Why Am I Feeling This Way?

I hope this post finds you well, and everything is keeping well in your world.

I’ve been incredibly busy lately and not had time to write a post, which I’ve wanted to do for a while, to update you on what is happening energetically and how it could be affecting you. So today I’ve decided to drop everything else and address this important subject:

There has been a lot happening energetically. Huge shifts are bringing to the surface that which has long been buried, and it is causing many conflicts within people and activating painful emotions. As an Empath you may be feeling emotionally floored, angry, anxious or under attack by this energy.

You may also at times feel like you are out of body, observing life as it is going on around you, but not really feeling part of it. You may overhear conversations that seem so predictable and obvious that you wonder why others are having them. Or you may wonder why people can’t seem to jump off the hamster wheels they are so fervently spinning on. You stand by and watch helplessly as they run faster and faster, not allowing themselves to face the truths of themselves or of this world.

Everywhere people seem angry and preoccupied with issues or concerns. They are busy looking for ways to project this anger, which then fuels it further. This destructive energy then just builds and builds and becomes more overwhelming for those of us who are Sensitive.

When we are simply observing the madness going on around us, in a detached way, it does us no harm. But it is too easy to become embroiled in it all and thus take on emotional energy that does not belong to us. Because this energy is so powerful, our mind wants to search out a logical explanation and reason for it. Since the emotions mostly do not belong to us, and have not been caused by anything we are currently experiencing, the mind reaches into its database and brings up a memory that matches the emotion. If, for example, you had a disagreement with a friend or family member in the past where you felt betrayed or treated unjustly, you might find yourself festering over those memories; even though you have already forgiven those involved or let the situation go.

If, however, the mind cannot find a memory to attach the emotional energy to, it will look for something else to connect with. You may find yourself drawn into an injustice happening to a friend or family member. Or a political issue, that would not normally garner your attention, suddenly draws you in and winds you up.

As Empaths, when we absorb strong emotional energy belonging to another we can still be tricked into believing it is our own. No matter how aware or how much work we have done on ourselves, we can still be taken off guard by these recent potent energies.

This energy comes in waves. Sometimes it comes crashing down, other times it gradually rolls in and out.

Here are some common ways in which you might experience this shifting energy:

  • Waking Up Vexed: This is a common theme. Waking up in the morning, or in the middle of the night, with your mind already focusing on some past injustice, that had not even been remotely on your mind. These memories take over your thoughts which then trigger emotional responses. Because you then start your day in a low mood, you tend to draw to you more situations that match this low mood energy and the darker your day becomes.
  • Skin Outbreaks: You may have noticed sores, spots or other strange skin disruptions popping up in random places on your body. Inflamed, itchy skin patches, which you don’t ordinarily suffer with, may suddenly come and go. The force of this intense emotional energy disrupts the calm flow of energy through the body and can ignite strange skin outbreaks.
  • Stomach Troubles: Emotional upset causes stomach imbalances and hyperacidity which often lead to some kind of stomach pain, discomfort or bloating.
  • Disruptive Thought Patterns: Potent energy normally always induces repetitive thought patterns that are difficult to reign in, even if you generally have a calm, quiet mind.
  • Feeling Under Attack: Those who have not worked on themselves, or who have gone through life acting in self-serving ways, are having issues coming up that they need to face. But instead of dealing with them, they often lash out at others instead. They project this energy out as blame. Some are so adamant of not facing their truth or inner-pain that they launch their anger onto another, attacking them verbally or mentally. If you are on the receiving end of this energy, it feels dreadful and will ignite similar feelings within.

What to Do

Because much of this emotional energy does not belong to us, it is not something we need to work on clearing. But we do need to be able to detach from the way it makes us feel. Whether emotional energy belongs to us or not, it will still cause the body harm if we allow it to ignite anger or painful emotions.

Here are some gentle ways to help you detach and let go of the overwhelming energy you may be being subjected to:

  • Calm the senses: Taking a salt bath with essential oils, or listening to soft music that you find relaxing, will go a long way to calming your senses and easing distressful emotions. It is also a perfect way to end an emotionally busy day.
  • Distraction: When your mind gets stuck in a destructive thought-battle, find a distraction. By distracting your mind, you withdraw your awareness and energy from the situation. This can help break the continuous looping thoughts that happen when being mentally attacked.
  • Acceptance: Accept the energy does not belong to you and don’t try to fight it. Realizing that what you are experiencing is not your own, makes it so much easier to accept and then detach from.
  • Nurture yourself: Eat well, lots of nutrient-rich foods to keep a strong immune system, exercise and get out in nature. Being outdoors and walking nature is one of the best ways to clear energy and reset. Lying on the grass under an indigo, star-filled sky is another perfect way to reset. If you cannot get outdoors, take yourself there in meditation. It works equally well.
  • Forgiveness: Sounds cliché, I know, but when undergoing powerful negative emotions towards another it is harmful and imprisoning to us. Whatever the reason the emotions have been triggered by, it serves us (and them) to send forgiveness. Through forgiveness we become liberated.

