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

For the Empath, being in public places is often a traumatizing time that may leave them floored and out of sorts.

Simply nipping to the shopping mall can mean they 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, it is mostly the not-so-nice energy that follows them home.


I have found that the best way to stay protected when in public is either to take preëmptive measures, before leaving home, or know some useful, energy balancing techniques to use as and when needed.

Here are some effective protective techniques:

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Rewiring and Rebooting

Already more than half-way through 2014 and it has to be said, this year is proving to be a game-changer!

The changes happening around us are palpable in every way and becoming more so with each passing day! These shifts and changes are all about bringing in the new way of BEing.

Rewiring and rebooting are words used a lot within ascension circles as an expression of how we are being affected by the current energies/changes, but at this present time, I feel these two words could not be more appropriate.

We have seen some random days of intense energy bursts, which may have lifted you up or brought you crashing down.

These shifts in energy have brought in many changes. Emotionally, the themes I am seeing/feeling mostly in others (and on some days in myself), is anger, frustration and depression.

This video (which I very timely just came across) is a must watch/listen for these current times. If you have not yourself experienced depression, pass it on to those you know who have.

There are some other ways in which these energies may have affected you physically and emotionally and here’s a sampling:

Feeling energetically wired with an intense rush of power pulsing through your body:

This fizzy-type energy cannot be mistaken, it pretty much leaves you feeling like you have been charged up with electricity. And although you may feel mentally or physically tired, this buzzing energy can keep you awake at night.

Brain fog:

Poor memory recall and a fuzzy head seems to be the norm in recent years, but do not be surprised if you are feeling more scatty than normal.

Intense emotional ups and downs, very bi-polar in nature, or being hyper-sensitive:

It may seem like I’m stating the obvious here as, for Empaths, it is normal to feel strong emotions, yet these emotions/sensations are not like the normal ones we experience. They come out of nowhere and range from anger to blissful happiness. You may find yourself waking up in a bad mood, with no reason for it, or little things that would not normally bother you suddenly have you riled. Then you may find yourself feeling happier than you ever have.

We are also getting the backlash of other’s strong emotions. Many people are now being activated or effected by the rewire and, as I have said many times before, it can be very easy to lay claim to other’s emotions and build them into our own life-story.

Having zero tolerance for selfish or self-pitying behaviour and drawing a line under past dramas:

You may have previously been able to put up with another’s self-centred ways, but now find yourself quickly backing away from their dramas. You may now have come to a point where you will no longer put up with bad behaviour, nor allow others to pull you down into their self-perpetuating crisis’s. You have decided enough is enough!

This is not by chance. It’s as though we are disconnecting from all the irresolvable dramas, family or friendship feuds that we had in our past, not wanting them to have any part in our future.

And there are very good reasons for this:

You have very likely been on this path for many years and during this time dealt with your emotional wounds, whilst others around you looked on and/or had no idea what you were enduring. Now and in recent times, those others are now going through these changes. It is their turn to process/deal with their emotional wounds and if you have found yourself walking away or distancing yourself from family or lifelong friends past dramas, selfish behaviour or other, it is your internal knowing stopping you from getting involved.

You may have also found past issues have recently been stirred up. Painful memories that you had long since forgotten, or already dealt with, suddenly arise within. It may have left you baffled as to why you are experiencing this now and the reason is very likely because these (or other) memories have been triggered within a friend or family member, as part of the energetic shifts and you are feeling or picking up on them. This may have further pushed you away from them.

For Empaths, walking away from those in emotional turmoil is not something that would have previously come naturally, so it may feel somewhat alien if you are finding yourself doing it. You are not being harsh or brutal by drawing a line, and not engaging in ‘their stuff’, it is simply not yours to deal with and they have to do it for themselves. This is very much a DIY process!

Changing one’s diet and lifestyle:

Giving up people, foods, drinks and habits that do not promote all-round health, happiness and wellbeing is the way forward. Most people will have made gradual changes to their lifestyle over recent years, but now it is as though all the ‘health’ pieces are clicking together and you are finding a diet or exercise plan that works for you to heal your body, mind and spirit.

Ready to take the leap:

You may suddenly feel very ready to make big changes: in your career, social life or habitat. You may also find yourself finally doing things you have wanted to do, but put off for years. It’s as though the past self-doubts that previously held us back, no longer have the same hold. We know we’ve got to meet our new life half-way and that means stepping out into the world to bring it forth.

These are just some of the ways you may have experienced the new and I’m sure there will be many others too, not listed here, but one thing is for sure: if we are to truly move forward in life we cannot have the old dramas (people, jobs, lifestyles) dragging or keeping us back.

