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6 Signs That You Are An Empath

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Chances are, you have heard of being ‘empathetic’ before, or you have shown empathy toward another person’s feelings, situation, etc. But have you ever heard of actually being an empath? More people file themselves under this label than you might realize. An empath is someone who is affected by other people’s energies. This can be anything from another person’s deep desires and wishes, to simple thoughts and moods. It doesn’t happen consciously for the empath, but is more of a constant ‘feeling,’ as though the empath is the magnet, picking up energies and ‘auras’ of everyone around them at any given time. Being an empath isn’t something that can be learned or taught. Simply put, you either are an empath, or you are not. Still, because many people don’t even realize what an empath actually is, there is a chance there are people with this gift who may not even fully recognize it.
Check out these six signs that you are an empath, and see if you fit into any of them! If not you, perhaps you might know someone who frequently experiences some of these ‘symptoms.’ Being an empath can be a lot for a person to carry on their shoulders, so being able to understand it can be important in utilizing the gift of it well.

 

1. You Know Things

This might seem like a broad sign, but there is really no better way to put it. empaths pick up on things far more than common human intuition does. They are also great ‘lie detectors,’ and can readily pick up when someone is not telling the truth. For that reason, empaths try to surround themselves with honest, genuine people as much as possible. Anything untruthful feels wrong, and is hard for the empath to deal with since their emotions are so strong.

 

2. You Take On Others Emotions

This is something that is truly at the very core of empaths. If you feel empathy toward someone, that’s one thing, but actually taking on someone’s emotions as your own is quite another, and empaths do just that. Remember, it is not a ‘skill’ you can turn on and off, so it can be overwhelming at times. empaths can sense emotions of friends, family, and even strangers when they are out and about. For this very reason, many empaths tend to avoid overly-public places like grocery stores, malls, etc., because there can be intense waves of emotion coming from all the different people. An empath who is extremely in tune can also feel physical symptoms or ailments from another person nearby, like body aches, headaches, infections, etc. A point of comparison is ‘sympathy pain,’ but on a completely higher level.

 

3. You Are Creative

Most empaths are extremely imaginative and creative people, and are often involved in the ‘arts’ in someway, from singing and dancing, to writing or drawing. They can use these resources as a creative outlet. empaths also get bored very easily, and having something creative to keep both the mind and hands busy can be beneficial to their own mental health.

 

4. You love to dream, and soak up knowledge

These might seem like two opposite ends of the spectrum, but most empaths cannot get enough of learning. They want to know everything about everything, and can actually feel quite uneasy not knowing the answer to a question, or feeling like there is something they should know, that they simply don’t. Most empaths are also big daydreamers, and they can easily get lost in their own thoughts or with their ‘head in the clouds.’

 

5. You have a sense of adventure and a desire for freedom

Those daydreams often shift over into real life when you are an empath – they love adventure, and to try new things. They are very often described as ‘free spirits,’ and often travel to different locations. empaths also find routine and rules to be extremely stifling, to the point of being debilitating, since they feel as though it is a lack of freedom. These two traits tend to go hand in hand when it comes to an empath’s personality, they have a strong desire to be completely free and unattached, without any rules to really hold them down.

 

6. You sense energy in inanimate objects

Some empaths who are incredibly in tune can actually sense the energy of their food, and most are vegetarians or vegans as a result (ie; they can sense the emotion/energy of the animal that was killed, etc.). Many empaths will also avoid buying used, or antique items, since the energy from one place or one person to another can be too much for them, especially if there is a negative, or sad emotion behind the object itself. An antique object for an empath is almost like opening a personal history book of the individual who had it before.

 

While there are many other symptoms and signs of being an empath , these six characteristics are strong things to consider when it comes to the idea of being an empath. The ability to feel and be affected by other people’s emotions, thoughts, and more can truly change someone’s life, and empaths cannot control when or how this happens to them. It is not an easy task for anyone to take on, but it certainly is a fascinating thing to think about. If you experience some of these signs, know that you are not alone, empaths are far more common than we might think!

