How do REAL empaths experience the world differently than you do? The truth is, we all have a “baseline” of empathic personality traits. After all, we all feel sad when we lose someone we love, or hear terrible news somewhere far away in the world, or even watch a movie where misfortune is visited upon our favorite characters.
The difference between an “empath” and an ordinary person, is the depth of despair. (or the HEIGHTS of happiness many empaths will feel for the GOOD fortune of others as well – something called MUDITA (translated into “Sympathetic joy” in English) a revered state of mind in the Buddhist tradition and a trait that the Buddha called one of the 4 great mind states that a human being could inhabit on their way to becoming fully enlightened)
how do empaths differ from the rest of society? Is it a blessing, or a curse? Do spiritually sensitive people have other special powers…..or is seeing and feeling deeply already more than enough?
Here are 10 types of empaths we’ve covered in other areas of our community. (note – you may have several of these qualities)
1.Feeling empaths. (emotional sponges, you find other people’s emotions easy to absorb)
2.Introverted empaths. (you feel “lived” and owned by your own emotions, moment to moment, which leads to withdrawal)
3.Dharma driven empaths. (you feel the need to heal the world, to share your gift and to wake up the world with your work)
4.Dreamer empaths. (your strongest skills tend to come out when you sleep – often in lucid dreams and dream visitation experiences, often with loved ones you’ve lost, who have crossed)
5.Bohdhisattva empaths. (you feel the pain of the world, absorb it and seek out solutions to solve the BIG problems we all face together. Your motivations are generally spiritual and selfless – and there is very little “me” focus)
6.Inspirational empaths. (your motivation is generally to cultivate a community and transform a tribe of peers. You are a leader, and others flock to you naturally)
7.Introspective empaths. (you tend to keep your gift to yourself, and think deeply about problems – both your own – your friends, family and even strangers…..YET, other than your close knit soul circle, no one would know the depth of your sensitivity)
8.Energetic empaths. (you pick up on the energy of others, but not always, their emotions. You may feel sleepy – or speedy – simply by being in the presence of others whose bodily energy you absorb)
9.Aura empaths. (you may have all of the traits above – or some of theme – but you see, feel, or even taste the aura’s of others. You see, feel; and even speak in “colors”. (you may also show signs of synesthesia which is the ability to , hear colors, taste sounds, and other blending of senses that only a very small percentage of people will ever understand.
10. Spiritual empaths. (you are a medium – or have the innate ability to feel, sense or see spirit. (note – for those of you who are natural empaths but want to accentuate your “medium” muscle, we recommend “how to talk to spirits” by renowned gifted medium, Michael Martin.
What does SCIENCE say about empaths? Check out the new research being done at the link below!
However, new research supports the existence of empaths, finding that between 1 to 2 percent of the population report experiencing this condition. The work has been carried out by Dr. Michael Banissy, a Professor of Psychology at Goldsmiths, and his post-doctoral researcher, Dr. Natalie Bowling, who spent years looking into empathy and, more specifically, mirror-touch synaesthesia.
Are you starting to wake up to your natural gifts? Do you find yourself having strange, syncronistic spiritual experiences that are slowly leading you to reconsider your own purpose, your own sense of being and belonging and emerging empathic understanding of yourself….and the world around you? Connect with us on Facebook – or share your experiences in the community comments below.
Empaths are able to make special connections with the people around them. An empath can sense when they are needed.
How do empaths see the world? How do empaths experience emotions, experiences and ordinary interactions in ways that most of us will never know?