What is Smudging and How Can it Help Empaths?

burning sage sticksYou may have heard of ‘smudging’ but are not quite sure what it is or how it can help you as an Empath.

So what is smudging?

Basically, smudging is the practice of burning of herbs and using the smoke to remove negative energy from people, places or objects.

For the Empath, smudging can be a great tool. It is a quick and easy method to help remove negative energies picked up when being out and about in ‘peopled places’ or just to clear one’s energy field.

Smudging has been used for centuries all over the world. Today it is mainly associated with Native North Americans who use it in their healing ceremonies. However, many other countries burn herbs for cleansing:

In India they use incense, in Chinese acupuncture Mugwort is used, in Africa varied herbs are burnt, even the Christian Church burn herbs in their ceremonies. And although many of these actions have become ritualized, their basis stemmed from using smoke to remove negative energy. Continue reading

Why Garlic is the Empath’s Best Friend

We all know that garlic keeps the blood-sucking vampires away but what about the ones we dread being in the presence of most…the energy vampires? For the Empath, it may not keep the latter away but it can certainly counteract any damage they cause, both physically and energetically.

Garlic is an amazing tool when it comes to healing the body; it is a powerful antibiotic, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory, it helps remove heavy metals and contains potent anti-oxidants that help build a healthy immune system.

However, for the Empath, it is what it can do for the energetic body that you may find of interest:

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10 Essential Oils to Re-Balance the Empath

essential_oilsThe value of essential oils has been known for more than 6000 years, not only for their amazing healing properties but for their ability to bring energetic balance back to the body and mind, and promote emotional wellbeing.

Essential oils are composed of tiny molecules which can easily be penetrated by the body.

When the essences are inhaled they enter the body, via the cells that line the nasal passages, which then send messages to the brain via the olfactory senses. These messages are directly picked up by the limbic system.

The limbic system is a part of the brain which controls the major functions of the body and has a major impact on the emotions and emotional memory (responsible for sparking nostalgia through certain scents). When the limbic system  receive the oil’s message, it in turn responds to the request, whether that be to heal the body, calm the mind or both.

The following essential oils have many therapeutic benefits, but I will mainly list their energetic and emotional balancing qualities.

These oils not only heal but also help remove emotional energy held within the body (or within the pranic sheath), one’s own or those picked up from others. Continue reading

Dark Thoughts and Moving into a New World

worldHave you found that you seem to be getting triggered in negative ways recently? You’re not alone. You will be especially noticing these triggers if, in the past years, you have significantly raised your vibration and have done lots of work on yourself.

You may find that for the much of the time you feel happy, even blissed out and then you receive a message off someone that automatically puts you into a negative place and changes your thoughts from being happy to angry or low vibrational.

To find yourself thinking negatively is not your fault, humans are hardwired into thinking more negative thoughts than positive, it’s called negativity bias and stems back to our survival instincts from caveman days. We can brood for hours on dark menacing thoughts whilst positive ones can often go unnoticed.

It only takes 17 seconds for a negative thought to take hold, which could then escalate into hours or days of dark thinking, which will affect both our emotions and our physical health.

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When People Become Trauma Triggers for the Empath

Trauma Triggers EmpathIf you have someone in your life who acts as a trauma trigger they will no doubt have already sprung to mind upon reading the title of this post.

Those who act as a trauma trigger cause a response at the mere mention of their name, and can have the Empath awash with a torrent of painful emotions, just by thinking about them.

For the Empath, feeling other people’s energy and emotions is normal, both negative and positive. Some people emit lovely, light vibrations and are a joy to be around, but there are some who live under a cloud of negative energy and are riddled with angsts that they seem to thrive on.

These ‘trigger’ people tend to spew dark, angry energy  and refuse to accept or change their behaviour, even if it has been pointed out to them how their ways affect others. They tend to find fault in everyone (except themselves) and choose not to see the good in those around them. Continue reading

10 Ways Empaths can Protect Themselves from Other People’s Energy

For the Empath, being out in public can be a traumatizing time that can leave one feeling floored and out of sorts.

Simply nipping to the shops can mean we end up wearing someone else’s energy for the rest of the day; which isn’t such a bad thing if the energy is positive and highly charged. However, more often than not, it is the not-so-nice energy that clings to us and follows us home.


I have found that the best way to protect myself when out in public is by taking preëmptive measures as well as having a few tactics to pull out of the bag as and when needed.