Damien-Thomas

 

 

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8 Ways to Take Care of Yourself Every Day

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8 Ways to Take Care of Yourself Every Day

Self-care is a term that gets thrown around a lot lately, to the point where it’s easy to ignore or blow it off as some kind of “buzz word”. But, it’s so much more than that, and when you are willing to take self-care seriously, you might just start to see how much easier it will be to get through each day. (more…)

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The Top 8 Most Important Things in Life

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The Top 8 Most Important Things in Life

It is easy for people to speculate and debate about the most important things in life. You have probably heard that “the best things in life are free” or that “love is all you need”, but what about what are the most important? What do you really need in this life in order to find contentment and fulfillment? (more…)

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The Practice of Ho’oponopono Can Clear Stress and Negativity from Your Life

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One method of reducing stress that you may not have heard of before is the Hawaiian practice of Ho’oponopono. Many of us deal with some level of stress on a regular basis. While it is almost impossible to get rid of stress completely from your life, there are many effective ways to reduce it. Too much stress can cause a variety of negative health issues, these include:

  • Heart disease
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Diabetes

Ho’oponopono originated in Hawaii, and translates directly into English as “correction” or “to make right”. The practice focuses on reconciliation and forgiveness by using an affirmation to clear the mind of any negative thoughts and stress.

The benefits to someone who practices Ho’oponopono regularly are:

  • Reduction of stress
  • Improvement in physical and mental health
  • Improved relationships with others
  • Control over emotions
  • A happier/more positive life

How Does Ho’oponopono Work?

Ho’ponopono does not require much teaching or practice, yet it is powerful for getting rid of bad memories or feelings. Ho’oponopono is a simple practice that allows you to release negativity that is being held within you. It also sends out the desire for reconciliation into the universe. This is achieved by using just four easy steps. The steps of H’oponopono are:

1. I’m Sorry: In life, it can be very easy to feel like the victim. We are often quick to blame other people or other circumstances for our own negative thoughts. In reality, you are in control of your thoughts. You are responsible for the negative feelings that have manifested inside. It is not always easy to admit that you have allowed your consciousness to introduce those negative thoughts – and that you have believed them. By saying sorry, you are recognizing that you are responsible for the negative thoughts or emotions that you might have. Apologizing to yourself has a powerful healing power and will help you to move on with your life.

2. Forgive Me: Once you have said that you are sorry, forgiveness is the next natural step. Don’t think so much about who you’re asking to forgive you. Instead, focus on the feeling of genuine remorse as you ask for that forgiveness.

3. Thank You: Gratitude has the power to completely change your outlook in life. Thank a friend, thank yourself, thank the universe or God or whoever you want to. The more that you are grateful, the more things you will have to be grateful for. Get into the habit of being more grateful every day.

4. I Love You: There is perhaps nothing more powerful in the world than the power of love. It doesn’t matter who the words are spoken to as long as the feeling behind them is genuine. Love yourself, your body, the air that you breathe, the world around you and all of the people in it. The power of love has the power to heal and banish any negative thoughts and stress from our lives.

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Why is Ho’oponopono So Powerful?

I’m sorry. Forgive me. Thank you. I love you.

So, what makes these simple affirmations so powerful?

You will probably agree that the four healing affirmations of Ho’oponopono are all positive things. When you can don’t have to convince yourself of that, and you just naturally “know” it, it is easier to push away negative thoughts and block out stress by filling yourself with love and gratitude.

Making Ho’oponopono a Habit

Because the affirmations of Ho’oponopono are universally accepted, anyone can put them into practice and allow them to change the way that they think and feel. Whether you use the affirmations as a daily reminder to yourself, or you focus on each of the four areas individually in order to rid yourself of negativity, they can make a big difference in your life. Stress will always be there and ignoring it will only make things worse. By recognizing that no other person or situation has control over your thoughts, you can feel more confident in getting rid of any negativity and stress that might be affecting you.

Start by realizing the importance of self, and how your negative connotations toward others or toward external factors could be controlling you more than you think. Once you start looking inward instead of outward, you can start to re-gain control over which thoughts you choose to listen to and which thoughts you choose to ignore. Always remember, the power to clear away stress and negativity starts from within.

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