The Webster?s New World dictionary defines empathy as: feeling, intellectual or emotional identification with another. The term psychic empath, derived from empathy, is being used more frequently in the psychic and paranormal realms, and it refers to a psychic individual who is so intensely sensitive to other people?s emotions, pains and energies that they experience them as their own. They can probe deeply into another person?s soul and identify and experience feelings that may have been blocked for some time or unknown reason.
Like other psychic abilities, one may be born with it and it is often multi-generational. However, many people can acquire this after a near-death experience. It is also believed that everyone is born with some type of psychic powers, however much of this is still open to debate.
The following are some of the most common characteristics that empaths share with one another. It is also possible that some empaths may have stronger abilities in certain areas. They have a tremendous sensitivity to the feelings and energies of people around them whether they are acquaintances or not. They inherently have a keen understanding of various types of body language. They have the capacity to feel the deep-rooted emotions and pains of others.
Healers who are also empaths usually place their hands gently over or on the individual so they can pick up and focus on the needs or emotions of the person. Two powerful emotions that can be relieved by an empath are loss and grief. To lessen the negative emotions and pain, the empath can either draw out the negative energies from the person or replace them with their own positive energies. Another way in which an empath?s skills can be helpful is if someone experiences severe pain and does not know how to describe it to his doctor. Imagine going to an empath who can feel your pain problems and thus, help ease your struggle with the description or even minimize or heal the pain.
Empaths live with an extremely vigilant awareness of their surroundings. For example, an empath may feel overwhelmed and overly cautious when in a large crowd due to all the different emotions and energies he/she automatically picks up from the people in the room. There are exercises and practices empaths can do to help protect themselves physically and emotionally from any unwanted energies or emotions from others. Psychic protection exercises have been proven to protect and shield empaths and keep their chakras aligned and their auras protected to maintain a balanced mind, body and spirit. For some psychic protection and psychic shielding techniques, click here.
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