I am sharing here with you some that I have found to be the most effective:

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What’s the Deal with Antiques and Empaths?

On my post ‘At a Glance 30 Traits of an Empath’ there is one trait that has caused some controversy over the years, more than any other trait:

Trait 28.   Will not choose to buy antiques, vintage or second-hand. 

Anything that’s been pre-owned carries the energy of the previous owner. An Empath may even prefer to have a brand new car or house (if they are in the financial situation to do so) with no residual energy.

Many people wrongly assume the reason number 28 is on the list is because antiques hold negative energy. Anything pre-owned can carry negative or positive energy but this is not the reason it is on the list. Continue reading

Why Empaths Freeze Around Inauthentic People

Ever spent time with someone who on the surface seem as nice as pie but when with them you feel awful and struggle to form a sentence? This is a caused by your Empathic antenna sensing that all is not what it seems. You are detecting that what this person is showing is a fake persona created to hide something from others.

When an Empath comes across fake people it is common for them to shut down as a form of protection.  This can be seen as stumbling over words or one’s memory and thought process being affected. Anyone who is not emanating truthful vibes will put an Empath on high alert.
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Could This be a Cure for Social Overwhelm for Empaths?

I think you will probably all agree that, for the Empath, there certainly seems to be never ending hurdles to overcome when it comes to wellbeing.

Like many of you lovely Empaths out there, I consider myself to be somewhat introverted. And living in this extrovert world can often make me feel like I’m a large square peg being pushed into a small round hole.

And as is typical of an introvert, the thought of going out in busy peopled places or having to attend bustling social events sometimes ignites a bout of ‘social dread’ for me.

So, when I recently came across a condition that causes unnecessary social anxiety and excessive introversion, it immediately caught my attention.

The condition is called Pyroluria. and is caused by a lack of vitamin B6 and the mineral zinc.

Vitamin B6 and zinc are stripped from the body when under a lot of stress. As most Empaths suffer with high levels of emotional stress, they have to consider their nutrient levels may be low.

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How to Heal an Empath’s Emotions

 

Since I wrote my last post, Traits of the Sensitive, I decided to do a little research on the amygdala, the part of the brain which Dr. Elaine Aron, a research psychologist, found to be highly activated in Sensitives.  I wanted to know what health implications it may have on the Empaths, by its constant activation.

Here’s what I found:

The amygdala is a set of small almond-shaped clusters of nuclei, located deep within the brain’s temporal lobe, which plays a huge part in processing emotions. The more aggressive the emotion the more responsive the amygdala becomes, and is responsible for triggering the stress response hormones.

Aron found, through a series of trials and research, when Sensitives were shown pictures of human suffering the amygdala was activated. This in turn released hormones, such as cortisol and adrenaline, which further enticed emotional responses.

The amygdala is not a thinking part of the brain. It is a reacting part which activates when exposed to stimuli such as stress, fear or other strong emotions. It causes an automatic response known as the fight-or-flight response.

The fight-or-flight response is the body’s way of protecting us from dangerous situations. The process elevates hormones to give the energy and strength to run away from danger or stay and fight.

Two of the  hormones released into the body, by amygdala activation, are adrenalin and cortisol. These hormones increase heart rate, respiration and glucose levels. All of which are essential for increased body activity. When these hormones are constantly activated, by the endocrine glands (courtesy of amygdala activation), and not used it has a knock-on-effect. This eventually puts other organs out of balance and leads to illnesses such as heart disease, adrenal fatigue and diabetes.

An Empath does not need to watch another endure pain to experience suffering. Simply being in the presence of someone carrying disturbed emotions is enough to set off a reaction, whether the other person shows the emotions or not. This means the Empath may overproduce adrenalin and cortisol.

In normal situations, when a stressful situation is removed stress levels return to normal and the amygdala stops activation. It is when the stress triggers do not decrease that problems arise. This is where health issues can occur for the Empath.

Empaths don’t get away from stressful emotions easily. Not only do they have to deal with their own day-to-day stresses but that of others too.

The Empath may stop feeling others’ emotions soon after leaving them. But this is not always the case. Some emotional energy clings for days after exposure (see this post to learn more). This means the amygdala is constantly activated and large amounts of unnecessary hormones are dumped into the body.

 So what can we do about it?

