Archive for March, 2014

I have always known that I was different from others, especially when it came to just knowing stuff. Meaning, I always have had a HUGE level of intuition and “sixth sense”. There have been (and continue to be) many times where I seem to know what is going on before it happens, or I know exactly what mood a person is in before they speak. This “knowing” isn’t like I am telling the future or anything, rather I am picking up on information already available, but maybe not yet made public or available in a non-conventional way. One of the best examples I can use is the one time in my life I was laid-off from a job. I will never forget how shocked my boss and manager were when I told them I already knew I was on the list. They asked “how could you know, that list is extremely confidential…did you see it somehow?” I told them, no I had not gotten ahold of the list or anything, I just KNEW because as I walked past our VP a couple days earlier, it just came to me. Unfortunately the older I have gotten the more I’ve had to “justify” this knowledge…the problem is I don’t ever have facts or evidence, rather I just know. I can’t explain it, I just do. It’s like I can read people. I used to think it was that I was overly observant and could pick up on body language and certain non-verbal cues. But actually, I realize it is much deeper than that.

Besides knowing things, I also seem to have this huge ability to take on emotions of others around me. I used to think this was because I was too sensitive and just needed to get a thicker skin. This ability (for lack of a better term) can be so intense sometimes that I actually have a mini panic attack just by walking into a store or public place. The energy of those around me sometimes becomes too much and I literally am thrown into a “fight or flight” response. I used to think this was because of the architecture of space or building, i.e. that the ceilings were too high and the noise wasn’t being absorbed like it should be, etc. However I began to figure out it wasn’t the architecture of a place but something more. This was because one day I would have an “attack” in a certain space, but the next day be just fine. What the heck is going on with me?

Does this mean I’m a Psychic, that I can read your aura or pull you some tarot cards or let you know when you are going to win the lottery or something? Absolutely not, as I have no desire to learn the tarot or “tell people’s fortunes”. So, if I’m not a psychic, than am I a Medium? Well, kinda, but I can count on two hands the number of people I’ve seen in my lifetime from “the other side” (the first person being Jesus Christ when I was about 8 years old, but that is a story for another day), as a result, I don’t classify myself as such. So what the heck is going on with me and why do know things and why do I take on emotions of others and why this and why that?

The answer finally came to me after doing a bit of research. Actually it came to be from stumbling upon a blog called “Just Be” and finding a list of 30 traits, then reading a wonderful article written by Christel Broederlow. I was floored, in shock, whatever you want to call it, but I FINALLY KNEW WHAT WAS GOING ON WITH ME! I am an Empath (or in some circles a Psychic Empath). I had no idea there were such people. I had not even really heard the word other than saying “that was an empathic gesture” or the like. Wow, I really now have something to call this. And there are people out there just like me who have the same issues as I do and can help explain everything!

Of the blog’s “30 Traits of an Empath”, I can honestly say I posses/can-say-yes-to 25 of them. Crazy. Here is a link to the list of traits as well as a reprint of Christel’s article.

Now the trick is finding the best way to deal with all of this