Learning to differentiate between ‘whose emotion belongs to whom’ certainly proves to be a challenge for many Empaths.
Every Empath quickly comes to discover of their ability to sense the emotional energy in others, but some struggle be able to distinguish these emotions from their own.
I often get asked questions like: ‘How do I define what I feel in another person?’ or ‘How can I block the emotions I feel in others?’
Not understanding what others’ emotions represent is more common than you might think within the Empath world.
When I was younger (teens and twenties), I did not know I could sense the emotions in others. I thought it was my insecurity that made me so uneasy when around certain people.
If anyone carried hidden pain, negative energy or anger issues, I felt them as a deep sense of discomfort, which I wrongly interpreted as being part of my own social hang-ups.
Before I had even heard of the term “Empath” I was already working on myself: mind, body and spirit. But unbeknownst to me, when I began developing a spiritual practise, as well as striving for balance, I began to sense other people’s energy/emotions more intensely. And it did not feel good. I was later to discover that by developing a spiritual practice it effectively purifies the Empath and speeds up their vibration.
Although this may sound like a good thing, to the unaware Empath a cleaner energy field means any lower vibrating energy, in others, feels heavy, sticky and dense. This type of energy can bring the Empath down fast. And, for this reason, places where they may have frequented, without a problem, such as shopping centres, pubs or coffee shops, then become draining and difficult to be in, even after a short time.
When I eventually discovered I was an Empath it was an incredible light-bulb moment. Everything about everything I hadn’t understood about how I felt, now made sense. And the journey into differentiating energy began.
Fast forward some years and the more I developed my intuition, and life skills, the more I came to understand what I felt in others. I came to recognize the energy of an untruth, insecurity, angst and grief. But although I became more adept at differentiating the subtleties between emotional energy, I still did not enjoy the way they made me feel.
Other people’s energy can leave an Empath deflated. Even when they know to whom the energy belongs, it still rouses unpleasant sensations.
Generally speaking, when you pick up emotional energy, off others, you often interpret it as the emotion you either least enjoy or that is related to an unresolved issue. And it is common for the energy to stoke up anger or irritation, even if the other is not themselves experiencing this emotion.
Also, if you are one who dislike people in your “personal bubble” you will not welcome their emotional energy either. Other’s energy suddenly showing up, uninvited, in your energy field can feel invasive and claustrophobic. The energy you experience does not have to be negative to stir up negativity either; being unsolicited is enough to ignite unpleasant feelings.
It often takes a while for an Empath to learn how not to be affected by the emotional energy of others. And just by being an Empath does not mean you automatically understand the energy you feel in others, or are able to prevent it from affecting you.
The first steps to take, in defining the emotions belonging to others, lies in your own self-development. Developing your intuition, quieting your mind through some type of meditative practise and striving for balance, are the best ways to both discern and prevent the emotional energy belonging to others from affecting you.
It is not an overnight process. You have to put the work in if you want to understand what you are feeling and prevent any unnecessary overwhelm it may cause.
An Empath will always feel other people’s emotions at some level. Depending on where you are on your Empath journey will determine how you, or your brain, interprets this energy. It is important that you do not punish yourselves, or feel ashamed, if another person’s energy sparks a negative reaction within.
When you work on yourselves, build your Empath awareness and take steps to re-balance, the way other people’s energy affects you changes in a big way. But no matter how far you have come in your self-development, you are still human. And, no matter how evolved you are, you will always have days when another person’s emotional energy will bring you down and fry your circuits.
When you come to understand your journey you come to learn why you feel all you do as an Empath and become grateful for the experience.
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