1. Avoid triggers: The first step we can take in preventing unnecessary amygdala activation is to avoid known triggers. The people you know who stimulate a negative emotional response (see post here) lasting more than a day should be avoided.

The amygdala is a defence mechanism activated by emotional responses. It can also be triggered by emotional memories.

People who bring nothing to your life but emotional pain eventually become an Empath trauma trigger.

2. Control your mind and thoughts: Keep the mind quiet to stop unnecessary amygdala activation from thoughts, read post here

3. Avoid stimulants: Sensitives react to coffee and other stimulants more than most. It is best to know your caffeine intake limits and stay within them (take note at which point you get a physical response – too much caffeine can cause shakiness, pounding heart, flushing, faster breathing and an aching chest – and stay under the that amount). Drug-like food also has a huge impact on an Empath brain (read more) and should be avoided

4. Exercise daily: Exercise has many redeeming benefits for the Empath. In the case of amygdala activation, it helps clear excess stress hormones, which would otherwise cause damage, from the bloodstream.

5. Control glucose levels through diet: Regularly experiencing stressful emotions, your own or off others’, results in extra glucose being dumped into the bloodstream (from amygdala hormone activation), the last thing an Empath needs is their diet to contribute to this problem. Avoiding sugar or sugar-forming foods can prevent this from happening.

If you are one who carries excess belly fat, your body is receiving too much glucose for its needs. This is a clear sign of Empath imbalances. If you want to learn more about how the right diet can transform an Empath’s life you may want to read this post.

I hope this post helped you understand how your brain plays a vital part in your Empath wellbeing, and how the amygdala’s activation impacts your emotional health. If you want to learn more about the ways Empaths are affected by the energy of others click on the attached links above.

Hope all is keeping really well in your Empath corner of the world…

Until next time

Diane

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Traits of Sensitive People

Whilst doing a spot of cleaning the other day a book, I read time some ago, fell open on the floor. The book ‘Quiet’, by Susan Cain is about research and findings on the introverts of the world, famous and not so.

Anyway, when I picked up the book I found it wedged open on page 136, which I duly read (typical trait of an Empath getting distracted from chores by something that appears more interesting).  Page 136 makes reference to traits of highly sensitive people as compiled by Dr. Elaine Aron, a research psychologist.

Whilst researching the inner behaviour of sensitive people, especially those who did not like to be in social situations, Dr Aron found out some fascinating things:

Aron interviewed 39 people who described themselves as either introverted or easily overwhelmed by social stimulation, and asked them questions regarding their film preferences, creative activities, relationships with family and friends, philosophical and religious views. Based on these interviews, and further research, she came up with a compilation of 27 attributes of the ‘highly sensitive person’.

Here is a sampling of some of those attributes… it is interesting to note that this list has some similarities to my 30 Traits of an Empath:

  • Highly sensitive people tend to be keen observers who look before they leap.
  • They arrange their lives in ways that limit surprises.
  • Sensitive to sights, sounds, smells, pain, and stimulants such as coffee.
  • Have difficulty when being observed or judged for general worthiness.
  • Tendency to be philosophical or spiritual in their orientation, rather than being materialistic.
  • Dislike being engaged in small talk.
  • Describe themselves as being creative or intuitive.
  • Dream vividly and have good dream recall.
  • Love music, art, nature and physical beauty.
  • Feel exceptionally strong emotions, such as acute bouts of joy, sorrow, melancholy and fear.
  • Process information about their environments, both physical and emotional, very deeply.
  • Notice subtleties: such as another person’s shift in mood or a light bulb burning too brightly.
  • Tend to have unusually strong consciences.
  • Dislike or avoid violent films and TV shows.
  • Acutely aware of the consequences of their own behaviour.
  • In social settings they often focus on subjects like the personal problems of others.

Through Aron’s (and other scientists’) research, it has been found that the amygdala (a part of the brain which plays a huge part in processing emotions) becomes strongly activated in highly sensitive people when exposed to other human suffering or pain (picking up their emotions). Even just being shown pictures of people in pain is enough to trigger this response. Because of this, highly sensitive people have no choice but to feel what others feel.

Aron also found that most introverts, but not all, are highly sensitive…or Empaths!

To find if you are an introvert, and what type click here to take the Briggs Meyers personality test.

For more books on the incredible Empath traits and ways for the Empaths to find their hidden power click here.