The new is ready for us when we are ready for the new…

I don’t know about you, but I for one am ready to move forward into the brilliant new way of BEing… We’ve waited long enough…

I came across this article which I found both synchronistic and serendipitous to this post. http://thinkwithyourheart.com/16319/brainpower-to-heartpower-enter-5d-creation/
And although not the full article (you have to purchase it if you want to read more) it offers a great explanation about why we are experiencing what we are.

Hope all’s well in your world…

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©Diane Kathrine at Empaths Empowered

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The Awakening of Others

As I mentioned in my last post, many of you will be seeing others around you who are starting to break from the pressures of the current energies. You will see this in severe depression, anger and even nervous breakdowns. Men seem to be suffering quite badly with this. For one: it is because of the strong influx of feminine energy, pounding the planet, which, for most, they don’t know how to navigate and because they don’t tend to have the same emotional releases women have (for all the female Empaths living with awakening males, you can expect to be seeing/feeling this in a big way. You will be part of their wake-up trigger and will need to be extra vigilante not to take on their negative releases, nor take them personally and be as supportive as is possible).

In many, there is an internal battle going on between the ego and the authentic, true-self. As humans we are ready to evolve, yet the ego knows with evolvement comes its own demise, so it is in survival mode. It doesn’t’ help that our external environment is designed to feed and stimulate the ego into wanting more of everything, in the shape of money, power, fame, success, fashion and beauty, with the premise that when we attain them, our happiness will be fulfilled and we will be worthy. We all eventually become aware, that this never happens. The true-self is happy with having just enough, the ego always wants more and is never satisfied. Thing is, most people aren’t even aware that it is their ego which is running the show and doing all the talking; they believe it’s their own heartfelt desires guiding them.

There are many people who are too afraid to hear the truth of what is really going on in the world. They read the paper or watch the news and take what’s been said as gospel and without question. There is an attachment, so strong, to their false impression of life that it is like an addiction and it needs to be fed on a daily basis. But somewhere, deep within, they know the truth and are keeping it hidden because they also know that when they listen to that truth, their illusions will be shattered and this may lead to the start of a painful journey.

Awakening and evolving is a destructive process and, on a soul level, one has to be completely ready for it. There will be some who, in this life, won’t choose it. I don’t believe Empaths had much choice when it came to ‘The Awakening’. We all had the internal alarms set, which when they went off, normally came in the shape of a nagging feeling that something was amiss with us and the world. This then heralded our quest to seek out answers and from there our adventures unfolded.

So, what advice do we have for those around us who we can see are in the first throes of self-realization and turmoil? It is too easy to want to reveal all that we have learnt, and know, in one big dollop, because we want to help others, but this may only serve in closing them down (too much too soon). As most are so completely shut off to anything that seems a little ‘woo-woo’ or out there, information has to be spoon-fed and given in small increments. If you have been on this path for a while, think back to what or who helped you in the early days: was it a book, a video, yoga or meditation? Much of which aided us back then, we have long since moved on from, but it may be just what the newly awakened need. Perhaps try to explain that humanity is ready to evolve, but resistance to it is the cause of much internal conflict and pain.

What we, as Empaths, have to be careful of in our quest to help and serve, is becoming a toxic-dumping-ground for others. People come to Empaths because they listen and really hear what they have to say and, as this is quite rare in today’s society, it can become like a drug to those who want to be heard or who love to talk about themselves (this is one of the main reasons many Empaths close themselves off and make it so they are invisible to others). Here is where we have to serve our needs first and say no to those wanting to offload. I’m not saying don’t lend an ear to those in need, but if they keep coming with the same victim-mentality or me-me stories they are just taking from you and this helps no one. It’s all about helping others to help themselves in taking self-responsibility; one can do no more than that. However, if someone does not want to hear the advice you may offer, it is not your responsibility to keep trying to get them to hear you.

Empaths, whether they realize it or not, generally know who wants to listen and those who don’t by their internal feelings. When talking to one, who doesn’t want to hear you (this covers all topics), and even if they act or look interested in what you are saying, you will normally feel an internal compression, like your torso is being squeezed and you will have a reluctance to talk.  For example: you may be having a conversation with an acquaintance and when it’s your turn to talk, you may feel a wave of heaviness and boredom wash over you, this is coming from the other and it’s the signal that they don’t want to hear what you have to say. This isn’t because you are boring them, just that they want to get back to talking about their world, because, sadly, that’s all that some are really interested in.

Unfortunately, not everyone is ready to hear what you know or have learnt. Most of us gained our understandings in small stages, so the information has to be imparted in small digestible pieces. But only to those who are ready to hear and have made the first approach.

Many Empaths feel frustrated that they are not doing enough to assist others, especially when one can feel their pain. It is difficult to see those suffering and know the steps they could take to help themselves. But, as I’ve said in earlier posts, we are all doing more than we realize in transmuting the energies.  Remember, in just offering a bright, beaming smile or lending an ear, for a few minutes, to a stranger is a priceless gift to some and can be appreciated more than you know.

