Understanding Empathy - Regulating Emotional and Energetic Sensitivities
Empathy is known as a heightened or increased sensitivity to the emotional energy signatures of other sentient beings, including animals and even other life forms such as trees, plants and insects. People that experience empathy often describe themselves to be emotionally vulnerable to severe mood swings and often have difficulty in crowds or around negative people.
Most empaths are born with this natural heightened sensitivity but usually don't realize that many of their emotions are the result of a residual absorption of other people's emotions. They find, especially in the teen years, that they cannot regulate their own emotional responses and cannot distinguish their own emotions from emotions they are receiving from other people. Because of this, many teens seek relief through isolation, loud music or forms of "escape" that result in the need for a coping mechanism. Some parents become concerned for their teens, wondering if the cause is depression, bi-polar disorder, anxiety issues and a general sense of disconnect from interaction with their peers.
Empathy can cause anxieties that interrupt a person's lifestyle, even to the point of becoming completely socially isolated because they feel claustrophobic or suffocated within crowds of people. Without a resource to understand what is really happening, most empathically sensitive people seek out medical counsel and find that they have very limited options other than repetitive counsel and/or prescription medications which can help, but more often than not, it merely dulls the senses for a short time even though their empathic sensitivity still remains acute.
Discerning the difference between one's own emotion versus the emotions of others is key to bringing emotional balance back to the empath. And from there, visualizations and meditations can help regulate the emotional sensitivity. One of the easiest ways an empath can discern his or her own energies from the energies of others is to pay attention whether or not their sudden emotional shift occurs at a particular physical location or let's say while they're around a specific person.
For example, an emapth could be driving down the road and all of a sudden an enormous grief washes over them, almost to the point of bringing them to tears. Their thoughts weren't consumed by anything overly emotional or sensitive in nature yet without warning, this grief hits them and becomes overwhelming. Most people wouldn't think much of it, other than to make an assumption that it's a mood swing that has no root cause. However, investigating further, that particular area could have been the very location a fatal car accident occurred not long before that, and the emotional energies of grief over the persons death could have left a residual energetic signature that the empath was sensitive to. A way to discern whether or not that's the case is if the emotion disappears just as quickly as it arrived, almost as if it just passed through and then it left.
In locations such as Cemeteries or prisons, empaths will often describe their emotion as sad, scattered and often dark. Hospitals as well are difficult places for those that are sensitive to the emotions of others. The concentration of fear, anxiety and sadness create a difficult environment and empaths often describe bodily sensations such as nausea, confusion, agitation and nervousness.
A great tip to tempering and regulating this response is to picture the body and mind protected from outer energies by its own method of an energetic barrier. Creating a veil of separation can create a comfort zone where it's easier for the person to be around others without absorbing other emotions that are not their own. That energetic barrier can be visualized as a clear bubble or bright white light surrounding your entire body. As you do this, picture the barrier growing in size until you "push out" the invasive energies that are crossing your boundaries. It's a simple exercise but is very effective.
Another exercise is to visualize white rain falling and soaking your body. This rain is a force field of sorts and creates a larger barrier between you and others. This helps to create a stronger signature of personal space and can really help when it comes to the anxieties associated with empathy.
Like all visualizations, patience is key and experiment with other exercises. Empathy doesn't need to be a trap. It can instead be a useful tool in helping you connect on a deep level with others and can be used as a form of language and communication.