Word of the Month: Empath part II

Dave Zapatka

This month’s word of the month, “empath,” is derived from the Greek “em” (in) and “pathos” (feeling), the term “empath” means one who is able to “feel into” others’ thoughts and feelings.

Empaths may be lucid dreamers. They may dream in detail and are inquisitive of dream content. They often feel their dreams are subconscious messages regarding their physical, emotional, mental and spiritual wellbeing, not just nonsensical, meaningless images. This curiosity may lead empathic dreamers to investigate their dream content and connect interpretations to relevance in their life.

Empaths may be daydreamers with difficulty staying focused on the mundane. If life isn’t stimulating, an empath may fall into a daydream that is alive and active. If a teacher is lecturing with little emotional connection, empaths may lose focus and drift into a state of daydreaming. Give the empathic student a stimulating teacher who speaks with emotion through actual experience and the empath is receptive and alert.

Empaths frequently experience déjà vu and synchronicities. What may initially appear as coincidences may lead to the understanding of the cause of synchronicities as an aspect of who they are. These synchronicities become welcomed, expansive occurrences. As understanding of self-expands, the synchronicities become more fluent and free flowing. These synchronicities may promote a feeling of euphoria and bliss for empaths.

Empaths may have extrasensory experiences catapulting them into an expansion of awareness. These experiences may appear dramatic, life-altering and intensely memorable. A path to being whole may become inviting and a journey of self-discovery may begin.

Following are some common empath traits:

Knowing things without being told. It’s a knowing that goes beyond gut feelings. The more attuned they are the stronger this gift becomes.

Sensing when someone is not being sincere.

Feeling incoming emotion from another through the solar plexus, our emotional center.

Being drawn to healing, holistic therapies and the metaphysical.

Not being surprised or shocked easily.

Having strong imagination and creativity.

Loving nature and animals. Being outdoors is important to them.

Loving solitude and desiring quiet time.

Finding it difficult to do things they don’t enjoy. To force an empath to do something they dislike through guilt or criticism may result in withdrawal. As a result many empaths are labeled as lazy.

Striving for the truth. This becomes more prevalent when an empath discovers his/her abilities.

Liking adventure, freedom and travel. They are free spirits.

Abhorring clutter. It makes them feel heavy and feel like life’s natural flow of energy is blocked.

Finding routine, rules and control restrictive. Taking away their freedom can be debilitating.

Are excellent listeners. Empaths may not talk about themselves much unless it’s to someone they really trust. They love to learn and know about others and genuinely care.

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