Balancing of Masculine and Feminine Energy… Notes for The Empath

As well as head and eye pressure, it seems many are also suffering with nasal pain, sinus pressure or blocked sinuses in recent times. Which is interesting because sinus problems are a clear indication of an imbalance within one’s masculine and feminine energy.

Most are already aware that part of what this ‘Shift’ is about is trying to balance an overly dominant masculine world. All this nasal pressure, that many are enduring, could be another tell-tale sign that this is indeed in the process of happening…

Whilst studying in India, for my yoga teaching, we learnt how yoga, and pranayama (ancient breathing techniques), positively affects the physical and energetic bodies, which includes the chakras and nadis. And how by regularly practising them one could balance the masculine and feminine energies 

Before we go any further, for those of you who are new to chakras and nadis, I shall give  a brief overview of what the energetic body entails…

As well as the physical body we have an energy body known as the pranic sheath. Within our pranic sheath there are over 72,000 spiritual currents or energy nerves called the nadis which correlate with the nerves in the physical body (in acupuncture they are known as meridians). To get an idea of what the nadis look like visualise a huge plate of cooked spaghetti, with strands running in and out and overlapping.

A point where many nadis accumulate is known as a chakra.

It is said, we have 14 main nadis, of which I’m going to cover 2: the Ida nadi and the Pingala nadi.

The Ida nadi governs the feminine, left side of the body, which in turn activates the right (visual, intuitive and creative) side of the brain.

The Pingala nadi governs the masculine, right side of the body and activates the left (logical) side of the brain.

Signs you have a poor functioning Ida nadi (femine energy) are:  extreme coldness, depression, low mental energy, sluggish digestion, and a blocked left nostril.

Signs of a poor functioning Pingala nadi (masculine energy): excessive body heat, quick temper, itching body, dry skin and throat, excessive appetite, excessive physical or sexual energy, blocked right nostril.

When the left nostril is dominant (more airflow passing through nostril) it means the right side of the brain is more active and when the right nostril is dominant, the left side of the brain is more active. The dominance of each nostril will change throughout the day.

Now here is where things get confusing:  Although the left hemisphere of the brain is masculine the left side of the body is feminine, and the right hemisphere of the brain is feminine but the right side of the body is masculine. So when you are left brained the right side of your body is usually dominant and vice versa… Phew! Explaining that just gave me brain-ache!

You may have heard the saying that when someone is known to be left-brained (masculine) they tend to be logical, driven, analytical and fast paced. The left side of the brain is associated with aggression, physical strength, control and ego.

And with the right brain being associated with creativity, inner-strength and intuition, those who are right-brained (feminine) tend to be are artsy, sensitive, nurturing and easy-going.

Empaths and Highly Sensitive People tend to be right-brained.

Here’s a quick check to see which side is more dominant in you now:

Block your right nostril and breath through the left, now swap over and block the the left nostril and breath through the right.

Which side was the dominant?

If it was your left nostril that means the right hemisphere of your brain is more active.

If it was the right nostril then your left brain is more active.

Dependant on which side is active/dominant will depend on how well you fare in  certain tasks.

If your right nostril is dominant it’s a good time to do physically challenging activities, when the left nostril is activated it’s a good time to be creative, meditate or reflective.

If you find your nostrils are often blocked, or painful, without any apparent cause (i.e. cold, allergies or other irritants), it could be a sign that your masculine and feminine energy is off-balance, which could lead to being ungrounded.

It is also interesting to observe  how your sinuses are influenced by being around others. Empaths are affected by other people’s energy which can also affect their masculine and feminine energies. Notice what happens to your sinuses when around certain people, especially those who are overly masculine or feminine.

To help balance your masculine and feminine energy, there is an excellent breathing technique you can use called Nadi Shodhana. Otherwise known as alternate-nostril breathing, when practised regularly this breathing technique helps balance the ida and pingala nadis : Click here for instructions

If you have an imbalance within your masculine and feminine energy you may also be suffering with a damaged energy field and leaky aura. Learn more about this condition here.

Hope this post may help you on your Empath journey

Diane

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©Diane Kathrine

11th November 2011

RuskaOoh, when I woke this morning the energies felt very special. The best way I can describe them is how I used to feel when I was a little girl and I would wake up on my birthday morning, knowing I had a magical day ahead. I’m sure most would remember how that felt. Also I’ve got more energy than usual (which is saying a lot for me as I’ve never been a morning person, energetically). And joyful, I feel more joyful, lighter and blissful… I just hope this is a keeper!

I wasn’t planning on doing a post today, thought I’d leave it till tomorrow, but I think I’ll do updates throughout the day to see what unfolds.

It is my intention to do a meditation at 11am, as I’m sure is the intention of many others around the globe. I will update after that. But for now it’s time for my morning yoga practice. (My meditation was blissful although nothing more notable than that.)

