13 Signs You're An Empath And What It Means
amanda linette meder
Empathy is the psychic ability of heightened clairsentience.
An Empath is someone with the strong ability to feel the thoughts, emotions, and energy of others and generally, people who are empaths are affected by these influences.
Sometimes to the point of it becoming debilitating, but it doesn't have to be that way - this gift can be embraced managed and even come to be enjoyed.
There is even research to show that highly sensitive people become assets to their families, as they are known to be more attuned to risk and danger.
So, before we get too far, considered yourself and other empaths... highly evolved persons in touch with and acutely aware of their surroundings.
what does it mean to be an empath?
Empathy is the ability of clairsentience - clear feeling - but instead of manifesting in psychic readings, or in mediumship sessions for your clients, empathy is out there manifesting in the physical world.
While you interact, you pick up on the thoughts, feelings, and illnesses of physical people, animals, and entire ecosystems. And many of my clients are already working with their gifts in the physical world through exercising their empathy with others.
Honestly, empathy is about embracing it. Becoming okay with being an empath is simply a matter of managing it and becoming more aware of it - (I talk about this more in my Managing Your Gifts eBook).
However, if you think you might be an empath, you most likely already are -
But there are signs you may be extra sensitive, and that already actively using your abilities within the physical world (your life) already.
13 Signs You're an Empath
(someone who carries heightened psychic sensory ability)
1. You carry the weight of the burdens of others for several days following your interactions with them.
Think about how you feel after someone's just unloaded all their problems and worries onto you, is it easy to walk away or do you worry about it for the next three to four days?
2. Certain social situations have become increasingly draining and uncomfortable for you.
Think funerals, dive bars, old classmate reunions, hospitals, etc. I call these places trigger points and they're different for everyone - just keep in mind what drains you and what your time limit is for interacting and persisting in such locations to help lighten the load.
3. You dislike, don't trust, or conversely like and enjoy a person's company for reasons you can’t yet pinpoint.
Or perhaps you can.
Empaths can read people's energy. Sometimes when you do get a read on a person, that person is merely having a bad day or a bad period in life.
If it's minimal, sometimes I give those persons another shot (but no more than three), and if it's a strong enough feeling, it's okay to cut it off for good by knowing what's healthy for you.
4. You feel lots of energy in crowds and have mood swings regularly.
A sign you're picking up on other people's energy and it's time to space clear.
Empaths regularly get energetically hyped up when they're picking up on incoming energy that's discordant with theirs. You often have to clear it to get it out, though sometimes it will release on its own.
If you need help clearing this energy, I have several articles on clearing your space:
Also an entire eBook that goes into much greater depth on how to do this - the How To Guide: Space Clearing
Sometimes all you need is just a little bit of lavender and some time amongst the elements, too.
5. You go through waves of low emotions and then shortly thereafter, experience heights of joy.
Another sign you're dipping into and out of other people's energy and back to yours.
Feelings of low energy are often related to the pulls of lower vibration earth energies such as worry and fear, and the joy sensations you get back into, are a sign you're quickly picking back up into connection with your higher self.
The faster you jump back to joy, the more in-tune you are with knowing how important it is to get with your higher self in order to get things done.
For more on on the Higher Self, I suggest these articles by Anna Sayce, Erin Pavlina, and Deborah King. I also have a Connecting With Your Higher Self Meditation in The Membership Program archives that I really like and encourage others to do for grounding.
6. You are easily excited about ideas, dreams and the hopes of others.
This one is one of the benefits of being an empath.
Too much focus is often spent on the downfalls, so I thought I'd include a positive one here.
When you're an empath, you can tap into sadness, just as readily as you can tap into joy.
And experience of each is heightened ten fold.
Empaths are great "amp up" people for this reason.
They can readily add to and sense the joy of others, as they can sense it too, and when they're in their best moods too, they even help accelerate the joy and motivation of others. For these reasons, empaths tend to make excellent life and/or intuitive coaches.
7. You are continually smeared with the problems and issues of others.
Boundaries, boundaries, boundaries.
Empaths are such compassionate listeners because most empathetic people have been through it all. Empaths feel all the heartbreak and all the joy - and many of them have had pretty tough lives.
That said, when others go through hardship themselves, they tend to gravitate towards those they know who have experienced hardship. Only those who've been through what you've been through can provide the help you need.
So people naturally do this, not to hurt you, but rather, because their intuition tells them that it is you who knows how to help.
My best recommendation for empaths is to set boundaries for yourself regarding when you can help and how. This will help keep you from getting or feeling drained.
