The purpose of today’s blog is to provide encouragement, support and permission for those who have been gifted with the calling of Empath (and in some cases, Priestess of Death). The work of an empath can be lonely and thankless as the work we are doing is primarily invisible. It is for this reason that I want you to know you are not alone, that the sensations you are feeling are real and that they have purpose and meaning. Our world would be a much darker, scarier place were it not for the Empaths doing their difficult work of feeling and transforming.
Feeling is the number one task of the empath, and likely the first sensation we are aware of that is pointing us toward our gifts. As empaths, we FEEL everything around us. We feel other people’s feelings and emotions. We feel the energy of a space. We feel the energy of another person’s intentions. We can feel if someone is being authentic or if they are a liar. We can feel the energy of our community and the energy of the world. We can feel weather patterns, impending storms and the oncoming of natural disasters (earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis, etc.). We can feel if there is conflict happening or about to happen somewhere in our world and we can feel ahead of time when a tragedy is about to strike (as in the incident in Oshkosh last week).
Sometimes we are feeling for the simple sake of feeling. If we know the energy of a space or a person, we can use that knowledge to set boundaries where necessary. The gift of empath is like having our own personal barometer so we can know if a person or a space is “safe” for us. In most cases, however, we feel so that we might respond. In some cases, our response is conscious. We may become aware of a feeling of sorrow in a family member or friend and we might reach out in support. We may know that a group of people are grieving, and we might take time out to pray for them. In other cases, our response is unconscious. A specific example of this from my own life is the feelings and sensations my body processed while I was in graduate school and the university I was attending was going through a crisis. I didn’t yet understand my calling as an empath and every time I attended our semi-annual seminars, I became sick and depressed. Twice I became seriously physically ill. What I didn’t understand then, but I understand now is that my body was processing and transforming the trauma, grief and fear that was being experienced by students, faculty and staff at the university.
Hepa-Vacs of the Human World
As empaths our primary job is to take into our own bodies, the emotions and feelings that others are unable to process themselves so that they can be processed and transformed through our bodies. We are like the Hepa-Vac of the human world. We take in the fear and pain that is around us and through our spiritual gifts, they are healed and transformed. The more aware we are of our gifts and the more conscious we are of the work we are doing, the less we experience our gifts as negative and the less we suffer any negative effects from the work we are doing. (For example, if I’d known in grad school what I know now, I would have been purposefully doing my empath work and would not have become physically ill).
Time and Attention
The calling of the empath requires time and attention. This is perhaps the greatest challenge for us in a world that does not acknowledge or recognize our gifts. Whether the world knows it or not, we are doing it a HUGE favor in the use (as if we even have a choice) of our gifts. The greatest gift we can give to ourselves and to our world is to take time out for our gifts. If/when we feel the overwhelming grief of those around us, or become aware of the anxiety of impending tragedy, it behooves us to STOP what we are doing so that those feelings can move into and through us. We can stop and pray or sending healing intentions – even if we don’t know what we are praying for. With the incident that occurred in Oshkosh last week, I immediately responded to my body’s demand for prayer, meditation and for healing.
A Thankless Job
Whether the world sees it or not, our calling as empaths is critical to the healing and transformation of our world. While our culture does not acknowledge nor compensate us for our gifts, the sharing of our gifts is critical. Think of what our world would be like if we weren’t doing our job of healing and transforming the negative things of our world. This is where faith comes in. While we are taking time out for the use of our gifts, we have to trust that as we are engaged in our Divine calling, our humanly needs are being met. While compensation may not come through our community, we will be rewarded in other ways because as we give, so shall we receive.
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