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Knowing It’s Time for the Empath to Let Go of Toxic People

To the Empath being in harmony with people in life is essential to their health and wellbeing. Toxic friendships cause untold pain and damage and should be avoided.

If there are people in your life who cause any kind of emotional pain, which lasts long after you’ve left them, it is time to evaluate the relationship and perhaps release them for your life.

Before you can be of service to others you have to find balance within and that means taking care of your physical and mental needs. It also means you should stop exposing yourself to anything which is toxic, in the form of food, substances or people.

Most Empaths have at least one toxic person in their life who cause a wave of intense, negative emotions to rain down on them, just by being in their presence. These people, who may be a friend or family member, seem to spew acid whenever they talk.

Their acidity is felt in any of the main energy centres (chakras), especially on the front torso, in the form of an ache or pain. To some, it feels like hot lava is being poured over the solar plexus area (seat of emotions). Others may experience aches or stabbing pulsations around their chakras.

It is normal for toxic people to talk negatively of everyone and everything. They can drain your life force within a matter of minutes. Even after trying every trick in the book for self-protection, nothing seems to stop their venom seeping into the Empath’s physical and energetic body.

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 Typical sensations which can be felt by being with toxic people

  • Anger or feelings of bitterness embodying you: This can last for the duration of being in their presence and up to 10 days after. Depending on the negative traits they carry will depend on what you feel.
  • Fatigue: Struggling to keep your eyes open, especially if they are venting.
  • Being out of sorts: A range of strange feelings wash over you, from being spaced out, to nausea.
  • Negative talk: Finding yourself talking negatively of others, even though it is not a typical trait of yours. Overly toxic people can easily lure the unvigilant Empath into their judgemental behaviour.
  • Apathy: Losing all previous zest and optimism.

If you have a toxic person in your life you  may have already tried helping them by sharing what has helped you, in dealing with the rigours of life. Sadly, they did not want to listen to what you have to say about any kind of self-help, preferring to offload their negative rants on you.

You may have also tried getting them to see situations from different perspectives, hoping they may recognise that by changing their attitude it would change their whole life…to no avail.

The Empath would never want to hurt or cause unnecessary pain to others, and it is for this reason many keep in their lives those who cause much emotional pain. Yet, one must always put the emotional health of self first. If you know a food or substance made you violently ill or caused you to feel depressed, you would avoid it; the same should be applied to those who cause emotional turmoil.

We have a responsibility to keep our bodies and mental wellbeing strong and healthy, and if another is causing us damage (all stress will eventually lead to illness), it is our duty to either confront the said person or remove them from our life.

I am not talking about having the ego dented by another’s random disrespect. Everyone has people who offend, hurt or make them angry, by their lack of understanding. And they in turn will no doubt do the same to others. This issue is about those toxic friends, or family members, who repetitively bring you down and do immense energetic damage.

For the Empath, navigating friendships can be a grey area. Most people can invoke an emotional response and it is often the kindest of people who carry the most pain. Yet feeling another’s pain is nothing compared to what a toxic person makes you endure.

The point comes in all toxic friendships when you have to decide if it is causing more harm than good. Here are some questions to ask that may help you evaluate your friend/relationship and hopefully help you see if it is a healthy one:

  •  Am I taking anything from this friend/relationship?
  • Does spending time with him/her make me happy?
  • Do I dread being in his/her presence?
  • When was the last time I enjoyed being in his/her company?
  • Do we have any of the same interests?
  • Is it a one-sided friendship with me fitting in with his/her needs?
  • Does this relationship affect my emotional health?
  • Do I feel ill, emotionally drained or intense negative emotions after being with him/her?
  • Am I being used as an emotional dumping ground?
  • Does he/she have a lot of negative thoughts or anger towards me?
  • Am I learning anything from spending time with him/her?
  • Is being in this relationship making me grow spiritually, emotionally or other?
  • Is this relationship beneficial to either of us?
  • Has he/she become dependent upon me?
  • What are my real reasons for staying in this relationship?

I must point out that not all toxic relationships are destructive. There are many reasons we encounter toxic people. A common reason being the mirror effect. Certain encounters act as a mirror and show us weaknesses or issues we need to resolve within ourselves.

You may have seen a pattern of behaviour in the way family and friends behave towards you. For example: friends may act overly needy towards you or they may not be there for you when you need them. If you notice any behaviour, in others, being a trend, it is most definitely not happening by chance. Any undesirable behaviour that repeats, in any type of relationship, is something that needs to be investigated. Repetition highlights flaws or issues that they need to worked on and learnt from.