8. There are times you suddenly feel ill, sick, or nauseous, for no reason at all.
Nervous stomach, anyone?
If you frequently get this, sign you absorb the emotions of others, mostly in the form of worries, fears, and embodying low energy feelings.
The stomach is considered the second brain, and it can pick up on the invisible information all around you that perhaps your eyes can see, but your nervous system can sense.
So, if your stomach is telling you something (there's a reason they tell you to trust the gut feeling), listen.
9. You can, in times of crisis, hear the thoughts of others and know what they are thinking even when they aren't saying it.
This is part of the clear feeling mentality, but it's important to note that most Clairsentients (Empath being the mainstream terminology used for this same concept), have secondary heightened psychic abilities such as clairvoyance or clairaudience that haven’t yet realized.
Psychic abilities often come in pairs.
Hearing other people's thoughts is merely a clear indicator of clairaudient gifts coming up, on top of your clairsentient ones. This is good once managed and you’re on the right wavelength.
10. You can easily tell when someone is faking it.
You read an email and know exactly which part includes the lie.
This is a sign you are able to read the energies behind words, just as you are able to determine the energy behind the people speaking those words.
This subliminal messaging is something Clairsentients (Empaths being the more PC term for it) are especially good at determining - where it is, who's saying it, and where it can be trusted.
In this way, empaths are especially excellent companions in business deals, trading and surprisingly, in negotiating contracts.
11. You've been frequently called or accused of being too sensitive.
A compliment in my book. Others often see our gifts before we do, and in my industry, a 'too sensitive' label is an asset, not a flaw. It's really considered a compliment of the highest regard.
In Doreen Virtue's work, Assertiveness for Earth Angels, Doreen states too sensitive people are a blessing to this earth, as they teach others compassion. I happen to agree.
If you've been called too sensitive in the past, don't worry - you're certainly not alone - go ahead and read this post on what it means when someone calls you ‘too sensitive.’
12. You highly value your own emotions and ask that others value them as well.
The more confident you become in your true empathetic nature, the more you'll demand an equal level of respect in all the relationships you choose to invest in.
Some relationships you may have to walk away from for new, more respectful ones to enter your life. In this way, Empaths are excellent teachers of true reciprocity.
13. You're able to walk into a room, and sense when something is off or an argument was just underway.
Also, you can sense when someone's been sad in their bedroom, when a house has been vacant for a long time, or when someone's died in a new car you've just purchased. These are all empathetic gifts.
These are all signs you can sense the energy, emotions, and thoughts of those around you.
Because of them, many empaths also classify as introverts - simply because they're very sensitive to the energy of others. But it doesn't have to be this way.
Surrounded by the right people, in the right places, with the right energy - empaths can be just as extroverted as anyone else.
Then, when those gifts are and can be applied to the spirit world, the gift is of empathy is called clairsentience and interestingly enough, and you can use to perceive spirit energy or even residual energy.
Many mediums currently use their empathetic gifts this way, as well.
Thankfully, being an Empath can be pretty cool - once it’s been identified, managed, and under control - it can work for you, rather than against you.
Unidentified, however, empath abilities can manifest as feelings of overwhelm - a sign that you’ve had too much of your fill.
Even worse, unidentified abilities are and can be commonly mistaken for psychological disorders.
(These are not my assertions, read the book, Spirit Releasement Therapy, by William J. Baldwin Ph.D. and find out more).
But once embraced - it's a totally different story.
Empath abilities can provide these wonderful benefits once you start to work with them:
An ability to connect on a soul level with any person on earth who is willing
An ability to read others and your environment to better tailor your responses, interactions and to respond during times of crisis
The gift of being able to still offer love and compassion to others, all while maintaining your own personal boundaries and space
A greater ability to maintain your own personal space and integrity of heart, no matter who or what is around
The ability to start a business surrounding your gifts
A greater level of stability in your own emotional, physical, and mental states of mind
A decrease in overall mood swings, errant illnesses and irritations
The ability to begin connecting and sensing those in Spirit, without body
Plus so much more
Your empathic abilities, if you wish, can be applied, enhanced and developed in your interactions in both realms, to provide better outcomes in your life, more fruitful relationships, and a higher level of confidence all around.
Empaths can feel, sense, or know what is already going on with someone, even without their own personal knowledge. So yes, with this gift, you do have to be careful about not accidentally reading someone.
But don't worry, all that can be learned, adapted, and advanced with time.
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Most people do chose to advance their gift once understanding the empath meaning isn’t scary, but more a blessing,
Amanda Linette Meder
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Last updated 2019.07.22
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