Are you an Empath?
One of the number things that I talk with people in my store about is being an empath. Most of the people that come in feel extremely burdened and exhausted by having this gift. It doesn’t have to be that way. I love teaching people the things that have helped me embrace this gift (because that is what it is) and not be burdened by it.
Most empaths have a tendency to be introverted because we can’t handle the “buzz” or mass emotions of a larger crowd. Again, we take on others energies not just notice them. It’s a level of intuition and psychic ability. That is why I call it a gift. Those who truly have it, especially when they are first coming into it or discovering it, feel like it is a curse. I remember one of the first times I had an empathic experience. I was out to eat with a group of people and the feeling I was picking up on were so strong that I swear I could hear them. True this could be tied in with my other gifts, but I could literally feel what they were feeling. At the time, I didn’t know what it was and reacted like they had said the things they did to my face (when they had just been thinking them). Looking back, I realize it was just my gift of being an empath shining through.
Again, empaths not only notice/hear what others are feeling, we also take on that energy as well. We can start laughing or crying for no reason because we picked up that energy and allowed it into our body.
Is this resonating with you? Keep reading. If not, that’s okay too. There is nothing wrong with being a little more sensitive than the average person and not being an empath. Some empaths would say you are blessed.
So you are an empath and made it to this point. Now what?
I will tell you what I tell the people who come into my store. I have been on the journey of being an empath for over 8 years and there are many tools we can use to help us. Some are more exhausting or take more energy than others. I’m not a big fan of those because I would rather use that energy for other things. However, some people don’t find them as exhausting as I do. I will denote the ones that take a tad more energy/effort and you can decide what you want to do/use. What I have found is that to survive as an empath in todays world (cause let’s face it, shit is cray cray right now) it takes doing three main things.
Protect/Shield, cleanse, and heal. Say it again. We must shield/protect ourselves while we are out, cleanse the energies that still get past our shields, and then heal ourselves from the long term exposure to those energies. So let’s break down each one of these and see how we can do them!
Protect/Shield- There’s so many ways to protect and shield it could likely fill it’s own blog post…several times over. So, we’ll focus on just a couple and some tools. Before heading out into the world, visualize a protective bubble forming around yourself head to toe. A bubble of white light is a good one, but you can make your bubble any color that resonates. Black tourmaline and shungite are fantastic stones of protection and can be worn or carried. Should you notice any “seepage”, saying “ These aren’t my feelings” until they subside with some deep breaths should help.
Cleanse- Again, many ways to do this here’s a few, whichever resonates with you, is what will work the best.
-Stand in the wind and visualize any negativity being blown away. If you live in OK, this one is easy as there’s never a shortage of wind.
-Use a selenite wand to wipe away negative energy.
-Cleansing shower- As the water flows visualize all negativity and energy that isn’t yours washing down the drain. You can dissolve some salt in a cup of water and pour it over, and if you’re feeling particularly bogged down, add some herbs to the mix for good measure.
-Smudge- You can use any smudge stick, palo santo, or in the event you can't light something on fire, The Spunky Cauldron’s Go Smudge Yourself spray. The spray is a great option when you’re in need of a quick cleanse out and about such as after work or a grocery trip.
Finally, Heal- This is a personal step. It can be achieved with meditation and intention. Simply spending time with yourself and self-care. I also suggest Reiki healing sessions. If you need recommendations, feel free to reach out, we definitely have some magickal peeps in mind. Some stones to aid in healing include Charoite, Clear Quartz, and Lemon Topaz.
If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed, the Empath Crystal Kit is a good start to building your empath tool kit. By taking these steps, you’ll be able to embrace your gift and not feel as exhausted by it. Make it a daily habit, it doesn’t have to take long.