We all learn from the bad situations presented in life. Yet if the same emotional scenarios keep playing out no one is gaining, learning or growing from the situation and it is time to cut the chord.

Empaths take on and feel others emotions and energetic attributes, and it does them no good to keep in their life those who carry toxic energy. Once you have learned from an experience you don’t need to re-learn it over and over. You may learn a lot from bad people and bad experiences, but you don’t need to keep experiencing other people’s negativity to grow.

Repetitive painful emotions turn into illness.  If another repeatedly  leaves a dark imprint on you, simply by being in their presence, it is time to let them go. This is not about being hateful. You can be grateful to a toxic person for all they have shown you in life and send them love. But when it feels time to let them go then it is. If it makes you feel better about the situation tell yourself it doesn’t have to be forever.

If you want to learn more about restructuring your life as an Empath, and harnessing your hidden power, you may want to read this.

I have attached a link to an article I came across quite randomly whilst writing this post and offers another writer’s perspective on ways to deal with toxic people, and although it is not written with the Empath in mind, it is worth a read.

Hope this helps on your Empath Journey.

Until next time…

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Simple Steps for a Blissful Empath Life!

We attract into our life who and what we are. To draw more magnificence to your Empath life you need to develop a magnificent outlook on life.

The following are 50 ways of being which will see many incredible positive changes happen to your life!

1. Let Go of Expectations of Others

Expectations can cause untold pain and frustration. Let them go and it will free you from disappointment.

2. Learn to Accept

You cannot and should not control everything in life. Acceptance is essential if you want to live a happy, healthy life.

3. Release Dependency on Others

When you depend on another to make you happy, or to give your life meaning, you miss out on discovering how incredible you are.

4. Control your Thoughts

Stress and unhappiness are born from chaotic Empath musings. Quieten your mind and calm your thoughts.

5. Judge Not

Judging makes you fearful of judgements. Choose not to judge, yourself or others, and you will find emotional freedom.

6. Stop Procrastinating

Don’t put off today what you can do tomorrow. Why waste life thinking about what you could be doing?Just do it!

7. Be at Peace with Criticism

Trying to avoid criticism prevents you from doing what you are meant to do and becoming who you are meant to be as an Empath.

8. Change not Another nor let Another Change You

Don’t mould others into the people you want them to be and don’t change yourself to please another. Just be! Allow your Empath self to be true.

9. Don’t Take it Personally

If another treats you badly, it is a reflection on them. Not you!

10. Get Out in Nature

Spending time in nature is grounding and uplifting and will soothe your Empath soul.

11. Never Give Up

Good things don’t arrive overnight. People have little appreciation of that which comes easy. No matter what your age: Believe in yourself and don’t stop striving towards your goals.

12. Leave the Crowd Behind

You are here to enjoy your exclusive life experience. Follow your calling not the crowd’s.

13. Collect Experiences not Treasures

When you leave your body you only take your knowledge and experiences. Make as many as you can.

14. Abandon the Fear of Failure

A failure is an experience that simply teaches you how not to do something. Whatever you choose to do as an Empath you will learn. Don’t let fear hold you back from trying.

15. Stay Protected

Keeping away from negative, draining energy will keep you empowered as an Empath.

16. Embrace Success

Expect success as an Empath and you will always have it!

17. Love What You Do and Do What You love

Follow your passions. When happy in your work success will follow.

18. Don’t Place Your Worth on Your Appearance

Youthful beauty fades but inner-beauty continues to grow. Let your inner-Empath-beauty shine!

19. Take Responsibility For Your Energy

You receive back what you give out. Project powerful, uplifting vibrations into the world and collect the rewards.

20. Create The Change You Want To See

Don’t wait. Create your Empath dream life. Be the change see the change.

21. Know You are Worthy

No man is better than himself. Putting another on a pedestal instils the idea of unworthiness. Believe in your brilliant Empath-self!

22. Listen to Others

Listening generously, to those who truly need to be heard, is healing. Heal others heal yourself.

23. Think Not of Revenge

You don’t need to ‘show another’. Believe in karma. What goes around does indeed come around.

24. Remember You Have Freewill

It is your journey! Choose the Empath life you want to live.

25. Send Love into the World

Opening your heart to others is a show of strength. Love is empowering. Love will heal you and the world!