Well, it’s now 8 hours later and it has to be said, this day has certainly been different energetically. I’ve had déjà vu but not in the sense of remembering a scene or situation, more emotionally. At certain times today I’ve had overwhelming feelings that took me back to childhood. Good feelings of excitement and newness. Let’s hope this is due to the new, positive energies that have poured into the planet since last night. It’s not been continuous, the feelings or emotions have come in waves.

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Whilst out walking earlier I noticed the vibrant, autumn colours seemed so much brighter than normal. The shades, varying from dark, golden sand to russet red and the trees, that were teaming with colourful winter berries and fruits was a contrast of which I’m not sure I’ve ever seen before. Nature at her finest.

And is it me or have people seemed happier today? We’ve certainly got a reason to be happy, if these feel-good frequencies are anything to go by… But then, I guess only time will tell. Anyone whose been on the ascension roller-coaster with me will be familiar with the constant, unpredictable ups and downs. How we think we’ve shifted up a gear and finally put all the crap behind us, only to find out we were wrong. But hey, isn’t there a saying that ‘without the bad the good aint so good’? Well, it’s true!

To all of you empaths, star-seeds, indigo’s and light-workers out there, may 11/11/11 be the day we finally free ourselves from our restraints and step into the new, wonderful world that’s been waiting for us…

Being an Empath

Today, I decided I was going to create a page about life as an Empath. It wasn’t until I sat down and started to write about an Empath’s traits that I remembered downloading an article on the subject in May, last year. I’m not even sure if, back then, I looked at it, but when I read it earlier I felt as though it could have been written specifically for me. It then crossed my mind that there must be hundreds of thousands of people struggling with the same condition (some may call it a gift but until you recognize how it affects you mentally and physically it can be a detrimental condition), unaware that the bewildering, emotional ups and downs they deal with on a daily basis are, mostly, not their own.

If you didn’t know already an Empath is someone who is hyper-sensitive to many things, but mainly emotions of others. They can pick up the feelings of another and take it on as their own.

An Empath can be feeling perfectly happy and relaxed one minute, then enter a public place and within seconds get feelings of: anger, sadness or anxiety wash over them that are coming from others. If unaware that they are empathic, they may believe the cause to be a phobia of public places, a dislike of shopping, or even people.

Many Empaths become reclusive because it’s easier to stay away from the stimuli than to deal with the bombardment of negative emotions they get when in public.

My being an Empath is not something I tend to share with others. In the past I’ve tried telling close friends but just ended up feeling frustrated with their inability to grasp the concept. When one has not experienced something first hand we don’t tend to understand it and as Empaths are not generally subject to discussion in common society, we are probably seen as being neurotic or out there instead of gifted, although it certainly won’t feel like a gift to many. Another reason I don’t tend to tell others of my abilities is because I don’t want them feeling uncomfortable around me. I’m sure they wouldn’t want to know that I can tell if they’re lying or know when what they’re saying was not what they were truly feeling or thinking.

Everyone who is an Empath will have different empathic abilities. The two most common being: Picking up on others emotions and feeling the energy of places. For example: you may walk into a crowded room and sense a heavy tension, even though everyone was smiling. Or on entering a friend’s new house (which was old, but new to them) you feel a negative vibe, as if something bad has happened there. What we are picking up on is residual energy. If the house was filled with arguments and angst the energy stays there. Likewise, when walking into a house that has been filled with happiness and love, to an Empath it can feel like the Sun is shining indoors.

I was once a bit of a Facebook addict, however, this is a site that causes me much discomfort, emotionally. Especially reading a post by a person who is declaring their happiness and stating how wonderful life is, when you know it’s quite the opposite for them. We can pick up on all the energies of the people connected to us on Facebook and it can be most overwhelming. I’m never quite sure why I keep going back… but then Empaths are prone to addiction (more about that in later posts).

The more in tune you become as an Empath the more you see the world for what it is. Reading newspapers becomes a challenge, especially the ones packed with lies, gossip and no real news. The TV can become unbearable, in particular any kind of programmes with violence or cruelty. Even watching reality-singing-shows will sadden you. Seeing them quash the dreams of young hopefuls (whose main ambition in life is to feel special) and humiliate them in the name of entertainment and money. I’m amazed how many people love watching the early stages of the shows, when many of the contestants are ridiculed by the judges for their lack of talent (even though they’ve already been through two prior auditions before they get to see the celebrity judges, unaware that they are only through for the comedy element), only to stop watching when it becomes about the real talent. To me, the early stages of the shows turn the audience (at home and in the studio) from individuals into a crowd with mob mentality, laughing and jeering at those whose only crime was a belief they had the talent to make it in the world of showbiz. Reminds me of days people were put in the stocks to be scoffed at.

So there we go, my first post on life as an Empath with many more to come.

Till next time…