Ahhh, to be an Empath … a Sensitive or Clairsentient — One who is wired to be more sensitive to the energy currents (subtle and not-so-subtle), the thoughts, and the emotions wafting and swirling around you.
She or he of heightened and attuned sensory perception.
(There are other types of sensitivity in addition to Empathic or Clairsentient, as well. Do you know what your unique ways of perceiving are?)
To be an Empath, Empathic-Sensitive, or Clairsentient is to have a set of unique gifts or medicines for our times, though it may not always feel like it when you’re getting barraged or drained by the energies around you.
As well as gifts, there are hazards on the path, due to the ‘toxic normal’ conditioning of a Bully Culture that often casts sensitivity and empathy as an aberration (see “You’re Too Sensitive … Not!” below) while at the same time benefiting from the empath’s gifts (and energy).
If you’re an empathic sort, you know what I’m talking about.
To cultivate and bring the medicine of your empathic nature (and to be authentic), an Empath is wise to understand the toxic-normal conditioning, and what that looks like in everyday interactions.
That way, the Empath can reclaim her or his Empath mojo by learning to see the bully and energy vampire tactics in play and choose more consciously what you’ll participate with, and what you won’t, thank you very much.
You’ll also honor your Empath nature with the self-care and energy hygiene that helps you bring your Empath medicine to the world (and stay as well and sane as possible while you’re at it!).
After all, if we don’t honor, respect, and stand for our Empath nature, who will?
Each of the following posts and articles offers up its own inspiration (for Empaths, by an Empath).
Plus each is a portal through which you’ll find just the right insight to guide you on your beautiful Empath Way.
This series and focus is ongoing, both in this Sophia’s Children blog and my one-on-one work with Empath change-agent clients, so I’ll be posting more on this topic.
Here’s a good primer for now, though — see what leaps out at you, and start there:
The Empaths and Sensitives Series (so far):
(#1): Series Intro – Unveiling Offloads, Energy Vampires, and Other ‘Toxic-Normal’ Hazards, and Reclaiming Your Empath Mojo
(#2) Energy Vamps and the Offloading Tactic
(#3) Energy Vamps and The ‘Leveling’ Tactic
(#4) ‘Withholding’ as a Manipulation Tactic
(#5) Be(A)ware the Energy Vamp: Tantrums, Outbursts, Hissy Fits, and Offloads
(#6) You’re Too Sensitive!” (Not!)
(#7) Five Ways Abusive Narcissists Get Into Your Head
(#8) Leaning into Your Strengths
(#9) Empath-Sensitives & Psychic Pollution Page (freshly added)
(#10) Empath-Sensitives & Psychic Pollution blog post (freshly added)
(#11) Empath-Sensitives and Energy Fields (M-fields) (freshly added)
Soothing Remedies, Energy Hygiene, & Intuition
Wisdom Strategies for Thriving for Empaths & Chaos Surfers — receive personalized insight and strategies with Sophiastrology+Intuitive consultations and/or coaching/apprenticing)
What’s Your ‘Identity Essence’ – Key Questions for Revealing What Has Heart, Joy & Meaning for You (audio program & eGuide, available only as a bonus gift for Sophiastrology+Intuitive and coaching/apprenticing clients)
Empaths, Energy Hazards, and Energy-Restoring Practices
Tracking and Clearing Energy Slime
Calming Remedies for Intense Energies
Energy Hygiene for Empaths and Sensitives: Working With the Water Element
When Feeling Off-Center and Pulled in All Directions, Center is Up
The Rising Tide of the Intuition Age
NEW – Transformative Experiences Series
Increased empathic-sensitivity is often one of the ‘after-effects’ of a Near-Death Experience or other more potent transformative experiences (kundalini awakenings, etc.).
Navigating that heightened sensitivity is often just one of the post-Transformative Experience challenges (and potentials) experiencers face.
Find the new Transformative Experiences Series here.
Why ‘Normal’ is Not a Virtue (from the Ivy Sea Wake-Up Juice)
Wisdom From Harry Potter – It’s Time to Reclaim Your Magic (Wake-Up Juice)
Wisdom From Austin Powers – It’s Time to Reclaim Your Mojo (Wake-Up Juice)
The Hero’s and Heroine’s Journey
Since the Empath’s journey so often is the Hero or Heroine’s Journey, it’s really helpful to be savvy about the Hero’s Journey map … along with the mythic maps of Persephone and Inanna. Here’s a start:
Hero’s Journey: Reclaiming the Lost Heart
Persephone, Inanna, and Walking the Via Feminina
Enjoy the inspiration.
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April 19, 2015 at 3:50 pm
I love your organization! You’ve inspired me to organize my postings better!
Super Empath here, love your resources! Meditation, Shielding, Earthing, going into the forest, mantra music, and Sage are my number one ways to clear and protect my energy 💓
April 19, 2015 at 4:09 pm
Excellent … I enjoyed both comments! 🙂 I’m glad the organization resonates with you … I’ve actually just done that recently after following the inspiration and guidance (you know … the prayers for guidance and then following the strong inspiration streams). I’ll enjoy seeing what bubbles up in your own blog. 🙂 xoxo Jamie
October 16, 2015 at 3:50 pm
Great post and lots of good information for new and aspiring empaths.
October 16, 2015 at 7:11 pm
Thank you, Beverley. It’s quite a collection, and gathered (as we tend to do) from direct experience as well as traditional research and stories from clients, colleagues, friends. Thanks for visiting! Blessings, Jamie
October 23, 2015 at 1:27 am
What a journey Jamie, with so much learned and so much to pass on to fellow empaths. I think empaths keep the world sane, and don’t get the recognition they deserve, like so much of world which often values the superficial and the extroverted nature. It is wonderful that you have such an extensive resource to disseminate, and to assist those who are going through the pain of just being sensitive. Well done! Blessings Jamie, B x0x
October 23, 2015 at 4:02 pm
Thank you, Bridget. I appreciate your kind words. Yes, true enough – this is the sort of thing that experience illuminates, and it’s nice to share that with others on the Way. We all know how helpful those candles left by others can be, yes? 🙂 xoxo Blessings, Jamie
October 24, 2015 at 5:22 am
Absolutely… Why reinvent the wheel? xo
October 24, 2015 at 6:12 pm
So yeah on that one, Bridget. 🙂 xoxo Love Jamie
April 13, 2015 at 1:56 pm
Thanks for sharing the link to the Empaths & Sensitive series in your excellent post “On Being an Energy Sensitive in a Toxic World,” Eliza! I enjoyed reading your post as well. Blessings, Jamie
February 15, 2020 at 7:28 pm
Thank you for the link, Jessica!