26. Let Go of Pain

You wouldn’t hold a fiery ember, so why allow painful emotions to burn within?

27. Don’t Allow Rules to Stifle Creativity

Creativity allows the Empath spirit to soar. If a rule no longer works make a new one.

28. Step Out of Your Comfort Zone Daily

If you want to evolve as an Empath, do something each day that makes you uncomfortable.

29. Stop Waiting for Another to Complete You

The only person who can make you whole is you.

30. Learn to Be on Your Own

Spending time alone turns the Empath’s journey into an extraordinary expedition.

31. Express Gratitude

Being grateful sends a powerful message to the universe that you are open to more reasons to be grateful.

32. Keep Your Self-Talk Positive

It is the key to a happy, productive Empath life.

33. Eat What Nature Intended

For lasting health and happiness keep your diet clean. Listen to your intuitive dietary promptings and feed yourself nourishing food.

34. Nurture Body Mind and Spirit

They are connected. Only when all three are balanced will you find harmony as an Empath.

35. Free Your Voice and Learn to Say No

Only do it because you want to do it. You will never please others by constantly giving into their expectations. They just expect more.

36. Remember Your Friends

One of the biggest regrets of those on their deathbed is losing touch with old friends. You cannot make new ‘old friends’. You rarely make friends like the ones who have been in your life for the long hall, don’t forget them.

37. Free Yourself from Childhood Issues

The child in you lived and got through those difficult times; don’t let the adult be punished by them.

38. Let Go of Resentment

Why let another’s actions blight your life? Resentment makes you bitter. Let it go.

39. Control Anger

Breathe though and release it. Anger only punishes the bearer.

40. Help Others to Help Themselves

Instead of doing it for them, show them how to do it.

41. Lose The Need to be Right

Wanting to be right just makes others wrong. Value others’ opinions.

42. Question Everything

Don’t believe everything you read, hear or see. Trust your Empath gut. If it doesn’t feel right chances are it won’t be.

43. Give Without Expect of Return

Doing nice things for others, without expecting anything back, is nourishment for the soul.

44. Stop Throwing Pity Parties

Like attracts like. Talking like a victim keeps you stuck in that mind-set.

45. Strive for Many Life Experiences

Keep your Empath life energised with new experiences every day.

46. Chase Your Dreams

Don’t die with your dreams unrealized. Step out there and create them.

47. Trust Your Intuition

Your Empath Knowing has more power than you may know. Let it guide you.

48. Find Your Passions

How will you know what they are if you don’t seek them out?

49. Select Acquaintances With Prudence

As an Empath, you become who you spend most time with. Choose wisely.

50. Choose Happiness

For a joyful  life make the decision to feel happy each and everyday. And stay away from anything that hinders your joy!

Hope this helps on your Empath journey.

Until next time,

Diane

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Navigating Psychic Attack for The Empath

There are many forms of psychic attack. For the purpose of this post I’m referring to the type which is sent, from one person to another, through dark thought forms.

It is difficult to discern between the emotions our thoughts create, by pondering a stressful subject, to those we experience through psychic attack, and this is why many Empaths are unaware they are on the receiving end of malicious contemplations. 

Most people do not experience the dark thoughts of others. This is not the case for the Empaths. If another is having undesirable thoughts about them, it can turn into full-blown psychic attack.

We are in the midst of some challenging times which are bringing many insecurities, and hidden issues, to the surface within humans. Instead of facing them, many are projecting the discomfort they feel onto others by blame.

Those who choose not to deal with  their inner-conflicts tend to vibrate at a low-frequency and their energy becomes toxic to the Empath. Because they find it difficult to be around those who are experiencing deep negative issues the Empath may need to disconnect, or stop spending time around them, which often causes bitter resentments to form.

Generally, a psychic attack comes from family members, not necessarily blood related, friends who are close or once used to be, work colleagues or those the Empath has disconnected from. As already mentioned, most do not pick up on the dark brooding thoughts others have about them (everyone thinks badly of others at some point), but being so Sensitive, to all energy, the Empaths do.

How can you tell when being attacked?

When under psychic attack the tell-tale signs are repeating negative thought patterns surrounding one person. For example: a certain friend (the one thinking and thus sending bad thoughts) will repeatedly pop into your mind, along with negatively charged feelings, throughout the course of the day or days.

