- Who Is This For?
- Overcoming Your Fears
Chapter 1: Being an Empath: What It Means for You
- Being an Empath at the Core
- The Perks and Downsides to Being an Empath
- Your Empathic Gift
- How to Embrace the Gift
Chapter 2: Understanding Energies
- The Benefits of Understanding Energies
- Spiritual Hypersensitivity
- How to Overcome the Troubles of Hypersensitivity
- Avoiding Negativity and Handling Emotions
- Strengthening Your Auric Field
Chapter 3: The Scientific, Mystical, and Psychological Understanding of an Empath
- The Psychology Behind Being an Empath
- Contagion of Emotions
- The Stress of Emotions
- Backed by Science?
- The Mythical Understanding of Empaths
- The Power of Visualization
- Are They Psychic?
Chapter 4: How Being an Empath Impacts the Body
- Adrenal Fatigue
- How to Cope With Health Issues as an Empath
Chapter 5: The Energy Vampires
- What Are They?
- How They Impact Your Life
- Recognizing These Vampires
- How to Protect Yourself From Energy Vampires
Chapter 6: The Dark Side of Being an Empath
- Narcissists: What They Are
- How These Two Personalities Cross Paths
- How This Affects Empaths
- Building the “Trauma Relationship”
- The Signs of a Narcissist
- How to Overcome Struggles With Narcissists
Chapter 7: Empaths and Work
- The Impact of Work on Empaths
- The Best Jobs for Empaths and the Worst Jobs for Empaths
- How to Beat the Work Troubles Despite Being an Empath
Chapter 8: Overcoming the Struggles of Being an Empath
- Is Being an Empath Bad?
- Pros and Cons of Being an Empath
- How to Normalize Your Gift
- How to Maintain Your Own Personal Happiness
Chapter 9: Supporting Young Empaths
- Is Your Child an Empath?
- How to Help Your Child Who Is an Empath
- Activities for Empaths
- Five Senses Meditation
Chapter 10: Meditation for Empaths
- Why Meditate?
- Walking Meditation
- Chakra Rooting
- Negative Emotion Meditation
- Breathing Meditation
- Healing Stone Meditation
- Mindful Activity Meditation
Sample Content From the Book
Chapter 1: Being an Empath: What It Means for You
Learning to embrace your gift, to be an empath that can stand on their own two feet without being affected by the trauma around them, can be incredibly hard, almost taxing in many cases. But, we’ll discuss what being an empath means, your gift, and how you can learn to embrace this gift.
Being an Empath at the Core
Being an empath is more than just putting yourself in the other person’s shoes. It's taking that and moving to the next level. An empath by definition is someone who can assimilate the mental and even physical and emotional states of another human being.
We know about empathy, and we are encouraged to show empathy during hard times to our friends and peers. But, what if feeling empathy is taken to the next level, where you start struggling to have your own personality, and in turn assimilate the feelings and struggles of others.
That is what being an empath is.
The Perks and Downsides to Being an Empath
While being an empath isn’t a bad thing, it can make it hard to live your own life. It's incredibly draining. You are of course, very attuned to others and what’s going on in the other person’s head. Sometimes, you’re almost so attuned that you almost assume their personality.
Empaths can take in the stress and pains that others feel too. For example, let’s say an empath is married to their spouse who had a very stressful and busy day. Their wife comes in, and they’re complaining about how Bob in accounting didn’t finish the filing and how their secretary is always late with everything. They may feel overwhelmed by due dates and everything else going on at work. Suddenly, the empath, who might’ve had an awesome day themselves, starts to feel stressed and may even feel their heart rate increase and their palms sweat. They might start to lash out at others, even their partner, and suddenly their partner is mad and then it’s a mess.
This is one of the downsides of being an empath. But, it can be a wonderful thing too. Let’s say the spouse comes home again, but this time they’re beaming and grinning from ear to ear. You discover that she got a promotion, and she’s on cloud nine. That happiness transfers over to you, and suddenly you’re feeling happy as well. Even if your day was kind of bad, you suddenly feel better because of the energy that your wife put forward
That’s a benefit to being an empath. If you’re around people that don’t take away your energy, that aren’t stressful, that feel nice to be around, you’ll suddenly realize that you’re much happier.
But on the flip side, if you’re around people who are soul-sucking, who make you feel upset, who always seem to be sad, upset, or angry at life, then you’re going to feel those effects too.
It’s both a curse and a blessing to be this way. In some ways, your heart literally goes to the other person. It isn’t some blind “feeling” that will go away in a second or two, but it’s literally taking on the feelings of others, which could be both wonderful or disastrous to your mental health if you’re not careful.
Your Empathic Gift
While you might read this title and scoff at its name, being an empath is a gift in many different ways. As said before, it’s both a blessing and a curse depending on the situation.
The gift of empaths can span many different fields, including physical reality. Oftentimes, they feel the symptoms of an illness without having it. They might also get strong headaches that come and go, which can be incredibly painful. Due to such a large field of energy, you can sometimes feel a bit anxious around people during the flu season. That’s because, oftentimes there are sick people in your life and while you might not be sick yourself, you’ll feel like a hypochondriac.
Emotional empaths feel the effects of emotions that others have around them. While this can be a problem for some people, for many, this is a beneficial attribute. When people are happy, you’ll feel happy, to the point where you may not even understand why you’re happy, it just occurs.
Empaths are incredibly sensitive to the world around them. That means, if there is someone suffering, they are highly sensitive to this and want to help them. Of course, sometimes that help can turn into a problem because they might feel sad or whatever emotions the other person is feeling as well.
When we think about empaths, we often think of emotional and physical empaths. However, there are additional types of empaths which are not discussed as frequently. An example of which is intellectual empaths, who are actually incredibly important. Being an intellectual empath means that you can easily connect the other person’s thoughts with your own. You can take on other people’s thought processes. When you’re in control of this, you’ll realize that you can understand other people’s ways of thinking, which is an incredibly useful skill.
Some empaths also feel different energies from places. Environmental and place empaths can feel the energies of different locales. For example, when they’re in a locale that’s calm, not chaotic, and feels good, they’ll be happier. However, if they are in a place that feels out of sorts or like something is wrong, they pick up on it right away.
Finally, we have animal empaths who are very attuned to the emotions that animals feel. This type of empath understands how animals feel on a different level, which may be hard to grasp, but plays a great part in the way they handle their life and their emotions as well.
Empaths handle energy differently from normal people. While this can be hard at times for them to fully understand or grasp, it is incredibly valuable. It makes them more sensitive to the world around them. The key to being an empath is to understand and assume the energies that others have, but at the same time, also understand that you don’t have to take on the burdens of everyone.
It is the art of understanding what the person is going through, but also not subjecting yourself to the same stress that the other person you’re with is feeling. By learning this balance, you’ll be able to heal.