An empath is someone who has the ability to feel what other people are feeling. Sometimes this occurs to such an extent that it becomes difficult to discern other people’s emotions from their own. Empaths also absorb emotions and energy from others, though subconsciously.
Being an empath can often feel like you’re walking around with a heart that’s like a sponge, absorbing everyone else’s emotional and energetic baggage. So, you’re healing everyone without even having the intention to do that.
This is why many empathic, or highly sensitive individuals feel their ability to feel so many different emotions in their environments is a curse. However, with recent research suggesting that empaths are actually highly psychic, you may think about sharpening your empathic skills instead of hiding them away or lamenting over their existence. Therefore if you’re an empath, here are 4 super-powers that you can develop:
1. Read People’s Minds
All of us are able to read minds to some degree. We can take cues from people’s body language, verbal discourses, or eye contact. Some skilled non-verbal decoders can tell when someone is lying when someone is happy or sad, or if they’re manipulating others with speech or gestures.
So, we can all be ‘mentalists’ in a way, and pick up on inconsistencies in someone’s words and body language. But, highly sensitive empaths take things a step further. Many pick up on psychic images, statements, smells intuitively, which indicates a reality beyond which most are aware. They receive a certain energy from someone and focus on it, which allows them to read a person’s thought.
Just imagine how many wrong steps, arguments or turns you could avoid! You can easily learn from other people’s mistakes and help them by guiding them back to the truth if you sense they’re lying. So, instead of rejecting your empathic ability to feel everything, embrace it, hone it and become a true mind reader.
2. Become Your Own Emotion Superhero
As we mentioned in the beginning, feeling the emotions of others while feeling your own at the same time can be quite a burden. However, if you were able to develop some discernment and use it for your emotional growth, it can become your greatest superpower ever.
The act of listening to your own feelings, thoughts and acting compassionately towards yourself is self-empathy. And if you could employ self-empathy, you will be able to completely and utterly change the way you communicate with others.
For example, let’s say someone said this: This president is going to ruin the nation. Upon hearing this, your inner empathic dialogue might be triggered to sound something along this: This person doesn’t have a clue how everyone is affecting the nation and the planet, and the people who are in charge aren’t presidents or politicians. They might not even be from this planet. What a jerk. Yet, if you’re aware of the flow of your thoughts, you could honor these feelings and learn how to communicate them in a more loving way.
Then you will be able to adjust your internal dialogue into a more positive one. You could say: What this person said is alarming, because it doesn’t agree with my worldview, but I don’t want to come into conflict with them.
Being in this emotionally aware place, you could instead tell them: Yes, each of us is capable of ruining the world a little. But each of us could also make it a better place if we just shared our thoughts, deeds, and actions positively each day. This statement might make the other person more aware, or open up a whole different type of dialogue that is aligned with your purpose.
3. Transmute The Negativity Only You Can Feel
Empaths are acutely aware of the negative influences which might be invisible in the world today. An empath can even walk somewhere where a negative act or conversation just transpired, and even though it isn’t happening at the moment, they can sense the negative energy that lingers on.
When empathic people feel this negative energy, they’re capable of converting it into a positive one. They can practice a 5-minute Tonglen meditation, or bring plants and flowers which have high energy to a place with low energy. They can also simply utter encouraging thoughts and words to people affected by the negativity.
An even better solution would be to find humor in the situation and share it. Laughter is the best way to spread positivity and lighten up everyone’s mood. Thus, the sole act of being aware of negative energies gives empaths the advantage to not be affected by them and a chance to transmute them into positive.
4. Use Your Sensitivity To Acquire a Highly-Coveted Skill
Another part of being an empath is that you find yourself with lots of discomforts. Perhaps certain smells are absolutely revolting to you, or your stomach may suffer from gastrointestinal distress from non-organic foods. You might need a quieter environment in order to get some sleep or even an alone time when you can off-load all the sights, smells, sounds and emotions you’ve absorbed all day long. And rather than perceiving this trait as a burden, try to use it to your advantage.
You could work as a perfumer, or start your own company using natural scents. You can become an organic chef by offering divinely-prepared dishes or develop quiet spaces like libraries, gardens, or meditation rooms that will be enjoyable not only for you but others as well. Use your sensitive nature to create a safe sanctuary in the world. In that way, you won’t be bothered by your empathic skill, but you’ll use it to fulfill your life’s purpose.
As you can see, empathy comes with many gifts. It’s up to you to turn it into a blessing instead of a curse, or even better into a superpower!