You may wake up thinking angry thoughts towards this person, when you have had no recent contact with them or reason to be feeling angry with them. And you will somehow manage to link the negatively charged feelings to a past situation and, therefore, falsely believe you are responsible for creating the angry thoughts.

When under attack, the one thinking/sending the dark thoughts does not necessarily know you are on the receiving end of their menacing musings. Instead of taking responsibility and finding the true cause for their troubles, they lash out and project blame onto others for their unhappiness, through their thoughts. (You will probably not be the only one the thoughts are directed at, but you will probably be the only one feeling them.)

What should you do when you sense a psychic attack?

You have to nip it in the bud straight away and this means not indulging the dark thoughts or emotions you are experiencing. Which has to be said, is not easy to do. By engaging their thoughts you become part of the problem.

The Empath has the power to project angry thoughts back to the source without realising, and in doing so, unintentionally open a two-way psychic battleground with angry thoughts flying back and forth. It can go on for days. And in these cases, the Empath always comes off worse.

More than any other, Empaths have to be cautious of what they project out into the world in the way of gloomy, angry or irrational thought forms. What goes out has the tendency to come back amplified. (The positive flip side to this is the return of projecting positive, happy, love-filled thoughts out into the world).

You may have noticed your moods are projected onto others. If feeling happy you lift others up, if sad you see it wash over those in your presence. Even your tiredness, and stumbling over words, is projected to another. So yes, Empaths take on negative, energetic vibrations from others, but they can also powerfully, project them back out.

How do we stop ourselves engaging dark thoughts?

The easiest way is to do this is distract yourself the moment you notice any dark thought forms. Especially if they repeatedly go back to the same person. You may have already discovered your own way to do this but making noise in your head can really help: singing, humming, chanting etc. Just like plugging in your ears and singing loudly blocks out external sounds, I’ve found this helps with outside thoughts too. You could also try exercise or get creative.

How can we protect ourselves from psychic attack?

Build up a strong energy-field (click here, here or here for more info).

Being weak, physically or mentally, automatically weakens your energy-field (aura). Your energy-field is your ‘invisible’ shield which protects you from outside ‘invisible’ influences, such as negative thoughts and emotions.

Suppressed emotions, poor diet, lack of exercise, a busy head, illness and emotional pain all contribute to weakening of the energetic body. If you suspect you have been on the receiving end of psychic attack it is a good time to tune into your IGS and reevaluate your lifestyle. By strengthening the body and mind  (see here for more) it will in turn strengthen your energy-field and thus help ward off psychic attack or negative energy.

Hope this helps on your Empath journey.

Until next time.

Diane

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Still the Empath Mind with Ancient Yoga Techniques

Empaths often spend years trying to get in control of their emotions. It is after all their emotions that determine their levels of happiness. But one thing many turn away from, in their pursuit of balance, is yoga. This is unfortunate as there are many yoga techniques that work brilliantly for stilling the Empath mind, and  their emotions, which in turn helps build a strong energy field.

The mind is incredibly powerful. Most are unaware of just how much it shapes their world. When you don’t have control of it, your mind will shape a reality plucked straight from your worst nightmare.

Many illnesses, born from stress, fear or anger,  start in the mind. But the mind also has the power to heal them. In some cases, in an instant.

You may have heard about this in the placebo effect. For example:  when testing the effectiveness of pharmaceutical drugs, trials are often done on 2 test groups. One group are given the real drug being tested, and the others a fake (placebo). There are many cases when those given the placebo healed from their ailments. Their mind believed it was given the authentic drug and it set into motion the healing process.

There are also cases where groups of volunteers were given placebo operations for things such as knee or hip injuries. A placebo operation is where the volunteer is anesthetized but only an incision is made on the place of injury, and nothing more. This gives the patient the belief they had had the procedure.   And the mind, believing the injury has repaired, instructs the body to heal.

Every Empath eventually comes to understand the power of their mind. It is capable of creating such beauty but also the worst type of inner turmoil. Especially when thoughts are on overdrive. The mind could speed up your heart rate just by envisaging a scary scenario, or make you angry by pondering an injustice. The more innovative the mind the more possibilities. One can only imagine what damage is done, within the body, by those who have creative imaginations. And guess who own incredibly creative imaginations…? Yup, the Empaths.

An Empath can sit for hours happily staring into space with just their thoughts for entertainment. Whilst this is a lovely past time, when thoughts are happy and positive, it is not so much when they are dark, and brooding.

