Developing Traits of an Empath

In recent months I noticed many comments asking how to develop the traits of an Empath. Many are now wanting to follow their calling but are not sure how best to do it.

Although an Empath came into the world ready to do their job of transmuting negative, dense and dark energies, they find they are taken down by them. There are many things about modern life that pushes an Empath out-of-balance. This not only makes life difficult and sometimes painful, but it also means the energy they pick up has a negative impact on them.

It also doesn’t help that they cannot openly discuss their abilities. Try explaining to anyone, who has their feet firmly rooted in the material world, about an Empath: They assume you’ve lost your marbles and look at you as if you are from another planet. For this reason, many Empaths keep to themselves who they are, which can make this a lonely path to walk. It also makes it difficult live authentically. But this is not enough to stop the Empath from pushing onwards and upwards.

It goes without saying that an experienced Empath takes on more than the inexperienced. When I say experienced I’m referring to those who are aware of their gifts and know how to stay grounded and protected. Experience also comes through the obstacles and hurdles met and overcome.

Ironically you would think the more challenges an Empath faces the easier life would become. Not the case. Many Empaths find the further they travel in life the steeper their climb. I guess this comes down to the more done the more expected.

Empaths are constantly at work in the unseen realms mopping up negative energies. Whether they are aware of it or not, they go through life transmuting energy. And, as there seems to be a never-ending supply of dense and dark energies, they are always on call.

It is part of an Empath’s life-path to help bring balance into this chaotic world and many are doing this without being conscious of it. Sadly, the job of an Empath is thankless and, usually, an unrecognised one.  But all the same it is a very real one.

Unlike other metaphysical jobs, the majority are not aware of just how much an Empath takes on. What makes matters more frustrating is if they get labelled as being lazy or a hypochondriac because of what they take on.

Negative energy can make an Empath physically ill, especially when they have a weak energy field and are out-of-balance. It is the type of illness a medical doctor cannot treat.

Learning to discern between energies/emotions coming from their external environment, and that of their own, proves to be a huge challenge for an Empath but it is one of the first things they need to become aware of for self-protection (see this post). It is too easy for an Empath to take on another person’s pain and mistake it as their own. This causes stress and  emotional pain which may lead to unnecessary illness. Building a powerful energy field also helps protect from overwhelming emotions. A good diet and exercise is one of the best ways to do this.

I  recently watched a program about solar flares (coronal mass ejections) and how power plants protect themselves from their impact. When a solar flare is expected to hit, the power station cranks up the electricity in the grid to full blast. This gives a protective shield and diffuses the energy, of the flare, though the grid. The Sun’s energy can’t then fry the system. This reminds me of what happens when we do vigorous exercise: we crank up our feel good endorphins, which in turn raises our vibration and builds a stronger energy field so that when the external energies hit, they simply get diffused. Even just 5 minutes working out to your max reaps huge benefits. (If you become easily overwhelmed from too much energy see this post)

As well as doing exercise it is good to keep a quiet mind. Negative thoughts cause stress and emotional turmoil. Because an Empath picks up the thought-forms of others it is imperative they have control of their own mind and thoughts. Meditation is the best way to get a still mind.

However, sometimes, for the Empath, mediation is difficult to do or keep up. There are many reasons for this. But if you are one who finds mediation incredibly frustrating, do not despair. There are some other brilliant techniques you can try that will help calm your mind and build a strong energy field (see this post).

If you are interested in developing your intuitive gifts there are some easy steps to take (see this post), but if you are more drawn to developing other metaphysical abilities such as: healing or clairvoyance it is best to do so under the guidance of a good teacher (who knows about Empath abilities). Although some Empaths are born with clairvoyant, mediumistic, medically intuitive or other abilities, I would not recommend developing them on your own. Opening up energetically to the invisible realms may cause problems for the unaware and could lead to some scary experiences. 

If you want to transform your life as an Empath and harness your hidden power you may want to read this




Hope this helps on your journey as an Empath.

