Sometimes empaths are confused with highly sensitive people. They both have a low threshold for stimulation, they both require time alone, have highly attuned senses particularly to sound, smell and light and they both try to avoid large groups of people. Most highly sensitive people are typically introverts where empaths can be either introverts or extroverts. Both have a desire to spend time in nature and quiet spaces, have an innate desire to help others and both enjoy spending time alone. This is where the similarities end.
Empaths have the ability to sense energy and have a tendency to absorb it, particularly the energies from other people. This means that empaths are subject to the emotions of the environment in which they are in, to the point where sometimes the negative emotions and others pain are internalised until the empath is not sure what pain or emotions are theirs and what is something they’ve brought on board. All of this can make empaths feel drained, irritable, tired and confused. If an empath doesn’t spend enough time recharging, it can lead to anxiety, stress, chronic fatigue or other exhaustion based issues in the body.
If you know an empath or are an empath, you will know they have a tendency to ask a lot of questions! They don’t do this to be annoying, they do it because they are able to sense when, and they know if, something has changed and they need to find out why, what and how this has happened. Energy shifts will affect them acutely and most empaths shield themselves from energetic changes as best they can – sometimes it’s just not quite enough and they will become anxious.
If you’re looking for a true friend, an empath will always be there. It may take a long time for them to open up to you and to talk to you about their innermost feelings and secrets, even though you may have already ‘revealed all’ to them. This is because they want to ensure that when they do expose themselves emotionally to you, you will be able to support their vulnerability. When they do connect with you, they do so at a very deep level and the friendship you have will endure to the end of time.
Empaths will seek out soul mates, soul friends and trusted tribes for the reason of being able to show their vulnerability in a safe relationship.
Most empaths will identify as being ‘weird’. It’s part of who they are from a young age and through time will laugh about their weirdness. They connect deeply to crystals, astrology, nature, energy healing, essential oils, psychics and anything esoteric. These are all things they innately understand and energies they feel most comfortable with. Many empaths have strong spiritual experiences and are highly intuitive.
As I used to say to my mother from a very young age, “don’t try to understand me, just love me”!
I am a spiritual life coach, mentor, meditation teacher, reiki master, holistic life coach and energy healer. I work with women and guide them into their empowered selves by rediscovering their inner strength, self-worth, power and freedom so that they reconnect with their Higher Selves. What I’m truly passionate about is working in collaboration with other conscious women to bring healing and balance to the world. Connect on Facebook and Instagram. Safe journeys, Namaste Leanne