing intense feelings without being specifically prompted by an event or interaction, wanting to numb with sleep or substances, inability to sleep in the presence of obsessive worry or thought, or just generally feeling a mix of emotions that are intensely out of alignment with the current situation. My intuitive and "sensitive" clients and colleagues are expressing concern about these sensitivities and asking what to do with them. They can seem overwhelming and even unmanageable yet we can handle them.
1 - Reboot: it's OK to reschedule, scale back on commitments, or to take a nap. What you've been able to keep up with in the past may not hold true during this time of transition. You may return to that schedule once you catch up with this energy. And, then again, you may not want to. Just allow for time outs right now.
2 - Ground: remember those grounding processes. Whether it is meditation or running or painting, get back to what grounds you. In the moment grounding is always with the breath. Pay attention to five consecutive breaths and you're back and whole and in the present.
3 - Review and release: let go of what is not working. Or at least release the idea or thoughts about what may not working. Give up expectations, demands, goals that don't empower you, habits, and the stuff. Get rid of more of the stuff that fills your shelves, sucks your time, or creates worry or fear.
4 - Discern: choose interactions, activities, hobbies, connections, clients, mentors, WORDS very selectively. Remember, empaths don't just feel the world around them, they ingest it. Be highly selective with the energies you place around you, especially the people you serve and those who support you.
5 - Remember: you are sensitive. There is little that you can do to avoid it. So honor it. This connection to the heart of the world is a beautiful gift. You experience life more deeply than so many. Let it empower and energize you. Trying to numb it away would be like cutting off your arm. As much as the feelings may at time feel like a burden or intrusion, living without the connection is not fully being alive. Build a life around this gift.
6 - Tribe: gather with like minds. Connect with at least one or two others who are aware of your sensitivities and who are willing to both support you in it and to honor your gift. We are a brilliant tribe of energetic conduits and can provide a safe foundation for each other. Trust it.
An empath can't forget it or ignore or disappear the sensitivity, so find a way to live with it that works for you. Use your gifts in a sustainable, empowering way. Truly amazing reward can come from feeling the pulse of humanity. Embrace it. Sustain it. Balance with it.
I bow to you. ~
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