Hope this helps you on your journey.

Until next time.


©Diane Kathrine

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30 thoughts on “Why Am I Feeling This Way?

  1. Wow! Thank you so much for writing this! I have been feeling incredible anger the last couple of weeks, and unfortunately lashing out at my significant other. I know it’s not him, but it is so strong it overwhelms me. I also know as an empath that I haven’t been properly protecting, or taking care of myself. This energy though, it’s new to me…I don’t know, just a lot stronger, and more spiritually invasive. Not like dealing with another person’s specific energy…if that makes sense? I have not felt like myself at all! Your article made me realize I need to up my game in the self care area. Thank you!

  2. Hello. I got the Empath Empowered book the kindle. I am doing your silver meditation. There is a blockage, or something. Have forgiven, done so much yoga, meditation, then the anger came back, etc. Concerned about health, especially right side of body. Lots of what you say resonates with me and I instinctively did… it’s been a while I stopped all my practices and feel low. Go figure. Gotta do it forever.. the space cleansing, everything. Thanks

    • A few days of doing these things, relaxing, feels much better. Personal wellbeing rituals should never be sacrificed for ‘work’… by the way I found probiotic foods very useful. I have put up a site, but perhaps links aren’t allowed in the comments? I shared information on kefir, kombucha and other fermented foods. I used to buy acidophilus milk too. Not available here, though.

      • Hi Xenyen,

        You’re right. We should never give up on looking after our wellbeing. When busy, stressed or feeling low, it is too easy to stop self-care, but it is then when we need it most.

        I have written about probiotic, prebiotic and other gut (seat of emotions) healing foods in The Eating Plan for Empaths & HSPs. Yes, very beneficial to all who are Sensitive.

        Thanks for sharing. 🙂

      • Thanks! Got your second book, Empath Awakening. Also started the master cleanse, detox, and eliminated bread which is convenient though I do better gluten free.. seriously had no idea a few days of effort could make me feel so much better! Thank you for your books! Great reminder, as well as useful info. (I commented somewhere below I think, with my site which might be useful. Feel free to remove if you feel it is spammy) #GratefulToGod

    • I have had the worst time grounding & I’m a laid back person. But I do feel the collective & the energy is off the charts-election etc. I’ve been researching EMF. I did buy a pendant from earthcalm & it works (grounds) 75%. Now looking into a house hold plug to harmonize emf. I dont know why this is suddenly a problem but I’ll try anything. Flower essences work & crystals also. Seems like its taking stronger efforts these days.

      • Yes, we are certainly having to work at staying grounded and in balance. And many are finding what used to work no longer does, and the inclination to find new techniques has waned. Everything feels like such hard work. But it is worth it when we do put the effort in.

        Thanks for sharing, Ronda. 🙂

  3. It does help, I am new to this, I have a friend that always seems to be in the same place I am mentally, and we both started describing a certain feeling as mental attacts, we have both struggled to fight them off as well.

    I have set very short term mood/thought goals. I remember a better feeling I once felt and try to think of things to conjure it up again. I hold onto that feeling until I can conjure up something slightly better, if I screw up I just start over.

  4. This so perfectly describes what I’ve been feeling the past few days. It’s torture to keep feeling negative emotions that I know don’t belong to me, but can’t get rid of. Like a TV you keep turning off and then it turns itself back on again. Thank you for writing this post. It’s easier to make peace and address a situation when you know you’re not alone in the experience. I will bookmark this page to return to your suggestions as the day progresses. ☮ ♡ 😄 ☯

  5. I’ve certainly had the skin outbreaks. I’ve been waking up horribly lately. I’ve been pretty much staying away from the political strife as much as possible and do fear the outcome a little. Thanks for this…it has helped so much. I keep forgetting I have all this…I am so used to feeling this way…it’s a relief to understand. Thanks!!!

  6. I can’t wait until this election is over-that’s where most of this is coming from. I keep sending out healing light over the map between 12-3a when it’s quiet & I can think again.

  7. Wow… you certainly hit the nail on the head Diane! The anxiety, especially in the early morning, the feeling of not actually being in my body, the bloating and painful stomach, dragging up deep seated emotions I thought I had dealt with, my inability to meditate or do my daily yoga practice….at least now I can understand why and put the strategies in place to step out of this vicious cycle. Thank you so much.

  8. Yes I’ve had an early morning internal battle with negative thoughts. Skin out break for days..bloated stomach… Low mood energy…went out for a walk..did the salt bath…listened to meditation music..and decided not to go out with two aquiatances who just like to run behind their desires…and would make me lose my energy….this has been all done before reading this article today..so I guess I’m on target;-) thank you make this shift more understandable…as a child and young adult I just surpressed these feelings/ ideas…now I force myself to think of myself.

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