Until next time.


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©Diane Kathrine at Empaths Empowered


30 thoughts on “Developing Traits of an Empath

  1. I’ve actually just started looking into this sort of thing, I’ve always felt I was somewhat different and aware of unseen things, lately Life have been extramural taxing on me in every way, and I’m trying to learn more about it. I think I may be experiencing other people’s emotion way to strong.

  2. I have just this month found out about being an empath. I’ve always believed in flow of energy and helped others, seen people for who they really are (while in awe that my friends and others couldn’t tell or even believe me). But since a near death experience I’ve noticed a major change in everything and everywhere I go. Like people saying the Facebook thing really struck odd to me because lately I feel just mixed up with I don’t even know what emotion while on it almost hurting my head and draining me. Along with I’ve been scared of heart problems with my neck chest and others randomly aiching (mostly around certain people now that I’m learning) I’m so glad to read this and all the other stuff recently thanks everyone for there tips. I question everything and could never place what my purpose is, I’ve always loved helping people but now it makes sense why and what I am here for. I’ve been down lately but I feel blessed now to have such a gift that could help the world.

  3. I agree. Empaths are born, not made. Unskilled empaths suffer, as we all know, and I agree it is a thankless job. However, beyond a shadow of a doubt, my biggest life changing experience has been learning empath skills, learning how to use my gifts at will, not being constantly bombarded and in a state of over-whelm and melt-down. I got the books by Rose Rosetree, the Empowered Empath, and Use Your Power of Command For Spiritual Cleansing and Protection, amongst others. Seriously, get skills. I get nothing from sharing this with you, other than the knowledge that it will transform you, if you are willing to learn. You don’t need to suffer needlessly 🙂

  4. I just found out a few months ago that I’m an empath. I just want to pass on that I very rarely have rage attacks anymore (they used to be quite frequent). Avoiding chocolate is VERY helpful in staying calm, not just for me but for many people (I’ve researched it).

  5. I have had to weed and clean my FB. Negativity is dealt with promptly and swiftly and with extreme prejudice!
    It’s kinda sad that I only have open minded people on my friends list, but then again, I have found new friends from all around the world who either think like me, are empaths, or are open minded.


    I do enjoy the connectivity of FB!
    But it is so very important to protect yourself!!
    *huggles* and Blessings,

    • Kris does an amazing job at keeping the site positive. I too, am very selective about who comes into my livingroom (via facebook). It is interesting what friends I go to and hide completely from my feed so I don’t have to see their stuff. I am happy to know them and be there if they need me but, I don’t want their baggage in my livingroom

      • I agree with careful watching of FB and now even some emails. I have just recently, through a wonderful therapist found out not only who I am, but that I have the gift/curse of being an empathy. Even as a teenager, I predicted that a relative was dying. Had persons talk to me at their time of death and much more. If my husband or grandson become upset, it comes to me. I have had to cut off a best friend because of too much negativity. I do not watch the news or read papers but do love scify stories. My ways of getting me back is going for a walk, using meditation, yoga or trying to write a story. These methods do not always work but I have to keep trying or I will go into that black hole that many of you are aware of. I can always use more tips and share experiences.

    • I still have to learn how to delete comments on FB. I have new comments on it, political ones that I have no idea who is behind them. Think I’ll try again soon.

      • You too Fiona, I predicted someone in my family was going to die too. At first, I thought it’d be my parents, it ended up being my aunt. On the way too school, I started feeling something strong, I didn’t know where it came from. Sometimes I have fears of losing my families, but this was like real. So I began to cry. So many times, I lie about my feelings because I could never explain, or thought people wouldn’t understand and think I’m insane. I told my parents after she died though.

  6. It was like reading my own thoughts and experiences. I am 56 now and became very aware of my empathic skills when i was 14. I agree with all you have said and am awaiting to hear more. I am a loner due to my empath skills.

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