Before I start, we need to establish definitions. Empathy is the ability to understand the emotions of others. That means you’re still alive inside and can understand that a situation would make a person sad, angry, etc… You’re aware that there are reasons for a person’s mood or actions and care about it. Being an empath, on the other hand, means that you can literally pick up and FEEL the emotions of other people.
Spiritual gifts are something I rarely discuss. When I do, it’s only in the most general of terms. Why? Society has been rejecting them since time immemorial. If you DO talk about them, you’re crazy, or some sort of devil worshiper. I had my own father try to have me committed when I was about 20 when he found a letter to a friend discussing empathy and that I was seeing alot of odd shadows out of the corner of my eye at the time.
So what’s driving me to open up today after such experiences? First, I’ve been really trying to get back in touch with my spiritual side after shutting it down for years. There’s also a slowly growing acceptance of the idea of empathic ability anymore. This article in The Atlantic for example:
It explores the researched idea that some people seem to project emotions. There are also writers like Dr Judith Orloff, a UCLA Psychiatrist that has been writing on Empathy for decades. Other writers are following suite.
The other half of it is that Twitter is driving me crazy with it’s steady stream of toxic bullshit. Yes, I’m in a mood tonight. Yes, when somebody puts something as strong as blind hate into something on the internet, that hate becomes tangible to somebody like me. It creeps into our system and poisons our own mood. Imagine literally absorbing and feeling the hate of every single “the other side needs to go die in a fire” tweet you see. It’s a miserable experience. It makes you feel like THIS:
So when I say in my “Be the Light” post that people addicted to outrage are making the world a darker place, I’m speaking as a person who is very familiar with emotional energy and energetic vibration. Hate, no matter how righteous you THINK it is, lowers the vibration of the spiritual energy in the people and areas exposed to it.
How strong an empath am I personally? When I lived in Georgia, I had a friend that lived in Perth Australia. I could tell when she was having a bad day or was sick and knew before I even hopped online to talk to her. Literally half a world away.
I’m personally beginning to think Twitter is a lost cause also. It’s a cesspool of negative emotional energy. For emapths, everything in life comes down to “Am I getting more positive energy out of this than negative BS?” It’s a survival technique since we can only filter or shield out so much.
Maybe I’ll go into this further in a separate blog if there’s any interest. Tonight I just needed to rant.