Happy thoughts uplift, inspire, balance and nourish the body and mind. The opposite is true for turbulently-vexed thoughts. They negatively impact the body and create angst within the solar plexus (mid-stomach area). Because thoughts feed emotions and emotions feed thoughts, negative thought patterns become an encumbering repetitive cycle for many Empaths.

When Empaths pick up the emotions, or thoughts, of those around them, they often claim them as their own. Before they know what’s hit them, the Empath is caught up in a tornado of torrid, angry thoughts that don’t belong to them.

The mind has its own way of interpreting energy. Sometimes it makes it into a story and sometimes it makes one feel physically ill or drained. Our own programs decide how we read energy. When I say programs, I mean our lineage and personal history. We inherit more than just our physical appearance. 

You may have a different personality than your grandparents, parents or siblings but as you are made from the same stuff there is a likelihood you will carry similar emotional debris, beliefs and insecurities (which becomes your programing).  Your personal history is an accumulation of the events that happened throughout your life, good and bad. Both factors determine how your programs run and thus how you show up in the world. But just because you run a particular program, doesn’t mean it can’t be changed. 

If you find negative emotions are ruling your life now is the time to set a new program. This means taking control of your mind. If this is something you would like to do then my recommendation is to start practicing some type of yoga technique.

In my quest to quieten my mind and heal my body, over the years, I tried many things, but the one constant I have always come back to is yoga and the many branches thereof. After years of study and practice I have a greater insight into the roots of yoga and an understanding why it is such an incredible elixir to the Empath.

Yoga has been around for thousands of years and originated in India. For all the many benefits yoga has to offer the body, it was primarily designed to still the mind. It is only when the mind is quiet that we truly find peace.

The ancient yogis knew you could not keep a quiet mind with a body in pain. The yoga poses (asana) were designed to strengthen,  heal and soothe the body. The poses also act as a distraction for the mind. It stands to reason that when the mind is focused on overcoming an obstacle, such as a challenging yoga pose, it cannot be filled with riotous thoughts.

Yoga also teaches us to control the breath either through dynamic yoga (flowing in and out of postures), or through pranayama (regulation of breath though certain techniques and exercises).

Not only are the different yogic breathing techniques energizing and uplifting, they are also calming, relaxing and rejuvenating. From an Empath perspective, pranayama also helps block  the negative energy of others and helps build more powerful energy field (aura) which, amongst other things, protects against psychic attack and other low thought forms.

In these challenging times, yoga and the yogic breathing systems are a blessing to the Empath and should be part of every Empath’s life.

Below is a list of breathing exercises and links to their demonstrations on YouTube.

Nadi Shodhana (alternate nostril breathing) is a technique that quietens the mind and blisses you out. It is great to do before bedtime, especially if you have a wired, monkey mind. It also balances masculine and feminine energies within the body. For an instructional video click here.

Kapalbhati (bellows breath) a brilliant energizing breathing technique that also works and strengthens the core stomach muscles. It is best to do in the morning (always on an empty stomach), or when one needs a quick energy boost. It is a fabulous practice for eliminating excess emotions held around the solar plexus area (seat of emotions). After performing a few rounds of  kapalbhati, you are left with a quiet, yet energised, mind. For an instructional video click here.

 Ujayi (victorious breath) is commonly used within yogic asana practise to create heat within the body. It keeps the mind focused and helps remove toxins. I find this technique great to use when in places such as supermarkets, where there are lots different ‘people’ energies swirling round. Ujayi helps block out any incoming energies and keeps you centred . For instructional video click here

Dynamic Asana Practice: This is a flowing yoga practice that moves with the breath. Instead of holding poses static, for a certain length of time, you move in and out of the postures with the rhythm of your breathing. Again, brilliant for quietening the busy Empath mind, but also great for alleviating tension, and building strength and flexibility within the body. (I have not attached a link to this as it’s best to learn under a qualified instructor).

To reap the greatest benefits of any yoga breathing techniques you should try to practise every day, if only for 5 minutes. Any yogic breathing system should be approached gradually. When first attempted they may cause dizziness or sometimes anxiousness. This, however, quickly passes so don’t be put off.

Hope this helps on your Empath journey.

If you want to discover more about being an Empath click here.

Until next time…

©Diane Kathrine at Empaths Empowered



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